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Drake's not going to let his Canadian citizenship keep him out of the White House.

Drake

By The Canadian Press

TORONTO

The Toronto rapper and former "Degrassi" star says he'd be interested in returning to his acting roots to portray U.S. President Barack Obama in a future biopic.

"I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama's life soon because I could play him," the 23-year-old told Paper Magazine.
"Anytime I see him on TV, I don't change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice.
"If you ask anyone who knows me, I'm pretty good at impressions.... I'm not in the study mode because nobody's called me about anything, but I just pay attention so when the day comes I'm not scrambling to learn how to speak like him."

Drake released his long-awaited debut LP, "Thank Me Later," in June.

It's already been certified platinum in Canada and gold in the U.S.

In addition to his recurring role on "Degrassi: The Next Generation," Drake has appeared on "Being Erica" and "The Border."

Angus MacKay

Angus MacKay

On June 15, 2010, the Canadian Music Industry lost one of the “the good guys” with the death of Angus MacKay.

Angus MacKay, born and raised in the Toronto area, spent the last three decades creating, developing, and managing not less than four different record labels.

Angus is probably best known as the founding partner in Ready Records, alongside Andy Crosbie. Back in the 1980’s the duo brought Canadians such artists as The Spoons, Blue Peter, The Demics, Santers, and The Extras. As well, Ready also became a brief home for the likes of Teenage Head, The Guess Who, as well as the first ever all Canadian cast recording of Anne of Green Gables.

Angus Mackay was also a founding partner in Kids Records which released, amongst many loved children’s acts, the very first recorded performances of Canada’s number one selling author of all time, Robert Munsch.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, Angus helped launch Fringe Product which gave Canada the works of such hard core punk acts as The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and Husker Du.

More recently, in 2007, Angus Mackay joined forces with industry veterans Larry Macrae and Jeff Rogers, as well as reuniting with Andy Crosbie, to bring forth the indie label Sparks Music.

A talented musician himself, Mackay began performing at a very young age and in his teenage years toured Canada extensively in the R&B band, Northern Dancer.

Hank Cochran

Hank Cochran

Hank Cochran Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and composer of "I Fall To Pieces," "Make The World Go Away" and numerous other classics — passed away Thursday morning in his Hendersonville home. He was 74.

"Last night, Jamey Johnson, Billy Ray Cyrus and Buddy Cannon dropped by to sing songs with Hank," Cochran's publicist said in a release, "and this morning the legendary songwriter was surrounded by family and friends when he passed away at his Hendersonville, Tennessee home."
Cochran was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame in 1974. He was honored by B.M.I. last year for a body of work that also includes "Ocean Front Property," "Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me" and "The Chair."

A private memorial for family as well as a public service are currently being planned. In a statement, the Cochran family requests that those wishing to honor Cochran make donations to the www.nashvillesongwritershalloffamfoundation.com.

Omega Crom - Add More Summer Shred Tour Dates & Release New Free Single - "The Passing of Azazel" For Fans

Omega Crom

Kicking of their Summer Shred Tour on July 23rd, Vancouver Metal Ripper's Omega Crom have announced additonal tour dates in Coaldale, AB, Montreal, QC and Canmore, AB. In celebration of their tour, Omega Crom are releasing their second single off their debut Blood, Steel & Fire for metal fans everywhere. To check out the single "The Passing of Azazel" please visit the Reversed Records website at the following link - http://reversedrecords.com/news.html

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Facebook Event - http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123714701000382&ref=ts
July 23 - Pogue Mahone, Kamloops BC w/ Kobra and the Lotus
July 24 - The Branding Iron, Armstrong BC
July 25 - Third, Prince George, BC (all ages)
July 26 - Better Than Freds, Grand Prairie, AB
July 29 - The Taphouse, St. Albert, AB
July 30 - The Canmore Hotel, Canmore, AB
July 31 - Dickens Pub, Calgary, AB
August 1 - The Vent, Coaldale, AB
August 2 - Filthy McNasty’s (Metal Monday’s), Edmonton, AB
August 5 - Parthenon Pizza, Brandon, MB
August 6 - The Zoo, Winnipeg, MB
August 7 - Black Pirates, Thunder Bay, ON – Zombie Walk Fest
August 9 - Serbian Center, Sudbury, ON
August 10 - Moon Over Marin, London, ON
August 12 - The Coach and Horses, Windsor, ON
August 13 - Siesta Nouveaux, Toronto, ON
August 14 - Piranha Bar - Montreal, QC
August 15 - Bar Le Magog, Sherbrooke, QC
August 16 - Cafe Chaos, Montreal, QC
August 18 - Kilroys, Thunder Bay, ON - Murder Fest
August 19 - Rideout Community Club - Kenora, ON
August 20 - The North Hill Inn, Brandon, MB
August 26 - The Drake, Canmore, AB

