Andy Kim Christmas Celebrates the 15th Year of Giving the Gifts of Light

Fri Nov 15, 2019

Canada’s own Andy Kim celebrates Christmas every year by producing a star-studded event both in Toronto and his hometown of Montreal.  Now in its 15th year, this event has become a tradition for fans and music industry folks,who by supporting with ticket purchases provide much needed funds for the Gift Of Light through CAMH.

David Clayton-Thomas Say Somethin’!

Fri Nov 08, 2019

The day when music was a driving force for social change is not over… the outspoken young songwriter who gave us “Brainwashed” and “Spinning wheel” in the sixties has struck again.

Now a master songwriter at the peak of his powers, he trains his eye on life in the 21st century. say somethin’ is a searing look at the times we live in and a fervent prayer for the future. songs that confront the most important issues of the day…  climate change, immigration, gun control, politics, the justice system.

David Clayton-ThomasFearless and confrontational, the clayton-thomas lyrics are sharp and to the point. written with disarming honesty and a wicked sense of humour… a satirical musical portrait of the crazy, upside down, politically charged world of 2020.

Four of Canada’s most creative musicians collaborated with David on the writing of the songs… Lou Pomanti, Eric St Laurent, Davide Direnzo and George Koller… each bringing his own unique musical personality to the compositions.

Indie Week Toronto November 13-17, 2019

Fri Nov 01, 2019

Now about to launch the 17th edition of Indie Week in Toronto, the stages and talent are more abundant and vibrant this year more than ever.

Darryl Hurs
Darryl Hurs

Cashbox Canada caught up with Darryl Hurs, founder of Indie Week Toronto, while he was on the road promoting Indie music and more. “ I started Indie Week in Canada 17 years ago because I didn’t think Indie bands were getting a decent platform to perform and there was a lot of good music it was getting ignored. The response and growth has been more than expected, and we look forward to many more Indie Week events in the years to come.”

In 2003 there were 8 venues and approximately 60 artists and there was no conference at that point.

Gene Cornish – My Life As a Rascal

Fri Oct 25, 2019

One of the amazing things about Cashbox Magazine is that it still has 'real estate' in the name, so when we request an interview with a legendary artist, it is always an honour when they say yes, and Gene Cornish was one of those personal honours for me not just as a journalist but as a true fan.

Catching up with Gene at his home in New Jersey, you can feel the love, memories and angst when he talks about the days of being one of The Rascals.  There is no bitterness in this talented man, and he has a philosophical and heartwarming way of telling the history of truly one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands from the 1960s & ’70s.

Hey Major Meet Them at “The Station”

Fri Oct 18, 2019

HEY MAJOR is formed by the two multi-instrumentalist brothers, Mickaël and Raphaël Fortin. Built on strong brit rock influences, the chemistry and history between these boys is audible from the first note, writing what they’ve coined to be “elegant rock.”

Inspired by the best of Brit rock and pop, their debut album “The Station” highlights Hey Major’s distinctive rock sound. The songs burst to life with Mickaël’s pristine and emotional vocals, dynamic piano parts and Raphaël’s restrained and consoling drumming. Released on October 11, 2019, this a band that is the one to watch.

Watch “The Station” here: https://youtu.be/XyNVvEE2T5k

Ventresca Releases 'Craving'

Fri Oct 11, 2019

At only 17 years old and with a future as bright as the California sun, Canadian pop singer Ventresca is poised and ready to take make her mark. The Toronto, Ontario born songstress has been involved in the arts for most of her young life. She started off as a dancer at the age of 5, performing and dancing at the prestigious school of Canadian Dance Unit, earning herself experience and an array of awards. There was always music around the house and listening to her brother and watching the talented Miley Cyrus on TV during her Hannah Montana run, was a big influence on young Ventresca.

“I guess that’s when I got the music bug. I watched that and thought I would love to do be a singer and performer.” This led to the enrollment in the world famous Royal Conservatory of Music in her hometown of Toronto for vocal lessons. Next came songwriting which is an integral part of the Ventresca package.

“I wanted to write my own songs because I believe I have something to say and share that is uniquely me and will speak to the audience I’m trying to reach. It’s very important to me.”

Bobby Curtola, Andy Kim, Chilliwack and Cowboy Junkies to be inducted to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Fri Sep 27, 2019

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) today announced four legendary Canadian artists will join The Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Inductees include Bobby Curtola,(posthumously), Andy Kim, Chilliwack and Cowboy Junkies.

The newest inductees will be celebrated at an industry event on Sunday, October 27 at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB.

Established in 1978, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame recognizes Canadian artists who have made outstanding contributions to spotlighting Canadian music here at home and/or on the international stage. Andy Kim, Bobby Curtola, Chilliwack and Cowboy Junkies will join the ranks of Canadian music icons including Anne Murray, Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Oscar Peterson, RUSH, The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip, Shania Twain, and more.

Jack De Keyzer Check Mate

Fri Sep 20, 2019

For 46 years or roughly a couple million miles, bluesman, guitarist, singer, songwriter,  Jack de Keyzer has been hitting the road, rail and air to bring his brand of guitar driven blues across Canada and around the globe.  With 11 records, 1 DVD, 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards under his belt, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever, whenever he performs.

