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David Vaters A Voice in the Wilderness

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Submitted by Don Graham

David Vaters is making the music he was meant to make and the world is taking notice. And with the state of affairs on the planet these days the world needs David Vaters’ uplifting and inspirational songs to bring a positive balance to life. There have been some detours on the road to David’s destiny but patience and laser focus helped get him to this point in his life and career.

“I started writing songs at age 15 and at 16 I was offered a record contract, an 8 single deal, but it would have involved leaving school and that wasn’t going to happen. So I put it on hold for a while.” But David’s passion and talent as a singer/songwriter was not to be denied. He spent many years honing and fine-tuning his songwriting skills and working with great musicians in North America and the U.K. and began work on ‘A Voice in the Wilderness Volume 1.’ “I was fortunate to start a business with my brother making merchandise and branding T-shirts and the like. We were responsible for Brooks Running shoes among other things. I ended up moving back to Canada from Tennessee to a home in the wilderness which was strange because I had titled my work ‘A Voice In The Wilderness’ before I knew I’d be living there.”

The Ultimate Dance Party with Michael Williams at the Duke Live

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Michael Williams is a Canadian television personality who may be best known for his work as a VJ at MuchMusic from 1984 to 1993. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Williams moved to Montreal in the 1970s to attend the Communications Arts School at Loyola (now Concordia University). While attending the school, he started a DJ service in the receptive musical city of Montreal and started
Williams was part of MuchMusic's core opening team of VJ's alongside J. D. Roberts, Erica Ehm, and Christopher Ward. Williams hosted various shows including Soul in the City, RapCity, Electric Circus, Pepsi Power Hour and The NewMusic. To this day people stop Michael in the street and ask for his autograph, or tell him what an influence he had on them during this Much days. Some thank him for being an inspiration to them.

CMW Canadian Radio Music Awards 2018

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

CMW’s annual gift to the future, the Canadian Radio Music Awards are considered a barometer of buzz in Canadian music. The hottest, newest names on the radio scene sing in front of the industry’s opinion-makers, and stake their claim to a place on the nation’s playlists. If you saw them at CMW, you’ll soon be hearing them everywhere!

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce the winners of the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA), which tookplace on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

Hosted by K Trevor Wilson, the CRMA ceremony included performances by The Reklaws,New City, Romes, Felix Cartal, and River Town Saints.

Complete List of 2018 Canadian Radio Music Awards Winners:

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: AC
DVBBS - Not Going Home

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: CHR
Jessie Reyez - Figures

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: DANCE/URBAN/RHYTHMIC
New City - Dirty Secrets

BEST NEW GROUP OR SOLO ARTIST: ROCK
The Beaches - Money

Leona's Sister Is All Grown Up

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 Submitted By Lenny Stoute

Music is this organic thing which doesn't necessarily need permission or even encouragement to evolve. Check the opus of artists like Eric Satie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis or Brian Eno and you can almost hear passages evolving as they go, eventually tumbling into the mainstream, therein to exert another set of evolutionary influences. Nor is it confined to elite artists. It can happen to any music and any music makers.

In the case of Toronto's Leona's Sister, the initial evolution was from a bluesy, Seventies hard rock style, more riff-oriented to a more inclusive retro rock sound. It was originally formed as a recording project created in 1998 by vocalist/songwriter JT and bassist Barry (Bazman) Twohig, the intent being to get JT's original lyrics put to music and recorded. With a few friends, she went into Studio92 and recorded the first CD, Almost Alive. In 1999, the project developed into a more regular pattern and the band Leona's Sister was started. More songs, new players, another visit to Studio92 and the second CD, Out Of The Basement, was born. Things were looking up and the revolving door of players had stopped to let off a reliable core. Then early in the spring of 1999, JT was struck by falling ice and hospitalized. This brought the band side of the project to a screeching halt but she continued to write songs.

CMW & The Guild of Music Supervisors, Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Canadian Music Week began in 1981 and has grown to become one of Canada’s largest and most influential media and music conferences. It draws top industry professionals to participate in a four-day program of activities.

Designed to stimulate the exchange of market intelligence, increase dialogue and provide networking opportunities, Canadian Music Week continues to present the ideal platform for more than 3,000 national and international delegates.

2018 will mark CMW's 36th year, and is the single longest running multi-day Canadian music and media event. It manages to consistently bring together more than 3,000 music industry professionals for the week's events - combining conferences, award shows, & one of Canada’s biggest "New Music" festivals.

