BTW -Arcana, Plants and Animals, Notas de 4, Vissia, J J Wilde, Jesse Wagner, Dub J

Fri Oct 30
Arcana Photo Credit Rogan McAndrews

This week we spotlight Haven on the Queensway 1533 The Queensway Toronto, Ontario

Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Phone: 416-640-2005 Email: info@havenontheq.com 

Haven on the Queensway operates a food bank that provides groceries, household products, personal hygiene items and even pet food to anyone in need in the community. Its website lists ways to give including types of goods sought, monetary contributions, and corporate sponsorships. Open by appointment and pick up only due to COVID-19.

Support your local food bank. The need is dire.

Calgary’s rising prog rock entity Arcana has dropped another Single “Tailwind” from his debut Ep, the Space Rock Opera “Letters From A Lost Soul | Act I: The World One Forms”

Premiere Music Video "Tailwind" via Sonic Perspectives Debut EP out November 6th. Arcana is all Rogan McAndrews (Composer, Co-producer, Guitar, Bass, Vocals) and even the Photo Credit!

Aporia Records Announces Release of Kinnie Starr’s Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna)

Fri Oct 30
Kinnie Starr

Aporia Records has announced the release of Kinnie Starr's original motion picture soundtrack album to the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed film Edge of the Knife (SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna).  As the first ever feature-length film produced in the Haida language, Edge of the Knife has delighted film festival audiences worldwide and garnered several notable awards, including Best Canadian Feature Film (VIFF) and Canada's Top Ten (TIFF)

Streaming and download links here:
https://s.disco.ac/cdftnpnwbbav

The Social Dilemma, Artists Stop Using Social Media!

Fri Oct 30
Peter Åstedt

A new documentary that people should check out is about how social media is disrupting even democracy. And to quote the message that the Harvard professor Shoshana Zuboff says in the movie “Social media should be forbidden”.

If there is anything right now that is killing the music, it’s social media! I have been wondering why I don’t get new songs? Okay, I’m over 35 and that means that your musical taste is set. I’m working in the industry, so I’m used to getting new music submitted to me since it’s part of my daily business. So if I can't find new music how can a normal fan have any chance of finding it?

Before I never had any challenges finding new music. Since the lockdown on COVID, I realized that all the new good music came from outside. Everything I discovered was through showcase festivals where people had curated line-up’s where I could go around like a smorgasbord and just discover new artists. In addition, I had a lot of great people that are creating new things and work really hard that could tip me off about great new artists and music they had found for me to just access.

Maple Blues Award Female Artist of the Year MISS EMILY Releases Live Version of “The Sellout”

Fri Oct 30
Miss Emily LIVE at The Isabel

Multi-award winning soul and blues singer/songwriter Miss Emily has released a live version of her beloved 2014 single release ”The Sellout”.

Check out the “The Sellout” – Live here:

It’s not a one-off; the song lands ahead of the Kingston-based artist Emily Fennell’s forthcoming and first-ever live album release, Live at The Isabel — available October 30th, 2020.

An enthralling compilation of songs, stories, and captivating moments, the live LP is a sonic snapshot spanning two+ years of record-setting sold-out performances at one of Ontario’s most prestigious venues, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

As the first preview for what’s to come, “The Sellout” soars thanks to Miss Emily’s signature breathtaking vocals and Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair’s stellar accompaniments — guitar and bass, respectively.

BTW This Week-Ruby Waters, Terra Lightfoot, Jason Wilson, Close Talker, Izabelle, Stevie Nicks

Fri Oct 23
Ruby Waters

This week we highlight Bloorcourt. The Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre at 789 Dovercourt Road. It’s a member of The Daily Bread Food Bank and offers drop-in programs and food access almost every day.

Please support your local food bank. The need is dire.

In a world where ‘cultural expropriation’ has folks fussing about food, clothes, hairstyles, even language, refreshing to see music continues on its merry mash up and mix up ways. Case in point, Métis blues artist Ruby Waters, who just released her highly anticipated sophomore EP If It Comes Down To It distributed by The Orchard. The seven track collection includes recent singles "Rabbit Hole", "Quantum Physics", and the focus track "Difficult".

