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Marcher, Manger, Musique and MIDEM


On Location in Cannes France

by Sandy Graham

Midem.com

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!!

Canadian Tenors The Perfect Gift

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

By Natasha Slinko

Four incredibly diverse and multi-talented gentlemen - Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters and their newest member Clifton Murray, come together to form The Canadian Tenors. Each performer has diversified musical experience, various backgrounds and perspectives in their training, yet when they sing together in their four-part harmony, it is truly magic.

The Canadian Tenors originally stole the hearts of people world-wide with their debut album entitled The Canadian Tenors, with tracks such as ‘We Were Born to Shine’ and ‘Your Moment Is Here’. With the release of the Christmas CD The Perfect Gift, they will continue to capture the hearts of their audience.

Jason Rogers: Keepin’ It Country

Cover Dec 09, 2010

by Sandy Graham

The power of music is hearing another’s heart, another’s thoughts, communicated in a way that touches you from the inside. Music bares our innermost thinking, and in doing so, we relate to someone else's experience, pain, and joy. Through this we separate ourselves, for just a moment, from the everyday challenges of this life and fully enjoy the simple things that this life has afforded us. Jason Rogers can touch your heart and your soul with his music, lyrics and soothing vocals.

Born in Eastern Canada, Rogers came from a community where neighbours, music and the simple life was the way of life. Growing up in a rural environment, his influences were the surrounding activities of hunting, fishing and adventures with nature. Rogers still has that attitude and it reflects in his music and song.

Canada’s Next Big Thing

Cover Dec 2, 2010

Jenn’s Not Taking It For Grant-ed

By Lenny Stoute

The upbeat, just this side of bubbly voice on the phone belongs to folk-pop songstress Jenn Grant, touring in support of Echoes, an album load of sombre, brooding tunes. Her vibe’s like that on account of Grant and bandmates are on the way to play Montreal’s newest hipster venue, Il Motore. Yesterday, it was a writing day and the day before that, playing the prestigious Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto.

“It was pretty awesome. The sound was great; it’s a huge place in the old soft seater style. I have no idea how many it holds. It was a very nice gig” all sounds a little offhand but not because Grant isn’t appreciative of the venue’s status. She is, but increasingly she’s playing the soft seat circuit as talk builds that Jenn Grant’s the next big thing, the Feist in waiting, a redhead with a peaches’n’cream complexion, a killer way of working a vintage dress and her own voice.

The Toxic Avenger

Cover October 29, 2010

By Lenny Stoute

The Danforth isn’t a hipster ‘hood; it has a boho quotient and vivid nightlife but it’s mostly about families; both the freshly married and the Greek bedrock which gives the ‘hood its name. Both of these types could be seen looking quizzically at the Danforth Music Hall in recent months as the vintage soft-seater underwent a radical makeover.

Being that the makeover involved lurid lighting, Day-Glo transfers splattered across the sidewalk and drums of toxic waste, teetering on the edge of the marquee’s roof, it might have been hard for the locals to see the improvement. For sure, all were curious as to just what the souvlaki they were getting up to in there. And why’d they have to treat that fine old building so?

He Shoots He Scores – Orin Issacs & Battle of the Blades

Cover October 21, 2010

By Bill Delingat

BATTLE OF THE BLADES is the brainchild of Kevin Albrecht with development by Sandra Bezic. BATTLE OF THE BLADES executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby and Kevin Albrecht. It is produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC Television.

This Is What?! Michael Jackson’s new tune not so new, and it has CANCON!

Cover October 16, 2010

By Bill Delingat

Canada ‘s number one crooner Paul Anka stepped forward this week with a threat to sue Jackson's estate for proper credit and his share of royalties of the supposedly new Michael Jackson song “This Is It”.

The administrators of the estate quickly acknowledged that songwriter Anka did co-write the song with Jackson and has granted him 50 percent of the copyright publishing. This would be a huge windfall for the 68-year-old Canadian crooner who also wrote the famous Sinatra song “My Way” as well as the theme song for The Johnny Carson Show.

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