Country Music Legends Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson to Receive Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Fri Jul 19, 2019

July 1959 was a pivotal month for the history of folk and country music. It was when Ian Tyson met Sylvia Fricker for the first time, which began a musical journey, both as a dynamic duo and with distinguished solo careers, that would help put Canadian country music on the map globally. In honour of the start of this historic musical collaboration, Stony Plain Records will be releasing Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes on  September 6th; the day after their much-anticipated inductions as individual songwriters to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will be presented on September 5th at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, during Country Music Week in Calgary, AB.
 

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

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.

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.”

Spotlight On South Africa At Canadian Music Week - May 9-11 2019

Fri Mar 29, 2019

Canadian Music Week 2019 is shining a Spotlight on South Africa, in celebration of 25 years of democracy. Lauded for its peaceful transition from apartheid under the astute leadership of revered political prisoner and former president Nelson Mandela, South Africa stands out as a beacon of hope and democracy to the rest of the world. The country is now under the rule of Mandela’s political party, the African National Congress, since 1994. With a population of 54.8 million people, South Africa has the 27th highest population in the world, in an area of 470,900 mi². To put this in context, it is about eight times smaller than the USA.

South Africa. It boasts the second largest economy in Africa and is ranked by the World Bank as one of the most industrialized countries in Africa, is a prime destination for Canadian goods and services, In 2017, exports from Canada into South Africa totalled $917 million, according to the High Commission of Canada in South Africa.

CMW Announces James Barker Band, Azaelia Banks, Tasha The Amazon, Emily Reid, Television And More

Fri Mar 22, 2019

Canadian Music Week, presented by Amsterdam Brewery, announces another round of artists this week. The new additions feature Juno award winning country act James Barker Band joined by singer songwriter Emily Reid at the Sirius XM House, rapper, singer, producer Azaelia Banks, Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, and seminal 70s rock band Television. The 37th edition takes place from May 6-12 at a variety of downtown Toronto venues. See below for previously announced shows.

The indie- rock group The Elwins have been added to The Indies presented by Indie 88 and Jim Beam and will accompany Born Ruffians along with the winner of the Jim Beam National Talent Search.
Nominations are now open:
Part concert and part awards, the Indies are a celebration of national and international independent musicians making outstanding achievements in this area. Submissions are being accepted through indies.ca until March 24, 2019.

Federal Budget Amps Up Support for Canadian Music

Fri Mar 22, 2019

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) applauds the Federal Government for its bold new investment of $20 million over two years towards the Canada Music Fund (CMF) in this year’s Federal budget.

The Federal government has been a strong partner for the Canadian independent music industry. The CMF has been a critical source of support over the years but had been underfunded and over-subscribed for the past decade. Today’s budget adds to the momentum from the government’s 2016 investment in the music sector of $4.2 million over 2 years. The Government’s additional $20 million from Budget 2019 into the CMF is a testament to their commitment and support to Canadian music and its creators.

Grunge: Rise of A Generation

Fri Mar 15, 2019

Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as a general term of disparagement for someone or something repugnant or odious, unpleasant or dull, "grunge" finds its way into music lingo by the 1960s to describe the unfavorably fuzzy or unclean sounds which might've otherwise undercut cheaply or poorly made records.

This etymology is forever changed in 1987 when Seattle record label Sub Pop introduces a catalogue of "ultra-loose grunge" locals including the likes of Soundgarden, Nirvana and Mudhoney, thus giving namesake to a region’s budding sub-cultural movement that would soon thereafter sweep the globe up in its angst-ridden embrace. Three decades later, Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to reclaim the term once more with 'Grunge: Rise of A Generation', shining retrospective light on a teenage riot's coming-of-age at all three gallery locations that run from March 8th-March 31st, 2019.