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Toronto based music company creates website for worldwide socially conscious music

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Just Songs “Songs for Just Causes” is a Toronto based music company that is creating compilation good cause CDs for charitable use and has created a website showcasing some of the music in their catalogue. 

 

The website presents socially conscious music from all over the world and allows the listeners and visitors an opportunity to download a specific song, with the proceeds being donated to a charity of the artist’s choice.  

 

For those that do utilize retail download scenarios like iTunes it’s a great way to get some new music while at the same time donate to a good cause and support musical artists from across the world who believe in giving a little give back.

 

Songs themes range from War and Peace, Violence and Chaos to Inspirational and Environmental. There are songs addressing Women’s Issues, Political Perspectives as well as Commerce and Greed.

 

Musical genres range from melodic pop/rock songs to the avant-garde. There are Hip-Hop tracks, R&B tunes, World Beat rhythms and ambient-electronic dance tracks. There are folk songs and heavy hard rockers. There are songs that will make you laugh and songs that will make you cry. All in all there is something for every taste. 

 

The Publisher’s Message

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As Cashbox Canada moves into 2011 and the second year of its existence, we would like to thank our readers, advertisers, friends, curious browsers and music fans of all types for their support.

 

If there’s no audience there’s no show and over the last year, we’ve seen a 27% increase in our readership, which says we must be doing some things right.

In the coming year, we plan on building on those things, with the assistance of an expanded staff in the editorial and advertising departments.

 

In 2011 Cashbox Canada remains committed to bringing you the widest spectrum look at the Canadian music scene. Cashbox Canada is where you go not only for the big rah rah but for the music that flies below the radar. 

 

In 2011 we’re hoping we can count on your support both on the editorial and advertising fronts in helping Cashbox Canada carry out its mandate of support and encouragement for all types of Canadian music.

 

Happy New Year and all the best in 2011.

 

Bill Delingat Publisher/CEO

Sandy Graham Publisher/Editor in Chief

Lenny Stoute Editor


 

The Worthy Dozen 2

Cover Dec 31, 2010

 Story:Cashbox Canada

 

Here we go with The Worthy Dozen Part Two.

 

In no particular order, except that they all deserve the attention, here’s the second  six pack of twelve hearing-worthy Canadian albums whose release may have flown under your personal radar. 

 

Happy New Year 2011.

 

 


Kate & Anna McGarrigle

Oddities

Outside Music


This collection of rarities and B-sides offers a dozen songs Kate and Anna recorded between 1973 and 1990 but never previously released or released in alternate versions. Arriving shortly after Kate passed on, this recording stands as fitting testimony to the sterling contributions the McGarrigles have made to Canadian music.


GPS-Get Professional Songs

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Story: Keith Bradford

 

I prefer to say that GPS stands for GET PROFESSIONAL SONGS instead of global positioning system.  You have worked hard getting a budget together, picking out your favourite recording studio, scheduled the best studio musicians you can get and the day of the session has arrived.  It is time to make those songs of yours shine.  

 

But what good is it to shine an old car that won't run?  Or to pour perfume on a pig?  The best producer in the world may be able to get you a mild hit with an inferior song but most likely these days he may not even be able to do that much.  There is an old saying, "A great song doesn't care who sings it."  It is no longer acceptable to have a good song to record.  Nowadays you must have GREAT songs.  

 

The competition for airplay and subsequent sales is more demanding now than it has ever been in the history of making records.  The only time it was any harder than it is right now was during World War II.  Get professional songs before spending your money. If you want any chance at all for success on your recordings it is imperative you find the best songs available.  

 

The Music Business, YA GOTTA LUV IT.

The Writing Is On The Wall

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By Keith Bradford

 

The old saying, "The writing is on the wall," of course does not refer to words written on a wall.  "The writing on the wall" (or "the handwriting on the wall" or "the writing's on the wall"), an idiom, is a portent of doom or misfortune. It originates in the Biblical book of Daniel—where supernatural writing foretells the demise of the Babylonian Empire. The phrase is widely used in language and literature.

 

Basically any gesture spoken or otherwise can be intended as a wake up call.  For example if your boss comes up to you this year and asks if you would like to play Santa Claus at the annual company Christmas party, then you might want to consider losing some weight.  In the music business if your band leader suggests lowering the key on certain songs in your repertoire, it is a pretty good indication that you are no longer hitting the high notes. Many times the recipient does not see these things as the writing on the wall but rather a slam or put down. 

