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Cashbox Magazine (Canada & USA) Record World Magazine Announced the 1st Round of Artists for the Official MIDEM Showcase in France

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Cashbox Magazine (Canada & USA) and Record World Magazine have announced the First Round of Artists for the Official MIDEM Showcase at Morrison’s in Cannes, France! June 4-7, 2019. We will officially be hosting global talent in the beautiful south of France.

Legendary former VJ Michael Williams will be hosting our stage along with country singer/songwriter Don Graham who will also be performing as well as kicking of an inaugural MIDEM Showcase of singer/songwriters who will be setting the stage for more of these performances at Morrisons.

Our adjudication process has delivered six top acts so far to grace the stage in Cannes, France.

BARA JONSON AND FREE (SWEDEN)

Bara Jonson and Free's music is affecting, moving, touching, stirring and powerful. With the sound of a CrockPop (Country/Rock/Pop) duo Bara Jonson and Free takes the next step towards garnering a new global audience by showcasing at the famous MIDEM in France. On the heels of their latest album release “Synergy”, and with the unique single release “Hello Newfoundland” garnering attention (inspired from their showcase at Live at Heart Newfoundland last October, this is a great act to catch in 2019.

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Reggie Young Forever Young

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Submitted by Don Graham

One of the most recorded session guitarists of a generation, Reggie Young, has passed away at age 82. Young died during the evening of January 17, 2019, at his home in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee from heart failure.

He got his start in Memphis with a band called Eddie Bond and the Stompers, a rockabilly group that toured with the likes of Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins in the late ‘50s and in 1958 joined Johnny Horton’s band and played the Louisiana Hayride several times.

He was a member of the Bill Black Combo and in 1964 The Beatles requested the Bill Black Combo to be their opening act in Europe and their American tour and that was Reggie’s first taste of Europe and Beatlemania. The Bill Black Combo players wore jackets with the initials BBC for Bill Black Combo but of course, the kids in England thought they were from British Broadcasting Company, BBC. Bill Black passed away in 1965 and Reggie began to do more studio work at Royal Studios in Memphis. He eventually left Royal and went to work with  Chips Moman at American in Memphis. The Memphis Boys were responsible for a string of hits with Moman. Reggie was tired of traveling and wanted to concentrate on session work and was comfortable at American in Memphis but went to Nashville to record with Joe Tex. They cut a song called Show Me and Joe Tex wanted to book more sessions but Reggie said he only wanted to record at American in Memphis, so the next record from Tex, Skinny Legs And All, was cut in Memphis.

JUNOS 2019 And the Nominees Are….

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Shawn Mendes on Tuesday grabbed a field-leading six nominations for the 2019 Juno music awards, Canada's version of the Grammys, to be hosted by Sarah McLachlan.

The Weeknd nabbed five nods, while Dutch-Canadian artist Bulow earned four nominations. Nominations for the Junos were unveiled during a press conference Tuesday, January 29 in Toronto.

Mendes will compete for the fan choice award, best single, album, artist, songwriter and pop album of the year. And newcomer Bulow will vie in the fan choice, best single, breakthrough artist and pop album categories. 

Other multiple Juno nominees unveiled on Tuesday include Loud Luxury, Alessia Cara, Bahamas and Hubert Lenoir.

The album of the year competition will pit the latest work by Mendes, Jann Arden and The Weeknd against albums from Three Days Grace and Hubert Lenoir. And the international album of the year category will see Camila Cabello's Camila, Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy and Maroon 5's Red Pill Blues compete against Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys and Travis Scott's Astroworld.

The single of the year category has nominations for Bulow's "Not a Love Song" and Alessia Cara's "Growing Pains" going up against Mendes' "In My Blood," "Pray for Me," by The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar and "Body," by Loud Luxury

The Who Announces 2019 North American Moving On! Tour

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For WHO fans everywhere, the announcement of a brand new tour means only one thing: the world’s most untameable rock band is about to deliver the goods once again. Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend will be unleashing the combustible force that is The Who, with symphonic accompaniment this summer and fall in 2019. Produced by Live Nation, The Who’s North American MOVING ON! TOUR will bring their indelible brand of powerhouse rock to 29 cities beginning in May (see tour itinerary below). The kickoff date is May 7 in Grand Rapids, MI with the band wrapping up the first leg of the tour June 1 in Toronto, ON. A much-anticipated series of fall dates will launch on September 6 in St. Paul, MN and conclude on October 23 in Edmonton, AB.

The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year. On stage, the line-up will be rounded out by familiar Who players featuring guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the best orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.

Pex Announces Launch Attribution Engine

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Pex, a global video and music search engine, has announced the launch of its Attribution Engine, making it easier to track and identify audio and video content across major platforms. Used by all the Major labels, music publishers, movie studios, and MCNs, Pex improves how video is authenticated.

Pex stands out versus other offerings in that it can identify both audio and video, and works with segments as short as one second to identify derivative works that otherwise create ownership and claims confusion. Most importantly perhaps, the solution will be available for free to both rights holders and selected platforms.

