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Joey Cee

Cover January 14, 2011

Joey Cee

The Hits Just Keep On Comin’ !

by Sandy Graham

 

When you first talk to Joey Cee, you are expecting the typical music business veteran voice; the one that tells you he has been in this for decades and isn’t quite sure or happy with the direction it is all going with music these days. Almost a bit of the grand ennui. What you are not expecting is the high energy, excited dialogue and music memories that this guy talks about; laughing while telling you great stories of Canada’s music legends, producers and radio gurus that Cee worked with while building his JCO empire. I can’t imagine what he was like as a young lad, selling The ‘Telly’ (Toronto Telegram) or The Star on downtown street corners. The delightful part of talking to this walking music encyclopedia was how great his stories are and how happy he is to tell them.

 

‘When I was a kid, around Grade 6 or 7, I developed the competitive edge, I loved the sales part but I loved the fact you got rewards with sales,’ Cee reflects. ‘I always won the top sales for chocolate bars, school incentives, things like that. I realized even back then that everyone is a salesman of some sort. We are always selling ourselves. I just happen to have made a great career out of it.’

 

Justin Bieber- Teenage World Domination

Cover January 7, 2011

Story:Lenny Stoute

He’s the reigning Prince Of Pop, a singin’, dancin’ Beatle bob wearing sixteen year old teen dream, music’s logical successor to Michael Jackson. How did a sweet kid from Stratford Ontario get like that?


Justin Drew Bieber,  born March 1 1994, is the biggest star spawned on YouTube to date, so it’s fitting that his discovery was a random thing. Happened to the kid from Stratford,Ontario when So So Def marketing exec Scooter Braun clicked on a Bieber video by accident and unknowingly unleashed the next Pop Idol of The Universe.. A blown away Braun flew to Canada and persuaded Bieber’s mom to allow the kid to fly with him to meet with r’n’b star Usher at the company’s Atlanta offices.


In short order Bieber was inked to Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG), a joint venture between Braun and Usher, followed by a recording contract with Island Records . The high speed pace here is indicative of what is to come for an artist who will write an autobiography before his sixteenth year is out.


The Worthy Dozen 2

Cover Dec 31, 2010

 Story:Cashbox Canada

 

Here we go with The Worthy Dozen Part Two.

 

In no particular order, except that they all deserve the attention, here’s the second  six pack of twelve hearing-worthy Canadian albums whose release may have flown under your personal radar. 

 

Happy New Year 2011.

 

 


Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Oddities

Outside Music


This collection of rarities and B-sides offers a dozen songs Kate and Anna recorded between 1973 and 1990 but never previously released or released in alternate versions. Arriving shortly after Kate passed on, this recording stands as fitting testimony to the sterling contributions the McGarrigles have made to Canadian music.


The Worthy Dozen-Twelve Albums You May Have Missed But Shouldn’t

Cover Dec, 22, 2010

The Worthy Dozen-Twelve Albums You May Have Missed But Shouldn’t 

Story: Cashbox Canada

 

Even with all the gloom and doom emanating from the major and minor record companies, new music continues to be released in greater numbers than ever. Which means as sure as God made minor keys, that much worthwhile music gets buried under the torrent. Even with social networking and all, media attention and career breakthroughs come soonest to those allied with the major labels.

 

In no particular order, except that they all deserve the attention, here’s the first six pack of twelve hearing-worthy Canadian albums whose release may have flown under your personal radar.  The other six-pack arrives next week.

 



Don Graham

A Willing Heart  

Breakin’ Records

 

Bruce Cole’s Hidden Photo Gems Surface For 40th Junos Anniversary

Cover Dec 17, 2010

Story:Bill Delingat 



Bruce Cole, born in what many had called Canada’s ‘Motor City’ (Oshawa), was uprooted at the tender age of five when his family moved to Toronto. He attended Bathurst Heights Secondary School and later Ryerson Polytechnic Institute.


While attending High School in 1967, Cole built his own dark room in his parent’s basement. This allowed him to deepen his interest in photography and from then on, there was no turning back. Cole’s career blossomed as he took pictures of famous musicians including Gordon Lightfoot, Bette Midler, Rush, Bryan Adams and others. Cole became an “in-demand photographer” for the music industry with requests to shoot album cover artwork and live concert performances. In the process, he was compiling a collection of thousands of photographs of famous rock and pop stars over the years.  


Cole became one of the first official JUNO Awards photographers from 1971 until 1990. His vast library of music icons was not gained without sacrifice as Cole attributes his partial hearing loss to that part of the job involving “being too close to the stage” to capture that special moment of action for fans to cherish for years to come. 

 

CASHBOX CANADA’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE COLE

Bruce Cole

Story: Bill Delingat

 

With all the energy building around the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the JUNOS, Cashbox had a chance to ask legendary Rock photographer Bruce Cole a few questions on his experiences as a photographer in the Juno years, his start in the industry and few tips for the fans on their next concert shots. 

