True Patriot Love 2010 Tribute Dinner Raises Record $2.4 Million for Military Families


Story: Bill Delingat

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told Parliament that Canada's combat mission will end next year as scheduled. However, his government finally confirmed that the country would keep up to 950 soldiers and support staff in Afghanistan on a training mission until March 2014(as reported in the Canadian Press).

"When Canada is asked by its allies and when Canada is asked by the Afghan people, 'Get us ready to defend ourselves,' I think Canada should respond as the government is responding."

But a new poll suggests Canadians are wary of any extension to the military mission in Afghanistan, which has claimed the lives of 152 members of the Forces. This is just another reason why events such as “True Patriot Love” are so important for those who are making our world a safer place.

The True Patriot Love Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of citizens who want to make a positive contribution to the lives of Canadian military personnel and their families – to serve those who serve on behalf of our nation. The Foundation has grown through generous contributions from patriotic Canadians, corporations and other organizations.


David Marsden

David Marsden is one of Canada’s most influential broadcasters and an originator of free-form broadcasting.  An initial purveyor of Internet radio and one of a few Canadians to be recognized at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, not only once, but twice, he has the distinction of being the subject of a dedicated chapter in Marshall McLuhan’s book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, a pioneering study in media theory.  With an incredible career spanning 50 years, Marsden’s unrivaled contributions to broadcasting will be honoured with the Alan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award during his induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Considered one of Canada’s first true Rock’n’Roll deejays, David Marsden first made his mark in radio as the notoriously controversial motor-mouth jock Dave Mickie.  Through the 60s and 70s, he entertained a generation of fans through the CKEY and CHIQ airwaves, a national radio syndication and as host of two television shows: Canada’s first national teen pop TV show “Music Hop” on CBC and the weekly “Mickie A Go Go” which aired on CHCH TV for two and half years.  His uncharacteristic style and unmistakable voice have earned him the admiration of many a radio listener, some of whom have followed him as Mickie and as Marsden.

October Sky win on Quebec's most popular TV show “Zéro à 1000$, L'échelle du talent" on V Tele in front of 250,000 Viewers

October Sky

Montreal- October Sky have done it again, conquering all competitors to win $1,000 in front of 250,000 plus television viewers on one of Quebec's most popular TV shows "Zéro à 1000$, L'échelle du talent" on V Tele.

The quartet's last competitive win was in September 2009 where they took the Canadian title at the Global Battle of The Bands and opened for Alexisonfire and Bad Religion followed by a performance at the international finals in the London, UK in May 2010.
Commenting on their V Tele experience is October Sky's keyboardist Yan Rouleau.

"We're really honored to have won and to be seen by our hometown province of Quebec. It's just "Incredible". We're really looking forward to playing some upcoming shows and heading over to Europe to promote our latest release "Green & Beautiful". The tour dates for France are set to kick off November 24th in Paris and end in Nantes on December 3rd.

"The last few months have been incredible, this will be our second time to Europe and our first time to France. We're really looking forward to performing our new release for them." commented vocalist / guitarist, Karl Raymond.

October Sky’s third release, “Green & Beautiful” was produced by Brian Moncarz (Moneeen, The Junction, Silverstein) and is the follow-up to the band’s highly celebrated 2008 album, "Hell Isn't My Home."
October Sky - Green & Beautiful Promo Tour Video:

Beauty and the Beast The Savagely Silly Family Musical

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Ross Petty Presents:

Beauty and the Beast

The Savagely Silly Family Musical 

November 25, 2010- January 2, 2011

Elgin Theatre

FACTOR Announces New President

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11/08/2010 - Toronto, ON - FACTOR is pleased to announce that Duncan McKie will assume the role of President of the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) effective December 13, 2010. Duncan replaces Heather Ostertag who retired from her position in June of 2010. Mr. McKie has been the President/CEO of The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) since June 2007.

"After conducting a lengthy national search that identified several qualified candidates we have decided that Duncan McKie is the strongest candidate for the new president of FACTOR. The FACTOR Board is confident in Duncan's experience and his visions for the independent Canadian music industry. The FACTOR Board looks forward to his contributions to FACTOR and welcome him to the team." Pegi Cecconi, FACTOR Chair

"The Canadian funding system for music is admired around the world. FACTOR has been an integral part of that unique public and private partnership for over 30 years. The FACTOR Board has entrusted me with the responsibility to build on that legacy and to develop FACTOR's programs for the digital era. I look forward to the challenge and working with the FACTOR team." Duncan McKie.


Day2 Déjà Vu

Neogrunge trio Day 2 Deja Vu are showing off their funny side with a hilarious teen-themed video for 'Lay You Down', already putting up numbers on YouTube.The tune's off their recent debut album, Lady Liberty, and follows on the heels of the first single 'The Sight".

