Acclaimed Guitarist Paul Gabriel Is a Man of Many Blues

Fri Jul 12, 2019

Acclaimed New England-based guitarist/singer Paul Gabriel announces an August 2 release date for his latest CD, Man of Many Blues, coming from Smoke Ring Records. Produced by Duke Robillard (who also guests on the new CD), Man of Many Blues was recorded at Lake West Studio in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, by Jack Gauthier, and also includes perennial Blues Music Award nominee Sugar Ray Norcia (of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) as a special guest.

“This is one of the most special recordings I have ever done,” Gabriel says about the new album. “It’s being dedicated to my dear friend, Georgia Louis, the great 1960s Gospel and Blues singer; and it’s also special in that this is my sophomore recording with Duke Robillard producing.”

CMAOntario 2019 Awards

Fri Jun 28, 2019

Another great CMAO was held on Sunday June 16, 2019, in Ottawa, at The National Arts Centre, hosted once again by the talented and funny Jason McCoy.

Western Swing Authority providing amazing back up music for all of the performances.

Meghan Patrick coming away the big winner with 5 awards under her belt and Tim Hicks and The Reklaws with 2 awards each.

The Winners of the 7th Annual CMAOntario Awards are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by PURE COUNTRY
“Feels Like That” – The Reklaws

ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by COUNTRY 93.5
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN
Meghan Patrick, Kelly Archer, Justin Weaver – “Walls Come Down”, Recorded by Meghan Patrick

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103
The Reklaws

Scott Walker The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

Fri Jun 14, 2019

Scott Walker (born Noel Scott Engel) was an American-born British singer-songwriter, composer and record producer. Walker was known for his distinctive baritone voice and an unorthodox career path which took him from 1960s pop icon to the 21st-century avant-garde musician. Walker's success was largely in the United Kingdom, where his first three solo albums reached the top ten. He lived in the UK from 1965 and became a British citizen in 1970.

First coming to fame in the mid-1960s as the frontman of the pop music trio The Walker Brothers, Walker began a solo career with 1967's Scott, moving toward an increasingly challenging baroque pop style on late '60s albums such as Scott 3 (1969) and Scott 4 (1969).

Kelly Jay of Crowbar Fame Suffers Stroke

Fri Jun 14, 2019

Editor's Note: Since the writing of this article Kelly Jay has passed away. His daughter Shawna posted this on Facebook. "My mum called the big guy home to her this morning. Together forever. Dance among the stars. Sing your heart out to her (as she called you “the voice”) embrace one another and dad, kiss and hug her for me. Play the piano in front of all the angels. Watch your little girl tiff boogie the night away. RIP daddio"

Kelly Jay, Canada’s legendary band-mate of Crowbar fame has suffered a stroke which has no chance of recovery for him. His family is raising money for his funeral expenses in advance to celebrate his life at https://www.gofundme.com/kelly-jays-celebration-of-life

Please read their post here and considering donating for a rock n roll legend.

New Orleans Legend Dr. John Dies of Heart Attack

Fri Jun 14, 2019

Dr. John, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a six-time Grammy winner, died Thursday June 6, 2019 morning from a heart attack, said publicist and social media manager Karen Beninato.

Dr. John, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack Jr, was 77.

Beninato's post on Dr. John's Facebook page said memorial arrangements will be announced.

Dr. John "created a unique blend of music which carried his home town, New Orleans, at its heart, as it was always in his heart," she wrote.

According to the Grammy website, Dr. John began his musical career working as a songwriter and guitarist in the 1950s. He later played keyboards for Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and Van Morrison.

He told Smithsonian.com in 2009, that in 1960, or so, he got shot in a finger when he went to defend a bandmate who was being pistol-whipped.

Ali Hughes: Leonard Cohen Koans

Fri May 31, 2019

Ali Hughes, Austrailian songstress, has made her way to Canada to present her acclaimed show Leonard Cohen Koans, a tribute to one of the world’s most celebrated and revered songwriters, Leonard Cohen.

Musically directed by award winning composer Daryl Wallis, backed by masterful jazz musicians, this electrifying, vigorous 90min narrative concert is Cohen like you've never heard before. It is an inspiring celebration of the spirit, music and poetry of one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age. Part-concert and part-homage, these exciting and original interpretations explore Cohen’s music through jazz, gospel and rock genres, cracking wide open the incredible musicality in his work.

Intertwined with excerpts of poetry and prose, and delivered through the lens of his Zen Buddhist spirituality LEONARD COHEN KOANS weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners. Accompanied by masterful Toronto pianist Adrean Farrugia, this electrifying, vigorous 90 minute narrative concert is Cohen like you’ve never heard before.

Detroit Does the Dakota!

