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’.

Michelle Wright - On The Road Again

Michelle Wright

Michelle Wright is one of Canada’s most widely recognized and awarded country singers with over30 major music industry awards to her credit, a string of 25 Top Ten hits on radio, including seven Number One singles, and nearly 2 million albums sold in North America.  The first Canadian-born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten in the U.S., to have a Number One video on CMT-USA, and to win an Academy of Country Music Award, Michelle has been recognized from the outset for her expressive voice and distinctive style.

Wright kicks of her birthday celebrations on July 1st at Leduc Park in Leduc, Alberta then continues out West with a July 9th concert at Chinook Centre in Calgary. Continuing on she then travels on to Lockeport, Nova Scotia to appear on the Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song at the Memorial Park Bandstand on July 30th on the East Coast of Canada.

Ed Glinert Casablanca Media Publishing Passes On

Ed Glinert

By Sandy Graham

Cashbox Canada is saddened and extremely shocked to announce the passing of Edmund (Ed) Glinert, founder of Canada’s largest independent music publishing house, Casablanca Media Publishing. Ed suffered a stroke on May 21, 2011 and unfortunately the extent of the damage was too severe to recover.

Ed was known as an entertainment lawyer, but after a long career in that field he grew bored with that part of the business and in 2001, with his own monetary investment and some other financial backing, he set up a new company, Casablanca Media Publishing, and in the past few years, this has now evolved to be Canada’s largest indie publisher.

With a 40-year span in the music industry, he was an active member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), a board member of SOCAN, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA now known as CIMA) the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Science (CARAS)as well as serving as a director of the CMRRA. He was also a regular attendee and lecturer at MIDEM in Cannes France and CMW (Canadian Music Week) in Toronto, Ontario.



Hotter than The Jonas Brothers and three times as charming as Justin Bieber, The Abrams Brothers probably should have left town as soon as they could walk and signed to Disney. Instead, they’re building a profile right here in Canada as the cutest bluegrassin’, folk’rockin’ trio of cool dudes in the land. 

The Abrams Brothers will be releasing their fourth studio album, Northern Redemption (United For Opportunity/Fontana North) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.  Known for combining bluegrass, country and folk-rock, brothers John and James along with cousin Elijah have taken their traditional musical roots and made it more accessible.  Produced by Canadian singer-songwriter Chris Brown (Ani DiFranco, Barenaked Ladies), Northern Redemption contains nine tracks including a spirited cover of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.”  The first single, “Nothing At All,” was released on Tuesday, May 10.  Although they are only between 18 and 20 years of age, the band has already been performing live for a decade.

"Music found its way into our souls early on and our experiences fostered an understanding of music, not merely as a means for self-expression, but also as a gift that we are to return to what is greater than ourselves,” explains John Abrams.  “All music has the potential to do great things for this world, I hope our new record inspires people."

Industry Icon Jack Richardson Leaves Behind a Legacy of Music

Jack Richardson

By Sandy Graham

Legendary Canadian music producer Jack Richardson died on May 13 after a lengthy illness. He was 81.

Richardson, known to his friends as “The Bear,” became famous recording the Guess Who and through his breakthrough work with Alice Cooper and Bob Seeger in the late ’60s and early ’70s, which made him one of most successful music producers in Canadian history.


John Walker Image

John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers, one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67.

Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal assistant, Polly Klemmer, told The Associated Press. He had continued to work until just a few weeks ago, making his last concert appearance in Los Angeles in March, Klemmer said Sunday.

He had his greatest success as the guitarist and vocalist for the Walker Brothers, which produced such 1960s hits as "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore," "Love Her," ''Make it Easy on Yourself" and "My Ship Is Comin' In."

While the Beatles and other British groups were remaking the face of rock 'n' roll during the so-called British invasion of America in the mid-1960s, Walker moved from the United States to England instead.

There, he and two other Americans, bassist Scott Engel and drummer Gary Leeds, called themselves the Walker Brothers and each adopted Walker as his surname, although they were not related. They had instant success with their first British recording, 1964's "Love Her," and a string of hits quickly followed.

Walker, who was born John Maus, had begun using the name Walker professionally when he was 17, adopting it, according to some accounts, so he could obtain a fake I.D. that allowed him to play at nightclubs he was too young to legally enter.

Kathryn Kates Honoured by Canadian Business Journal

Kathryn Kates

This month, our entrepreneur spotlight falls on a dynamic self-starter and go-getter Kathryn Kates, owner of Oakville-based Kathryn Kates Public Relations.

Kates exemplifies the entrepreneur whose work is an extension of his or her personality, someone who has honed their innate talents and channelled them into a successful career.

Adaptability and intensity describe Kathryn Kates’ dynamic career. The PR darling has been creating and celebrating talent, work and ideas since she was in her teens. A natural gift for promoting her clients and apposite communication, her life-long association with all things media, events planning and public relations gives Kathryn Kates Public Relations projects that special flair that takes an occurrence and turns it into an occasion.


“When you are an entrepreneur you can be unabashedly intense. People take it as a compliment,” says Kates. “For me, there is no other option.”

Intensity is what drove Kates to startup the second incarnation of her PR firm two years ago. As a 19-year-old, Kates started out in events planning and PR.

Music Star Joey Knight Mourned

Joey Knight Image

Minto country and gospel music star Joey Knight died suddenly Saturday, May 7, 2011. He was 56 years old.

"It's a profound loss to all," said his daughter Stacey Killam in an interview Saturday. "He's touched many lives and everybody will be affected by his passing. I don't know how we're going to cope with this because we're a really, really close family and my dad was so kind and always looking out for others."

Knight had been in hospital for surgery recently, related to a problem with discs in his neck that caused numbness. "He was preparing to come home this weekend," said Killam. "Mom was going to visit him today and he was going to be released over the next couple days." Killam said her father's cause of death isn't known at this time and an autopsy is pending. She said his doctors are shocked by his death.

She said the Knight family has been overwhelmed by the number of people calling to give their condolences."It just shows you how many lives he's touched," said Killam. "He really was a really, really special person."She said her father performed in Fredericton last Friday, just before he went into hospital, even though he couldn't hold a guitar."He wouldn't cancel that show because everybody had bought tickets," said Killam. "He sat on a stool and people had to help him up on stage and his performance was unreal."They said it was the best he's ever sounded."

Celtic Artists Help Raise Funds and Awareness for Julliette’s Place

Bold Steps Dancers at the Celtic Festival

By Sandy Graham

Wednesday May 11, 2011, The Beach Celtic Festival, performers and friends will be banding together to help raise funds and awareness for Juliette’s Place (Homeward Family Shelter), a women’s shelter in Toronto, Canada.

With the location, food and staff generously donated by  Dora Keogh (Pub), the event will have the true feeling of a ceilidh, with glasses raised, songs sung, and dollars given in donation for a good cause. 

Long time MC of the Beach Celtic Festival and radio host of Toronto’s Irish Programme on CHIN Radio (Sundays 10 am – 11 am) Hugo Straney will once again grace the stage at ‘the Dora’, along with a slew of talent that will include The Bold Step Dancers, Don Graham, The Sea Sick Sailors, along with very special guests Cara Butler and Jon Pilatski of Step Crew, who you night recognize as the talented dancers with the legendary Chieftains. 

Beacher Don GrahamBeacher Don GrahamThe event will host an evening of talent as well as auction items that include theatre tickets, Mother’s Day gifts, and items donated from the long time vendors at The Beach Celtic Festival.

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