Last year the decision was made at Cashbox Magazine Canada to start to dedicate legacy awards to individuals who have made major contributions to the Canadian Music Scene.
To date the recipients have been: Bobby Curtola Canada’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend and Member of the Order of Canada Danny Marks Guitarist/Entertainer, Blues Historian and Radio Host of Blues FM and founding member of Edward Bear Robbie Lane of Robbie Lane and the Disciples fame Singer/Performer, TV Host and currently a Radio Host on AM 740
The newest recipient of the award was one Sandy Graham, CEO and Editor in Chief of Cashbox Canada was one that she felt extremely honoured to be able to award to Fred Ramsperger, a man who was a partner in one of the largest record stores in Montreal in the 60's and 70’s. As Sandy explained,“I started in the music business working at International Music Store in downtown Montreal, and everything I have accomplished in this industry started at International.”
Robbie Lane, Canadian music pioneer, was honoured at his place a work, on stage, where he has spent the majority of his adult life. Rarely will you see an entertainer more at home, under the lights and performing for the crowd than Robbie Lane.
Robbie received the Cashbox Canada Legacy Award of Merit on Sunday October 18, 2015 from none other than Canadian legend and old friend Bobby Curtola. “What an honour it was for me to be the one to give this award to my old friend Robbie Lane,” said Curtola after the event. “He truly is a pioneer and the Canadian music industry owes a lot to guys like Robbie. And he’s still doing it!”
Robbie Lane’s career spans six decades, 1960’s through to 2015 and a brief history of how he got here is awe inspiring.
Submitted by Don Graham Photo: Bobby Curtola Backs Up Danny Marks Photo Cindy Shibley Koury
Danny Marks returned to his residency at the Rex Hotel in downtown Toronto on Saturday September 18th after a summer hiatus. At press time, it hasn’t yet been determined how long this engagement will continue but if the packed house, standing ovation filled afternoon is any indication it should be a lock for the season. Marks and his two rock solid sidemen, Rodney St. Armand on bass and Leon Stevenson on drums are as tight a trio as you would hope to see. The one time member of Edward Bear (Canadian recording artists that had global success) has had a full career as a solo artist and blues artist winning awards, recording solo albums, hosting a blues radio show and a T.V. series, Cities In Blue, on the Hi-Fi Network. At the Rex Danny gets back to his rock ‘n’ roll roots with an entertaining and crowd pleasing repertoire and show.
Cashbox Magazine Canada, aside from promoting mainstream artists and their careers, has a mandate to promote the indie artists as well as the legacy artists who paved the way.
Last weekend they took that mandate one step further by presenting the first Legacy Award to Bobby Curtola. CEO & Editor in Chief Sandy Graham, herself a veteran of decades in the music business said “I firmly believe that there are a lot of good folks out there who have made outstanding contributions to the Canadian music landscape that, even if they have been recognized in the past, deserve another moment in the sun. Our plan over the next few years is to make sure these people get their due. And it won’t just be artists it will include record people, industry insiders and the ones behind the scenes who paved the path to create a Canadian music industry.”
The first recipient of the Cashbox Award was Canadian Teen Idol from the 60’s Bobby Curtola. The presentation was made on stage at Club 744 by none other than another Canadian gem Robbie Lane. The idea was hatched when Curtola flew in to Toronto as a guest at Zoomer Radio’s celebration of Ronnie Hawkins’s 80th birthday hosted by Robbie Lane. A date to appear as a guest of Robbie Lane and the Disciples was set and Sandy Graham arranged with Robbie to present the award to Bobby onstage during the guest set at Club 744.