Donny Parenteau signs with “360 Records/EMI

Donny Parenteau

Ever look at the backing band behind your fave act and wonder what their stories are? Many are journeymen road dogs and some others are like Donny Parenteau.


 Parenteau ‘s a talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitars and the unique mandocaster).  After touring with Neal McCoy for twelve years, Donny launched his solo career in 2003.


This seasoned entertainer has performed with numerous country artists and genuine music icons such as Charlie Daniels, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Reba McIntyre, while honing his skill and waiting for the right time to do his own thing.


Since going solo, Parenteau has garnered numerous Provincial and National recognitions including a Juno Nomination in 2007 for Aboriginal Recording of the Year, wins for SCMA (Saskatchewan Country Music Association) Male Vocalist of the Year, Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year and Aboriginal Artist of the Year. 


Donny has won two CAMA (Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards) in 2007 for Song of the Year (Father Time) and Producer / Engineer of the Year (What It Takes) which he shared with Steve Fox, Glenn Enns and Matt Anderson.



Crash Parallel

You never know what a marketing team will get up to next; Mississauga alt-rockers Crash Parallel shed the winter blues and kicked off the New Year with a unique partnership with Blo, Blow Dry Bar, that is, North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar.


Blo and the band share a wide reaching female fan base and had teamed up to execute an experiential marketing campaign that includes connecting with customers through grass roots promotions, events and giveaways. The timing couldn’t be better for Crash Parallel who are set to release their sophomore album Sunset in Reverse on February 8, 2011 and are heading out on a tour of Eastern Canada with the Goo Goo Dolls this February.


Ten Blo locations throughout Ontario and British Columbia will be involved in an exciting in-bar promotion; giving Hair Cadets (aka clients) download cards that will grant them access to an exclusive acoustic EP from Crash Parallel. Additionally, as the band is extremely eco-conscious, the cards are made of 100% biodegradable materials and contain seeds that will flower once planted.


“Blo is a huge fan of Crash Parallel and thrilled to partner with them on this blo-tastic campaign,” says Hilary Chan-Kent, of Blo, Blow Dry Bar. “We believe that our database of Hair Cadets will dig this in-bar value add – especially Crash Parallel’s new tunes. We like Crash Parallel’s innovative approach to marketing and look forward to creating a viral buzz that will benefit both brands.”


Cat Music Goes Platinum at MIDEM

Cat Music

ULTRA MUSIC Canada presented Romania’s Cat Music with platinum certification for Stereo Love at the Canada stand yesterday. On hand for the presentation were Ultra Records’ David Waxman (left), Cat Music’s Marian Soci, Ultra Records’ Patrick Moxey, Cat Music’s Dan Popi and Ultra Records’ Asim ‘Awesome’ Awan. 


Photo Credit: Yann Coatsaliou


Canadian Icons greet the annual breaking of the ice with new albums.

Bruce Cockburn in performance, 2009

Folk/roots music pillar Bruce Cockburn has announced an extensive North American tour in support of his upcoming 31st album.


The 65-year-old will release "Small Source of Comfort” March 8 before taking it to the people with a full-on border-to-border tour.


(Photo:Bruce Cockburn in performance, 2009)

Kicking off March 24 in Kelowna, B.C.,  Cockburn, violinist Jenny Scheinman and percussionist Gary Craig. wend their musical way through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec before crossing the line to the delight of Cockburn’s enduring US fan base. Closing night is June 4 in Seattle.


According to a release, the 14-track "Small Source of Comfort" is a primarily acoustic affair blending folk, blues, jazz and rock, as Cockburn has been doing for some time. Inspiration is said to be drawn from the famously itinerant Cockburn’s travels in San Francisco, Brooklyn and war-torn Afghanistan. Given the hair-raising breadth of experiences available between Frsico and Afghanistan, Cockburn’s wordplay on this one should be something to check.


FRIENDS OF JACK Release Two New Singles

Friends of Jack

St. Alban’s, Newfoundlands favourite sons and Fort McMurray, Alberta’s adopted sons now have their first two singles  ‘I OWE YOU ONE’ and ‘THE REAL DEAL’available on 1Tunes in a major country near you.


Fans in the Drayton Valley, Alberta area can catch Darryl, Chad and Paul at the BASICS FOR BABIES Benefit Breakfast on January 21st being held at the Lakeview Inns & Suites – tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the door – includes breakfast.   BASICS FOR BABIES is now into it’s third year and are partnered with the Drayton Valley Health Unit.  This benefit helps provide the basic necessities of life to children in the Drayton Valley community who otherwise would go without.  Some items that are purchased with money raised are clothing, food, diapers and medicine.  


In late November Friends of Jack made the trek to Nashville to finish recording their debut album – with Bob Bullock producing!  The self-titled debut album is scheduled for an early spring release with another single coming late January.  2011 is looking to be a busy year for Friends of Jack and they are looking forward to bringing their sibling harmonies to a city near you!


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The High Dials Bring Anthems For Doomed Youth To Toronto

The High Dials

Montreal neopsychedelic quintet The High Dials are always a ton o’ fun whether rocking out or getting all atmospheric and groovy. With a new album to preview, you know the Dials will be throwing down their best to impress and word is the new tunes are among their best ever.

