The 19th Edition of c/o pop Festival in Cologne, Germany Huge Success

Fri May 06 2022
The 19th Edition of c/o pop Festival in Cologne, Germany Huge Success

This was the 19th edition of the c/o pop Festival in Cologne, Germany. It’s well established but still is in a lot of development. Like many of the showcase festivals this year they almost had to do a restart. A new area and a new conference space were the big new editions this year. Many of the old visitors also said it was the biggest c/o pop Festival so far and that they had done a giant leap in all sections of the festival.

c/o pop Festival goes on for a staggering five days, Wednesday to Sunday. The conference part is mainly on Thursday and Friday and during the weekend it’s mainly music and the festival closes off streets in the area Ehrenfeld and turns it into a great street festival and club scene.

Promo Man – Nick Panaseiko

Fri May 06, 2022

If you’ve never heard of Nick Panaseiko, that’s entirely understandable. He was a backstage guy, making sure that the act onstage is playing to a full house, making sure their records were on the radio and in record stores.

I had the great pleasure of being on the receiving end of this ‘promo man’ while I was in radio in Montreal as Music Director of (CJ)FM 96 back in the late 70s. I was extremely young for that position, however I was treated with such respect and had gained a reputation for having good ears and picking the hits.

Back in the day, ‘radio day’ as it was called was on Wednesdays; a day when all the label guys would line up outside my office to pitch their latest releases. Nick Panaseiko was one of those guys.

Nick would arrive in my office, clutching 45s and albums, looking like Elton John WAY before Elton personified that look, with his signature glasses, great style of dressing, it only amplified the excitement he had for the latest artist, the latest single, the latest album, which he insisted I listen to right away. And he was always right – too many hits to name so read the book!

Simply said -Nick was a Promo Man.

Spike Bulgarian Music Showcase Announces Delegate Panelists for Inaugural Event Pt. 2

Fri Apr 29 2022
Spike Bulgarian Music Showcase Announces Delegate Panelists for Inaugural Event Pt. 2

SPIKE is comprised of a conference and series of music performances. The conference includes panel discussions and workshops that touch upon diverse topics in the music industry.  Read about the first 9 diversified Panelists and check back next week for the rest and see the new additions of talent and artists.

For a full list of the Delegates and Panelists visit:

Boyan Robert Pinter (US)

Boyan Robert Pinter (US)

Award-Winning Rocker Robb Nash is the “Ally” Many Need with Release of New Single & EP

Fri Apr 29 2022
Robb Nash

Named an ‘Extraordinary Canadian,’ award-winning Canadian rocker and Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal recipient Robb Nash is the “Ally” many who are waging war against mental illness need to have on their side.

So goes the fitting title of his newly available song and EP, “Ally” — the latest in a string of stirring releases shining a stark spotlight on suicide and prevention.

Check out the video on YouTube here:

“With the theme of being ‘at war’ with mental illness, I wanted to show all aspects of it,” Nash shares, citing his forthcoming album’s title, This Is War. “There are moments when you're on the front lines. There are moments when you're in triage

I Am In Search of a New Artist!

Fri Apr 29 2022
Peter Åstedt

As we begin to leave the chaos of the pandemic and COVID behind us, of course now we have the economical and sustainable problems it created.

It feels like a new start. Everything seems to be starting over. Same with me.  Sure, the artists I work with are still here, but they have their careers and are doing fine. The fresh start though offers me an opportunity to find a new artist that I could breakthrough in the world. I’m also excited about the new networks and places I know where I have a big chance as a manager to make a difference in a career and make the perfect storm.

What do I look for? I will be totally honest here and tell you the things that I’m looking for when I choose to start working with an artist. Not always all criteria are met but most of them must be fulfilled to be able to take advantage of the opportunity I can provide for their career.

JUNO-Nominated Canadian Pop Group Girl Pow-R Dazzle with Out-Of-This-World New Single, “Galaxy”

Fri Apr 29 2022
JUNO-Nominated Canadian Pop Group Girl Pow-R Dazzle with Out-Of-This-World New Single, “Galaxy”

While Girl Pow-R may be based out of Toronto, the young, powerhouse women who comprise the group come together from all parts of the globe, and now they’re back with a single that’s outta this “Galaxy” – watch more on YouTube here:

The JUNO-nominated girl group — including Emma Bown from Hamilton, Cindy Kofman from Richmond Hill, and Carina Bianchini from Markham — have been inspiring audiences and motivating young people since bursting on the scene in 2017. The pop/alternative/dance outfit found one another on International Women’s Day, and have been leaving their indelible mark on the music community ever since.

Now they’re back with “Galaxy,” the eponymous lead track off their sophomore release. The electro-pop, alternative track is a metamorphosis into a new sonic era for the group. Produced by Jovan Jovanov and Ivan Jovanov IWAYO, the song speaks to the greater purpose of the group: reminding fans that nothing is impossible and that aiming for the stars means landing among the galaxy and new heights.