Playing  over 100 shows a year, de Keyzer’s music is steeped in the Chicago blues,  with a broad range of influences ranging from Detroit’s Motown, Muscle Shoals deep soul ,  Memphis’  rock and roll,  Philadelphia’s funky soul jazz and London, England’s (where de Keyzer hails from) blues rock.  De Keyzer knows first hand as he has played with many first generation pioneers of these sounds and styles. (Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Etta James, King Biscuit Boy and Ronnie Hawkins to name a few)   His latest recording  (Juno Nominated  -Blues Album of the Year 2019)  Checkmate is a 13 song tribute to the greats of Chess Records- Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, Otis Rush and more.

Julian Taylor Band – Avalanche

Fri Sep 13, 2019

The voice drifting into the lobby from the soundcheck sounds so timeless it might be emerging from some ancient well of souls at the end of the world, but it’s also fresh and vulnerable.

Sometimes he sings in riddles celebrating sexuality, courting, pleading, lonesome and profound.  Other times, lost in the dreads, the voice comes up out of the shadow summoning ancestral tones of Maroon resistance or slipping into a high Mohawk register.

So…not a monotone experience at all. And well beyond stereo. In fact not of any one genre. Not limited that way. You get doors opening on doors. There’s no dissonance. In fact it’s a harmonic whole.

Not a revivalist, but a musical revisionist, Julian Taylor masterfully re-combines and updates the vintage sounds that inspired him, to create bold, innovative songs.

Live at Heart Sweden 2019

Fri Aug 30, 2019

Live at Heart Sweden the festival is celebrating Year 10 of bringing music and media from around the world together.

The site of this gathering is the magical hamlet of Örebro, Sweden, a beautiful and picturesque setting replete with a castle, river and cobblestone roads balanced with hip, modern night clubs, restaurants and bars. Live at Heart Sweden is one of Scandinavia’s biggest showcase festivals and industry conferences.

The festival shines a light on the stars of tomorrow and brings creative professionals together to inspire, learn and create. During Live at Heart, hundreds of artists, filmmakers, industry delegates and thousands of Live at Heart fans come together in the heart of Örebro. They come from different backgrounds, cultures and industries. But they do have one thing in common. They come to discover “sensation”. What is a sensation?

Jimmy Capps The Man in Back

Fri Aug 23, 2019

Say the name Jimmy Capps anywhere in the Nashville music circle and you’ll get a wide smile and an approving nod of the head. Jimmy has been an integral part of the Music City scene since Moby Dick was a guppy and in fact, just celebrated the 60th Anniversary on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

He’s such a fixture at the Opry, where he still is a member of the Opry band every weekend, that they named the band rehearsal room backstage at the Jimmy Capps Room. “But they put my nameplate up in Velcro so things could change,” Jimmy jokes. As a musician, Jimmy has done it all from live stage performance, the session musician to T.V. work. He is in fact a regular on Larry’s Country Diner in Nashville. “ They told me when they offered me the job I could be the Sherriff or the Mayor. I figure I make a better Sherriff than a Mayor. The cool thing is after 60 years of being the man in back on the Opry where hardly anyone recognized me I now get stopped on the street with ‘ Hey you’re the Sherriff on Larry’s Country Diner!”

All You Need is 3Notes and a Grace

Fri Aug 16, 2019

I recently had the pleasure of being at MIDEM in Cannes, France where Cashbox Canada co-produced an official Showcase at Morrison’s Pub. One of the added pleasures was to meet an incredible woman named Grace Puluczek. Grace is one of those people who is personable and a powerhouse all at the same time. We formed an immediate friendship based on mutual respect and interest in each other’s careers and basic life goals.

We caught up with Grace at her home in Madrid, Spain, and she shared her story with us:

Kate Gillespie - From Toronto to Nashville to New York

Fri Aug 02, 2019

A thirteen-year-old Kate Gillespie would have had no idea that when a mutual love of country music led her Dad to take her on a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, that she was glimpsing at her future.

As a young girl, Kate attended an arts school in her native town of Toronto, Ontario and began collaborating with other young singers and songwriters. Her journalist father and lawyer mother were very supportive of Kate and encouraged her to follow her dreams. So it was with their blessing that when young Kate decided she wanted to attend the well respected Belmont University in Nashville to study songwriting and learn about the music business her family was behind her 100%.

Swedish Group The Magnettes Got the ‘Shakes’ (Falling in Love)

Fri Jul 26, 2019

Falling in love is universal, and no matter how many decades of love songs there are out there, the feeling and angst is the same. With social media, ‘instant’ ways of communicating, and disposable relationships in this fast-paced world, the heart and emotions remain the same.

The latest offering from Sweden’s supergroup, The Magnettes ‘Shakes' (Falling in Love) combines the throwback feeling that we all recognize with a current twist that is well-crafted, capturing the timeless feeling we all so easily recognize. 

 Rebecka Digervall, Sanna Kalla and producer Tomas Bäcklund Tuneström make up the musical backdrop of The Magnettes, and have been steadily gaining momentum on a global level, sharing their unique style of music and videos, which quite frankly is refreshing with what is currently being played on radio, YouTube and all other sharing platforms.

