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Rick Plester - From Hockey Sticks to Guitar Licks

Rick Plester

By Bill Delingat

Born in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada with a population of 15,000 people, Rick Plester, like most young Canadian boys first love was hockey. At the age of four years old, Rick and his family moved to Calgary and he loved country singer Johnny Cash and by elementary school he was exposed to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones by his teacher and soccer coach, Mr. Davis whose open mindedness led Plester to the school radio station and later on community radio. Plester found hockey here in the mid west and as an up and coming goal keeper at the age of 16 played with the Williams Lake Mustangs with a goal to be in the NHL. After being an MVP and an All Star starter Plester tried out for every team ,but always got the wrong answers ”too young or too short”.

Other Voices, Other Echoes: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble

By Rob Tomaro

Wouldn't it be something to hop in a time machine and walk into a candlelit concert hall in Vienna in 1738 just in time to see Johann Sebastian Bach perform his new smash hit "Ach das ich Wassers gnug hatte"?   The crowd goes wild.  Play it again, Johann!

The next best thing is to walk into an old stone chapel in Wisconsin a few nights ago and hear pretty much exactly what his music sounded like that night in Vienna so long ago.

Lee Everett Birthday Party - The Big 60!

Lee Everett

This weekend Niagara Falls shook to the sounds of Country Music as Lee Everett had a round up for his 60th Birthday.

Lee Everett started singing as a young boy of 5 years never forgetting his grandfather’s favourite song “Mom and Dad’s Waltz”. This led to a musical career that put Everett on tour of North America from 1971 -1985 until an accident sidewinded him in the Yukon, postponing his schedule. His journey back led him to studios in Nashville, Florida, Los Angeles and Toronto Canada. In 1991 he was topping the “Cashbox Charts” with ‘First Comes The Fire” Lee Everett is still currently on Cashbox Records with his new CD “Reach Out To Me”.

Matt Anderson is Piggybacking His Latest CD From Coast to Coast

Matt Anderson

By Tristan Stagg
Photo: Mark Logan

East Coast Canada’s guitarist Matt Anderson is leaving his audience electrified whereever he performs.  With a blend of the blues, jazz and rock, added with the passionate sound of his voice, Anderson is unmistakably a very rare and predominate asset to the Canadian music industry.  Accompanying Anderson’s busy touring schedule of having over 200 live shows a year, he has released his 6th album to date, “Piggyback”. Partnering up with harmonica player and friend Matt Stevens, creating an album consisting of 12 original songs, co-written by both Anderson and Stevens.

“This one is a lot more stripped down then the other ones have been. The last two have been full band with backup singers; drum kit, bass, the whole bit. This is just me and Mike, which is a lot more of how I’m used to playing; solo kind of shows, a lot closer to what my live shows are like.” He explains to me during an interview.

Miracula: Jose Antonio Abreu and El Sistema

Jose Anton

By Rob Tomaro,  Classical Music Editor for Cashbox Magazine

Once upon a time, in 1975, far away in the impoverished land of Venezuela, there was a strange little man who had a crazy idea.  He thought if he could create a national network of student orchestras, it might prevent thousands of kids from falling into a desperate cycle of gangs and drugs.  Replace the needle with the flute.  Replace the spray painted gang signs with pages out of Mozart. Did he just fall out of the sky, this mooncalf?   Was he as loopy as Baron Von Munchausen, this naïf? Thing is, he did it.

His name is Jose Antonio Abreu (pictured right).  He is an economist and amateur musician.

His El Sistema now has 125 youth orchestras, 30 full symphony orchestras and 250,000 kids enrolled in its programs. Its wunderkind conductor Gustavo Dudamel has just been appointed Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to this, he has appeared on the podiums of all the major symphonies of the world.

