Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

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Photo at right: Julian Taylor

The artist line-up has been announced for the Winterfolk Festival XIII and it sure to be a time for them to shine at this great event.

TORONTO –The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce a stellar lineup for the 13th annual edition of the festiva taking place February 13-15, 2015. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four ticketed events along with many other affordable concerts, community stages and workshops. Featured artists include: roots and blues luminaries – Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Gary Kendall, Al Lerman and more. Local rising stars The Heavyweights Brass Band, Vivienne Wilder Band, Jessica Stuart Few and the Andrew Collins Trio will perform along with many other fresh and familiar faces. For more information please

The Scottish Tattoo to Celebrate at the Sony Centre

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

‘Across the hills the pipes are heard an ancient Highland blood is stirred’.

Bagpipes are the most controversial instrument on earth – it can make you cry or it can make you cringe. Being a first generation Scottish Canadian I am in the first part – they make me cry and stand just a little bit straighter with pride.

So with Robbie Burns Day (January 25) right around the corner if you want to continue your celebrations there is a wonderful event at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on January 29th at 7:30 pm – The Scottish Tattoo – The Music of Scotland.

Led by famed music director and Pipe Major, Steven Dewar, THE SCOTTISH TATTOO features bagpipe players, drummers, musicians, singers and dancers - every last one direct from Edinburgh.  This unique presentation will carry you along for a whole evening on a journey through Scotland that is as stirring as it is varied.

So if you want the experience of Scotland right here in Toronto, inhale deeply and get a fresh a breath of real Highland air. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Dinna be cheap – dig into your wallets (or sporrans) and buy some tickets to a lengendary performance.

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Drummer Dallas Taylor Gone At 66

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Submitted by Don Graham

Dallas Taylor, the original drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, has died at the age of  66. His wife, Patti McGovern-Taylor, posted the news on her Facebook page, but did not disclose the cause.

Her post read “This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W. Taylor, he came into my life almost 18 yrs ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him, To me he was just a Good Man, a Good Friend, a Good Father, a Good Grandfather, (or Pop Pop) Great

Drummer and much beloved by many. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night. I know he is at peace. He will be missed beyond words; it is so very hard to imagine my life without him by my side, but i feel his love even as I write these words. Much Love to you all.”

Taylor was born in Denver, Colorado, and started out as a session musician in the early 1960s, soon joining the psychedelic rock band Clear Light. In 1967, he was recruited into Crosby, Stills and Nash when Stephen Stills asked Taylor to play drums on their record.Taylor performed on their breakthrough self-titled debut album, released in 1969, and their following album, Déjà Vu with new member, Neil Young, in 1970. Taylor played on Stills’ solo album and with Manassas.

April Wine's Myles Goodwyn Donates Hundreds of Shoes to Homeless

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A member of Canadian rock royalty with ties to Nova Scotia is hoping his new Canada-wide charity will bring some sole to the homeless with new and gently-used shoes. The lead singer of the band April Wine, started the Soleful Caring campaign over the holidays in conjunction with Shelter Nova Scotia and Value Village. 700 pairs of donated shoes and winter boots delivered in first round of Soleful Caring Charity.

Myles Goodwyn, the lead singer of the band April Wine, started the Soleful Caring campaign over the holidays in conjunction with Shelter Nova Scotia and Value Village. He was in Halifax to help deliver 700 of pairs of donated shoes and winter boots.

The idea for the charity came from Goodwyn's experiences living with Type 2 diabetes, a condition that can leave patients' feet permanently numb.

Goodwyn and his Montreal doctor, who also lives with the disease, developed Soleful Caring with fellow sufferers in mind.Canadian rocker Myles Goodwyn helps load donations of shoes and winter boots for his Soleful Caring campaign.

"I think it's very important to get good shoes on all of them," said Dr. Stan van Duyes. "But I certainly think that diabetics should be prioritized."

R.I.P. Tim Drummond Long May You Run

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Submitted by Don Graham

Session and touring bass player Tim Drummond, who spent most of his career playing with the likes of Neil Young, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and the Beach Boys, died on January 10th, 2015 at the age of 74. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but no foul play or trauma was involved.

Drummond was the bass player on Neil Young's 1972 bestseller Harvest as well as its follow-up, 1992's HarvestMoo. Both were highly praised acoustic albums with the same bunch of musicians. He played on every Young studio LP between 1974's On the Beach and 1980's Hawks and Doves. He also played in various backing bands for Young: the Shocking Pinks, the Stray Gators, and the International Harvesters. Following, Harvest Moon, Young's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance was the final show of Drummond's tenure with the singer-songwriter.

The list of major artists with whom Drummond has performed is long and impressive. It includes  Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Joe Cocker, Jewel, James Brown, Conway Twitty and Crosby, Stills and Nash among the most notable. Drummond played on albums such as Jewel's Pieces of You,Dylan's Slow Train Coming and the Beach Boys' 15 Big Ones. Drummond also co-wrote Dylan's "Saved”.

Invictus Entertainment Group Welcomes David Langley

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Invictus Entertainment Group has recently welcomed David Langley to the position of Director of Marketing & Artist Relations. Langley will also head up the Toronto office for Invictus Entertainment Group, as the award-winning company continues to expand.

"I am thrilled to start this new chapter with Invictus Entertainment Group," says Langley. "It's a very exciting time and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to work with such a forward thinking and innovative group of people.”

President of Invictus Entertainment Group, Jim Cressman, adds, "We work with elite artists and partners, so we continue to build an elite team. David, like the rest of our team, has an indefatigable passion for the arts. This business is in his blood, and we are excited to welcome him to the Invictus family.”

