Heather Bambrick, Jane Bunnett, Reg Schwager & MORE to Perform at JazzinToronto’s Free 4-Day Festival this July

Fri Jun 11, 2021

Heather Bambrick, Jane Bunnett, Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson and more are standing by, ready to go live for JazzinToronto’s newly announced upcoming festival this July 20th - 23rd!

JazzinToronto Live: A Community Celebration is a free festival set to live-stream from some of the city’s most beloved venues. The four-day digital event will present an exciting roster teeming with the diverse talent the City of Toronto has to offer — including Laura Hubert, Rebecca Hennessy, Alexis Baro, Nathan Hiltz, Donovan Locke, Jesse Ryan and Caity Gyorgy.

“JazzinToronto started in 2018 as a daily listings service on Instagram,” Founder and Co-Director Lina Welch shares. “Our mission is to connect Toronto jazz audiences, musicians, venues, and presenters — which has only become even more important during this challenging time.”

Check out the Teaser here on YouTube:

Canada’s Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival Announces 2021 Nominees

Thu Jun 03, 2021

With 10 days away, The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival are getting ready to host one of Canada’s biggest music award shows. The Awards span 18 categories, celebrating solo artists, duos and groups from across Canada by showcasing the diverse and growing music and culture of artistic expression and accomplishment within the Indigenous community.

“Presenting and promoting Indigenous music has been a cornerstone of our Festival for over 22 years, so we felt it was a natural connection to establish these international Awards to spark this celebration of Indigenous music in recognition of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day,” said Trina Mather Simard, Artistic Producer and Executive Director of Ottawa’s Summer Solstice Festival which runs June 1st to June 21.

O Canada! The Weeknd Wins in 10 Categories!

Fri May 28, 2021

This Year’s Billboard Music Awards were presented Sunday, May 23, 2021 and Canada’s treasure The Weeknd led with wins in 10 categories, including top artist, top male artist and top Hot 100 artist.

Here is the final list of nominees and winners.

Top Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Taylor Swift
Winner: The Weeknd

Top New Artist
Gabby Barrett
Doja Cat
Jack Harlow
Winner:  Pop Smoke
Rod Wave

Top Male Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Lil Baby
Pop Smoke
Winner: The Weeknd

Top Female Artist
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Dua Lipa
Megan Thee Stallion
Winner: Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group
AC/DC
AJR
Winner: BTS
Dan + Shay
Maroon 5

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Drake
Juice WRLD
Pop Smoke
Post Malone
Winner: Taylor Swift

Spoons - Repeatable

Fri May 28, 2021

Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington Ontario would soon make "Spoons" a different kind of household word...

Together with Derrick Ross and Rob Preuss, Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne would help define the sound of pop and New Wave in the 80's, with hits including "Nova Heart", "Romantic Traffic", "Old Emotions" and "Tell No Lies".

Their album "Arias & Symphonies" would go on to be named one of the 20 Most Influential Albums of The 80's by "the Chart" Magazine, and their song "Nova Heart" was recently included in Bob Mersereau's book "the Top 100 Canadian Singles of All Time"...Not bad for a bunch of kids from Burlington, Ontario...

The Unison Fund Announces Million Dollar Campaign In Support Of The Canadian Music Industry

Fri May 21, 2021

The Unison Fund – Canada’s music industry charity, providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community – announced the launch of Band Together In Unison, a Million Dollar charitable campaign in support of The Unison Fund’s continued efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial and psychological devastation of the Canadian music industry. Several major artists and industry organizations including Amazon Music, Nickelback, Eleanor McCain, The Tragically Hip and more have rallied to support the music community here at home with generous financial donations that will go towards the campaign’s goal of raising $1,000,000.

“It’s inspiring to see our music community come together to support and lift up our peers during this difficult time,” said Amanda Power, Executive Director, The Unison Fund. “While the donations raised will significantly help, much more is needed. We encourage those who have the means to support this charitable effort so that all music people affected by this crisis can receive the financial assistance they need.”

