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. 



Bruce Cole

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


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."  

John Winston Ono Lennon, (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)

Cover, Dec 10, 2010

Thirty Years Later

Story:Bill Delingat

It is often said that special days in our lives are always remembered, from first love, to the birth of one’s children and then there are those days we wish we could forget but never will as we say “I know exactly where I was when that happened.”

This past Wednesday marked the 30th anniversary of one of those sad days when the man who taught the band to play was gunned down at around 10:50 pm on December 8th 1980, as he and his wife Yoko returned to their New York apartment in the Dakotas. 

Lennon was shot four times in the back by a cowardly, delusional young man named Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the building. Lennon staggered up the five steps to the reception area and fell to the floor, scattering cassette recordings he had been carrying as the Concierge of the Dakota, Jay Hastings ran over to attempt to stop the profuse bleeding.

The Enchantress of Beauty with the Beast

Beauty and The Beast

By Natasha Slinko


In 2005, Canada crowned Melissa O'Neil, as the first female winner and the youngest singer of Canadian Idol at the tender age of 17. Although so young, her voice just soared and completely enchanted not just the judges of Canadian Idol, but all of Canada. 


After Idol it was a whirlwind.  She released her first single "Alive", which hit stores on October 4, 2005 and debuted at number one on the Canadian singles chart, a position it held for four weeks. The single went on to be certified four-times platinum by CRIA.   Her self-title album went gold.   On April 1, 2007, O'Neil attended the annual Juno Awards, where she was nominated for Best New Artist.


Her favorite memories of Canadian Idol, was that they had the best of the best.  O’Neil sang praises, “The crew and the production team were phenomenal - the people in the background are the glue that brings and holds everything together, yet they never get the credit that they truly deserve.”


Canadian Country Artist John McLeod charting worldwide, to perform at the South Australian Music Festival.

John McLeod

Story: Bill Delingat 


He was a driller, oilman, bush pilot, and businessman.  His work experience took him to all corners of the globe, and he’s now going to the far ends of the earth again but this time following the true passion of his life, his music.

He’s slated to perform at the South Australian Country Music Festival to be held in South Australia this June 2011.


 John McLeod is a Northern Canadian Metis Indian from the Ojibwa tribe. Born in The Pas, Manitoba. McLeod now resides in the wilds of Palm Springs, California. He went to California to thaw, and pursue his music, after having had a triple bypass in 2006.  

McLeod found the warmth of the sun and the desert mountains a perfect mix for his heritage and spirituality.  He dedicated himself to writing, and singing about his life experiences and thus “Moving On “was born.  

This second chance at life gave McLeod the opportunity to tell his story through song and music, to share with others that “you are never too old to pursue your dreams “and he truly appreciates the respect his music is getting. 

Jevon Rudder- The Singing Soldier With A Country State Of Mind

Jevon Rudder

Story:Lenny Stoute


Some folks are born to the hard road and some seek it out as a soul-building experience. Then there are the ones like Jevon Rudder, who, for better or worse, have it both ways.

 First, try being a black Country singer. Now try being a black Country singer from Scarborough in Toronto. Now try black Country singer from Scarborough enlisted in the army and proud to wear his uniform. 

Can you say walking target for ignorant yobbos? 

“I’ve been called a baby killer, a waste of space. One guy in Tim Horton’s even told me I should get out of Iraq. Where the Canadian army has never been. But for every one of those there have been other people that offered to buy me a coffee and expressed their gratitude.” notes the soft-spoken Rudder.


This rain of bullshit and bad mouth might have embittered many another man; what kept Rudder on the good foot was his family, his music and his belief in doing the right thing for his country. 


One day in 2004, Jevon Rudder walked out of a high paying job consisting largely of strategy meetings that would morph into bitching sessions by a bunch of overpaid trough-feeders. Educated, idealistic and accustomed to sticking up for those ideals, he promptly went down to a recruitment centre and enlisted in the reserves.

Downchild Takes It's Rightful Place In Music History

Downchild Blues Band Today

Story: Sandy Graham

The highly anticipated documentary on blues legends Downchild is entitled FLIP FLOP AND FLY 40 YEARS OF THE DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND and will make it's national broadcast premier in Canada on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 6.25 p.m. on TMN (HBO Canada)

 The documentary was filmed last fall as part of the band's 40th Anniversary Tour and is narrated by their biggest fan, friend and supporter Mr. DAN AYKROYD. FLIP FLOP AND FLY captures the rich history of Canada's ground breaking blues band through candid interviews and "once in a lifetime" live concert footage from their sold out performance at Massey Hall with special guests DAN AYKROYD, COLIN JAMES, American blues legend JAMES COTTON, Stax Records icon WAYNE JACKSON OF THE MEMPHIS HORNS, COLIN LINDEN and JONAS.

Andy Kim Celebrates Christmas with his 6th Annual Christmas Show

Cover Dec 3, 2010

The sting in the tale of early success is that from there on, the road is guaranteed to be rough and on a gradual down slope. Sorry Justin Beiber but keeping thinking of the money. Andy Kim was kind of a Justin Beiber figure in his day, a 16-year-old dreamer turned darkly handsome dude with a wicked knack for crafting nuggets of pop perfection. 


On the eve of his 6th Annual Andy Kim Christmas Show, the man some folks call ‘Canada’s Neil Diamond’ talks about its genesis and being back in the spotlight once again.

“ In 2005, I hooked up with Ron Sexsmith to write a Christmas song"What Ever Happened To Christmas’. Out of that came the idea of the show and so The Andy Kim Christmas Show was born.” It was meant to be a one time thing when some friends would come up and play. Then I thought if it was going to be an event, it should be of benefit.  When I put it out to other people, the response was gratifying. The first to come on board were Sexsmith and the late, lamented Haydain Neale. With the help and encouragement of so many people, the show went on at the Mod Club in Toronto and that’s where it has lived ever since.”

Dirty Paper Will Hurt You


There is a term in the Music Business called, "Dirty Paper."  Dirty Paper is about as desirable as used toilet paper.  There are many forms of dirty paper but the most common of them all is fake bookings.  

When an agent is on a weekly quota in order to receive his salary he or she will often turn in a contract for a booking to their boss, knowing all the while the date is no good.  It indicates they made their quota for the week but in reality within a few weeks the date mysteriously falls through.  

By then if the agent gets lucky there are other dates that come in and all is well because the money off sets the date that didn't happen and everyone ultimately is happy.  

The form of dirty paper that I think is the worst of them all is when an agency accepts a deposit from a talent buyer for a certain artist on a certain date and the agency knew in advance that artist was booked already for that date.  

At the last minute the agency contacts the talent buyer and declares the artist will not be able to make the date.  By then the concert promoter is stuck.  He has already paid the deposit, he has already advertised, advanced tickets are sold and he is forced to accept the replacement act or lose everything. 

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