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Toronto-based Andria Simone & Those Guys are on a major roll. They closed out June with a trip to Cognac, France to pick up an award as winner of the Hennessy artistry talent quest. During the week in France they opened for major European star Ben L’Oncle Soul and Monophonique as well as two or three other concerts, where they appeared on the same bills as Robert Plant, Taj Mahal, Lily Allen, Hiromi, Steven Seagal and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. Back in Toronto from Paris July 5 Andria and Those Guys will be met by two cars to drive them up to Jazz On The Mountain At Blue Mountain where they’ll open for The Commodores that evening.  July 9 finds the band in NYC to play the prestigious Rockwood Music Hall.

Back in the T.Dot, on July 19,it’s the main stage for the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto’s East end. Come August 21 Andria Simone & Those Guys return to 3030 on Dundas Street West where they packed the room on their last show there, April 17. There won’t likely be many added summer dates , as the band have begun work on their as yet untitled sophomore album.

Alt-pop comers Beautiful Nothing will launch second single and video "Finer Things" any day now. The band is also set to play Festival of Friends in Hamilton on August 9th, with a string of live dates to follow.

Canada’s Billy Misener Loses Battle With Illness

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After a long and brave fight, Bill Misener, beloved husband of Patti Jean (Seman-Colvin), passed away on June 26, 2014. The son of Roy and Marjorie (Marr) Misener, Bill was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

A multi-talented professional singer, composer, arranger, record producer and voice-over actor, Bill had five solo albums and numerous albums as part of the Laurie Bower Singers to his credit. He was a featured soloist and contributor to the prestigious "In the Dawning - A History of Canada" project.

His voice can be heard backing up Gordon Lightfoot, Alice Cooper, Ann Murray, Keith Hampshire, Christopher Plummer, Roger Whittaker and a host of others. Over 50 Misener compositions have been recorded and released around the world. As a voice-over actor, he is best known as the voice of Folgers Coffee from 1985-1998, and was featured on commercials for Norelco, L'Eggs, Red Lobster and Coca-Cola, among others.

Bill was deeply devoted to his Lakota Sioux family in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and to his Lakota Ogna, walking his road in a sacred manner and giving counsel and compassion to all those who came to him. Bill was blessed with many wonderful friends.

During his years in Warwick and Mt. Hope, Bill contributed his beautiful words, music and voice to many compositions honoring those for whom he felt enormous love and respect: "The Veteran's Waltz", "They Were Golden", "Raymond Hose Company", "As A Tree" and the album "Locally Grown".

Bobby Womack Soul Singer Legend Dead at 70

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Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack has passed away at the age of 70. Bobby Womack was born on March 4th, 1944 to Friendly Womack and Naomi Womack, and grew up in the Cleveland slums, so poor that the family would fish pig snouts out of the local supermarket's trash. "The neighborhood was so ghetto that we didn't bother the rats and they didn't bother us," he said. "They walked past and hollered, 'How you doin', man?'" He was the third of five sons: Bobby had to share a bed with his brothers, Friendly Jr., Curtis, Harry and Cecil.

An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career spanned more than 50 years and spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Roseanne Talking Cash to the House

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Roseanne Cash, the daughter of the legendary Man in Black Johnny Cash, did her family name proud last week. And although she does so consistently through her songs and recordings, this time she did it on a different kind of stage. Ms Cash was in Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress regarding the issue of illegal music downloading and music licensing.

The songstress, who is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, shared her concerns along with the Americana Music Association’s executive director, Jed Hilly.
Cash issued a statement prior to the hearings saying “I am honored to have been asked by the Americana Music Association to represent musicians, songwriters and recording artists in these hearings. As a singer-songwriter who has been in the music business for 35 years, I look forward to sharing with Washington leaders some of the deep concerns all musicians share in the new digital economy. Creative people deserve fair compensation when their work is used by others.”

Saving Nashville’s RCA Studio A and Music Row

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The iconic RCA Studio A on Music Row in Nashville is being sold and word leaked out, thankfully, of the developer’s  plan to demolish the building and build condos. Studio B is safe from the wrecking ball as it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and is used for Mike Curb Belmont University course.

The plan to level this landmark brought outrage from the community who see the history of this structure as a huge part of what Nashville is today. The current tenant, Ben Folds, who has been there for a dozen years or so,  appealed directly to Bravo Development’s  Tim Reynolds to stop the plan.

