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Joan Marie Johnson Faust of the Dixie Cups Passes Away

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Submitted Courtesy of Rob Durkee/Cashbox Magazine USA

NEW ORLEANS — Joan Marie Johnson Faust, an original member and founder of the Dixie Cups, has passed away due to congestive heart failure. According to oldiesmusic.com, she was 72.

Faust was the cousin of sisters Barbara and Rosa Hawkins, who together formed the Dixie Cups. That group had one of the most memorable #1 wedding hits in 1964 with “Chapel Of Love”...(and, yes, that’s Fabian introducing them in this 1989 performance on the TV show “Let’s Rock Tonight")...

When “Chapel Of Love” replaced “Love Me Do” at #1, the Dixie Cups became the first American group to dethrone and replace the Beatles at #1. The Fab Four had been at #1 with "Love Me Do.” The Dixie Cups also had Top 40 hits with “People Say,” ”Iko Iko” and “You Should Have Seen The Way He Looked At Me."

For more on the Dixie Cups...

http://www.wwltv.com/news/local/joan-marie-johnson-faust-founding-member...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dixie_Cups

Jean Shepard Joins the Heavenly Opry Choir

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Submitted by Don Graham

Country legend Jean Shepard has passed away at the age of 82. Shepard's first chart appearance was in 1953 as a duet partner with Ferlin Husky on "A Dear John Letter" and its sequel, "Forgive Me John." Shepard and Husky toured the country following their hit singles. In 1955, she had her first solo Top Ten single, "A Satisfied Mind," which was backed by the number 13 hit "Take Possession." Later in the year, she had another Top Ten hit with "Beautiful Lies"/"I Thought of You." Her streak of hit singles led to an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. That same year, she joined Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee and recorded Songs of a Love Affair, arguably the first concept album in country music history. Its 12 songs depict a marriage torn apart by a love affair. 

For nearly ten years after the release of "Beautiful Lies,"

Shepard wasn't able to get a song into the Top Ten. In fact, she had only two Top 40 hits during that period -- "I Want to Go Where No One Knows Me" (#18, 1958) and "Have Heart, Will Love" (#30, 1959). She continued to record and tour -- she was even named the Top Female Singer of 1959 by CashBox -- but nothing was breaking through to the record-buying public. This was primarily because she was a hardcore honky tonk singer in a time that country-pop was ruling the charts. In 1963, her husband Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline. The following year, she returned to the Top Ten with "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)." The song began a string of hits for Shepard.

The Beach Celtic Festival 2016

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Submitted by Sandy Graham
Photo at right: Midland Pipes and Drums Photo Credit Johanna Carlo

As some of you know I am Canadian but my Mum was from Edinburgh, Scotland and my brother Don and my sister Donna and I were always brought up to be proud of our heritage. 

In 2001 when our Mum passed away, in keeping with her request, we did not mourn her but we held an outdoor ceilidh full of music, fun and memories of not just the Scots but the Irish and Welsh, a Celtic event.

Now 13 years later, The Beach Celtic Festival runs for two days every September, traditionally the weekend after Labour Day in the beautiful Brigadoon setting of Kew Gardens in the Toronto Beach.

I could not have done the event all these years without the help of the ‘backstage’ folks, first off our Registered Graphic Designer, Gillian FitzGibbon, who lovingly makes us look amazing on every piece of material from poster to banners onwards and takes my 'stickman' ideas and makes them glorious.

Pat Beaven who always leads the crowd in ceilidh dance lessons, and as she told us this year one boy who was about 7 years old said ‘it's really just like jumping and skipping around except you know where to go and you laugh a lot and try and keep up. and everyone can do it!"

Invictus Entertainment Group Takes Home Major Hardware At Canadian Country Music Week 2016

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Canadian management and promotion company, Invictus Entertainment Group, maintains two-year consecutive streak at Canadian Country Music Week in London, ON with three major wins: Management Company of the Year, Booking Agency of the Year and the Ron Sakamoto Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year.

