Sultans of String Winners of World Group of the Year

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Canada’s high octane string slingers, Sultans of String, took home the trophy for World Group of the Year at the 14th Annual SiriusXM Indie Awards (“The Indies”), for their revved up roots-worldbeat-symphonic mash-up, Symphony!

Past recipients of this illustrious Award include such luminaries as Johnny Reid, Adele, Alex Cuba, Tom Waits, The Sheepdogs, and Arcade Fire (for the complete list of this year’s nominees and recipients, pls visit

“Receiving this Award is such a wonderful honour. We love telling Canadian stories through our music, and there is no greater inspiration for our songs than the amazing people and places that touch our lives. We feel very fortunate to be able to share these stories with others”, says bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool.

R.I.P. Larry Ramos Everything That Touches You

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4th Annual Music is Freedom - Songs/Words for MindCare

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On May 16, 2014 the 4th Annual Music is Freedom-Songs/Words for Mindcare will once again raise awareness as well as money to support this great cause.

Mind Care New Brunswick cares deeply about raising awareness about mental health in New Brunswick, promotes excellence in all aspects of the delivery of mental health care by raising funds to support programs and activities that are beyond the scope of regular government funding.

The schedule is a full packed day that is well worth attending from start to finish.

Words for MindCare  (Day-Lunch Hour event 11:30 am - 2pm) 
Including guest Speakers – Julia Wright, Susan White, Janet Fraser, Joan Hall Hovey,Jeff Liberty and more TBA. All in their own words opening up the lines of communication to help stop the stigma of mental Illness. In cooperation with Fog Lit Festival Inc.

Jeff LibertyJeff LibertySongs for MindCare (Evening – Dinner event 7:30 - 10 pm)
Including Musical guest – Shanklin Road, Pandora, Gordi Munroe, Sadie Donahue, Gavin Downes, Clyde A. Wray & Debbie Adshade. Filmed by Bell/Aliant Community One.

Grammy Nominated Steve Wilkinson Joins the Wednesday Night Music Club

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In stark contrast to the chaotic multi-band, short set, bills that have taken over the city, this month, Toronto music fans will be able to recover with the Wednesday Night Music Club’s Spring Session at the Cadillac Lounge on May 14th. The seasonal Nashville-style songwriter rounds are gearing up for their next session as they host some of their most award-winning writers yet. Brian Donkers will be continuing to MC the evening, welcoming Steve Wilkinson from the Grammy nominated and Juno winning band The Wilkinsons, along with Jack Connolly, 2013 CCMA Discovery Program Selection, and Leah Daniels, CCMA “Interactive Artist” award nominee.

The Wednesday Night Music Club is a seasonal songwriter showcase featuring some of Canada’s best writers at Toronto’s famed Cadillac Lounge. The rounds were started by Brian and Trisha Donkers with the goal of bringing songwriters into a space where they can play their new music alongside their hits and show the city who is behind some of their favourite songs.

So far, the quarterly rounds have been met with attentive crowds and lots of praise from the songwriters themselves. “It was probably the most talented round I’ve been a part of. The sound was great at the Cadillac and the crowd really enjoyed the songs,” said Zac Wrixon, staff songwriter with Dan Hodges Music (Nashville) and CSS Rights Management (Canada). Wrixon was one of the songwriters performing in the snowy Winter Session along with Andrea England, Karen Kozowski, and Thomas Wade.

Deon Jackson Love Makes The World Go Round

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Jackson was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He performed in vocal groups and as a soloist while he attended Ann Arbor High School, and was signed by producer Ollie McLaughlin while still in school. Ollie McLaughlin was known for launching the career of Barbara Lewis with the hit ‘Baby I’m Yours’. His first single was his own "You Said You Love Me", followed by "Come Back Home"; both were regional hits in his native Michigan.

Jackson toured heavily on the local club circuit before releasing his next record, 1966's "Love Makes the World Go Round" on Carla Records. The tune became a major pop hit, and a full-length album was released subsequently on Atco Records. Although he has been referred to as a "one hit wonder", Jackson had two more successful singles and recorded until the end of the decade, but then faded from view, living and performing in the Chicago area as a popular performer in the clubs and legacy circuit.

