Submitted to Cashbox Canada Megan Bonnell Photo Credit Jen Squires
Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell is set to head out on an east coast tour this March alongside Great Lake Swimmers. Kicking off in Montreal on March 22, the tour will also take them to Fredericton, St. John, Halifax and more. In anticipation of the upcoming dates, Bonnell has released a delightful acoustic video performance for her song Anna off her most recent album Magnolia (Cadence Music).
Filmed by Sourthern Souls' Mitch Fillion at Joshua Van Tassel's Dream Date Studio, the video captures an intimate performance that fans can expect to see at a live show. Megan is joined by Van Tassel gracing both the soundboard and the drum kit, along with fellow musicians Chris Stringer (guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Michael Eckert (pedal steel).
Bonnell released her debut album Hunt And Chase in October 2013 on Nevado Records. She has toured Spain with John Grant, opened for Passenger at BIME Live festival (Bilbao, Spain) and performed at Barcelona Jazz Festival and The End festival (London, UK). She also did a full North American tour supporting Justin Nozuka, and has played at noteworthy summer festivals across North America such as Taste of Toronto, Field Trip Music Festival, CBC Music Festival and Gateway Festival. In 2016, she joined Jordan Klassen on a spring tour, and most recently supported Great Lake Swimmers on their cross-Canada fall tour.
As Cashbox Canada heads into its 8th year of publishing, as the Editor in Chief, I have had time to reflect on 2016 and all we have covered here in the music industry, both here in Canada and on a global level as well.
We have bid farewell to many greats this year, and some were more personal than others. The loss of my dear friend and mentor, Bobby Curtola left a heartache I could never have imagined. But his love of people and music is the legacy and the torch he has left behind for us to carry on.
I need to thank the ones who stood beside our magazine for what is always turbulent waters in these current times in the music business. Chris Wardman, Lenny Stoute, Don Graham, Michael Williams, Pat Blythe, Mark Smith, Iain Patience, Kathy Hahn have all kept us going with stories, personal one on one interviews, and their love of the music shows through it all.
We welcomed Jain MacMillan who graciously stepped up to the plate as our graphic designer for our weekly covers, while we said goodbye to the talented Gillian FitzGibbon who has gone on to pursue a different career that captures her free spirit and love of horses.
To my Celtic family, Meghan Bold of Bold Steps, Stephen Lamb and Brook Richardson along with OMFG, as well as Rory Sinclair and Caledon County for always being there for me to continue to promote my heritage.
Celebrated songstress Martha Wainwright is set to take Canada by storm on her forthcoming tour, including 9 stops in Quebec. Following the successful release of her recent studio album, Goodnight City, via Cadence Music on November 11th, Martha is ready to bring these new songs to her fans across Canada, as well as the UK and Australia in 2017. Her Canadian dates will begin on April 5th in Chicoutimi, QC and include stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver.
In conjunction with the tour announcement, Martha has released a brand new video for lead single, Around The Bend and shared it via Facebook . She teamed up with her cousins, Vinnie Dow, Sylvan and Lily Lanken, and Kathleen Weldon to create the DIY video in Montreal.
Submitted Courtesy of Canadian Press Journalist Jill Lawless Photo: Emerson Lake and Palmer Provided by Canadian Wire Press
LONDON - Musician Greg Lake co-founded both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer — bands that helped define the sprawling, influential but often-maligned genre known as progressive rock.
Lake, who died of cancer at 69, was instrumental in bringing classical influences, epic length, mythic scope and 1970s excess into rock 'n' roll, winning millions of fans before punk swept in and spoiled the party.
Manager Stewart Young said in a statement that Lake died Wednesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer."
Born in the southern English seaside town of Poole in 1947, Lake founded King Crimson with guitarist Robert Fripp in the late 1960s. The band pioneered the ambitious genre that came to be known as progressive rock.
He went on to form ELP with keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer. With Lake as vocalist and guitarist, ELP impressed crowds at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, in a lineup that also featured Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
The band released six platinum-selling albums characterized by songs of epic length, classical influence and ornate imagery, and toured with elaborate light shows and theatrical staging.
Cool Cat Records has announced the release of "Rockabilly Rebel", a fresh new music video and single by singer songwriter, pin up model, and super luxe entrepreneur Heather Ballentine. The video, directed by Marc Esteves & produced by Ballentine Entertainment, features cameos of Toronto biker & entrepreneur Paul Dutra as the "Rebel" and CCMA Hall of Fame inductee Barry Haugen.
"Rockabilly Rebel" is from the album "The Cat's Meow", produced by Pete Anderson, available on iTunes.
Heather recalls, "my first boyfriend smoked, wore a leather jacket, and picked me up for dates on a motorcycle. My dad wasn't thrilled, but years later the experience was the inspiration for 'Rockabilly Rebel', which I co-wrote with Lary Bartley".
Heather Ballentine is a beautiful southern belle with a keen ear for quality music and a keen eye for exotic luxury cars. And that’s exactly how she lives her life: selling Lamborghinis, writing music, singing songs, building media brand, and modeling pin-up. Entrepreneur by day, artist by night. Her pursuit of excitement, education, and entertainment all began in Arkansas. There, she was born to Marilyn Monroe (not to the Marilyn Monroe: but to a wonderful woman named after the star). This early exposure is what gave Heather the insatiable hunger for a taste of the world of pin-up fashion.
