Canada’s own JUSTIN HINES, will be performing live at Toronto’s Panasonic Theatre  (651 Yonge St) on Friday, October 21st at 8:00 pm. Tickets start at $35.00 and are available at the Box Office by calling 416.872.1212 or toll-free at 1.800.461.3333. Tickets to this special concert can also be purchased online through Ticket King here: https://web.ticketking.com/TK/.

Recently, Justin’s PBS television Special with RON SEXSMITH, THE CANADIAN TENORS, SIERRA NOBLE and NATALIE MACMASTER aired across the U.S. and also included airings in Toronto and Montreal.

Justin Hines has been around the globe performing songs off his recent release ‘DAYS TO RECALL’ which features the single “Tell Me I’m Wrong” currently continuing its rise on the American AC charts. The music video for the single focuses on the devastation caused by flooding and tornadoes in the southern U.S and the unbreakable spirit of the community as they rebuild their homes and their lives.  The music video has garnered over 610,000 hits online within the past month.

sandy@cashboxcanada.ca to win!


Harvesting the Fruits of Francophone Culture

The 6th Edition of ‘Francophonie en Fête’ is taking place this year from October 13th thru October 16th in the heart of downtown Toronto.

After several years of collaboration with the ‘Salon Du Livre’ the Festival is once again going on its own and is presenting an exceptional musical programme. In addition to the live performances, there are numerous workshops scheduled based on artistic creativity aimed at the younger market. During the four day Festival run, numerous artists will perform in the Distillery District, The Transac Club and the Glenn Gould Studio.

This year the ‘Francophonie en Fête’ production team would like to invite francophones, francophiles and anglophones alike to come out over the four days and celebrate ‘Harvesting the Fruits of the Francophonie Culture.’

Catherine MajorCatherine MajorOpening night is scheduled for Thursday, October 13 in the Thomson-Landry Gallery in the Distillery District, and the celebrations will continue a variety of live entertainers, painting, music, public speaking, and workshops for songwriting and other creative ideas.

Diane TellDiane TellAmongst some of the headliners are Catherine Major, Diane Tell, Patricia O’Callaghan, France Gauthier, Gilles Bélanger, to name a few.

Cowboy Junkies Announce October 18 Release Of Sing In My Meadow


Photo: CJs iconic muse Margo Timmins.

Iconic Toronto artists get set to release volume three of The Nomad Series & the follow up to Volume Two Demons, the critically acclaimed tribute to the late Vic Chesnutt.

With the October 2011 release of Sing In My Meadow, Cowboy Junkies continue an ambitious schedule of four releases over an 18 month period, collectively titled "The Nomad Series."

Sing In My Meadow is a collection of songs recorded over a four day period that the band's Michael Timmins describes as "an album that references an aspect of our live performances that we don't dig into very much in our studio recordings. We wanted the album to revolve around those psychedelic, blues-inspired forays we are so fond of exploring on stage.

“This past February the live band (the four of us plus Jeff Bird) gathered in our studio to record all of these songs over a four day period. We approached them all live-off-the-floor, nasty and dirty and disturbing the cold winter night’s peace. We tried to channel Miles at the Isle of Wight, deep in his Bitches Brew phase, Captain Beefheart and his Mirror Man psychoses, The Birthday Party live at the Electric Ballroom circa 1981 (Margo, Al and I were in that audience) and Neil and Crazy Horse in the back room at SIR….overdriven and thick with electricity."

Sing In My Meadow follows the critically acclaimed Renmin Park (2010) and Demons (2011). Renmin Park was inspired by Timmins’ two-month stay in China with his family in ‘08 and was called “their most ambitious yet” by



September 21, 2011

By Heather Ostertag - President of the CMAO

What a great Country Music Week the CCMA's and Hamilton put on.  The CMAO was afforded a number of opportunities to promote the organization as well as its members,  thanks to the collaborative nature of the event.

