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Summer Songs

Lighthouse Sunny Days

by Sandy Graham

In Canada, we have the tradition of the May 24 long weekend, in honour of Queen Victoria. Being the Commonwealth country, we still uphold this holiday, but not so much as a Birthday recognition of a long ago Monarch, but as the tradition of cottages opening up for the season, gardens getting prepared for the summer flowers, holidays being planned and always the music.

Summer brings the radio stations back to playing hits from the past that we all identify with the season approaching. ‘Summer in the City’ by The Lovin’ Spoonful, ‘Summer Breeze’ by Seals and Croft and of course the Canadian summer anthem ‘Sunny Days’ by our very own Lighthouse. Since Cashbox Magazine was known for Charts in it’s heyday, Cashbox Canada has compiled a list of the Top 30 Songs that represent the summer season.

1. Kokomo The Beach Boys
2. Summer in the City Lovin’ Spoonful
3. Sunny Days Lighthouse
4. Good Day Sunshine The Beatles
5. Here Comes the Sun The Beatles
6. Hot Fun In the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone
7. All Summer Single Billy Idol
8. All Summer Long The Beach Boys
9. Summer of Love John Mellencamp
10. Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer Nat King Cole
11. Summer Breeze Seals and Crofts
12. Summer of 69 Bryan Adams
13. Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
14. Here Comes Summer Cliff Richard
15. Summer Nights From Grease
16. Sealed With A Kiss Bryan Hyland
17. The Boys Of Summer Don Henley
18. Summer Turning Blue Max Webster
19. Summer Rain Johnny Rivers
20. Black Summer Rain Eric Clapton
21. A Summer Song Chad and Jeremy

Omega Crom: Blood, Steel & Fire On The Highway

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by Lenny Stoute

The road is a mean motha that’ll make ya or break ya. Mention a western tour in winter to a Canuck musician and the answer’s always; "Who’d you piss off?"

From Vancouver to St. John’s, crisscrossing the vast prairies and lush river valleys, musicians roam the land bringing their sounds to willing ears far and wide. Some come hard, some come soft, some melodic, some all noise and few louder or more fierce than Omega Crom.

They’re recently back in Vancouver after their first ever cross-Canada tour, a Canuck rite of passage replete with tales of rip-offs, skanky groupies and stinky vans, jammed into close quarters for long periods in unfamiliar circumstances will bring out all manner of behaviours but band leader Johnny Ketlo says theirs was as smooth as a salmon belly.

"It was just awesome. Turned out we all got along really well on the road. It was all new to everybody, everything from playing to 300 people one night and 30 the next to checking out the chicks making out in the mosh pit".

It helped the crew were rolling in a big ass Chevy Suburban with the gear in a trailer, leaving lots of room to spread out. The tour was in support of "Blood, Fire and Steel", the band’s much-anticipated debut, a chest rattling, blood rousing call to rock ’n’ roll arms. Same as it ever was, if you wanna move units Facebook’ll help but you gotta take the show to the people.

Is Kellylee Evans a Canadian Sasha Fierce?

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By Lenny Stoute

The soulful songstress clues us to this and other ideas simmering on her follow-up album, The Good Girl.

Where most artists who drop a noticed album tend to want to build on that by serving up more of the same, Kellylee Evans is confident fans will follow her to another place. The Scarborough-born singer came outa nowhere in 2007 with debut album Fight or Flight to win an award for best female artist, Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, plus Juno and Gemini nods. Evans is poised to drop her follow-up The Good Girl and a sneak listen reveals it rarely gives a look in on the jazz ‘hood.

Don Graham A Willing Heart CD Review

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by S. Robertson

The country market is filled with great singers, talented songwriters and larger than life performers. That is why it is refreshing to hear a CD that has it all.

This new CD by veteran country rock artist, Don Graham (a founding member of Graham County) has it all. Great story telling songs, amazing production, infectious guitar lines and most of all a voice that will keep you hooked from the first song.

The first track, “GOT WHAT IT TAKES”, says it all. ‘An everyday man of everyday means at home in my t-shirt and my old blue jeans’ captures the image of an average man who is comfortable in his own skin.

