Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire Gone at 74

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Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger and bandleader. He was the founder of the band Earth, Wind & Fire. He was also the older brother of current Earth, Wind & Fire member Verdine White, and former member Fred White.

To say Maurice White and Earth, Wind and Fire ruled the soundtrack of my life is nothing compared to Maurice White’s musical influence on the world!

Maurice and I met on the EWF “Touch the World Tour” in Buffalo, NY, the performance was amazing, the interview was like going to heaven, church and school all at the same time.

I have always been a fan from the beginning, so my words fail me to write a eulogy for a man who changed the way we heard, thought about and celebrated with and made music.

Maurice gave us music as medicine, uplifting the spirit and soul in the process.

I never knew Maurice White,but I knew his friends, songwriters and Canadian Collaborators, William D. Smith of Motherload who composed “I need you” for his solo record and David Foster “After the love is gone”, In the Stone and basically joined the band.

I defer to David Foster who says it so much better than I, please watch this clip, as he describes Maurice White and what he meant to him…and all of us.

Remember Maurice White as one of the greatest American musicians ever!

Andrea England Four Chords and the Truth

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Andrea England is an accomplished singer/songwriter with critically accalaimed abums and songs featured in television productions and has had songs covered by other artists. But Andrea wanted to give back a little to the songwriting community.

“I have been part of songwriter rounds and guitar pulls in places like Nashville and my home on the East Coast and wanted to create something like that here in Toronto where I live. Most of these things are genre specific so I wanted to create one that would allow songwriters from all types of music to show how the song was created. After all most songs, pop, rock, blues, folk or country start with one instrument, guitar or piano or whatever you play. “So Andrea decided to create a vehicle to see her vision become a reality and Four Chords and The Truth was born. “I wanted to have something like the famous Bluebird in the round in Nashville, but with a few modifications. The Bluebird is an actual round where all the writers sit in a circle and go around two or three times. I decided to make ours a semicircle so nobody has their back to the audience. And I wanted something to feature all different genres.”

The location she picked in Toronto was the iconic Dakota Tavern and the first installment was presented in June of 2015. “I wanted to pick a venue that suited my idea and the Dakota was perfect. And I wanted to make sure the performers got compensated for their time and talent and thanks to the good folks at Jack Daniels, that’s possible.”

Juno Nominations 2016 Announced

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The nominees for the 2016 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists get ready for a trip to JUNO Week in Calgary ,March 28 – April 3, 2016.

The Weeknd garnered six nominations including JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year* and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.

Close behind with five nods each were Drake and Justin Bieber, both running for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year. Drake also received a nomination for Rap Recording of the Year, while Justin Bieber was nominated for Pop Album of the Year*.

Vying for four categories each, Alessia Cara was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year* and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year; while Shawn Mendes was nominated for JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Artist for the Year and Pop Album of the Year*.

Rosalie Trombley To Be Honoured With Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced Rosalie Trombley as the recipient of the 2016 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry. Known as “the girl with the golden ear” due to her keen ability to choose hit songs and create music programming that appealed to broad audiences, Trombley was a true forerunner for women in radio between 1967 and 1993. She will be honoured at the 2016 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, April 2 in Calgary, Alberta as part of JUNO Week festivities.

Trombley’s tenure as a music director and one of the few female executives in radio at the time stretched over twenty years. Her decision to give records exposure led to the rise in popularity of countless talented artists, while also solidifying her position as one of the most powerful forces in the industry. Trombley is particularly credited for the breakthroughs of Canadian artists into the United States, including Gordon Lightfoot’s, “If You Could Read My Mind”, The Guess Who’s “These Eyes”, Paul Anka’s “You’re Having My Baby”, Bachman Turner Overdrive’s “Taking Care of Business”, and Burton Cummings’ “Stand Tall” amongst many others.

Jeff Healey Estate To Release Lost Album Heal My Soul

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Announcements have just been made for a lost album to celebrate Healey's 50th Birthday.

The Jeff Healey Estate, in conjunction with Convexe Entertainment / Universal Music, have announced the release of Heal My Soul. Never before heard by the public, this extraordinary lost album will be on sale March 24, 2016, a day before what would have been Healey's 50th birthday.

The music on Heal My Soul captures Healey in full flight, displaying the virtuosity that made the Toronto native one of the most revered musicians in the world during his all-too-brief lifetime. Key tracks include the blistering "Daze Of The Night," the soaring acoustic ballad "Baby Blue," and Healey's soulful take on Richard Thompson's "I Misunderstood."