LeAnn Rimes How Much a Heart Can Hold

Fri Apr 29, 2022

The video for LeAnn Rimes' song, "how much a heart can hold," is here! Rimes' visual for the latest song from her upcoming album, god's work, features shots from her wedding to Eddie Cibrian as well as other special moments.

The video, which was released in honor of the couple's wedding anniversary on April 22, begins with a slideshow of sweet black-and-white images from Rimes and Cibrian's big day, and continues to flash through some of the couple's most treasured memories over the last 11 years. The touching tribute ends with the pair walking hand-in-hand as Rimes' melodic voice trails off in the background.

Watch leann rimes - how much a heart can hold (anniversary celebration) on YouTube here:

Americana Songstress Francine Honey Lights the Way Through Life With New Single, “Hold On”

Fri Apr 22, 2022

I first became aware of Francine Honey and her songs a few years ago, and the lyrics and her voice caught my full attention. “Snowflakes On My Eyelashes” (feat. Beth Nielsen Chapman) was the first song I listened to by her, and it captured my heart – a song about grief and loss all the while offering hope. Watch the poignant and beautiful video here:

I lost myself for hours listening to her other great songs; I Carry On, Come Sit in My Chair, I Soldier On to name a few.

Then a few months ago, this talented singer/songwriter put out a great light-hearted pandemic ditty called “Hunker Down” – check out the video here:

Spike Bulgarian Music Showcase Announces Delegate Panelists for Inaugural Event

Fri Apr 22 2022
Spike Bulgarian Music Showcase

SPIKE is comprised of a conference and series of music performances. The conference includes panel discussions and workshops that touch upon diverse topics in the music industry.  Read about the first 9 diversified Panelists and check back next week for the rest and see the new additions of talent and artists.

Umong Shah


Umong has collected various accolades during his time in music for example, being noted as IQ magazine’s 2015 Top 10 New Bosses, and Music Week’s 30 under 30, “Best of the rest”. He regularly participates on panels at internationally renowned conferences such as The Great Escape, Live UK and Liverpool Sound City.

Robert Plant – Is That Guy

Fri Apr 22 2022
Robert Plant – Is That Guy

Robert Plant joked that his experience of off-grid living at Bron-Yr-Aur Cottage had transformed him into the man seen on the cover of Led Zeppelin IV.

The singer, who’d spent childhood holidays at the remote house in Wales, went back there with Jimmy Page in 1970. In an environment with no electricity and no local services, the pair got to know each other better than ever. The songwriting sessions provided several songs for future albums and gave a new direction for the band as heard on Led Zeppelin III.

No, I Won’t Discuss Your Music!

Fri Apr 22 2022
Peter Åstedt

Sorry I really don’t have time to sit down and discuss the music of an artist that I have no interest in. I know that you have put all your heart and soul into your music. To tell you the truth, I don’t even sit down and talk music with artists that I’m a bit interested in. In most cases I don’t even discuss music with artists I work deeply with as a manager. Why not you ask?

The same reason the artist never discusses what I’m doing. They expect me to give them results in PR, bookings, development and opportunities. It’s not that we sit down and discuss how I fulfill these requests either. I also don’t really want to. They wouldn’t understand half of the meetings and logistics that I’m doing to create their career. In reality, I don’t understand either how they create their songs or what went into them.

Actor, Singer/Songwriter Ian Lake Releases New Album “What It Is”

Fri Apr 22 2022
Actor, Singer/Songwriter Ian Lake Releases New Album “What It Is”

Actor, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Ian Lake releases his debut album What It Is on Friday, April 22nd and to celebrate, Lake will perform live, with an audience, from 6:30-8:30 pm, doors at 6:00 pm, at The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave, Toronto ON. What It Is will be available on all major platforms, and will also be available in vinyl and CD formats via Lake’s website:

Music Legend Kenny G (And Friends) Headline Restoring Hope Roy Thomson Hall June 20, 2022

Fri Apr 15 2022
Kenny G Photo Credit Art Streiber

Toronto-based charity Chai Lifeline Canada is pleased to announce that Grammy-winning and music legend Kenny G (and Friends) will headline their annual concert at the Roy Thomson Hall on June 20, 2022.

An Evening Of Ballads And Bravery Benefit Concert At Roy Thomson Hall June 20, 2022
Concert in support of Chai Lifeline Canada / Tickets on sale NOW

Tickets $75.00 – $165.00; All Ages / Reserved Seating

Chai Lifeline Canada youth Ambassador Jess Rosenbloom will also be on stage, sharing her story of strength and bravery in the face of pediatric cancer. The evening will also include silent and live auctions and awards to celebrate extraordinary community service in support of Chai Lifeline Canada.

3x JUNO-Nominees & 4x CFMA Winners Sultans of String Release New Single, “The Power of the Land” with Duke Redbird & Twin Flames

Fri Apr 15 2022
Sultans of String

Featuring Ojibway Elder Dr. Duke Rebird and Indigenous artists Twin Flames, NY Times and BILLBOARD charting band Sultans of String have released their collaborative new single, “The Power of the Land” – check it out on YouTube here:

The orchestral version of the song is the latest to land from the multi-award-winning and JUNO-nominated group’s most recent album, 2021’s Sanctuary — an 11-track offering featuring a broad range of incredible talents from the USA/Canada, many of whom arrived as recent immigrants and refugees, and essential Indigenous voices.