Brighton, UK's, As It Is, has released the third track, No Way Out, from their highly-anticipated sophomore album, okay., set to release January 20, 2017.
Digital and physical pre-orders are availablenow, where singles Okay, Pretty Little Distance, and No Way Out are all available as instant downloads with each pre-order.
No Way Out follows the album's title track, and Pretty Little Distance, and deals with the same events and feelings that inspired the first single. Vocalist, Patty Walters, states, “No Way Out is about the desperation and exhaustion from struggling, when your best intentions and attempts seemingly lead you nowhere. Musically, the song is fast, dark, and aggressive, so we wrote lyrics that would parallel and compliment those qualities. Overall, our lyrics on this record are more honest and vulnerable than ever, and this song's bridge especially is a prime example of that."
(Editor's Note: Brad 'Rusty' Bakewell, lead singer and master provocateur of hard rock crew Jack Damage has passed . Rusty never made the big time but every time he was onstage, he made it a big time. He was a very relatable dude and his big-hearted ways made a mark in many people's lives. The memoir below is from one of them.)
This is my friend Brad Bakewell. Most of you knew him as Rusty or Crusty Rusty if you were part of our scene at Rock'N'Roll Heaven. Rusty left us last week. Indications are it was from complications surrounding a near fatal car accident a couple of years back, in BC. Rusty was a complete rock and roll animal in the end. And for that we who loved him and thanked him.
Joined by four of the best: Dave Restivo (piano); Russ Boswell (bass); Nathan Hiltz, guitar & Ethan Ardelli (drums), the Sisters will give a performance to include songs from one of the most loved and well-known sister groups of all time, The Andrews Sisters. Amanda, Alicia and Alanna will be singing their way through musical history from that iconic vocal trio. In addition they have a programme that includes some seasonal/holiday music, some of their favourites from Timeless [their last album] and a couple of their own originals that’ll be on the upcoming album.
The girls have been working hard and have delighted audiences in and around Toronto in addition to venturing further and further out into this amazing province. Robin Munro, Executive Producer of Barrie’s FESTIVENT World says, “Over the past few years I’ve had the opportunity and pleasure to present The Ault Sisters and this year The Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival commissioned the Sisters to present a “Giants of Jazz”concert based on The Andrews Sisters. ...they charmed and engaged the enthusiasm of a multi-generational crowd of music lovers.”
We do hope you’ll be able to join us at the gorgeous Sanderson Theatre (what an absolute jewel this venue is).
THE AULT SISTERS IN CONCERT @SANDERSON CENTRE 88 DALHOUSIE STREET, BRANTFORD • 1.800.2650710 or 519.758.8090 MONDAY, DECEMBER 12• DOORS 7:15/MUSIC 8PM • $30 GENERAL ADMSSION
Michael Williams Presents SUNDAY NIGHT presents two firsts.... our first annual Christmas concert and our first anniversary. Join in the festive celebrations with a fabulous line up of artists including R&B singer/songwriter Liberty Silver and award winning producer Eddie Bullen, Jeff Jones (Red Rider, Carpet Frogs), AHI, Sam Taylor, Lisa Hartt, Don Graham, JessicaLockwood, Julianna D'Assisiand more, Sunday December 11, 2016 at Taste of Colombia's El Salon.
Michael Williams began the Sunday night concert series, opening with guest artists Lost and Profound, one year ago. Seeking a platform to present live music in an intimate setting, he found the perfect venue in El Salon. Since then the Sunday Night concert series has offered a host of performing artists for our listening pleasure including Gord Deppe (The Spoons), Fergus Hambleton (The Sattalites), David Storey (Corner Gas), Toney Springer (Wild T & The Spirit), Sarah Smith, Prakash and Jordan John (The Lincolns), Julian Taylor, David Celia and many others. Through his Open Mic Series, Williams has also provided opportunities for young local artists to meet and perform with the more seasoned professionals, giving them exposure to a wider audience.
Songwriter Mentor Williams, composer of Dobie Gray’s 1973 hit, “Drift Away,” died Wednesday (Nov. 16), according to the Taos (New Mexico) News. The location and cause of death were not reported, although he was a longtime resident of the Taos area. Nor was his age confirmable at press time.
Williams also co-wrote such country hits as Alabama’s “When We Make Love” (1984), Eddy Raven’s “She’s Gonna Win Your Heart” (1984) and Randy Travis and George Jones’ “A Few Ole Country Boys” (1990).
Narvel Felts had a Top 10 country hit with “Drift Away” in 1973. The song was later covered by Waylon Jennings, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison and Michael Bolton, among others. Uncle Kracker enlisted Gray to join him on a remake of the song which peaked at No. 9 on Billboard’s all-genres Hot 100 chart in 2003 and topped the trade publication’s adult contemporary chart.
Williams is the brother of singer, songwriter and actor Paul Williams, who now serves as president and board chairman of ASCAP, the performance rights society. Mentor Williams had a romantic relationship with country singer Lynn Anderson from the 1980s until her death in 2015.
Editor’s Note: Cashbox Canada had the pleasure of meeting Mentor Williams brother, singer/songwriter Paul Williams many times at Canadian Music Week. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Paul Williams and his family on his loss.