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GET READY TO LAUGH OUT LOUD, CANADA!

Orbyt Media

Orbyt Media Partners with The Donkey Comedy Network for Affiliate and Ad Sales of 24/7 Comedy Radio in Canada

Leading Radio Syndicator Nabs First Short-Attention-Span, Hit-Driven All-Comedy Radio Format for the Masses

(TORONTO, September 29, 2010) – Canada’s first short-attention-span, hit-oriented, mass-appeal all-comedy radio format is now available for syndication across the country with the new exclusive partnership of Orbyt Media and The Donkey Comedy Network (DCN) for affiliate and ad sales in Canada of 24/7 Comedy Radio.

The announcement comes on the heels of the first U.S. affiliation between Canada’s leading syndicator of premiere radio programming and Clear Channel’s KFNY, and extends distribution of 24/7 Comedy Radio to America’s comedy-loving Northern neighbours.

“24/7 Comedy Radio is a unique addition to Orbyt’s library of compelling radio brands for the Canadian market,” says Lesley Soldat, General Manager of Orbyt Media. “The content is pitch
perfect funny and the Top-40-inspired presentation is unlike any other comedy product on radio. “ We believe Donkey Comedy will do for radio what The Comedy Network has done for TV.”

Canadian Veteran Agent Dave Kirby Leaves a Legacy

Dave Kirby

Music Business Industry veterans will remember the outspoken and aggressive Dave Kirby from his early days as an agent in Toronto, Canada. Kirby, agent extraordinaire, and most recently chairman and founder of the Kirby Organization (TKO) passed away on September 18, at his home in Manhattan Beach, California. Kirby fought and lost a two year battle with prostrate cancer. He was 56 years old. Kirby was well-known at The Agency Group, but left it to launch his own company, TKO, in 2005. TKO has since became one of the top independent agencies in the music industry, specializing in the hard rock scene with acts such as Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Anthrax, The Cult, The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger and Hank Ill. Kirby was a serious advocate of using touring as a primary tool for artist development. Dave Kirby is survived by his sons David and Alex, and will be missed deeply by his wife Christine. The family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Dave Kirby’s name to The Prostrate Cancer Foundation. At the present time there is a memorial being planned for late October.

The Return / El Regreso of FUNKÉTÉ!

Saludos de los Dos Mundos Logo

Saludos de los Dos Mundos!

We know it's been a long time, and many of you already know why. We have a new space online where you can find all of our playlists, podcast links, write-ups, pics and free mp3 downloads! www.dosmundos.posterous.com ~ please check it out, subscribe and instead of getting a big ass email with all sorts of links and images - you'll get an alert and a link to go check out the new posts and get your Dos Mundos Radio fix. http://www.dosmundos.posterous.com!

Slowly, we're phasing out the email and hoping to only send you an email when we have BIG news. For example:

The Return / El Regreso of FUNKÉTÉ!

We've had a lot of people out there asking y preguntando y jodiendo with the same question: "Cuando va ser el proximo Funkété?!" Well we got your answer right hurrrrrrrr:

Dos Mundos Radio Presents:
The RETURN of FUNKÉTÉ!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Teranga Bar - 159 Augusta Ave.

featuring
Uladat (Toronto/¡Borracho!)
No Lo Ves (Toronto/Colombia)

and your resident DJs
ESTILO BAKANCHIDO (Dos Mundos Radio/Mas Tigre)
eLman
linterna

10PM - NO COVER!
Cumbia ~ Dancehall ~ Reggaeton ~ Tribal ~ Mambo Violento ~ Moombahton ~ Baile Funk ~ Raverton
Join us on the third Saturday of every month at Teranga Bar for FUNKÉTÉ and all our upcoming special guests!
A BAILAAAAAARRRRRR HIJUEPUCHAS!!!!!!
FACEBOOK'EALO

SCYTHIA DROPS DEBUT ALBUM, PREPS FOR NATIONAL TOUR.

Scythia

Vancouver folk metallers (yep, you read it right) Scythia will be officially releasing their 9 track debut album "Of War" Tuesday, October 5th. The crew are currently getting pumped for their upcoming "Exiled across Canada" tour.

"This is definitely an album for fans that truly love a mix of great storytelling blended with the progressive sound of metal, violin and an oboe of death." comments Scythia band founder Dave Khan.

Formed in late 2008, Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes. So what is Scythia? At the most primitive level, it is epic storytelling set to modern progressive metal. With a whole lot of dynamic, intense goodness, of course.

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.

Cirque du Soleil: Banana Spheel

Cirque de Soleil Banana Spheel image

Story Don Graham
Photos Dominique Lemieux/Cirque de Soleil

I have to start by admitting that when I was first presented with this task I was not sure what to expect. I knew the show had trouble in Chicago, got revamped for New York, where the reception and reviews were much better, and here it was at the Canon Theatre in downtown Toronto. Cirque and vaudeville? Seemed like strange bedfellows so I was interested to see what the result would be.

While standing in the crowd waiting to be let into the theatre, there was a commotion behind us as a gentleman was pushing his way through the crowd yelling something about needing the washroom. He REALLY seemed liked he had go, but once he got to the front of the room he turned and flashed a big grin and we knew he was part of the show. Turned out he was Claudio Carneiro, a big part on the ensemble. But more on him later.

