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Canadian Music Week is Here Again!

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is here again in the streets of Toronto, and in the legendary Royal York Fairmount Hotel. The Canadian version of MIDEM, Neill Dixon’s brainchild is now in it’s 30th year, and once again the music industry descends to wheel deal and listen to the music.


Like a giant musical magnet, people from all walks of life and the world show up to see and be seen during the conference days, and the wannabees strut their stuff while the ‘old school’ holds court with each other in the hotel bars.


On a serious business note, this huge gathering brings together international, national and local entertainment individuals who offer wares, advice and sometimes record deals, depending if you are good enough and smart enough to get your music out there. We compare notes, exchange ideas, and network at CMW, and hopefully impact the industry with the music being played in clubs throughout the city for the next few days.


Get out on the street, hear the bands, support the music. Come see the exhibitors. Sit in on a lecture.


Heather Otertag and Associates Have a Vision

Heather Ostertag

By Sandy Graham

 

"To succeed – you need A Plan. With A Plan things get done intentionally. With intent comes success!!!” These are the words that are part of the new model of doing business in the music business – and Heather Ostertag is ready to teach you how to meet the new challenges of the industry with a plan. 

 

Heather Ostertag, C.M. an individual who is considered to be an inspiring, values based leader.  She is also a passionate supporter and developer of Canadian culture, with a reputation that has demonstrated strong strategic and operational management execution skills - a dedicated people developer.  Achievement, creativity, results driven, tenacity, resilience, empathetic problem solver and persuader are some adjectives used to describe her. With her 30 plus years working the arts she has developed relationships with companies and individuals that have unique and distinct skills.  

 

Always a trailblazer, Ostertag has come up with a new way of doing business for the artist or group – a visioning session. This session takes the artist into a safe environment with his ‘team’ – a group of people who have chosen to go through the steps of developing his or her plan to go forward in the music business. The only thing Ostertag demands is that they speak the truth, no matter how hard or difficult that may be.

 

LENNIE GALLANT HITS THE MAIN STAGE AT CAVENDISH BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Lennie Gallant

Cavendish Beach Music Festival


Cavendish Beach Music Festival announced today that Lennie Gallant will co-headline the Main Stage!


Others announced today were Trace Adkins, Johnny Reid, Brad Paisley, George Canyon, Toby Keith and more! CMT personality Casey Clarke flew into town today to personally unveil a good portion of the star-studded line-up for the newly branded LottoMax presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival scheduled to take place July 7-10, 2011 in Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island.


Tickets on Sale: 10:00AM Saturday, March 12, 2011 | www.cavendishbeachmusicfestival.com


Canada Day in Trafalgar Square, London England


One 2 Many, Vancouver Dual set to release “Life in a Shoe”

David Jensen

By Bill Delingat

 

Vancouver is the home of two very talented writers and musicians David Jensen and Mark Reed. Together they are One 2 Many who are currently finishing off their second CD “Life in a Shoe”.T (he first project by the duo “You Don’t Know Me“is still available for download)

 

Back in the 60’s there was the cry ‘Go East young man’ as the flower power movement and the birth of a generation called for peace. David Jensen moved from Victoria Island and then to Vancouver. When the peace movement grew and the scene in Toronto’s Yorkville became known as the hub of the hippie movement and music scene, Jensen like others, headed to take a shot at fame. It didn’t take long before Jensen launched his solo career and landed a deal with Quality Records.

 

Jensen went on to play in a local hard rock act “Draco” where he met Joe Mavety (Marianne Faithful fame) who had an interest in jazz and brought on the phrase “J Rock , Blues” to describe the bands style. Jensen went on to sing for groups like “Kickback”  with Ian Creighton (of Saga) on guitar and eventually landed a recording deal with Jack Richardson for his band “Scandal” on GRT Records. Jensen’s tall slender build and a mane of golden locks caught the attention of Tibor Takacs who cast Jensen as the alien rocker in the movie “Metal Messiah”.

 

SINGER-SONGWRITER YAEL NAIM RELEASES HER THIRD STUDIO ALBUM

Yeal Naim

SHE WAS A BOY

-RELEASE MARKS SECOND COLLABORATION WITH DAVID DONATIEN – 

French-born Israeli artist Yael Naim is thrilled to announce the release of her second collaboration with David Donatien and third studio album, She Was a Boy (tôt Ou tard / Select Distribution) on May 3, 2011.  Recorded in the duo’s Parisian home studio over the last few years, Naim and Donatien have created a collection of distinct sounds, styles and influences that blend piano, strings and graceful melodies.  

 

“I definitely felt the pressure of success, the follow up album was awaiting and I was terrified at first, I couldn’t write,” says Naim. “I had to isolate myself from the rest of the world and reconnect to a kind of unconsciousness. Classical Indian music and artists like Nina Simone and Tom Waits really inspired me. Additionally, I incorporated instruments like the Glockenspiel, Cristal Baschet and Ondes Martenot which I have always wanted to use in my music.”