Invictus client and Warner Music Canada artist Brett Kissel also dominated this year at the awards, winning Interactive Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and the coveted Fans’ Choice Award. Kissel was also able to celebrate alongside Mickey Jack Cones and Bart McKay as they took home Record Producer(s) of the Year for his album, Pick Me Up.

Kissel announced the ‘Ice, Snow & 30 Below’ Canadian tour, an 18-date East Coast tour that will kick off in January. The tour will kick-off in Sault St. Marie (ON) on January 12 and will make its way through Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick before landing in Georgetown, PEI for the last show on February 4. A Western Canada tour will follow later in 2017 with Kissel embarking his first headlining position in Toronto on January 22 at the Danforth Music Hall.

Kissel will be honored with the 2016 Allan Slaight Honour at the annual Canada's Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Recognizing young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry, The Allan Slaight Honour garners the Flat Lake, AB native a coveted spot on the esteemed Walk of Fame with a televised red carpet special.

CCMA Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show 2016

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Credit: Brian Burton - Star 96

The 2016 Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) Awards Show, hosted by CBC television personality Jessi Cruickshank (Canada’s Smartest Person, The Goods), celebrated eight CCMA Award categories at Budweiser Gardens, in London, Ontario, for the first time in the show’s 30+ year broadcast history.

The night had two multiple winners: Brett Kissel and Dean Brody.

Brett Kissel took home the coveted Fans’ Choice Award presented by SiriusXM and Male Artist of the Year – his first time winning each of these awards.

Dean BrodyDean BrodyDean Brody took home CCMA Awards for Single of the Year and CMT Video of the Year presented by Coors Banquet, both for his song, “Bring Down The House”.

Gord Bamford received Album of the Year presented by Jack Daniel’s for Tin Roof; his third time receiving this accolade: Day Job (2010), Is It Friday Yet? (2013).

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke took home the CCMA Award for Female Artist of the Yearfor the third consecutive year

Group or Duo of the Year went to the brothers of High Valley for the second year in a row.

Sam the Record Man Sign Set to Light Up Toronto Once Again

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Courtesy and credited to Sarah Murphy

Sam Sniderman's Yonge & Dundas record shop was a musical landmark for generations of Toronto music lovers, but since Sam the Record Man permanently closed its doors back in 2007, the fate of its iconic spinning neon sign has been up in the air — unfortunately, not literally, though. Now, after years of confusion (during which the sign has sat in storage), the massive lit-up pair of records is finally slated to be raised again by the end of this summer.

Ryerson University bought the building that housed Sam's back in 2008, removing the sign that used to tower over the downtown intersection and placing it into storage. The school was granted permission to demolish and rebuild on the property's site, provided it preserve the glowing sign, and a new student learning centre has since been erected where the store used to stand.

City council, meanwhile, voted to reinstall the sign a block away from the shop's former location, on the outside wall of 277 Victoria Street in Toronto.

Back in February, Ryerson announced that the sign had begun to undergo a refurbishing process, but failed to outline an estimated date of completion for the restoration.

Music journalist Nicholas Jennings has now told FYI Music News[via AUX], though, that that sign should be ready to rise again very soon.

Ontario's Country Music Industry Shines at the 2016 CMAO Awards‏

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Photo at right: Host and artist Jason McCoy

The spotlight was on Ontario's thriving country music community last night as the Country Music Association of Ontario handed out the 4th Annual CMAO Awards. A standing-room-only crowd joined host Jason McCoy at the Flato Markham Theatre in Markham for an evening of accolades and performances by some of Ontario's best and brightest stars. Presented by Slaight Music, with support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the award show recognized honorees in 14 categories spanning talent and industry.

Multiple winners included Jason Blaine and newcomers Cold Creek County who walked away with three awards apiece. Blaine shared his Songwriter of the Year win alongside Deric Ruttan for their penning of the single "Country Side" which also took the honours for Music Video of the Year. Among their wins, the Brighton, Ontario five-piece counted the inaugural and coveted Fans' Choice award, made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation through the Ontario Music Fund. For a full listing of all category winners, see below.