"I moved into the historic RCA Studio A in 2003 for the express purpose of making my own records. I was not interested in making it into a business - my record budgets covered all costs. We started with a few mics in this huge recording space and each time I produced or recorded a new record we added equipment. I've made and mixed all my records since 2003 in this studio along with a handful of other projects from William Shatner's "Has Been" to Amanda Palmer's "Who Killed Amanda Palmer."

The Checkers Band Receives Canada's Recording Legacy Award

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Mel Shaw, president of Canada's Recording Legacy is pleased to announce that The Checkers of Lethbridge received an award of recognition for their career in music dating back to the late fifties and sixties -  a career that took them on national tour dates before the Guess Who or Stampeders.

Presenting the award to the Checkers was the multi-award winning promoter, Ron Sakamoto. Also in attendance was the Mayor to  receive a duplicate award to hang at City Hall. It was held at the University of Lethbridge and the Dean of the University also received a duplicate award to hang in the University recording studio.

Mel Shaw of CRL comments,  "Ron is one of Canada's premier music industry participants and a friend of mine for fifty years dating back to the days of the Stampeders who went east and established themselves as a multi hit making group". Mel Shaw was Personal Manager and Record Producer for the Stampeders from 1965 thru 1979.

The two surviving members of the original Checkers will be receiving the award from Ron - guitarists Jerry Arnold and Dennis Gioshmon. The other original members have both passed away -  drummer, Garry Fabbi, and bass player, Wes Kucheron.

Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."

SOCAN AWARDS 2014

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The Annual SOCAN Awards Gala took place on June 16, 2014 in Toronto at the prestigious Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The SOCAN Awards Gala is a celebration of the music industry’s most important music creators who are  honoured for their Canadian songwriting achievements. The Award presentations include Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.The 2014 Major achievement recipients are:
Drake  Global Inspiration Award

Kevin Walters Mourned in the Music & Entertainment Community

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A well-known music promoter is being remembered now as an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and an advocate for his own city, Winnipeg.

Kevin Walters passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kevin Walters had long been a prominent festival and event organizer for Culture Days, the Manitoba Homecoming 2012, the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Red River Ex and the Junos earlier this year.

Across the country through social media, Walters was being mourned as a staunch supporter of music, film and art in the city. He played an instrumental part in bringing the Juno Awards back to Winnipeg just this March in 2014.

A tweet from the official Juno Awards Twitter account Monday was one of many pouring in from around Canada.

“We are saddened by the passing of Kevin Walters. We will miss you. From Winnipeg, MB and beyond, your legacy remains,” the tweet read.

Rick Fenton, who worked alongside Walters in running the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival, called Walters one of his best friends.

“Kevin got me involved and certainly professionally was important to the community and to me, and very selflessly introduced me,” Fenton said. “Throughout his career with everyone, he was always so engaged. He could talk to the premier, he could talk to the mayor, and at the same time be helping a young artist and they all walked away feeling like they had a connection. “Coupled with ability and a great mind, he was a very rare person.”

10 Must-See Concerts At The TD Toronto Jazz Festival

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Take a tip from jazz pro and Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, as he recommends his Top 10 must-see concerts at this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which kicks off its 28th anniversary later this week. It can help you navigate your way through the impressive list of Grammy and Juno Award Winners, musical geniuses, virtuosos and ground breaking artists who are changing the face of jazz.

1. Keith Jarrett – A piano master performing in a rare solo show
Wednesday, June 25 - Roy Thomson Hall, 8pm

2. Bobby McFerrin – A legendary voice artist in an intimate setting
Friday, June 27 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm (Soul Nannies opens)

3. Mehliana – Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana are two of the jazz world’s most exciting artists (with Stanley Clarke closing the show)
Saturday, June 28 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm

4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – An important band on the international jazz scene, this band features fantastic writing and great musicians
Sunday, June 22 - Music Gallery, 8pm

5. Roy Hargrove Quintet – Inspiration to an entire generation of trumpet players
Friday, June 27 - Jane Mallett Theatre, St Lawrence Centre, 8pm

6. Toronto Mass Choir – This free show has high energy, great sound, inspiring music
Sunday, June 22 - Nathan Phillips Square, 12:30pm

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