Crash Parallel

You never know what a marketing team will get up to next; Mississauga alt-rockers Crash Parallel shed the winter blues and kicked off the New Year with a unique partnership with Blo, Blow Dry Bar, that is, North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar.


Blo and the band share a wide reaching female fan base and had teamed up to execute an experiential marketing campaign that includes connecting with customers through grass roots promotions, events and giveaways. The timing couldn’t be better for Crash Parallel who are set to release their sophomore album Sunset in Reverse on February 8, 2011 and are heading out on a tour of Eastern Canada with the Goo Goo Dolls this February.


Ten Blo locations throughout Ontario and British Columbia will be involved in an exciting in-bar promotion; giving Hair Cadets (aka clients) download cards that will grant them access to an exclusive acoustic EP from Crash Parallel. Additionally, as the band is extremely eco-conscious, the cards are made of 100% biodegradable materials and contain seeds that will flower once planted.


“Blo is a huge fan of Crash Parallel and thrilled to partner with them on this blo-tastic campaign,” says Hilary Chan-Kent, of Blo, Blow Dry Bar. “We believe that our database of Hair Cadets will dig this in-bar value add – especially Crash Parallel’s new tunes. We like Crash Parallel’s innovative approach to marketing and look forward to creating a viral buzz that will benefit both brands.”


Cat Music Goes Platinum at MIDEM

Cat Music

ULTRA MUSIC Canada presented Romania’s Cat Music with platinum certification for Stereo Love at the Canada stand yesterday. On hand for the presentation were Ultra Records’ David Waxman (left), Cat Music’s Marian Soci, Ultra Records’ Patrick Moxey, Cat Music’s Dan Popi and Ultra Records’ Asim ‘Awesome’ Awan. 


Photo Credit: Yann Coatsaliou


FRIENDS OF JACK Release Two New Singles

Friends of Jack

St. Alban’s, Newfoundlands favourite sons and Fort McMurray, Alberta’s adopted sons now have their first two singles  ‘I OWE YOU ONE’ and ‘THE REAL DEAL’available on 1Tunes in a major country near you.


Fans in the Drayton Valley, Alberta area can catch Darryl, Chad and Paul at the BASICS FOR BABIES Benefit Breakfast on January 21st being held at the Lakeview Inns & Suites – tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the door – includes breakfast.   BASICS FOR BABIES is now into it’s third year and are partnered with the Drayton Valley Health Unit.  This benefit helps provide the basic necessities of life to children in the Drayton Valley community who otherwise would go without.  Some items that are purchased with money raised are clothing, food, diapers and medicine.  


In late November Friends of Jack made the trek to Nashville to finish recording their debut album – with Bob Bullock producing!  The self-titled debut album is scheduled for an early spring release with another single coming late January.  2011 is looking to be a busy year for Friends of Jack and they are looking forward to bringing their sibling harmonies to a city near you!


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The High Dials Bring Anthems For Doomed Youth To Toronto

The High Dials

Montreal neopsychedelic quintet The High Dials are always a ton o’ fun whether rocking out or getting all atmospheric and groovy. With a new album to preview, you know the Dials will be throwing down their best to impress and word is the new tunes are among their best ever.

It feels like this one is the distillation of all the pop and psychedelic influences they’ve toyed with during the three previous albums. ‘Chinese Boxes’ has a swamp rock, countryish feel, while ‘The Rich Die Too’ is all lush, dreamy. minor chorded landscape. And closing ballad ‘Bedroom Shadows’ is a spooky, skittish thing that wouldn’t have been out of place on the Inception soundtrack.

Recorded in an abandoned building that once belonged to the Canadian navy, the Montreal band’s fourth full-length studio album, Anthems For Doomed Youth, benefits from the beautiful natural reverb in the large admiral’s ballroom. Bravely undeterred by claims that the room was haunted, the band forged ahead after a number of spooky supernatural experiences and emerged with their most authentic and mature work to date. Mixed by Michael Musmanno (Lilys) in New York City, Anthems For Doomed Youth was released on November 2nd. The band will celebrate the successful and critically acclaimed release with US and Canadian tour dates.  

Jan 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe w/ The Vaccines, 9pm 

Jan 28 - Montreal, QC @Quai des Brumes w/ Passwords & Sonic Avenues

Jan 29 - New York City, NY Party Expo in Brooklyn

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Montreal's Underground Realroad Featured On Brockway Ent. 2011 Canadian Rap Superstars

Brockway Entertainment

In continuing with their annual holiday tradition, Brockway Entertainment has compiled their 22 favourite Canadian rap tracks of 2010 and packed them all onto one album. Montreal's very own Underground Realroad  has been selected for the compilation with their track Be Who U-R feat. Miss Tee from their debut release "Slave To The Game".


"We're truly honoured to have our song selected for this incredible and very talented compilation that showcases Canada's rising rappers." commented Underground Realroad's Bricc.

The 2011 Canadian Rap Future Superstars compilation is a non-profit initiative aimed at providing exposure for up-and-coming Canadian rap artists.  The album can be downloaded and ordered for free from www.BrockwayEnt.com .