A big thanks goes to the CCMA as well as Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Incorporated (HECFI) who supported the CMAO's performance opportunity on the Thursday night leading into Country Music Week.  The event was a tremendous success from the opening performance by Naomi Bristow, through to the closing number which included The Sadies and their father Bruce Good taking the stage for an encore.  All those who attended were thoroughly entertained.  It was wonderful to see so many of the CMAO Directors in attendance, working backstage, on-stage at our booth selling memberships.  It is very inspiring to lead such a great team of people.

President of the CMAO Heather Ostertag and the CCMA Event/Jamie Warren,Randy Owen, Brian Allen, Donna Henry from Country 93President of the CMAO Heather Ostertag and the CCMA Event/Jamie Warren,Randy Owen, Brian Allen, Donna Henry from Country 93It was wonderful to meet up with so many of our members throughout the weekend.  I have said this before and it has been reaffirmed to be again that attending Country Music Week is like attending a family reunion.  Albeit a very large family.

Michelle Wright Inducted into The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

Michelle Wright and Johnny Reid show off their goodies.

[Photo:Michelle Wright and Johnny Reid show off their goodies.]

This past Sunday, September 11, the Canadian Country Music Association honoured its 2011 Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees at a special gala dinner and award ceremony. Michelle Wright, this year's Artist inductee, was recognized for her outstanding contributions to Canada's country music landscape.

Canadian born Michelle Wright has drawn rave reviews for her powerful voice over the last two decades. Selling nearly two million albums in North America and enjoying an international career, she is the first Canadian artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America (Take It Like A Man, 1992) and a Number One video on CMT-USA.

"What a tremendous honour. I deeply appreciate this recognition and am so very proud to have had the opportunity to represent Canada across the globe through my music," said Michelle Wright of her induction. "I have been blessed, and continue to be blessed, with a wonderful career. My thanks go out to the CCMA, my fans and industry friends, Brian Ferriman (my manager of more than 25 years), my outstanding team, and my husband, Marco, for helping make this recognition possible."

The Power of Music


Story:Bill Delingat

Song soothes sorrow and we all know that well.

When a child cries the mother is often brought to rocking and singing a song to soothe the tearful eyes of the vulnerable child that slowly relaxes into a deep comforting sleep. Babes in arms.

With the tragic events of 9/11 being ten years past, the writer looked at the various ways people expressed their sorrows looking for closure and truth after all these years.

One performer stuck out with her new phase on her journey through life and there we found a song. "You Gotta Believe" Parvati is a unique performer, bringing her messages to the public through her songs and unique performances; she has been the first at making her visions and dreams a reality to share with the children of "Mother Earth". Cashbox has not only watched her shows but also her adventures, documenting her trip to the North Pole and the first concert performed on the barren but beautiful wasteland.

Parvati performs a song she wrote for 9/11. 10 years ago. Parvati was at the piano, she was called by her father to see the twin towers fall live. Filled with emotion she went back to the piano and this song "You Gotta Believe" was born. She sang this song at Madison Square Garden and is currently working on a studio release

The season’s Buzz Queen Jennifer Castle hits the road for a National tour of Castlemusic

Jennifer Castle

After lending her unmistakable voice to albums by The Constantines, Fucked Up, Eric Chenaux and Weird Visions and touring with Owen Pallett, in April Jennifer released her third solo record, and the first under her own name.

Castlemusic came out on Flemish Eye in April to great critical acclaim

How the lady’s taking it and her mesmerizing presence to both coasts of our great country this fall. After a show at Pop Montreal, Jen heads West to play a string of dates on the West Coast, and then turns East for Halifax Pop Explosion and a run of dates opening for Chad VanGaalen.

Castle says that she “takes the world very seriously, while believing very much in impossible things.” This idea of being rooted in the real world – yet still free to soar in the ether of daydreams offers insight into the contradictory and alluring world of Jennifer Castle.