Fri May 31, 2019

The Dakota Tavern will be hosting its first annual Detroit music festival, Detroit Does The Dakota. On June 1, four bands from Detroit will be taking the stage: Duende!, described as no pop, no style… strictly roots, Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, soulful folk rock and roll., Rogue Satellites, post punk, intergalactic synth-rock and Betty Cooper Pop/rock/alternative.

Brought to our attention by the music man about town Cameron Carpenter, the rebirth of the Dakota is a breath of fresh air for live entertainment. Owner, Anthony xxx, also owns the popular Castro's in the Beach, which boasts live music every night of the week. Under new ownership, the Dakota is following in the path of the extremely successful Castro’s, focusing on live music. The lineup for the next few months is impressive and eclectic and exciting and brings back the Dakota to her full glory of the spot to go to see great talent. http://thedakotatavern.com/all-shows/

Love the Detroit sound? Don’t miss this one.

The 4th Annual ‘France Rocks Summer Fest’ Ready To Rock For 2019

Thu May 23, 2019

Music Fans around New York City look forward to another great Summer of cutting edge French Made Sounds when France Rocks Summer Fest returns. Its acclaimed wide-ranging, diverse musical style attracts over 50,000 music lovers/ festival goers from all backgrounds.

“SummerStage and I are honored to collaborate with France Rocks and Michele Amar again, highlighting the diversity of French talent on our stage. We can always expect the highest caliber of artist from France.” Erika Elliott- Exec Dir, SummerStage.

New York City music lovers will get to experience a wonderful array of French produced music this summer when the festival FRANCEROCKS SUMMER FEST returns. The month-long music festival—the largest of its kind in the US— highlights some of the most edgy and leading talent as well as international artists who draw their inspiration from French Culture. Free and ticketed shows at 20 venues range from Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and Lincoln Center to (Le) Poisson Rouge, Elsewhere, and Baby’s all Right, as well as intimate performance spaces throughout New York City.

Rocketman The Biography of Elton John Debuts in May

Fri May 17, 2019

Rocketman is an upcoming biographical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film follows John's early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music up to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film is titled after John's 1972 song "Rocket Man".

Stink LP 50th Gala Featuring Mike McKenna

Fri May 17, 2019

Fifty years in, Mike McKenna is continuing to raise a big Stink. Initially released in 1969 on Liberty United Artists Records by Toronto’s McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Stink has carved its own legacy and remained a consistently-selling blues classic throughout its lifespan. Now, the album is being played in its entirety in concert by guitarist McKenna’s current outfit the Slidewinders Blues Band.

“It’s nice to have the longevity,” says McKenna, a veteran of Luke & The Apostles, The Ugly Ducklings and many other legendary Toronto bands throughout the years.

“And it’s great to still be playing the music and having people enjoying it. It’s cool that Stink is still relevant and means something to so many people out there today. It’s a classic album and we’re a classic band and I’ll admit to it,” he laughs.

Accompanied by Rob Kirkpatrick (Luke & The Apostles) on drums, Hap Roderman (Rough Trade) on bass and Tom Robertson on vocals, guitar, harmonica and slide guitar, McKenna and his own slide will recreate such favourites as “Better Watch Out,” ”Beltmaker” and “T.B. Blues” authentically.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 Announces Nominations for 2019

Fri May 17, 2019

Hosted by Zachary Levi, The MTV Awards will be at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT.

Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and RBG received the most nominations with four nods each. The HBO hit snagged a spot in the Best Show category for the third year in a row. What's more, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams scored nominations for their performances. The Daenerys Targaryen star received a nomination for Best Performance in a Show for her role, and the Arya Stark character was nominated in the Best Hero and Best Fight categories.

Canadian Musician Magazine Lordy Lordy Look Who’s 40!

Fri May 10, 2019

Submitted by Don Graham

Photo Credits: Studio 22 Photography

Canadian Musician Magazine celebrated it’s 40th Year Anniversary in high style. The fete was held in downtown watering hole, Grace O’Malley’s on Thursday, April 25 and had all the markings and feel of a huge award show, replete with a red carpet, multiple photo-op stops and a buzz of excitement as each new celebrity entered the venue. The list of luminaries who showed up for the celebration is a testimony to the impact Canadian Musician Magazine has had on the music scene and industry.

Marc Jordan and Amy Sky came to pay their respects with over 40 artists and special guests in attendance including: Jim Norris, Founder, Canadian Musician Magazine, Andrew King, Editor and Chief Canadian Musician Magazine , The Trews' John Angus MacDonald and Tyler Shaw, Ryland James Iskwe, Kira Isabella Exco Levi Monowhales as well as Lost Cousins Posey, Sean Jones and Sandy and Gord Deppe from the Spoons.

The East Coast Music Awards 2019 Winners

Fri May 10, 2019

The 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference (May 1-5 2019) presented by TD wrapped up in Charlottetown with several artists coming away as the big prize winners.

