CMAO Crowns Its Winners

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Submitted by Don Graham
Photo at right: Michelle Wright

On Monday, May 25 2015,The Flato Markham Theatre hosted a night of country music for the 3rd Annual Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards, presented by Slaight Music. The show was hosted by the Road Hammers' Jason McCoy for the 2nd year in a row and he didn’t disappoint, entertaining the sold-out room.

The Small Town Pistols were the big winners last night, grabbing 3 Awards including Single of the Year for 'I Only Smoke When I Drink'. 2015 CMAO Awards Show house band The Western Swing Authority received 2 Awards - Group or Duo of the Year and Roots Artist or Group of the Year. Tim Hicks was thrilled to accept his Album of the Year and Male Artist of the Year Award and legendary performer Michelle Wright was named Female Artist of the Year. All well deserved.

The 2015 CMAO Awards included performances from 12 of the 2015 CMAO Awards nominees, including Beverley Mahood and Lace, Deric Ruttan, Jason Blaine, Lindsay Broughton,Tebey and 2015 Rising Star Award winner Leah Daniels.

Cashbox Canada Presents The First Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola

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Submitted by Don Graham

Cashbox Magazine Canada, aside from promoting mainstream artists and their careers, has a mandate to promote the indie artists as well as the legacy artists who paved the way.

Last weekend they took that mandate one step further by presenting the first Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola. CEO & Editor in Chief Sandy Graham, herself a veteran of decades in the music business said “I firmly believe that there are a lot of good folks out there who have made outstanding contributions to the Canadian music landscape that, even if they have been recognized in the past, deserve another moment in the sun. Our plan over the next few years is to make sure these people get their due. And it won’t just be artists  it will include record people, industry insiders and the ones behind the scenes who paved the path to create a Canadian music industry.”

The first recipient of the Cashbox Award was Canadian Teen Idol from the 60’s Bobby Curtola. The presentation was made on stage at Club 744 by none other than another Canadian gem Robbie Lane. The idea was hatched when Curtola flew in to Toronto as a guest at Zoomer Radio’s celebration of Ronnie Hawkins’s 80th birthday hosted by Robbie Lane. A date to appear as a guest of Robbie Lane and the Disciples was set and Sandy Graham arranged with Robbie to present the award to Bobby onstage during the guest set at Club 744.

Nashville Songwriters Association International Tin Pan North

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Submitted by Don Graham

There is something magical about a gathering of songwriters. These are the guys and gals who labour in mostly anonymity, creating the gems that become the soundtrack of your life.

Every year the Toronto Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) hosts an up-close and personal event presenting songwriters at various venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This is their 16th annual Tin Pan North event where you can see performances by over 40 talented songwriters, sharing their stories behind the songs. Headliners include; Tebey (Emerson Drive, Big & Rich), Jimmy Rankin (JUNO, CCMA, and SOCAN Award winner), Victoria Banks (Johnny Reid, Sara Evans), Mark Selby and Patricia Conroy (Michelle Wright, Lisa Brokop).

This three night event of great music of songs in its raw and original form will have showcases on Thursday and Friday evenings, May 21 & 22, with performances at 7:30pm and 9:30 pm at the Cadillac Lounge and Black Swan Tavern in Toronto and the Moonshine Café in Oakville. The Gala Show is Saturday May 23, at Hugh’s Room, with performances at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm.

The Showcase locations include Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas West, Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St W , Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue and the Moonshine Café - 137 Kerr Street, Oakville, Ontario.

MFM Announces Northern Ontario Music And Film Awards 2015 Announces Music Nominees


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On the evening of May 30th, in Sudbury, Ontario, Music and Film in Motion will celebrate our talent at the Northern  Ontario Music and Film Awards by presenting 11 artists with awards for excellence in music and film. NOMFA 2015 is proud to announce the nominees in its six exciting Music Award categories. These nominees represent the music industry’s best and brightest from all over Northern Ontario.


Lia – “No Good for Me”
Lia is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist from Sudbury. She was the winner of the 2013 Sudbury
Jazz Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, and has been playing in numerous venues around Sudbury
for the past eight years. Lia recently released a self-titled album which features her performance of “No
Good for Me.”

Mike Charette – “Revolving Door”
Mike Charette is a singer/songwriter from Sudbury. His first solo EP “What Would You Do?” was
released in December of 2014. Mike previously shared the stage with Juno award winner Serena Ryder
and local Trille Or winner Stef Paquette. His powerful vocals and unique style are showcased in
“Revolving Door.”

Fiddler Johnny Gimble Passes Away

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Submitted by Don Graham

Johnny Gimble, one of the best fiddlers to ever resin up a bow, passed last week in Dripping Springs, Texas. He died from complications brought on by several strokes he had suffered in recent years. He was 88 years old and his recording credits spanned generations, recording with everyone from Bob Wills to George Strait.

