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Singer-songwriter Lhasa dies at 37

Montreal, Quebec
Courtesy of CBC

Influential Montreal-based singer Lhasa de Sela has died of breast cancer. She was 37.

Lhasa de Sela won a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998. (CBC) The Mexican-American singer-songwriter died in her home late Friday, after a 21-month battle with breast cancer.

Known professionally as Lhasa, she marked the world music scene with her dreamy and ethereal songs, written and recorded in Spanish, French and English.

Her first album, La Llorona (the crying woman, in Spanish) was released in 1997 to critical acclaim, earning Lhasa a Quebec Félix Award that same year and a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998.

After touring for two years, Lhasa settled in the south of France to write songs for her second album, The Living Road, recorded in French, English and Spanish. The Times of London recently named her sophomore work as one of the 10 best world albums of the decade.

TAMEI O'BRIEN

Tamei O'Brien

December 09, 2009

It is with great sadness that Cashbox acknowledges the passing of Tamei O'Brien, the wife of SNOW The Artist a.k.a. Darrin O'Brien.

Tamei O'Brien passed away suddenly last month and leaves behind friends and family who will miss her deeply. SNOW, the legendary singer who made his fame with the hit song,”Informer”, was married to Tamei and they have a one daughter, Justuss.

Quote from Facebook: “This morning we lost one of the most amazing people we have been fortunate to know. She was an unbelievable friend and an even better mother to her baby Justuss. We miss you so much!! Rest in Paradise beautiful!!”

Friends and fans are invited to join the Facebook group "Rest In Peace Tamei O'Brien!".

Haydain Neale Remembered

compiled by Bill Delingat

It was another star studded night at the Phoenix nightclub in the heart of Toronto, a scene that we are getting all too familiar in seeing as fans and family gather to pay tribute to a fallen star as his voice has been silent all too soon.

Nelly Furtado, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), K-Os, and Chantal Kreviazuk were among the artists that fans were privileged to see as they honored the musical legacy of Jacksoul’s Haydain Neale.

Photo Credit: Bill KingPhoto Credit: Bill King

CRASH KARMA Signs with E1 Music Canada

CRASH KARMA’s Debut Single “Awake” Top 10 with a bullet on Canadian Rock Chart

Toronto, ON – E1 Music Canada announced today the signing of CRASH KARMA with plans to release the group’s debut CD on March 16, 2010 to coincide with a national tour.

CRASH KARMA’s members are no stranger to success, consisting of former I Mother Earth singer Edwin, ex-Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows and former Zygote member Amir Epstein. All of these respective groups notched up high record sales, multiple Juno and MuchMusic Video Awards and became household names. “Awake” is, of course, a perfectly appropriate title for the debut single.

HAYDAIN NEALE

Haydain

TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ -

At 39 years of age Juno Award-winning artist Haydain Neale of jacksoul passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, after a very private seven month battle with lung cancer.

On a beautiful, sunny morning with his wife Michaela, daughter Yasmin, brother-in-law Shawn Hudson and friends Davide DiRenzo and Jennifer Hyland by his side, Haydain passed away peacefully.

Throughout his rehabilitation after a car accident in August 2007 and during his illness, Haydain always maintained a positive spirit.

In a statement from his wife Michaela; "Through all these challenges, Haydain's sense of humour and love of music were ever-present. He constantly brightened the room with his singing and his smile. His joyful presence and beautiful voice will be missed by us all."

An interment with a private family gathering will take place later this week.

Canada for Haiti

Canada for Haiti

Airs CBC, CTV and Global 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 22.

Canada's television networks are collaborating on a television special this Friday to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Canada for Haiti, a one-hour program examining Canada's close relationship with Haiti, will be broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global at 7 p.m. ET.

The program will be shown just before the Hope for Haiti Now telethon being hosted by George Clooney and featuring many of Hollywood's biggest stars.

CBC, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic and the National Geographic Channel all plan to simulcast Hope for Haiti Now in Canada.

The Canada for Haiti special will give Canadians a chance to donate to a group of Canadian organizations doing work in Haiti. The groups featured include:

The program will be hosted by CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour, Global's Cheryl Hickey of ET Canadaand CTV's Ben Mulroney of etalk.

PAUL NAUMANN

Paul Naumann

OCTOBER 21, 2009

Paul Naumann, guitarist for legendary Canadian band, Foot In Cold Water, has passed away at the age of 57, from an unspecified illness while in Tao, Mexico. The signature tune, “Make Me Do Anything You Want” which made the radio charts twice, first in 1972, reaching # 25, and then again in 1974 with a shorter radio friendly version which made it to the Top Ten of the singles charts. A Foot in Coldwater regrouped in 1988 for short tours, and in 1998 Unidisc reissued their first three albums plus a two-disc compilation The Very Best of a Foot in Coldwater. Naumann had a unique style of guitar playing, and will be remembered for the sound that made Foot In Cold Water. Cashbox Magazine extends their condolences to his family and bandmates.>

Loreena McKennitt Inducted into Hall of Fame

WCMAs 2009 wraps in Brandon, Manitoba

By Karen Bliss

BRANDON, MB – “Here’s to the music and here’s to the muse,” said Loreena McKennitt upon accepting her induction into the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Sunday night (Sept. 20), at Centennial Auditorium as part of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, MB.

The world music singer-harpist-pianist, whose recordings have sold more than 14 million albums worldwide, said she attributed her success to a “collective effort.” The native of Morden, MB, long based in Stratford, ON., was also the keynote interview the day before at the WCMA Industry Awards brunch with noted publicist Richard Flohil.

MARY TRAVERS

Mary Travers

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

One-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has passed away.

The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday September 16, 2009.  Travers was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)".

LARRY KNECHTEL DEAD AT 69

On Thursday, August 20th 2009, Larry Knechtel passed away at the age of 69, the result of an apparent undetermined illness.  Apart from being a brilliant musician, Larry was loved by many for his character – honest, humble, hard-working, and charismatic.  He was a loving and devoted father and husband.  Larry preferred a simple rural lifestyle and valued the quality of life.  Those close to him knew Larry as a student of western lore and history, an outdoorsman, a farmer, and a good neighbor. 

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