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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"

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      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.

Downie says family life influenced new disc

By Nick Patch, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - When asked how his family influences his music, Gord Downie is uncharacteristically grand in his response.

"They inspire everything," says the father of four over coffee in Toronto's east end. "Everything I do, everything I eat, everything I don't eat."
"You settle into the fact that you let these kids affect you in their great and positive ways, and that can only affect your work in great and positive ways."

And, in the case of Downie's new solo record, "The Grand Bounce," his kids, who range in age from four to 14, affected the music in more tangible ways, too.

As the album disappears into its swirling closer "Pinned," Downie whispers softly over a simple piano melody while ambient sounds of a train hum gently in the background.

Downie says most of the track was, in fact, recorded with his laptop while on a train ride home from a funeral. And the guest pianist was none other than his daughter, whom he'd recorded while she was "tinkling away at the piano."
"She was appalled that I'd done that," Downie said with a smile. "And I liked it. I kept it with me."
Downie expanded kernels of inspiration like that one over and over for "The Grand Bounce."
Its driving opener and first single, "The East Wind" — where swiftly strummed acoustic guitars provide an infectious accompaniment to Downie's oft-repeated howl: "It doesn't go around you, it goes right through" — was inspired by some idle chatter between Downie and his neighbour, Todd.

NBRN.FM Internet Radio


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For many internet radio is a relatively unknown source of entertainment. Even with the growth of the personal computer in the household many users are completely unaware of what is available to them by means of the internet. However for those who have discovered internet radio they have also discovered that it is fast becoming (or is already) the best source of music that they can no longer find on their local AM or FM radio dial. As an example, the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network (www.nbrn.fm) is one of the best sources of “traditional” country music that you will find anywhere. NBRN.FM broadcasts using “SAM’S Player” which many consider the industry standard for internet broadcasting. Of the approximately 40,000 internet radio stations worldwide, Audio Realm reports that only 2000 of those actually use “SAM’S”. It is worthy to note here that there is a difference between an Internet Radio “Station” as opposed to an internet radio “program”.

Arnaldo y su Talisman in Toronto next June

Press Release

At Lula Lounge - Thursday June 3, 2010

Arnaldo Rodriguez and his 11 piece band are coming directly from Havana and will be performing in one of Toronto’s hottest Latin dance club - Lula Lounge located at 1585 Dundas St. W., west of Dufferin

This unique presentation has been organized by Havanarte Productions; doors open at 8 pm show starts at 9 pm, cover is only 20 cad per person at the door or by visiting lula.ca to make dinner reservations.

Arnaldo Rodriguez is one of the most recognized talents of young Cuban musicians , Director of the Well Known group Azucar in 2002 decided to form his own band named Arnaldo y su Talisman. In the past 8 years this band has received 4 awards at the Cubadiscos (Cuban Junos) and made the top hit list in Cuba many times over. Arnaldo Rodriguez is the founder and Director of the International Festival Piña Colada that takes place every year in Cayo Coco to promote tourism and culture. This festival gathers renown international artists and their fans from all over the world.

Arnaldo y su Talisman frequently shares the stage with Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa from Buena Vista Social Club and includes in their repertoire a great variety of rhythms from boleros to traditional Cuban son, pop and reguetton. Visiting several countries in Europe and South America, this unique Lula Lounge presentation will be their first concert ever in Canada and the launch of their newest Cd Mango

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL
647-403-7308 (HAVANARTE) or 416 588 0307(LULA)

THE ROYAL CROWNS REDUX

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By Lenny Stoute

The twenty-year mark is a big ol’ social threshold. You’re not a teenager anymore and folks expect changes from you. Same deal if you’re a band; it doesn’t have to be mind blowing change but the fans do expect some minor adjustments and a re-arranging of the familiar palette.

That’s fine for some but not so much for Teddy Fury, drummer, singer, wisecracker and guiding light for rockabilly icons The Royal Crowns. For the 20th anniversary, the Crowns have been reconfigured as a trio, with two gone and one new guy in. The result is a stripped down sound closer to the original rockabilly racket. Won’t be able to judge for ourselves until the Fall, when the group’s third album and first as a trio drops.

“ Yeah, we’ve got all the songs written and I guess we’re in pre-production mode,” says the irrepressible Fury,“ I called the Dome for the album release party but they couldn’t find a 40 seat set-up” he deadpans. Tight as they can be as players, The Royal Crowns have always carried a loose, even a tad zany, vibe about them that is as much a part of the rockabilly subculture as rooster ‘dos and blue suede shoes. The songwriting? Fury allows that’s a serious business.

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