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TAYLOR SWIFTS SPEAK NOW 2011 TORONTO TOUR DATES SELL OUT IN MINUTES

Taylor Swift

Toronto, ON – Tickets for Taylor Swift’s highly anticipated July 15 and 16 performances in Toronto went on sale last week and sold out within minutes.  Taylor’s Speak Now World Tour 2011 was announced last week in support of her latest album Speak Now (Open Road Recordings / Universal Music Canada). Speak Now is quickly becoming the most sought after record of the year, achieving rave reviews worldwide, shattering sales records and selling over a million copies in the US, the first week of release. 

 

In the U.S., tickets for the first 10 shows of the North American tour sold out just as quickly. Those shows included Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. – which sold out in five minutes, and two shows at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Centre, which sold out within two minutes. In response to the strong demand for tickets, one additional performance has been added for Foxborough on June 26 and two additional performances have been posted for Los Angeles on August 27 and 28.


Taylor will perform throughout Asia and Europe during the first quarter of 2011, before kicking off her North American tour on May 27th. The 2011 tour dates will include six stadium shows throughout the US. The North American leg of the tour is sponsored by COVERGIRL®, and ticket prices start at $25.

 

DAWSON REIGNS ON CTV’S “THE BEAT”

Dawson Reigns

It’s been a busy few months for one of Canada’s hottest emerging artists, Dawson Reigns.  Since August, Dawson has enjoyed the release of his third international single, a number-1 song in Australia, a showcase at Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, an appearance at the British Country Music Awards in England and a British radio tour.

 

Yep.  It’s been a good fall for Dawson Reigns.

 

And the good news continues!  On Saturday November 20th, Dawson will appear on the CTV network’s South-western Ontario newsmagazine show, “The Beat.”   Watch the show and find out what kind of year it’s been for Dawson—and what he’s hoping for in the year ahead!

 

Who:  Dawson Reigns

What:  CTV’s “The Beat”

When:  6:30pm Saturday November 20 (also available afterwards on www.swo.ctv.ca)

 

Don’t miss it.

PAT MURRAY DOES DOUBLE LAUNCH FOR CD TICKET TO RIDE – THE BEATLES BOOK

Pat Murray CD

TORONTO – November 15, 2010 – Stunning and evocative jazz vocalist, Pat Murray is launching her new, independent CD, A TICKET TO RIDE – THE BEATLES BOOK  - and is celebrating the launch of this innovative and highly musical recording with TWO CD LAUNCH EVENTS!  The first launch is taking place at Toronto’s famed jazz spot, “The Rex Hotel and Jazz & Blues Bar” on Saturday, November 27th from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.  Pat will be joined onstage by the phenomenal musicians from the recording:  Producer, arranger and pianist Mark Kieswetter, bassist/sitarist George Koller and percussionist Davide DiRenzo .  “The Rex Hotel” is located at 194 Queen St., West.  For further information, please log on to www.therex.ca.                                                        

 

True Patriot Love 2010 Tribute Dinner Raises Record $2.4 Million for Military Families

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Story: Bill Delingat

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told Parliament that Canada's combat mission will end next year as scheduled. However, his government finally confirmed that the country would keep up to 950 soldiers and support staff in Afghanistan on a training mission until March 2014(as reported in the Canadian Press).


"When Canada is asked by its allies and when Canada is asked by the Afghan people, 'Get us ready to defend ourselves,' I think Canada should respond as the government is responding."


But a new poll suggests Canadians are wary of any extension to the military mission in Afghanistan, which has claimed the lives of 152 members of the Forces. This is just another reason why events such as “True Patriot Love” are so important for those who are making our world a safer place.


The True Patriot Love Foundation was founded in 2009 by a group of citizens who want to make a positive contribution to the lives of Canadian military personnel and their families – to serve those who serve on behalf of our nation. The Foundation has grown through generous contributions from patriotic Canadians, corporations and other organizations.


CANADIAN RADIO VISIONARY DAVID MARSDEN JOINS 2011 INDUCTEES TO CANADIAN MUSIC & BROADCAST INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME

David Marsden

David Marsden is one of Canada’s most influential broadcasters and an originator of free-form broadcasting.  An initial purveyor of Internet radio and one of a few Canadians to be recognized at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, not only once, but twice, he has the distinction of being the subject of a dedicated chapter in Marshall McLuhan’s book, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, a pioneering study in media theory.  With an incredible career spanning 50 years, Marsden’s unrivaled contributions to broadcasting will be honoured with the Alan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award during his induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

Considered one of Canada’s first true Rock’n’Roll deejays, David Marsden first made his mark in radio as the notoriously controversial motor-mouth jock Dave Mickie.  Through the 60s and 70s, he entertained a generation of fans through the CKEY and CHIQ airwaves, a national radio syndication and as host of two television shows: Canada’s first national teen pop TV show “Music Hop” on CBC and the weekly “Mickie A Go Go” which aired on CHCH TV for two and half years.  His uncharacteristic style and unmistakable voice have earned him the admiration of many a radio listener, some of whom have followed him as Mickie and as Marsden.

Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad World Holiday Tour Plays Toronto

Jose Feliciano

Epilepsy Cure Initiative, in conjunction with Bravo international Singers on Stage is pleased to announce that José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad World Holiday Tour will be stopping in Toronto on Saturday November 27 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. Tickets are $55, $75, $95, $125, $150 and are available at www.Ticketwindow.ca or by calling 1-877-700-3130.  The tour is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary Feliciano hit and perennial Christmas favourite, “Feliz Navidad”.

 

In 2009, NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) inducted “Feliz Navidad” into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame, which “serves as a celebration and reminder of the triumphs and achievements of the recording arts and honours recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance”. A fitting tribute for a song that not only merges cultures, but also receives more radio play than any other Christmas record.

 

Asked why he felt it important to support this cause, Feliciano quoted Pop John Paul II: “Not the worldly riches make a man great – but how he shares them with others.”

 

October Sky win on Quebec's most popular TV show “Zéro à 1000$, L'échelle du talent" on V Tele in front of 250,000 Viewers

October Sky

Montreal- October Sky have done it again, conquering all competitors to win $1,000 in front of 250,000 plus television viewers on one of Quebec's most popular TV shows "Zéro à 1000$, L'échelle du talent" on V Tele.

The quartet's last competitive win was in September 2009 where they took the Canadian title at the Global Battle of The Bands and opened for Alexisonfire and Bad Religion followed by a performance at the international finals in the London, UK in May 2010.
Commenting on their V Tele experience is October Sky's keyboardist Yan Rouleau.

"We're really honored to have won and to be seen by our hometown province of Quebec. It's just "Incredible". We're really looking forward to playing some upcoming shows and heading over to Europe to promote our latest release "Green & Beautiful". The tour dates for France are set to kick off November 24th in Paris and end in Nantes on December 3rd.

"The last few months have been incredible, this will be our second time to Europe and our first time to France. We're really looking forward to performing our new release for them." commented vocalist / guitarist, Karl Raymond.

October Sky’s third release, “Green & Beautiful” was produced by Brian Moncarz (Moneeen, The Junction, Silverstein) and is the follow-up to the band’s highly celebrated 2008 album, "Hell Isn't My Home."
October Sky - Green & Beautiful Promo Tour Video:

Beauty and the Beast The Savagely Silly Family Musical

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Ross Petty Presents:

Beauty and the Beast

The Savagely Silly Family Musical 

November 25, 2010- January 2, 2011

Elgin Theatre

FACTOR Announces New President

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11/08/2010 - Toronto, ON - FACTOR is pleased to announce that Duncan McKie will assume the role of President of the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) effective December 13, 2010. Duncan replaces Heather Ostertag who retired from her position in June of 2010. Mr. McKie has been the President/CEO of The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) since June 2007.

"After conducting a lengthy national search that identified several qualified candidates we have decided that Duncan McKie is the strongest candidate for the new president of FACTOR. The FACTOR Board is confident in Duncan's experience and his visions for the independent Canadian music industry. The FACTOR Board looks forward to his contributions to FACTOR and welcome him to the team." Pegi Cecconi, FACTOR Chair

"The Canadian funding system for music is admired around the world. FACTOR has been an integral part of that unique public and private partnership for over 30 years. The FACTOR Board has entrusted me with the responsibility to build on that legacy and to develop FACTOR's programs for the digital era. I look forward to the challenge and working with the FACTOR team." Duncan McKie.

JIM CLENCH OF APRIL WINE AND BTO HAS PASSED AWAY

Jim Clench

Jim Clench, a Montreal bass player and vocalist who played with April Wine and Bachman Turner Overdrive, has died. He was 61. 

Clench died Tuesday in a Montreal hospital after a battle with lung cancer, according to April Wine's Brian Greenway.

Clench was with April Wine, the Montreal band known for hits such as You Could Have Been a Lady and The Whole World's Goin' Crazy from 1970 to 1975, then rejoined as the band underwent a resurgence from 1992 to 2007.

He was with BTO from 1977 until the band's breakup in 1979.

His musical career began with a band called the Coven, before he joined April Wine.

Clench played bass on four April Wine albums — 1971's April Wine, 1972's On Record, 1973's Electric Jewels and 1975's Stand Back.

He also took over lead vocals from Myles Goodwyn on songs such as Weeping Widow and Oowatanite, a song he wrote. His growling voice was a distinctive element for the band.

He left to join another band with Greenway, who eventually joined April Wine as a permanent member after that other group failed to get a recording contract.

Clench then played with BTO, taking over bass and sharing lead vocal duties with Fred Turner in the period after Randy Bachman left the group.

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