The Musicians Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Fri Jul 19, 2019

The sign at the entrance of the Musician’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee says it all, “Come see what you’ve heard”. Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum is the only museum in the world to honour the lesser known folks who provide the music for the superstars and the recording artists we know and love. The Hall is housed in the historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium where some of the biggest acts on the planet have graced the stage. Elvis, George Jones, The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys and Michael Jackson. The Hall pays homage o some of the greatest recording musicians to ever play a note a gives you a llok at behind the scenes activity.

The members of the Hall is an impressive list of some of the finest musicians to ever live and this year 2019, the elite membership will be increased by thirty. And what a fine a varied group they are.They will be honored with a concert slated for Oct. 22 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Tommy James is ALIVE!

Fri Jul 12, 2019

Not only is Tommy James still alive, but he's also making vital, important and absolutely catchy music. His new album ALIVE is filled with the kind of ear candy that sticks to the soul like a tattoo on the brain. Being released June 7th and available where all good music is sold and streaming worldwide.

"ALIVE started out as an acoustic album," he explains, "but little by little I realized that there was no way i could interpret the songs acoustically..so i gave into electricity!"

Apollo X1 CelebrationComplete with three of his beloved songs totally reconfigured, stretched inside-out and pumped up with the kind of esoteric action that only the greats could pull off, plus new songs that are bound to be instant classics, and well-chosen covers that are bound to not only surprise but captivate. ALIVE boasts 15 tracks in a wild, circuitous meandering adventure that criss-crosses genres with ease and flair.

Marshall Potts That’s How it Starts

Fri Jun 28, 2019

British Columbia singer/songwriter Marshall Potts has a new album, That How It Starts, and it’s a winner. The ten-track offering is an intimate invitation into the heart and soul of the man.

We got to spend some time with Marshall is Cannes, France and saw his showcase at the festival and had some insightful one on one chats. The first thing you notice about Marshall Potts is that when he’s talking to you he looks you in the eye and you know you have his full attention. He does that same thing from the stage, the audience is his only focus, that and the message is conveying through his songs.

Thank you Morrison’s and Midem 2019!

Fri Jun 14, 2019

MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) was first held in 1967, making it one of the longest standing music events, was held on June 4 to 7 in Cannes, France. During the daytime hours, it is billed as the leading music industry event for the music ecosystem with producers, agents, managers, lawyers, executives, entrepreneurs and journalists from around the globe conducting business. During the evening hours until the wee hours of the morning, live music is featured.

This is the first time that Cashbox Canada and Cashbox Magazine USA presented an officially MIDEM sanctioned series of showcases at Morrison’s Irish Pub in Cannes. June 5 and June 6 the music began at 5 pm and ran until 2 am, with the two evening event featuring both singer/songwriter and band showcases.

Producers Rob Ryan, Sandy Graham and Kathy Hahn headed up the helm, taking an already established event and making it a global showcase, adding international to the mix of what was an all Canadian showcase in the past.

Betty Moon’s Address To The Nation

Fri May 31, 2019

There is such a thing as being too far ahead of the curve. Or just too outspoken, creative or damn convincing. Betty Moon is a former teen model, singer and dancer. She sold over 10,000 DIY records during her high school years and A&M/Universal signed her to a record deal, launching her professional career. Still and all, traction for her particular brand of music was hard to come by in Canada and in 2010 she relocated to El Lay. There she found a toehold which to date has grown to an impressive global footprint.

In 2013, Moon broke through as a featured artist at the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Moon has performed at venues including The Roxy, Whisky a Go Go, and The Viper Room in Hollywood, California. As you can imagine, much has been written about the rising Moon, with the final product, of necessity, allinterlarded with the viewpoints of the writer and oftimes, an editor.

A good way to get out of the way of the story is to have Betty tell it in her own words, via a Q&A.

So here we go.

How do you stay so prolific?

Lily Frost Rocks It With “Retro-Moderne”

Fri May 24, 2019

With a CD/Vinyl Release Party June 1st and Worldwide Distribution on June 7, Lily Frost

is getting ready to break-out with her new offering of Retro-Moderne.

Canadian singer/songwriter Lily Frost’s first single off forthcoming album Retro-Moderne is “I Dodged A Bullet”.

Frost’s most focused and stylish work to date, Retro-Moderne is available live at Toronto’s Rivoli on June 1 and digitally worldwide June 7th.

“We set out to make a retro-infused album with a fresh and current vibe,” the award-winning, multi-talented, genre-defying dynamo of an artist reflects. “Gus and I both love 60s mod music and we grew up at the same time in Montreal when mod, ska, and punk subcultures were part of the underground scene we played.

“We also love current trends in fashion and art.”

By ‘Gus’ she means Gus Van Go (The Stills, Whitehorse, Jill Barber, Terra Lightfoot), whose pointed and precise production helped deliver a record that wastes little time living up to its name. “I am thrilled with the new record and to be working with Gus and his team. When you find the right team and chemistry, it falls into place."