JUNO Award-Winning Tony Quarrington & Zoey Adams Have One More FOLK Thing For You as Q&A

Fri Oct 02
Tony Quarrington & Zoey Adams

One-of-its-kind Canadian musical duo Q&A — as in JUNO Award-winning Tony Quarrington and his esteemed counterpart Zoey Adams — deliver the second release in their multi-genre triple EP offering, One More FOLK Thing including lead single “How Do I Love You?”

Following this summer’s big band-to-ballad exploration that is One More JAZZ Thing, One More FOLK Thing falls in line with another five tracks that span from old-timey upbeats to slow-folk styles, and everything in between.

“Clap along with this happy, little bluegrass love song,” Adams says of the album’s first preview, “How Do I Love You?” — a lively duet spotlighting sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

Listen to “How Do I Love You?” Spotify here: open.spotify.com/album/2Y5XyWEiwUpYRCoNZTXFUB

“Redbird” lands as another bluegrass-based tune, while “Hold On” and “Last One In Love” slow the pace as an intimate, personal anthem and a whimsical yet poignant look at love, respectively.

I Want to Have My Music in a Movie - The Placement That Went Wrong!

Fri Oct 02
Peter Åstedt

(Part One of Four)

I got a request for placement on an old song from one of the supervisors I work with often. This song is from a band that is no longer exists. We create a deal that we can place the song anyway. Still, it was probably over five years ago someone requested something around the songs from their catalogue.

She had a lead on to someone that needed the song. But it was locked on YouTube through the aggregator to the song. This one was so old that back in the days we let the artist upload themselves to aggregators. The reason why we don’t let that happen now is pretty clear in what happened here.

She asked me if I knew the company that was blocking it as it was not the usual ones, so I had no clue. I then went back to the leader of the band and asked if he knew.

Cashbox Radio Top 20 Pick Hit Chart for October 2020

Fri Oct 02
Cashbox Radio Top 20

As many of you know, I started my career in music, radio and retail, I was truly blessed to be one of the very first female Music Directors in Canadian history and I still thank the people in the business who had the foresight to see past the fact I was a woman, and was a person who was passionate about music.

That passion for music has never left me and heading into our 14th year of Cashbox Canada, a magazine inspired by the legendary Cashbox Magazine, we are now working hard to bring back radio to where it used to be with our latest venture, Cashbox Radio.

A little history of where the name Cashbox came from - the name of Cashbox Magazine (originally two words – Cash Box) was named after the actual ‘cash box’ inside the jukeboxes of America. When customers put their money in and played for example - A1, the money dropped down into a specific spot in the cash box and this is how the original Cash Box Charts were derived from collecting that information. 

BENT ROADS TAVERN Revisit Fan Faves with "The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4"

Thu Oct 01
Bent Roads Tavern

Canadian collective that is Bent Roads Tavern are revisiting their iconic campus days with the issuance of completely remastered and restored works in the form of The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4 — and stand-out single “Steeples And Turntables III”.

Check out Steeples and Turntables III - Bent Roads Tavern here:

With the release of The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4, the unapologetic clash of indie folk-modern jazz with flashes of protest punk that is BRT catches new listeners up on the history of one of the elusive corners of the Canadian music cultural landscape Fans of Mumford & Sons, Dan Mangan, Tim Baker, Florence and the Machine, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Elliott Brood, The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young may appreciate what BRT is all about as they hit hard on their Hard legendary story and prepare to write new chapters of its enduring legacy.

BTW - Gord Downie, Rich Aucoin, Tamar Ilana, Elina Filice/Claudia Crampton, The Silverbeets, Becky Bowe

Fri Sep 25
Gord Downie

This week we spotlight The Yonge Street Mission at Yonge/College providing hot meals and nutritious snacks daily to youth at the Evergreen Centre and to all ages at the Christian Community Centre. The food bank welcomes adults and families and offers clothing through a voucher system at their Double Take store. Donations are always in need and can be made online. Food services are available from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Please donate to your local food bank. The need is real.

