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Carleton launches Music Matters

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Carleton’s Health Sciences Prof. Renate Ysseldyk and students Noah Latchem, Anita Sengupta and Angela Paric have been studying the health benefits of Music Matters, an innovative music program pairing individuals living with dementia, their caregivers, and local musicians.

Music Matters began with a collaboration involving Ysseldyk, Jesse Stewart, associate professor of music, and Tracy Luciani, president of Artswell. For eight weeks at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital, several individuals living with dementia and their caregivers from across Ottawa gathered to make music, reminiscence about the past and connect with others.

The program has evolved into much more than anyone had expected. Old friends were reunited, memories were recounted, poetry and songs were composed and impromptu dance solos blossomed. Participants even put on a showcase of their work at the National Arts Centre.

Music-making is increasingly recognized as a cognitively demanding process that is beneficial to brain function, one that could be particularly useful in slowing cognitive decline among healthy older individuals, as well as those with age-related diseases such as dementia. The social element inherent in making music as a group also fosters emotional regulation, social connectedness and improved health.

For more information contact:
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
Steven_Reid3@Carleton.ca

Sing! The Vocal Arts Festival Returns May 4 to 5 2016

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Vocal music will take centre stage at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, taking place for an expanded 12-day run from May 4 to 15, 2016. More than 30 performances and workshops will take place at venues across downtown Toronto, including the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and The Distillery Historic District. Tickets are on sale now at singtoronto.com.

Now in its fifth year, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival showcases the best Canadian and international vocal talent. The festival will feature the last Toronto touring show by Canadian a cappella legends The Nylons, who will be performing at SING! as part of a farewell tour wrapping up more than 35 years of performances around the world. Other headliners include Naturally 7, masters of a distinctive a cappella sound known as “vocal play”, and O Canada: Our Nation’s Greatest Hits, hosted by Canada’s funniest couple, Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath and featuring Latin-inspired jazz artist Amanda Martinez, Dave Matheson from the satirical pop band, Moxy Fruvous and the Toronto Northern Lights barbershop All-Stars.

Festival performers span a wide range of genres and cultural influences, including pop, rock, jazz, classical, barbershop, world, gospel, folk, live looping, beat boxing and more. Canada’s premier a cappella festival educates as well as entertains, with industry veterans leading vocal workshops and mentoring sessions for singers of all ages and levels of experience.

JUNOS 2016

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Photo at right: The Weeknd performs at the Juno Awards
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The Juno Awards of 2016, honouring Canadian music achievements, were presented in Calgary the weekend of 2–3 April 2016. The ceremonies were held at the Scotiabank Saddledome, and televised on CTV.

The primary ceremony hosts were musician Jann Arden and athlete and television personality Jon Montgomery. It included performances by Bryan Adams, Dean Brody, Alessia Cara, Dear Rouge, Coleman Hell, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, Lights, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Whitehorse.

Burton CummingsBurton CummingsBurton Cummings is the 2016 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. His band, The Guess Who, was inducted in 1987. Rosalie Trombley, former music director for CKLW radio, was presented with this year's Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award. Arcade Fire is the recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award for their contributions to various non-profit organizations.

Jaymz Bee Turns 53

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As he does every year, Jaymz Bee turns the fact that he is aging into a week-long party with the biggest bash at Lula Lounge on his actual birthdate.

The evening begins at 7:30PM with some “Bee Tee Vee”. Jaymz will share videos that feature singers June Garber, Genevieve Marentette and the late, great Don Francks, among others.

8:30PM Robert Scott takes to the stage and with the help of singer Genevieve Marentette will host an hour of jazz with a few surprise guests.

By 10:00PM the weirdness begins…Sean “Balloonatic” Rooney and Clay Tyson will perform short sets, followed by Bee’s punk funk tribute to Ian Dury & The Blockheads called “Two Headed”. (Comedian Jef Farquharson is the other head.)

Jaymz Bee is a Toronto-based broadcaster, promoter, musician, entertainer and published author. Bee currently works at JAZZ.FM91 as a broadcaster, concert producer and jazz tour guide. His musical projects include pop ensemble Bonzai Suzuki, the punk funk band Two Headed and a spoken word project with Swiss electro-maestro Carlos Peron.

WHY CELEBRATE JAYMZ BEE?
Well aside from the obvious birthday as reason enough there is the kindness, love of music and friends that oozes from every pore of Jaymz’ being.

JAYMZ BEE BIRTHDAY BASH
Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West
Wednesday April 13th 2016
Doors 7PM. $20 adv. / $25 door
Advance tickets at www.lula.ca
Info at www.bullhorn.ca

Don Francks (1932 – 2016) Hanging with the Jazz Don!

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I used to bust Don’s chops and remind him – he danced with Fred Astaire. I’d play YouTube clips from Finian's Rainbow just to watch Francks dance and sing, “How Are Things in Glocca Morra,” then say – you can retire now – you were it; so hip and handsome and there you are in Panavision.

I met Francks in a waiting room at Mt. Sinai Hospital October 1972 – my partner Kristine was just steps and moments away from pushing big life outward - son Jesse. Francks was dressed in First Nation colors and sporting a big smile. We sat and chatted and began talking music. He was a jazz guy – be-bop hipster who spoke like a landlocked Greenpeace activist. Save the planet – save the children and play jazz flute.

