Welcome to Cashbox Canada
Canadians are best known worldwide as peace keepers and innovators, from the World Wars to current day struggles from beginning of communications to sports like hockey and basketball we are all proud to be part of our great Canadian heritage.
We at Cashbox Canada hope to bring to the global platform a look at our musical landscape from the legends and greats of the past to the unusual and controversial groundbreakers of the present, some of whom you may know and those that we are exposing to you for the first time. We will bring for your viewing weekly charts spanning from pop to urban and for the audio senses links and radio files for you to enjoy at your leisure.
Our group of seasoned writers will touch on daily news items and offer stories from pioneers of our industry to behind the scene stories of those hard at work to bring the elusive dream of writers and musicians to the main stage.
We look forward to your opinions and ideas through Twitter and blogs so as we can answer your questions and absorb your input to make our site yours as well. We hope you will enjoy visiting us as much as we do opening the door to the World of Canadian Music.
Thanks for the opportunity and let the fun begin.
Bill Delingat & Sandy Graham
Bill Delingat, C.E.O who heads up “the Beat” of Cashbox Canada, graduated from the Ontario College of Percussion in the 60’s when music and fashion ruled. After playing in numerous groups in Canada and abroad, Bill went on to work as the Entertainment Director in some of the biggest nightclubs and live theatres in Canada:
Klub Dominos: Canada’s first New Wave and Punk club.
Spectrum Nightclub: On it’s opening in the 80’s as one of the Big 4 dance clubs with a capacity of over 1500 with a high tech light show.
La Cage Dinner Theatre: Located in the heart of the downtown theatre district, “An Evening at La Cage” was based loosely on the film of the same name and a Las Vegas concept – it was noted as one of the longest running dinner theatre shows in Canada, only beat by the never ending run of ‘Mouse Trap.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven: This is where Bill Delingat and Sandy Graham first teamed up. Next up to bat replacing the La Cage run was a story based on “The day the Music Died” featuring live impressions of The Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, along with a young Elvis and a beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Audiences embraced this musical trip down memory lane until the curtain was finally closed by the expansion of the flagship location of the Hard Rock Café Toronto.
Tropicana Dinner Theatre: The first of its kind to bring authentic Cuban dance and music troupes direct from the famous Tropicana Havana Show, Cuba. Independent Concert Productions: Having been a Tour Director for Galeforce Dance for ICP Bill recently has joined back with the company to assist in their newest production “Echoes of Ireland” written by the legendary Frank McCourt of Angela’s Ashes Fame and featuring the music and dance of the International Production “Magic of Ireland”.
Lastly, to add to his list of achievements Bill works at Metro Toronto Convention Centre for one of the largest Event Security Company Target Security, a premier supplier of event security staff, boasting an amazing list of clients from Ex Presidents to Concert Promoters. Target was the official security for “Canadian Idol” as well as “You Think You Can Dance” and has supplied a safe and secure environment for fans attending the “Popes Historic Visit” to the International Auto Show to name a few. Bill Delingat is pleased now to add to his list Cashbox Canada - let the music begin!
Sandy Graham, C.O.O. and the heartbeat of Cashbox Canada has been a mainstay in the Canadian Entertainment Industry for over 25 years. With a diversified history in this field, Sandy has been a prominent Music Director in Montreal, Quebec with Standard Broadcasting (CJFM 96) and CFCF Radio & Television Sandy then became the Eastern Promotional Manager for RCA Records (BMG) then she moved to Toronto, Ontario to become Editor for the Music Industry Magazine, Record Week, working alongside Hot Toronto’s Joey Cee, journalist Bruce Kirkland, Music Historian Marty Melhuish and The Record’s David Farrell. She was also hired as a Choreographer and Music Consultant for Atlantis Films (Robocop, Maniac Mansions, working for David Chase of The Sopranos – pilot project “Almost Grown”) She was chosen as the Choreographer for the first half time show ever at SKYDOME. Sandy met Bill Delingat while touring with British Invasion Legends Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer of the Dakotas and Terry Sylvester of The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Hollies fame. Bill contracted her on as “Promotion Director” for the smash hit legends show, Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, spending many years together enjoying the success of a hit show. On the closing of Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, Sandy opened her own company and began a career as a Event Producer for such clients as the 1050 CHUM New Year’s Eve Gala and Canada Day Celebrations, theatre moguls Mirvish Productions, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television Genie Awards, The Dora Mava Moore Awards to name a few. Sandy also owned and operated her own nightclubs, the successful the 50’s dance club Route 66 and Toronto’s historical music venue, The Horseshoe Tavern.
