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Canadian Singer/Songwriter Bruce Cockburn Donates Archives to McMaster University

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Bruce Cockburn, one of Canada’s best loved musicians and composers, has donated his archives to McMaster, including his notebooks, musical arrangements, gold records, letters, scrapbooks, nearly 1,000 recordings, and even three guitars.

“These are my tools, my rough drafts, my mementoes and my trophies. Together, they form the roadmap of my working life,” says Cockburn. “I’m pleased they will have a safe and permanent home in a place where they may be useful to others.”

The collection includes 32 of Cockburn’s notebooks from 1969 to 2002. Through their pages, one can trace the development of individual songs, sometimes from single thoughts to finished lyrics, all set randomly among pages of sketches, observations, budgets, set lists and other notes. The notebooks offer a real window into the artist and activist’s imagination, creative process and his life as a working musician rising to international prominence.

Cockburn talks of the three guitars he has donated:


A  Guild 12-string, model F212-NT, serial 51968, 1971
“That is on a couple of albums, You’ve Never Seen Everything (2003), for sure, and I think it’s on Breakfast at New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu (1999) … We had trouble amplifying that one for live shows. It didn’t come with a built-in pickup. I replaced it with a 12-string Manzer.”

Within Rust Not your Average Vantown Band

Within Rust

Story: Lenny Stoute

We tend to look to Montreal for the next new things but increasingly,Vancouver is becoming the new Montreal. While the rapid success of the Yukon Blonde type sound spawned its share of clones, Vantown ‘s got its own brand of diversity going on. The groundwork laid down by pioneers Nardwar and Neko Case continues to yield up crop after crop of Left Coast mavericks with something to shout about.

Meet Exhibit A, Within Rust. In their own words.

Living Color Still Vivid After 25 Years

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Submitted by Michael Williams

Photo Credits:  Petra Richterova

PHOTO: Vernon Reid and Michael Williams

Twenty five years ago Living Color released “Vivid”. Their debut album, fostered Mick Jagger, took the world by surprise. They were opening for Robert Palmer at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. Being a big Robert Palmer fan since Vinegar Joe, I was at the show.  His 1985 release of “Addicted to Love” and its high fashion video dictated the way the crowd was dressed that night – men in suits and women in long gowns. This was not a Living Color crowd! While I loved their performance, the audience barely clapped.

After the show I went backstage. It was quiet. I pushed open Living Color’s dressing room door and saw the long faces of disappointment. I stuck my head in and said to them, “You were great! Come see me at Much Music”. Corey Glover, the lead singer, did and that was the beginning my wonderful relationship with Living Color.

Twenty-five years and several Grammys later, including one for “Vivid”, Corey Glover and I sat down and talked before a recent  Living Color show at the Opera House in Toronto.

MW:  Twenty-five years ago it all started to happen. How does it feel now in retrospect?
CG: Old, very old. I never thought I could last 25 years in anything so I am good with this!

Luminato Festival Returns to Toronto – June 14-23, 2013

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

The 2013 Juno Awards - and the Winners Are!

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The Juno Awards are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. New members of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame are also inducted as part of the awards ceremonies. Winners are currently chosen by either members of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or a panel of experts depending on the award. In almost all of the main general categories, such as Album of the Year or Artist of the Year, nominees are determined by sales during the qualifying period; in genre-specific categories, they are determined by panel.

The Annual Juno Awards were held April 20/21 2013 at The Brandt Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, hosted by Canadian crooner, Michael Buble.
2013 Juno Award winners:

Ska Chronicles: Desmond Dekker

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Submitted by Michael E.Williams

I had the honour of interviewing a number of Reggae/Ska artists at the Reggae/Ska Explosion #1 in 2007 where I first met and interviewed Leon Delroy Williams. He added to my musical education. Leon Delroy Williams is an actor, entrepreneur, manager and musician.  As an actor he can be seen in Batman Begins, The Saint and a number of UK television series. As an entrepreneur, he was the first promoter to do a show in Hyde Park, London with The Rolling Stones. As a musician, his big hits were reggae versions of the songs “Down in the Boondocks” by Billy Joe Royal and Aretha Franklin’s “Don’t Play That Song”. When asked about his “Down in the Boondocks” hit he says, “I was just having a laugh and it became my big break in 1966”.  A master producer, Leon Delroy Williams, helped craft the talents of Aswad and the sound of British Reggae.

