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Debut Album for Children of Alice Released on February 24, 2017 on Warp Records

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Children of Alice have been quietly producing amorphous and intoxicating soundscapes as part of the Folklore Tapes collective for a number of years now, beginning in 2013 with Harbinger of Spring on the shared Ornithology release. This poetic conjuration of rebirth and new growth was the first unfurling of post-Broadcast creation from James Cargill, one half of the personal and artistic relationship at the heart of that epochal and increasingly feted band. The name Children of Alice was chosen as an act of tribute to the late Trish Keenan, for whom Alice in Wonderland and in particular Jonathan Miller's summerhazy 60s idyll of an adaptation, was a presiding inspiration. The name invokes her abiding spirit and also creates a sense of continuity with the evolving Broadcast soundworld, which became more concentrated and individual as it refined itself and adapted to new configurations. The group (or perhaps we should call them a collaborative triad, since they occupy island territory far removed from the familiar shores of rock, though still keeping it in vision on the far horizon) consists of Cargill along with his former bandmate Roj Stevens (who played keyboards in Broadcast) and Julian House, co-founder of Ghost Box records, whose distinctive graphic design work also gives the label its signature look, and hidden prestidigitator behind The Focus Group.

This LP brings together their entire output to date, on their first widely available release.

George Michael's Ex-lover Fears Drug Liquid G Was Behind Singer's Death

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Courtesy of Natalie Evans The Mirror

A former lover of George Michael fears a sex drug may have played a part in his death , it was reported last night.Escort Paul Stag claims the tragic singer was hooked on a drug known as 'Liquid G' during their nine-year relationship. The 48-year-old alleges the star used the codeword 'champagne' for when the Wham! heartthrob wanted a delivery of the drug. According to The Sun, George equated sex with drugs and struggled to separate the two, even up until his death. Paul told the newspaper he believes it is "100 per cent [George] would have had chems on Christmas Eve before his death." Paul met the singer through a gay magazine in 2004 and the pair regularly dated on and off until 2013 when he claims the star became increasingly dependent on him for drugs. He told The Sun that George "lived fast" and that he "saw a car crash coming."

Saskatchewan artists Nominated for Trille Or Awards

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L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) has announced the nominees for the 9th edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala, with Saskatchewan artists honoured with numerous recommendations. This biennial gala is an opportunity to celebrate musical excellence and to celebrate French-Canadian music. A total of forty-four artists and industry professionals from across the country are nominated in twenty-two categories for this edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala.

Shawn Jobin by Kenton DoupeShawn Jobin by Kenton DoupeThe Trille Or awards have undergone significant changes over the past year with the opening of classes to Western Canadian artists, and new categories for artists Acadians and Quebec artists. Thus, the first time, the Gala will emphasize the musical excellence of the artists coming from the four corners of the country. Over Trille week (May 1-6, 2017), a program will be held including lectures, keynotes, networking events, showcases, and more.

Peter Sarstedt of Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) Fame Passes On

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Courtesy of Ray Connolly The Daily Mail
Peter Sarstedt pictured with Anita Atke at London Heathrow Airport in 1969

Many popular songs catch the feeling of the time. That’s why they become popular. But few songs are able to freeze that moment to the extent that nearly half a century after we first heard it we can sing along to the lyrics.

That was what Peter Sarstedt, who died January 8, 2017 at age 75, achieved with his #1 smash Where Do You Go To (My Lovely). He was not quite a one-hit wonder (his follow-up, Frozen Orange Juice, also made the Top Ten), but Sarstedt’s career was defined by that No 1 song.

And what a song. Sounding unlike anything else that was around in 1969, it topped the charts all over Europe and in Australia, and was a hit even in Japan.

Just to hear that opening French-sounding accordion, playing in the then dreaded waltz-time — a rhythm your grandparents used to dance to — at the very height of the Sixties, should have condemned it to everlasting obscurity. But the very opposite happened. It touched an international nerve.

SOCAN launches monthly “Song Camp Mondays” at Toronto Office

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Submitted by Howard Druckman

On January 9, 2017 SOCAN launched its new, monthly “Song Camp Mondays” initiative, whereby SOCAN members can apply to participate in a three-person, one-day writing session at the SOCAN Toronto office, at 41 Valleybrook Drive. Applicants, who must be SOCAN members, will be chosen at random, and SOCAN members can apply here. Submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.

“Song Camp Mondays” are designed to help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible”.

“We believe that by nurturing the Canadian songwriting ecosystem, the entire industry benefits,” says Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “Music publishers, record labels, managers, agents, and of course the writers themselves all win when we can help those at the grassroots gain the kind of valuable experience, relationships, knowledge – and most importantly, confidence – that we’ve seen from the song camps that we organize and sponsor. We believe that great things will come from this project and we plan to eventually bring it to other parts of the country as well.”

Tommy Allsup Joins His Friends in Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven

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Submitted by Don Graham

Tommy Allsup, the guitar player in Buddy Holly’s band for the Winter Tour in 1959, will join Buddy and Waylon Jennings in that historic trio in Rock ‘n’ Roll heaven. Tommy passed away in Lubbock, Texas at the age of 85.

Neither Tommy nor Waylon were on the flight that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. ( Big Bopper) Richardson on February 3rd, 1959. After Holly’s death, Allsup moved to Los Angeles, where he found work with local bands, did some session work, along the way earning a songwriting credit for The Ventures', "Guitar Twist".

