Stony Plain marks its 35th Anniversary

Stony Plain

It's been 35 years since Stony Plain began its life as a record label - and to mark the anniversary, the label's prepared a giant 2CD-plus-DVD package, with more than 40 tracks and eleven videos. The souvenir package will be released in May.


One of the CDs is titled Singers, Songwriters and Much, Much More, while the other is titled Blues, R&B, Swing, Jazz and Even More.

In addition to rare material from the label's back catalogue, there are remarkable songs that have never been released before. There are no less than four tracks by Robert Nighthawk, recorded in a small Toronto studio 45 years ago, following a gig in a local club, possibly the last recordings he ever made.

And there are three unreleased tracks by the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Carpenter, recorded as publishing demos in 1979. Bob only made one album - Silent Passage, now out of print, but available digitally - and these tracks are a reminder of what music was lost when he passed away 15 years ago.

There 's also an unreleased track from Richard Newell, a.k.a. King Biscuit Boy, and preview tracks from new Stony Plain CDs by Harry Manx & Kevin Breit, and Rory Block.


Lightfoot guitarist, Terry Clements, dies

Terry Clements

The Canadian Press TORONTO - Terry Clements, a Detroit native who played guitar for Gordon Lightfoot since the early 1970s, has died. He was 63.

Clements died on Sunday, 10 days after suffering a stroke. The news was confirmed by Lightfoot's publicist.

Born in 1947, Clements began playing guitar when he was only five years old.

After graduating from high school, Clements spent two years in the Navy before joining a '60s outfit called Golden Sunflower, managed by Lou Adler, who also steered the careers of the Mamas & the Papas and Carole King.

In the early '70s, Lightfoot met Clements while working on an early Burt Reynolds movie and soon brought the guitarist up to Toronto to audition to join his band. A 40-plus-year collaboration was then born.

Clements contributed to nearly all of Lightfoot's most memorable tunes, including "Carefree Highway," "Sundown" and, of course, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which features a haunting solo from the guitarist.

“Toronto’s Music giants come forward to help record Ryan’s Song for the Nolan Fund drive”

Nolan Fund drive

The tragedy of January 12 as Toronto mourned a fallen officer spawned a song by Kimberly Dunn,”A Tribute for Ryan Russell”. Cashbox told a story about the music on that sad day and in turn contacted Ms. Dunn to tell her about the hopes of assisting the Nolan Russell Trust Fund with the story about the music that day and her song.


Kimberly was pleased and replied that she had hopes of recording the song as there had been many requests to see if it was available for I Tunes download. Cashbox reached out to the music community and there was no hesitation to help.  Mark Nakamura of Blue Atlantis Records heard the call and made the dream come true. Last week Kimberley came into Toronto for a studio session at “Studio 92” where Juno Award winning engineer Norm Barker (Irish Descendants - Gypsies and Lovers, Julian Fauth - Ramblin' Son) graciously offered his services.  


Kimberley DunnKimberley DunnBen Winston provided the photography services and Kinetic Sight & Sound, another business owned and operated by Nakamura, will create and host the memorial website in honor of the fallen hero. 



One Soul Thrust

EDMONTON, ALBERTA—Rock band One Soul Thrust has just signed a management deal with Cameron Tilbury Publicity in the United Kingdom.


One Soul Thrust is currently enjoying airplay around the world with their debut single, Go Home And Melt, which features guest vocals by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion).  The song is currently featuring on radio stations in the USA, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, France and UK.


“We were introduced to Cameron through Nashville vocal coach Judy Rodman” says One Soul Thrust’s lead singer/songwriter Salem Jones.  “he started getting our music out to international radio and doing our publicity.  But he was also talking to booking agents, promoters and other people.  We soon realized that he was doing a lot of what we wanted in a manager.  Since our focus is international and our producer is based in Europe, we wanted an international manager.  It just seemed like a good fit.  We simply love C.”





Toronto, ON – Quickly becoming one of Canada’s most exciting new bands to watch, Neverest is set to release their debut EP About Us (Vic Park / Fontana North / Universal Music) on March 29, 2011.  Infusing their melodic sound with heavy guitars, R&B beats and soulful harmonies, band mates Spyros “Spee” Chalkiotis (Lead Vocals / Guitar), Mike Klose (Lead Guitar / Keys / Backing Vocals), Paul Loduca (Bass / Backing Vocals) and Brendan Colameco (Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals) create catchy, compelling pop-rock tunes on their highly anticipated debut. 


CIMA Names New President

Stuart Johnston

TORONTO, ON, February 24, 2011 – The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Johnston as its new President. He will assume this position on March 7, 2011.


