Kim Mitchell Recovering After Heart Attack

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Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell suffered a heart attack and is recovering in hospital on January 12, 2016, Mitchell’s management company, Alert Music, says he underwent emergency surgery and will remain at the hospital for another day or two before returning home.

The  63 year old Mitchell has been a staple of the Canadian music scene for decades, first as the lead singer and guitarist for Max Webster in the 1970s before going solo.Some of his best-known hits include “Go For Soda”, “Patio Lanterns” and “I Am A Wild Party.” In 2006, Mitchell provided a guitar solo on the song "Wind It Up" from the Barenaked Ladies' album Barenaked Ladies Are Me.

He has won three Juno Awards for “Most Promising Male Vocalist of the Year”, “Album of the Year” and “Male Vocalist of the Year”.

Mitchell opened for Def Leppard at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on July 16, 2007. His eighth studio album, Ain't Life Amazing, was released on July 17, 2007.

Last year, Mitchell left Toronto classic rock radio station Q107, where he worked for about 11 years.

We all wish Kim a speedy and full recovery.

Bobby Curtola Loses His Wife in a Fatal Car Accident

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The wife of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll legend Bobby Curtola has lost his wife, Karyn Rochford in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia in a fatal car accident.

Karyn was killed in a head on collision at around 1 pm on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  RCMP said bad weather was likely a factor in the crash.

Born in Thunder Bay, Ont., Curtola became a pop sensation in the 1960s with hits like Fortune Teller and Hand In Hand With You. He also wrote and performed jingles for Coca-Cola.
Karyn Rochford, 73, was an accomplished painter, sculptor and artist herself and also spent time accompanying Bobby Curtola on many of his appearances, embracing his longtime friends and fans.

The statement at this time from Bobby Curtola is ‘Karyn is the love of my life and I was blessed to find her and have her. I will miss her love and support for the rest of my life.’

The Curtola and Rochford families would appreciate that their privacy is respected at this time and will make further announcements after the funeral.

Should you wish to contact for any further news or questions.

God speed Karyn.

Andy Kim: Pheonix Rising For Christmas

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Every year I circle the date for Andy Kim’s annual Christmas extravaganza and look forward to catching up with Andy and seeing the stellar show he puts on all to benefit CAMH, Canadian Association for Mental Health.

And every year no one is disappointed, the talent, the spirit and the goodwill is awesome. But this year was even like no other year, the lineup was spectacular and the pacing and stage set up was reminiscent of the old Dick Clark Caravan of Stars that tour the continent in the 60’s.

The acts were varied in musical style and sound and each excelled on this night. There was remarkably little dead air and the pace was superb. With acts that included Andy Kim himself, a special addition Quebec rocker Michel Pagliaro, Tom Cochrane, Barenaked Ladies, Michael and Margo Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies, the Trews, Ron Sexsmith, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene,  Beaches, Honeymoon Suite, Kardinal Offishall, Finger Eleven, Tom Wilson and Tomi Swick the night’s four hour show flew by. The evening started with Andy Kim and his ‘off the charts’ band, these guys and gals are amazing doing a couple of Andy’s hits. Pag THEN joined Andy’s band for the monster hits Lovin’ You Ain’t Easy and Rainshowers, which was a highlight of the night for me.

Scott Weiland: tributes paid to Stone Temple Pilots singer who has died at 48

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Temple Pilots, following his death while on tour in Minnesota. Slash, with whom Weiland performed in rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, wrote on Twitterthat it was "a sad day".

"RIP Scott Weiland," said Dave Kushner, another Velvet Revolver member.

Tom Vitorino, Weiland's manager, confirmed the singer's death at the age of 48 on Thursday night, saying he had "passed away in his sleep".

A statement on Instagram said Weiland had died "while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts".

TMZ reported the singer's body was discovered on his tour bus outside a motel, near the venue where the band was due to play.

Actress Juliette Lewis was one of the first to pay tribute to the singer following news of his death: "Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. Thoughts are w[ith] his family," she tweeted.

Rock band Wheatus, best known for the hit single Teenage Dirtbag, tweeted: "We opened for @STPBand in 2000. I watched them side stage and Scott Weiland destroyed me, he was the real thing. Seeing him changed me forever."

The Jeff Healey Estate Announces Partnership With Convexe Entertainment For Expansive Release Series

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Convexe Entertainment announced today it has formalized a partnership with the Jeff Healey Estate to launch a worldwide expansive release series of the revered Toronto guitarist's body of work. Details about the agreement's diverse array of projects, being compiled with full approval and participation of the Healey Estate, will be revealed in advance of March 25, 2016, the late artist's birthday.

Peter Piasecki, President of Convexe Entertainment, said, "as Jeff would have been 50 in 2016, we are overjoyed and honoured to play a role in the celebration of his life and legacy with Cristie Healey, her family, and the Estate."

"The Jeff Healey Estate is delighted at the launch of the new partnership with Convexe Entertainment. After years of careful planning, we feel as though we're finally home. The mutual respect and unprecedented creative control we've been afforded will continue to drive our efforts to highlight and expand upon Jeff Healey's rich legacy," said Cristie Healey, Executor/Co-Administrator of the Jeff Healey Estate.

Paul Sanderson Both Sides Now at Musideum

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Paul Sanderson, acclaimed Toronto entertainment lawyer, showed a whole different side of himself to an enthusiastic audience at Musideum, Toronto’s premier listening room last week. The evening was advertised as being a chance to see the “other side” of Sanderson. Although Paul performs with his band, Blue Room, he very rarely performs solo. But that’s exactly what he did on this memorable night. The night began with him playing a couple of piano instrumental originals on Musideum’s top of the line Bechstein piano. The beautiful tunes showed Paul’s classical training in a way he hoped that would “make my piano teacher proud.”

