Carli and Julie Kennedy Slated to Perform in Florida

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Victoria, BC’s twin phenomenon, Carli and Julie Kennedy can add the state of Florida to their busy performance schedule. With songwriting sessions in Calgary this winter, The Kennedy’s also attended Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, where they showcased seven times including an official slot with Folk Music Canada. Currently in Nashville performing and writing, Carli and Julie Kennedy will hit the US roads in a few weeks to be featured in St. Petersburg, Florida for the Third Annual Listening Room Festival, April 1 to 7th, 2014.

Selected from hundreds of submissions, Carli and Julie Kennedy are one of six featured acts awarded a performance slot at The Listening Room Festival and the only Canadians. These six acts win paying gigs with lodging, cash, prizes, one year Concerts in Your Home memberships and a showcase at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg, FL on April 6th at 6:30 pm. While concerts are held throughout the state of Florida, focus is in the Tampa Bay area. Carli and Julie Kennedy will add new fans to their high energy and magnetic performance.

Since their debut as a duo, Carli and Julie Kennedy have fascinated audiences in Canada and the US with hundreds of performance dates. Whether taking stages at house concerts, festivals, fairs, showcases or conventions, The Kennedy’s have been touted as “the next big thing in country music” (Nashville Examiner).

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Rolling Stones Cancel Concert Tour After Death of L'Wren Scott

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The Rolling Stones canceled the launch of their six-concert Australian tour after the death of Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, then went on to postpone their entire tour Down Under.

The fashion designer was found dead inside her Manhattan apartment Monday morning, an apparent suicide. She was 49 years old.

The Rolling Stones were currently preparing to tour Australia, but earlier today they announced plans to postpone tomorrow's concert in Perth. A representative said the band had "gathered together in Perth where they’re dealing with the situation,” and that rumours of Jagger leaving for the United States are -- “to their knowledge” -- not entirely incorrect. Their next scheduled gig was March 22 in Adelaide but they have since opted to cancel the tour.

Osaka to Host International Jazz Day

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UNESCO is putting Osaka back on the international jazz map. The UN cultural body has chosen the city to host the third International Jazz Day, which is being celebrated worldwide on April 30, 2014.

Osakans sometimes get a bit riled at having to play second fiddle to Tokyo, which they consider an uptight upstart. So Kunio Kano, executive director of the Osaka Government Tourism Bureau, is understandably pleased that UNESCO has selected his city to host International Jazz Day this year.

“To have been chosen, among the many incredible cities that came forth as potential hosts for this day, has great significance for us,” Kano says. “It is a fantastic opportunity in our efforts to reposition Osaka on the cultural map.”

Terumasa HinoTerumasa HinoDaytime events include master classes, roundtable discussions, improvisational workshops and education programs led by world-renowned jazz musicians, educators and diplomats.

Music Managers Forum Pioneer Award Renamed to Honour the Late Brian Chater

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The 8th Annual Music Managers Honour Roll Reception and Dinner is set to take place on May 9, 2014 at the Toronto Marriott Downtown during Canadian Music Week. The Pioneer Award, conceived four years ago to pay homage to the efforts of those who have been instrumental in creating the framework for Artist Management in the Canadian Entertainment industries, is being renamed this year for its 2014 recipient: the late Brian Chater.

Chater, who passed away on September 5, 2013, was known as the man whose early belief in Bryan Adams helped the Kingston, Ontario native become one of the world’s biggest superstars has died at 73 after a long illness.

Brian Chater first saw promise in the 19-year-old Adams and his songwriting partner Jim Vallance back in 1979 when he was the head of Almo Irving Music Canada. He signed the duo to their first music publishing deal, clearing the path for an eventual A&M Records deal for Adams and sales of an estimated 100 million records.

But that was only one accomplishment in Chater’s nearly 40-year career. Serving as a record executive, music publisher, music industry association president and consultant, Chater, born in Sutton, England, helped evolve Canada’s independent music corps from a fledgling grassroots industry into an internationally respected and competitive force.

Tom Cochrane to Be Inducted To the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame at CMW 2014

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Canadian Music Week announced Tom Cochrane as a 2014 inductee to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.  Cochrane is an award winning singer, songwriter, producer, activist and Canadian icon, and will be honoured amongst his peers at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala, taking place on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Kool Haus inToronto.