Stuart Johnston arrives at CIMA with a vast array of experience in association management, policy and government relations issues. As Vice President of Policy and Government Relations with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Stuart was responsible for liaising with members of the provincial government and Ontario business leaders as well as responding to policy priorities in finance and taxation, intellectual property rights, transportation and infrastructure, borders and trade, education, and energy issues. In 2008 Stuart was honored with the James Gordon Carnegie Memorial Award for his leadership and mentorship within the Ontario chamber network. 


“We're thrilled and excited to have found an exceptional talent like Stuart to lead CIMA. His extraordinary work in the business community and all levels of government will serve CIMA well as we move into an exciting but challenging future,” stated Grant Dexter, Chair of CIMA. “Welcome on board Stuart!”




Juno Award –nominated band , Stereos announce their 2011 headlining Canadian tour to support of their recently released album, Uncontrollable (Universal Music Canada). Kicking off the tour in North Bay, ON this March 24, 2011 with stops in Edmonton, Victoria and Winnipeg, the band has prepared a thrilling live show that combines their pop-rock mentality and newly explored electro-club sound.


"Our favourite part of being in a band is to take our music on the road and play for people in as many places as possible,” says lead singer Pat Kordyback. “The club vibe on our new album will make for an upbeat show that we cannot wait to perform. We’re so excited to tour with the other bands and are confident it will be our best experience in Canada yet.” 


With the release of their second studio album, band mates Pat Kordyback (Lead Vocals), Miles Holmwood (Lead Guitar / Vocals), Daniel Johnson (Bass Guitar), Robb Chalifoux (Rhythm Guitar) and Aaron Verdonk (Drums) show their growth and confidence as a group by continuing to make music that incorporates several genres -  pop, electronic and rock. The first single, Uncontrollable and new single Body Move, maintain the band’s signature catchy lyrics and beats, while driving heavier bass lines and added synths for an overall pop-infused dance sound. 


Bruce Cole – Rare Junos Photos.

Blue Rodeo

What is now known as the Bruce Cole Collection, consisting of never before seen photos of some of Canada’s greatest stars in their early years, is now available to the public and media outlets for viewing and purchasing. 


Hiltz Squared Media Group has established an online storefront for the sale of hard copy photos and fine art prints. Some 95 images have been digitized in high resolution formats, from original negatives (often 35mm, but many in a 2 ¼" format) Cole describes, but notes that sales will all be hard copy prints, numbered and signed as a collectors edition produced in association with a Toronto-based digital facility. Images will be added weekly and the site will eventually include the works of other photographers who also "lived and breathed the music industry" said Cole.

Cashbox is proud to present two of Bruce’s Collection weekly leading up to the Juno Awards celebration 2011.

Blankfest Quebec III - It's About The Homeless; Nothing More, Nothing Less

Blankfest Quebec III

Montreal's annual Blankfest Quebec returns for its 3rd year in support of one of Canada's oldest and largest homeless shelters, the Old Brewery Mission.  Feb 25th 


Over the last two years, Blankfest Quebec has been raising winter clothing for Montreal's homeless men and women and has collected over 1,000 clothing items to date.


This year's 3rd annual Blankfest Quebec will be hosted at Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent) on February 25th with a special guest performance from NYC's Blankfest founder Kenn Rowell and his band, The Baghdaddios. The night will also include performances from local repeat supporters Vinyl Hero, Emery Street, The In n Outs, and newcomers Kill Matilda from Vancouver. 


Montreal’s winter months are known for having temperatures well below zero and those who are homeless run the risk of frostbite and possible death due to overexposure. Blankfest Quebec, in cooperation with the Old Brewery Mission, aims to aid those who are less fortunate and keep the homeless warm while living on the streets.



Dawson Reigns

In 2010 country radio was introduced to a new Country artist and that artist was Dawson Reigns!  The debut single – “If Crazy Wasn’t So Beautiful” became a Top Twenty hit on the Cancountry Chart – Country Music News. In October 2010, Dawson received his first #1 on the Hot Country Chart out of Queensland, Australia.


This was followed by “Empty Handed” which was included on the Country Music Year End Top 100 with his album Enjoy The Ride (produced by award winning producer – Jason Barry) receiving Special Mention in the Country Music New Year end wrap up.


In September 2010 radio received his third single – “Girl Next Door” just in time for him to take the stage as part of NEW ARTIST SHOWCASE in Edmonton at Canadian Country Music Week.  No sooner had Dawson returned home to Cambridge, Ontario than he once again was off – this time to England to participate in the British Country Music Awards – what started out as just a performance at their “invite” only Open Mic turned into a performance at their award show. 


This was parlayed into a mini radio tour of the UK.   Certainly an impressive. debut into the Country Music world. Back in Canada, he inked a management deal with Kathryn Hummel of Hummel Entertainment (Hey Romeo).


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