MW: You managed Prince Buster and Desmond Deckker?
LDW:  I managed Desmond Deckker for 27 years and during that time I was always with Prince Buster as Manager as well. I like it better in the studio and stage with my two artists; it was always exciting on stage.

Justin Bieber Not So Bad

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The media has a selective memory. A good story is one an artist hopes for; negative reviews are dreaded and feared. As most of you know, Cashbox is a team of real music people; we have all worn many hats, with backgrounds as vee-jays, artists, music directors, producers, dancers, newspaper journalists, singer/songwriters, record reps; we have done it all. That is why we always attempt to keep a positive spin on our coverage. Because we have all been on the receiving end at one time or another. As the old saying goes, ‘if you haven’t got something nice to say, then don’t say it all.’ We also have a commitment to responsible journalism and must try to show both sides of a story.

The public has a notorious habit of building an idol, and then finding everything wrong with that artist, until they are finished and on to the next. We have watched while Britney Spears shaved her head, Miley Cyrus went from cutie girl to vamp, Michael Jackson turned into a freak show, sadly ending his life in a trail of yet to be lawsuits and more controversy. Elvis was the King of it all. We still won’t let him die, surrounding his death for decades with talk of him still walking around incognito to get away from his fans. All for our personal entertainment.

Willi Williams, The Clash, Big Sugar and The Herb Alpert Connection

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Submitted by Michael Williams

Willi Williams and I met at P&D’s uptown at Jane and Finch; the cook had been stabbed a week after he performed. You see, MuchMusic would send me to the best and worse places for a story that frequently ended up in lifelong friendships with the subjects of my interviews. And this time, it was in a warzone where shootings and stabbings happened on a regular basis. The promoter was Merdella Clarke, the show was the great Willi Williams from Studio One in Jamaica, the legendary recording studio built by Deadly Hedley Jones Sr. who introduced reggae music to the world before Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Willi Williams’ place in reggae history is cemented by his voice which influenced many and whose songs inspired the likes of The Clash. A Willi Williams song would be their first hit single in the U.K. and started their career. His song that The Clash recorded, Armagideon Time, is to reggae what the Funky Drummer is to hip hop.  It is a foundation song and Willi Williams is one of the founding fathers of reggae. He resides in Pickering, Ontario, and has lived there for many years, influencing younger musicians. One of those musicians he influenced greatly was Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar. Musically, the first time you heard them together was on the Hit and Run CD, (live medley). I talked to Gordie Johnson from Austin, Texas about how he met Willi Williams.

Buddy’s Back in Town – The Buddy Holly Story in Toronto

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The incredible legacy of the young man with glasses, whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period during the golden days of rock ‘n’ roll, continues to live on in the musical tribute to his life – The Buddy Holly Story.

The Day the Music Died, dubbed so by Don McLean's song "American Pie", was an aviation accident that occurred on February 3, 1959, near Clear Lake, Iowa, killing rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and the pilot, Roger Peterson. After terminating his partnership with The Crickets, Buddy Holly assembled a new band consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, to play on the '"Winter Dance Party" tour. The tour also featured rising artist Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson), who were promoting their own recordings as well. The tour was to cover 24 Midwestern cities in three weeks.

Hard Day’s No Nights CMW 31

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Submitted by Michael E. Williams

It’s a wrap for another Canadian Music Week (CMW). This year was number 31. CMW has just gotten better year after year.

CMW was broken into segments including Digital/Social Media, Live Touring, Songwriting and Publishing, Film Festival, Comedy Festival, Live Music and International Market Place (our own emerging  Midem - a great feature). Through International Market Place (IMP), Canadian artists had access to promoters, labels and night clubs from around the world. This year’s spotlight was on Korea, The Nordic Regions, Australia and Japan. Deals were signed and dates were booked.

I attended each day of CMW 31. I skipped the radio presentations in favor of the digital and social media panels because, other than live touring, this is where music is now. Live music was covered brilliantly in the Film Festival premiere of Ron Chapman’s Concert Documentary “Who the Fuck is Arthur Fogel?” It is the ultimate insider’s behind the scene concert film. So, who is Arthur Fogel? The Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring for industry giant, Live Nation. His career spans three decades and includes promoting or producing 11 of the top 15 tours in history. In this film, viewers go ‘’behind the scenes’’ at live concerts by The Police, U2 and Madonna. Arthur Fogel changed the face of live music globally. It is a ‘’must see’’ for anyone considering getting into the music business. And, Arthur Fogel, is Canadian!

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