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.

Bruce Cockburn Gets the Official Stamp of Approval.

Bruce Cockburn

On May 6, 2011 Canada Post  announced the addition of Canadian music icon Bruce Cockburn to the Canadian Recording Artists stamp series. He joins four more outstanding Canadian singer-songwriters, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Robbie Robertson and Ginette Reno for the third installment of the very popular series. The four Canadian Recording Artists stamps will be issued on June 30, 2011.

Bruce Cockburn was born in 1945 in Ottawa. In his 1964 high school yearbook Bruce stated his desire simply: "hopes to become a musician." And the rest as they say is history.

Cockburn has recorded 31 albums including 20 gold and platinum. He has received 13 Juno awards and in recognition of his lifelong contributions to Canadian music, culture and social activism, he has been awarded seven honorary doctorates. He received the Order of Canada in 1983, and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2002.

"We’re proud to be able to add one more honour to Bruce Cockburn’s achievements," said Jim Phillips, Director of Stamp Marketing for Canada Post. "We hope that he will continue to make music and make change for a very long time to come."

"This is very exciting," said Cockburn. "I think the design is beautiful and I'm deeply honoured that Canada Post has seen fit to include me in their Canadian Recording Artists stamp series."


Shelter From The Storm

Submitted by Deborah Wood to Cashbox Canada:

For the many who know me – you know that my charity of choice is Shelter from the Storm.  February 18th, 2006, my life changed forever and on April 26th, 2006 I took back my life – I was one of the lucky ones.  Violence against women and children is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive.  It knows no boundaries of geography, culture, race, religion, age, social or economic.  51% of women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.  One to two women are murdered by a current or former partner each week in Canada.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation, in partnership with Rogers Media, Winners, Homesense and GoodLife Fitness have launched its Shelter from the Storm campaign.  By going to Winners and HomeSense, tuning into a radiothon in your community, texting SHELTER to 45678 or by visiting you can make a donation to help support community violence prevention programs and for the more than 400 shelters for abused women across Canada. 



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Phoebe Snow dies at 58

Phoebe Snow

US folk and blues singer Phoebe Snow has died of complications from a stroke she suffered last year. She was only 58 years old.  The singer-songwriter, who was best known for her 1975 hit ‘Poetry Man’, had been in a coma since suffering a stroke in January 2010.

Snow largely dropped out of the public spotlight soon after her first album to care for her daughter who was born with a severe brain injury. However she continued to make albums, releasing 16 during her career.

"Our treasured icon heroically fought for almost a year-and-a-half to come back, enduring bouts of blood clots, pneumonia and congestive heart failure ... until her body finally could take it no more," manager Sue Cameron said in a statement. Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late brain-damaged daughter, Valerie, for 31 years.  Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment," Ms Cameron added.

Born Phoebe Ann Laub in New York City in 1950, the singer changed her name after seeing Phoebe Snow, a fictional advertising character for a railroad, on trains that passed through her hometown in New Jersey. Snow’s acclaimed 1974 self-titled album debut reached number four in the chart, spawning the hit ‘Poetry Man’ as well as earning Snow a best new artist Grammy nomination.

Freak Show Metal Collective


THE NEW JACOBIN CLUB Announce 15th Anniversary Celebration

Freak Show Metal Collective The New Jacobin Club has announced they will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary show on May 14th in their hometown of Saskatoon, SK at The Fez (834B Broadway Ave.). Born out of the Canadian prairies, their shocking theatrics and one of a kind metal Broadway spectacle, full of disturbing eye-popping visuals, which includes stunts with broken glass, machetes, syringes, staple guns, sledgehammers, torches, and the ever-popular flaming hula hoop, has garnered the group a cult following of behemoth proportions.

In addition to their freak show musical, NJC will be premiering re-written and re-orchestrated material from the mid 1990's that will find its way on to a limited edition 15th Aanniversary NJC compilation released later this year.

NJC master The Horde commented on their big 15th. "We'll be performing again for the first time since last fall as a full seven piece group. We'll still be playing a good chunk of our new album "This Treason," but we've made sure to include songs spanning the 15 years this band's been on stage. We've re-orchestrated and updated a few songs from the 90's, to incorporate the full force of our 2011 line-up into them and forge some links to the band's past. We'll be going into the studio shortly after to record some of these for a 15th Anniversary release later this year.”


Roxanne Potvin

Fans of Roxanne Potvin (and you are many) rejoice. The Montreal chanteuse has finally emerged bleary eyed from too much studio time clutching new album ‘Play’, which dropped last Monday, precipitating the first of a series of supporting tours.


Produced by Juno Award winner Steve Dawson (Old Man Luedecke, Jenny Whiteley, The Deep Dark Woods, Jim Byrnes) Play heralds Roxanne’s triumphant return to Montreal resulting in an invigorated approach to her craft and some of the most arresting songs she has ever written. 

Roxanne will be back in Toronto to celebrate her new release on May 5th.  


For fans of Roxanne Potvin, two years might seem like an unbearably long time between albums, but just one spin through the songs on ‘Play’ indicates it’s been worth the wait.

Back in 2009, after wailing around the blues for her past four albums – a journey that saw her work with luminaries such as Colin Linden, John Hiatt and Bruce Cockburn and tour with Sue Foley and Deborah Coleman – Roxanne decided it was time to pull back and reassess what she’d been doing. 



Prominent Nineties Alt Rock singer John Bottomley, winner of the 1992 Juno award for most promising male vocalist chose to end this life Wednesday April 6, 2011 near his home in Brackendale, British Columbia. A family spokesperson confirmed that he had recently been suffering from depression.

Bottomley was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1960 into a Canadian Forces family and travelled in various parts of the world, experiencing different cultures and musics at an early age.

Bottomley started as a professional musician with the band Tulpa, made up of his brother Chris Bottomley and Mike Severin. Tulpa were pioneers of Toronto's Queen Street indie-rock scene and were one of the first Canadian bands to regularly play the legendary CBGB's in New York City

Bottomley launched a solo career in 1990 with the release of the excellent "Library of the Sun" which caught the attention of the mainstream music industry. In 1992 BMG Music Canada released the Juno award-winning album "Songs with the Ornamental Hermits" and the follow-up album "Blackberry" which produced the top ten hit song "You Lose You Gain" and also earned Bottomley a 1996 SOCAN Songwriter Award. 

Soul Diva Divine Brown Tops Prostate Cancer Benefit Bill

Liberty Silver is among the performers singing for the cause.

PHOTO: Liberty Silver is among the performers singing for the cause.


Canada’s foremost urban magazine Sway steps up for the community in a big way Wednesday April 13. as presenters of a concert to benefit Prostate Cancer detection.


Toronto’s Embassy Club (117 Peter St) is the location for the show featuring soul diva Divine Brown, rapper and Kardinal Offishal collaborator Silver, r’n’b powerhouse Liberty Silver, just breaking soulman Mac Graham currently enjoying radio success with the ‘Midnight ‘ single and red hot comic Trixx.


Doors open at 7 p.m. and the $20 cover includes a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada and a year’s subscription to Sway.


“Right from the outset, it has been a Sway tradition to stand behind the community on important issues both in editorial content and fundraising. We hope to bring together the community in this cause and break down the stigma associated with this disease,” said Publisher & Editorial Director Alan Vernon.


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