 

If the engineer tells you at a recording session, "You might want to check your tuning," more often than not the musician will say I just checked it with  the tuner and it's fine.  You can't look up on the wall and see a bunch of writing giving you a blueprint for life but you can watch and listen for tell tale signs. 

 

The Worthy Dozen-Twelve Albums You May Have Missed But Shouldn’t

Cover Dec, 22, 2010

The Worthy Dozen-Twelve Albums You May Have Missed But Shouldn’t 

Story: Cashbox Canada

 

Even with all the gloom and doom emanating from the major and minor record companies, new music continues to be released in greater numbers than ever. Which means as sure as God made minor keys, that much worthwhile music gets buried under the torrent. Even with social networking and all, media attention and career breakthroughs come soonest to those allied with the major labels.

 

In no particular order, except that they all deserve the attention, here’s the first six pack of twelve hearing-worthy Canadian albums whose release may have flown under your personal radar.  The other six-pack arrives next week.

 



Don Graham

A Willing Heart  

Breakin’ Records

 

One Building

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Story: Keith Bradford


At one time there was a building in Nashville, TN called the United Artists Tower.  This multi story building housed music publishers, recording studios, artist management companies, TV production companies, Record labels and trade magazines that included CASHBOX magazine.  

 

The music companies are gone and high end condominiums are in their place.  Perhaps this concept of having many music related companies all located in one building has come full circle.  What would be so wrong with having a building located perhaps in Toronto, Canada that has as its tenants any and all forms of companies involved in the Music Business?  


If the companies have nothing to hide and are open enough to see the potential of the heavy foot traffic then why can't this work?  I am a firm believer that there is enough to go around for all of us.  I see a golden opportunity to any real estate developer to give this a try.  


The Music Business, Ya Gotta Luv It.

 

Bruce Cole’s Hidden Photo Gems Surface For 40th Junos Anniversary

Cover Dec 17, 2010

Story:Bill Delingat 



Bruce Cole, born in what many had called Canada’s ‘Motor City’ (Oshawa), was uprooted at the tender age of five when his family moved to Toronto. He attended Bathurst Heights Secondary School and later Ryerson Polytechnic Institute.


While attending High School in 1967, Cole built his own dark room in his parent’s basement. This allowed him to deepen his interest in photography and from then on, there was no turning back. Cole’s career blossomed as he took pictures of famous musicians including Gordon Lightfoot, Bette Midler, Rush, Bryan Adams and others. Cole became an “in-demand photographer” for the music industry with requests to shoot album cover artwork and live concert performances. In the process, he was compiling a collection of thousands of photographs of famous rock and pop stars over the years.  


Cole became one of the first official JUNO Awards photographers from 1971 until 1990. His vast library of music icons was not gained without sacrifice as Cole attributes his partial hearing loss to that part of the job involving “being too close to the stage” to capture that special moment of action for fans to cherish for years to come. 

 

CASHBOX CANADA’S EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE COLE

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Story: Bill Delingat

 

With all the energy building around the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the JUNOS, Cashbox had a chance to ask legendary Rock photographer Bruce Cole a few questions on his experiences as a photographer in the Juno years, his start in the industry and few tips for the fans on their next concert shots. 

 

C.B: You started in photography as a teenager? What drew you to it when your friends were probably into sports and girls, teen stuff etc. and what was your first camera?

 

Cole: My first camera was my dad’s, it was a rangefinder style model made by Iloca of Germany with a Zeiss Lens. The first time I saw a print develop in a darkroom tray, I saw the magic of how a simple sheet of white paper became an image. I was hooked!

 

C.B: Once you decided to make a career out of it, how did you branch off into the music scene vs. weddings, portraits and news, which would be a normal route for a young photographer? 

 

Brutally Honest VS Being Broke

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Story: Keith Bradford


Let's face it we have all been there.  Your significant other asks you a question and you know if you answer what you are truthfully feeling it will hurt their feelings or worse yet it may even destroy their confidence.  


In the Music Business I can't begin to tell you how many times an artist asked me, "Tell me the truth now, what do you think my chances are?"  You want to tell he or she that they suck but you can't.  No matter how politically correct you let them know they might want to consider a different profession, it never works.  


If you don't accept their money and at least try to groom them, then that is your fault.  That artist is going to spend their money with the person that tells them they have a chance no matter how slim that chance may be.  So many times I have heard people say,  "My honesty has gotten me in trouble again,"  or "I have to be honest with you."  


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