Allsup had recorded with Holly before he began touring with him in the summer of 1958. The first song he cut with the rising star was “It’s So Easy (To Fall in Love).”

After completing the Holly tour, Allsup moved to California playing guitar in a Los Angeles nightclub where he met the head of Liberty Records. Snuff Garrett. Garrett hired him to play on a Buddy Knox session which led to more session work for the label.

Eventually, Allsup worked his way up to head of A&R for Liberty’s country music division. It was there that he produced Willie Nelson, Tex Williams and Billy Mize, amongst others.

Allsup moved to Odessa,Texas where he set up a recording studio after he left Liberty. It was there that the duo Zager & Evans recorded their song “In the Year 2525.” Allsup released the song on his own label, then it was picked up by RCA and went #1 on the charts.

Multi-Platinum Vocal Group The Tenors To Star In  Cirque Du Soleil In Las Vegas

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On Friday, March 3, JUNO Award-winning vocal super-group and Canadian heartthrobs The Tenors will partner with One Drop to present the fifth anniversary of One Night for One Drop, an extraordinary, one-night-only experience supporting safe water access programs worldwide. Taking place exclusively in the Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the event will feature a special performance of iconic rock songs by the award-winning trio, who will share the stage with the world-renowned artists of Cirque du Soleil.

“It is an honour and a thrill to be working with One Drop in such a creative way,” said The Tenors. “The incredible imaginations of everyone involved are absolutely inspiring, and we’re looking forward to performing legendary rock music for this spectacular show.”

Krista Monson, director of creation for the show, said, “With their unique style, unforgettable charm and outstanding vocal talent, we’re incredibly thankful to have them on board. Not only will they bring their sublime artistry and talent to the show, but the directors have given The Tenors roles that propel the story to add yet another level of meaning and powerful significance to their performance. With the added creativity of The Tenors, the result will be truly momentous.”

The National Music Centre celebrates Bell Let’s Talk Day

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The National Music Centre (NMC) has announced a full day of programming focused on mental health and music at Studio Bell on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 25, 2017.

The NMC programming will contribute to the national day of conversation around mental health. Activities will include a mental health exhibition featuring regional community partners, a lunchtime music therapy presentation with celebrated therapist Jennifer Buchanan, and an evening concert with singer-songwriter and Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador Séan McCann, an advocate for mental health awareness.

“The power of music to explore, treat and combat stigma around mental health is undeniable, and the National Music Centre is proud to partner with Bell Let’s Talk and a host of community partners to become part of this important national discussion,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for NMC. “We’re also delighted to host Séan McCann as an artist in residence and look forward to him sharing some of his inspiring stories and music with us on January 25.”

All daytime programming will be included with admission to Studio Bell on January 25. Community partners will be on site in Canada Music Square, the ground floor of Studio Bell, which is free to the public, to share information about their mental health services. Participating partners include Calgary Counselling Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Megan Bonnell Set to Tour the East Coast with Great Lake Swimmers

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Singer-songwriter Megan Bonnell is set to head out on an east coast tour this March alongside Great Lake Swimmers. Kicking off in Montreal on March 22, the tour will also take them to Fredericton, St. John, Halifax and more. In anticipation of the upcoming dates, Bonnell has released a delightful acoustic video performance for her song Anna off her most recent album Magnolia (Cadence Music).

Filmed by Sourthern Souls' Mitch Fillion at Joshua Van Tassel's Dream Date Studio, the video captures an intimate performance that fans can expect to see at a live show. Megan is joined by Van Tassel gracing both the soundboard and the drum kit, along with fellow musicians Chris Stringer (guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Michael Eckert (pedal steel).

Bonnell released her debut album Hunt And Chase in October 2013 on Nevado Records. She has toured Spain with John Grant, opened for Passenger at BIME Live festival (Bilbao, Spain) and performed at Barcelona Jazz Festival and The End festival (London, UK). She also did a full North American tour supporting Justin Nozuka, and has played at noteworthy summer festivals across North America such as Taste of Toronto, Field Trip Music Festival, CBC Music Festival and Gateway Festival. In 2016, she joined Jordan Klassen on a spring tour, and most recently supported Great Lake Swimmers on their cross-Canada fall tour.

Another Year with the Cashbox Canada Team

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

As Cashbox Canada heads into its 8th year of publishing, as the Editor in Chief, I have had time to reflect on 2016 and all we have covered here in the music industry, both here in Canada and on a global level as well.

We have bid farewell to many greats this year, and some were more personal than others. The loss of my dear friend and mentor, Bobby Curtola left a heartache I could never have imagined. But his love of people and music is the legacy and the torch he has left behind for us to carry on.

I need to thank the ones who stood beside our magazine for what is always turbulent waters in these current times in the music business. Chris Wardman, Lenny Stoute, Don Graham, Michael Williams, Pat Blythe, Mark Smith, Iain Patience, Kathy Hahn have all kept us going with stories, personal one on one interviews, and their love of the music shows through it all.

We welcomed Jain MacMillan who graciously stepped up to the plate as our graphic designer for our weekly covers, while we said goodbye to the talented Gillian FitzGibbon who has gone on to pursue a different career that captures her free spirit and love of horses.

To my Celtic family, Meghan Bold of Bold Steps, Stephen Lamb and Brook Richardson along with OMFG, as well as Rory Sinclair and Caledon County for always being there for me to continue to promote my heritage.

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