Praised for a voice that evokes shades of Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, Ruby’s soulful and unrefined approach on her latest EP guides you through an emotional journey, experiencing gripping and sometimes overlapping themes of pain and pleasure.

HuDost Releases “Our Words Will Be Louder” For Injustice & the State of the Nation

Fri Oct 23
HuDost

HuDost, led by Kentucky-based musicians and activists Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines, have released a powerful video for their forthcoming single, “Our Words Will Be Louder”.

The new song is a vital message for positive, collective action to be taken in this vulnerable and polarized time. “Our Words Will Be Louder” was co-written with Dan Haseltine (GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay) and Guitar World magazine’s “Acoustic Guitarist of the Year,” Christie Lenée.

Watch and experience“Our Words Will Be Louder” here:

Scott Garred Addresses the Minds of Dementia Patients, Mass Shooters & More in New Album

Fri Oct 23
Scott Garred

“What is it like to be a mass shooter? Or a person living with dementia? What plea might a person deeply addicted to opioids make?”

These are just some of the questions indie folk singer-songwriter Scott Garred asks as he approached his new and forthcoming eponymous album, Scott Songs Vol. II, and its newly released preview, “Dementia/Blue”.

Watch and experience this amazing video here:

As a board-certified music therapist working in mental health for over 15 years, Garred has served in state psychiatric facilities, private hospitals, memory care, and prisons; as the frontman for bands Super XX Man and Silver Scooter, and a musician for nearly 30 years, he’s written about thoughts or feelings on a more personal level.

I Want To Have My Music In A Movie (Do It Yourself vs a Publisher)

Fri Oct 23
Peter Åstedt

(Part Four of Four)

Another topic to discuss is that people think it’s hard to place songs. After hundreds of placements, I can tell you that it’s not. Still, there is some stuff you need to consider.

Yes, it’s hard to be friends with supervisors and ad-agencies. If you want to be close to them you don’t have the time to be an artist. You need to spend your time between NYC, Los Angeles, and London and make sure you are invited to cool parties to meet all of them to find the latest leads. On top of that, you only have your songs. Okay that is maybe around 50 of them but supervisors need big catalogues of different music and they need it now, so you don’t have the time to write all the things they ask for even when you do get the leads.

BTW - Das Mörtal, Paul Manchin, The Flamingos Pink, Donovan Woods, Earth’s Yellow Sun, Kayla Diamond, Slim Flex, Stevie Wonder

Fri Oct 16
Das Mortal Photo Credit Adrien Villagomez

This week we spotlight Churches on the Hill Food Bank 230 St Clair Ave W, Toronto. 416-967-3842 christchurchdeerpark.org Tues. & Thurs. open at 10:30 a.m.

Support your local food bank. The need is dire.

Self-styled Montreal eccentric and producer Das Mörtal has released latest single, ‘It Comes’ via Lisbon Lux Records. The single is taken from his upcoming album, Miami Beach Witches which will be released on Halloween. Das Mörtal will also be in the news in the coming months for having participated in the composition of the soundtrack for the next Street Of Rage 4 (SEGA). The planning of both the album and singles upcoming release dates is based around a pagan holiday calendar.

Acclaimed Canadian Filmmaker PETER ROWE Wonders Releases New Book, ‘Music vs The Man’

Fri Oct 16
Music vs The Man

Award-winning Canadian author, filmmaker, and painter Peter Rowe explores stories of musicians in the crosshairs of the authorities — police, border guards, mayors, city councils, the FBI, the Kremlin — in his new book, Music vs The Man is available now.

Watch the “Music vs The Man: Trailer” (90sec) via YouTube Here

I Want To Have My Music In A Movie (Understanding the Process) (Part Three of Four)

Fri Oct 16
Peter Åstedt

Many times, I get the feeling that artists think that I can nag a music supervisor into giving me a placement. That is impossible. Sure, of course, the more people that know about the song the better the chances are. Still, if it is the wrong song it is the wrong song.

