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Poor Nameless Boy Making a Name For Himself

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Submitted by Don Graham

Poor Nameless Boy actually does have a name and it’s one that you will know very shortly as Joel Henderson is poised to make a big splash on the folk/roots/Americana scene.. When asked about his choice of Poor Nameless Boy as a stage name, Joel explains “ My dad toured for 18 years as a musician and my brother Chris has got a good sized Country music following so I wanted something that would give me my own indentity. I went to see my dad and brother with about 40 name ideas but none of them really worked. I couldn’t come up with one and dad jokingly said “ Poor Nameless Boy” , and that was it.”

Avery Raquel Learning Life Lessons

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Submitted by Don Graham

One of the hardest things for young people these days is trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives. There are so many options and it’s hard to make up your mind at a young age to decide what you would like to spend your life doing. But that’s not a dilemma for young Avery Raquel. At 14 years old, Avery is focused and primed for a career in music. When asked about her favourite musical memory Avery says, “I remember my parents taking me to see  Annie when I was about 4, and I came home and learned all the songs.”

From the age of 4, she began traveling from her home in Hamilton, Ontario, across the country to perform and quickly became proficient in singing, dancing and acting. But of the three, although Avery has worked in film with television productions for Disney and Dreamworks, music is the source of her passion. “I remember my Dad playing Ray Charles’ version of ‘Over The Rainbow’ and calling me down to listen and sing along. I loved singing those great songs.”

Inge Andersen Fallen Angel On The Rise

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Submitted by Don Graham

Inge Andersen is one of those hidden gems that are scattered on the musical landscape, just waiting for hungry ears to discover. A pure voice, intelligent but moving lyrics all captured on a 10 song CD, Fallen Angel, brilliantly produced by Americana icon Eric Anderson.

The debut album by this Dutch singers/songwriter was a long time coming as life took her down a different path early on, a path of academia, a path on which she earned a PhD in Educational Psychology. But Inge loved poetry and music for as long as she could remember and she describes a life changing event that took place while she was in college “My friend in college, who was a music collector, took me to a concert of a group of singer-songwriters. This was in 1989. Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Olney and Eric Andersen were on a joint tour. This was the first time I saw and heard Eric. I immediately loved his music. However, it took eleven years before we actually met and another five years before we started singing together. I accompanied Eric on a tour of Japan in 2005 and after that we performed regularly together, with the brilliant Italian violinist Michele Gazich. We played songs from the whole of Eric's repertoire. Eric and Michele encouraged me to perform my own songs and eventually co-produced my album Fallen Angel.”

David Bowie Look Up Here, I’m In Heaven

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Submitted by Don Graham

The world was shocked to wake up to news of the passing of an icon, musical superstar David Bowie. Although not many even knew he was sick; Bowie had been battling cancer in private for 18 months. But Bowie knew his days were numbered when he made one final public appearance in December 2015 at the New York City premiere of his off-Broadway musical –‘Lazarus’. The press wrote that he looked so well, so healthy but it was reported later that when he left, he collapsed.

Bowie’s passing came after a difficult few years during which he suffered half a dozen heart attacks related to his cancer. But that didn’t stop the icon from creating as he just released his new album “Blackstar” on his 69th birthday, two days before his death. His sense of timing is eerie, he released “Space Oddity” only days before the moon landing in 1969.

Fred Ramsperger For the Record

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Submitted by Don Graham

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.”

Lori Yates Sweetheart of the Valley

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Submitted by Don Graham

This is it! It’s here! Finally, the album I’ve been waiting for! I didn’t know who was going to record it, but I knew that one day it would happen. One day there would be an album that would remind me of those days of opening up a new vinyl 12” LP and putting the needle down gently on the grooves and being transported to a beautiful place. A place of warm rich tones and richly textured vocals singing heartfelt lyrics. Lori Yates captured lightning in a bottle with her new record Sweetheart of the Valley and this should be the ticket to get her back where belongs on the alt-country music scene.  This is Lori’s first album since 2007 when she released The Book Of Minerva, and it was well worth the wait. Backed up masterfully by Hey Stella, whose members include Blue Rodeo's Bazil Donovan, David Baxter and Michelle Josef and steel player Steve Wood.

Bobby Curtola Classic Christmas Concerts

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Submitted by Don Graham

The Christmas season is upon us and like every year the traditions we all hold so dear are making their appearance in our lives once again. Decorations that may have been in the family for years, recipes for shortbread, fruitcake, pies and turkey stuffing handed down through generations are brought out and prepared. Christmas music will once again permeate the airwaves and helping to fulfill that end is Canada’s rock and roll legend, the Canuck version of the Energizer bunny himself, Bobby Curtola.

Andy Kim Celebrates Christmas at his 11th Annual Christmas Show

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Cover Photo Credit Kane Holding

There are all the tell-tale signs of the holiday season in Toronto - stores are stocking the shelves, The Bay Christmas Window is up, Nathan Phillips Square is preparing for the ice skaters, and of course, now a tradition as well - The 11th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show In Support of CAMH Foundation Gifts of Light.

Andy Kim today announced the list of performers for this year’s Andy Kim’s Christmas Show. The concert will once again benefit CAMH, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the Gifts of Light Program.

This year’s lineup is going to be stellar. Andy Kim, Tom Cochrane, Barenaked Ladies, Michael and Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), The Trews, Ron Sexsmith, Kevin Drew and Brendon Canning (Broken Social Scene), Beaches, Honeymoon Suite, Kardinal Offishall, Tom Wilson, Tomi Swick and other special guests yet to be announced.

Gordon Lightfoot Hitting The Road At 77

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Submitted by Don Graham

It’s hard to remember a time in Canada when singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot wasn’t an integral part of the fabric of Canadian music. He has said that one of his early influences was American songsmith and storyteller Stephen Foster and Lightfoot may well be remembered by future generations of Canadians as our Stephen Foster. Most Canadian songwriters will tell you of some sort of influence and imprint left on them by the Orillia native.

Don Graham and Marshall Dane – Together Again for the First Time !

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The country music scene has changed so much there are times you can’t tell if a song playing on the country station is truly country, but the fact remains a good song is a good song.

On November 26 that is exactly what Don Graham and Marshall Dane are going to do – play some good songs.

“ There’s a lot a great talent out there right now in the country market and I always thought it would be cool to do a show with one or two of my favourite young artists. I’ve been a Marshall Dane fan for a long time now and thought he would be a great choice to do this first one with. The night will be an up close and comfortable setting at Musideum in Toronto, one of my favourite listening venues. Marshall and I will each do a set of originals and I think it’s going to an awesome and memorable night. Can’t wait.”

Don Graham is a veteran country singer/songwriter having spent over four decades perfecting his craft. He has performed globally, picking up friends and fans around the world. Don was signed in the early days to Irving Almo Music to a writers deal by the legendary Brian Chater, resulting in him relocating from his hometown of Montreal to Toronto. Don now spends his time performing at select venues, while also travelling to showcase at places like the Nashville Palace in Tennessee, a private partyduring MIDEM in Cannes, France and appearing on the pilot for a video show produced by Dave Woods.

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