Country Music Icon Naomi Judd Dead at 76

Fri May 06, 2022

Country Music icon Naomi Judd has died at age 76.  Naomi's daughters, Ashley Judd and Wynonna Judd, announced their mother's death in a statement on Saturday, April 30th, 2022.

"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public," the statement read. "We are in unknown territory."

An additional statement from Naomi's husband of 32 years, Larry Strickland, reads: "Naomi Judd's family request privacy during this heartbreaking time. No additional information will be released at this time."

Toronto’s Lula Lounge Celebrates 20 Years Of Presenting The Best Music From Around The World

Fri May 06, 2022

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Toronto Latin and global music venue Lula Lounge, Lula Music and Arts presents  Lulaworld 2022. Featured are seven nights of local heroes and special guests performing salsa, Indigenous throat singing, Arabic roots, jazz, Jamaican dancehall and reggae, Cuban  funk, soul, Turkish pop and more. The festival reflects the venue’s deep connections to diverse communities in Toronto and the cultural diasporas to which they belong. For more information and Eventbrite tickets please visit www.Lula.ca.

Toronto’s Leading Music Event North By Northeast Music Festival Returns June 14-19, 2022

Fri Apr 29, 2022

The festival with a capital ’N’, as in Next to discover the best bands before they break through is back; North by Northeast (NXNE) is officially starting to unveil its 2022 plans right as the sun starts to warm our souls.

Taking place in the nation’s entertainment mecca that is Toronto, Canada’s quintessential annual cultural explosion featuring music and more is set to span June 14th - 19th and feature more than 300 of the world's best artists of today — and tomorrow.

Case in point? NXNE had Grimes, Lumineers, Daniel Caesar, Run The Jewels, The Weather Station, Sarah Harmer, Metz, Sarah Harmer, the Arkells, Sam Roberts, Lizzo, Future Islands, Vince Staples, Billy Talent, Post Malone, Feist, and thousands more on stages as part of the festival… All before they became household names.

“We’re back and taking over more than 20 of Toronto’s top live music venues,” NXNE Founder and President Michael Hollett reveals. “We want to make it very easy for people to come back to live music and experience stage-hopping like festivals used to be.”

Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters Has Passed Away

Fri Apr 08, 2022

When I think of Foo Fighters, I instantly think of Taylor Hawkins’ smile, with a close second of Dave Grohl distinctive alternative rock, grunge, heavy rock sound.  I’ve been a Foo Fighter fan since ‘Learning to Fly’ came out on Rock Band.  Even if you don’t like the Foo Fighters music, you probably still know who they are.

An overwhelming shock was felt around the world when the news Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins had died at age 50 started hitting the internet.

The Foo Fighters made an official announcement cancelling all upcoming shows stating, “It is with great sadness the Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates in light of the staggering loss of our brother, Taylor Hawkins.  We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned.  Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.

Legendary Girl Group Singer Ronnie Spector Passes On

Fri Jan 14, 2022

Singer Ronnie Spector, who founded the girl group The Ronettes in 1961, has died after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78.

"Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today," her family wrote on the singer's website Wednesday. "She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan. Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her."

Spector was born in Spanish Harlem. While still in her teens, she founded The Ronettes, which also featured her older sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. "Be My Baby," "Walking In The Rain," and "Do I Love You" were among the string of pop hits the girl group recorded.

Be My Baby – The Ronettes

Breakout West 2022 Brings The World To Western Canada!

Fri Nov 12, 2021

"Harbourfront Centre is delighted to welcome BreakOut West as a Nordic Bridges programming partner,” says Iris Nemani, Chief Programming Officer at Harbourfront Centre & Executive Producer, Nordic Bridges. “As part of our year-long cultural exchange of arts and culture between Canada and the Nordic Region, we welcome BreakOut West’s expertise in showcasing and mentoring artists, both in Canada and internationally. We are thrilled to have BreakOut West help us reach into Western Canada, and build greater opportunities for both Nordic artists and their Canadian colleagues.”

Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India 2CD Set Available Now

Fri Nov 12, 2021

Complementing the documentary release detailing The Beatles and their culturally groundbreaking time in India, Songs Inspired By The Film The Beatles And India.

Watch the Movie Trailer here:

The album features Beatles’ songs written during their stay in Rishikesh, India — including "Mother Nature’s Son,” “Revolution,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Dear Prudence,” “Child of Nature” — as well as songs from their incredible catalogue coloured by their earlier leanings to the magical sounds of India. The two-disc set also includes an all-original score written by award-winning composer Benji Merrison.

Heather Bambrick, Lou Pomonti, John Finley, Charu Suri Headline 8th Annual South Coast Jazz & Blues Festival

Fri Oct 08, 2021

It’s official: headliners Heather Bambrick, the Lou Pomonti Trio, John Finley, Charu Suri, and more are set to dazzle audiences from both in-person and the comfort of their homes for the 8th Annual South Coast Jazz & Blues Hybrid Festival this October 15th, 16th & 17th!

