Klaatu Re-Release Debut Album as 40th Anniversary Deluxe


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One of Canada's best-known contributions to the progressive rock canon, Klaatu's 1976 debut album, 3:47 EST, will be reissued on Nov. 27 through Conveyor Canada/Universal Music Canada, in a 40th anniversary deluxe re-mastered edition.

The album contains Klaatu's radio staple "Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft," as well as other signature tracks including "California Jam" and "Sub-Rosa Subway." Released under the title Klaatu in the U.S., it remains an important milestone in Canadian music, and for fans of classic rock worldwide.

The album's allure was heightened by the Toronto trio, comprised of John Woloschuk, Dee Long and Terry Draper, along with producer Terry Brown, choosing not to provide any information about themselves on the original release, leading to a rumour concocted by an American journalist that Klaatu was actually The Beatles performing under a pseudonym.

The deluxe reissue was remastered by award-winning Toronto producer/engineer Peter J. Moore, and comes in a collector's Digipak, complete with a full-colour booklet and liner notes by noted music journalist Nick Krewen. A deluxe vinyl version will follow in 2016.

Watch the official video for "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" here.


The Beach Boys' Mike Love Debuts New Holiday Single

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and Grammy®-award-winning singer and songwriter, Mike Love has released "(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day." The upbeat holiday track was written by Love, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of The Beach Boys, and is produced by multiple Grammy® award winning producer, Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing). The track, which hits radio this week, is released on Love's own Meleco Records and will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and other digital distributors starting November 6, 2015 - to kick off the holiday season.

"(You'll Never Be) Alone on Christmas Day" was originally written by Love with the help of classical pianist, Ron Altbach, in 1979 as part of a potential Beach Boys Christmas album. Love and Altbach are long time friends and occasional collaborators. The Beach Boys created a rough demo of Love's track, but never completed the song or officially released it.

Earlier this year, the band Phoenix approached Love for permission to cover the song for an upcoming Netflix original holiday special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, set to debut on December 4th in all territories where Netflix is available. A Very Murray Christmas is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself.

Eric Andersen Catch Him If You Can

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Singer/songwriter Eric Andersen is not 25 years old anymore, but his schedule would tire out a 25 year old and have him begging for rest. Perusing Eric’s upcoming itinerary is amazing in not only its diverse content but its globetrotting locations. At this writing the song poet is in Nashville, Tennessee taking part in a question period and performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame where he is featured in an exhibit called Dylan, Cash and The Nashville Cats, highlighting the contributions of the Nashville sessionmen, known by some as The Nashville Cats after a John Sebastien song, the A Team or Area Code 615.

Eric did several albums in Nashville with the great Norbert Putman on the other side of the glass and behind the board, Bob Dylan recorded Eric’s song Thirsty Boots that was released a couple of years ago. But before the Nashville appearance, Eric, who lives in Holland, had flown in to New York City after gigs in Vienna, for a date at the Museum of the City of New York, where he is part of an exhibit, Gerde’s Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival. The exhibit features several artifacts belonging to Eric including the Gibson Hummingbird that he wrote Thirsty Boots on and the handwritten napkin lyrics of the same song. Then down south for the Nashville appearance then back up north for a couple of shows before heading out to Kerhonkshon, New York to take part in the North East Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) event as part of the panel, Wisdom of the Elders.

Bette Midler Shares The Love

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Bette Midler has been singing her way into people's hearts since her debut album, The Divine Miss M (1972), became a platinum-seller and helped the singer win her first Grammy® Award. Since then, she has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and earned the distinction as only the second female singer to score a Top 10 album in five consecutive decades.

Throughout her career, Midler has demonstrated a remarkable musical range, but many of her signature hits have focused on matters of the heart. That's why Rhino will bring together 18 of her best love songs for a new collection A GIFT OF LOVE, available on December 4 on CD and digitally. A Gift of Love is available for pre-order on Amazon.

After Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun discovered Midler in 1972, the irrepressible singer with the unmistakable voice went on to enjoy an amazing career that continues to this day. This new collection includes highlights from albums she recorded for both Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. between 1976 and 2014.

The earliest recording on the new album is "Let Me Just Follow Behind," which Midler recorded for her third album, Songs for the New Depression (1976). The most recent tracks - "(Talk To Me Of) Mendocino" and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" - come from the sessions for Midler's smash tribute to female trios It's the Girls and are previously unreleased outside of the U.S.

Canadian Icon Ian Tyson Recovers From Open-Heart Surgery

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Singer Ian Tyson recovers from open heart surgery, plans to resume dual careers as singer and rancher. Tyson is resting comfortably in a hospital near his Longview, Alberta ranch, recovering from open-heart surgery.

A blockage required an aortic valve to be replaced; the operation took place two weeks ago in Calgary’s Foothills Hospital. Tyson, impatient to get back to his ranch, is wryly amused that the replacement valve came from a cow’s heart.

He began his career in the duo Ian and Sylvia in the early ‘60s, but has long had a distinguished career as a solo artist. He released his 13th album — Carnero Vaquero — for the Edmonton-based independent roots music label Stony Plain earlier this year.

Now 82, Tyson has followed dual careers as a rancher and singer since he moved to Alberta in the early ‘80s. Songs such as “Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon” and “Summer Wages” established him as one of Canada’s best-known artists.

He is looking forward to a limited schedule of performances next year, and he hopes to perform at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada in January — he’s played the event every year but one since 1981.

During his stay in hospital, which will likely last a few more days, friends and neighbours have taken care of the Tyson Ranch.