Glenn Frey Heartache Tonight

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Singer/songwriter and guitarist Glenn Frey, a founding member of the legendary classic rock band the Eagles, died on January 18, 2016 of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia. The colitis and pneumonia were a result of the reaction to the meds he took for the rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years. He was 67 years old.

The band posted on their official website “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder Glenn Frey, in New York City.The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide.

Frey had been ill and in December of 2015 the Eagles postponed their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors due to Frey’s illness. At the time the statement from the band said Frey “has had a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which will require major surgery and a lengthy recovery period.”  The Eagles will be honored in the 2016 ceremony.

Sam Broverman Launching New Ep, Feelings Of Affection at Jazz Bistro

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Sam Broverman is a Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter. On February 9 Sam will release a six song CD. The songs on the EP are ones that he has wanted to record for a while. He will also release a video of the comic song "Toronto Town (Oh Lord)" which is a humourous look at the way Canadians view Toronto. Accompanying Sam on this night are the musicians on the recording: Mark Kieswetter, Jordan O’Connor, Ernesto Cervini, Tony Quarrington and John MacMurchy.

He regularly performs in jazz venues around Toronto as well as at private events. He has performed in Winnipeg, Vancouver, New York and Hong Kong. He began his professional singing career in Winnipeg at the age of 19, appearing in theatre and cabaret productions at Rainbow Stage and the International Inn as well as on nationally televised music and variety shows, including "Hymn Sing" and "The Doug Crosley Show".

He was able to support PhD studies in mathematics at the University of Manitoba by working as a professional singer throughout his university years. After receiving a PhD degree, he moved to Toronto to take up postdoctoral work in mathematics at the University of Toronto, where he continues to be a professor of actuarial mathematics, and, he has continued singing.

René Angélil Céline Dion’s Husband Dead at 73

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René Angélil, the man who transformed Céline Dion from little-known teen francophone chanteuse to international pop superstar, has died.

Angélil, who started as Dion's manager and later became her husband, was 73. He had undergone cancer treatment several times in the past two decades.

Last summer, Dion announced she was putting her career on hold to care for her ailing husband, cancelling all future performances of her Las Vegas show as well as an upcoming Asian tour slated to begin in the fall.  In his final years, Angélil lived in Las Vegas with Dion and their three children: René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old fraternal twins Eddy and Nelson.

Angélil found early fame in Montreal boy band. Before he became the man behind the powerhouse vocalist, Angélil had his first brush with the spotlight on stage.  In the early 60s, the Montrealer made a name for himself in the boy band Les Baronets alongside two childhood friends.

The group took English pop songs from groups like The Beatles and translated them into French. They enjoyed short-term success and had a few hits. After the group broke up in 1972, Angélil changed gears and went into talent management.

Kim Mitchell Recovering After Heart Attack

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Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell suffered a heart attack and is recovering in hospital on January 12, 2016, Mitchell’s management company, Alert Music, says he underwent emergency surgery and will remain at the hospital for another day or two before returning home.

The  63 year old Mitchell has been a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades, first as the lead singer and guitarist for Max Webster in the 1970s before going solo.Some of his best-known hits include “Go For Soda”, “Patio Lanterns” and “I Am A Wild Party.” In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

He has won three Juno Awards for “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”.

Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.

Last year, Mitchell left Toronto classic rock radio station Q107, where he worked for about 11 years.

We all wish Kim a speedy and full recovery.

Bobby Curtola Loses His Wife in a Fatal Car Accident

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The wife of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll legend Bobby Curtola has lost his wife, Karyn Rochford in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in a fatal car accident.

Karyn was killed in a head on collision at around 1 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  RCMP said bad weather was likely a factor in the crash.

Born in Thunder Bay, Ont., Curtola became a pop sensation in the 1960s with hits like Fortune Teller and Hand In Hand With You. He also wrote and performed jingles for Coca-Cola.
Karyn Rochford, 73, was an accomplished painter, sculptor and artist herself and also spent time accompanying Bobby Curtola on many of his appearances, embracing his longtime friends and fans.

The statement at this time from Bobby Curtola is ‘Karyn is the love of my life and I was blessed to find her and have her. I will miss her love and support for the rest of my life.’

The Curtola and Rochford families would appreciate that their privacy is respected at this time and will make further announcements after the funeral.

Should you wish to contact for any further news or questions.

God speed Karyn.

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