‘Beaches Got Talent’ Local Area Launches Community Contest with Top Notch Judges

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

The Beach Village BIA has announced the inaugural event The First Annual Music, Dance and All That Jazz that will also include a local talent show contest called ‘Beaches Got Talent’.

Scheduled for the afternoon time slot during the iconic music event Beaches Jazz Festival, the production team has asked that potential contestants submit their material in the form of a photo, bio, MP3 music sample and/or YouTube to apply for the pre-judging of the contest.

A musical jury will decide on the final contestants who will then move on to perform on Saturday July 23 at Ivan Forrest from 2-3 pm. The finalists will perform again on Sunday July 24, 2015, with a winner being chosen through a judging committee that includes MuchMusic VeeJay Michael Williams, vocal coach Donna Flynn, Producer Chris  Birkett, Cashbox Canada Music Magazine Journalist Pat Blythe and The Beach Village BIA Mascot Beach Buddy.  An exciting grand prize is a recording session with Juno Award Winner Brit Chris Birkett, Producer of Sinead O’Connor (Nothing Compares to You) and the legendary Buffy Ste. Marie.

There is also musical performances slated from Noon – 2 pm and 3 pm – 4 pm featuring local talent with a diversified programming to entertain all ages and cover many genres.

The grand prizes will include vocal coaching with Donna Flynn, a story here in Cashbox Canada and a recording session with producer Chris Birkett.

Guy Clark: Heartbroke

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Submitted by Don Graham

The music world has lost another giant and a personal favourite of mine, singer/songwriter/luthier Guy Clark. Guy Clark was a songwriter’s songwriter, simple country chords and melodies but lyrics that escaped all labels except for damn fine. Guy Charles Clark a Texas native who migrated to Nashville in 1971 marched to his own drummer .

Probably the best-known of Clark's numerous great works is "Desperados Waiting For a Train," made  popular by Jerry Jeff Walker in the 1970s and The Highwaymen in the 1980s. The song showcased Clark's narrative gifts, telling about an old man's life as seen through the eyes of his young companion.

Clark was born in Monahans, Texas where his grandmother ran a boarding house, and moved to Rockport on the Gulf Coast, where his father had his own law practice.
He worked summers in Rockport at the shipyard and didn’t start playing guitar until he was well into his teens. Clark moved to Houston in the 1960s, working various jobs during the day, including a time as art director for a couple of local T.V. stations..

At night he hit the coffeehouse/folk scene that was populated with folks like Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury.

Clark hadn't made a record but his songs caught the ear of Jerry Jeff Walker, another singer-songwriter who would soon become one of Clark's earliest supporters.


Carleton launches Music Matters

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Carleton’s Health Sciences Prof. Renate Ysseldyk and students Noah Latchem, Anita Sengupta and Angela Paric have been studying the health benefits of Music Matters, an innovative music program pairing individuals living with dementia, their caregivers, and local musicians.

Music Matters began with a collaboration involving Ysseldyk, Jesse Stewart, associate professor of music, and Tracy Luciani, president of Artswell. For eight weeks at Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital, several individuals living with dementia and their caregivers from across Ottawa gathered to make music, reminiscence about the past and connect with others.

The program has evolved into much more than anyone had expected. Old friends were reunited, memories were recounted, poetry and songs were composed and impromptu dance solos blossomed. Participants even put on a showcase of their work at the National Arts Centre.

Music-making is increasingly recognized as a cognitively demanding process that is beneficial to brain function, one that could be particularly useful in slowing cognitive decline among healthy older individuals, as well as those with age-related diseases such as dementia. The social element inherent in making music as a group also fosters emotional regulation, social connectedness and improved health.

For more information contact:
Steven Reid
Media Relations Officer
Carleton University
Steven_Reid3@Carleton.ca

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