It feels like this one is the distillation of all the pop and psychedelic influences they’ve toyed with during the three previous albums. ‘Chinese Boxes’ has a swamp rock, countryish feel, while ‘The Rich Die Too’ is all lush, dreamy. minor chorded landscape. And closing ballad ‘Bedroom Shadows’ is a spooky, skittish thing that wouldn’t have been out of place on the Inception soundtrack.

Recorded in an abandoned building that once belonged to the Canadian navy, the Montreal band’s fourth full-length studio album, Anthems For Doomed Youth, benefits from the beautiful natural reverb in the large admiral’s ballroom. Bravely undeterred by claims that the room was haunted, the band forged ahead after a number of spooky supernatural experiences and emerged with their most authentic and mature work to date. Mixed by Michael Musmanno (Lilys) in New York City, Anthems For Doomed Youth was released on November 2nd. The band will celebrate the successful and critically acclaimed release with US and Canadian tour dates.  

Jan 18 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe w/ The Vaccines, 9pm 

Jan 28 - Montreal, QC @Quai des Brumes w/ Passwords & Sonic Avenues

Jan 29 - New York City, NY Party Expo in Brooklyn

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Mick Karn

Mick Karn

Japan bassist Mick Karn has lost his battle with cancer at his home in London. He was 52.

Karn, real name Andonis Michaelides, announced he had been diagnosed with the disease at the beginning of June, telling fans on his website that the security and well-being of his wife and young son are now his top priority.

A statement posted on his website on Tuesday confirmed Karn "was surrounded by his family and friends" at the time of his death.

Born in Cyprus, Karn was a big part of the U.K.'s new wave movement in the early 1980s. As well as becoming a member of Japan, he also worked with Gary Numan and Kate Bush and founded Dalis Car in the mid-1980s with Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy.

He moved back to London from his native Cyprus last year following the diagnosis he was terminally ill and fans launched several appeals via his website to help cover medical costs and offer financial support to his family.

Live Aid hero and Ultravox frontman Midge Ure was in the throes of hosting a charity concert in support of Karn when the bassist died.

Ure told the BBC last year, "When it comes to a situation like Mick's - who is in dire straits - he needs help, financial help and emotional help. I have had a lot of contact from people I haven't spoken to in a long time; we are looking at availabilities for various venues. It's a long, slow process, so we need to nail the venue and date.

Gerry Rafferty: 'Baker Street' singer dead at 63

Gerry Rafferty

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer-songwriter behind hit songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died. He was 63.

Rafferty's agent Paul Charles confirmed Tuesday that his client had passed away following a long illness, but said he had no additional information on how or where he had died.

Rafferty's classic record "Baker Street" — renowned worldwide for its distinctive haunting saxophone solo — climbed to No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. music charts in 1978. It still achieves considerable airplay on radio stations.

The singer also recorded "Stuck in the Middle With You" in 1972 while performing as part of the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel. The ode — or mocking tribute— to Bob Dylan's raspy voice grew new wings in film maker Quentin Tarantino's movie "Reservoir Dogs," and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

Rafferty made headlines in recent years for his public struggles with alcoholism and had also undergone treatment for liver failure. He reassured fans of his well-being in February 2009 after a former bandmate expressed concerns over his health and whereabouts in the press. Later that year, Rafferty released the album "Life Goes On."

After initially cutting his teeth as a busker, Rafferty appeared with Scottish comedian Billy Connolly in folk group the Humblebums and released a solo record before founding Stealers Wheel.

Montreal's Underground Realroad Featured On Brockway Ent. 2011 Canadian Rap Superstars

Brockway Entertainment

In continuing with their annual holiday tradition, Brockway Entertainment has compiled their 22 favourite Canadian rap tracks of 2010 and packed them all onto one album. Montreal's very own Underground Realroad  has been selected for the compilation with their track Be Who U-R feat. Miss Tee from their debut release "Slave To The Game".


"We're truly honoured to have our song selected for this incredible and very talented compilation that showcases Canada's rising rappers." commented Underground Realroad's Bricc.

The 2011 Canadian Rap Future Superstars compilation is a non-profit initiative aimed at providing exposure for up-and-coming Canadian rap artists.  The album can be downloaded and ordered for free from .

The diverse 2011 compilation features 34 Canadian artists, 8 Canadian DJs and 17 Canadian beatmakers, spanning 10 Canadian cities from Halifax, NS to Victoria, BC. Brockway Entertainment increased its community collaboration in 2010 as Moncton’s Nayles (provided the album design, and Montreal’s Asher Media Relations  will be providing publicity assistance again this year.


The 2011 track listing features:

The Baghdaddios Share "Season Beatings" EP For The Holidays

The Baghdaddios

If you dig Lennon’s ‘So This Is Christmas’ or The Pogues ‘Fairytale In New York’, you’ll like the spirit of this new seasonal release.

In celebration of this year's Xmas, NYC punk rockers The Baghdidios are sharing and streaming their "Season Beatings" EP for fans on a special MySpace link.

"Tis the season to be naughty!" comments frontman Kenn Rowell and The Baghdidos deliver naughty by the sackful.

"Season Beatings" features six tracks with the following titles:

1) Christmas at CBGB's - [MP3] - (Music Video)

2) Christmas Ain't For Lonely People - [MP3]-

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