 

C.B: You started in photography as a teenager? What drew you to it when your friends were probably into sports and girls, teen stuff etc. and what was your first camera?

 

Cole: My first camera was my dad’s, it was a rangefinder style model made by Iloca of Germany with a Zeiss Lens. The first time I saw a print develop in a darkroom tray, I saw the magic of how a simple sheet of white paper became an image. I was hooked!

 

C.B: Once you decided to make a career out of it, how did you branch off into the music scene vs. weddings, portraits and news, which would be a normal route for a young photographer? 

 

John Winston Ono Lennon, (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)

Cover, Dec 10, 2010

Thirty Years Later


Story:Bill Delingat


It is often said that special days in our lives are always remembered, from first love, to the birth of one’s children and then there are those days we wish we could forget but never will as we say “I know exactly where I was when that happened.”


This past Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of one of those sad days when the man who taught the band to play was gunned down at around 10:50 pm on December 8th 1980, as he and his wife Yoko returned to their New York apartment in the Dakotas. 


Lennon was shot four times in the back by a cowardly, delusional young man named Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the building. Lennon staggered up the five steps to the reception area and fell to the floor, scattering cassette recordings he had been carrying as the Concierge of the Dakota, Jay Hastings ran over to attempt to stop the profuse bleeding.


Andy Kim Celebrates Christmas with his 6th Annual Christmas Show

Cover Dec 3, 2010

The sting in the tale of early success is that from there on, the road is guaranteed to be rough and on a gradual down slope. Sorry Justin Beiber but keeping thinking of the money. Andy Kim was kind of a Justin Beiber figure in his day, a 16-year-old dreamer turned darkly handsome dude with a wicked knack for crafting nuggets of pop perfection. 

 

On the eve of his 6th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show, the man some folks call ‘Canada’s Neil Diamond’ talks about its genesis and being back in the spotlight once again.


“ In 2005, I hooked up with Ron Sexsmith to write a Christmas song"What Ever Happened To Christmas’. Out of that came the idea of the show and so The Andy Kim Christmas Show was born.” It was meant to be a one time thing when some friends would come up and play. Then I thought if it was going to be an event, it should be of benefit.  When I put it out to other people, the response was gratifying. The first to come on board were Sexsmith and the late, lamented Haydain Neale. With the help and encouragement of so many people, the show went on at the Mod Club in Toronto and that’s where it has lived ever since.”


ANDRÉ- PHILIPPE GAGNON Bringing His 401 Down the 401

Cover Nov 26, 2010

Story:Don Graham 

 

Quebec born impressionist André- Philippe Gagnon is bringing his 401 voices down the 401 to treat the province of Ontario to his extraordinary talent. His press release bills him as The Man of 400 Voices, so counting his own voice it brings the total number of voices to 401. Perfect for traveling down the 401 Highway from Quebec to Ontario.

 

When asked how he started doing impressions Gagnon explains, ” As babies we start speaking by imitating the sounds we hear around us and then at a certain age we outgrow that habit. I never did outgrow it!”  He goes on to say “My idol, as a kid, was Mel Blanc who did Bugs Bunny and all those great cartoon voices. I started by doing Tweety Bird and when I did it my brother praised me instead of punching me. That’s when I knew I was on to something!” A shy kid who didn’t enjoy speaking in public, Gagnon found his talent to be a great ice breaker and it put him at ease in those awkward  situations. 

 

In 1985 Gagnon got a break by performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival where he recreated, with uncanny accuracy, every voice on the famous Michael Jackson penned, We Are the World song that had been recorded by USA for Africa.


JOSE FELICIANO: Still Lighting The Fire

Cover Nov 19, 2010

By Don Graham

Often credited with opening la puerta for Latin American singers in North America, Jose Feliciano is still filling rooms with people and great music, four decades later. Jose literally burst onto the scene with his soulful, latinesque version of The Doors mega hit ‘Light  My Fire’. This song got the attention of radio, finally settling at number three on the U.S. pop charts.

When I spoke to Jose from his home in sunny Florida he gave this insight into the recording of  ‘Light My Fire’, “I had been performing the song in coffee houses and when it came time to record my producer Rick Jarrard said I should record ‘Light My Fire’.  I scoffed at the idea saying it’s already a hit by The Doors so what’s the point. Rick said Jose please oblige me, which I did and the rest is history. The song was actually the B side of the single ‘California Dreaming’. Then one day a disc jockey in Seattle flipped it over and ‘Light My Fire’ took off.  “Speaking of  that  record” , Jose added,  “I just saw online that they picked the Top Ten covers of rock tunes and I was #1 with California Dreaming!”

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