The diverse 2011 compilation features 34 Canadian artists, 8 Canadian DJs and 17 Canadian beatmakers, spanning 10 Canadian cities from Halifax, NS to Victoria, BC. Brockway Entertainment increased its community collaboration in 2010 as Moncton’s Nayles (provided the album design, and Montreal’s Asher Media Relations  will be providing publicity assistance again this year.


The 2011 track listing features:

The Baghdaddios Share "Season Beatings" EP For The Holidays

The Baghdaddios

If you dig Lennon’s ‘So This Is Christmas’ or The Pogues ‘Fairytale In New York’, you’ll like the spirit of this new seasonal release.

In celebration of this year's Xmas, NYC punk rockers The Baghdidios are sharing and streaming their "Season Beatings" EP for fans on a special MySpace link.

"Tis the season to be naughty!" comments frontman Kenn Rowell and The Baghdidos deliver naughty by the sackful.

"Season Beatings" features six tracks with the following titles:

1) Christmas at CBGB's - [MP3] - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUNQinTlubU (Music Video)

2) Christmas Ain't For Lonely People - [MP3]- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6X47TxHCQI

Bill King/Jane Bunnett Release Special Single to Benefit Food With Dignity Program

Bill King

As Charlie dickens remarked pointedly so long ago, " It is at this time of year that want is most keenly felt". Sadly, those lines still apply, so in the spirit of the season, check out this most worthy of projects spearheaded by a pair of Toronto musicians with a reputation for caring.musicians


We’ve just finished what I feel is an important music work – ‘War on Poverty’ with Jane Bunnett’s African/Cuban Blues Summit Band. We have joined forces in a campaign  to expose the growing underclass which is estimated to be three million in Canada who go without the bare necessities to make life livable. We have partnered with ‘The Stop’ and their campaign - ‘Food with Dignity’ Program to bring greater attention to this severe crisis.  All of us donated our services from players to studio. Proceeds once online will go directly to ‘The Stop.’ We want people to upload music and create their own stories across Canada reflecting the faces and issues most affected by poverty and post on YouTube. We are hoping to make a difference. Below is a link to a Souncloud player that makes it quick and easy to access and listen to the track.


All the best,

Bill king



Jane BunnettJane BunnettComposer/producer/ keys –Bill King

Keith Bradford of the Cashbox Nashville office launches new page on Cashbox Canada

Keith Bradford Photo Credit: Natasha Slinko

Photo credit: Natasha Slinko


For many months now we have featured Bradford’s excerpts from his upcoming DVD Series, ‘The Music Business, Ya Gotta Luv It’.  The response to this column, along with the need for a country section to Cashbox Canada, has brought about the new page ‘Cashbox Music City U.S.A.’  Keith Bradford, is co-owner of NBRN.FM with his brother, Mike, as well as owner and operator of KMA Records, and Keith Bradford Promotions. 


Canada has grown in the last decade to have a vibrant country music market with the likes of Michelle Wright, Gord Bamford, Julian Austin, Johnny Reid, Paul Brandt, Corb Lund to name a few, from the days when America only knew of Anne Murray, Gord Lightfoot and Tommy Hunter. 

The borders of our countries when it comes to music don’t seem to matter as much as they used to, just as the music charts are now crossing over between adult contemporary to country.  This new section will be completely submitted from the desk of Bradford, situated in Nashville, Tennessee or as it is called ‘Music City, U.S.A’ to us.  Bradford has this to say of his new section.

Be Very Afraid. Scythia’s Now On TV


This is one bunch of Left Coasters who aren’t into letting the meat loaf. Vancouver folk metallers Scythia, just home and fresh off  their "Exiled Across Canada Tour" in support of their debut release "...Of War", have announced they will be premiering on Blank TV their 5 part Red Wizard mini-series that they filmed via an iPhone while on the road. 

The miniseries follows the band while on tour stops across multiple Canadian cities and tells the story of Scythia's encounters with the evil Red Wizard.

"We came up with idea while we had a few days off on the tour and were visiting sites in various cities we performed in. Scott our keyboardist had his iPhone so it came in perfectly handy to do the videos. We hope the fans like it and have a good laugh." comments Scythia vocalist / guitarist Dave Khan.

To view episode 1 of the Red Wizard please visit the following link here.


Taylor Swift

Toronto, ON – Tickets for Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated July 15 and 16 performances in Toronto went on sale last week and sold out within minutes.  Taylor’s Speak Now World Tour 2011 was announced last week in support of her latest album Speak Now (Open Road Recordings / Universal Music Canada). Speak Now is quickly becoming the most sought after record of the year, achieving rave reviews worldwide, shattering sales records and selling over a million copies in the US, the first week of release. 


In the U.S., tickets for the first 10 shows of the North American tour sold out just as quickly. Those shows included Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. – which sold out in five minutes, and two shows at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Centre, which sold out within two minutes. In response to the strong demand for tickets, one additional performance has been added for Foxborough on June 26 and two additional performances have been posted for Los Angeles on August 27 and 28.

Taylor will perform throughout Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour on May 27th. The 2011 tour dates will include six stadium shows throughout the US. The North American leg of the tour is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and ticket prices start at $25.


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