Get Ready To Ride For Unison

Unison Benevolent Fund

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Registration is now open for the third annual Ride For Unison charity bike ride, sponsored by Canadian Musician magazine. The ride will be taking place Thursday, June 12, 2014, with all funds raised going to the Unison Benevolent Fund, which supports Canadian music industry professionals in times of need.

“I am looking forward to the annual Ride for Unison. It’s always a great day riding with riders of all skill levels through the streets of Toronto to help raise money and awareness for the Unison Fund,” says Jodie Ferneyhough, Unison’s president. “It is so important to get the fund off the ground as there are people in our industry who are in serious need of what the fund delivers. If you can’t ride, please consider contributing and asking others who ride to join us.”

Ride for Unison participants can choose either a 25 km or 50 km leisurely ride around Toronto, beginning and ending at 16 Orchard Park Blvd. Sign-in starts at 8:30 am, with the ride set to start at 9 am. The 50 km route is expected to take approximately three hours. Riders are encouraged to get sponsors to help support the fund, and there is a $50 minimum fundraising requirement to participate.

ABOUT THE UNISON BENEVOLENT FUND: The Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.

Neil Young A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Set

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Neil Young will release a CD, digital album and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of his recent vinyl album ‘A Letter Home’, out on Reprise Records on May 27th. Young recorded the collection of covers on our refurbished 1947 recording booth at our Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea.  He describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."  Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording.

As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” (which inspired Young to write 1972’s “Needle and the Damage Done”), Bob Dylan’s “Girl from the North Country,” Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” Don Everly’s “I Wonder If I Care as Much,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Home Town,” and many others.

Chaka Khan at Kool Haus Toronto TD Jazz Festival

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Photo Credit: Bill King

The Chaka Khan concert scheduled for Thursday, June 19, has been moved to Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East). The lineup with Shemekia Copeland opening will remain the same. Tickets are on sale now for $59 through all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1.855.985.5000.

Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens; March 23, 1953) is an American singer songwriter whose career has spanned four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band Rufus. Often dubbed the Queen of Funk, Khan has won ten Grammys and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.

Chaka Khan has mastered, pop, rock, R&B and country to name a few. Influencing a generation of recording artists since entering the scene, her timeless classic, signature style and ability is unmatched.

Blues songstress Shemekia Copeland will open. Daughter of legendary blues guitarist Johnny Copeland, Shemekia has been crowned the heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown and Etta James.

Tickets initially purchased for the Sony Centre are available for refund from the original point of purchase.

(CMAO) Awards Winners for 2014

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On May 26, 2014 The Country Music Association of Ontario hosted their second annual Awards Show. Held at the Markham Theatre, it was a sold-out night, and was star-studded with both legacy and up and coming country stars.

Hosted by Jason McCoy, the evening was filled with live performances by Western Swing Authority, Deric Ruttan, Marshall Dane, Tebey, Beverley Mahood to name a few.
The highlight of the evening was the first Impact Award to the legend Gordon Lightfoot. Jason McCoy and Deric Ruttan did a few iconic Lightfoot songs and the evening ending with a rousing rendition of ‘Alberta Bound’.

The Beatdown Live in Toronto on June 5

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They call it Northern Reggae. A one-hundred proof blend of raspy rocksteady, sizzling soul, surf swagger and punkrock pedigree shaken (not stirred) with a double shot of the roughest roots reggae your ears have ever tasted. Pour it into a highball glass over some ice-cold lyrics and you’ve got The Beatdown’s latest full-length offering “Walkin’ Proud”. Following hot on the heels of their acclaimed 2010 self-titled debut, “Walkin’ Proud” is an apologetic collection of thirteen hard driving, soulful bangers coming straight from the gut. The album was recorded almost entirely live off the floor, capturing the raw live energy, urgency and unmarred production that has made The Beatdown an established underground favorite with fans and newbies alike. 

Formed in the mean, cold streets of Montreal, The Beatdown rose from the ashes of the late, great One Night Band after their untimely demise in the winter of 2009. Although only together for 3 short years, this intrepid four-piece gang of hoodlums have played more than 300 shows in 15 countries. They’ve appeared at such renowned festivals as Festival d’Ete (CDN), Victoria Skafest (CDN), Rebellion Fest (UK), Mighty Sounds (CZ), SCENE Fest (CDN), POP Montreal (CDN) and many others. They’ve shared the stage with an eclectic mélange of bands including Walk Off The Earth, Fishbone, Black Crowes, The Skatalites, The Slackers, Madball, UK Subs and The Creepshow just to name a few.

Jerry Vale Passes Away at the Age of 83

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Jerry Vale, the romantic crooner, known for many hits in the 1950’s and 1960’s has passed away.

In high school, to earn money, Vale took a job shining shoes in a barbershop in New York City. He loved to sing while shining shoes, his employer was so impressed he financed music lessons for the young boy. This led to Vale singing in High School musicals at a local night club.

This led to additional club dates, including one that lasted for three years at a club in the suburb of Yonkers, New York, This led to being noticed by Paul Insetta, (road manager for Guy Mitchell and a hit songwriter) heard him and promptly signed him to a management contract. This led to the decision to change his name, record demos and get them to the A&R department. He then arranged for Vale to record Columbia Records. Vale then signed a recording contract with Columbia, and resulted with Insetta managing him for many years to come.

Vale was a friend of fellow Italian-American crooner Frank Sinatra, and he was an honorary pallbearer at Sinatra's funeral on May 20, 1998.  "While performing at the Sands in Las Vegas, Nevada, I befriended a number of fellow entertainers. There was Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole and, of course, I worked alongside one of my early idols, Frank Sinatra, whose generous recommendation landed me the job in the first place," Vale told Palm Springs Life in 2000.

Copyright Board Sets Rates To Be Paid by Music Streaming Services

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On May 16, 2014  the Copyright Board of Canada issued a decision setting the royalties for non-interactive and semi-interactive Internet music streaming services and similar services for their use of sound recordings.

The decision also set the royalties payable by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as well as by non-commercial webcasters for their webcasting activities.

The tariff rate for commercial webcasters is set at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, payable to Re:Sound, the not-for-profit agency that collects performance rights income for artists and record companies.  While Re:Sound was asking for a rate of between $1 and $2.30 per 1,000 plays, the rate set by the Board is close to what the users participating in the hearing (including Pandora) were suggesting.

Since the Board sets a rate per play, the total amount of royalties paid by each webcaster will vary according to the number of plays made during a year. The Board estimates however that a large music streaming service, with annual revenues of about $130,000, will pay annual royalties of about $7,000.

Smaller sized webcasters will pay a lower amount, subject to a minimum fee of $100 per year.

For CBC, the tariff rate is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays. This slightly higher rate is essentially a reflection of a higher use of the Re: Sound repertoire by CBC than by commercial webcasters.

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.

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