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BLANKFEST TORONTO ROCKS EL MOCAMBO OCT.14

Blankfest founders The Bahgdaddios

Here’s a charitable event well worth your time and energy,’specially if you like your rock hard’n’heavy and are in possession of any sort of social consciousness. . Folks in the T.Dot know temperatures can get downright gnarly sometimes as early as October. Toronto’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.

As well, the numbers of young people living on the streets continue to rise. The economic recovery hasn’t hit the pavement yet. The latest figure is 27% of Toronto’s homeless are under the age of 25 and they’re living in the shadow of a government looking to slash social benefits further.

Photo:Blankfest founders The Bahgdaddios

Which is where DIY projects like Blankfest prove their worth. Blankfest Toronto's primary goal is to collect blankets, socks, underwear and non-perishable food for the homeless in Toronto.Blankfest Toronto aims to aid those who are less fortunate and keep the homeless warm while living on the streets.

The Blankfest project was founded by New York City indie rock veteran Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios, in 1997 and has been an ongoing annual blanket fundraiser in New York City ever since

Bob Mersereau’s The Top 100 Canadian Singles

Top 100 Canadian Singles

The title alone of this book lets you know this is no small undertaking. This is not the top singles of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and all the subsequent decades, but rather The Top 100 Canadian Singles! EVER! Tough one!

But as the liner notes say this book is “destined to spark debate about Canadian Music.” Of course, to state the obvious, all lists are subjective and quite honestly create more debate over the omissions than the actual songs chosen. To help ensure some accuracy and credibility author Bob Mersereau, a veteran music columnist and CBC Arts reporter, assembled a great cross section of members of Canada’s Who’s Who, all of whom cast their votes in a nationwide poll.

The Guess Who topped the list at # 1 of 100, with their classic song “American Woman” and the top ten included the likes of Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Steppenwolf and Leonard Cohen. I won’t spoil the experience of reading this book by giving away any more of the list. Go buy it and enjoy the discoveries on your own.

To offset the list, singers, songwriters and artists gave their own picks, in some cases completely different from the “official” list. Folks like Sass Jordan, Moe Berg and even Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys gave their opinions and reasons why they chose the songs they did.

Another nice touch and homage to our musical cultures is the section dedicated to French Canadian music hits, deftly put together by Eric Trudel. And to show they were paying attention, Quebec legend Robert Charlebois made it onto the “official” Top 100 with his hit “Lindbergh”.

British launch for Quebec Recording Artists Mosquito-B

Mosquito B

by Kathy Hahn

October 4, 2010 - Toronto: Quebec recording artists Mosquito-B launched their new EP, “Killing Mars” in England on Friday October 1. The 10” vinyl edition pressed in London introduces six tracks from the band which will be included in the complete album to be released in early 2011. The full album will feature more than 15 songs.  

 This is the second British tour for Mosquito-B in the past six months, following tour dates anchored by shows in Nashville, Burlington, Cleveland in the USA, and Niagara and Toronto in 2009.

Mosquito-B kicked off their British tour with their record launch and showcase at The Hobbit - Southhampton (Oct 1) and will perform at Woodmead Halls in  Lyme Regis (Oct. 2), London (Oct. 6, 9)  and Mr. Kyps in Poole (Oct. 10).

The highlight for the tour is the special invitation to participate in the festivities celebrating John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Mosquito-B have been asked to join a stellar lineup of artists from England and Russia, amongst others.

Mosquito-B will participate in a full slate of John Lennon birthday festivities including a ‘Bed In’ in Bournemouth and a ‘Love In’ on Abbey Road. Mosquito-B’s Dan Louis notes, “Last May, following our trip to Lyme Regis, we received an extraordinary offer by a London promoter who adored our show when we opened for Bristol’s own Stackridge (formerly known as the Korgis). The audience had demanded an encore, which we are told is very rare for an opening band.”

The New Album – “KILLING MARS”

“Get Invited” Does Events With Gusto!

All Aboard

by Bill Delingat

Fall has just arrived with the first ‘Full Harvest Moon” in over 20 years; this tops off a record breaking heatwave that occurred across Canada and a summer with lots of events and excitement for locals and tourists alike in Toronto, Ontario.

One of the jewels of our city is our Harbourfront, the Islands and the boating, from sailboats, tall ships to the ever popular day tours: Toronto has them all.

