Saturday, December 29, 2007

ALICE STUART & THE FORMERLYS - BLUES MATTERS & UPCOMING GIGS
Blues Matters asked us to let our fans know that there's a featured interview on ALICE STUART in the new issue of Blues Matters (in the U.K.) - Issue 41, Dec-Feb'08). They are also having a contest to pick the Best Blues CDs of 2007. You can vote for our newest CD, Freedom, if you're so inclined. The particulars are below. It would be pretty cool to be one of the winners!
BEST BLUES 2007
Blues Matters wants to know which 3 albums you rate from the year-past, and your 2 favourite re-releases. We will use our first issue of 2008 (Issue 42) to countdown the 50 Best Blues albums, reviewed by us during 2007 (Issues 36-41), and the 10 most popular reissues. Please let us know why you've made the choices you have, and submit in descending order. Only one submission per person, and please remember to include your full name and address. 3 lucky submitters will win copies of the new Lazy Poker and Roy Mette albums.
E-mail to: darren@bluesmatters.com or send to P.O. Box 18, Bridgend, CD33 6YW, U.K. by FEBRUARY 1ST, 2008. The website: www.bluesmatters.com. If you're on MySpace, the URL is www.myspace.com/bluesmatterspublication.
Next couple gigs in the U.S. Northwest
If you still haven't decided what you want to do on New Year's Eve, we'll be playing:
Monday, Dec. 31 - 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Best Western Lighthouse and Waves Restaurant
491 Damon Road
Ocean Shores, WA
Dinner from 4-9 p.m. From 7:30-9 pm, dinner guests will receive a free ticket to the dance/concert. Champagne Toast at midnight. $10 charge if you just want to come for the music. Mini Suites available. Check out their website at www.bwlighthouse.com.
Reservations are strongly suggested. 360-289-2311
Wed., Jan. 2 - 7 p.m.
Cascade Blues Assoc. Meeting
Melody Ballroom
S.E. 615 Alder St.
Portland, OR
Sat, Jan. 5 - 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Alice - solo acoustic)
Shire Bistro & Pub
Chehalis, WA
Call 360.748.3720 for reservations.
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Friday, December 28, 2007

MARK SEPIC - UPCOMING GIGS (END OF YEAR AND UPCOMING IN 2008)


GIGS - END OF 2007

Saturday, Dec. 28 - 9-11 p.m. - SOLO

Latinada
1671 Bloor St. West (just east of Keele St.)
Toronto, ON
416-913-9716


Sunday, December 30 - 3:30-6:30 p.m. - SOLO

Ten Feet Tall
1381 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON
416-778-7333

UPCOMING GIGS FOR 2008

January 11 - 7:30-11:00 p.m. - TWO SOLO SETS AND OPEN MIKE

Don Heights Unitarian Congregation
103-18 Wynford Drive
Don Mills, ON
416-444-8839

$10 at the door

Half the proceeds will be donated to Street Outreach Services, a charity supporting homeless teens in the city.

January 12 - 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. - SOLO

The Winking Judge
25 Augusta Street
Hamilton, ON
905-524-5626

January 25 - 8-11 p.m. - with the BAD DADS

The Moonshine Cafe
137 Kerr Street
Oakville, ON
905-844-2655

February 24 - 6:30-10:30 p.m. - SOLO

The Waring House
Junction of Hwy 33 and County Rd 1
Picton, ON
For Reservations call : 613-476-7492 or 1-800-621-4956

www.pec.on.ca/waringhouse/map.html

March 29 - 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. - SOLO

The Winking Judge
25 Augusta Street
Hamilton, ON
905-524-5626

April 6 - 6:30-10:30 p.m. - SOLO

The Waring House
Junction of Hwy 33 and County Rd. 1
Picton, ON

For Reservations call : 613-476-7492 or 1-800-621-4956

www.pec.on.ca/waringhouse/map.html

www.marksepic.com

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NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION



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Thursday, December 27, 2007

JULIETTE & THE LICKS - FOUR ON THE FLOOR



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EXENE CERVENKA & THE ORIGINAL SINNERS - SEV7EN



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FRANCINE - WHAT GOES AROUND...COMES AROUND


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NIGHT SUN - DRIVE



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MAUREEN BROWN - CANADIAN MUSICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE


Maureen Brown with Jeff Beck (on the right)


Cover artwork for Maureen Brown's Be Close CD


Maureen behind the drumkit

www.renegadetoronto.com

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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

