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National Music Centre Launches Special Exhibition Dedicated to Tom Cochrane

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The National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary Alberta is pleased to launch a  honouring iconic Canadian musician Tom Cochrane. The special exhibition is to commemorate 25th anniversary of smash album Mad Mad World.

The exhibition, called Showcase: Tom Cochrane, will be located on Studio Bell’s fifth floor, and will feature a wide selection of awards and artifacts from Cochrane, including the 1963 Gretsch guitar, used by Cochrane in the music video for 1988 single “Big League,” and seen on the cover of his Victory Day album with Red Rider, along with the outfit worn in the music video for 1991 chart-topper “Life is a Highway.”

The opening of this new exhibition will coincide with the deluxe reissue of Cochrane’s 1991 Diamond-selling international smash, Mad Mad World, including a live concert recording in its entirety and demo version of globally-recognized anthem, “Life is a Highway,” and the announcement of a coast-to-coast Canadian tour in early 2017 celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mad Mad World.

“’Mad Mad World was a record that changed my life. This exhibition is a reflection of that time in my career, but also captures many other important landmarks, from my early days on the Yorkville scene to playing with Red Rider and into my solo career," said Tom Cochrane. “I’m so humbled and honoured to have my story celebrated at Studio Bell.”

John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band at Hugh's Room November 6, 2016

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The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians:John Jorgenson on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Herb Pedersen on banjo, guitar and vocals; Jon Randall on guitar and vocals; and Mark Fain on bass.

Jorgenson and Pedersen are founders (with Chris Hillman, formerly of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers) of the formative country rock band:~ Desert Rose Band.

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar and mandolin licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician, as evidenced by his collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others. ~In 2008, Jorgenson won a Grammy for Best Country Instrumental with Brad Paisley and received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album with Earl Scruggs. Jorgenson, who has played with Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jim and Jesse, David Grisman and others, has enjoyed a successful career with the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters; as a member of Elton John’s band for six years; and most recently, in his John Jorgenson Quintet and John Jorgenson Electric Band configurations.  One of the elite Gypsy Jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds.

Acclaimed Houston Blues Singer Trudy Lynn releases new CD I’ll Sing the Blues for You

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Connor Ray Music announces an October 21 release date for I’ll Sing the Blues for You, the new CD from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn. I’ll Sing the Blues for You features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the new album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.

Trudy Lynn will celebrate the new album with a special CD release party show at Houston’s famed Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club on Saturday, October 22.

“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”

“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25

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“The 5th Annual” Amy Louie Grossman Music Scholarship Fundraiser October 25 is scheduled for Tuesday October 25th at 7 pm at Grossman’s Tavern in Toronto.

The Show Will Feature A Golden Musical Cast with Donnie”Mr.Downchild”Walsh W/ The Burgess Bros. Danny Marks,The Swingin Blackjacks, The Happy Pals, Frankie Foo, Chloe Watkinson & Park Eddy, Laura Hubert, The Sinners Choir, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes, My Sisters Boyfriend, The Django Gypsy Jam.
Prior to her passing in 2011, Amy Louie had a dream of one day establishing a fund to assist musician`s in their creative work. Her family, longtime proprietors of Grossman`s Tavern on Spadina Ave in Toronto have fulfilled that wish. Amy, a mother, with a full time career in real estate always found time for the family business and enjoyed the music, the musicians and the colorful cast of characters that can always be found at the loveable joint at Spadina and Cecil. She became a special person to everyone who got to know her.

Corus’ News Talk Radio Stations Now Available on Apple Music

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Starting October 11, 2016 Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music.

Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton),680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 980 (London), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) and AM 640 (Toronto) with Apple Music on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Carplay.

Corus Radio is the first Canadian commercial radio company available on Apple Music, a revolutionary streaming service and app that gives users access to Apple’s entire music catalogue on their favourite devices. The wide group of talk radio shows will join other top international news brands including BBC, NPR, ESPN and Bloomberg.

“With Apple’s immense role in the music and technology space, we’re offering our audience the best possible listening experience on a wide variety of devices,” said Chris “Dunner” Duncombe, Director, Digital, Corus Radio. “Our goal is to deliver high quality programming on every platform that matters to our listeners and we are thrilled to be the first Canadian broadcaster to do so on Apple Music.”

For more on Apple Music, visit apple.com/apple-music. To listen to your favourite Corus radio show on Apple Music, visit: CKNW AM 980, News Talk 770, 630 CHED, 680 CJOB, AM 980, AM 900 CHML, AM 640.

Brad Fillatre to Open Tour Dates for Multi-Award Winning Folk Trio The Once

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Toronto based singer/songwriter Brad Fillatre will be supporting Newfoundland's The Once for a select number of dates on their upcoming tour. The Corner Brook native, who has deep rooted friendships within the band couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. He and Phil Churchill actually grew up on the same street in Corner Brook. "It is an honor to be sharing the stage and spending time with some of my oldest and dearest friends." says Brad.

