Governor General Appoints Valdy to The Order of Canada


By Kathy Hahn

June 30, 2011:  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, appoints Valdy to The Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours and is awarded to Valdy for his work as a folk musician and support of charitable causes.

The Governor General announced 50 new members to The Order of Canada. Fifteen Officers (O.C.) and 35 Members (C.M.) were appointed on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada. Valdy joins the ranks of an esteemed list which includes amongst others, Anita Best, who is recognized this year for her contribution to the preservation of Newfoundland's traditional culture and music.

Recipients for 2011 will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The announcement was made on the eve of Canada's 144th Birthday.  Valdy adds, "This recognition is a huge honour, and the support from peers following the announcement is just overwhelming. I had no idea that I've touched so many lives."

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and is the centrepiece of Canada's honours system and recognizes a lifetime of  outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Leslie West Has Emergency Surgery and Loses Leg

Leslie West

By Bill Delingat

We all remember that simple percussion intro as Corky Laing clocked the cowbell for the 1970 rock anthem “Mississippi Queen”; Leslie West wrestled his guitar to accompany the beat with what is now a staple of classic rock radio and one of Rock’s most popular guitar riffs.
Mountain was an instant success as the power house trio stormed the charts. After the band experience West tried a solo career. One of his solo albums is called “The Great Fatsby”, referring to his weight. West has been struggling with his obesity state - which eventually led to the development of type 2 diabetes – for years.

As the circle of time had requested another round for the new generation of rockers, Mountain was back in the studio and the new album  called “The Unusual Suspects”  features guitar players such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa and Slash of Guns’N’Roses. There is no release date yet as West and his band were on an American tour. The tour has now been postponed.

Nomadic Massive to Perform at the Montreal Jazz Festival | Nomadic Massive en vedette au Festival de Jazz de Montréal


By Sandy Graham

Montreal’s own Nomadic Massive has firmly established itself as a group of premier performers and skilled musicians representing an open-minded Hip-Hop which finds its inspiration in the traditions of the past; combining live instrumentation, samples, and a wide array of vocal styles. This multilingual, multicultural, super-group has become synonymous with energetic and crowd-moving live shows. The group has also left its mark internationally; initiating socio-cultural exchanges with like-minded artists. Functioning somewhat as ambassadors, Nomadic continues to redefine what Hip-Hop can achieve on a global level.

Le groupe Montréalais Nomadic Massive représente un Hip Hop ouvert d’esprit qui trouve son inspiration dans les traditions du passé en combinant instrumentation live, échantillonnage et une myriade de styles vocaux qui ne laisse personne indifférent. Ce super-groupe multilingue et multiculturel, est devenu synonyme de spectacles endiablés qui n'offrent aucun répit au public. Assumant pratiquement un rôle d’ambassadeurs, les membres du groupe continuent à redéfinir ce que le Hip Hop peut réaliser au niveau global. Tandis que le groupe continue à proposer à travers leurs constantes explorations de nouvelles façons d’interpréter un style traditionnellement marginalisé, la quintessence du mouvement Hip Hop resurgit dans tout ce qu’est Nomadic Massive.



Sumison Benefit

Terry Sumsion passed away March 26, 2011 but he left behind a score of fans and a true legacy in Country Music in Canada and around the world.  One of Terry’s fondest wishes was to provide a means for young people to pursue a career in music.  For that he created the “Terry Sumsion Scholarship Fund” which is managed by family members and friends. 

On July 10th an event will be held in Thorndale, Ontario as a fund raiser for this worthy cause. 

To be held at the Purple Hill Country Hall (20903 Purple Hill Road), it will feature performances by Marie Bottrell, Larry Mercey, Jay Allen, Dixon & Company, Suzie Sweetman (Terry’s long time writing partner), Paul Weber and perhaps some surprise guests! 

All performers will be backed by Terry’s world-renown “Stagecoach Band”! 

Tickets are $20 (limited) and may be obtained directly from the Purple Hill Country Hall (519-461-0538) or from Al Ross (519-875-2072 or 519-875-1175). 

Kill Matilda Plays NXNE. Toronto, You’ve Been Warned.

Kill Matilda

Great news !!!. Moving to Montreal hasn’t mellowed Vancouver exports Kill Matilda any. In fact, they’ve been touring and moving across our great country of Canada for so long, it’s hard to remember a time when they weren’t on the road, aggravating the rubes from coast to coast.

Now it’s Toronto’s turn and the four-piece promise they’ll not soon forget the NXNE gig Jun. 18 at Toronto’s Hideout (484 Queen St W). Kill Matilda take their smart-assed metal-punk to the stage at 1am on Saturday and T.Dot heads who drool on Crooked Valentine and Machete will sweat on this.

Joining Kill Matilda on the bill will be: The Goodluck Assembly (9pm), Little Foot Long Foot (10pm), Jordan Cook (11pm), The North (12am) and Holy Toledo! (2am). 

In between sending up everything that gets their attention, the band swear they’re serious as a plane crash about their dynamic self-created genre of punk-rock-metal music. The four adrenaline-infused rock ninjas behind Kill Matilda pride themselves on screaming and thrashing ‘till they can scream and thrash no more. They’ve also been known to blow out the eardrums of audiences across Canada and leave speakers begging for mercy. And yet their fans keep coming back for more. Hmmm, this will remind the locals of ZooBombs.