The opening dialogue between the two hosts, well-played by the aggressive Daniel Passer and the hard-done by, Wayne Wilson sets the stage for the evening ahead. Lots of sight gags and slapstick humour. And the stage is set as well, for The Schmelky Spectacular, the role of the hardnosed arrogant boss, Schmeckly, excellently played by Danny Rutigliano. His assistant Margaret played by Shereen Hickman, has great comedic timing and offsets Schmelky’s brashness.

"Experience Hendrix" Coming To Canada

Experience Hendrix

Coming to Canada for the first time…

Thursday, October 28th - 8 p.m. at the Sony Centre, Toronto

JIMI'S MUSIC PERFORMED IN CONCERT BY AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP

Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys & The Jimi Hendrix Experience) ● Steve Vai ● Jonny Lang ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd ● Eric Johnson ● Robert Randolph ● Living Colour ● Ernie Isley • Chris Layton (of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble) ● David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos) • The Slide Brothers (a/k/a Chuck & Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel) ● Mato (of Indigenous)

For the first time in its history, Experience Hendrix, the concert tour that has dazzled sold out audiences, revisiting the music and inspiration of Jimi Hendrix with an all-star line up of music greats, will perform, for the first time, in Canada… Four dates have been announced: October 28th at the Sony Centre in Toronto, 29th in Quebec City (Grand Théâtre), 30th in Montreal (Place des Arts) and November 1st in Ottawa (National Arts Centre).

Tickets: $89.50, $74.50, $59.50 (taxes included plus facility fee and service charge where applicable) at the Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., Toronto and Ticketmaster at (416) 872-2262 or at www.ticketmaster.ca

ON SALE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th AT 10 A.M.

For further information, contact: Rob Bennett ● RBI Productions (416) 686-6052 rob.bennett@sympatico.ca

Website: www.experiencehendrixtour.com

Bring On The Ukes, Bring On The Fun-New indie doc focuses on the wonderful world of the ukulele

The Mighty Uke

By Bill Delingat

Just when someone’s about to ask:” Whatever happened to Topp?” dude pops back onto the radar. Gary Topp aka T Dog, Topper or just plain Gary has been well known in the International Music and entertainment scene for 40 years. Currently, he’s best known for his bleeding edge
CIUT radio Show and promoter of some of the most eclectic shows the T.Dot’s ever seen.

An avid filmgoer and indie supporter Topp is bringing a unique opportunity for freaky fun to the Toronto Film scene with the presentation of “Mighty Uke. The Amazing Comeback Of A Musical Underdog”.

Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitschy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world. Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, the tiny instrument first captured the musical imaginations of the Hawaiian royal court in the 1880’s. With the dawn of the radio broadcasting age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals. Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars. The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity. Until now.

The History of the Toronto Humane Society

Toronto Humane Society Poster

Music Fundraiser Planned for Toronto September 13, 2010

The establishment of The Toronto Humane Society was inspired by an anonymous $2 donation to aid an old, worn-out white workhorse. In November 1886, a Toronto resident sent a letter about the horse, a familiar sight on city streets, to the World, a Toronto daily newspaper. “Why,” he asked, “don't we have a society for the prevention of cruelty?” was the comment added to the letter by 22-year-old reporter John J. Kelso when it was published in the World. In answer to his question, an anonymous donor sent the $2 donation to the newspaper office the following day. The fund kept growing until $74 had accumulated.
John Kelso's presentation to the Canadian Institute on February 19, 1887, marked the launch of the humane and children's aid movement in Ontario. In his speech, Kelso pointed out there was no society of the kind in Toronto and proposed the establishment of a general humane association with the following objectives:
• Stop cruelty to children
• Rescue children from vicious influences and remedy their conditions
• Put humane literature into schools and homes
• Induce children to be humane
• Encourage everybody to practice and teach kindness to animals and others
• Stop the beating of animals
• Stop overloading street cars and wagons (which were then pulled by horses)
• Stop the working of old horses
• Stop driving galled and disabled animals
• Introduce drinking fountains for horses
• Prevent the clipping of horses, docking of tails

Toyna Kennedy Live

Tonya Kennedy

Friday September 10, 2010
Cook Country Saloon
Edmonton

Cashbox Magazine In Print Again

Cashbox Elvis Edition

Bruce Elrod, President of Cashbox Magazine, has announced that the hard cover of Cashbox Magazine will be available 6 times a year, and will be able to be purchased as a subscription on the www.cashboxmagazine.com website.

The issue this month is in commemoration of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock ‘n Roll, and will feature stories, photos and related advertising all in conjunction with the anniversary of his death on August 16, 1977. For over three decades, stories and rumours of his death have still been headline news.

Cashbox Magazine will also feature Charts; a position they were famous for over the years, actually being the medium that created the term ‘With A Bullet’ to describe a fast climbing hit song.

Cashbox Magazine has been resurrected online with branches in North Carolina, Nashville, Tennessee and Toronto, Canada. Plans to open in the United Kingdom are currently underway, which will include Ireland, Scotland and England.

www.cashboxmagazine.com

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