In keeping with the seasonal vibe, here’s the final solo album from Gord Downie, Away Is Mine. Steered to life by “my oldest Toronto friend,” guitarist and co-writer Josh Finlayson, Downie recorded the ten songs of Away Is Mine in July 2017 at The Tragically Hip’s studio in Bath, Ontario, mere months before he died on October 17th that year.

Social Media Gives Away Your Knowledge

Fri Sep 25
Peter Åstedt

Since I hold a couple of gateways in various areas, I receive a lot of requests on social media. Most people are,of course, people I never have met in real life. There are fake accounts so the first thing you research is to find out if the person is actually real. If we have friends in common it is a sign that the person is real, not just one common friend but a couple.

Now these common friends also give away a hint of what level you are on in the industry. Almost like a fortune teller, I can read what you want and what will happen with your friend’s request. I have been playing with my staff here in the office to see if my theory is right and so far, I have been better than the fortune teller machine Zoltar in the movie “Big”.

One example is when an unknown artist is making a friend’s request. You can see that they are new to the industry, there are few friends and the ones they have are the usual local heroes in the area they are from. I usually say yes, and my guess is that that in the first 48 hours I will get a message with a question about sending a song for me to listen to.

MINI POP KIDS Scoop Their Take on BLACKPINK & Selena Gomez’s “Ice Cream”

Thu Sep 24, 2020

Mini Pop Kids are remarkable – no other way to describe them. With the current state of the world, and with the way music is going these days, it is refreshing to find an act like this who are solely based on talent and optimism - and a love of music!

Combine that with the historical K-Tel label and distribution with WalMart,in many ways it is all a very throwback approach to when music was fun.

With BLACKPINK feat. Selena Gomez’s latest track “Ice Cream” hitting Top 10 on both the Global and U.S. Billboard charts, Canada’s original and best-selling kid’s music group are serving their own scoop of the song in their signature family-friendly way! MINI POP KIDS’ version of BLACKPINK feat. Selena Gomez’s “Ice Cream” is available now!

“This song is one of our favourites of 2020,” the MINI POP KIDS say. “We’re HUGE fans of BLACKPINK.”

They’re not kidding; MINI POP KIDS also feature BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That” on this year’s hit release, MINI POP KIDS 18.

BTW This Week- Sultans of String, Tom Petty, Matt Berninger, Crack Of Dawn/Melba Moore The Pack A.D. Mike Plume/Road Hammers, Flara K.

Fri Sep 18
Sultans of String

This week we highlight The Caribbeaan Canadian Catholic Centre at 867 College Street. It’s a member of Daily Bread Food Bank and operates a soup kitchen on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon and also arranges for emergency food when necessary.

Please support your local food banks. The need is very real and getting realer with every lost job.

Three time JUNO Award nominees and Billboard charting Sultans of String are serving up their first ever Live Stream concert in their brand new studio decked out with a fun, interactive set-up for the audience. Fans from across Canada, the USA, and the UK can come together for a special live concert experience.

 “Our plans is to Zoom the show, which is a super fun way to create a community experience among our fans, since we’ll all be able to see each other” says bandleader and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, Chris McKhool.

If You Had An Opportunity To Sit Down With An Industry Executive What Is The One Question You Would Ask?

Fri Sep 18
Peter Åstedt

A Facebook friend of mine asked this question: Artists, if you had an opportunity to sit down with an industry executive what is the one question you would ask?

It is kind of interesting what the artist would answer. My guess is, of course, they will be aggressive and start accusing this person because they haven’t succeeded yet. Like that would be this person’s fault? Okay, in the old industry there was gatekeepers. That is long gone, everything is really open. The fact is that nowadays it’s not hard to sit down and discuss with even the biggest industry executive what the goals are and how to achieve them.