Fiona Ross Shows What a Difference a Creative Week Can Make with Newly Released Album

Fri Apr 15 2022
Fiona Ross

For most, our weekly to-do lists usually consist of a laundry list of different tasks… Including laundry. For prolific, multi-honoured British singer-songwriter Fiona Ross, her’s always features something music-related, including one recent week devoted entirely to creating new music. Now, she’s treating us to its beautiful results with her brand-new EP, 7 Songs in 7 Days.

Productivity is not a problem for this highly accomplished multi-award-winning music maker. To clear out the remnants from writing and recording her latest, big production and Global Music Award-winning full-length release, Red Flags and High Heels, Ross took on this new project as an ambitious palate cleanser.

“7 Songs in 7 Days is exactly that!” Ross explains. “Each time I work on an album, I seem to get bigger and bigger with the instrumentation, and having just finished my Red Flags and High Heels album, my head is already full of big brass sections and string orchestras…

“So, I wanted to pull myself back a bit before I started, and I tasked myself with writing seven songs over seven days — all acoustic, simple, straightforward, and nothing fancy.”

Quintet Ensemble Vivant Release Groundbreaking New Album, iFugue ~ A World of Fugues

Fri Apr 15 2022
Ensemble Vivant

Ensemble Vivant channels their rich stylistic diversity and innovative programming to create a classical fusion track that’s one-of-a-kind with their latest single, “iFugue,” and album, iFugue ~ A World of Fugues – check it out on YouTube here:

A sonic expedition of musical discovery, and harnessing all the brilliance of Antonio Vivaldi’s Sinfonia in E minor for strings and continuo, RV 134, Ensemble Vivant puts their own spin on an old compositional technique for the new offering.

Lynx Dean Declares World Domination with New Single

Fri Apr 15, 2022

"Meet the newly born Lynx Dean. This is his first single “coming out” under his name. Speaking of coming out, this uplifting “be who you are, take your power and seize the day” song, arrives on the same day as his gender confirming surgery.

He has teamed up with Platinum award winning producer Giampaolo Pasquile (Sony Music Publishing) to create this feisty universal dance anthem to bring World Domination to the globe.

I met Lynx when he performed at Live at Heart Music Festival on Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland. I had known the name for years as Cashbox Canada had been a huge supporter of his band Random Order. We were in the lobby of the only hotel in town. After a dangerous bus ride from the airport and soaking wet from a rainstorm, checking in Lynx ran up to me and said, “One of my goals was to come to Newfoundland to meet you.” I immediately knew I was in the presence of a huge talent just by the way he carried himself and his larger than life personality. We spent time together at the festival and beyond that fact, he is truly oozing with charisma, and inside that energy is a heart and soul that beats with talent and tenacity.

It’s Hard To Be Different

Fri Apr 08 2022
Peter Åstedt

The most common approach I receive nowadays with what I consider demo level recordings are:
“I want to create music that is different from others, I don't want to be a mainstream artist. I do music for fun, not money.”

I guess everyone that does music wants to be unique. I don’t think that anyone really sets out to copy another artist. When a style of course is successful, you have several artists that sound and look the same, but I still think that it’s more inspirational than these artists stealing. I don’t think an artist just sets out doing music to copy another artist, to be a total copycat, if so then you can be a tribute band, then you can even play your idol's hits.

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards

Fri Apr 08 2022
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards

The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022. It recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, running from September 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021.

The following is a list of the nominees and the winners:

Record of the Year
"I Still Have Faith In You," ABBA
"Freedom," Jon Batiste
"I Get A Kick Out Of You," Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
"Peaches," Justin Bieber Featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon
"Right On Time," Brandi Carlile
"Kiss Me More," Doja Cat Featuring SZA
"Happier Than Ever," Billie Eilish
"Montero" (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X
"drivers license," Olivia Rodrigo
"Leave The Door Open," Silk Sonic *WINNER

Myles Goodwyn Pleads For Ukraine

Fri Apr 08, 2022

Myles Goodwyn’s body of work as a songwriter has him prominently woven into the fabric of Canadian pop music as the founder, lead singer and main songwriter of the legendary band, April Wine.

Songs such as You Won’t Dance With Me, Just Between You and Me, Lady Run, Lady Hide and Roller to name a few, are just a part of Myles’ catalogue that would enable him to sit back and enjoy his accomplishments.

But that’s not Goodwyn’s style.

April Wine is still an active performing band and Myles has two critically acclaimed blues albums released with a third, LongPants, ready to go. He continues to write songs and is very socially aware of current events. His take on the conflict in Ukraine is an example of what American writer William Faulkner was referring to when he said, "The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honour and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.”