Recently inked to the T.Dot's EMG, the buzzed-about band is gearing up for a major fall push, including a return bout in Toronto, where their Mod Club gig was a wild and woolly thing and the boys pulled many babes.

This just in, ‘Lay You Down’ is now scoring medium rotation at Much Music and the signs say it’s got nowhere to go but up.  


Cashbox Canada

Bob Mersereau’s The Top 100 Canadian Singles

Top 100 Canadian Singles

The title alone of this book lets you know this is no small undertaking. This is not the top singles of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and all the subsequent decades, but rather The Top 100 Canadian Singles! EVER! Tough one!

But as the liner notes say this book is “destined to spark debate about Canadian Music.” Of course, to state the obvious, all lists are subjective and quite honestly create more debate over the omissions than the actual songs chosen. To help ensure some accuracy and credibility author Bob Mersereau, a veteran music columnist and CBC Arts reporter, assembled a great cross section of members of Canada’s Who’s Who, all of whom cast their votes in a nationwide poll.

The Guess Who topped the list at # 1 of 100, with their classic song “American Woman” and the top ten included the likes of Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Steppenwolf and Leonard Cohen. I won’t spoil the experience of reading this book by giving away any more of the list. Go buy it and enjoy the discoveries on your own.

To offset the list, singers, songwriters and artists gave their own picks, in some cases completely different from the “official” list. Folks like Sass Jordan, Moe Berg and even Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys gave their opinions and reasons why they chose the songs they did.

Another nice touch and homage to our musical cultures is the section dedicated to French Canadian music hits, deftly put together by Eric Trudel. And to show they were paying attention, Quebec legend Robert Charlebois made it onto the “official” Top 100 with his hit “Lindbergh”.

British launch for Quebec Recording Artists Mosquito-B

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by Kathy Hahn

October 4, 2010 - Toronto: Quebec recording artists Mosquito-B launched their new EP, “Killing Mars” in England on Friday October 1. The 10” vinyl edition pressed in London introduces six tracks from the band which will be included in the complete album to be released in early 2011. The full album will feature more than 15 songs.  

 This is the second British tour for Mosquito-B in the past six months, following tour dates anchored by shows in Nashville, Burlington, Cleveland in the USA, and Niagara and Toronto in 2009.

Mosquito-B kicked off their British tour with their record launch and showcase at The Hobbit - Southhampton (Oct 1) and will perform at Woodmead Halls in  Lyme Regis (Oct. 2), London (Oct. 6, 9)  and Mr. Kyps in Poole (Oct. 10).

The highlight for the tour is the special invitation to participate in the festivities celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Mosquito-B have been asked to join a stellar lineup of artists from England and Russia, amongst others.

Mosquito-B will participate in a full slate of John Lennon birthday festivities including a ‘Bed In’ in Bournemouth and a ‘Love In’ on Abbey Road. Mosquito-B’s Dan Louis notes, “Last May, following our trip to Lyme Regis, we received an extraordinary offer by a London promoter who adored our show when we opened for Bristol’s own Stackridge (formerly known as the Korgis). The audience had demanded an encore, which we are told is very rare for an opening band.”

The New Album – “KILLING MARS”


Orbyt Media

Orbyt Media Partners with The Donkey Comedy Network for Affiliate and Ad Sales of 24/7 Comedy Radio in Canada

Leading Radio Syndicator Nabs First Short-Attention-Span, Hit-Driven All-Comedy Radio Format for the Masses

(TORONTO, September 29, 2010) – Canada’s first short-attention-span, hit-oriented, mass-appeal all-comedy radio format is now available for syndication across the country with the new exclusive partnership of Orbyt Media and The Donkey Comedy Network (DCN) for affiliate and ad sales in Canada of 24/7 Comedy Radio.

The announcement comes on the heels of the first U.S. affiliation between Canada’s leading syndicator of premiere radio programming and Clear Channel’s KFNY, and extends distribution of 24/7 Comedy Radio to America’s comedy-loving Northern neighbours.

“24/7 Comedy Radio is a unique addition to Orbyt’s library of compelling radio brands for the Canadian market,” says Lesley Soldat, General Manager of Orbyt Media. “The content is pitch
perfect funny and the Top-40-inspired presentation is unlike any other comedy product on radio. “ We believe Donkey Comedy will do for radio what The Comedy Network has done for TV.”



Vancouver folk metallers (yep, you read it right) Scythia will be officially releasing their 9 track debut album "Of War" Tuesday, October 5th. The crew are currently getting pumped for their upcoming "Exiled across Canada" tour.

"This is definitely an album for fans that truly love a mix of great storytelling blended with the progressive sound of metal, violin and an oboe of death." comments Scythia band founder Dave Khan.

Formed in late 2008, Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes. So what is Scythia? At the most primitive level, it is epic storytelling set to modern progressive metal. With a whole lot of dynamic, intense goodness, of course.

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.

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