A well-known music promoter is being remembered now as an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and an advocate for his own city, Winnipeg.
Kevin Walters passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Kevin Walters had long been a prominent festival and event organizer for Culture Days, the Manitoba Homecoming 2012, the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Red River Ex and the Junos earlier this year.
Across the country through social media, Walters was being mourned as a staunch supporter of music, film and art in the city. He played an instrumental part in bringing the Juno Awards back to Winnipeg just this March in 2014.
A tweet from the official Juno Awards Twitter account Monday was one of many pouring in from around Canada.
“We are saddened by the passing of Kevin Walters. We will miss you. From Winnipeg, MB and beyond, your legacy remains,” the tweet read.
Rick Fenton, who worked alongside Walters in running the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival, called Walters one of his best friends.
“Kevin got me involved and certainly professionally was important to the community and to me, and very selflessly introduced me,” Fenton said. “Throughout his career with everyone, he was always so engaged. He could talk to the premier, he could talk to the mayor, and at the same time be helping a young artist and they all walked away feeling like they had a connection. “Coupled with ability and a great mind, he was a very rare person.”
Take a tip from jazz pro and Artistic Director, Josh Grossman, as he recommends his Top 10 must-see concerts at this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival, which kicks off its 28th anniversary later this week. It can help you navigate your way through the impressive list of Grammy and Juno Award Winners, musical geniuses, virtuosos and ground breaking artists who are changing the face of jazz.
1. Keith Jarrett – A piano master performing in a rare solo show Wednesday, June 25 - Roy Thomson Hall, 8pm
2. Bobby McFerrin – A legendary voice artist in an intimate setting Friday, June 27 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm (Soul Nannies opens)
3. Mehliana – Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana are two of the jazz world’s most exciting artists (with Stanley Clarke closing the show) Saturday, June 28 - Nathan Phillips Square, 8pm
4. Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – An important band on the international jazz scene, this band features fantastic writing and great musicians Sunday, June 22 - Music Gallery, 8pm
5. Roy Hargrove Quintet – Inspiration to an entire generation of trumpet players Friday, June 27 - Jane Mallett Theatre, St Lawrence Centre, 8pm
6. Toronto Mass Choir – This free show has high energy, great sound, inspiring music Sunday, June 22 - Nathan Phillips Square, 12:30pm
Submitted by Bill King Author of Bill King’s “In Concert!” Essays, Images and Interviews
Quebec City is a sumptuous treat for anyone with a camera. Built on the slopes and sides of the Laurentian Mountains and fitted with cobblestone streets, narrow alcoves and long pathways – the eye needs to pause and examine the possibilities. Restaurants facing the main streets are fitted with decorative hanging pots colored with seasonal flowers which become more visual against the light shaded Trenton limestone building carved from rock formed during the Ordovician Period, some 427 million years back. Every capture tells a story.
Quebec City is also a city of year-round festivals drawing tourists from every region of the planet.
The Festival d'été de Quebec or Quebec City Summer Festival has been taking place annually since 1968. With 150,000 passes sold and over 1.5 million festival-goers year after year, 2014 looks to be another landmark celebration of rock music, punk, classical, hip-hop, francophone, world and electronic music.
I spoke with the director of programming – Louis Bellavance and he offered a few insights into the festival’s design, goals and long term planning.
Goddo will be performing live at Oshawa Music Hall (formally The Marquee) on Saturday June 28th, with original members; vocalist Greg Godovitz, guitarist Gino Scarpelli and drummer Doug Inglis. Local special guests Tri-Pod & Justin Cooper will be opening the night’s performance. General admission tickets for their Saturday June 28th performance are tiered, meaning prices increase the longer you wait.
Goddo, a Canadian band from Scarborough, Ontario, formed in 1975 and released the single Louie Louie on A&M Records Canada. In 1977, the band was signed to Polydor Records and its self-titled debut album was released later that year. The group followed up their debut release with ‘If Indeed It’s Lonely At The Top... Who Cares... It’s Lonely At The Bottom Too’ in 1978, ‘An Act of Goddo’ in 1979 and their chart-topping ‘Pretty Bad Boys’ in 1981. Goddo is currently signed to Bullseye Records of Canada and continue to celebrate over 30 years in the business.
