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2 Years - 1 million tickets sold Toronto's award-winning JERSEY BOYS to close August.

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For Immediate Release: July 1, 2010
After two years & one million tickets sold Toronto’s award-winning JERSEY BOYS to close August 22, 2010

Celebrating two years on stage, one million tickets sold and three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS will say "Bye, Bye Baby" to Toronto on Sunday, August 22, 2010, the date of their second anniversary.
JERSEY BOYS, the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, premiered in Toronto initially as a limited engagement on August 21, 2008. After opening to rave reviews, adding additional performance weeks and setting box office records, JERSEY BOYS became a resident production on December 12, 2008. Now the longest-running musical in the history of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, JERSEY BOYS will play its final performance Sunday, August 22 at 7:30pm, which will be the Company's 830th performance. Tickets to all performances are now on sale.
"We owe a huge thanks to the City of Toronto,” said Aubrey Dan, President, Dancap Productions. “Toronto embraced JERSEY BOYS from the start and it was thrilling to see audiences celebrate this incredible story and timeless music. We are very proud of the accomplishments as we share this great success with the entire Company of JERSEY BOYS, our partner Dodger Theatricals from New York, our employees and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. We especially thank the audiences that came from all over the world who made it all possible.”

Queen unveils sculpture of 'Canadian cultural treasure' Oscar Peterson

Photograph by: Wayne Cuddington, The Ottawa Citizen

By Nicki Thomas, The Ottawa Citizen June 30, 2010

OTTAWA — Queen Elizabeth unveiled a bronze sculpture commemorating Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson on Wednesday as she made her way through Ottawa on the first day of a four-day visit.
A loud gasp rippled through the crowd when the Queen pulled a theatrical golden rope that raised a red velvet curtain and revealed the sculpture.
James Moore, the minister of Canadian Heritage, said the sculpture at the corner of Albert and Elgin streets pays tribute to a man he called a "Canadian cultural treasure."
The minister also applauded sculptor Ruth Abernethy, who spent nearly two years working on the project.
"She's done a superb job capturing this larger-than-life Canadian and his larger-than-life piano," he said.
Peterson’s widow, Kelly, and daughter Celine had a front-row seat at the ceremony, which also included a performance by the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir under the direction of Trevor Payne.
Oliver Jones, a longtime friend of Peterson’s, performed the jazz icon’s signature piece, Hymn to Freedom.
Abernethy, who also attended the unveiling, spent nearly two years working on the bronze sculpture, which features Peterson seated at a replica of his favourite piano, a Bösendorfer Imperial.
Peterson, who died in 2007, went from a working-class Montreal neighbourhood to become one of the world’s greatest piano virtuosos. He made more than 200 jazz recordings during his career and won seven Grammy awards.
He was famously called “the maharajah of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington.

The Sure Thing Five playing the Downtown Jazzfest (Toronto)

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra feat. Ingrid Jensen


By James Lizzard
 
Ain't saying these are the best acts you'll see at the Jazzfest, just saying these are Five Sure Things y'all don't want to miss
 
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra feat. Ingrid Jensen

JUNE 28, TORONTO STAR STAGE, NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE

Straight outa BC and nothing to do with Diana Krall, the Jensen sisters Christine and Ingrid blow it hard and hot against backdrops of lush orchestration. Composer/saxophonist Christine and trumpeter Ingrid are developing a unique brass signature, most recently heard on new album Dancing Sunlight.

Mavis Staples & Allen Toussaint Band

JUNE 30, TORONTO STAR STAGE, NATHAN PHILLIPS SQUARE
Got Mavis Staples weaving the 'spel' in Gospel, got Allen Toussaint with the blood of all the N'Orleans musics throbbing in his veins and what y'all got is on one kickass, hair-raising soulful roots throwdown. Word is Staples is working material from the 
We’ll Never Turn Back album, celebrating the spirit of N'Orleans Africa-American community post-Katrina. community in the wake of Katrina.
Allen Toussaint be likely just dishing up righteous soul food from a deep menu that shouts the history of American roots music
 

Chaka Khan/Macy Gray

JULY 3, YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE


NATIONAL DIRECTOR VISITS LOCAL INTERNET RADIO STATION

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National Director of the Light the Night Walk, Kaye Skonieczny and Nashville Regional Director Melissa Hudson Gant visited the Nashville Broadcasting Radio Network (nbrn.fm) an internet radio station which broadcasts worldwide to participate in a special hour-long broadcast.

Show Host, Keith Bradford (also Executive Director of Cashbox Magazine’s Nashville Office) welcomed the LLS representatives to provide information about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and in particular the Light The Night Walk campaign and the Country Faces Cancer initiative.

During the show, Kaye and Melissa fielded numerous telephone calls from across the United States and Canada from individuals with questions on where to get more information and to voice their support of the great work that the LLS does, not only with patients but the support services provided to the families of those affected by blood diseases.

One caller was RB Renegade, a singer, songwriter and a show host at NBRN.FM, who recently released a CD-single entitled “Messages from Heaven”. This song is a tribute to his brother-in-law who fought a courageous battle against Lymphoma. The manner in which he and his family faced the disease, with the support of the LLS was inspirational, and provided the basis of the song. RB Renegade is donating the proceeds from the sale of the CD-single to the LLS.

New Partnership Gives Canadian Artists What They Need to Succeed

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Prism Music, Kinetic Sight & Sound, and SpinCount announce a strategic partnership that will revolutionize the availability and delivery of services to Canadian musicians including production, distribution, and radio promotions.