He learned to play the fiddle and mandolin as a child, and  in his early teens he performed on local radio stations. He played with Jimmie Davis, who'd become the governor of Louisiana and would write the classic “You Are My Sunshine”. After serving in World War II, he returned to the States and country music. In 1949, he began playing with the king of Western Swing, Bob Wills and a few years later, fiddled on Marty Robbins' debut single, "I'll Go on Alone," which topped the country charts.

After leaving Bob Wills' Texas Playboys in the 1960s, he searched out different lines of  work including being a barber, before moving to Nashville later in the decade. In the booming music scene in Nashville, he became a first call session musician. He played on now-classic recordings like Connie Smith's "If It Ain't Love," Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December" and a Bob Wills tribute record, "A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World", He played on Chet Atkins' 1974 album "Superpickers" and George Strait's version of "Right or Wrong." From 1979-1981 he  toured with Willie Nelson.

CMW Roundup - Don Graham, Pigeon Park,The Walkervilles, Apolline, Port Juvee, Zoobombs, Fat White Family, Daddy Issues


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Photo: Don Graham

Come CMW time, the show's the thing. No matter how well your album's doing, you gots to make the songs come alive. CMW audiences are polite and they'll hear you out but they won't be back and they'll tell their friends.

Canadian Music Week: A Whirlwind Week


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The worn and tattered paper guide has hit the recycle bin, the wristband has been saved for posterity and new CDs await road trips and cottage time.   CMW has come and gone in a week of questioning the day of the week and losing track of hunger and thirst.  It was a week full of variety and chaos and somehow the folks at CMW kept it running smoothly.
It was a week of contrasts.  Some of the bigger shows benefitted from the incredible acoustics of iconic venues, while smaller acts suffered through noisy beer halls.  Legends like Ron Sexsmith were humble and self-deprecating (“I hope I lived up to this room” referring to Massey Hall), while some young up-and-comers strutted like peacocks, believing that they have what it takes to be the next big thing.  Grammy-award winning, world-renowned producer Daniel Lanois kibitzed with the audience and took requests, while artists at their first ever music festival stuck to their set list and awkwardly walked through the crowd after their shows.

BTW-Canadian Music Week Edition2 Dirty Frigs,Terra Lightfoot, Elliot Maginot, Ivory Hours, Monster Truck, Elephant Stone, The Brood, Kira Isabella, Brave Shores

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

So just like last year, CMW 2015 is full of assertions from all kinds of industry folk that rock is dead and it's all about electro pop, shouting to make themselves heard over the storming guitar band onstage. A band like Dirty Frigs f'rinstance. This Toronto-based outfit play dirty, swampy music that reminds us why rock n' roll was once called the "devil's music." Their self-titled EP, showcases the band's roughest and noisiest work yet, like lead track "Orisis," where guitarist Duncan Hay Jennings sounds like he's conjuring demons with his guitar, like they say Jimmy Page used to. Founding members Jennings and lead vocalist Bria Salmela started playing together in high school, forming Dirty Frigs after meeting bassist Lucas Savatti and drummer Edan Scime Stokell while living in Montreal. The crew then relocated to Toronto, settling into gigs in the city's rock, punk, and experimental scenes.

Dirty Frigs draw heavily from the dark, loud tones of 1950s biker and hoodlum rock, cranking their tiny vintage National and Fender amps past the breaking point and making music that really smacks you in the face. Like their raucous cover of Link Wray's classic instrumental "The Rumble," a song so heavy that radio stations across America banned it in the 1950s fearing it would cause gang violence.

TORA Plays May 9 CMW Showcase


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Aussie chill-wave band, Tora, comes from Byron Bay in NSW. Their debut EP “Intro” was well received at home and in Canada and the band has now released it in Europe. Band member Jo Loewenthal spoke with us prior to CMW.

Cashbox Canada: What inspired your interest in chillwave music?
JL: I don’t think there was any single thing that inspired us - one day, Toby and I made a song on the computer instead of on guitar, and it just sounded different to any previous stuff we’d made. Haring the song back as we created it gave us a new perspective and made us realize how much easier the music was to receive when we chilled it out a bit.

Cashbox Canada: Who are your musical idols or inspirations, and what mark would you like to leave on music history yourselves?
JL: James Blake, Taylor McFerrin, Bon Iver, Flume, Hiatus Kayorte. These artists all have one thing in common: they brought a new sound to the music scene, so in answer to the second question, we want people to remember us as a band who brought a new sound to the world.

Savvie West Coast Indie Rock


Submitted by Don Graham

There’s something special about a debut album by an artist who has some experience in the industry on the other side of the microphone.

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