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OH WHAT A FEELING!!!

Cover April 8, 2011

By Don Graham

The 7th Annual Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala is an ambitious event and a great celebration of the creators of some of our finest moments in Canadian music history. As they say, it all starts with a song, and without the song even the finest voice on the planet would never be heard. The main inductees this year were Robbie Robertson (of the Band)  who wrote classics like The Weight, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and Up On Cripple Creek and Luc Plamondon, the French Canadian lyricist, famous for writing hits for Celine Dion, the most famous of which was L’Amour Existe Encore. Jack Scott, from Windsor ,Ontario who wrote My True Love , The Way I Walk and What In The World’s Come Over You?

Robbie RobertsonRobbie RobertsonSongs inducted were Gilles Valiquette’s Je Suis Cool, When I Die, Steve Kennedy and William Smith,(charted by Motherlode) Wildflower, Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards and(charted by Skylark) Kelly Jay Fordham and Roly Greenway of Crowbar for Oh What a Feeling.

The Duncan Factor

Duncan McKie Image

By Sandy Graham

 

FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings, was founded in 1982 by CHUM Limited, Moffat Communications and Rogers Broadcasting Limited, in conjunction with the Canadian Independent Record Producers Association (CIRPA) and the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA). As a private non-profit organization, FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. The foundation administers contributions from sponsoring radio broadcasters as well as two components of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Music Fund to support the Canadian music industry.

 

FACTOR has been managing federal funds since the inception of the Sound Recording Development Program in 1986 (now known as the Canada Music Fund Council).
Support is provided to Canadian recording artists, songwriters, managers, labels and distributors through various programs which all aid in the development of the industry. Whether an artist is looking to record a demo, full length sound recording, market and promote an already existing album or showcase and tour domestically and internationally, funding is available. FACTOR supports many facets of the infrastructure which must be in place in order for artists and Canadian labels to progress into the international arena. FACTOR started out with an annual budget of $200,000 and is currently providing in excess of $14 million annually to support the Canadian music industry.

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting – Ralph Murphy Releases New Book

Ralph Murphy

By Don Graham

 

The reason I was asked to review this book is that as a songwriter I would have a perspective on its contents unique to the Cashbox Canada staff. There are course countless books on songwriting but most of them state the obvious and at the end of the day nothing really is gained from reading them. I had a feeling from knowing Ralph Murphy, mostly by reputation and track record, no pun intended, but also having met him through my longtime publisher Brian Chater that this would be an important book to read and digest. That coupled with some of the great testimonials from established songwriters like Paul Williams and Donnie Schlitz and a  direction from Canadian songsmith Randy Bachman to “read it, learn it and burn it!” furthered intrigued me. Randy’s suggestion of course was a compliment of the highest degree, meaning once you read this ALL the secrets to writing a hit will be revealed so keep it to yourself!!! I wonder if that’s why the cover features the title in flames??

 

As Ralph states at the beginning of the book this isn’t to teach HOW to write songs because most likely if you’re reading it you already are a song writer. This is more aimed at how to hone your craft and the “do’s and don’ts “as seen through the eyes of a seasoned professional songwriter/publisher/ music professional.

 

THE JUNOS CELEBRATE 40 YEARS IN TORONTO, CANADA

Drake t the Juno Awards

Photo and Story Courtesy of CARAS

 

 HOT ON FIRE! ARCADE FIRE NABS FOUR JUNO AWARD WINS -Neil Young honoured with Allan Waters Humanitarian Award- -Bryan Adams welcomes Shania Twain to Canadian Music Hall of Fame- Toronto, ON (March 27, 2011) – A royal procession of Canadian music stars took to the stage for Canada’s biggest night in music, THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS. CTV’s special two-and-a-half hour anniversary broadcast of the Awards blew the roof off the Air Canada Centre with power-packed performances, tributes to 40 years of the JUNO Awards, and eight winning categories announced. THE 2011 JUNO AWARDS is now available on demand at junos.CTV.ca. 

 

Terry Sumsion: “THE BEST FRIEND A COUNTRY SONG EVER HAD”

Cover, April 1, 2011

“THE BEST FRIEND A COUNTRY SONG EVER HAD” 

Submitted by:  Randy Owen, Country 107 3, Tillsonburg, Ontario

That was how a band member would introduce the late Conway Twitty.  When introducing Terry on stage, I would sometimes mention that quote and said it also applied very appropriately to Terry Sumsion.

Last night, Saturday, March 26, 2011, Terry took his last breath.  Terry Sumsion has passed away at the age of 64 after a courageous, three-year-battle with esophegeal cancer at a hospice in Brantford, Ontario, surrounded by his loving family.

Born February 7, 1947 in the small town of Burford, Ontario, the former truck driver would establish himself as one of the most powerful voices in country music, of country music, and for country music in Canada.  The story of his early years is not much different from that of other country singers, slugging away in bars, playing smoke-filled dives, and driving unimaginable distances just to get to the next gig, hoping for a chance at stardom.