A placement is all about supplying the right song in the right place at the right price. So even if you just released this great single, I can’t get a supervisor to take it just because it fits your release plan. They might even want the single that you released three years ago since that fits. Then you just have to go with that or say no. The only time I can be of any assistance is if I have a song that is kind of similar to the one they have chosen but are not really satisfied with it for various reasons.

Acclaimed Guitarist Duke Robillard’s Blues Bash Set for Release November 20th!

Fri Oct 16
Duke Robillard Band

“Nothing fancy, just the good old blues,” GRAMMY winning guitar master Duke Robillard says of his new album, Blues Bash — available November 20th, 2020 via Stony Plain Records.

To know Duke is to know he would say that, but there’s no downplaying this instant career highlight from one of the world’s best bluesmen.

Preview “Do You Mean It” Video & Single via Stony Plain Records Here

BTW - Aloe Blacc, Riley Michaels, James Aries, Alex Cuba, Leah Barley, Margot, Zilched

Fri Oct 09
Aloe Blacc
  • This week we salute ICNA Relief Food Bank 6120 Montevideo Rd. Unit #4

Mississauga, Tel: 905-858-1067
Email: mississaugafb@icnareliefcanada.ca Because of CoVid, please contact before going.

Support your local food bank. The need is real.

Smooch voiced man with tales to tell, Aloe Blacc, the platinum-selling singer, songwriter, producer, and activist, has dropped new album, All Love Everything. Inspired by his family, the new album is shaped around Aloe not only as a husband, but his journey as a father. The result is a heartfelt, artistic synthesis of family, activism and perseverance that beautifully traverses the tender details that make up life and refuses to be pinned to one genre of music.

Check the single  ‘All Love Everything’ here:

I Want To Have My Music In A Movie (Know the Rights) (Part Two of Four)

Fri Oct 09
Peter Åstedt

One problem I have is that the artist usually just comes up to me and says that they want me to place their music. It’s not that easy. If I going to approach supervisors, I really need to know all the rights and have those cleared. If I just borrow your song and try to place it, that would be like to borrowing your car. Sure, if I loaned it to a person that you admire like a famous movie star, maybe you wouldn’t mind. Still, I don’t think you would be totally happy that I just borrowed out your car to anyone.

You also want me to borrow out my own car to you. At the same time, why should I do that? Placing a song into production is a lot of work. Just doing it just to be friendly can be total professional suicide in the business.

Montreal’s Queer, Non-Binary, Indigenous Angel Baribeau’s Message in EP For Those I Love(d) Lands Loud & Clear

Fri Oct 09
Angel Baribeau Press Photo - Photo Credit by Sukhdev Benning

At 50,000+ streams across platforms, queer, non-binary, Indigenous pop singer/songwriter Angel Baribeau’s messages and representation presented within For Those I Love(d) continues to land loud and clear.

Featuring breathtaking vocals paired with lyrics that traverse emotional terrains rugged and smooth, Baribeau’s debut flows forth with a wisdom-rife, intimate vulnerability cascading through distinctly warm textures and catchy acoustic pop melodies.

With the album taking a Top 3 spot on Apple Music Pop Canada’s charts soon after its Summer 2020 release, the six-track EP’s debut single “Love Is Up The River” quickly garnered more than 17,000+ streams on Spotify and hit Top 10 on the NCI FM Indigenous Music Countdown hosted by SiriusXM Canada; single “Wish We Were Older” followed its path with another ~ 18,000 streams, and was featured on CBC North.

Check out “Love Is Up The River”  here:

BTW Sikiru Adepoju, Catastrophe & Cure, Shaye Zadravec, Leahy, David J/Julian Shah-Tayler, Orchestra Baobab

Fri Oct 02
Sikiru Adepoju

This week we highlight ACSA Food Bank, 1911 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, serving the Malvern area. Please donate to your local food bank. The need is real.