Check out 2021 South Coast Jazz Festival Promo here:

With artist interviews hosted by Canadian media icon Dini Petty, and heralded by the Wall Street Journal in 2020 for their swift pivot online due to COVID-19 restrictions, the South Coast Jazz & Blues Festival is set to roll-tape once again this Fall for another exclusive, live-off-the-floor production — this time, straight from Brantford, Ontario’s Sanderson Centre.

Bravo Niagara! Announces 2021 TD Jazz Series and Voices of Freedom Concert!

Fri Oct 08, 2021

Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts invites audiences to join them as Canadian treasures take centre stage this Fall and Winter as they announce their 2021 TD Jazz Series and Voices of Freedom Concert!

Laila Biali Trio
October 16th

Sultans Of String: Refuge & Sanctuary Double CD Release
Annual Voices of Freedom Concert
November 13th

Robi Botos Trio w/ Special Guest Joanna Majoko
November 19th

Pavlo: Home For The Holidays
December 16th

Molly Johnson: This Holiday Season

December 20thTaking place at St. Catharines’ FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the five forthcoming events kick off with JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter Laila Biali and her Trio this October 16th performing selections from her latest release Out of Dust.

From there, and within the series, multi-award winning and NY Times-charting Sultans of String will mark Bravo Niagara!’s Voices of Freedom Concert — an annual event dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices and histories through the arts.

Janathan Dharma Launches The Commission Studios Complete with Mentorship Program, Co-Mission

Fri Sep 24, 2021

A mainstay in the Canadian business and entertainment sectors, The Commission Entertainment Corporation’s Founder and CEO Janathan Dharma continues to keep ‘mission’ front and centre with their newest venture, The Commission Studios.

An already full-service entertainment company, The Commission Studios translate the Corp’s innovative concept into brick-and-mortar territory; they offer an expansive selection as a dynamic marketing agency and global distribution channel — not to mention state-of-the-art space for on-site photoshoots, video production, and hosting podcasts.

The results are a vertically integrated solution providing one-stop value creation for emerging and seasoned artists, alike, Dharma shares, as well as a burgeoning mentorship program — something more important now than ever before.

Check out the Intro Video on THE COMMISSION HERE:

CMAOntario Awards Show 2021

Fri Sep 10, 2021

The CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend hosted three drive-in tailgate concerts at Ancaster Fairgrounds September 3-5, 2021 including the New Faces Showcase & Concert, the Legacy Revival, and the 9th Annual CMAOntario Awards, presented by Slaight Music, with support from Ontario Creates.

This is the third awards weekend I have attended and I have to say one of the best from all aspects. The growing pains are over and the CMAOntario organization is more than ready for primetime. The diversity and quality of the talent emerging in Ontario is a sign of how great and deep the talent pool is in this province. The weekend was hosted by two of the finest performers Ontario has to offer; established veterans Jason McCoy and Beverly Mahood, Canada's answer to Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The performances were first class with the uber- talented Western Swing Authority serving as the house band with special guest guitar whiz, Wendel Ferguson. 

Bruce Cockburn Gets Back On The Road Announcing Concert Dates Starting December 2021

Fri Jul 30, 2021

Bruce Cockburn is getting back on the road with the announcement of live concert tour dates starting in December, 2021.

Cockburn’s last live concert show was November 23, 2019, in Monterey California at the Golden State Theatre.

Here’s what Bruce has to say about getting back on the road: “As 2020 rolled up on the horizon, it was shaping up to be an exciting year — the fiftieth anniversary of the release of my first album. A considerable number of shows had been booked. The expectation was that much of the year would be spent on tour in celebration of that first step into what has been a pretty interesting professional life.

“My expectations, like everyone else’s, took a big hit from the pandemic and all that has gone with it. That “Big 50th” was not to be!”

“Now, as we poke our heads up to see where this past year-and-a-bit has brought us to, I’m getting excited again about getting out and sharing my songs with all who will do me the honor of listening — in actual rooms! With people who are physically present! The 50th Anniversary Tour: 2nd Attempt…May we all stay safe and functional so it can happen!”

Daniel Broome Named as New Executive Director of The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC)

Fri Jul 30, 2021

The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC), the premier entertainment facility and cultural hub in the heart of Georgian Bay, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel Broome as our new Executive Director, effective August 15th, 2021. Returning to his hometown of Midland, Dan brings an extensive music, arts, and entertainment industries background to the MCC.

In his role as Vice President of Operations & Administration for True North Records he supervised the rollout of national and international live music tours, the production of numerous music videos and the release of over 425 albums to the marketplace including multiple JUNO Award-winning and nominated recordings. After the company was sold in 2007, he joined the Toronto Musicians’ Association as their Senior Business Representative handling labour relations and contract negotiations for the musicians of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet of Canada, Stratford Festival, and Mirvish Productions among others.

Co-Founder of ZZ Top, has Dusty Hill Passed Away

Fri Jul 30, 2021

Dusty Hill, the cofounding bassist of ZZ Top, died in his sleep on Wednesday, May 28, 2021 in Houston,Texas at the age of 72 according to social media announcements.

