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Founding Member of Lynyrd Skynyrd Bob Burns Killed in Car Crash

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The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died April 3, 2015 in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.

Burns’ vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available. There were no other cars involved in the accident and the police are investigating if the weather played a part in the accident.

Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and “Free Bird.” He left the group in 1974. He performed alongside singer Ronnie Van Zant, bassist Larry Junstrom and guitarists Gary Rossington and Allen Collins in Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1966 to 1974.

Burns left the band after becoming exhausted by touring. Artimus Pyle subsequently replaced him as drummer for 1975's Nuthin' Fancy album.

He was not aboard the plane that crashed in 1977, killing three of the band's members, including Van Zant. The group disbanded after the tragedy - but reformed in 1987 with Van Zant's younger brother, Johnny, on lead vocals.

CMRRA Looks Forward to the Decision of the Supreme Court in CBC v SODRAC

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CMRRA was in attendance at the Supreme Court of Canada as it heard submissions in CBC v SODRAC in Ottawa on March 16, 2015. We were there along with the Canadian Music Publishers Association and the International Confederation of Music Publishers as an intervener in support of the Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). Music Canada also attended as an intervener on SODRAC’s behalf.

The dispute between SODRAC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) centered upon reproductions of music contained in audiovisual programs. When music is incorporated into a television show or movie it is said to be “synchronized” with the visuals, and this process is handled via agreements between the producer of an audiovisual work and the music rightsholder(s) involved. When a broadcaster such as the CBC prepares to transmit an audiovisual program, they make internal copies to facilitate broadcasting, including by automated computer processes. These internal copies allow the broadcaster to more easily access and utilize the programs, and their creation necessitates reproducing the music that is itself contained in the programs. The CBC is currently required to pay royalties for the reproduction of music contained in these program copies to SODRAC pursuant to a decision by the Copyright Board of Canada.

Ticketfly Acquires Northern Tickets to Expand Business in Canada

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On March 20, 2015  Ticketfly announced the acquisition of Northern Tickets, the in-house ticketing service of The MRG Group, which owns, operates, and manages premier music venues and events (in addition to restaurants and bars) across Canada. This deal brings Ticketfly's Canadian reach to more than 120 partners; company announces $1B in gross ticket sales.

This deal accelerates Ticketfly's North American growth, adding several prestigious Canadian venues to its growing roster. As terms of the deal, Ticketfly will become the ticketing and technology platform for some of the most legendary venues and events in Canada, including the Vogue Theatre, a historic 1300-capacity room in downtown Vancouver; the brand newAdelaide Hall, a 500-capacity room in Toronto; and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, which attracts nearly half a million visitors every year. 

Today's announcement follows a banner year for Ticketfly. In 2014, Ticketfly reached $1 billion in cumulative gross ticket sales since selling its first ticket in 2009--$500 million of which was processed in 2014 (42% year-over-year growth). Last year, the company sold 16 million tickets, helping it achieve 38% year-over-year growth in tickets sold. 

Jason Schneider Releases Before They Make Me Run Keith Richards/Stones Chronicles

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On March 31, veteran Canadian music journalist and acclaimed author Jason Schneider released his first exclusive E-Book, Before They Make Me Run: Keith Richards and the Bust That Saved The Rolling Stones. The book chronicles the band’s (mis)adventures from 1977-1979.

In the mid-1970s, after a decade as the undisputed “greatest rock and roll band in the world,” The Rolling Stones were forced to confront not only the cold reality of the new punk rock era, but how guitarist Keith Richards’ mounting personal problems were threatening the band’s very existence.

Keith’s glorified image as rock’s ultimate outlaw, as a counterpoint to singer Mick Jagger’s image as rock’s ultimate sex symbol, was the basis of the Stones’ mystique. But at the start of 1977, as the Stones agreed to work on a new album in Toronto and spark the creative process by playing a small club there, all that Keith represented seemed to be finally catching up to him.

Before They Make Me Run is the first accurate chronicle of Keith Richards and The Rolling Stones’ darkest period, from the bust that led to charges of heroin trafficking laid against Keith, to his ultimate exoneration after playing what was surely the most unexpected benefit concert in history.

ole Acquires Publishing and Masters for Major Canadian Rock Bands

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ole, the world’s fastest-growing independent rights management company, has acquired Anthem Entertainment Group’s Mark-Cain publishing catalog, including the associated master recordings of Taurus Records.

ole will now control a catalog of publishing and masters for more than 40 albums from Canadian artists such as Max Webster, Ian Thomas, Lawrence Gowan, The Reason, Coney Hatch, Boys Brigade, Rikers, Spoons, and Aerial.

Notable tracks featured in the catalog include “A Million Vacations,” “Let Go the Line,” and “Paradise Skies” by Max Webster; “Painted Ladies” by Ian Thomas; “A Criminal Mind,” “All the Lovers in the World,” and “When There’s Time (for Love)” by Lawrence Gowan; and many more.

“ole is very pleased to be able to work with such an amazing legacy of Canadian songs, recordings, and with the artists that created them,” said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO of ole. “For many of us, these songs are an integral part of the soundtrack of our lives, and we look forward to bringing them to new and wider audiences.”