The Pex Attribution Engine Allows Online Video and Music Platforms and Apps to Programmatically Authenticate Content Before Users Upload.

As safe harbor and copyright are poised to cause significant turmoil for user-generated content platforms in some of the world’s biggest markets, Pex, the stealth global video and music search engine used by major labels, MCNs, music publishers, and movie studios, announces the February release of their Attribution Engine, a multi-party solution ready to bring a radical improvement to how video is authenticated, a boon to platforms and rights holders alike.

MDM signs Juno Award Nominee Don Amero

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MDM Recordings Inc. is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their award-winning roster – chart-topping three-time JUNO Awards nominee Don Amero. An award-winning storyteller, singer, songwriter and performer, Amero has been playing live and engaging audiences across Canada for more than a decade – connecting effortlessly with fans wherever he goes and sharing messages of encouragement, positivity, and beauty.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Don and his manager Laurie Brown to the MDM Recordings Family,” shares Mike Denney, President of MDM. “I’ve known Don for years and have seen him perform a few times, but his performance at the 2018 CCMA Awards industry luncheon in Hamilton was the ‘moment’ that sealed the deal for me in terms of wanting to partner and work with him. A true Gentleman, an exceptionally talented artist and a great performer, I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for Don."

For years I’ve had an eye and ear on MDM and have been inspired by Mike and the roster of artists there,” says Don Amero. “I admire what Mike and his crew have been doing in the Canadian music scene over the last 10 years. I am honoured and privileged to be on this team and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

John McDermott Trio At Hugh’s Room for 3-Night Performance

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Photo: John McDermott, Jason Fowler and Mark Lalama

Join highly-regarded Canadian tenor John McDermott for an unforgettable 3-night performance with the John McDermott Trio, which consists of John McDermott on vocals with guitarist Jason Fowler https://www.jasonfowler.ca/ and Mark Lalama (keyboards) http://www.marklalama.com/ at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room Live on Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9. Each show begins at 8:30pm and will be $40 in advance, $45 at the door. For more information, visit www.hughsroomlive.com.

As is John’s tradition, he will be giving a captivating and engaging performance filled with tasteful remembrance tributes, songs from his illustrious career, and many highlights from his own personal songbook.

John will also be joined by special guests for each show, which include famed guitarist Paul Langlois on February 7, the award-winning duo Dala Girls on February 8, and PEI singer Chad Matthews for all three performances.

Habib Koité Bassekou Kouyaté in Toronto for a night of African Blues

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One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Malian guitarist Habib Koité joins Bassekou Kouyaté, master of the traditional Malian lute known as the ngoni, for a night of African blues, March 5, 2019, 8PM at the George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at tocentre.com, by phone, or in person at select Civic Theatres Toronto box office.

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyaté are two eminences of African music and are performing together as part of an unprecedented international tour, performing songs from their repertoire, and accompanied by the powerful voice of the Malian singer Amy Sacko.

Recognized as “the biggest pop star of Mali” by Rolling Stone and called the “African Jimmy Hendrix” thanks to his unique guitar playing, Habib Koité’s artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, delighting audiences the world over, and placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music.

Early Bird Special for Toronto’s Indie Week

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It is that time of year again when Toronto prepares for their annual music festivals. One of the great ones that are truly supportive of the indie acts who are not signed to a major label is Indie Week.

This year the event is November 13-17, 2019, and has various locations for live shows, panels, mentoring and much more.  The folks at Indie Week are offering a discount until January 15, 2019, and you can apply here to perform: http://indieweek.com/iwcan/apply

Indie Week features:

  • VIP Launch Party
  • Indie Week Awards
  • Indie101 Music + Tech conference
  • Health & Wellness Day
  • Industry mixers
  • Demo Listening Sessions
  • Industry Panels
  • Mentorships + More!

The Opportunity
Indie Week Canada has become one of Canada’s premiere indie music festivals showcasing acts from all over the world in front of music industry professionals.

Indie Week offers 5 nights of showcases, late last call after parties serving until 4 am, multiple venues, music industry panels, industry mixers, demo listening sessions, mentorships, sponsored stages and more

The Band

  • Indie Week is open to all genres except comedy and cover acts
  • Bands/artists must not be signed directly to a major label
  • Bands signed to an indie label with major distribution are still allowed to apply

The Gig Details

The Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Sneak Preview

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Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 17th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St. in Scarborough, ON, on Saturday, January 19. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festival along with Lillian Wauthier, Artistic Director of Acoustic Harvest, the event will include Cassie & Maggie, Donné Roberts, Ori Dagan, Shake the Bellows, Ken Yoshioka, Alana & Leigh Cline and Brian Gladstone & Tony Quarrington. Folks will also be able to purchase Festival weekend wristbands for half price at only $10, at the event.

For more information and updates please visit
www.winterfolk.com

www.acousticharvest.ca

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Toronto’s Winterfolk XVII festival – which runs from February 22-24, 2019, will present a jam-packed night of music as a teaser to the upcoming all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival.

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