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 !

The Awe of Linda Dawe

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

The first thing that strikes you when speaking with Linda Dawe is her enthusiasm about music and life. The next thing is how humble this music icon is about all the accomplishments in both her personal and professional life. She is truly in awe of her career and the experiences she has garnered to date.

Dawe is what we consider one of ‘the old school’, an music business maven who has survived over three decades and still enjoys making a living in this very unpredictable industry. At a time when females were mostly secretaries or receptionists, this trailblazer set out to change that in the music business.

Linda Dawe's career began in 1970 as a journalist for Canada's first music magazine, Beetle Publications. “I was always interesting in writing; in school I did very well and English was one of my stronger subjects. It was certainly an eye opener for a kid from Northern Ontario to suddenly be thrown into the world sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll; all the things that went along with the reputations of  the ‘bad boys’ of the British Invasion which was at its height of popularity at the time. ”

Backbeat The Birth of the Beatles

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Submitted by Don Graham

Sometimes you know a show is going to rock from it’s opening seconds and that’s what happens with 'Backbeat - The Birth of the Beatles' at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto this week. Superbly directed by David Leveaux, the pounding of the bass drum and tom toms of the opening set the tone for the sounds of the show. This ain’t gonna be your grandma’s tea party!

This is the story of how a bunch of lads from Liverpool, then a five piece group, would become the Beatles, the most influential musical group in history. The Quarrymen / Silver Beatles of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe are at the heart of this tale of the hardscrabble days in Hamburg. This is where the lads turned their rough and ready skiffle sound into the highly polished rock ‘n’ roll band that rocked the world.

The play starts with John giving Stuart a bass guitar that he’d picked up for 50 quid, so Stuart could join The Quarrymen. Stuart explains that he can’t play it but John convinces him "he can learn.”

"It only has four strings, not six like a guitar!” Sutcliffe agrees and the journey begins as the quintet head out for Hamburg, Germany.

Beaches International Jazz Festival Taking It To The Streets


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“Down on the corner, out in the street, (insert band name here) are playin’ bring a nickel, tap your feet.” (Down On the Corner CCR 1969)

Every summer The Beaches International Jazz Festival Street Fest brings life to this famous John C. Fogarty stanza with live bands on nearly every corner of Queen Street East, from Woodbine to Beech Avenue. And you don’t even have to bring a nickel! It’s free!

For three nights Queen Street resembles New Orleans’ Bourbon Street and a little bit of lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee. “Early in the evening, just about suppertime” from 7 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Thursday through Saturday bands of all musical genres co-exist on the crowded street. This part of the “Jazz” festival grown to be more than jazz and now includes the sounds of Samba, Big Bands, Dixieland, Rock, Soul, Rhythm and Blues and Funk. Incredible acts like God Made Me Funky, Dr. Draw, The All Star Big Band, Neil Chapman, Jeanine Mackie, Puente del  Diablo, Shrimp Daddy, David Rotundo, Terry Gillespie, Sultans of String, Mae Cromwell and many more. Over 50 bands are actually there to entertain you.



By Don Graham

For a kid from the Great White North in the sixties, California was just a name on the map, a place where the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Lords of Flatbush had deserted New York for. And “Surf ‘was the name of a popular laundry detergent.

Then along came the Wilson brothers, Brian, Carl and Dennis with their cousin Mike Love and good friend Al Jardine, all from Hawthorne, California, singing songs about waves, surfing and California sun. Suddenly my bedroom with my stereophonic, hi-fidelity  record player blasting out these hot new sounds, was sunny, hot and filled with beach sounds, even in the middle of February at 15 below zero (F), and snow up to the second story window.

The Beach Boys quickly became known as “America’s Band” and Brian Wilson’s songwriting style and love of harmony soon became the signature of the California sound of surfing,cars and high school romance. Brian was a big fan of the Four Freshman and at 16 was teaching his brothers the intricate harmonies that would help define The Beach Boys sound. What the Everly Brothers did for two part harmony, the brothers and Al and Mike did for five part harmonies. They are the watermark for harmony parts for all vocal groups today. As the Everlys influenced the Beatles so did the Beach Boys influence a generation of it’s own.

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.

Cashbox Canada and the Team That Makes It Happen

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As COO and Editor in Chief of Cashbox Canada, I want to say how grateful we are for the support that has been shown to us for these last few years.

As Canadian as it is, Cashbox Canada was formed in June while shopping at Canadian Tire. Bill Delingat and I bumped into each other, and spoke with Bruce Elrod on a cell phone, who made us an offer to become shareholders in the U.S. company of Cashbox Magazine, and own the Canadian version outright – Cashbox Canada. The deal was done right there in the patio section of Canadian Tire – you can’t get anymore Canadian than that can you?

It has not been an easy task to survive in this notoriously difficult music business. We have had some writers come and go, watched many great artists pass away, tried to stay out of the political arenas and did our best to attend all invitations to see live music across this incredibly talented country.

We have participated in Canadian Music Week, been to MIDEM in France, promoted ourselves in Nashville, and supported the CMAO, CCMA’s, CIRPA, FACTOR, and many other industry channels that make our Canadian music world work. In the last few years we renewed old friendships in the industry, and developed new ones that are appreciated and cherished along with the old school contacts we found again.

Meet the Jukebox Folks of Playa Cofi and Tropical Glen !


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Playa Cofi is a beautiful beach and a tropical glen on the small Caribbean Island of Vieques.  It is sometimes referred to as one of the Spanish Virgin Islands because it is located between the US Virgin Islands and the "Big Island" of Puerto Rico.

Our music collection was started as a hobby to fill some of the quiet retirement hours.  The selections were pulled together from a variety of sources over a number of years. Then they were arranged to provide the most listening pleasure for a few of us in a given age group.  Along the way we learned how to compress the music files and how to place them in playlists on an open website to share our musical heritage more widely. We have been scrambling to keep up with demand ever since.


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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 www.tropicalglen.com 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.

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