Ernest Tubb’s Midnite Jamboree Cancelled Until Further Notice

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Second only to the Grand Ole Opry in longevity, the “Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree” has been entertaining fans following Grand Ole Opry performances for  68 years. Broadcast  from Nashville’s Texas Troubadour Theatre, the show was founded by it’s Opry member and Hall of Fame namesake in 1947, Ernest Tubb's nephew, Glenn Douglas Tubb, performed "The Ernest Tubb Tribute Show" at The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree which was  broadcast on WSM Radio, right after the Opry.Glenn wrote his first hit song for his uncle in 1952 and  went on to write more than 50 hits songs for more than two dozen country and rock music superstars, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash “ Home of The Blues”, BJ Thomas, George Jones, “Two Story House” Kentucky Headhunters, Charlie Pride, Anne Murray and Kitty Wells. Glenn won a Grammy Award for "Skip A Rope.”

“It started on Commerce St. in 1947, but very shortly after that we had to move it to Broadway. But the crowds got so big down there, they spilled out into the street,” Glenn said. That is why the Midnite Jamboree moved to its most recent location near the Grand Ole Opry. “When the theme park was out there, that place was full all the time, and all the businesses around there were full. Since they tore the theme park down and put a shopping mall there, people don’t come to town to go to your shopping mall. They come to be entertained.”

City of Toronto to Host Austin Toronto Music City Alliance This Fall

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Mayor John Tory, Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Co-Chair of the City's Toronto Music Advisory Council, and Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence), announced today after a successful business mission in Austin, Texas that the City of Toronto will host a summit with business and key music industry stakeholders from Toronto and Austin this fall.

"The table stakes for economic development in cities like Toronto and Austin is the ability to compete successfully for talent,” said Mayor Tory. “I have been to Austin and I have seen how creative sectors like music, film and technology drive economic growth, job creation, investment and tourism – and help attract and retain young talent. If we’re going to bring more jobs, and attract and keep world class talent in Toronto, we need to focus on promoting and growing our creative sectors and this summit will be critical to that process.

Mo Kenney at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

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It was a perfectly clear day, though cold, and fans were streaming into the theatre by the harbour. Couples, parents and their children, groups of friends; all looking forward to learning more about the woman with the clear, beautiful voice who has been receiving increasing radio play. Mo Kenney was presented by Massey Hall and sponsored by Lexus, two very strong brands, an indication of the recent support behind Kenney. Inside, an indication of her influences, David Bowie was the accompanying music to the social gathering in the lobby.

Mo Kenney emerges onto the stage with a friendly, informal greeting of “Hello! What’s up?” before introducing her new guitar, a Gibson, that seems to have replaced the Les Paul that she won in 2013. She and her band start the evening with “The Great Escape” and “Mountains to the Mess” before letting us all know that she’s looking forward to us all getting to know what she’s really like. And if we were all to believe her, we would be finding out how weird she is. Mo referred to her songs, lyrics and drawings as being weird, but the full house of admirers might refer to her as talented and gifted, not weird. Humorous, too: “It’s the small things” she quips after pointing out the cup holder clipped to her mic stand.

Al Bunetta John Prine Manager Passes Away

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Al Bunetta, who spent more than 30 years guiding the career of John Prine and managing the catalog of the late Steve Goodman, passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was admitted to Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on March 12 and passed away on March 22nd 2015.

Bunetta founded and headed his namesake management company as well as Oh Boy Records. He was also a music publisher through his own Blue Plate Music and won a Grammy for co-producing the Best Contemporary Folk Recording ‘A Tribute To Steve Goodman’. In 2006, Prine’s Fair & Square album, released by Oh Boy, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Al was preceded in death by his son Juri Bunetta, who passed away in 2011. Al Bunetta and wife Dawn Bunetta started the Juri Bunetta Friendship Foundation and Building Bridges Golf Tournament in his loving memory, to benefit organizations including Safe Haven Family Shelter.

Hey Romeo! New Single - I Got This

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Award winning Canadian country band Hey Romeo! have released a new single from their current EP. Third time’s a charm and this third single release from the I Got This EP is their best yet. “I Got This” is two and half minutes of radio friendly music with a positive, uplifting message. Lead singer Stacie Roper’s sincere vocal sits perfectly on clean, crisp track laid down by the band, including nice guitar work by Darren Gusnowsky and keyboards by Rob Shapiro. Reached at his home in Edmonton, Alberta, Rob talked about the new release. “We’re really pumped about this new single. We co-wrote this song with the very talented Clay Mills. Clay wrote a couple of number ones for Darius Rucker including “History In The Making” and “Don't Think I Don't Think About It”. We got to record it in Muscle Shoals and Nashville; I personally had a blast playing the Hammond B3 organ at John Paul White from The Civil Wars house in Florence, Alabama. We recorded the drums at Noise Block Studios in Florence as well. Our producer Brad Crisler is from the area also.  Brad was signed to FAME publishing for quite a while which the documentary Muscle Shoals was based on. We had a great time making this record in this historic place and I think it shows in the final product. Really proud of this effort. We’re hoping for a little radio love with this release.”

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