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Kate McGarrigle

Kate McGarrigle
The Canadian Press

Funeral for singer Kate McGarrigle to be held in Montreal today.

Singer Kate McGarrigle's funeral will be held today at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

The 63-year-old musician died at her Montreal home on Jan. 18 after a battle with cancer. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, earlier told The Canadian Press he expects singer Emmylou Harris to attend the service.

McGarrigle and her sister Anna became known as the McGarrigle Sisters and began their careers performing at Montreal coffeehouses in the 1960s with a group called the Mountain City Four.

They were perhaps best-known to Canadians for their distinctive rendition of Wade Hemsworth's "The Log Driver's Waltz," which was featured in a 1979 animated short done by the National Film Board.

Kate McGarrigle was invested with the Order of Canada in 1994, while she and Anna received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004.

TinBu Partners With The Haiti Relief Fund To Help Raise Funds To Support Earthquake Relief Efforts

TinBu is donating 1,000,000 online advertisements to assist in collecting tax-deductible donations for the non-profit Haiti Relief Fund to assist with earthquake recovery efforts.

Pensacola, FL / Lynbrook,NY 1/14/2010 04:34 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

TinBu, a leading provider of online content to 1000's of online Web sites has partnered with the non-profit Haiti Relief Fund organization to help raise money for earthquake disaster relief.

TinBu will donate 1,000,000 online ad impressions in the U.S.A. to assist The Haiti Relief Fund in collecting donations to aid in earthquake relief. All donations collected will be tax-deductible as The Haiti Relief Fund is a registered non-profit organization that operates exclusively for charitable purpose under section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code.

Monumental/DEP/Universal announces artist Empire ISIS and Smashbox Cosmetics Canada partnership

Smashbox

by Sandy Graham

Smashbox Cosmetics is well known for creating trendsetting styles and working closely with makeup industry professionals, celebrities and fashion industry insiders. Smashbox thrives in bringing forth a specialized product and creating the perfect makeup line for women around the globe.

“I'm honored that Smashbox makeup chose to work with me and the Empire ISIS movement." commented Empire ISIS. "They have an International vision, it only makes sense to work together, it's all about making girls look good round the world."

Canadian Icons Neil Young & Burton Cummings tickled to be named to Order of Canada

The Canadian Press

Burton Cummings joked that it's about time he joined Randy Bachman as an officer of the Order of Canada. Barry Roden/CBC

Former Guess Who frontman Burton Cummings jokes that it's about time he got the Order of Canada, considering that bandmate Randy Bachman got identical recognition a year ago.

But Cummings says it was a pretty big deal to get the honour alongside such fellow Manitobans as rock icon Neil Young and former premier Gary Filmon.

All three on Wednesday were named officers of the order, which is the second of three levels of recognition bestowed by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean.

The appointments also include honours for hockey great Mario Lemieux, who is elevated to officer, while former Montreal Canadiens captain Emile (Butch) Bouchard, who led the NHL team to four Stanley Cup titles, becomes a member.

Jean announced 32 new members and promoted 25 people, including Cummings, from member to officer.

Lhasa

LHase

Singer-songwriter Lhasa dies at 37

Montreal, Quebec
Courtesy of CBC

Influential Montreal-based singer Lhasa de Sela has died of breast cancer. She was 37.

Lhasa de Sela won a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998. (CBC) The Mexican-American singer-songwriter died in her home late Friday, after a 21-month battle with breast cancer.

Known professionally as Lhasa, she marked the world music scene with her dreamy and ethereal songs, written and recorded in Spanish, French and English.

Her first album, La Llorona (the crying woman, in Spanish) was released in 1997 to critical acclaim, earning Lhasa a Quebec Félix Award that same year and a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998.

After touring for two years, Lhasa settled in the south of France to write songs for her second album, The Living Road, recorded in French, English and Spanish. The Times of London recently named her sophomore work as one of the 10 best world albums of the decade.

TAMEI O'BRIEN

Tamei O'Brien

December 09, 2009

It is with great sadness that Cashbox acknowledges the passing of Tamei O'Brien, the wife of SNOW The Artist a.k.a. Darrin O'Brien.

Tamei O'Brien passed away suddenly last month and leaves behind friends and family who will miss her deeply. SNOW, the legendary singer who made his fame with the hit song,”Informer”, was married to Tamei and they have a one daughter, Justuss.

Quote from Facebook: “This morning we lost one of the most amazing people we have been fortunate to know. She was an unbelievable friend and an even better mother to her baby Justuss. We miss you so much!! Rest in Paradise beautiful!!”

Friends and fans are invited to join the Facebook group "Rest In Peace Tamei O'Brien!".

Haydain Neale Remembered

compiled by Bill Delingat

It was another star studded night at the Phoenix nightclub in the heart of Toronto, a scene that we are getting all too familiar in seeing as fans and family gather to pay tribute to a fallen star as his voice has been silent all too soon.

Nelly Furtado, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), K-Os, and Chantal Kreviazuk were among the artists that fans were privileged to see as they honored the musical legacy of Jacksoul’s Haydain Neale.

Photo Credit: Bill KingPhoto Credit: Bill King

CRASH KARMA Signs with E1 Music Canada

CRASH KARMA’s Debut Single “Awake” Top 10 with a bullet on Canadian Rock Chart

Toronto, ON – E1 Music Canada announced today the signing of CRASH KARMA with plans to release the group’s debut CD on March 16, 2010 to coincide with a national tour.

CRASH KARMA’s members are no stranger to success, consisting of former I Mother Earth singer Edwin, ex-Our Lady Peace guitarist Mike Turner, The Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows and former Zygote member Amir Epstein. All of these respective groups notched up high record sales, multiple Juno and MuchMusic Video Awards and became household names. “Awake” is, of course, a perfectly appropriate title for the debut single.

HAYDAIN NEALE

Haydain

TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ -

At 39 years of age Juno Award-winning artist Haydain Neale of jacksoul passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, after a very private seven month battle with lung cancer.

On a beautiful, sunny morning with his wife Michaela, daughter Yasmin, brother-in-law Shawn Hudson and friends Davide DiRenzo and Jennifer Hyland by his side, Haydain passed away peacefully.

Throughout his rehabilitation after a car accident in August 2007 and during his illness, Haydain always maintained a positive spirit.

In a statement from his wife Michaela; "Through all these challenges, Haydain's sense of humour and love of music were ever-present. He constantly brightened the room with his singing and his smile. His joyful presence and beautiful voice will be missed by us all."

An interment with a private family gathering will take place later this week.

Canada for Haiti

Canada for Haiti

Airs CBC, CTV and Global 7 p.m. ET on Nov. 22.

Canada's television networks are collaborating on a television special this Friday to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

Canada for Haiti, a one-hour program examining Canada's close relationship with Haiti, will be broadcast on CBC, CTV and Global at 7 p.m. ET.

The program will be shown just before the Hope for Haiti Now telethon being hosted by George Clooney and featuring many of Hollywood's biggest stars.

CBC, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic and the National Geographic Channel all plan to simulcast Hope for Haiti Now in Canada.

The Canada for Haiti special will give Canadians a chance to donate to a group of Canadian organizations doing work in Haiti. The groups featured include:

The program will be hosted by CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos of The Hour, Global's Cheryl Hickey of ET Canadaand CTV's Ben Mulroney of etalk.

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