Concert Info: Date: Saturday June 28th, 2014 Doors open at 9:00PM Event: 19+ Venue: Oshawa Music Hall, 39 King St E, Oshawa, ON
Advance tickets are available in person at Wilson & Lee Music Store (87 Simcoe St N, Oshawa). For more info or E-tickets, visit: www.AdmiralLive.ca
Submitted Courtesy of Rob Durkee Author, "American Top 40: The Countdown Of The Century"
There's only ONE way to salute radio pioneer extraordinaire Casey Kasem……with a Long Distance Dedication.
It goes out not just to Casey, but to his fans...millions of listeners covering at least two generations....people who experienced the enjoyment, the honor and the sheer thrill of hearing perhaps radio's greatest voice ever. With his friendly voice, his human interest stories, trivia and chart pieces, Casey educated us about pop music even though we hardly realized it. He was heard world-wide in over 75 foreign countries.
If Elvis Presley was the King of Rock and Roll and Michael Jackson the King of Pop, then surely Casey was the King of the Countdowns. To paraphrase Carly Simon, nobody did it better. And for nearly 40 years from 1970 to 2009, when he played about 10,000 records and read some 4000 dedication letters.
Casey Kasem wasn't just a one-in-a-million air talent. One-in-a-Centillion was more like it...a talent you'd be fortunate to hear in your lifetime. And his legacy lives to this day...because "American Top 40," now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, is heard on over 400 radio stations worldwide.
Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart, has a new album that was released in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings. The CD, ‘National Treasure’ consists of 40 songs including ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ and entered the charts at # 13. Entering the # 20 at the age of 97 makes her the oldest living artist to figure so high up in the album chart. Her last major musical feat was five years ago when she became the oldest person to top the album chart, at the age of 92.
When told she was sharing and even out charting Pharrel and 50 Cent who’s albums missed the Top 20, Dame Vera said: ‘I am delighted, of course. It is wonderful to hear these songs again that were at the top of the charts so long ago, and it’s warming to think that everyone else is listening to them too.’
An early version of’ We'll Meet Again’ was played at the Royal Albert Hall last week, in a "duet" with singer Katherine Jenkins. Dame Vera appeared on screen in black-and-white footage, with her daughter watching on from the audience.
The veteran singer made her professional debut at the age of seven, and was also the first British artist to top the US charts with Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart in 1952.
Cultura Festival has announced the main stage lineup for the 5th anniversary celebration of culture in the heart of North York, Ontario. The Festival features free entertainment by award-winning musical performers from around the world, international culinary experiences, cinematic programming and an exciting range of buskers that are fit for the whole family. Presented byCouncillor John Filion, in partnership with North York Arts and Toronto Arts Foundation, theFestival also serves to benefit the local community, with funds from the proceeds of busker performances and a portion of vending sales being raised to support various charities.
Each Friday in July, Mel Lastman Square will come alive once again with the sounds and unique experiences of the Cultura Festival. From Romani to Afro Columbian, Latin to Celtic to Bhangra - Cultura Festival offers something for everyone. Come enjoy the diversity and global sounds of the 2014 festival. Cultura Festival 2014 Main Stage Lineup:
SaskMusic has announced the Top 3 Finalists in the running for this year’s Next Big Thing competition. Congratulations to Amy Nelson, Blake Berglund, and Tenille Arts, who will be performing live on Thursday, June 26 for the general public and a panel of national music industry jurists.
In what is sure to be a very close competition, the most outstanding artist of the night will receive a grand prize package valued at over $15,000, along with the title of “Next Big Thing 2014.” The winner will secure a main stage performance spot at the 2014 Craven Country Jamboree and additional opportunities. This year’s champion will join the impressive ranks of previous winners: WYATT (2009), Chris Henderson (2010), Jess Moskaluke (2011), Myshel Pajuaar and The Midnight Roses (2012), and Alex Runions (2013).
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 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.