NAWTIKS

Nawtiks

Pronounced Gnaw-Ticks

By Bill Delingat

Nawtiks is the culmination of a lifelong collaboration between Nik Mutta and Randy Kahlon. Starting out as DJ/Producers and vocalists, the original concept for the group was to take Indian musical elements and mash them up with whatever styles would go along with it. The duo of Nawtiks has now grown into a trio, with a unique sound they bring onstage. Nawtiks' performances consist of: live vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, drum machines/synthesizers, and laptops. Refusing easy classifications, Nawtiks take on any genre of music and make it their own. They move freely between the musical spectrum: Hip hop, Drum n Bass, House, Techno, Alternative, Acoustic Rock, Acid Jazz, Breaks, and R’n’B, Bhangra, and Triphop... all mixed with their Indian flair.

D.J. Williams Authors Radio Marketing Book

Million dollar advergame baits potential reader

By Karen Bliss

In promoting his brand new radio marketing book, SoundBAIT – Creative Weapons of MASS Distraction, London, Ontario’s D.J. Williams is practicing what he preaches. Believing that creative ideas sell a lot easier than rates and ratings, he has launched an advergame contest on www.soundbait.com called Cash, Cars and Superstars with a prize of one million U.S. dollars.

“I wanted to do something fun and different; something exciting that would stand out and demonstrate another new way of advertising in electronic media,” explains Williams, whose company The Jetset Media Workshop has licensed these games from Chicago-based Tribune Interactive to sell in Canada and the U.S.

Advergames — using interactive games to advertise a product — are just one way that radio stations can attract more advertisers, says Williams.

Keepin’ It Real with the Divas and Bill King

By Bill MacDonald

Bill King is an easy interview - not because of his accomplishments (which are many) or his knowledge of music and the music industry (which is vast).  It’s his passion.  It flows through the conversation and takes over and is, quite simply, infectious.  Right now, the focus of his passion is his current project, the Real Divas. 

The Real Divas is comprised of four young female vocalists - Lauren Margison, Josephine Biundo, Kinga Victoria, and Sophie Berkal-Sarbit.

Tom Lodge and Radio Caroline

By Kathy Hahn "In the softness of now there's a vast presence. A place where sound caresses and colors, forms touch. To sink into this presence is to expand into the truth. The invitation is to melt into this Now.”   Umi Cashbox Magazine (U.S. and Canada) sits down with Radio Caroline icon and legendary broadcaster, Tom Lodge to talk about the past, present and future of music and radio broadcasting. Tom’s pursuit for freedom eventually led him to the Zen path of Enlightenment. He is now known by the name, Umi (meaning the sea) and lives at his own Stillpoint Zen Community Ashram in Santa Cruz, California. Tom has a new expanded book containing more stories about radio and music people, coming out in November, “The Ship That Rocked The World”, “How Radio Caroline Defied the Establishment, Launched the British Invasion and Made the Planet Safe for Rock and Roll.” For all of you who are not aware of Tom and his story, here is how he made history on the offshore pirate radio ship, rocking the world and forever changing the shape of pop culture as we know it today. Born in Surrey, England and growing up in the war years in Virginia, USA, Tom moved to Canada on his 18th birthday and became a cowboy in Alberta. He almost lost his life while ice fishing on Great Slave Lake, the subject of his first book, "Beyond the Great Slave Lake". Tom recalls  his early life was one big adventure. Growing up listening to radio while in the United States - including a lot of free form radio - helped shape his vision of what radio could  be, when he returned to England.

Canadian Musicians Busk For War Child

War Child

Liam Titcolm, Chantal Kreviazuk, Default and others take to the streets

By Karen Bliss

Musician Liam Titcomb raised a staggering $50,000 for War Child Canada on his recent 50-city, 99-show national busking tour, which ended Sept. 26,  and three days later more than 40 artists took to the Toronto streets for the same cause, Busking For Change.

War Child Canada CEO War Child Lisa Zbitnew called Titcomb’s accomplishment  “a remarkable journey by an extraordinary young man,” adding, “$50,000 is a tremendous achievement and a huge boost for the charity.”

War Child is an award-winning charity that provides opportunities and long-term solutions for war-affected children, focusing on education, strengthening children's rights, reducing poverty and fostering self reliance.

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