Sandy currently operates a music publishing company with her brother, singer/songwriter Don Graham (who had a Pick Hit in Cashbox on the Kapp label in 1971 !) and works collectively with Don and one of his writing partners, Canada’s own Bobby Curtola, whom Sandy continues to be heavily involved with. Sandy also produces the successful yearly event, The Beach Celtic Festival (www.thecelticfestival.com) which has fast become a Toronto tradition in Kew Gardens in The Beach. She is currently in the process of writing her ancestral Scottish history in “My Roots Are Showing” to be released next year in Canada and Scotland.
Sandy is a Senior Juror with FACTOR, (factor.ca) and is a member of SOCAN (socan.com) as well as a credited Choreographer and a diversified Musicologist.
Sandy Graham is excited and enthusiastic to be teamed up again with Bill Delingat. With their wealth of experience and knowledge, along with the industry leaders they have connected with and nurtured over the years, these two music professionals are confident that CASHBOX CANADA will be the trailblazer for the future of the Canadian Music Scene for many years to come.
Bill McDonald has joined Cashbox Canada as contributing jazz and education columnist. By day, Bill is the Director of Information Technology at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, but at night his passion for jazz kicks in. Bill is a jazz guitarist and a long time student of local jazz musician Al Gorman. In addition to performing, he is intrigued by “all things jazz”, including its’ rich history, the performers of today, and, most importantly, jazz education. Up until its’ untimely demise, Bill was a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He looks forward to writing for Cashbox Canada as yet another outlet for his never ending journey in the world of jazz. Cashbox Canada is pleased to promote Jazz in Canada and welcomes Bill McDonald as a vital part of our Team Canada.
Dr. Robert Tomaro
Dr. Robert Tomaro is an award-winning composer, musician, recording artist and symphonic conductor. He is in his tenth year as Music Director and Conductor for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra in Beloit, Wisconsin and has produced numerous CD's with the BJSO.
Kathy Hahn started as music director for CJAD , the # 1 radio station in Montreal, Quebec. Mentored by Chris Blackwell on the record label side, Hahn established Island Records in Canada and was successful in crossing reggae music to rock radio. She presented Bob Marley with his first gold album for North American record sales for “Exodus”, named ‘Album of the Century’ by Time Magazine. Well versed in all aspects of the industry, she studied journalism in Montreal. Hahn was on the ground floor of the music video revolution, helping launch Canada's first music video channel MuchMusic and it's Quebec counterpart, MusiquePlus. Hahn is the daughter of veteran record producer, musician, author, songwriter and jingle king Bob Hahn, who created some 70,000 commercials. Late brother Richard was a well-known intellectual property lawyer. Don Hahn (Uncle) is one of the world's top recording engineers. Aunt Joyce is Canada's first music video star as the first host of CBC TV's live-to-air weekly variety show, Cross-Canada Hit Parade. Hahn organizes Canada's national pavilion at various music industry conferences and festivals on behalf of CIRPA and manages the International Marketplace at CMW. Cashbox Canada is pleased to welcome Hahn to the fold. Based in Toronto, Hahn is also representing Cashbox Magazine for North America.
Singer-Songwriter Don Graham brings his own unique writing skills and expertise to our Country/Roots section of Cashbox Canada. No stranger to the Charts, Don had a Pick Hit in Cashbox in 1972 with the song Shelter in the Sky with his band Graham County. With a list of single releases to his name, Don also devotes his times to writing jingles as well as stories for Cashbox Canada. Over the years Don has stayed active in the Entertainment Industry being one of the Producers for The Beach Celtic Festival, Canada Day events and other major tourism attractions. Don is currently in pre-production for his long-awaited solo CD and planning his tour in Scotland and Europe.
Cliff Lloyd is the Business Manager and Legal Advisor to Cashbox Canada. With many years of experience both in Canada and in the United States, acting as a Corporate Director and Attorney, Cliff uses his expertise and knowledge of the industry to guide and direct Bill and Sandy on the growth and advancement of Cashbox Canada as an emerging Canadian success story. With his own musical, theatrical and dance background, as well as being a Financial Attorney, Cliff is a significant professional resource to ensure our future success.