Born May 19, 1949, Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician who was the co-founder, bassist and secondary vocalist of the American group, ZZ Top. He also played keyboards with the band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.

It’s Official: The 2021 Oshawa Music Awards Nominee List Announcements

Fri Jul 30, 2021

It’s official; marking its fourth annual year celebrating music in Durham Region, the Oshawa Music Awards have announced this year’s nominees!

Spanning seven award categories — including Durham Song of the Year, Emerging Artist or Band of the Year, Album of the Year, and more — public voting for nominees has officially begun via theomas(dot)ca. It will close on August 20th at 11:59 p.m. EST, and the awards are across three days: September 9, September 16, and September 23.

This year’s recipients of OMA’s Music Industry Leader and Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame honours were also revealed; Artemis Chartier will receive the 2021 honour of Music Industry Leader of the Year, and Ivan Berry — alongside the late Al Cole and the late Andy Gondek — will receive Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame nods.

“The OMAs are excited to officially reveal the names of our nominees,” says co-director, Julius Allan Rondilla. “The Durham Region is front row to so many incredibly talented candidates; our arts scene is home to some of the nation’s best!”

2021 Official Nominees & Recipients

LyricFind Launches Free Automated Lyric Videos, Partners with eOne Music

Fri Jul 23, 2021

LyricFind, the pioneer in licenced lyrics, is launching a new service that allows labels and rightsholders to quickly and easily turn their tracks into dynamic and engaging lyric videos. Born from the vision of Bill Wilson, SVP Operations & Innovation, eOne Music has come on as a launch partner. Artists from its iconic Death Row Records label, including The Game, Snoop Dogg, Pop Evil, Dr. Dre, and Bryant Myers, are part of the initial batch of videos created by the platform. At the time of publication, LyricFind’s lyric videos have amassed millions of views for The Game’s The Documentary 2.0 and Bryant Myers’ Bendecido albums alone.

Artists from the legendary Death Row catalogue are featured in the rollout of LyricFind’s new programmatic lyric video creation service.

Stony Plain Records Signs 2020 International Blues Challenge Winner HOROJO Trio; New Album 2022

Fri Jul 23, 2021

Stony Plain Records proudly announces the signing of 2020 International Blues Challenge Winner HOROJO Trio, and will release the band’s debut album in early 2022.

Representing the Ottawa Blues Society in the 2020 competition, HOROJO Trio is a soul rockin’ rhythm & blues act that features drummer Jamie Holmes, singer/keyboardist Jeff Rogers, and guitarist/singer JW-Jones, who was named the year's Best Guitarist at the IBC. The band name is derived from the first two letters of each of the member’s last names. Pronunciation: HO-RO-JO. 1) HO - Think Santa Claus; 2) RO – “Row Your Boat;” 3) JO – “Joe.”

One of Canada’s Greatest Music Writers Jeffrey Morgan Publishes 'Rock Critic Confidential' Book

Fri Jun 25, 2021

In a 60,000-word tell-all, it’s all the stories that can finally be told… Canada’s greatest rock critic Jeffrey Morgan releases his new lavishly illustrated book, Rock Critic Confidential.

The salacious tell-all lands in the form of a hardcover coffee table book via UK publisher, New Haven.

READ! how Morgan was STRONG-ARMED by Lester Bangs into spending TWENTY YEARS as the Canadian Editor of CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine!

GASP! at Morgan’s LIFE-ALTERING DESTINY to become the authorized biographer of both ALICE COOPER and IGGY POP & THE STOOGES!

CHEER! as Morgan relentlessly INTERROGATES reprobate rock stars like GLENN GOULD! BOB DYLAN! LOU REED! TED NUGENT! RICK WAKEMAN! JETHRO TULL! NASH THE SLASH! GARY NUMAN! KISS! STAN LEE! and many others FOR HOURS ON END until they finally BREAKDOWN and literally CONFESS TO COMMITTING MULTIPLE MURDERS and UTTER DEATH THREATS and perform other heinous UNSPEAKABLE PRACTICES and UNNATURAL ACTS!

The Andy Kim Christmas Returns Live At Massey Hall Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Fri Jun 18, 2021

The 17th Annual Andy Kim Christmas will make its live return to the famed Massey Hall on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 24, 2021.

The Andy Kim Christmas has been gathering friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the musical community with all proceeds going to charity. Last year, the concert brought people together from coast to coast on television, raising over $200,000 to bring its cumulative money raised to over $1.8 million. The program is the brainchild of music legend, and one of the evening's performers, Andy Kim.

“I have longed to do the Christmas show at Toronto’s historic Massey Hall and with the support of Live Nation Canada, I am excited to be one of the first to perform after their restoration and bring The Andy Kim Christmas back in front of a live audience after many, many long months and hopefully raise an incredible amount of money for CAMH Gifts Of Light,” said Andy Kim.