Justin Bieber, Katy Perry Big Winners at Much Music Video Awards

Cover June 22,2012

Story: Sandy Graham

Thousands of fans lined the red carpet surrounding Queen Street West and John Street hours before the show hoping to catch a glimpse of some of music's biggest stars.

The outrageous electro-pop duo LMFAO took the stage surrounded by a team of Cirque De Soleil-style acrobatic dancers opening the show with a medley that included ''Party Rock Anthem,'' ''Sorry for Party Rocking'' and then they eventually stripped down to their trademark thongs to perform "Sexy And I Know It.”

Canadian Superstar Justin Bieber and American popster Katy Perry were big winners at the star studded MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 17, 2012. Perry took the International Video of the Year award for "Last Friday Night.”

Justin Bieber was awarded International Video of the Year by a Canadian for "Boyfriend." Bieber also walked away with the award for Favourite Artist. MMVA co-hosts LMFAO won International Video of the Year by a group for "Sexy And I Know It."

Winners of Much Music Video Awards 2012

Canadian Producer Mel Shaw Announces “Olympic Themed Song "When You Ride a Dream"

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Story: Cashbox Canada

Mel Shaw, president of MSMP, announces that "When You Ride a Dream", the UKSC "Olympic Themed" song of the year winner has seven multi genre versions released saluting the Summer Olympics in London in July. The recording sessions took place in Toronto, Ontario, New York, New York and Nashville, Tennessee.  All seven versions are available worldwide on iTunes and Amazon mp3.

The song was written by New Yorkers, Marv Conan and Brian Muni. Marv Conan comments, "I'm excited about all the interest and feel that if the song inspires more individuals to reach for their dreams, the message will  have been delivered".   Brian Muni is also very excited about this unique venture, "It's amazing to hear  these fantastic  interpretations of our song!  Each brings a new texture and  power and speaks to the universality of  the song's message."

NXNE Hits the Streets of Toronto


North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual five-day live music and film festival and music conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, held each June.
It began in 1994 and was patterned on the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Each year, over 50 music venues host hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and all over the world. Most music venues hosts five bands a night (9 p.m. onward), and the majority of the venues are grouped along downtown Toronto's Queen Street West, College Street, and the Bloor St. Annex.

The music conference at NXNE runs for three days at the Hyatt Regency on King (formerly the Holiday Inn) Hotel which serves as festival headquarters. NXNE delegates, panelists and bands playing the festival are able to participate in discussions, songwriter round tables, keynotes, demo listening and peer critiquing, legal clinics and the very helpful peer mentor sessions. The NXNE conference panels are held Friday and Saturday, and aim to foster a professional environment where musicians, artists and music industry reps can network and share ideas within their field.

A film festival was added in 2001 to run concurrently with the weekend music festival and industry conference, in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada. Films are primarily music related documentaries and videos. NXNE also has a film showcase at the popular Hot Docs Film Festival. The conference also hosted the world premiere of Bruce McDonald's Broken Social Scene concert film, This Movie Is Broken, in 2010.

Much Music Video Awards Then and Now

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Submitted by Michael E. Willams

The very first MMVA’s 1990 (all the VJ's co-hosted) is almost like ancient history now!  It was the brainchild of our fearless leader, the late great, John Martin. There was the  amazing Nancy Oliver, the best production crew in TV and an insanely wonderful cast of characters.  Another key member of the creative team was Thomas O’Neill, (aka “Got the Feel” O’Neill),  director and writer . We were  all caught on film just being ourselves. John Martin created the vision, Nancy Oliver made it possible and the crew executed it and made it happen. Of course, Moses hired us all!
We threw the best parties around and filmed it. They were a bi-product of the launch of Much Music on August 31st 1984. Oh the one rule was when you started hearing drinks hit the floor, hit the door, as the  shit was about to go off. They call that reality TV now.  John had the idea for the MMVA's. We had no budget.  We  talked people into performing and participating in crazy antics and skits. It worked!  They would always do  more than you expected!

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.


Adam Cohen – Like A Man


Submitted by Michael Williams

MW: I lecture at high schools, Universities and Colleges ...through this,I came in contact with Paul Koidas from Centennial College. He called me twice about Adam Cohen. Once after he first saw his Idea City showcase… and was really excited about it. Then again when he needed a venue for an Alumni Concert featuring Adam Cohen.  After listening to Adam Cohen, I decided to use St. Paul Cathedral on Bloor Street, acoustically perfect with no microphone; I fell in love with the room. Now I am interviewing Adam Cohen.
Adam: you found the gig!

MW: yes, I did, was the room magic for you?
AC: it wasn’t that it was a good room but it was the beginning of what would later become the launch of the entire revival of my career. It was the most pivotal show and showcase and confidence booster and proof provider. That I could take this intimate quiet record on the road and actually equip myself better than I ever had on stage. It provided that cozy intimate quiet comfort. The funny thing is that only about ten days ago, when I was last in Toronto for the Glen Gould Award show,  I had a meeting in a building in a building adjacent to the church.  I found myself reminiscing fondly about that night again and you bring it up.

Robin Gibb - Gotta Get A Message to You


Submitted by Don Graham

Robin Gibb one third of the brotherly trio, The Bee Gees, passed away last week at the age of 62, after a long battle with cancer. That leaves only Barry left alive with Maurice having predeceased twin brother Robin. Tributes poured in from around the globe and because Disco Queen Donna Summer had passed away a few days earlier, the two were tied together, exalting their contributions to the disco era. But there was much more to singer Robin Gibb than just the disco music that propelled the Brothers Gibb to superstardom.

Although big brother Barry Gibb was the voice of the “Jive Talkin’”, “Stayin’ Alive”,  Bee Gees Robin’s sensitive quaver was the signature voice of the group’s monster hits of the sixties. Starting with the icebreaker charttopper “1941 New York Mining Disaster”, followed by “Words” , “Massachusetts”, “To Love Somebody” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?”and “I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You”, there was a rivalry between who was the true star of the group big brother Barry or Robin. Robin’s twin brother Maurice wisely stuck to bass and keyboards and background vocals. This rivalry would eventually result in Robin leaving the band to start a solo career.
His first solo album ‘Robin’s Reign’, released in 1970, didn’t do very much so he reunited with his brothers, who had flopped with their album as a duo, ‘Cucumber Castle’. Nothing much was happening so they looked for ways to reinvent themselves.

Cashbox Canada Celebrates Summer and Canadian Indies!


Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The Abrams Brothers - Northern Redemption - A busy summer is about to kick off for The Abrams Brothers. The very talented trio will be once again hitting the road, travelling throughout North America to showcase their amazing talent!  With the release of their latest album, 'Northern Redemption', The Abrams Brothers make a transition from the music of their roots to their own distinct sound.  It's a combination of bluegrass, country, folk-rock that has had the Canadian festival circuit up in arms over their potential Their new single of the title track on the CD 'Northern Redemption' has been remixed for radio by the very talented Jason Barry and will be hitting the airwaves shortly.


Friends of Margaret Dinsdale Sugar Moon Music Rally in Music


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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