After lending her unmistakable voice to a diverse list of recordings – including The Constantines’ Kensington Heights, Fucked Up’s Year of the Pig and David Comes to Life, as well as albums by Ryan Driver, Eric Chenaux, Doug Paisley, Weird Visions and Wooly Leaves, Jennifer Castle now brings her very personalized take on folk music to the world under her own name for the first time.

Castlemusic captures a distinctive Canadian artist using a vivid palette of subtle textures and colours. Timeless in tone and dense with mystery and mysticism, Castlemusic constructs a sonic environment that reverberates like a world long lost, steeped in longing and foggy like a half-remembered dream.

PSISA, new rules and how it affects the Entertainment business.


Story:Bill Delingat

The days of putting on a black T Shirt with bright yellow lettering on your back reading  “SECURITY” are over. With the Toronto International Film

Festival “coming to town what does this mean to all the events being held around the city in bars and facilities alike?
The Registrar (PSISA) as it is known to the over 3800 licensed security guards in the province has made some changes to the Private Security and Investigative Services Act ,2005 and have now started to enforce the changes with actual charges for those who are not complying to the new rules and regulations which are in fact enforced and monitored by the OPP.

In the past to become a security guard in the province of Ontario all one had to do was to fill out the on-line application and prove you were a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant ,pay your fees and after a criminal background check clearance you were given a license for 1 year.
This became more prominent in the general public’s view with the G20 where 1000 of applicants were processed to fill the demand for the world event. Some reporters thought they would apply and saw how easy it was to become a licensed guard in the province. What they did not know was that the province was already making changes to the applications and the industries due to some unfortunate incidents where injury and or death may have been caused do to the lack of training in the field.

So what does this mean to bar owners and concert promoters?

Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.

Warrant 1

Warrant back on the road and Rockaholic on the charts.
Jani Lane found dead in California Hotel.

Story: Bill Delingat

Jani Lane, 47, former lead singer (1986-1993, 1994-2004, 2008) of So Cal heavy rock band Warrant, was found dead Thursday evening, August 11, 2011. The Los Angeles Police Department reported. Lane was officially pronounced dead by fire department personnel who responded to a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. at a Comfort Inn hotel on the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California.

No official cause of death has been released. Lane born John Kennedy Oswald joined the rock group, in 1986. It would, over the years, have a revolving lineup. Lane left the band in 2004, but rejoined briefly in 2008, before leaving again. Warrant's biggest hit was the double-entendre-fest "Cherry Pie" in 1990.Bret Michaels of the band Poison commented about Lane’s death late Thursday night. "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully: Bret and all at [Michaels Entertainment Group Inc.]."

Lane, who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club in 2005, had a history with alcohol-related arrests. In 2009 he pleaded no contests to misdemeanor DUI and was put on probation for three years. In 2010, he was arrested for another alcohol-related incident and jailed for 120 days.

Montreal artist Jenn Mierau releases self-produced "HUSH" Sept.13

Jenn Mierau 1

Story: Bill Delingat

It could be because of her years of classical piano solitude, or may be because she is a voracious autodidact.  Or it might be because she likes to do things the hard way.  Whatever the reason, Montreal’s Jenn Mierau has chosen to embark on the road of self-producing and recording, with her just-completed work “HUSH”.

Learning from other producers, Mierau added in the playing of bass and electric guitar on her tracks and started experimenting with found-sound samples and vocal layering on top of her Wurlitzer and vocals. The result is an acoustic-ish, electro-ish labor of love highlighting her sweet and often called sexy voice.

Mierau counteracts her hours in the digital world by making artwork the old analog way: knitting, string art and yes, even her version of macaroni art. For this album, she took the approach one step further by rug-hooking a 14,400 stitch self-portrait, while recording a time-lapse video of the process. The digital version of the artwork is remarkable, but the physical CD – which replicates the entire rug, front to back and side to side – is a mini marvel on its own!

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