I brought a notebook to record that very special moment. He asked to borrow it – removed a few colored felt pens and began drawing - then inscribed something about long-life and earth wishes for young Jesse. I was walking a fine line between hippie and indecision – never considering I’d crossed over, yet still looking the part and a bit suspect.

Through the years we’d occasionally cross paths – then late 1980’s Don called and tells me how much he likes the Jazz Report Magazine, at the time a jazz newsletter and could he contribute. He lent us photos from his hot jazz days, recalled bandstand episodes; addressed the record industry in not so complimentary words and sang the praises of the forgotten art of “hippterisim.”

UK Band Slydigs to Open for The Who in Canada

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Breakout UK four-piece rock band SLYDIGS announce debut North American tour dates opening for THE WHO in Canada and the U.S. starting April 26th in Toronto, Ontario and finishing in San Diego,California.

On the heels of an already successful European tour with Vintage Trouble at the end of 2015, garnering accolades for their 5-track EP “Down with Mockery”, the band are ready to introduce American and Canadian audiences to their mixture of 60’s British invasion, 70’s punk and 90’s guitar driven Britpop.

SLYDIGS’ brand of bluesy/hook-laden rock is showcased via “Light the Fuse”, a hard driving rock song that features lead singer Dean Fairhurst’s authentic vocal delivery. The single is featured in ROCK BAND 4 and the EP was helmed by producer/engineer George Shilling (Blur, Oasis, The Soup Dragons).

The band’s momentum can be traced to the buzz surrounding their live shows and the sold out gigs withVintage Trouble. While on tour, they performed a full concert for acclaimed German TV show Rockpalast, along with an exclusive acoustic version of forthcoming track “Catch a Fading Light.” Slydigs also supported THE WHO on multiple shows in the UK, including the sold-out London O2 Arena dates and the 2015 Hyde Park anniversary concert.

The Magic of George Martin

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The news spread rapid fire. On March 8, 2016 "we" had lost another one. Announced by a "tweet" from Ringo Starr. (The word "tweet" makes it sounds almost insignificant, even trivial) However, there is nothing insignificant about Sir George Martin, or his passing....quietly, at home, in his sleep. Survived by Judy, his second wife of almost 50 years, and a proud father to four children, Alexis, Gregory, Lucie and Giles.

A private man. A distinguished man. A learned man. A man of many quiet talents who has left us a legacy of beautiful songs and exquisite moments. A man who "heard" what we did not.

A giant in the world of music, Sir George Martin towered above everyone. A note, a nuance, a sound....from sheer simplicity to the most complex, he worked his magic not only for the Beatles, but for countless others including Kate Bush, Robin Gibb, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Peter Sellers, Shirley Bassey, Sophia Loren, Elton John... The list is endless. Numerous titles follow his name....producer, musician (oboe and piano), arranger, conductor, composer. I'll include "magician".

Donald Quan: The Long Unwinding Road

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I always cherish that very unique early Thursday morning radio hour I get to spend with some of the most vibrant and creative folks in our country at CUIT 89.5 FM, on the campus of the University of Toronto. Every person is different – most stories compelling but a rare few are as fascinating and uplifting as the hour spent with film composer/pianist and violist Donald Quan. This was a rollercoaster ride with Quan out front.
Donald Quan is one of the most celebrated film composers in recent memory, a workaholic, an accomplished musician – and then one fateful day – lights out. Here’s what happened.

Bill King: Long time keeping your grand passion afloat – Musideum and now big changes.

Donald Quan: It’s been less a change of heart. Musideum was a project I could see an end in sight. It’s been around about ten years and I knew there was a time it would end. Basically, after ten years, I feel I’ve done everything I can with it in terms of how I first conceived it. It even had a long run as a show on CIUT 89.5 and that kind of wrapped up the whole Musideum arc – starting as a music store.

B.K: You recorded every performance?


Saskmusic Heads South To SXSW

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SaskMusic and our artists are preparing to head south for another international market export event: the 30th Annual South by South West (SXSW) Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas. “The world’s leading music industry event” offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day through important panels discussions, talks, trade show, gear expo and other activities. At night, the music festival showcases over 2200 artists, including over 500 international acts from 60+ countries.

SXSW’s innovative approach melds music, film, and interactive industries together into one enormous business and networking opportunity. With over 30,000 delegates to the music conference component alone – and millions attending the festival – it’s easy for an artist to get lost in the roar. To rise above the noise, SaskMusic partners with other Canadian music industry associations to present targeted events, with artists who have been selected by SXSW organizers as representing the best in Canadian talent.

Stephanie Martin to Debut New CD at Hugh’s Room

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Stephanie Martin celebrates the release of her second full length recording at Hugh’s Room. The disc features 12 new songs written by Martin and longtime collaborator and producer Chad Irschick. For this special concert, joining them onstage are Tom Szczesniak, Michael Francis, Brian Barlow, Eric St. Laurent, David MacDougall and some very special guests.

Stephanie Martin is a bilingual Canadian songwriter, singer and actor who has performed all over the world in award-winning theatrical productions and concert tours. In the theatre, she has played leading roles in Les Misérables, Napoleon and Schwartz’s, the musical among others. In studio, she sang the voice of Pocahontas in the French version of the Disney movie. On the concert scene, she has performed with symphony orchestras across North America, Europe and Asia.Her creative songwriting is inspired by a lifelong spiritual inquiry and a passionate conviction that music has an unparalleled unitive power. Her first recording of original songs shape, line and harmony was critically acclaimed and received widespread airplay.

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