Track 2, “DUG A HOLE” is along the same lines, a southern front porch, swampy kind of feel with a great hook. By the time I hit the 3rd track “THE WORLD DIDN’T END” I started to realize that this CD had a thread of a story to it. In this day of digital downloads and iPod shuffles, how refreshing to hear something with continuity to it.

Andy Kim Is Going to ‘Happen Again’ !

Cover April 9, 2010
by Sandy Graham

On first encounter with the speaking voice of Andy Kim, you can hear the richness and passion in his words. And he is not even singing. Kim is a combination of amazed and excited about the release of his new CD, ‘Happen Again’, distributed by E1 Canada.

“The CD was recorded in Los Angeles, but it all came to life when I met Eric Alper last November, and E1 expressed serious interest in promoting and marketing Andy Kim and my new product", explains Kim. ‘’ I have been living in the U.S. for many years, but Canada has always been my home. It is quite fitting that my launch of this new product is right here – in my home country".

Cashbox Canada's Live Six Pick for CMW- Half a dozen hot numbers that must be seen to be appreciated.

© Lenny Stoute

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Think About Life was formed in Montreal in 2005 by drummer Matt Shane and keyboardist Graham Van Pelt as a dance electronica indie rock act. The addition of vocalist Martin Cesar's idiosyncratic ways with classic r'n'b grooves pushed the band into a territory all its own. With a pair of well-received albums in the catalogue and name brand tours with such as Franz Ferdinand and Land Of Talk, Think About Life is edging closer to mainstream attention.

Marcher, Manger, Musique and MIDEM


On Location in Cannes France

by Sandy Graham

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Bonjour mes amis and welcome to my first hand experience of the enigma known as MIDEM.

I am traveling for the Canadian contingent coordinated by Kathy Hahn Canada Stand Coordinator (CIMA) and MIDEM guru. We have the privilege of arriving two days early as Hahn is responsible for the set-up of this enterprising event that brings the Canadian music industry to Cannes, France. This is where the music world meets and plays every year. I opted to arrive early as well in order to get my “sea legs” and to adjust to the time difference between Canada and Europe.

Rawkin’ The Gospel in a Gin Joint Near You

Cover Jan 22, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

Ain’t every day dude steps up and tells you he’s about putting the stank on Gospel. Specially when said dude is a former missionary with significant cred in Gospel music and a founding member of Canada’s premiere old school Gospel act. But Marcus Mosely is a man with a mission and a heart full of soul. When he says the stank is needful, believe it.

“ The mission is to bring Gospel music back into the mainstream. We’re doing it by emphasising the music, not the message. We’re putting The Sojourners stank on because people seem to like it like that”, says the Texas-born Mosley from his Vancouver crib.

Rebel Emergency in Toronto and It’s All Good

Cover Jan 11-2010

by Sandy Graham

When you first speak to Roddy and Geoff of Rebel Emergency, you can feel their synergy with each other and their music. “We went to the same school, but didn’t know each other that well”, Geoff Willingham says. “That is right”, Roddy agrees, “I was in high school then and jamming with Neil. We found we had some good melodies and fine tuned the current lineup and sound. I met Geoff and he said he was going to play guitar for the rest of his life, and I thought he is the guy we are looking for to round out the sound.”

They both agree that there is homage to be paid to the artists that influenced them in their younger years. Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff were a few names bantered about in our conversation of their early immersion into the world of reggae.

Rebel Emergency started out as a basement band in Scarborough, Ontario and have developed into

Elvis Crossing The Border

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By Don Graham

On January 8th this year Elvis Presley would have turned seventy five ! The King of Rock n’ Roll, three quarters of a century old. Sounds hard to imagine doesn’t it? Well it does to me, but maybe that’s because I remember seeing him on a black and white 17 inch screen on the Dorsey Brothers television show, before the famous Ed Sullivan performances. We were just kids looking for something different to listen to than our parents favourites, Johnny Ray, Frankie Laine and Julius Larosa to name a few. We wanted something to call our own, and this young, duck tailed, sideburned, gyrating rebel from the south seemed to be the ticket. In no time at all, we were all growing our hair long, using Brylcreem, buying 45’s and walking with a new found swagger. Our folks couldn’t understand a word he said and yet every word he sang spoke right to us! Something to call our own!!

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