One of the most popular is the Mariposa Cruises, the jewels of our harbourfront. Mariposa Cruises (Lines) was incorporated in 1987,with the purchase of The Mariposa Belle, adding it to the beginning fleet of The Rosemary. Canadian owned and operated, Mariposa Cruises next acquired the spectacular Captain Matthew Flinders and sailed her from Australia to Toronto in 1989. In the early 90’s- The Showboat,Tthe Northern Spirit and The Oriole were all added to Mariposa’s current fleet of six uniquely styled and well maintained vessels. Stability, quality, customer service and excellence are the foundations of Mariposa Cruises - the leader in the hospitality cruise industry.


When it comes to parties or events on the water “Get Invited” an online event planner is # 1 on the “high seas”. This year “Get Invited” celebrated it’s 46th cruise with Mariposa Cruises, holding a record of over the past 20 years with a June and an August party cruise.

Joel Gusto and DJ MarioJoel Gusto and DJ Mario

GET READY TO LAUGH OUT LOUD, CANADA!

Orbyt Media

Orbyt Media Partners with The Donkey Comedy Network for Affiliate and Ad Sales of 24/7 Comedy Radio in Canada

Leading Radio Syndicator Nabs First Short-Attention-Span, Hit-Driven All-Comedy Radio Format for the Masses

(TORONTO, September 29, 2010) – Canada’s first short-attention-span, hit-oriented, mass-appeal all-comedy radio format is now available for syndication across the country with the new exclusive partnership of Orbyt Media and The Donkey Comedy Network (DCN) for affiliate and ad sales in Canada of 24/7 Comedy Radio.

The announcement comes on the heels of the first U.S. affiliation between Canada’s leading syndicator of premiere radio programming and Clear Channel’s KFNY, and extends distribution of 24/7 Comedy Radio to America’s comedy-loving Northern neighbours.

“24/7 Comedy Radio is a unique addition to Orbyt’s library of compelling radio brands for the Canadian market,” says Lesley Soldat, General Manager of Orbyt Media. “The content is pitch
perfect funny and the Top-40-inspired presentation is unlike any other comedy product on radio. “ We believe Donkey Comedy will do for radio what The Comedy Network has done for TV.”

Canadian Veteran Agent Dave Kirby Leaves a Legacy

Dave Kirby

Music Business Industry veterans will remember the outspoken and aggressive Dave Kirby from his early days as an agent in Toronto, Canada. Kirby, agent extraordinaire, and most recently chairman and founder of the Kirby Organization (TKO) passed away on September 18, at his home in Manhattan Beach, California. Kirby fought and lost a two year battle with prostrate cancer. He was 56 years old. Kirby was well-known at The Agency Group, but left it to launch his own company, TKO, in 2005. TKO has since became one of the top independent agencies in the music industry, specializing in the hard rock scene with acts such as Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Motorhead, Anthrax, The Cult, The Doors, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Kreiger and Hank Ill. Kirby was a serious advocate of using touring as a primary tool for artist development. Dave Kirby is survived by his sons David and Alex, and will be missed deeply by his wife Christine. The family has asked in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Dave Kirby’s name to The Prostrate Cancer Foundation. At the present time there is a memorial being planned for late October.

The Return / El Regreso of FUNKÉTÉ!

Saludos de los Dos Mundos Logo

Saludos de los Dos Mundos!

We know it's been a long time, and many of you already know why. We have a new space online where you can find all of our playlists, podcast links, write-ups, pics and free mp3 downloads! www.dosmundos.posterous.com ~ please check it out, subscribe and instead of getting a big ass email with all sorts of links and images - you'll get an alert and a link to go check out the new posts and get your Dos Mundos Radio fix. http://www.dosmundos.posterous.com!

Slowly, we're phasing out the email and hoping to only send you an email when we have BIG news. For example:

The Return / El Regreso of FUNKÉTÉ!

We've had a lot of people out there asking y preguntando y jodiendo with the same question: "Cuando va ser el proximo Funkété?!" Well we got your answer right hurrrrrrrr:

Dos Mundos Radio Presents:
The RETURN of FUNKÉTÉ!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Teranga Bar - 159 Augusta Ave.

featuring
Uladat (Toronto/¡Borracho!)
No Lo Ves (Toronto/Colombia)

and your resident DJs
ESTILO BAKANCHIDO (Dos Mundos Radio/Mas Tigre)
eLman
linterna

10PM - NO COVER!
Cumbia ~ Dancehall ~ Reggaeton ~ Tribal ~ Mambo Violento ~ Moombahton ~ Baile Funk ~ Raverton
Join us on the third Saturday of every month at Teranga Bar for FUNKÉTÉ and all our upcoming special guests!
A BAILAAAAAARRRRRR HIJUEPUCHAS!!!!!!
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SCYTHIA DROPS DEBUT ALBUM, PREPS FOR NATIONAL TOUR.

