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Michael Williams Receives Harbourfront Legacy Award

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Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario presented Legacy Awards on June 27 & June 19, 2014 to artists for their outstanding contribution to music in Canada and around the world.

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Harbourfront Centre recognized individuals who embody the idea of Legacy. Harbourfront Centre presented Legacy Awards to two of the original members of the Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike & Master Gee, MuchMusic’s Michael Williams, Maestro Fresh Wes, saxophonist Jim Galloway and folk-hero Gordon Lightfoot.

On Friday June 27th, Michael Williams was given a Legacy Award at the Studio Theatre, a much deserved accolade for his devotion and love of music.

Michael Williams is a Canadian television personality who may be best known for his work as a VJ at MuchMusic from 1984 to 1993. Born in Cleveland, Ohio,Williams moved to Montreal in the 70's to attend the Communications Arts School at Loyola (now Concordia University). Williams was part of MuchMusic's core opening team of VJ's alongside J.D. (John) Roberts, Erica Ehm and Christopher Ward At MuchMusic, Williams hosted various shows including Soul in the City, RapCity, Electric Circus, Pepsi Power Hour and The NewMusic.

Pink Floyd’s First Album in 20 Years

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Rock legends Pink Floyd are releasing their first album in two decades years this fall.

David Gilmour, the band's guitarist and singer, says the band plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the band's last album, ‘The Division Bell’, with a deluxe re-issue and  also plans to release some new music.

Author Polly Samson, Gilmour’s wife made  the news public on her Twitter page last week saying  "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called ‘The Endless River’. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful."  Rick Wright was Pink Floyd's keyboard player who died in 2008 of an undisclosed form of cancer at age 65.

Pink  Floyd touring  singer Durga McBroom-Hudson continued the leak on his  Facebook .page "The recording did start during the Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' ‘that Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason spoke about. Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then," she wrote last week. "It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."

btw-Starring Jane Bunnett, Emilia, Beautiful Nothing,Andria Simone, LIRA. The Jessica Stuart Few, Kathleen Edwards, Constantines

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Toronto-based Andria Simone & Those Guys are on a major roll. They closed out June with a trip to Cognac, France to pick up an award as winner of the Hennessy artistry talent quest. During the week in France they opened for major European star Ben L’Oncle Soul and Monophonique as well as two or three other concerts, where they appeared on the same bills as Robert Plant, Taj Mahal, Lily Allen, Hiromi, Steven Seagal and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. Back in Toronto from Paris July 5 Andria and Those Guys will be met by two cars to drive them up to Jazz On The Mountain At Blue Mountain where they’ll open for The Commodores that evening.  July 9 finds the band in NYC to play the prestigious Rockwood Music Hall.

Back in the T.Dot, on July 19,it’s the main stage for the Beaches International Jazz Festival in Toronto’s East end. Come August 21 Andria Simone & Those Guys return to 3030 on Dundas Street West where they packed the room on their last show there, April 17. There won’t likely be many added summer dates , as the band have begun work on their as yet untitled sophomore album.

Alt-pop comers Beautiful Nothing will launch second single and video "Finer Things" any day now. The band is also set to play Festival of Friends in Hamilton on August 9th, with a string of live dates to follow.

Canada’s Billy Misener Loses Battle With Illness

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After a long and brave fight, Bill Misener, beloved husband of Patti Jean (Seman-Colvin), passed away on June 26, 2014. The son of Roy and Marjorie (Marr) Misener, Bill was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

A multi-talented professional singer, composer, arranger, record producer and voice-over actor, Bill had five solo albums and numerous albums as part of the Laurie Bower Singers to his credit. He was a featured soloist and contributor to the prestigious "In the Dawning - A History of Canada" project.

His voice can be heard backing up Gordon Lightfoot, Alice Cooper, Ann Murray, Keith Hampshire, Christopher Plummer, Roger Whittaker and a host of others. Over 50 Misener compositions have been recorded and released around the world. As a voice-over actor, he is best known as the voice of Folgers Coffee from 1985-1998, and was featured on commercials for Norelco, L'Eggs, Red Lobster and Coca-Cola, among others.

Bill was deeply devoted to his Lakota Sioux family in Pine Ridge, South Dakota and to his Lakota Ogna, walking his road in a sacred manner and giving counsel and compassion to all those who came to him. Bill was blessed with many wonderful friends.

During his years in Warwick and Mt. Hope, Bill contributed his beautiful words, music and voice to many compositions honoring those for whom he felt enormous love and respect: "The Veteran's Waltz", "They Were Golden", "Raymond Hose Company", "As A Tree" and the album "Locally Grown".

Bobby Womack Soul Singer Legend Dead at 70

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Robert Dwayne "Bobby" Womack has passed away at the age of 70. Bobby Womack was born on March 4th, 1944 to Friendly Womack and Naomi Womack, and grew up in the Cleveland slums, so poor that the family would fish pig snouts out of the local supermarket's trash. "The neighborhood was so ghetto that we didn't bother the rats and they didn't bother us," he said. "They walked past and hollered, 'How you doin', man?'" He was the third of five sons: Bobby had to share a bed with his brothers, Friendly Jr., Curtis, Harry and Cecil.