An Introduction to the History of Musical Milestones With DJ Host Scott Walker

Fri May 14, 2021

I have been asked many times where I got the idea for the Musical Milestones.

The idea came from the same place as many great concepts: I stole it. Or let’s say I adapted it.

CJCL

It really began about 30 years ago with a regular bit I did when I was the Afternoon Drive deejay at AM 1430, a radio station in Toronto. I did a comedy bit saluting humorous anniversaries with a character I called The Old Historian. You can hear his last appearance by clicking this link: scottwalker.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CJCL-The-Old-Historian.mp3

Canada’s Godfather of Hip Hop Maestro Fresh Wes Inspires with New Book, Stick to Your Vision

Fri May 07, 2021

Canada’s indisputable Godfather of hip hop Maestro Fresh Wes has unveiled his newest release — an inspirational children’s book, Stick To Your Vision: Young Maestro Goes to School.

Telling the tale of a young Maestro as he finds new adventures, both in school and as he’s introduced to the world of hip hop, readers follow along as he competes in the school’s writing contest against ‘Julia the Great’ and ‘Hakeem the Dream.’ Nervous — but ready — Wes draws inspiration from his family, teachers, friend and mentor DJ Greg, plus all that he has learned from hip hop, to find the power of his pen.

Written by Toronto, ON/Saint John, NB’s Wes Williams and award-winning teacher, mentor, educational consultant, and student advocate Rhodora Meliton-Vanderpool, the book includes a foreword from fellow legendary music icon, Kardinal Offishall, and illustrations from multi-talented artist, entrepreneur, media personality, and author Leon “Eklipz” Robinson.

“This book was written to emphasize the importance of family structure, mentorship, hip hop, and the positive impact of inspirational elementary school teachers,” Williams says.

Canadian Artist Joy Chapman Breaks Guinness World Record for Lowest Female Vocal Note

Fri Apr 30, 2021

The results are in: Canadian retro-modern country-fusion artist Joy Chapman is officially the new Guinness World Record holder for Lowest Female Vocal Note! She’s available for interviews and demonstrations as well.

Smashing the previous record of 57.9 Hz A#1, the British Columbia-based singer/songwriter unveiled her current record of 33.57 Hz C1 for the win.

“I’m honoured and excited to hold this official record with Guinness,” Chapman shared of the results. “And that said, I plan to break it! Normally, I go way beyond to being recorded at E0 20 Hertz, and with a recording high of C10.”

Check out the YouTube here:

Those same signature velvet-textured vox that secured the Guinness record also bring Chapman’s forthcoming debut release, Footprint In My Songs.

Canadian Music Exec and Idol Judge Zack Werner Joins LyricFind

Fri Apr 23, 2021

LyricFind, the world’s pioneer in licensed lyrics, is excited to bring multifaceted Canadian music professional Zack Werner onto its Toronto-based team. He will be joining the company to manage Business Development.

A Winnipeg native, Werner has enjoyed a varied and extensive career in the music industry as an artist, producer, record executive, entertainment lawyer, music educator, and artist manager. With a law degree and a penchant for finding and developing talent, he has done everything from opening for Alice In Chains and running his own label and management agency, to practicing law and judging Canadian Idol. For six seasons, Zack appeared on the massive hit TV series and gained a reputation as the show’s “wild card” judge for his perceptive, unexpected views.

Werner will apply his savvy and skill to cultivate relationships that will bring LyricFind’s high-quality licenced lyrics and data products to more industries and spaces, as well as expanding the impact of new tools and products LyricFind has developed for music catalog owners, publishers, and labels.

Julian Taylor Earns Solo Artist Of The Year At 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards!

Fri Apr 16, 2021

Artist Julian Taylor has garnered his first Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) as Solo Artist of the Year. After a 20-year career of making great music, Taylor is delighted to be recognized for his achievements. For more information please visit the website and www.folkawards.ca.