Dan Hill Still Going Strong!

Danny Pacquiao Sings Sometimes when we touch

Manny Pacquiao Sings featuring Dan Hill was the most added record at U.S. Adult contemporary secondary radio for the second week in a row, jumping from 103 to 50 in one week on the AC U.S. secondary chart.

Finding success in the Philippines where the release is already a massive radio hit, the first shipment of CD/DVDs sold out of all the stores and the single is featured in a big mobile phone campaign. This week on the two biggest Filipino mass market radio stations: 97.1 Brgy LS FM The Big 10 Countdown #10 and TAMBAYAN 101.9 TOP 20 #11.

The 7 track CD and documentary DVD combo set, released by Universal Music Canada, will be available at physical retail on May 31, 2011. iTunes and all other digital retailers will have the 7 track digital EP on May 31, 2011.

To add, Dan Hill’s Memoir has gone digital. The e-book version of Dan’s critically acclaimed memoir I Am My Father’s Son (HarperCollins Canada) is now available internationally on the Apple iBookstore and wherever Apple books are sold. The digital book is live with Kobo now and will be available on the Kindle store after June 16th.

Manny Pacquiao and Dan Hill Recording Session Photo Sandrine OrabonaManny Pacquiao and Dan Hill Recording Session Photo Sandrine OrabonaMedia Quotes:
“(I Am My Father’s Son) describes a complicated family, in a complicated situation, in a complicated time, and does it with honesty and verve.” National Post

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The Alternative Ticket Sales Solution

By: Bill Delingat

We are all too familiar with the problem of getting seats to your favorite band’s show.How many times have you lined up just to be wrist banded and line up again finally, in a lot of cases, it added up to being disappointed?

This is nothing new, it goes as far back to concerts at the CNE grounds when some concert goers arrived only to find that someone else  was sitting in their seats. (Yes, they did have tickets as well - double printed). This finally all came to a head with the Bruce Springsteen Concert  back in 1985.  Paul Cross of the CHUM Group did an investigative show on the concert  ticket scandal, “Two for the Road “.This time fans had even camped out overnight for tickets and on when they finally made it to the box office found all the good seats were already taken, and few seats left available. Anger, tears and violence erupted as fans yelled “We aren’t going to take it” and started throwing trash and bottles. 
The ticket agency blamed “Ticket  Brokers” as one for having blocked number of seats for resale. You may remember some of these agencies mainly known for sporting events and they are still around today; with their M.O. TO resale at a higher price and usually put them in to packages to make it look more as a service to the public.

The Glory of Scotland…Without the Airfare!

Glory Of Scotland

By Sandy Graham

‘Across the Hills the pipes are heard and ancient Highland Blood is Stirred’. Don’t miss this chance to experience Scottish entertainment at it’s best when ‘The Glory Of Scotland’ comes to Toronto, Ontario.

THE GLORY OF SCOTLAND, a spectacular celebration of the best of Scottish music and dance, has been delighting thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

Karina Es performs at the second annual United We Rock Concert

Karina Es

Karina Es performs at the second annual United We Rock concert on June 4th, 1pm to 7pm at Dundas Square. This year features dance pop artist, Karina Es who is Canadian/Armenian. The Armenian community initiated the event United We Rock and it was created to bring awareness to Armenia's past genocide with a current focus on the genocide in Sudan and the risk of genocide in Kenya.

United We Rock! The Concert for Human Rights is a free-to-attend concert and exhibition at Toronto's busy Yonge & Dundas Square. Featuring independent musicians from Toronto and abroad, as well as the involvement of numerous Canadian Human Rights interest groups, the concert aims to unite Canadians in the goal of global respect for Human Rights. Specifically, four categories of Human Rights violations are brought to the forefront: Genocide, war crimes, racism, and the restriction of the freedom of expression. Partnering and participating human rights interest groups inform the public about the issues and show us how we may make a difference today.

Other artists featured at the event are:
Saidah Baba Taliba (daughter of Salome Bey)
Armen at the Bazaar
Graydon James & The Young Novelists

Media Inquiries Contact:
Peter Linseman
Music Mentor Productions


Dawson Reigns

On May 25, 2011 Dawson Reigns announced that  he  has parted ways with  management company, Hummel Entertainment.  The split was amicable.

According to Dawson, “I have tremendous respect for Kathryn.  She’s doing great work with Hey Romeo and Chris Asaad. Sometimes though, for whatever reason, relationships don’t work out.  After Kathryn and I talked, she contacted my Canadian and International publicists and thanked them for working with her.  I thought that was really good of her…and I wish her and her other acts success.”

In 2007, Dawson was introduced to Jason Barry, one of Canada’s most respected producers. After meeting Dawson and listening to his music, Jason agreed to produce Dawson’s debut album at the Barrytone Studios based in Waterloo, Ontario. Dawson’s debut single, ‘If Crazy Wasn’t Beautiful’, was released to radio in January 2010, and was on the Top 20 on the Canadian Country Charts. His debut album, ‘Enjoy the Ride’ is available on iTunes in Canada, USA, UK, Japan and Australia. Recently thanks to fans and radio in Australia, Dawson has received his first #1 record for ‘If Crazy Wasn’t Beautiful’.

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