Langley's extensive background in entertainment includes working for Echo Advertising in 2004 as a Media Buyer, where he was responsible for orchestrating ad campaigns for Alliance Atlantis Films.  In 2005, he became the Senior Media Buyer for Genesis Vizeum, where he was charged with writing and executing all media plans for Live Nation Canada utilizing a variety of media platforms. His bulk of experience comes from his time at Clear Channel and later at Live Nation Canada where he rose to the position of Marketing Supervisor, after working within both the media and marketing departments. Most recently, Langley worked as the Director of Marketing for Open Road Recordings.

BTW-starring Maple Blues Band, Wilderness of Manitoba, Psychic Rites, Dan Mangan and Blacksmith, Controller Controller, Naplampom, Smashing Pumpkins

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Here’s an annual bright spot in this dull and drear January landscape. The 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards will be held at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall on Monday, January 19th, 2015 in Toronto. This annual celebration of the best in Canadian blues begins at 7:00pm, with Danny Marks hosting a lineup of Downchilds Blues Band, Angel Forrest, Brandon Isaak, Harpdog Brown, Steve Hill and Joel Johnson, all backed by the legendary Maple Blues Band. (Host Danny Marks show Cities in Blue on HiFi is also nominated for for Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series.)

The Maple Blues Band has been a fixture at The Maple Blues Awards for 16 of the events 18 years.  Some attribute the long lasting success of the MBA`s in part to the dedication, hard work and positive energy contributed by this group of well-known Canadian musicians. They’ve provided first rate backing for most of the hosts and special guests along with musical stings that set up award presentations.  The Maple Blues Band are Michael Fonfara organ/piano, Pat Carey tenor sax, Gary Kendall bass, Chris Whiteley trumpet, Tom Bona drums, Teddy Leonard guitar, Chris Murphy baritone sax, Al Lerman harmonica/tenor sax.

Subhumans Lead Singer Brian Goble Was A Pioneer Of Vancouver Punk

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Courtesy of Tom Hawthorne of The Globe And Mail
Photo: Randy Bachman and Brian Goble 1991
Photograph by Craig Hodge

On Canada Day in 1978, anarchists organized a picnic with the promise of a free concert in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

A Canadian flag was burned in front of the stage. The police came by car, horse and motorcycle. While some punk aficionados jumped up and down on the spot in front of the stage, slack-jawed passersby stood and stared.

On the bill was a newly formed band called the Subhumans. The lead singer, Brian Goble, a somewhat quiet young man with a pointy Jughead nose and a mordant sense of humour, stripped off his shirt while barking barely decipherable lyrics into the microphone. It was the public’s first glimpse of the energetic front man.

In an age of aloof rock gods, Mr. Goble smashed the invisible wall separating artist from audience with the subtlety of a rampaging Visigoth. His manic performances – as a twitchy, jumpy singer who liked to dive off the stage into a sweaty, beery crowd – became legendary. Once, a frantic audience ripped off his clothing (an act so violent he was left bruised), before depositing the naked singer back on stage. Another time, Mr. Goble dove from the stage only to land on the concrete floor, where the unseen figure groaned curses into the microphone. The most common of those, a two-word imprecation used as a signal of angry dismissal, was also the title of one of the group’s most popular songs.

Little Jimmy Dickens Go Rest High Tater

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Submitted by Don Graham

Jimmy Dickens, the little giant of country music has passed away at age 94.

He starred on the "Grand Ole Opry," for decades and was a fixture both onstage and backstage, where his dressing room was an important stop for performers on the show. It was there that he held court for artists, old and new, for  more than a half century since his 1948 debut.

Many performers claim to have entertained right up to the end and in Jimmy’s case it was true. He last played the "Opry" on Dec. 20, a day after his 94th birthday and five days before he would be admitted to the hospital after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day. He died of cardiac arrest on January 2nd, 2015.

Dickens would often make fun of his size introducing himself with "I'm Little Jimmy Dickens, or Willie Nelson after taxes" or poke fun at his rhinestone-studded outfits with "There goes Mighty Mouse in his pajamas!” and his old-timer status by saying “Here’s my latest hit from 1965.”

Opry president and general manager Pete Fisher gave the statement  "The Grand Ole Opry did not have a better friend than Little Jimmy Dickens. He loved the audience and his Opry family, and all of us loved him back. He was a one-of-kind entertainer and a great soul whose spirit will live on for years to come."

Jim Galloway (July 28, 1936 – December 30, 2014)

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Submitted by Bill King

It’s only been a only few days since Jim passed away and I’m sure thousands will respond. Jim, to many of us, was the roots sound of jazz in Toronto – the guy who played six nights a week with many of the legends and icons in jazz. I had the privilege of hanging with both Pat and Jim and the late jazz photographer Paul Hoeffler as part of TD Jazz for the past 25 years. There is nothing for my partner Kristine and I like hanging backstage at the summer jazz festival and snapping photos and awaiting Jim’s arrival.

Jim came with an aroma, a very sweet aroma courtesy of his clove-laced cigarettes, one that distinguished him as a man cultured in European tradition. That brand of quality smoke was worn like a crown. I never minded. Jim also loved his cameras – the ones that caught short video clips, the ones that registered a few performance images.

You see, backstage is a social affair – a chance to really get to know someone. This we did on numerous occasions. I can’t speak as family, yet I can say this, Jim was one hell of a musician, pioneer and good hearted person. You see, laughter is a measure of a person. Jim knew how to laugh and share a good story. This I will always treasure. We’ll learn more as the weeks pass from those closest to Jim.

Eleven years ago I sat down with Jim and just talked about the festival and other things. Here’s bit of that conversation. Interview conducted March 10, 2003.

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