Scythia

Vancouver folk metallers (yep, you read it right) Scythia will be officially releasing their 9 track debut album "Of War" Tuesday, October 5th. The crew are currently getting pumped for their upcoming "Exiled across Canada" tour.

"This is definitely an album for fans that truly love a mix of great storytelling blended with the progressive sound of metal, violin and an oboe of death." comments Scythia band founder Dave Khan.

Formed in late 2008, Scythia is not your older brother’s metal band. Unless that band had an oboe of death, echoes of thunder, and a knack for writing folk metal tunes. So what is Scythia? At the most primitive level, it is epic storytelling set to modern progressive metal. With a whole lot of dynamic, intense goodness, of course.

Taking its name from vocalist/guitarist Dave Khan’s infatuation with a painting of Nordic/Russian warriors riding bears while brandishing swords, Scythia not only “gives the painting musical significance,” but it is also “the name of an ancient empire spanning from the Caucasus through Russia, and even into eastern Scandinavia. The melodies used in our music have a very ancient, sometimes medieval sound, so I wanted to attribute them to an ancient civilization,” says Khan.

Cirque du Soleil: Banana Spheel

Cirque de Soleil Banana Spheel image

Story Don Graham
Photos Dominique Lemieux/Cirque de Soleil

I have to start by admitting that when I was first presented with this task I was not sure what to expect. I knew the show had trouble in Chicago, got revamped for New York, where the reception and reviews were much better, and here it was at the Canon Theatre in downtown Toronto. Cirque and vaudeville? Seemed like strange bedfellows so I was interested to see what the result would be.

While standing in the crowd waiting to be let into the theatre, there was a commotion behind us as a gentleman was pushing his way through the crowd yelling something about needing the washroom. He REALLY seemed liked he had go, but once he got to the front of the room he turned and flashed a big grin and we knew he was part of the show. Turned out he was Claudio Carneiro, a big part on the ensemble. But more on him later.

The opening dialogue between the two hosts, well-played by the aggressive Daniel Passer and the hard-done by, Wayne Wilson sets the stage for the evening ahead. Lots of sight gags and slapstick humour. And the stage is set as well, for The Schmelky Spectacular, the role of the hardnosed arrogant boss, Schmeckly, excellently played by Danny Rutigliano. His assistant Margaret played by Shereen Hickman, has great comedic timing and offsets Schmelky’s brashness.

"Experience Hendrix" Coming To Canada

Experience Hendrix

Coming to Canada for the first time…

Thursday, October 28th - 8 p.m. at the Sony Centre, Toronto

JIMI'S MUSIC PERFORMED IN CONCERT BY AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP

Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys & The Jimi Hendrix Experience) ● Steve Vai ● Jonny Lang ● Kenny Wayne Shepherd ● Eric Johnson ● Robert Randolph ● Living Colour ● Ernie Isley • Chris Layton (of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble) ● David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas (of Los Lobos) • The Slide Brothers (a/k/a Chuck & Darick Campbell of Sacred Steel) ● Mato (of Indigenous)

For the first time in its history, Experience Hendrix, the concert tour that has dazzled sold out audiences, revisiting the music and inspiration of Jimi Hendrix with an all-star line up of music greats, will perform, for the first time, in Canada… Four dates have been announced: October 28th at the Sony Centre in Toronto, 29th in Quebec City (Grand Théâtre), 30th in Montreal (Place des Arts) and November 1st in Ottawa (National Arts Centre).

Tickets: $89.50, $74.50, $59.50 (taxes included plus facility fee and service charge where applicable) at the Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., Toronto and Ticketmaster at (416) 872-2262 or at www.ticketmaster.ca

ON SALE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13th AT 10 A.M.

For further information, contact: Rob Bennett ● RBI Productions (416) 686-6052 rob.bennett@sympatico.ca

Website: www.experiencehendrixtour.com

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