After leaving the entertainment industry, Jackson became a teacher and counselor in the Wheaton, Ill., school district. A personal remembrance posted on an online bulletin board said that Jackson never told his students about his past fame until they found an early performance on YouTube.

Deon Jackson died on April 18, 2014 at the age of 68.

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Teenage Head's Frankie (Venom) Kerr Statue Cancelled in Local Park

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Frankie Venom’s family wanted to celebrate Hamilton, music and Frankie Venom’s legacy. So when they were approached to be involved in a public art project, they were happy to do so but did not know it would become such a quagmire of negativity towards the lasting legacy.

After details of the project were posted in The Hamilton Spectator last week, Ward 1 community members got proactive and hurtful insults were posted online for all to see. This was followed by the support of a petition that insisted on the cancelling of a statue that would be put up at a local park located at King Street West and Locke Street North.

Venom’s family was shocked at the negative response from the community, and decided to pull out of the project.

"It's just too painful," Frankie Venom’s (Kerr) younger sister, Christine Crayford, said recently, after days negative comments online about her brother. "It got to be unbearable … we weren't really prepared as a family for this; we didn't know it was up for debate," Crayford said.

The original idea was pitched by musician Tom Wilson along with his daughter Madeline, and was then supported by Councillor Brian McHattie. A community meeting was held to give local people a chance to understand the project. Most constituents felt they were not told much about the project in advance and there was no involvement in the planning process which would involve close to $200,000.00 of taxpayer’s dollars.

Kevin Sharp His Battle is Over

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His long, courageous battle is over as Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp has now passed away. He died on Saturday April 19, 2014 due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

Glen Campbell Moved to a Care Facility

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Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, reports.

"He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," a family friend told the title. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week."  The singer has been suffering from short-term memory loss in recent years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011.

The 78-year-old Grammy winner and his wife Kim initially shared the news of his illness back in 2011 because he’d hoped to give a series of goodbye concerts, in conjunction with an album "Ghost on the Canvas,” which was released later that year.

Glen Travis Campbell is an American country music singer, guitarist, television host and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television.

During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Campbell's hits include John Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind", Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston", Larry Weiss's "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Allen Toussaint's "Southern Nights".

Saskatchewan Country Music Award Winners 2014

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The Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards & Country Music Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in Nipawin SK this past weekend. Top country musicians as well as new and emerging acts from around the province gathered among industry professionals and fans April 11-13 to celebrate the Saskatchewan country music scene. Multi-CCMA award winning band Doc Walker headlined the cabaret on Saturday night, joined by WYATT. The weekend encompassed various other events, including a kick-off party, the SCMA AGM, songwriter’s circle, country gospel show and new artist showcases. 

SaskMusic is pleased to congratulate the winners at this year’s Saskatchewan Country Music Awards.  The SCMA President’s Gala Banquet & Industry Awards were held Sunday April 12, and the 25th Annual SCMA Gala Awards took place Sunday April 13, both from the Evergreen Convention Centre in Nipawin.

Many of this year’s award recipients are previous winners of The Next Big Thing country talent search (presented by Big Dog 92-7 and produced by SaskMusic), including WYATT, Chris Henderson, Jess Moskaluke and The Midnight Roses. Submissions for the 2014 Next Big Thing competition recently launched, and will remain open until May 2, 2014 at

Academy of Country Music Awards Handed Out in Las Vegas


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The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Show were held on April 6 2014 at the  Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,Nevada. The ladies, the Belles of Broadway in Nashville, looked more like the Belles of Broadway in New York City as cowgirl boots were replaced with high heel city girl shoes and faded Wranglers and pearl snap tops gave way to ball gowns while the men traded in jean jackets for tuxedos.

George Strait won his second Entertainer of the Year Award, a mere 25 years after he won his first one. The win by Strait did not come as a big surprise. In a few months he will be retiring from  traveling on the road and he won the same trophy at the rival Country Music Association Awards a few  months ago. But the difference is ACM’s entertainer award is fan-voted and there was some concern that Strait’s fan base, being older might not vote. Straight told the crowd "I've always said I have the best fans in the world and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case."

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