Alessandro Montelli & Karizma Amplify Messages of Equality, Justice & Humanity in NEW Collab, “1 Race”

Fri Sep 18
1 Race

At 10,000 streams across platforms, Karizma and Alessandro Montelli continue to amplify messages of equality, justice and humanity in their new collaborative track, “1 Race” — available now!

“This is a song that represents the change we want to see in the world right now,” they say. “It’s inspired by everything that’s been going on in our world with police brutality, racism, and injustices.

Karizma feat. Alessandro Montelli - 1 Race (Official Music Video) here:

“It also looks at the tough times, especially recently, and is wishing for everyone to stay safe and keep social distancing for a better world to minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

Crack Of Dawn is Back with New Single “Tiempo” ft. Melba Moore

Fri Sep 18, 2020

The legendary funk band Crack of Dawn note the meaning of ‘time’ with “Tiempo,” their latest single featuring the incomparable Melba Moore.

Featuring the same signature velvet-funk tones that have made them Canada’s most celebrated soul act for 40 years and running, Crack of Dawn refresh and reimagine a song written years ago by lead singer Michael Dunston and Dennis Nieves.

“It’s about lovers needing time to find themselves again after a tumultuous breakup,” the band says about the track. “Fast forward to 2020, and things happened in Michael’s life where the meaning of the lyrics really hit home; his wife was battling a few serious medical issues.”

It’s under these renewed circumstances — along with the addition of Tony Award-winning, four-time GRAMMY nominee, TV star, first black actress to play ‘Fantine’ in Les Misérables on Broadway, and 11-time Billboard Top 10 charting artist, Melba Moore — that takes “Tiempo” to an unprecedented, out-of-this-world level. “It’s filled with an emotional interpretation that’s difficult to explain with words alone.”

BTW This Week- Dua Lipa, Julia Stone, STORRY, Chuck Jackson & The C-Notes, Lola Parks, Andrea Nixon, Valerie Shearman, Alex Radeff & Donkey

Fri Sep 11
Dua Lipa on the_2020 Grammys Red Carpet

Stepping in this week with ‘Hallucinate’ from Dua Lipa.

Highlighting The Sharing Place, 624 Annette Street. This non-profit compassion organization provides warm meals on a weekly basis as well as a food and clothing bank for all people regardless of faith, income, or culture. Donations of non-perishable food items or funds are always needed.

The Headless Chicken Game!

Fri Sep 11
Peter Åstedt

"Another one bites the dust
And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust…"

Yes, you can hear me humming that Queen song when I bump into artists or industry professionals that play the headless chicken game. This phrase was invented by an intern many years ago around the behavior of a couple of artists that had screwed him over.

“They just run around like a headless chicken screwing everyone or screwing each other!” he screamed in frustration. And the whole office just laughed out loud. We all knew what he meant; we all knew the behavior he was trying to describe. After that, it became known as “the headless chicken game.”

So, what it is when a person just runs around and tries to use everyone they meet as a steppingstone? At the same time, they try to be friends with everyone. They don’t understand that connections in this business are all about trust, networking, loyalty and friendships. So if they try to climb the ladder on several different places, the end result will be that everything crashes down around them.

Cashbox Radio Co-Hosts an Indie Week Panel September 15, 2020

Fri Sep 11
Cashbox Guest Host Héctor Mora

Indie Week (Canada) and Cashbox Radio has assembled a diverse panel from Sweden, Spain, Colombia and Canada with backgrounds in online radio, magazine, network TV, and artist management for an Indie Week Panel on September 15th at 1 PM EST.

Four Industry Professionals will be discussing the new importance and value of online radio and media exposure on a global level. The moderator is Darryl Hurs, Founder/Owner of Indie Week/ Director of Market Development Canada at CD Baby.

Sandy Graham

 

Panelists:

Sandy Graham
Cashbox Radio: Program Director/On-Air Host
Cashbox Magazine: CEO/Editor-in-Chief

The Kings Celebrate 40 Years with “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide”

Fri Sep 11, 2020

There is a French expression “la plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” which roughly translates to "the more things change, the more they stay the same". For me, this really describes the musical journey of The Kings.