Brad was born in the small mill town of Corner Brook, Newfoundland. His earliest memories involve traveling the province with his parents as they tended to their funeral business. With each journey, the rugged coastline, and vast uninhabited landscapes entangled themselves into Brad’s creative conscience.
From a young age, Brad was drawn toward sound and all things musical. From the dusty, untended keys of the old piano at his grandmother’s cabin, to the sea of sound offered up by the second hand instruments in the local pawn shop. His unwavering curiosity finally persuaded his mother to purchase his first guitar. Immediately, Brad took over the rickety shed, set among the trees of his backyard. A place of solace, the shed was where he began timidly writing his first songs.

Rod Temperton, songwriter Behind Thriller Dies

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British writer of the huge Michael Jackson hit, who also worked with Quincy Jones, Anita Baker and Aretha Franklin, has died of cancer at the age of 66.

Rod Temperton, the British songwriter behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Rock With You, has died aged 66.

Jon Platt, the chairman of music publisher Warner/Chappell said Temperton died in London last week following “a brief aggressive battle with cancer”.

“His family is devastated and request total privacy at this, the saddest of sad times,” Platt added.

Temperton, whose other credits include Boogie Nights, Off the Wall, Give Me the Night, Sweet Freedom and Always and Forever, is one of the most important songwriters and composers in contemporary pop.

Hailing from Cleethorpes, his career began in the disco group Heatwave, a band best known for Boogie Nights, and went on to write for the likes of Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, The Brothers Johnson, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones, who enlisted him to work alongside Jackson.

His compositions for the King of Pop – particularly on the Thriller album – are some of the most famous pop songs in history, and the album continues to sell more than 100,000 copies a year.

He came up with the title for the smash hit song and album Thriller, which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

Joan Marie Johnson Faust of the Dixie Cups Passes Away

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NEW ORLEANS — Joan Marie Johnson Faust, an original member and founder of the Dixie Cups, has passed away due to congestive heart failure. According to oldiesmusic.com, she was 72.

Faust was the cousin of sisters Barbara and Rosa Hawkins, who together formed the Dixie Cups. That group had one of the most memorable #1 wedding hits in 1964 with “Chapel Of Love”...(and, yes, that’s Fabian introducing them in this 1989 performance on the TV show “Let’s Rock Tonight")...

When “Chapel Of Love” replaced “Love Me Do” at #1, the Dixie Cups became the first American group to dethrone and replace the Beatles at #1. The Fab Four had been at #1 with "Love Me Do.” The Dixie Cups also had Top 40 hits with “People Say,” ”Iko Iko” and “You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me."

For more on the Dixie Cups...

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/joan-marie-johnson-faust-founding-member...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dixie_Cups

Jean Shepard Joins the Heavenly Opry Choir

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Country legend Jean Shepard has passed away at the age of 82. Shepard's first chart appearance was in 1953 as a duet partner with Ferlin Husky on "A Dear John Letter" and its sequel, "Forgive Me John." Shepard and Husky toured the country following their hit singles. In 1955, she had her first solo Top Ten single, "A Satisfied Mind," which was backed by the number 13 hit "Take Possession." Later in the year, she had another Top Ten hit with "Beautiful Lies"/"I Thought of You." Her streak of hit singles led to an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. That same year, she joined Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee and recorded Songs of a Love Affair, arguably the first concept album in country music history. Its 12 songs depict a marriage torn apart by a love affair. 

For nearly ten years after the release of "Beautiful Lies,"

Shepard wasn't able to get a song into the Top Ten. In fact, she had only two Top 40 hits during that period -- "I Want to Go Where No One Knows Me" (#18, 1958) and "Have Heart, Will Love" (#30, 1959). She continued to record and tour -- she was even named the Top Female Singer of 1959 by CashBox -- but nothing was breaking through to the record-buying public. This was primarily because she was a hardcore honky tonk singer in a time that country-pop was ruling the charts. In 1963, her husband Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline. The following year, she returned to the Top Ten with "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)." The song began a string of hits for Shepard.

The Beach Celtic Festival 2016

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Submitted by Sandy Graham
Photo at right: Midland Pipes and Drums Photo Credit Johanna Carlo

As some of you know I am Canadian but my Mum was from Edinburgh, Scotland and my brother Don and my sister Donna and I were always brought up to be proud of our heritage. 

In 2001 when our Mum passed away, in keeping with her request, we did not mourn her but we held an outdoor ceilidh full of music, fun and memories of not just the Scots but the Irish and Welsh, a Celtic event.

Now 13 years later, The Beach Celtic Festival runs for two days every September, traditionally the weekend after Labour Day in the beautiful Brigadoon setting of Kew Gardens in the Toronto Beach.

I could not have done the event all these years without the help of the ‘backstage’ folks, first off our Registered Graphic Designer, Gillian FitzGibbon, who lovingly makes us look amazing on every piece of material from poster to banners onwards and takes my 'stickman' ideas and makes them glorious.

Pat Beaven who always leads the crowd in ceilidh dance lessons, and as she told us this year one boy who was about 7 years old said ‘it's really just like jumping and skipping around except you know where to go and you laugh a lot and try and keep up. and everyone can do it!"

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