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JUSTIN HINES: New Video, EP Show Seldom Seen Sides of South Africa

by Cashbox Canada
When inDiscover.net debuted the video remix of JUSTIN HINES’  “Say What You Will”, from his new “SOUTH AFRICA” EP, the powerful Internet portal also launched Hines’ ambitious campaign to build schools in South Africa.  (Video at indiscover.net.).

In 2009, the hit song from Hines’ Chasing Silver album was embraced by an international audience. On iTunes, it was the top download for a singer-songwriter within two days of release and it was one of the most emailed videos on the Sympatico.ca. Hines has distinguished himself for his use of new media.

South African Producer, Bronwen Nel, felt strongly that “Say What You Will” would resonate within her community. She did a remarkable remix incorporating the Seta/Siyaya Learner Choir and the Keynote Acapella Group as well as the children of Despatch and St. Elizabeth’s primary schools and Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network-supported 7 Fountains.

Drake's not going to let his Canadian citizenship keep him out of the White House.

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By The Canadian Press

TORONTO

The Toronto rapper and former "Degrassi" star says he'd be interested in returning to his acting roots to portray U.S. President Barack Obama in a future biopic.

"I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama's life soon because I could play him," the 23-year-old told Paper Magazine.
"Anytime I see him on TV, I don't change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice.
"If you ask anyone who knows me, I'm pretty good at impressions.... I'm not in the study mode because nobody's called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I'm not scrambling to learn how to speak like him."

Drake released his long-awaited debut LP, "Thank Me Later," in June.

It's already been certified platinum in Canada and gold in the U.S.

In addition to his recurring role on "Degrassi: The Next Generation," Drake has appeared on "Being Erica" and "The Border."

ROCK OF AGES: TORONTO'S FAVORITE MUSICAL EXTENDED

Rock Of Ages

NOW PLAYING UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2010

ROCK OF AGES, recently crowned the 2010 Audience Choice at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, is extending its Toronto engagement through October 31st. ROCK OF AGES had its Canadian Premiere on Tuesday May 11, 2010, almost blowing the roof off the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.

This all-Canadian production of the Tony-nominated Broadway sensation is "impossible to resist," wrote Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian, who gave the production a four-star rating and raved about the cast, direction, choreography and every other aspect of the production.

“You’ll be swept up in the joy and fun!”
Michael Englebert, The New AM 740

"ROCK OF AGES IS AN 80'S PARTY CELEBRATION THAT EVERYONE IS INVITED TO"
Rudy Blair, 680 News

“Toronto has never been rocked harder! A rock for all ages!”
“Maddog” Jay Michaels, Virgin Radio

“Come on feel the noise – ROCK OF AGES is WILD, WILD, WILD! Rocks, rolls, romps and roars!"
Erin Davis, CHFI

“WOW! Totally FUN-tastic. ROCK ON!”
Maie Pauts, Boom 97.3

“ROCK OF AGES does everything big: Big songs, big hair and the biggest laughs you will have this year!”
Ben Mulroney, eTalk Daily

“Awesome! Toronto is lucky to have this rock spectacular! Raise your devil hornes high for ROCK OF AGES!”
Andy Wilson, Boom 97.3

ABOUT THE CAST

2 Years - 1 million tickets sold Toronto's award-winning JERSEY BOYS to close August.

Jersey Boys

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2010
After two years & one million tickets sold Toronto’s award-winning JERSEY BOYS to close August 22, 2010

Celebrating two years on stage, one million tickets sold and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS will say "Bye, Bye Baby" to Toronto on Sunday, August 22, 2010, the date of their second anniversary.
JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, premiered in Toronto initially as a limited engagement on August 21, 2008. After opening to rave reviews, adding additional performance weeks and setting box office records, JERSEY BOYS became a resident production on December 12, 2008. Now the longest-running musical in the history of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, JERSEY BOYS will play its final performance Sunday, August 22 at 7:30pm, which will be the Company's 830th performance. Tickets to all performances are now on sale.
"We owe a huge thanks to the City of Toronto,” said Aubrey Dan, President, Dancap Productions. “Toronto embraced JERSEY BOYS from the start and it was thrilling to see audiences celebrate this incredible story and timeless music. We are very proud of the accomplishments as we share this great success with the entire Company of JERSEY BOYS, our partner Dodger Theatricals from New York, our employees and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. We especially thank the audiences that came from all over the world who made it all possible.”

Queen unveils sculpture of 'Canadian cultural treasure' Oscar Peterson

Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

By Nicki Thomas, The Ottawa Citizen June 30, 2010

OTTAWA — Queen Elizabeth unveiled a bronze sculpture commemorating Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson on Wednesday as she made her way through Ottawa on the first day of a four-day visit.
A loud gasp rippled through the crowd when the Queen pulled a theatrical golden rope that raised a red velvet curtain and revealed the sculpture.
James Moore, the minister of Canadian Heritage, said the sculpture at the corner of Albert and Elgin streets pays tribute to a man he called a "Canadian cultural treasure."
The minister also applauded sculptor Ruth Abernethy, who spent nearly two years working on the project.
"She's done a superb job capturing this larger-than-life Canadian and his larger-than-life piano," he said.
Peterson’s widow, Kelly, and daughter Celine had a front-row seat at the ceremony, which also included a performance by the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir under the direction of Trevor Payne.
Oliver Jones, a longtime friend of Peterson’s, performed the jazz icon’s signature piece, Hymn to Freedom.
Abernethy, who also attended the unveiling, spent nearly two years working on the bronze sculpture, which features Peterson seated at a replica of his favourite piano, a Bösendorfer Imperial.
Peterson, who died in 2007, went from a working-class Montreal neighbourhood to become one of the world’s greatest piano virtuosos. He made more than 200 jazz recordings during his career and won seven Grammy awards.
He was famously called “the maharajah of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington.

