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Country Music Awards 2016

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The Country Music Awards are the best of the best in Country Music today. An A-star list gather together, with many hoping to be a winner.

The CMA Awards have been touted as "Country Music's Biggest Night" and A-list stars were all hoping to leave as winners.

Two stars were guaranteed to make acceptance speeches right off the top. It was announced in advance that Kenny Chesney would receive the Pinnacle Award and Dolly Parton would be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meanwhile Chris Stapleton took home two trophies and Garth Brooks nabbed the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year.
Here is the list of CMA 2016 Winners:

Travis Tritt to Release A Man and His Guitar-Live From the Franklin Theatre

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Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, ‪on Nov. 18. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting.

The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program.

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted.

National Music Centre Launches Special Exhibition Dedicated to Tom Cochrane

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The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary Alberta is pleased to launch a  honouring iconic Canadian musician Tom Cochrane. The special exhibition is to commemorate 25th anniversary of smash album Mad Mad World.

The exhibition, called Showcase: Tom Cochrane, will be located on Studio Bell’s fifth floor, and will feature a wide selection of awards and artifacts from Cochrane, including the 1963 Gretsch guitar, used by Cochrane in the music video for 1988 single “Big League,” and seen on the cover of his Victory Day album with Red Rider, along with the outfit worn in the music video for 1991 chart-topper “Life is a Highway.”

The opening of this new exhibition will coincide with the deluxe reissue of Cochrane’s 1991 Diamond-selling international smash, Mad Mad World, including a live concert recording in its entirety and demo version of globally-recognized anthem, “Life is a Highway,” and the announcement of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in early 2017 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mad Mad World.

“’Mad Mad World was a record that changed my life. This exhibition is a reflection of that time in my career, but also captures many other important landmarks, from my early days on the Yorkville scene to playing with Red Rider and into my solo career," said Tom Cochrane. “I’m so humbled and honoured to have my story celebrated at Studio Bell.”

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band at Hugh's Room November 6, 2016

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians:John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band:~ Desert Rose Band.

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others. ~In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs. Jorgenson, who has played with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jim and Jesse, David Grisman and others, has enjoyed a successful career with the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters; as a member of Elton John’s band for six years; and most recently, in his John Jorgenson Quintet and John Jorgenson Electric Band configurations.  One of the elite Gypsy Jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds.

Acclaimed Houston Blues Singer Trudy Lynn releases new CD I’ll Sing the Blues for You

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Connor Ray Music announces an October 21 release date for I’ll Sing the Blues for You, the new CD from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn. I’ll Sing the Blues for You features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the new album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.

Trudy Lynn will celebrate the new album with a special CD release party show at Houston’s famed Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club on Saturday, October 22.

“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”

“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25

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“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25 is scheduled for Tuesday October 25th at 7 pm at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto.

The Show Will Feature A Golden Musical Cast with Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh W/ The Burgess Bros. Danny Marks,The Swingin Blackjacks, The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy, Laura Hubert, The Sinners Choir, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, My Sisters Boyfriend, The Django Gypsy Jam.
Prior to her passing in 2011, Amy Louie had a dream of one day establishing a fund to assist musician`s in their creative work. Her family, longtime proprietors of Grossman`s Tavern on Spadina Ave in Toronto have fulfilled that wish. Amy, a mother, with a full time career in real estate always found time for the family business and enjoyed the music, the musicians and the colorful cast of characters that can always be found at the loveable joint at Spadina and Cecil. She became a special person to everyone who got to know her.

Corus’ News Talk Radio Stations Now Available on Apple Music

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Starting October 11, 2016 Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music.

Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton),680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 980 (London), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) and AM 640 (Toronto) with Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Carplay.

Corus Radio is the first Canadian commercial radio company available on Apple Music, a revolutionary streaming service and app that gives users access to Apple’s entire music catalogue on their favourite devices. The wide group of talk radio shows will join other top international news brands including BBC, NPR, ESPN and Bloomberg.

“With Apple’s immense role in the music and technology space, we’re offering our audience the best possible listening experience on a wide variety of devices,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director, Digital, Corus Radio. “Our goal is to deliver high quality programming on every platform that matters to our listeners and we are thrilled to be the first Canadian broadcaster to do so on Apple Music.”

For more on Apple Music, visit apple.com/apple-music. To listen to your favourite Corus radio show on Apple Music, visit: CKNW AM 980, News Talk 770, 630 CHED, 680 CJOB, AM 980, AM 900 CHML, AM 640.

Brad Fillatre to Open Tour Dates for Multi-Award Winning Folk Trio The Once

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Toronto based singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre will be supporting Newfoundland's The Once for a select number of dates on their upcoming tour. The Corner Brook native, who has deep rooted friendships within the band couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. He and Phil Churchill actually grew up on the same street in Corner Brook. "It is an honor to be sharing the stage and spending time with some of my oldest and dearest friends." says Brad.

Brad was born in the small mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His earliest memories involve traveling the province with his parents as they tended to their funeral business. With each journey, the rugged coastline, and vast uninhabited landscapes entangled themselves into Brad’s creative conscience.
From a young age, Brad was drawn toward sound and all things musical. From the dusty, untended keys of the old piano at his grandmother’s cabin, to the sea of sound offered up by the second hand instruments in the local pawn shop. His unwavering curiosity finally persuaded his mother to purchase his first guitar. Immediately, Brad took over the rickety shed, set among the trees of his backyard. A place of solace, the shed was where he began timidly writing his first songs.

The Beach Celtic Festival 2016

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Photo at right: Midland Pipes and Drums Photo Credit Johanna Carlo

As some of you know I am Canadian but my Mum was from Edinburgh, Scotland and my brother Don and my sister Donna and I were always brought up to be proud of our heritage. 

In 2001 when our Mum passed away, in keeping with her request, we did not mourn her but we held an outdoor ceilidh full of music, fun and memories of not just the Scots but the Irish and Welsh, a Celtic event.

Now 13 years later, The Beach Celtic Festival runs for two days every September, traditionally the weekend after Labour Day in the beautiful Brigadoon setting of Kew Gardens in the Toronto Beach.

I could not have done the event all these years without the help of the ‘backstage’ folks, first off our Registered Graphic Designer, Gillian FitzGibbon, who lovingly makes us look amazing on every piece of material from poster to banners onwards and takes my 'stickman' ideas and makes them glorious.

Pat Beaven who always leads the crowd in ceilidh dance lessons, and as she told us this year one boy who was about 7 years old said ‘it's really just like jumping and skipping around except you know where to go and you laugh a lot and try and keep up. and everyone can do it!"

Invictus Entertainment Group Takes Home Major Hardware At Canadian Country Music Week 2016

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Canadian management and promotion company, Invictus Entertainment Group, maintains two-year consecutive streak at Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON with three major wins: Management Company of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year.

Invictus client and Warner Music Canada artist Brett Kissel also dominated this year at the awards, winning Interactive Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Kissel was also able to celebrate alongside Mickey Jack Cones and Bart McKay as they took home Record Producer(s) of the Year for his album, Pick Me Up.

Kissel announced the ‘Ice, Snow & 30 Below’ Canadian tour, an 18-date East Coast tour that will kick off in January. The tour will kick-off in Sault St. Marie (ON) on January 12 and will make its way through Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before landing in Georgetown, PEI for the last show on February 4. A Western Canada tour will follow later in 2017 with Kissel embarking his first headlining position in Toronto on January 22 at the Danforth Music Hall.

Kissel will be honored with the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour at the annual Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry, The Allan Slaight Honour garners the Flat Lake, AB native a coveted spot on the esteemed Walk of Fame with a televised red carpet special.

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