Taylor, of combined Mohawk and Caribbean ancestry, is a major label veteran, Toronto music scene staple, and musical chameleon. Along with two JUNO nominations this year, Taylor was nominated in two categories for the 2021 CFMAs, English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year, the latter of which he won. In a field of outstanding nominees William Prince, Coco Love Alcorn, Basia Bulat, Sarah Jane Scouten, and Pharis & Jason Romero, Taylor was especially honoured to take the prize. 

Iconic Canadian Artist Paul Humphrey Passes Away

Fri Apr 09, 2021

Canadian artist Paul Humphrey passed away April 4, 2021 after a long illness,  Humphrey was best known as the talented, charismatic frontman for the the new wave band  Blue Peter.  

Blue Peter was not a household name, the band was deeply influential to a generation of Canadian listeners who were attuned to the new wave scene that reverberated through the post-punk era.

Their music video for “Don’t Walk Past” helped usher in the glory days of MuchMusic while Humphrey’s stage persona was punctuated by improvisational storytelling and dance moves — years before Gord Downie would adopt similar characteristics as the frontman of the Tragically Hip.

Blue Peter co-founder Chris Wardman remembered first meeting his late friend and collaborator as a teenager. "I had long hair and a guitar. He had a pony tail and played the flute," Warman wrote. "We invited him to jam with an early incarnation of Blue Peter and our prog-ish aspirations crashed into punk and new wave. He taught us how to play 'Sweet Jane' and our future course was charted."

Andrew Cash, Former MP and JUNO-Winning Artist, to Head Canadian Independent Music Association

Fri Apr 02, 2021

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) today announced that Andrew Cash, a former Member of Parliament and JUNO Award-winning Canadian independent artist, has been appointed as the organization’s President.

"After an exhaustive search, we’re thrilled to announce Andrew Cash as the new President of CIMA,” says Tim Potocic, Chair of CIMA’s Board of Directors and President of Sonic Unyon Records. “Andrew brings enormous strength to our organization with his unique combination of music, government, policy and community activism experience. We’re excited for the future, with him leading the way."

At CIMA, Cash plans to build on the relationships, skills and experience he has gained in his past work to help lead Canada’s independent music sector to a robust recovery when the Covid-19 pandemic ends.

“Our members are at the forefront of Canada’s new economy as home-grown generators of intellectual property, green jobs and exports,” Cash says. “I look forward to working with all parts of Canada’s music ecosystem, along with our partners in government and the private sector, to ensure our industry has what it needs for a robust post-pandemic recovery.”

Linda Ronstadt Signs Deal With Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group

Fri Mar 26, 2021

the concept is urban living vs returning to nature... its subtle but its sugests we need to acknowledge the earth and its beauty and that its so good for us to return to nature often:)

Multi-GRAMMY® award-winning artist, Linda Ronstadt has sold her recorded music assets to Irving Azoff’s new venture, Iconic Artists Group (Iconic). Iconic will partner with Ronstadt and her team (manager, John Boylan and personal assistant, Janet Stark) to market her catalogue and preserve her legacy in the digital era. Considered by many to be the “Queen of Rock,” Ronstadt is the most recent signing from Iconic. The partnership which includes the acquisition of her recorded music assets will allow Iconic to introduce Ronstadt’s timeless music to new generations of fans. Ronstadt’s cultural impact makes her an important addition to Iconic’s growing catalogue of renowned artists.

‘HEAL THE EARTH’ A Legendary Musical Offering to Celebrate EARTH DAY

Fri Mar 26, 2021

Entertainment Music Group (EMG) has gathered legendary artists and young independent artists from around the world to create a virtual music-doc to be pre-produced and released on April 22, 2021 in honour of Earth Day. The project is headed up by Executive Producer Sandy Graham, a music industry veteran and owner of the legendary Cashbox Magazine Canada, in conjunction with celebrity icon, Dr. Tom Jackson, C.C., LL.D, who will act as the host for this music initiative.

Cashbox Radio Turns Two Years Old – Radio the Way It Used to Be!

Fri Mar 19, 2021

A little over two years ago, I decided that we would expand our Cashbox brand and start a radio station.