Classified takes home four ECMAs including wins for Album of the Year and Video of the Year, Jeremy Dutcher earns three awards including Rising Star of the Year, and Reeny Smith and Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire each garner two trophies apiece.

"What an amazing time we’ve had celebrating the 31st annual East Coast Music Awards in beautiful Charlottetown. Congratulations to all of the very deserving award winners, and thank you to all the fabulously talented artists who performed throughout the week," says Andy McLean, CEO of the ECMA. "This event cannot succeed without the tireless work and contributions from our staff, board, volunteers, local committee, delegates, sponsors, partners, venues and hotels, and we thank you for everything you’ve done this week. The city of Charlottetown has been an incredibly warm and accommodating host, and we can’t wait to return."

Carmela Laurignano Received the 2019 Rosalie Award at CMW

Fri May 10, 2019

Photo: Carmela Laurignano VP and Radio Group Manager at Evanov Radio Group

Carmela Laurignano, vice-president and Radio Group Manager at Evanov Radio Group (ERG), has been named as this year’s winner of the 2019 Rosalie Award.

Handed out by the Radio Trailblazers, a volunteer organization celebrating and supporting women in radio, the Rosalie Award recognizes a Canadian woman each year whom has blazed new trails in radio.

Laurignano began her decades-long career in the broadcasting industry at CHIN Radio Toronto, serving as sales assistant, sales manager, and was later promoted to VP of Sales, Marketing and Promotions, becoming the first woman to hold a vice-president position with a Canadian ethnic broadcaster and one of the youngest vice-presidents in the Canadian radio industry at the time.

CD BABY Global Expansion Creates a Whole New Story

Fri May 10, 2019

With the recent announcement of the Indie/DIY music distributor CD Baby laying out the platform of a major international expansion, the service that is offered is now better than ever. With the hiring of senior staff in Latin America, the UK and EU,East Asia/Pacific and Canada the way forward is exciting and has a whole new current spin.

Darryl Hurs joins CD Baby as the company’s new Canadian rep and will be based in Toronto. Hurs is no stranger to the indie music scene and founded Indie Week Canada almost two decades ago as a hobby and oversaw its transformation into a major event for the independent music community. Cashbox Canada caught up with Hurs in Toronto and his enthusiasm is infectious.

“I am looking forward to being part of the international marketing team of CD Baby representing Canada,” Hurs says. “We have run Indie Week for the last 18 years with the focus on helping indie artists and I look at this as an opportunity to step it up to a higher level. I am especially excited to help artists and businesses build success stories.”

Herbie Hancock: 'I felt like I stood on the shoulders of giants and now it's my turn'

Fri May 03, 2019

Herbie Hancock poses for a photo in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Photograph Steve Mundinger

On International Jazz Day, the music legend opened up about his struggles with addiction, the importance of striving and why the secret to jazz is generosity.

It’s 6pm on a Saturday night and Herbie Hancock is chanting down the phone to me.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, he goes. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

He pauses, a little breathlessly, to instruct me: “You don’t have to chant that fast.” I’m tempted to jump in – it all seems very soothing – but I don’t know the words.

We have been given – strictly – 15 minutes to talk by the jazz legend’s American press team. But as we get deeper into Hancock’s Buddhist faith, 15 minutes turns into 30 and then into an hour. It is only when I admit, with regret, that I have to go to put up my new IKEA bed, that we both realise the time.

Graham Powers Music Memories and Montreal

Thu Apr 04, 2019

Submitted by Sandy Graham

During my radio days, I had the pleasure of meeting Graham Powers when he came to CJFM to promote music to me as a music director. It was at that time, I was looking for an assistant and he suggested his then girlfriend, Debbie to come work with me. I hired her and she married Graham and had a family together. That turned out to be a lifelong friendship. So it was with a heavy heart I heard the news of Graham’s passing.

Truth be known, although I had not met him yet, I was one of those teenyboppers who used to go see MG & the Escorts play in Montreal at the Bonaventure Curling Club, when that stage graced the likes of Graham’s band, along with other Montreal bands JB & the Playboys, The Rabble, Bartholomew Plus Three and hosting by then DJ Dave Boxer of CFCF. Boxer would be instrumental in breaking MG’s first singles and getting them on those shows.

Linda Schuyler And Stephen Stohn Announced as Recipients of The MusiCounts Award

Fri Mar 29, 2019

MusiCounts announced Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn as the 2019 recipients of the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, presented by The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. The award recognizes individuals who have had an extraordinary impact on music education and MusiCounts over the course of its 22-year history.

“Linda and Stephen are such an inspiration to so many people, especially to the entire MusiCounts community,” said Kristy Fletcher, Executive Director, MusiCounts. “They have taken a leadership role in supporting us and have inspired others to get involved, which in turn has impacted thousands of children across Canada. We are thrilled to present them with this year’s award, thanks to the generous support of The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.”

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