“For decades, Tom Cochrane has been admired and recognized as one of Canada’s treasured musical icons,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week.  “His songs have resonated through our history, enriched our heritage and have defined a generation of music that helped bring Canada to the forefront. Above that, his tireless support of humanitarian causes has been an inspiration to many. We are proud to recognize his achievements and celebrate his career with this induction to the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame.”

Tom Cochrane is well acquainted with the transformative power of music. Songs that draw from the wellspring of human emotions have been his stock in trade for more than 30 years. From his origins as a Yorkville folkie to his heyday as a stadium rocker, the Canadian music legend has always stayed true to his belief that performers have an almost sacred responsibility to their community that cannot be taken lightly.

Mel Tillis Expected To Make Full Recovery!

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Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville following heart surgery. Four scheduled shows have been canceled due to his surgery. Tillis became a successful recording artist despite being hampered with a stutter.

Tillis' daughter Pam Tillis released a statement on the health status of the music legend. Pam said the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery.  Four scheduled shows have been canceled due to his surgery."Over the weekend, Daddy required a routine heart procedure.  He's doing fantastic and is expected to make a full recovery.  In typical Mel Tillis fashion, he's already cutting up and cracking jokes with the nurses.  Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated."

Throughout his monstrous career, Mel Tillis has recorded more than 60 albums, has had 35 Top Ten singles, was named the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and holds country music's highest honor as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.  He has written over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”).  Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades.  In February of 2012. President Obama awarded Mel Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

Jerry Corbitt of The Youngbloods R.I. P.

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Jerry Corbitt, a founding member of the Youngbloods and record producer, died on Saturday at his home in Smiley, Texas after a long battle with lung cancer.

Hitmaker Diane Warren To Attend CMW 2014

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For three decades, Diane Warren songs have topped the charts earning her place as one of the most successful contemporary songwriters of our time. From “How Do I Live” (LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood) to “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Aerosmith), she has penned some of the best-selling songs in pop music history. On Saturday, May 10th, in a conversation with leading music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc, legendary songwriter Diane Warren will entertain Canadian Music Week 2014 attendees with tales of her songs, her craft, and working with some of the famed voices behind them.

Peter Callander Multi Award Winning Songwriter Passes On

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Peter Callander was an English songwriter and record producer. Active from the 1960’s, Callander has written or co-written songs that have been performed by recording artists such as Cilla Black, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Vanity Fair, Shirley Bassey, and The Tremeloes amongst many others. Callander was also a founding member of the Society of Distinguished Songwriters (SODS), a director of PRS for Music, and had formed a publishing company, Callander Family Music Ltd.

Callander had often worked in conjunction with Mitch Murray, with Murray writing the music and Callander the lyrics. The two also teamed together to produce recording artists such as Paper Lace, Tony Christie, and The Brothers. Their joint compositions included "Even the Bad Times are Good" (The Tremeloes), "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" (Georgie Fame), "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" (Cliff Richard), "Ragamuffin Man" (Manfred Mann), "Hitchin' a Ride" (Vanity Fare), "Turn On The Sun" (Nana Mouskouri) plus "Avenues and Alleyways", "Las Vegas", and "I Did What I Did for Maria" for Tony Christie.

CMAO Announce Jason McCoy to Host the 2nd Annual Awards Show

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CMAO has announced that Jason McCoy is to host this year’s 2nd Annual CMAO Awards Show in Toronto, Ontario. "What a strong list of Ontario artists, I strongly urge all eligible CMAO members to exercise their right to vote and have a say in who wins an award.”  He goes on to say, “It's an honour to be hosting the CMAOs in my native Ontario. Our artists have helped redefine music both here at home and around the world.  I look forward to seeing many of you on May 26.”

As a 25 year veteran of the entertainment industry and two time CCMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason McCoy appears to be the king of reinvention. Growing up in the small town of Minesing, Ontario, Blaine set out at the age of 19 to follow his own path to stardom. As a Country Music Artist, he’s racked up multiple CCMA and CMA awards along with a Gold album.  As creator and front man of the highest selling band in Canadian Country Music history, The Road Hammers, Jason took on the Country Rock genre and guided the band to unprecedented success throughout Canada and the United States, picking up a platinum album, CCMA Band of the Year award, and a Juno along the way.

In addition to Jason McCoy confirmed performers, to date include:
The Western Swing Authority, a unique collaboration of some of Canada’s top studio and touring musicians who share a common love for authentic Western Swing.

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