The Pipes, The Drums and The Dancers of the Beach Celtic Festival !

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

It wouldn’t be a Celtic Festival with bagpipers and we are so pleased to have a grand showing of Pipes and Drums.  We start off with the opening ceremonies on Sept. 8 with the Scarborough Pipes and Drums. Always a favourite with the Celtic Crowd. This seasoned and award winning band has been performing at the Celtic Festival for years and we hope they will be with us for years to come. 

This year we are pleased to feature the wonderful bagpiping skills of Rory Sinclair. Not to be missed, Rory combines traditional songs with a hip look and is definitely a wonderful listen for all bagpipe fans. Also joining him with be the lovely and talented Stephanie Miletic on fiddle.

Close to the heart of the Beach Celtic history, on both Saturday Sept, 8 and Sunday Sept. 9, The Toronto Black Watch Pipes and Drums will be appearing on stage, and once again playing the slow march written by the Graham’s grandfather, Pipe Major Donald Sutherland of the BWR, ‘The Red Hackle’.
The Dancers !

Cottage Country and Holiday Music Trivia Reading !

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While we’re away here are some July events in our fabulous music industry – Enjoy!

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1953 - Bill Haley and the Comets release “Crazy Man, Crazy,” the first rock and roll record ever to make the US charts.
1954 - Elvis, Scotty Moore and Bill Black got together for the first time at Scotty’s apartment and the next day they recorded “That’s Alright Mama” at Sun Studios.
1955 - Bill Haley and the Comets, record "Rock Around the Clock" the song is released in May but is not a major chart hit until July 1955, after the song is used as the theme song for the movie Blackboard Jungle it goes to number one on the pop charts.
1956 - Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand" when it went to ABC-TV.

1957 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney first meet at St Peter’s Church garden party in Liverpool, England.
1958 - Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records. 

1959 -  # 1 single in July 1959, “Lonely Boy’ by  Paul Anka.
1960 - Elvis’ “It’s Now or Never” Pick of the week on Cashbox Charts.
1961 - First published "Easy Listening" chart, listing songs that were  determined were not rock and roll records. The first #1 song on this  Cashbox Chart “The Boll Weevil" by Brook Benton.
1962 - Rolling Stones appear for the first time (London Marquee Club).
1963 - The first issue of the Music City News is published. Its publisher is country music star Faron Young.


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Submitted by: Sandy Graham

The name Cashbox has a history – and that involves the Jukebox. Decades ago, when the jukeboxes were in every restaurant and bar wherever music was played. The money was collected on a weekly basis by a company who would then empty the  Cash Box located inside the Jukebox, and the number of plays were calculated inside the machine. These spins were then reported to record stores and radio stations who used this as guidance to what the public would like to hear and purchase. This is how Cashbox Magazine developed the Cashbox Charts. Did you know that Cashbox Magazine invented the bullet? (That was the highlight that signified the hottest songs)  We asked our industry friends, artists and readers to tell us what their favourite summer song and it was met with great enthusiasm and we thank you for that! From Beatles to Beach Boys, our virtual jukebox man, Lee Verbony, has assembled the Cashbox Canada Summer Songs for you to enjoy! Log on to and crank it up!

We wanted to share some of the submissions and comments we have received with these song choices. Happy Canada Day!

BOYS OF SUMMER..DON HENLEY Incredible guitar theme by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Henley nails the lyrics. Feels like a hot summer night with windows down driving down the PCH.....watching the waves crash into the shore. 

Buddy Black and The Witchfinger Project

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Story: Lenny Stoute
Photo at right by Rachel Tentcher

This is a tale of love, demonic possession, horrific doings and more love.

It’s 91 degrees in the shade at the Pennsylvania pit stop from which Buddy Black is calling, miles and miles to go before he reaches home.

Where a ‘big reveal’ gig awaits, the full-on presentation of Witchfinger, the cult fave EP inspired by the 1987 classic horror flick Chillers, for the first time ever in Canada.

Black and crew are returning from playing gigs in West Virginia, home state of one Daniel Boyd, writer of the movie and currently creator of the graphic novel Chillers, which gets its release this week.

“ I’m a big horror fan from way back, Tales From The Crypt, all that kind of of stuff. I saw Chillers when I was 15 and it had a huge impact on me. Can’t even say why but I used to watch it over and over. It was MY movie, my friends thought it was a joke but I was totally into it.”

In creating Witchfinger, Black has revived not only his beloved cult film but given the franchise a new life, as Boyd went back to his drawing board to come up with a graphic novel version of Chillers.

For horse race fans, this is the perfect trifecta, with the movie, the album and now the novel. Witchfinger is an explosion of Goth/punk riffs, saturated with melodic guitar carrying Black’s horrific and darkly hued lyrics to a commanding position.

Kevin Montgomery: Some Comfort

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Submitted by Don Graham

American troubadour Kevin Montgomery has finally released his long awaited CD, ‘Some Comfort’ and it was well worth the wait. The 10 song collection of original songs is definitely a high water mark for the Tennessee native. Recorded at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville and featuring some of the top musicians available, including Ken Coomer, the former drummer for Wilco, Danny White on bass, Shawn Byrne on guitar as well as Mike McAdam on slide guitar. Also contributing his skills is the legendary John Hobbs on keys, who’s intro to George Strait’s ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ ranks up there with the best.

Kevin was born in Nashville and with his lineage it would be hard to see him doing anything else as a life’s work. His dad is Bob Montgomery, The Bob in Buddy and Bob of Buddy Holly’s youth who wrote classic country hits like ‘Back in Baby’s Arms’ for Patsy Cline and ‘Misty Blue’ for Dorothy Moore and countless numbers of other artists. His mom Carol was a Nashville session singer and sang background on ‘Suspicious Minds’ for the Presley kid and Robert Knight’s ‘Everlasting Love’ as well as many other hits. His dad would come home at night and play his day’s work for the family, including hits by Bobby Goldsboro, and get their critique. So Kevin learned the art of listening to songs and production at an early age.