4th Annual Hollyrood Country Jamboree

TERRY SUMSION

Submitted by: RB Renegade, Singer, Songwriter & Radio Host

The 4th annual Hollyrood Country Jamboree (Corbyville, Ontario) was a great success that resulted in a $2000 contribution to Camp Trillium. Camp Trillium operates two sites in Ontario. Oddfellow and Rebekah Island, formerly Garratt ’s Island (since 1989), near Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, and Rainbow Lake (since 1997) in Waterford. Camp Trillium also travels to ten different Ontario cities, operating Day Camp programs in the summer.

The three-day program featured outstanding talent with a feature performance on Saturday night by Prairie Oyster. I personally had the privilege of being backstage on July 4th for the final day’s events. Leading the way for Sunday’s program was MADISON KOZAK. Madison hails from Lindsay, Ontario and as a young girl (13) her command of the stage is that of someone much older. She is backed by a solid band, including backup vocals by her dad Larry Kozak. She presents a wide-array of selections including traditional and contemporary classics with some of her self-penned songs thrown in for good measure. Upon completion of her performance at Hollyrood, she was heading to Toronto to board a plane for Nashville for a meeting with management group that currently works with Taylor Swift!!

ROCK OF AGES: TORONTO'S FAVORITE MUSICAL EXTENDED

Rock Of Ages

NOW PLAYING UNTIL OCTOBER 31, 2010

ROCK OF AGES, recently crowned the 2010 Audience Choice at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, is extending its Toronto engagement through October 31st. ROCK OF AGES had its Canadian Premiere on Tuesday May 11, 2010, almost blowing the roof off the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre.

This all-Canadian production of the Tony-nominated Broadway sensation is "impossible to resist," wrote Toronto Star critic Richard Ouzounian, who gave the production a four-star rating and raved about the cast, direction, choreography and every other aspect of the production.

“You’ll be swept up in the joy and fun!”
Michael Englebert, The New AM 740

"ROCK OF AGES IS AN 80'S PARTY CELEBRATION THAT EVERYONE IS INVITED TO"
Rudy Blair, 680 News

“Toronto has never been rocked harder! A rock for all ages!”
“Maddog” Jay Michaels, Virgin Radio

“Come on feel the noise – ROCK OF AGES is WILD, WILD, WILD! Rocks, rolls, romps and roars!"
Erin Davis, CHFI

“WOW! Totally FUN-tastic. ROCK ON!”
Maie Pauts, Boom 97.3

“ROCK OF AGES does everything big: Big songs, big hair and the biggest laughs you will have this year!”
Ben Mulroney, eTalk Daily

“Awesome! Toronto is lucky to have this rock spectacular! Raise your devil hornes high for ROCK OF AGES!”
Andy Wilson, Boom 97.3

ABOUT THE CAST

Pete Quaife: The original bass player for the British Invasion group the Kinks

Pete Quaife

By ROCKIN' ROBIN

Pete Quaife, the original bass player for the British Invasion group The Kinks, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, of kidney failure in Herlev, Denmark, according to British news reports. He was 66. According to writer Claire Noland of the Los Angeles Times, Quaife had moved to Denmark in 2005 after living in Canada for many years.

The Kinks were part of the first wave of mid-1960's British Invasion acts. The group first hit in late 1964 with "You Really Got Me," which reached #5 on the Cash Box pop chart. Three more top tenners came in 1965 with "All Day And All Of The Night" (#6), "Tired Of Waiting For You" (#5) and "A Well Respected Man" (#9). The group nearly had another top 10 hit in 1966, but "Sunny Afternoon" peaked at #11.

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

Jersey Boys

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


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