This week we’re bookending with some enchanting African music; a debut album from a Nigerian Grammy winner and a classic album reissue from a Senegalese legacy band.

Setting the mood, Soul Makossa from Manu Dibango

The much-anticipated 'ỌPẸ' album, a debut by Nigerian Grammy-winning recording artist and percussionist, Sikiru Adepoju is out now! “ỌPẸ (Gratitude)” now Streaming on All Digital Platforms Via: https://mansmark.com

JUNO Award-Winning Tony Quarrington & Zoey Adams Have One More FOLK Thing For You as Q&A

Fri Oct 02
Tony Quarrington & Zoey Adams

One-of-its-kind Canadian musical duo Q&A — as in JUNO Award-winning Tony Quarrington and his esteemed counterpart Zoey Adams — deliver the second release in their multi-genre triple EP offering, One More FOLK Thing including lead single “How Do I Love You?”

Following this summer’s big band-to-ballad exploration that is One More JAZZ Thing, One More FOLK Thing falls in line with another five tracks that span from old-timey upbeats to slow-folk styles, and everything in between.

“Clap along with this happy, little bluegrass love song,” Adams says of the album’s first preview, “How Do I Love You?” — a lively duet spotlighting sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

Listen to “How Do I Love You?” Spotify here: open.spotify.com/album/2Y5XyWEiwUpYRCoNZTXFUB

“Redbird” lands as another bluegrass-based tune, while “Hold On” and “Last One In Love” slow the pace as an intimate, personal anthem and a whimsical yet poignant look at love, respectively.

I Want to Have My Music in a Movie - The Placement That Went Wrong!

Fri Oct 02
Peter Åstedt

(Part One of Four)

I got a request for placement on an old song from one of the supervisors I work with often. This song is from a band that is no longer exists. We create a deal that we can place the song anyway. Still, it was probably over five years ago someone requested something around the songs from their catalogue.

She had a lead on to someone that needed the song. But it was locked on YouTube through the aggregator to the song. This one was so old that back in the days we let the artist upload themselves to aggregators. The reason why we don’t let that happen now is pretty clear in what happened here.

She asked me if I knew the company that was blocking it as it was not the usual ones, so I had no clue. I then went back to the leader of the band and asked if he knew.

Cashbox Radio Top 20 Pick Hit Chart for October 2020

Fri Oct 02
Cashbox Radio Top 20

As many of you know, I started my career in music, radio and retail, I was truly blessed to be one of the very first female Music Directors in Canadian history and I still thank the people in the business who had the foresight to see past the fact I was a woman, and was a person who was passionate about music.

That passion for music has never left me and heading into our 14th year of Cashbox Canada, a magazine inspired by the legendary Cashbox Magazine, we are now working hard to bring back radio to where it used to be with our latest venture, Cashbox Radio.

A little history of where the name Cashbox came from - the name of Cashbox Magazine (originally two words – Cash Box) was named after the actual ‘cash box’ inside the jukeboxes of America. When customers put their money in and played for example - A1, the money dropped down into a specific spot in the cash box and this is how the original Cash Box Charts were derived from collecting that information. 

BENT ROADS TAVERN Revisit Fan Faves with "The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4"

Thu Oct 01
Bent Roads Tavern

Canadian collective that is Bent Roads Tavern are revisiting their iconic campus days with the issuance of completely remastered and restored works in the form of The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4 — and stand-out single “Steeples And Turntables III”.

Check out Steeples and Turntables III - Bent Roads Tavern here:

With the release of The Legend of Bent Roads Tavern Volume 3 & 4, the unapologetic clash of indie folk-modern jazz with flashes of protest punk that is BRT catches new listeners up on the history of one of the elusive corners of the Canadian music cultural landscape Fans of Mumford & Sons, Dan Mangan, Tim Baker, Florence and the Machine, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Elliott Brood, The Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan and Neil Young may appreciate what BRT is all about as they hit hard on their Hard legendary story and prepare to write new chapters of its enduring legacy.