Always adding something new to the vast programme this year The Guild of Music Supervisors Canada Present The 1st Annual Canadian Sync Awards

Canadian Sync Awards 2018 Nominees

Best Sync - Promo
David Hayman: 'Ennio' by HUMANS, "Entanglement"
David Hayman: 'Walk Alone' by Time Copz, "Letterkenny" (Season 3)
Velma Barkwell: 'I'm On My Way' by The Proclaimers, "Mr. D, Season 7 Premiere"

Tom Ghent 2018 Rhode Island Hall of Fame Inductee

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Submitted by Don Graham
Photo Credit: Bob Jessa

Tom Ghent, the music pioneer, is about to be recognized and enshrined for his everlasting contribution to folk music from the 1960s to present day. After 50 plus years of performing, Tom is being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame on April 27, 2018. We caught up with Tom in New York City.

“I’m in my old stomping grounds in New York where I cut my musical teeth so many years ago. I just did an incredible show at The Old Stone House just south of Prospect Park. Great acoustics and a warm receptive crowd.” I asked about his Hall of Fame nod, “I’m originally from Rhode Island and was invited back there to take part in a songwriting seminar kind of deal that went really well. About four months later, I was back home in Nashville and got the call that I was being inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. It’s an incredible honour.”

Pete Townshend Who Came First

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

Who Came First’ is the debut solo record by Pete Townshend, first released in 1972. The album collected together tracks from Townshend's private pressings of his tributes to Meher Baba, Happy Birthday and I Am, as well as demos from the unrealized concept album Lifehouse, part of which became The Who's classic Who's Next album.

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary, the album will be released as a 2 CD-expanded version, featuring eight previously unreleased tracks, new edits, alternative versions and live performances. Also included in the eight-panel digipak are new sleeve notes provided by Townshend himself, the original poster from the 1972 release and a 24-page booklet which contains rare images of Meher Baba and Townshend in his recording studio. The cover photo of Townshend, taken by Graham Hughes (who also shot the cover of The Who's Quadrophenia), has been updated for this release.

Get 'Loosey Goosey' with The Noolands

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Noolands are a four piece alt. rock group from Barrie, Ontario a bedroom city of Toronto just up the 400 Highway. “We’re close enough to the big city to make ourselves accessible but far enough away to still get a smaller city vibe,” says co-founder Brandon Davenport.

The band consists of Davenport, Aaron Casey and twin brothers James and Jon Laxton. Says Brandon, “We have been together for about four years now and are having a blast. Aaron and I started out as songwriters for other people and enjoyed playing with James and Jon but just for our friends. But people really enjoyed our energy on stage and there was a demand to see us live so we got serious about putting the band together and here we are.” And where they are is in a great position to take that next step forward on their musical journey with a new single, ‘Loosey Goosey’ and a new EP, "Us On A Bus" to promote their first single.

‘High School T-Shirt’ was released in 2014 and was recorded in Barrie at Unity Market Café and Studio. It got some traction and allowed the boys to get a couple of dozen formative live shows under their belts. They went back to the studio with friend and producer Joshua Doerksen (also known as Papa Nooland) to create a five-song EP title Generation Why. This EP was an important link in the ‘Chain of Nooland’ they were forging, drawing all the influences they grew up with and melding them together to form their sound. This record also got them some local radio airplay on Rock 95.

And the Winner is….Juno Awards 2018

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The JUNO Awards has evolved from an industry awards event to a weeklong festival that travels city to city across the country. It encompasses both public-facing fan events and industry/networking opportunities featuring a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent. The JUNO Week events include JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more! The JUNO Awards were created to celebrate and promote Canadian music and artists.The Juno Awards of 2018 were presented in Vancouver, British Columbia during the weekend of 24–25 March 2018. The primary telecast ceremonies were held at Rogers Arena. The following are the nominees and winners of the Junos 2018.

Juno Fan Choice Award
Alessia Cara
Arkells
Jessie Reyez
Justin Bieber
Shawn Hook
Winner: Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd
Theory
Walk Off the Earth

Single of the Year
Alessia Cara, "How Far I'll Go"
Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"
Arkells, "Knocking at the Door"
The Weeknd, "I Feel it Coming"
Winner: Shawn Mendes, "There's Nothing Holdin' me Back"

International Album of the Year
Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
Ed Sheeran, Divide
Winner: Kendrick Lamar, DAMN.
Post Malone, Stoney
Taylor Swift, Reputation

Michael Peterson Drink Swear Steal and Lie

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Submitted by Don Graham

Michael Peterson has a list of accomplishments in country music as long as your arm. Beginning in 1998 he has sold over a million records, been nominated for a Grammy, had  songs on the charts with 'Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie' hitting #3 and From Here to Eternity being his first #1 as well as being listed as  the fourth most popular Country wedding song of all time and in the top forty of all time country love songs. He has written songs for Travis Tritt, Timothy B. Schmitt of The Eagles and Pop Superstar Deniece Williams, to name a few. Heck, he even contributed to the #1 New York Times bestselling "Chicken Soup For The Soul" series. He has also received numerous distinguished public service awards including the prestigious Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” medal from the USO following his 11 tours and over 150 performances for Service men and women deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Korea.

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