Lyric-Young, Gifted, Hot and at NXNE ON June 17, 2012

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

NXNE 2012 offers 7 days, 50 venues, 650 bands and only one Lyric. Only chance to catch the 13 year old hunky blonde wunderkid is Sunday June 17 @ 3 PM when the kid kicks it large at Harboufront Centre backed by a rockin’ band.

2012 is set to be a huge year for the young dude. No stranger to the big stage, apart from rockin’ the house across southern Ontario, from St. Catherines to Barrie, Kingston to Guelph, Lyric is at ease in larger venues, storming CMW with an impromptu appearance at the Cashbox Canada stand during the Royal York music conference. All this and also dropping his debut album, Broken Dreams.

The set will be drawn largely from the all-original material debut album and is sure to include climbing singles “Broken Dream” and the tongue in cheek “You Instead”, the texting’n’driving tune which is an OPP fave.

Don’t miss this chance to catch a genuine homegrown rock star on the rise.Admission is free at this NXNE  Event.

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Submitted by Don Graham

I sometimes think working musicians are the richest people on the planet! The banks may not agree, but what they lack in money they make up for ten fold in caring and compassion. Never is this more evident than when a member of the musical community is in distress.

Such was the case on Sunday May 6th at the famous Cadillac Lounge in Toronto. Around Christmas time of last year Margaret Dinsdale, the founder of Sugar Moon Music, wasn't feeling well and went to the hospital to get checked out. She was told it was only dehydration and was sent home. Turned out she had contracted the C. Difficile, an infection that has a 60% fatality rate. Margaret is a fighter and isn't going anywhere anytime time soon, but the disease has left her a bad way, financially and physically, to say the least and she now faces a month of rehab to learn to walk again and get her strength back. Because she is an independent ( in more ways than one) music industry professional, her business depends directly on her. No work, no funds, and she has been unable to work for a few months so a little help is needed to get her back on track.

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Story: Don Graham

Photo Credit:Morgan Sperry Sperry Photography

CURTIS GRAMBO is one of those country artists that is comfortable in his own skin, making choices and making music that he can sing not just from his lungs, but from his heart.

Grambo will be the first to tell you he learned to sing country music from the "Legends of County". Growing up in Crystal Springs, Saskatchewan, the Grambo home was no different than most prairie homes, in that music was a big part of their life. Curtis grew up listening to the likes of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Charlie Pride and many styles of gospel music. 

At the age of five, Curtis began signing in church, and by the age of twelve, he had developed a substantial array of vocal talents. Curtis vividly remembers August 16th, 1977 as a day that changed his life forever. He arrived home to find his mother crying and he knew something was really wrong. When he asked her the reason she was crying, she stated, "Elvis Presley died." Curtis couldn't let this go. He thought that if his mom was such a huge fan, this guy had to be something special, and was amazed at how one man's music could have such an influence on so many people. Curtis was hooked!

Anne Janelle Tours to Support “Beauty Remains”


East coaster Anne Janelle takes an exciting new step with debut solo album, Beauty Remains. Cellist/singer Anne Janelle moves so gracefully between classical and contemporary styles, making it look easy. Throughout her years of training as a classical cellist Anne maintained a love of popular, jazz and folk styles. Her concert history includes performances with various Canadian orchestras, as well as pop artists such as Kanye West, Bruce Cockburn and Holly Cole. Anne has also flourished in contemporary music, experimenting deeply with free improvisation in both music and dance.

Lately, she has been spending much of her time in folk music circles. Since 2006 she has performed widely with ukulelist/songwriter James Hill; their acclaimed collaboration True Love Don't Weep won Traditional Album of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

The Folk Diary calls Anne "absolutely brilliant on the cello," but it's her songwriting that takes centre stage on Beauty Remains. "I've fallen in love with melody, harmony, and poetry along the way," says Anne, "and with songwriting I get to work with them all. It's a wonderfully compelling jigsaw puzzle."

Canadian Slacker Music Fest Boogie Throwdown. Or Whatever 2012


Story: Lenny Stoute/James Lizzard

Photo at right: Last Year’s Men

So when’s the last time you saw a dude smash the splinters out of his axe to end the set? If you were at The Silver Dollar as Saturday night slid into Sunday that was exactly what went down courtesy of young Geoff Schilling. The boy plays lead axe with South Carolina foursome Last Year’s Men who deal in a sound mashup of thrash and speedcore rock wedded to Southern Gothic. That no one else is doing this is for sure, the jaw-dropped crowd mesmerized as hollow-eyed singer Ben Carr intoned his dire tales of dirty deeds over an ominous drumbeat echoing from the piney woods. When the guitars erupt it’s like somebody took the lid off a boxful of vengeful spirits. Along with Carr and Schilling, Last Year’s Men are bassist Montgomery Morris and drummer Ian Rose and y’all should catch them when you can.

Know what else you don’t see much of anymore? The classic knee drop, that potentially career-ending move what separates the men from the kids. But if you stayed around after the LYM set at the Dollar, you witnessed not one but three full-on knee drops from The Mercy Now bassist/frontman Russ Fernandez. The homie hammerheads were showing off tracks from current EP, Love Battles a collection of their trademark crunchy rock riffs married to heavy and danceable rhythms just this side of a mosh. The by now mostly fans in the house got into it in a big way, a testament to this crew’s way with three chords and as many hooks per tune, with “ Need Some Money” close to a template.

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