Donny Parenteau

On Sunday, April 3rd, Prince Albert’s Donny Parenteau was awarded ABORIGINAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR for the 8th year running at this years SCMA’s held in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. 


The night prior Donny was awarded with the Allstar Band – Specialty Instrument of the Year. 


On attending this year’s SCMA’s, Donny had this to say – “It was great to see some familiar faces blended in with the new faces.  A couple memorable moments on Sunday was being invited to perform on a song the Premier of Saskatchewan wrote and played guitar on.  I played fiddle alongside my friend and bass player Paul Lomheim with Amanda Jane Duncan on vocals – the other moment was performing solo with my acoustic - singing “Play On” from my new album and telling the story behind the song about inheriting my Grandpa Parenteau’s fiddle.  I also would like to take this time to acknowledge and thank the SCMA’s for my 11 nominations and Saskatchewan radio for their continued support”.

Donny’s latest single – “My Dirt” from his just released album – and continues to pick up radio play across Canada and around the world.



“So bring it on my friend, stronger I’ll be

Just don’t forget I was born on the lone prairie”






Teagan Littlechief is from the White Bear First Nations. Her ability to sing was noticed by her play school teacher Joan McDonald. Joan recommended Teagan be put in voice lessons. Teagan started when she was 6 years old. Since then she has come along way. At age15 Teagan became the GX94 Star Search Champion winning a recording for 2 songs. Recording more singles when she won the CKRM & Dauphine Country Fest Star Search Competitions, She recorded another single when coming 2nd in the North American Bear Traxx competition.


She recorded her 1st album Rising Above in 2008. From this album her songs are played on international radio. Her 4th single “Wild Girl” was released in July 2010. When downloading “Wild Girl” from Itunes 50% goes to Safe Homes for Battered Women in Canada. Her 5th single “Mama”s Brown Eyes” or “Bring It On” will b released in the New Year. 



Terry Sumsion

By Rob Butterworth

Canada and the Canadian music community have lost a legend.  Terry Sumsion of Harley, Ontario passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the age of 64, following a courageous three-year battle with esophageal cancer.

Terry’s name and music are known nationwide in Canada and through the British Isles and Europe.  Playing to sell-out audiences up until early this year, Terry’s hearty sense of humor and strong rapport with his friends and fans, new and old, always created a relaxed and enjoyable entertainment experience.  Terry was best known for hits like “Our Lovin’ Place” and “Midnight Invitation”.

Terry leaves behind his loving wife Jeannie, daughter Tammy and son Jeff.  He also leaves behind a score of fans but most important to Terry himself, a very close and dear group of friends.  Over the past year Terry accomplished two major goals that were important in his life – his treasured tour bus and his final CD (“Encore”) released just last week.

Terry Sumsion, the songwriter and musician, was a Canadian treasure.  To his family and friends he was so much more and he will be sorely missed.  His last CD entitled “Encore” had an alternate title – “Friendship Train”, also a song in the collection.  It was Terry’s way of saying thank you to all of his friends and fans all of whom supported him throughout his illness and always with his music.  

Japan Benefit Concert

Yoko and Sean Ono

Japan Benefit Concert (Miller Theatre at Columbia University, NY) Sunday, March 27, 2011, 8:00 PM

.11.11 as it is being called was the worst earthquake in 100‘s of years and was so powerful it moved the earth 6.5’.

Japan the Golden eagle of the Pacific Rim is devasted as its wings have been clipped by tsunamis and a potential nuclear disaster.

Who better to lead the call for help  but Yoko and Sean not only to raise funds for the overwhelmed country but also to create awareness as so many are displaced and the humble people of Japan are in need.

What better way then the universal gift of music.

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Mike Patton, Cibo Matto, Mephista, Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Aleph Trio, John Zorn, host

More than a dozen innovative artists at the intersection of indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant-garde performance will come together at Miller Theatre to present a benefit concert to support recovery efforts in Japan. “The tragedy and devastation is really overwhelming,” says John Zorn, who has organized and will host the evening. “I’ve always felt a strong personal connection to Japan, and I’m just glad to be able to do my part to help. It should be an amazing night.”

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Firkins Canadian Pub Tour


Nor need you mind the serial ordeal
Of being watched from forty cellar holes
As if by eye pairs out of forty firkins.

Robert Frost "Directive"

A firkin is an old English unit of volume. The name is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, which means fourth, i.e. a quarter of a full-size barrel.

For Beer and Ale a firkin is equal to nine Imperial Gallons, seventy-two pints, or a quarter of a barrel (40.91481 litres). Casks in this size (themselves called firkins) are the most common container for cask ale. A firkin is equal to half a kilderkin.

So be it, however Cashbox heard that a Firkin is also a band from Hungary that plays Irish music, with a twist of punk thrown into the barrel just for the swirl of it.

So we sent our young budding Hungarian journalist and his lady to go and check it out here on their Canadian tour.

Thursday March 17, 2011 

Firkins Canadian Pub Tour 

Hungarian Irish Punk Band  “FIRKIN “ St Patties Day 

Lee’s Palace. Toronto, ON 

By: Jonathon Jager 

The day before I was informed about this band, and being of Hungarian decent I had to check this out, a Hungarian Irish Punk Band!! 