But Terry was different.

OMDC HOSTS JUNO NOMINEES PARTY AT THE ROYAL YORK HOTEL

OMDC Photo Credit Natasha Slinko

By Sandy Graham

Photo Credit Natasha Slinko

 

There has been a really cool commercial on television this last year featuring the likes of icons like Molly Johnson, Tomi Swick, Alex J Robinson, Justin Hines, The Arkells and Toya Alexis singing There’s No Place Like This – Ontario.

 

It seems this is true to fact with this year’s nominees for the 40th Juno Awards Celebrations. According to OMDC data, 78 Ontario-based acts and companies collectively have earned 103 Juno nominations this year, and 56 of the acts are affiliated with independent, Ontario-owned or controlled record labels, publishers, and managers.

 

Emphasizing the importance of the music industry to the province’s new millennial economic strategy, Tourism & Culture Minister Michael Chan stated that “Ontario’s music industry is a pillar of our rapidly growing entertainment and cultural sectors, contributing over $20 billion annually to our province’s economy.”

 

FACTS FROM THE OMDC:

SYLVIA TYSON……WRITE ON !!!!

Cover March 25, 2011

By Don Graham

Sylvia Tyson is an accomplished songwriter, an art that requires telling a story with a beginning, middle and an end all squeezed craftily into a three minute and twenty second capsule. Most songwriters would love the opportunity to expand on that formula and Sylvia has found just that vehicle by writing a novel, “Joyner’s Dream”, (published by HarperCollins) a multigenerational family epic that starts in 18th century England, goes to Halifax at the time of the Great Explosion and ends in present day Toronto. It spans 200 years in it’s 420 pages and as Tyson said “It didn’t have to rhyme!” In keeping with her background, Tyson’s story, of course, includes a family’s love of music and a certain violin! There is also an 11 song CD of new material, written by Tyson and inspired by “Joyner’s Dream.”

Steve Anthony – Today

Cover March 18, 2011

By Sandy Graham 

With the 40th Anniversary of the Junos coming up, Cashbox Canada would like to pay homage to some of the music industry icons who have “built this city on rock ‘n’ roll.” On a summer night in August 1984, Much Music was launched in part to capitalize on the success of MTV, the American cable music channel that had premiered a little bit earlier.  It was the innovative brainchild of Moses Znaimer, and his on-air ‘vee-jays’ were personalities in their own right. Along with Erica Ehm, Michael Williams, Christopher Ward and JD (John) Roberts there was also the blonde haired blue eyed zany kid, Steve Anthony.

Now a co-host on the hugely popular CP 24 Breakfast show in Toronto, Steve Anthony has grown into the role of a serious broadcaster, while maintaining his outgoing personality that won him such popularity in his early days on radio and television.

Cashbox had the opportunity to ask a few questions of how the career of this music loving guy got to where he is today.  

When and how did you start in radio?

The year? 1972. Marconi had just invented the radio the year before. And all was good. At the tender age of 14, my big brother, Ron, took me under his wing and let me sit in with him on his radio show at McGill University. A mix of eclectic music and chat that got me hooked.

Jevon Rudder Releases New Single – “Oh Yeah” in Canada and the U.S.

Jevon Rudder Photo by Taffi Rosen

by Natasha Slinko


 


Great news as Jevon Rudder is scheduled to release his song “Oh Yeah” on Thursday March 17th, 2011, directly after Canadian Music Week.  “Oh Yeah” is an upbeat song that will get you up on your feet dancing to lyrics that tell the tale about a girl  ‘with take me home eyes` and who has ‘one hand on the jukebox and the other in the air’ and ‘she goes wild every time, she hears Tim McGraw, she wears daisy dukes and cowboy boots and dances on the bar’.  And trust me you`ll have one hand up in the air singing `Oh Yeah`.




This is a song of celebration and the independent woman that is out to have a good time and will not apologize to anyone for having her cake and eating it too, all the while having a good time in the process. It seems fitting that this song is being release just a week after the 100th Anniversary of International Women`s Day on March 8th that is celebrated globally. May all women know that they have the choice of this freedom to dance and yell  “Oh Yeah” .




Born in Toronto Ontario, the city of multi-culturism and multi-music, Rudder`s style is influenced by various genres outside of country, such as rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues and reggae, but through his album The Good, The Bad & The Lucky, Rudder shows us that he is the embodiment of country. 



The Legendary Cheiftains Return to Toronto To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Cover March 11, 2011

By Sandy Graham

When it was announced that The Cheiftains would be making a one night appearance in Toronto (and their only stop in Canada on a whirlwind tour of North America) Cashbox Canada made every effort to get a one on one with the legendary celtic music maestro himself, and Patrick Moloney did not disappoint us.

When I first called the hotel to speak to ‘Paddy’ as he is known amongst his friends and fans, I was delighted to hear a down to earth, friendly voice that obviously still loves every minute of still making music.

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