It’s been 40 years since The Kings released “This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ To Glide,” and closed the show at Heatwave. To celebrate, they’ve got unseen, exclusive, re-mastered footage.

This story is about a hard-working band hailing from Vancouver, BC and Oakville, ON that appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, was nominated for a JUNO Award, named ‘Most Promising Group’ by Cashbox Magazine, hit Platinum-selling status, and has released five studio albums, two live albums, a live DVD, an anthology, a documentary, and numerous hit singles — including “another rocking two-fer,” “Circle of Friends / Man That I Am.”  The 2018 single was somewhat like arriving full circle; it was mixed in Nashville by industry legend Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS), who also helmed the same role on their 1980’s debut, The Kings Are Here, and sophomore follow-up, Amazon Beach.

BTW-The Dead Centuries, Rob Williams, Emily King, Isabel & The Uncommons, Fiona Boyes, Austra, Jazz Bistro

Fri Sep 04
The Dead Centuries

This week we highlight Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre at 86 Blake Street, a member of the Daily Bread Food Bank that has been operating for over 40 years. Monetary donations can be made online, while members of the community are also encouraged to reach out to find out how to run a successful food drive in schools or workplaces. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m

Back in June, The Dead Centuries released their catchy sun-baked vibed song “Pop a Soda”, and drunk on carbonated joy, their second summer single “Crystal Summer” is ready for ears August 28.

The Format Is Not Your Enemy, It’s Free To Break The Rules But You Need To Know Why

Fri Sep 04
Peter Åstedt

Many artists follow all the rules and advice that are given to them at conferences, online or in workshops, etc. One rule seems though seems hard for them to understand: format.

Format is how the general audience listens and how music presented to them. You have every artistic right and freedom to not follow these format rules. You need to be aware that you are excluding yourself from a lot of listeners. No, you cannot change people. Either you change for them or you accept a smaller range of audiences. Either way is the right way for you, it's your choice. Right now, however, we have too many people that have chosen to leave formats and then doing PR and efforts that are in a format world, and then complaining that they don’t get the same chance as other artists and that the world is too shallow.

Billy Ray Cyrus Gets “Country Twisted”

Fri Sep 04, 2020

After A Record-Breaking Billboard #1 Chart Hit,  Billy Ray Cyrus returns with Canadian-exclusive “Country Twisted”.

The Multi-Platinum selling, GRAMMY Award-winning and Billboard chart topping artist Billy Ray Cyrus is circling back to his roots in this, his newest single, “Country Twisted”.

Watch and listen to “Country Twisted” here:  https://youtu.be/5KcztiIBvaQ

The newly minted country anthem is straight out of the long-iconic American singer/songwriter’s wheelhouse, and sure to inspire a line dance redux as he first did in his unforgettable 1992 hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.”

Lori Cullen, Terry Uyarak, Fergus Hambleton, Melanie Peterson, Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon, Sorry Ghost, Flara K

Fri Aug 28
Lori Cullen

This week highlighting the Flemingdon Community Food Bank 10 Gateway Blvd Toronto.
Hours Mon-Fri-10 am-1.30 pm. 416) 422-4322

Stepping out with a new single from the always adventurous and highly accomplished Lori Cullen. Born in the crucible of fear and confusion that is CoVid 19, Cullen channelled her own dire misgiving into a heart rending take on Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’. Yeah, we’ve heard it covered in all sorts of ways but you ain’t never heard it done like this. So let’s hear from the lady herself.

June 2020

I don’t feel well.
Everything has changed too fast.

All of my paid work is gone.
I have to teach my child and I am failing.
I have no more time to myself.
I’m worried about money.
I’m worried about everything and everybody.
Grocery shopping feels like going to battle.
I have to do something to remind me of who I am, to give me hope and to pull myself out of the mud.