Terry Sumsion Releases “Encore”

Terry Sumsion


Terry Sumsion Releases “Encore”

Submitted By Rob Butterworth

They say that good things come to those who wait.  Well … the wait is over for Terry Sumsion’s latest CD so suitably titled “Encore”.  Terry Sumsion’s career has spanned decades and he is more than a Canadian music icon.  He is a superb songwriter and an even better person.

Those who follow Cashbox Canada have read of Terry’s ongoing battle with esophageal cancer.  “Encore” is a collection of songs written during the best and worst of times of his battle with his illness and the emotion comes shining through.  The first track “Friendship Train” is also the alternate title of the CD.  When you speak with Terry you are sure to hear numerous stories of how his friends have rallied around him in support of his music and of his illness.  To him, that’s what this CD is really all about – his friends and some as to whom he refers – his angels.



EDMONTON, ALBERTA:  Canadian rock band ONE SOUL THRUST has achieved Platinum status with their debut CD, 1ST.  For most bands, this would be a very good thing—especially on a debut release.

The problem with this Platinum status…is that it’s unofficial.  Actually, it’s more than unofficial.  It’s illegal.


The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) states that, to achieve Platinum status, an album must achieve sales of 100,000 copies/downloads of an album.  Sales…that’s the key.  A random polling of several torrent site’s downloads—ILLEGAL downloads—has shown that 1ST, the debut cd by ONE SOUL THRUST has been downloaded over 100,000 times.


“We’re flattered that people could love our music that much, but this is really tough to take,” says ONE SOUL THRUST’S lead-vocalist Salem Jones. “While I question the exact precision of these numbers- pirates are dishonest by nature- it appears they reflect a strong enough version of reality to bring a serious issue to light. We paid to create that album totally out of our own pockets. People think of illegal downloading not hurting anyone, but we’re real people too- with real mortgages, real family to feed and real bills to pay.  By downloading our album from pirate sites, people have stolen from us, our families, everyone involved in the production of our album, and their families.”

Bryan Adams confirms he'll be a dad

Bryan Adams

The Canadian Press 

LONDON - Bryan Adams has confirmed that he's going to be a dad at 51. 

On Sunday, Adams posted a message to his personal website letting his fans know that he and his personal assistant Alicia Grimaldi are expecting a baby.

"She (helped) me start my foundation years ago and it looks like she'll be running the family now!" Adams wrote.

The U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper had reported Sunday that Adams and Grimaldi were due in May, attributing the story to a "friend and near neighbour" of the Canadian pop rock star in London.

Adams also confirmed the news on Twitter (although he disputed the "friend" portion of the report), and added a thank you to his fans for the "kind wishes" he's received.

The father-to-be is currently in the midst of an acoustic tour in the United States that's scheduled to wrap on April 16 in Seattle.

He then has a rare gap in his touring schedule. He's due back on the road in June, with shows in the U.K. and Europe to follow.



Basic English

The president of Sugar Moon Music Inc., Margaret Dinsdale, is pleased to announce her company has taken on the roles of publisher, label and management for BASIC ENGLISH, a roots-rock band based in Toronto, Ontario.


“This is a very exciting time for us,” says Dinsdale from her Kensington Market office. “We've only just started working together and we already have interest not just from Ontario and the Maritimes, but also Europe, Australia and other parts of the world for touring and distribution.”


Dinsdale already has two of Canada's hottest producers interested in working on the project. “Now it's just a matter of fundraising,” she said. “The new material the guys have written deserves the best production values we can afford to underline their song-writing prowess as well as their solid chops.”


Originally from Moncton, New Brunswick, Tim Armour and John Davis became local heroes in Halifax with their band Basic English, then headed to Toronto in 1987. In a short time, they won Q107s Homegrown Contest and a Casby Award. They were breaking big, got themselves a manager and a record deal. They had a known producer, Terry Brown (Rush, Max Webster) and recorded their first studio album “Sweet Panic!” released in 1991. Just after it came out, the label when bust and that was the end of that phase of their career.



Dana Fuchs

Ruf Records announces the signing of dynamic rock/blues singer Dana Fuchs and the release of her label debut CD, Love To Beg, on April 12. Ruf Records is distributed in the U.S. by the Allegro Corporation. Fuchs is currently on tour in Europe and will celebrate her U.S. release with a special showcase in New York City on April 15 at the Highline Ballroom.


Love To Beg is a visceral combination of pure rock and blues, with touches of soul, gospel and R&B in the mix. Fuchs’ band has sold out shows all across the U.S. sharing the bill with such national acts as Joe Cocker, Dickey Betts, Gov’t Mule and Bob Weir. Dana and her band are a festival sensation, rocking to over 2000,000 people since 2008 at festivals in the U.S., Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.

Fuchs played the character “Sadie” in the highly-acclaimed Julie Taymor film, Across The Universe, and Dana’s featured lead vocals on the soundtrack CD earned her a platinum album, with over one million sales in the U.S. The accompanying DVD has also sold over 1.5 million units worldwide. She also starred as Janis Joplin in the Eric Nederlander production of the long running off-Broadway musical, Love, Janis.

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