An active recording artist since the early 1960s, when he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentinos and as Sam Cooke's backing guitarist, Womack's career spanned more than 50 years and spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Roseanne Talking Cash to the House

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Roseanne Cash, the daughter of the legendary Man in Black Johnny Cash, did her family name proud last week. And although she does so consistently through her songs and recordings, this time she did it on a different kind of stage. Ms Cash was in Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress regarding the issue of illegal music downloading and music licensing.

The songstress, who is appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, shared her concerns along with the Americana Music Association’s executive director, Jed Hilly.
Cash issued a statement prior to the hearings saying “I am honored to have been asked by the Americana Music Association to represent musicians, songwriters and recording artists in these hearings. As a singer-songwriter who has been in the music business for 35 years, I look forward to sharing with Washington leaders some of the deep concerns all musicians share in the new digital economy. Creative people deserve fair compensation when their work is used by others.”

Saving Nashville’s RCA Studio A and Music Row

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The iconic RCA Studio A on Music Row in Nashville is being sold and word leaked out, thankfully, of the developer’s  plan to demolish the building and build condos. Studio B is safe from the wrecking ball as it was donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and is used for Mike Curb Belmont University course.

The plan to level this landmark brought outrage from the community who see the history of this structure as a huge part of what Nashville is today. The current tenant, Ben Folds, who has been there for a dozen years or so,  appealed directly to Bravo Development’s  Tim Reynolds to stop the plan.

"I moved into the historic RCA Studio A in 2003 for the express purpose of making my own records. I was not interested in making it into a business - my record budgets covered all costs. We started with a few mics in this huge recording space and each time I produced or recorded a new record we added equipment. I've made and mixed all my records since 2003 in this studio along with a handful of other projects from William Shatner's "Has Been" to Amanda Palmer's "Who Killed Amanda Palmer."

The Checkers Band Receives Canada's Recording Legacy Award

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Mel Shaw, president of Canada's Recording Legacy is pleased to announce that The Checkers of Lethbridge received an award of recognition for their career in music dating back to the late fifties and sixties -  a career that took them on national tour dates before the Guess Who or Stampeders.

Presenting the award to the Checkers was the multi-award winning promoter, Ron Sakamoto. Also in attendance was the Mayor to  receive a duplicate award to hang at City Hall. It was held at the University of Lethbridge and the Dean of the University also received a duplicate award to hang in the University recording studio.

Mel Shaw of CRL comments,  "Ron is one of Canada's premier music industry participants and a friend of mine for fifty years dating back to the days of the Stampeders who went east and established themselves as a multi hit making group". Mel Shaw was Personal Manager and Record Producer for the Stampeders from 1965 thru 1979.

The two surviving members of the original Checkers will be receiving the award from Ron - guitarists Jerry Arnold and Dennis Gioshmon. The other original members have both passed away -  drummer, Garry Fabbi, and bass player, Wes Kucheron.

Gerry Goffin We Will Still Love You Tomorrow

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Gerry Goffin, lyricist , has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. His wife, Michelle Goffin, says he died of natural causes.

It used to be when you picked up a “record” there was the song title in a large font and right underneath in smaller print and in parenthesis the songwriter or songwriters. In the 60’s under the title of some of your favourites you would see ( Goffin /King). The King was Carole King the Goffin - Gerry Goffin.  This pair wrote some the classics that are woven into the tapestry of the American songbook of the 60’s.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Up On The Roof, Chains covered by the Beatles, (You Make Me Feel  Like) A Natural Woman.

Goffin was born in Brooklyn in 1939 and met King at Queens College.  The two were married in 1959 while they were in their teens. Goffin and King wrote more than 50 Top 40 hits, including Pleasant Valley Sunday for the Monkees, Crying in the Rain by The Everly Brothers, Take Good Care of My Baby by Bobby Vee and  the classic You've Got a Friend by James Taylor. They also wrote Locomotion and Halfway To Paradise.

"She was interested in writing rock 'n' roll, and I was interested in writing this Broadway play," Goffin said  in 2001. "So we had an agreement where she would write the music to the play if I would write the lyrics to some of her rock 'n' roll melodies. And eventually it came to be a boy-and-girl relationship. Eventually I began to lose heart in my play, and we stuck to writing rock 'n' roll."

SOCAN AWARDS 2014

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The Annual SOCAN Awards Gala took place on June 16, 2014 in Toronto at the prestigious Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The SOCAN Awards Gala is a celebration of the music industry’s most important music creators who are  honoured for their Canadian songwriting achievements. The Award presentations include Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, and Film & Television.

ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.ole CEO Robert Ott ole songwriters Johnny Reid, Marty Dodson, and Alan Frew SOCAN’s Peter Fera & Karen Richards ole VP Gilles Godard.The 2014 Major achievement recipients are:
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