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Dianne Reeves in Concert

Diana Reeves

By Bill McDonald

Through their concert series, the Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC) continue in their quest of preserving and continuing the development of jazz music in Canada. While their primary focus has been promoting Canadian jazz musicians, it is important that their programs occasionally incorporate international artists. It’s hard to imagine a better representative than the incomparable jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves.

Reeves was born in Detroit to a highly musical family and, at an early age, her family moved to Denver, Colorado. Her talents were fostered both at home and school, with influences that included jazz and classical music. In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career as a vocalist. Here she also began incorporating Latin American styles. Her LA experiences included a tour with the legendary Sergio Mendes. Her musical horizons expanded further into world music with her 1983 to 1986 tour with Harry Belafonte.

Direct Music TV America

Direct TV

“This is an evolution not a revolution, this is the sign of a new generation internet TV.” Alexander Blaze commenting on “DMTV”

Telethons unleash star power for Haiti quake victims

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$9 million raised for earthquake relief two hours after 'Canada For Haiti' broadcast, officials say

K'naan, in red, performs "Wavin' Flag" at the Canada For Haiti telethon on Jan. 22, 2010. The show was hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, Ben Mulroney and Cheryl Hickey.

'PRIVILEGED' TO PLAY ROLE

"The stories of the kids (in Haiti) are going to stick with me for a long time. My son's backstage and I just want to run over and give him a big hug. It rocked me and I'm sure it rocked a lot of people."
– CHERYL HICKEY, host of ET Canada

"It's rare that music gets to be about something other than the music and a good time. It's amazing to be a part of something where you get to use music to witness people give and people care. (Haiti) needs us now."
JAMES SHAW, guitarist, Metric

David 'Soulfingaz' Williams

Soulfingaz

David 'Soulfingaz' Williams passed away in his sleep on Wed. The music industry is in mourning.

A mainstay in Canada's music scene, Soulfingaz studied composition and piano at Humber College in Toronto and since graduating has been playing professionally in Canada, the US and Europe. As well as being self-taught, he plays rock, soul, funk, gospel, jazz, latin, classical, hip hop and other styles yet to be classified.

Underground Realroad

Underground

Montreal's Formula-Breaking Collective Release Their Debut, Slave To The Game, on January 26th

Creating Constant Fan Connection - Michael Angelo Releases EP

"In The Light Of The Moon"

Michael-Angelo, Montreal’s eclectic pop-rocker, gets set to release his second album, “The Life: a Song Project,” in an innovative way. January 27th will see the release of a four track EP, called "In The Light of The Moon" the first part of the new album, which will be followed by a second EP and finally, the release of the entire album later this year. The innovative idea stems from the artist’s goal of sharing his music with his fans as soon as it is produced.

"Releasing In the Light of the Moon allows my fans to hear my future album as I'm producing it, creating a constant connection and allowing me to keep playing shows and do a little bit of everything instead of the long cycle of compose, record, promote, sell, tour, etc..." says Michael Angelo. "I'm basically taking advantage of technology and sharing my songs right away instead of waiting a whole year for the album to be complete and be heard."

Geoff Lloyd, former band member of Matthew Good passes away

Geoff Lloyd

Canadian rocker Matthew Good has paid tribute to his former bandmate Geoff Lloyd, who died at the weekend, in late January. The bassist, who founded the Matthew Good Band with the star in the 1990s, was found dead at the end of January. The cause of death has not yet been publicly confirmed.

And Good admits he's still in a "state of shock" after learning of the tragedy. In a post on his official website, he writes, "I really don't know what to say right now. Having just found out that Geoff has passed I'm still in a state of shock. Geoff was one of the founding members of the Matthew Good Band, and, as far as I'm concerned, it was never quite the same without him."

"I remember a lot of things when I think of Geoff. Like me, he suffered from extreme mood swings and depression, something that he struggled with throughout his life. But, to be honest, most of the time I just remember how funny and utterly selfless he was."

Martha & The Muffins Play Two-Night Stand at Music Gallery

February 5th - 6th

Music Gallery
197 John St.They'll be partying like it's 1984 Friday, February 5th and Saturday, February 6th at the Music Gallery( 197 John St.) in Toronto when Martha and the Muffins drop new album Delicate.

The New Wave innovators return to their Queen Street roots for an intimate performance featuring stripped down versions of Delicate's songs and selections from their earlier albums,sure to include "Echo Beach" and "Women Around The World At Work" It'll be interesting to see if "Black Station, White Station" can still rock a dance floor.

LINDA DAWE'S "THE 40 YEAR SECRET" AIRS ON THE PASSIONATE EYE

Courtesy of : Dulce Barbosa dB Promotions & Publicity Inc.

MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 10 PM EST/PT,

NARRATED BY SARAH POLLEY

“The 40 Year Secret” tells the tale of Linda’s forced departure from Sault Ste Marie for the duration of her pregnancy and father Ray altogether banished unaware.  Unwed and unwelcome, confused, angry and humiliated, the young teenage girl bore her daughter in secrecy at a Salvation Army home in Toronto . Like hundreds of thousands of young women of the day, Linda was compelled to give up her child, her desire to raise her daughter a non- issue, the baby put up for adoption immediately, both families good names saved.

Iconic Rock Figure And Legendary Guitarist Slash In Rare One-On-One At Canadian Music Week 2010

Slash

Thursday, March 11, 2010
4:00 PM
Fairmont Royal York Hotel

A musician, artist and iconic rock figure, Slash is recognized as an indelible force in the world of music today.  Time Magazine recently chose him as one of the best electric guitarists of all time, along with Hendrix himself.  To us, he is the man who defined the sound of Guns N' Roses and the last great guitar god.  With album sales nearing the 100 million mark, seven Grammy nominations, and countless music projects, Slash will be sharing memories and insights on life, love and playing loud during a very special in-depth celebrity interview at Canadian Music Week on Thursday, March 11, 2010.

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