Most of my colleagues thought it was a crazy idea and there was no money in it. But we were not doing this for the money – we were doing it for the music. My background is radio- being one of the first female Music Directors in Canada in the late ‘70s and my love for radio never went away. So we did a soft launch in June 2019 at MIDEM in Cannes, France and there was no turning back.

TO Live Providing Direct Support to Hundreds of Artists and Arts Workers Throughout the Pandemic

Fri Mar 12, 2021

In the year since the first lockdown and suspension of performing arts shows, TO Live has remained focused on supporting artists and arts workers. Since last March, TO Live has created hundreds of short-term employment opportunities for writers, actors, directors, technical, production and operations staff.

The organization commissioned and produced online content such as the Living Rooms series featuring 100 local artists, The Arts Squad, a fun and educational program for children, and 3 contributions by Yolanda Bonnell, Ian Kamau and Susanna Fournier with ted witzel to the Transformations Project.   There have also been partnerships with companies including Volcano and Outside the March on new works conceived for COVID times.

Julian Taylor Becomes a Double Juno Nominee

Fri Mar 12, 2021

I make no attempt to hide the fact that I am a huge Julian Taylor fan. I have been for a long time now and am continually impressed by his stage show,  his songwriting and his recordings. I’ve always said Julian Taylor is one of the most underrated talents in Canada. But now I can stop saying that he’s underrated as finally after twenty years of recording Julian is now a Juno nominated artist. And he’s not just once but twice nominated; one for Contemporary  Roots Album of the Year for “The Ridge”. and once for Indigenous Artist or Group of The Year.

Singer Songwriter Brent Mason Signs with 428 Entertainment Group

Fri Mar 12, 2021

Saint John based Singer, Songwriter and Master Story-teller Brent Mason has just signed an exclusive publishing deal with the new local entertainment company 428 Entertainment Group. Brent has a rich and extensive catalog of songs including 11 studio albums. 

"We are extremely excited to be working with such an extraordinarily gifted songwriter and artist". Jeff Liberty of 428 Entertainment Group said. Paul Milner adds "We have a rare opportunity here to work with a world class singer songwriter who has influenced so many Canadian artists over the years, many of whom got their start at one of Brent's Legendary open mic's".

Brent Mason rolled back into Saint John NB in the spring of ‘92, after several years roaming North America in his best imitation of Jack Kerouac, riding his thumb and working carnival midways in Canada and the US. With a fistful of songs born out of an ‘On The Road’ ethos, and a burning desire, Brent recorded his first ‘singer/songwriter’ album. A true early indie effort, Head for the High Ground set a long and vital career in motion. Brent performs innovative original music with insightful powerful lyrical content.

Hip Hop Artist MICHAEL J. FOXX & Vocalist SYDNEY SEXTON Reveal "Duality" Collaboration

Fri Mar 05, 2021

Hot off the release of a handful of hot singles together in 2020, New York City-born, Moncton-based hip-hop artist Michael J. Foxx and Canadian singer/songwriter Sydney Sexton have released their first-ever full-length album together: Duality is available now. Check out the album on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/album/3tODk4W0iTmFQIfMK9m9Ez

While Duality serves as the pair’s first fully-joint effort, they actually spent the majority of 2020 together, writing, recording and releasing music in their home studio together. Composed of 10 original hip-hop/ R&B tracks, their past releases include: “So High,” “Just Give it a Moment” and “Winners,” among several other sultry and upbeat tracks.

CHURCH OF TREES + Rough Trade’s Carole Pope + Spoons/Honeymoon Suite’s Rob Preuss Release "World's A Bitch"

Fri Mar 05, 2021

Canadian electro synth pop trio Church of Trees have collaborated with JUNO Award-winning artist and legendary Rough Trade vocalist Carole Pope on this, their newest single “World’s a Bitch”.

Check out the video on YouTube here:

The song and video relay a stirring sonic snapshot of the angst felt and coping mechanisms tapped when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the world’s desperate need for vaccine distribution.