From there Paul moved across the stage and picked up his Gretsch Resonator and showed his remarkable skill on slide and blues guitar. His railroad inspired “ Gonna Ride This Train” song  was the first blues song he ever wrote (he was 17 years old at the time) and he got the audience joining in with a cool “call and response.” He performed a couple of very good instrumentals and a killer version of the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Little Wing.” 

He then changed hats and became Paul Sanderson the lawyer.

He touched on publishing, neighbouring rights and trademark issues and was very generous in the question and answer portion of the show. Normally these kinds of events allow for one question per person but Paul allowed multiple questions from anyone who had a need.

The American Music Awards

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I rarely watch award shows and invest little interest in the outcome but the other night I decided to give this line-up a fair viewing.

The past decade award shows have been dominated by tuneless rappers and the “bling” scene. Nothing wrong with that, all in step with the times but the night’s set-up resembled the kind of big entertainment shows we used to get courtesy the Grammys or Academy Awards when song and dance brought us a mutually satisfying stopover.

From the downbeat with Jennifer Lopez in full costume and dance troupe in synch the next ten minutes was a riveting high stepping affair reminiscent of those Busby Berkeley extravaganzas nearly a century before to some of the year’s biggest hits, “Where Are U Now, Anaconda, Uptown Funk’ and Hotline Bling.” Musicians for the most part detest dancing. It just gets in the way of a good solo, a bit of technical wizardry, but since the days of vaudeville, dance and music have had some grand dust-ups.

Arianna Grande is most likely Lopez’s heir apparent. As the voice matures so will movement. Grande at twenty-two inhabited the stage as if cast in the movie A Star is Born – a starlet in waiting. The dance sequence to her hit “Focus” was spot on. White gloves, platform heels, cream colored dress – the big dream theatrical showpiece.

The dancing never let up. Justin Bieber rocked the night with a three song finale - a visual mash-up. The dance was precise, every move popped, the singing dead on - even the cloudburst; a bit of Vegas schmaltz, worked.

The Trews Announce 2016 Canadian Acoustic Tour

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The Trews are set to showcase their quieter side with an acoustic tour of western Canada and Ontario this coming February and March (see full schedule below).

To coincide with these dates, the band is re-issuing their 2009 live acoustic album Friends & Total Strangers in a deluxe expanded edition, out November 27, 2015 via Home Music Canada / Entertainment One. The remastered set will include four previously unreleased tracks from The Trews' January 2009 sessions at Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto: "Every Inambition," "Makin' Sunshine," "No Time For Later," and "Not Ready To Go." Friends & Total Strangers will also be available on vinyl for the first time, as a double LP (available on tour in 2016) that can be purchased online or at the shows.

Lead guitarist John-Angus MacDonald produced all tracks on Friends & Total Strangers and recent production credits include JUNO nominated album The Union by The Glorious Sons which spawned the #1 single, "The Contender" at Active Rock Radio (Mediabase) this past month.

Godspeed Ron Hynes

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Ron Hynes “The Man of a Thousands Songs” and the voice of Newfoundland and Labrador has died. He was 64 years old. His family confirmed  he died shortly after 6 p.m. on November 20, 2015. while receiving treatment at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland. Hynes wrote many classic tunes but he is best known for his song “Sonny's Dream”,  a beautiful song about a mother losing her son to the sea. Written in 1976, “Sonny’s Dream” has been covered by artists such as Emmy Lou Harris, Stan Rogers, Valdy, Great Big Sea and John McDermott.

In July 2012, Ron Hynes was diagnosed with throat cancer and in August of that same year he performed to a sold-out crowd  at the Mile One Centre in St. John's. That was to be his last performance before undergoing cancer treatment. For this concert he was reunited with his old band, The Wonderful Grand Band. His cancer went into remission the following year and he went  back out on tour.

Musical friends and fans lit up social media with stories and personal memories of the iconic songwriter/ performer, some of them saying it was fitting that the city was plunged into darkness by a power failure as news broke about his death."The lights went out downtown," tweeted comedian Mark Critch, a fellow Newfoundlander. "St. John's is dark tonight and so it should be."

Great Big Sea’s singer-songwriter Alan Doyle described Hynes online as his "musical hero'' and "The greatest songwriter I ever met.''

Former MuchMusic VJ Michael Williams Promoting a Series of Live Music

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November 23, 2015: Sunday Nights with Michael Williams @ El Salon is a new series of live events that will feature both international and local entertainers playing an intimate show at El Salon/A Taste of Colombia, 67 Bronte Rd, Oakville. The presenter/curator of this series is former MuchMusic host, music producer, journalist, musician, media personality and educator, Michael Williams

I have always wanted a platform to present intimate shows in Oakville and I’ve found the perfect venue in El Salon. The plan is to bring the best artists I know and pair them with up and coming local artists. I will curate the series, interview the artists and occasionally play with friends.” Adds Williams “El Salon at A Taste of Colombia is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a coffee and hear some great music. The first show was great, featuring Lost and Profound and Gordon Deppe”.

This next band being featured at El Salon was quite the discovery for Williams: “I met Romanyi Rota at a gala for “Culture Link”, I do not speak Hungarian and they do not speak English. Their drummer was late for sound check. I play drums so I sat in for him. The drummer finally arrived, they were great, at the end of the show they asked me to play the last song with them, and I was surprised, honored and said yes!

We have been friends ever since, so come out and meet my new friends on Sunday Nov. 29th.”

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