NATIONAL DIRECTOR VISITS LOCAL INTERNET RADIO STATION

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National Director of the Light the Night Walk, Kaye Skonieczny and Nashville Regional Director Melissa Hudson Gant visited the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network (nbrn.fm) an internet radio station which broadcasts worldwide to participate in a special hour-long broadcast.

Show Host, Keith Bradford (also Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine’s Nashville Office) welcomed the LLS representatives to provide information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in particular the Light The Night Walk campaign and the Country Faces Cancer initiative.

During the show, Kaye and Melissa fielded numerous telephone calls from across the United States and Canada from individuals with questions on where to get more information and to voice their support of the great work that the LLS does, not only with patients but the support services provided to the families of those affected by blood diseases.

One caller was RB Renegade, a singer, songwriter and a show host at NBRN.FM, who recently released a CD-single entitled “Messages from Heaven”. This song is a tribute to his brother-in-law who fought a courageous battle against Lymphoma. The manner in which he and his family faced the disease, with the support of the LLS was inspirational, and provided the basis of the song. RB Renegade is donating the proceeds from the sale of the CD-single to the LLS.

New Partnership Gives Canadian Artists What They Need to Succeed

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Prism Music, Kinetic Sight & Sound, and SpinCount announce a strategic partnership that will revolutionize the availability and delivery of services to Canadian musicians including production, distribution, and radio promotions.

The three firms, each an industry leader, are joining forces to provide a mix of services to Canadian recording artists that until now has been available only through major record labels. The team will operate with the goal of identifying promising new talent and providing Canadian artists the tools and expertise they need to compete and succeed in the competitive North American and international music industry.

Jeff Burns is widely known as the most successful A&R in the Canadian music world, with a major label track record of signing household-name artists who have gone on to sell tens of millions of records. Jeff's latest projects include Prism Music and Blue Sapphire Music, a pair of independent labels he controls offering distribution through Fontana North and DEP Distribution.

Noted producer and composer Mark Nakamura brings his extensive experience to Kinetic Sight & Sound, where he has put together a unique mix of services vital to the recording, television, and film industries -- including website development and design, hosting, database management, video production and a full service recording studio -- in addition to music distribution to radio through PlayMPE.

Legendary Extreme Metal Drummer GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock"

Gene Hoglan

      Legendary extreme metal drummer Gene Hoglan brings forth his long awaited instructional DVD “The Atomic Clock”. Available on Hoglan Industries in the US and on Reversed Records in Canada, Hoglan showcases his three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world’s most well known metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmer’s Hole and most recently Fear Factory along with many others on his resume.

      Offering two hours of pure metal drumming fury, Gene shells out his pounding arsenal to drummers and music fans intrigued to understand what makes "The Clock" tick.

       Featuring 9 full songs from various projects (5 from the mighty MECHANISM), plus different improvised solos, in addition to tons of tips and tricks from his personal cache. Watch the Gene fill the screen, sharing his knowledge and putting it to the test.

"The Atomic Clock" Video Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/genehoglanofficial#p/f/5/cSGkxNpP8aU

WHAT WAS ONCE OLD IS NEW AGAIN

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By Bill Delingat

When it comes to fashion, trends and music some also say it has come full circle.

Led Zeppelin’s reunion in London, The Who’s tunes on CSI, Beatles mixed box sets and The Beatles Band war game and now the Rolling Stones remix and DVD of “Exile on Main Street”. These rock giants of years gone by have found new fans in the internet jungle and on the flat screens. Well what about the Canadians?

These last few months we have seen the anniversaries and reunions of some of Canada’s rock stars and institutions, filling the desire of new generations of listeners and artists that want to learn more of where it all began and where it might be going..

This past month Johnnie Lovesin turned 61, Kensington Sound Studios celebrated 40 years, Goddo hit the stage for a documentary, celebrating 35years of bad boy rock, and Triumph releases a new compilation CD. Rush has brought their own testimonial to being on the road with a box set DVD as well,so as not to be forgotten for all those earlier tunes their new fans are requesting.

Canada’s rockers of days gone by are back in your face and we have the stories to tell.

Worldwide Earth Festival in Canada Names Domlebo Official Spokesman

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On June 12th 2010 at 7:30pm, writer & composer Domlebo will be part of the festival kick off at Café Bistro TribuTerre for the 6th edition of the Worldwide Earth Festival in Canada.

Domlebo’s green awareness is no secret as he proudly wears clothing creations from SOAP (made of recycled clothing) and offsets his greenhouse gas emissions through ZEROCO2. His considerable contribution to an environmental and humanistic cause during his upcoming summer tour in Quebec was one the main factors in his selection.

As part of the Worldwide Earth Festival, Domlebo will be performing 5 shows in the Montreal , Rimouski and Mont Tremblant area’s during the festival, in addition to many other sponsored activities around Quebec in celebration of the 2010 edition.
About: The Worldwide Earth Festival is a non-profit organization, which seeks to educate     people wishing to join an environmental, fair, and respectable cause. Represented in over 15 countries, the festival will simultaneously be celebrated across the globe, demonstrating the importance of the union of information, generations, and actions for   the preservation of the Earth.

The Worldwide Earth Festival in Canada is linked to a common global charter, which includes all of the countries hosting the Earth Festival around the world. The charter stands out, thanks to its inclusion of an agreement to act without political, religious or dogmatic mandates, and by encouraging membership through behavior, which is respectful of differences.

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