The three firms, each an industry leader, are joining forces to provide a mix of services to Canadian recording artists that until now has been available only through major record labels. The team will operate with the goal of identifying promising new talent and providing Canadian artists the tools and expertise they need to compete and succeed in the competitive North American and international music industry.

Jeff Burns is widely known as the most successful A&R in the Canadian music world, with a major label track record of signing household-name artists who have gone on to sell tens of millions of records. Jeff's latest projects include Prism Music and Blue Sapphire Music, a pair of independent labels he controls offering distribution through Fontana North and DEP Distribution.

Noted producer and composer Mark Nakamura brings his extensive experience to Kinetic Sight & Sound, where he has put together a unique mix of services vital to the recording, television, and film industries -- including website development and design, hosting, database management, video production and a full service recording studio -- in addition to music distribution to radio through PlayMPE.

Legendary Extreme Metal Drummer GENE HOGLAN Releases "The Atomic Clock"

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      Legendary extreme metal drummer Gene Hoglan brings forth his long awaited instructional DVD “The Atomic Clock”. Available on Hoglan Industries in the US and on Reversed Records in Canada, Hoglan showcases his three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world’s most well known metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmer’s Hole and most recently Fear Factory along with many others on his resume.

      Offering two hours of pure metal drumming fury, Gene shells out his pounding arsenal to drummers and music fans intrigued to understand what makes "The Clock" tick.

       Featuring 9 full songs from various projects (5 from the mighty MECHANISM), plus different improvised solos, in addition to tons of tips and tricks from his personal cache. Watch the Gene fill the screen, sharing his knowledge and putting it to the test.

"The Atomic Clock" Video Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/genehoglanofficial#p/f/5/cSGkxNpP8aU

Big Bad John is Gone – Jimmy Dean Passes Away at 81.

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Courtesy of CMT

The average man on the street is most likely to recognize Jimmy Dean from the line of smoked sausage that bears his name, but prior to becoming a spokesman for pork products, Dean was a successful television personality and a country hitmaker noted for his half-spoken narrative songs. Dean was born Seth Ward in Plainview, TX, in 1928, and grew up poor, often working on farms as a boy to help make ends meet. His mother taught him piano starting at age ten, and he went on to pick up guitar, harmonica, and accordion. He joined the Merchant Marines at age 16, and after two years he enlisted in the Air Force, where he first performed publicly with a band called the Tennessee Haymakers. The Haymakers played venues near the Washington, D.C., base at which Dean was stationed, and when he left the service in 1948, he remained in the area and formed a new group called the Texas Wildcats. He eventually scored a record deal with Four Star, and his first hit, "Bummin' Around," reached the country Top Ten in 1953.

1960s chart star Crispian St Peters dies aged 71

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Singer Crispian St Peters, best known for his 1966 hit Pied Piper, has died aged 71, at his home in Kent.

His death was confirmed by Chris Ashman, chief of Red Admiral Records.

"Crispian was loved, cherished and admired by anyone and everyone fortunate enough to meet him," he said in a statement.

The musician, who lived in Swanley, Kent, throughout his life, suffered a major stroke in 1995 and gave his last performance four years later.

St Peters - whose real name was Robin Peter Smith - began his career in the 1950s with a number of local bands.

In 1965 he was signed to Decca Records, leading to hit records including his biggest hit Pied Piper and You Were On my Mind.

Mr Ashman called Pied Piper "one of those happy songs which keeps going through your head".

St Peters was also a prolific songwriter, penning more than 200 songs during the course of his 30-year career.

WHAT WAS ONCE OLD IS NEW AGAIN

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By Bill Delingat

When it comes to fashion, trends and music some also say it has come full circle.

Led Zeppelin’s reunion in London, The Who’s tunes on CSI, Beatles mixed box sets and The Beatles Band war game and now the Rolling Stones remix and DVD of “Exile on Main Street”. These rock giants of years gone by have found new fans in the internet jungle and on the flat screens. Well what about the Canadians?

These last few months we have seen the anniversaries and reunions of some of Canada’s rock stars and institutions, filling the desire of new generations of listeners and artists that want to learn more of where it all began and where it might be going..

This past month Johnnie Lovesin turned 61, Kensington Sound Studios celebrated 40 years, Goddo hit the stage for a documentary, celebrating 35years of bad boy rock, and Triumph releases a new compilation CD. Rush has brought their own testimonial to being on the road with a box set DVD as well,so as not to be forgotten for all those earlier tunes their new fans are requesting.

Canada’s rockers of days gone by are back in your face and we have the stories to tell.

FIRST TIME IN TORONTO

Underground Realroad

Friday, June 18 - Toronto - Take A Ride On Montreal's Underground Realroad

Take a ride on the Underground Realroad as the Montreal formula breaking collective, recently voted in Montreal Mirror's - Best of Montreal as the #3 Best Local Hip Hop Act will be performing in Toronto at the IndieCan Urban Big Specials House Radio Show Showcase on Friday, June 18th at Suba Lounge 292 College St.. This will be UR's first performance in Toronto as the collective duo consisting of Big Bricc and DJ Drex will be showcasing alongside local Toronto acts, Spesh K, Angerville, King Roti, Sound Improvement, Solo Red, Royce Birth, Wasun, DJ Greedo, Ill Vibe and more.

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120560571307529&ref=mf

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