 

Blankfest Quebec III Raises Over 700 Winter Clothing Items For Montreal's Homeless

Kenn Rowell

Blankets... What a simple and practical gift to someone who has no home, no shelter. A blanket can be carried during the day and used during the cold Montreal Winter nights. It is portable, durable, and, hopefully, can provide warmth and shelter for someone who really needs it. 

 

This years 3rd annual Blankfest Quebec was hosted at Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent) on February 25th with a special guest performance from NYC's Blankfest founder Kenn Rowell and his band, The Baghdaddios.
Chuck DeBruyn and Kenn Rowell were sitting in a Nyack bar one night when they hit upon the idea of having a musical charity event benefiting NYC's homeless. It was so simple: provide a means for Kenn's musician friends to join him in giving back to the community by donating their time and talent to perform a concert where the cover charge is a blanket. This allowed his non-musician friends to participate as well. All he asked was "Come to my benefit. Bring a blanket." And why not? It's so easy. Give Kenn a blanket and he will personally put it in the hands of someone who really needs it.

 

Blankfest Quebec was launched after Jon Asher read about his friend, in New York City l, and how he founded Blankfest in 1997 and has been organizing the annual blanket fundraiser for the past 13 years.

 

Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' Muse Susan Rotolo Dead

Susan Rotolo

Susan "Suze" Rotolo, who inspired several of Bob Dylan's love songs, died Friday night at home in her New York City loft following a long illness.  She was 67.

When Rotolo was a teenager, she met Dylan backstage after one of his Concerts.

Dylan described her in his book 'Chronicles' as "the most erotic thing I'd ever seen." The two began dating between 1961 and 1964. She is most known as the woman walking with Dylan on the cover of his album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.'

When she left New York to study at the University of Perugia in Italy, the separation inspired Dylan to write two love songs: 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright' and 'Tomorrow is a Long Time.' The couple eventually split.

In 1972, Rotolo went on to marry Italian filmmaker Enzo Bartoccioli and had a son, Luca.

Stony Plain marks its 35th Anniversary

Stony Plain

It's been 35 years since Stony Plain began its life as a record label - and to mark the anniversary, the label's prepared a giant 2CD-plus-DVD package, with more than 40 tracks and eleven videos. The souvenir package will be released in May.

 

One of the CDs is titled Singers, Songwriters and Much, Much More, while the other is titled Blues, R&B, Swing, Jazz and Even More.


In addition to rare material from the label's back catalogue, there are remarkable songs that have never been released before. There are no less than four tracks by Robert Nighthawk, recorded in a small Toronto studio 45 years ago, following a gig in a local club, possibly the last recordings he ever made.


And there are three unreleased tracks by the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Carpenter, recorded as publishing demos in 1979. Bob only made one album - Silent Passage, now out of print, but available digitally - and these tracks are a reminder of what music was lost when he passed away 15 years ago.


There 's also an unreleased track from Richard Newell, a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy, and preview tracks from new Stony Plain CDs by Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, and Rory Block.

 

Lightfoot guitarist, Terry Clements, dies

Terry Clements

The Canadian Press TORONTO - Terry Clements, a Detroit native who played guitar for Gordon Lightfoot since the early 1970s, has died. He was 63.

Clements died on Sunday, 10 days after suffering a stroke. The news was confirmed by Lightfoot's publicist.

Born in 1947, Clements began playing guitar when he was only five years old.

After graduating from high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole King.

In the early '70s, Lightfoot met Clements while working on an early Burt Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born.

Clements contributed to nearly all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway," "Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which features a haunting solo from the guitarist.

“Toronto’s Music giants come forward to help record Ryan’s Song for the Nolan Fund drive”

Nolan Fund drive

The tragedy of January 12 as Toronto mourned a fallen officer spawned a song by Kimberly Dunn,”A Tribute for Ryan Russell”. Cashbox told a story about the music on that sad day and in turn contacted Ms. Dunn to tell her about the hopes of assisting the Nolan Russell Trust Fund with the story about the music that day and her song.

 

Kimberly was pleased and replied that she had hopes of recording the song as there had been many requests to see if it was available for I Tunes download. Cashbox reached out to the music community and there was no hesitation to help.  Mark Nakamura of Blue Atlantis Records heard the call and made the dream come true. Last week Kimberley came into Toronto for a studio session at “Studio 92” where Juno Award winning engineer Norm Barker (Irish Descendants - Gypsies and Lovers, Julian Fauth - Ramblin' Son) graciously offered his services.  

 

Kimberley DunnKimberley DunnBen Winston provided the photography services and Kinetic Sight & Sound, another business owned and operated by Nakamura, will create and host the memorial website in honor of the fallen hero. 

 

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