For further information, please contact Richard Flohil, PH: (416) 351-1323

Andy Kim Announced as 2016 Inductee to Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

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Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Andy Kim as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. Andy will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre on Thursday May 5, 2016.

"Andy Kim's contributions to the Canadian and international music community are truly remarkable in his 50+ year career. As a former recipient of the Indie Award for Favorite Solo Artist during Canadian Music Week, we are so proud to have him as part of the CMW alumni and are thrilled at his induction into the Hall of Fame", says CMW President Neill Dixon.

Legendary songwriter and recording artist Andy Kim was born in Montreal, QC Canada. At the age of 16 Andy travelled to New York and found fame when he began to write and work alongside The Brill Building writer Jeff Barry. During Kim's time at The Brill Building he penned and recorded classic hits including "How'd We Ever Get This Way?”, the first of nine Billboard Top 40 hits, and #1 songs like "Rock Me Gently" and the Archie's "Sugar, Sugar", one of Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time."

"The moment I heard the news I realized this voyage I'm on still surprises. I'm humbled and honoured to be recognized in the same breath as my great peers and friends in the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame," says Andy Kim. "Thank you to Neill Dixon and everyone at Canadian Music Week for continuing to keep music alive."

Spider Jones & Believe to Achieve Use Art to Fight for Kids

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Former Golden Glove Champion Spider Jones is set to Host Charity Art Auction in Support of Education, Mentorship and Knocking Out the Cycle of Poverty

On November 14, 2015, ARTWORLD FINE ART GALLERY will host the 3rd Annual BELIEVE TO ACHIEVE (BTA) Charity Art Auction in support of Toronto-area youth-at-risk. This exclusive event will be held on Saturday, November 14 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $100 each (tax-deductible). In addition to a silent art auction and a live art auction, featuring original paintings from more than 100 established artists, guests will be treated to live music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and spectacular door prizes.

Sponsored by Jazz FM and spearheaded by media personality, award-winning author and three-time Golden Glove boxing champion Spider Jones, the auction will help Jones raise the funds required to continue providing schools and community outreach groups with motivational seminars, workshops and keynote speakers who inspire by sharing their own true life stories. Proceeds will also support the recently opened Spider’s Web Youth Empowerment Centre. Headquartered in a space provided by Greenwin Inc., one of Canada’s leading landlords and property managers, the centre allows Spider and his team of mentors to work with up to 60 youths a day.

Matthew Stone to Pen Script For Tommy James’ Biopic: Me, The Mob & The Music

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Producer Barbara DeFina announces that Matthew Stone - whose credits include Intolerable Cruelty, Soul Men, and Free -has been signed to adapt Tommy James’ critically acclaimed autobiography Me, The Mob & The Music: the gripping, true life tale of Tommy’s tumultuous relationship with Morris Levy, head of Roulette Records, which was a front for the Genovese crime family in New York.

Starting with the #1 1966 smash “Hanky Panky,” Tommy James - with the Shondells and solo - unleashed a staggering string of mega-hits, including “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Draggin’ The Line,” “Crimson and Clover,” and “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” In 1969 alone he sold more singles than The Beatles.

In February 2010, the autobiography Me, The Mob, and The Music was published. James announced that deals were in hand to turn the story into both a film and a Broadway play. It was at that time that Tommy James was approached about making a movie of the book shortly after its publication.

Dan Aykroyd Guest Of Honour At St. Lawrence International Film Festival Opening Gala

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The St. Lawrence International Film Festival, taking place October 22-25, 2015, will kick off its inaugural Opening Gala with the 35thAnniversary screening of the American musical comedy classic “The Blues Brothers”featuring the film’s co-creator and star Dan Aykroyd as the Festival’s Honored Guest.

Mr. Aykroyd will introduce the film and participate in a Q &A. The Screening and reception, benefiting the RCMP Foundation, will be held at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC on October 22, 2015 at 7 Pm. A red-carpet arrival at 6 Pm will precede the screening. To add to the festivities, Mr. Aykroyd is providing the Gala with his own award-winning Crystal Head Vodka.

“Dan Aykroyd’s contributions to film and television couldn’t be more in line with the boundary-smashing DNA of this festival,” remarked Festival Executive Director and Founder Adam Paul.

“We’ve chosen the theme ‘Beyond Borders’ to highlight the kind of unexpected and inspired body of work Mr. Aykroyd has demonstrated throughout his storied career. To have the opportunity to celebrate ‘The Blues Brothers’ anniversary is itself the perfect way to open this new event. To celebrate it with Mr. Aykroyd in attendance and as a benefit for the good work of the RCMP Foundation is a true honor for us.”

Steve’s Music Store Celebrates 50 Years with the Country Corner

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This year, 2015, Steve’s Music Store celebrates 50 years of servicing musicians with everything from picks and strings and reeds to guitars, keyboards and P.A. systems.

In fact as Steve said “If we don’t have it, you don’t need it.” Steve Kirman opened his first store in Montreal on May 15, 1965, in a strip of pawn shops in a sketchy part of town. If my memory serves me right the Old Bowery Mission was kitty corner to the store. I bought my first “real” guitar at Steve’s, the year it opened. 1965. Alessia CohleAlessia CohleIt was a Gibson J45 and it sold for $275, case included. From then on I shopped exclusively at Steve’s, in fact I felt guilty if I bought anything at another music store, even on the road. Steve opened his Toronto store in 1977 and it too is a destination for musicians of all ages and genres.

And now 50 years later, Steve’s store (Steve passed away in 2012) is carrying on the tradition of being a musician friendly establishment hosting an event called Steve’s Country Corner, showcasing up and coming young country artists with live performances and a live radio feed on CIUT.

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