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Arthur Kall Notes in Neon

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by Sandy Graham

Although born in Edmonton, Alberta, Arthur Kall moved to Montreal, Quebec as a young lad, and considers himself a Quebecer, both in spirit and birthplace. “ I love Montreal, it is a wonderful place and full of energy. In these current times you can live anywhere and promote your music, so staying here is good for me right now.”

Modern Day Beatle Chris Tassone

by Bill Delingat

The wing back chairs shuffle and the conversation was on two things, #1 chicken beef or fish as the vested waiters fought to get the food drop done before the curtain call and “yes, I thinks that’s him ,could it be ,why is he here?” was #2 as the blue rinsed haired guests and their spouse argued over meals and the familiar gentlemen sitting at Table 5.

They had driven in for miles to relive their youth and see Elvis, Buddy Holly and even Marilyn live on stage!! Tribute shows were the hit of the dinner theatre business, with the ever popular legend style shows, pulling in the fans of music gone by for the chance to have one last glimpse of their youth and fond memories of their Top 10 tunes.

Canadian Tenors The Perfect Gift

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

By Natasha Slinko

Four incredibly diverse and multi-talented gentlemen - Victor Micallef, Remigio Pereira, and Fraser Walters and their newest member Clifton Murray, come together to form The Canadian Tenors. Each performer has diversified musical experience, various backgrounds and perspectives in their training, yet when they sing together in their four-part harmony, it is truly magic.

The Canadian Tenors originally stole the hearts of people world-wide with their debut album entitled The Canadian Tenors, with tracks such as ‘We Were Born to Shine’ and ‘Your Moment Is Here’. With the release of the Christmas CD The Perfect Gift, they will continue to capture the hearts of their audience.

Cubamenco: Robert Michael

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By Classical Editor and Jazz contributor, Rob Tomaro

Roll Over Beethoven: Finding the new Mojo in music

The new mojo (the magic touch, the new meaning) can be found in the work of artists who are trying to break through cultural boundaries to create a new form, a real World Music, who harvest the best that world culture offers in search of something not heard before.

Canadian guitarist Robert Michaels does that on his new CD "Cubamenco", a word he's coined to describe a blend of Cuban and Flamenco music. Cuban music, which has enjoyed a new prominence since the release of the documentary ‘the Buena Vista Social Club,’ is culled from several streams of Latin American folk music. Flamenco, the Spanish gypsy dance form, is laced with the haunting minor modes of the Moors, who swept up from Morocco into Spain in the ninth century. The confluence of these two traditions gives rise to a new, fertile sound.

Jason Rogers: Keepin’ It Country

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by Sandy Graham

The power of music is hearing another’s heart, another’s thoughts, communicated in a way that touches you from the inside. Music bares our innermost thinking, and in doing so, we relate to someone else's experience, pain, and joy. Through this we separate ourselves, for just a moment, from the everyday challenges of this life and fully enjoy the simple things that this life has afforded us. Jason Rogers can touch your heart and your soul with his music, lyrics and soothing vocals.

Born in Eastern Canada, Rogers came from a community where neighbours, music and the simple life was the way of life. Growing up in a rural environment, his influences were the surrounding activities of hunting, fishing and adventures with nature. Rogers still has that attitude and it reflects in his music and song.

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: ZACH IS BACK!

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By Sandy Graham

ZACH is a talented Canadian singer/songwriter who we wrote about in Cashbox Canada on November 5 and it is already time for an up-date on this young sensation who is sure to take centre stage in the very near future.

ZACH is currently in pre-production for his first labeled CD Release, starting with a single release of a legendary hit song with a new spin (at the time of press the release for the title is still under wrap) which will also be included on his new CD due out by early Spring.

Hailing from Winnipeg, ZACH recently spent a whirlwind weekend in Toronto to start the development of his singing career. First stop was with renowned photographer/video producer Taffi Rosen who shot his promo shots for his website and promotion kit to accompany the new project. On hand for the shoot was Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain, Cork and West Bruce & Laing.

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: Justin Bieber - Just Gettin’ Started

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Compiled by Bill Delingat

Justin Bieber is a 15 year-old soul-singing phenomenon from Stratford, Ontario and after posting dozens of homemade videos on YouTube in 2007, of recreating songs of his favorite artists like Usher, Ne-Yo and Stevie Wonder, Bieber racked up over 10,000,000 viewers.

Bieber said "I started singing about three years ago," and "I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time; I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place."

BREAKING THROUGH WITH CANADA'S TEEN STAR: Alyssa Rubino The Best Is Yet To Come!

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By Bill Delingat

The date of 9.9.9 marked the launch of D.K.O the new project of renowned reggae artist, Darrin Kenneth O’Brien a.k.a. SNOW.

The event had a spectrum of talent from all genres of music, with the evening ending with a surprise performance by SNOW himself. The start of the event was just as surprising as a young female and an acoustic guitar took the stage while the bustle of bar life filled the room. Suddenly the buzz quieted down when Alyssa Rubino started to sing. The song was “Beautiful to Know” written by Alyssa Rubino ,Danny Rubino and Trust. The crowd showed their respect as the 11 year old singer and her accompaniment Trust left the stage. That’s right, 11 years old.

So where did it all begin?

Alyssa Rubino is a Talented 11 year Old... Singer/Actress She was molded by her musical Dad, Danny Rubino, who has been in the music Industry for over 20 years.

The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela

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by Rob Tomaro

It was a wet Thursday morning. Twenty thousand kids descended upon this vast sports arena. Not for Miley. Not for sports. For Tchaikovsky. For Rossini. Their parents had paid for them to come to hear a symphony orchestra. To hear. To listen. No explosions. No tanks transforming into monsters. Rossini. How was such a thing possible?

The place bristled with cameras on giant dollies. Somebody, somewhere, was pouring out a great deal of money in the hopes of turning this into a TV special and the Emcee was on the mike ten minutes before showtime trying valiantly to program them to be quiet when the cameras rolled. They were already jumping up and down in their seats. "We're filming this for TV, everyone!!" Good luck, pal. There's twenty thousand of them and one of you. Why do I hear Pink Floyd faintly in the background? But, he was doing his best: "Hey, kids. Let's practice silence!!" ("Hey, teacher. Leave those kids alone.")

Hollywood Heavy Metal

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The Anvil Story

by Bill Delingat

If you lived in Toronto in the 60’s and 70’you would have been in the midst of a musical transition from the folksy peacenics and “Flower Power’ of Yorkville to the rock ‘n’ roll rebellion and well sprayed coifs of the “Hair Bands” of Yonge Street and finally the crash and burn of “Punk Rock” on Queen West. In the midst of the new ‘Metal Scene’ of music with hard rockers, like the Killer Dwarfs, Goddo, and Streetheart came a group of gnomish characters called “Anvil”.

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