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.



Dawson Reigns

It’s been a busy few months for one of Canada’s hottest emerging artists, Dawson Reigns.  Since August, Dawson has enjoyed the release of his third international single, a number-1 song in Australia, a showcase at Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, an appearance at the British Country Music Awards in England and a British radio tour.


Yep.  It’s been a good fall for Dawson Reigns.


And the good news continues!  On Saturday November 20th, Dawson will appear on the CTV network’s South-western Ontario newsmagazine show, “The Beat.”   Watch the show and find out what kind of year it’s been for Dawson—and what he’s hoping for in the year ahead!


Who:  Dawson Reigns

What:  CTV’s “The Beat”

When:  6:30pm Saturday November 20 (also available afterwards on www.swo.ctv.ca)


Don’t miss it.


Pat Murray CD

TORONTO – November 15, 2010 – Stunning and evocative jazz vocalist, Pat Murray is launching her new, independent CD, A TICKET TO RIDE – THE BEATLES BOOK  - and is celebrating the launch of this innovative and highly musical recording with TWO CD LAUNCH EVENTS!  The first launch is taking place at Toronto’s famed jazz spot, “The Rex Hotel and Jazz & Blues Bar” on Saturday, November 27th from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.  Pat will be joined onstage by the phenomenal musicians from the recording:  Producer, arranger and pianist Mark Kieswetter, bassist/sitarist George Koller and percussionist Davide DiRenzo .  “The Rex Hotel” is located at 194 Queen St., West.  For further information, please log on to www.therex.ca.                                                        


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

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