REBA RUSSELL BAND - REWOUND

Reba Russell with Dennis ("Blues Boss" Dudley)


Reba Russell (photo by Deb Duncan)

The Reba Russell Band is scheduled to perform on the January 2008 "Legendary Blues Cruise" (in the Caribbean) with Jimmy Thackery and The Drivers.

www.rebarussell.com

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DONITA SPARKS & THE STELLAR MOMENTS - UPCOMING GIGS



UPCOMING GIGS:
December 23/07 (with Social Distortion)
House of Blues
Anaheim, CA
December 31/07 (with Veruca Salt)
Safari Sam's
5214 West Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
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KATE CASSIDY - SCOTLAND'S QUEEN OF ROCK R&B



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ALICE SMITH - FOR LOVERS, DREAMERS AND ME


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HENRY COOPER RELEASES THE GIN YEARS CD



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SAMMY EUBANKS - "BEST MALE VOCALIST 2007" (INLAND BLUES EMPIRE)


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BYTOWN PROWLERS @ THE RAINBOW (OTTAWA, ON) - SUNDAY, DEC. 30



Bytown Prowlers @ The Rainbow - Sunday, Dec. 30/07 - 4-7 p.m.

76 Murray Street
(Bytown Market)
Ottawa, ON


Featuring:

Clint Everson - Vocals, Guitar
Rob Pappas - Guitar
Mike Ktenas - Bass
Matt Wood - Vocals/Drums

NOTE: Maria Hawkins Band will be performing later on that same night at the Rainbow.

'hope to see some of you there.

Mike Ktenas
Mojo Guitar Repair

mike@mojoguitar.ca


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BLUES ELEMENT - CD RELEASE PARTY - JANUARY 13/07




Blues Element CD RELEASE PARTY!

Blues Element invites you to help them celebrate the release of their 2nd CD, Are You Ready, a collection of 12 new jazzy blue journeys in song.

Venture out into the big bad world we all love to hate and join us:

Sunday, January 13/08, 8 PM - 12 AM

The Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON

BLUES ELEMENT

For further info/if you are interested, you can read international reviews and feedback to our 1st CD, Baby's Got The Blues here:

www.blueselement.com/blues_element_reviews.html

And check us out on MySpace here:

http://www.myspace.com/blueselement


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"THE TROUBADOURS" - CHIP 101.7 FM ("THE VOICE OF THE PONTIAC")



Tune in to Steve Jackson's "The Troubadours" on Sundays, from 4-5 p.m., at CHIP 101.7 FM (Fort Coulonge, QC).







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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

HOLIDAY WISHES FROM BECKI SUE & HER BIG ROCKIN' DADDIES!


Happy Holidays, Blues Fans!!

Our own Jim King will be making a special guest appearance this Friday, December 28th, from 7-10 pm at the Roadhouse in Enumclaw, WA, with Blackstone, featuring Jim's nephews Matt Flynn on drums and twin brother Dennis Flynn on guitar, slide guitar and lead vocals.

This up and coming band will be recording a live CD of original material that reflects their influences - Stones, Skynrd, Allmans, James Gang and Tom Petty. "You can hear it all in there", says Jim. "I'm excited that they asked me to play on a few cuts."

Saturday night you can catch Becki Sue & her Big Rockin' Daddies! at Poppa's Pub in Kent, WA, from 9-1. This is a new venue for us, so come show your support for live music!

Have a safe and happy holiday and New Year from Becki Sue & the Boys!!!

www.bigrockindaddies.com

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NEW YEAR'S EVE IN NOTL WITH THE NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION

Where: The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, 905-468-2141

When: 10 pm - ??

Merry Christmas, boys and girls.

New Year's Eve is almost upon us and if you haven't already made plans, I urge you to get your tickets while they're still available for the place to be in NOTL, the 2nd annual, NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE ANCHORAGE WITH THE NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION.

Our special guest is the legendary keyboard player Denis Keldie. As a studio musician, Denis Keldie has over a hundred albums to his credit, as well as numerous film and TV projects. Recent CD's include Rita Coolidge with Ry Cooder, Natalie MacMaster, Jeff Healey, Prairie Oyster, The Boomers, Eddie Schwartz, Jesse Cook, Stompin' Tom Connors, The Lincolns, The Extras, King Biscuit Boy, The Stampeders, Gordie Sampson, Etta James, and TV and live appearances with The Rankins, The Lincolns, Colin James, Jann Arden, Amy Sky, Ashley MacIsaac, Bruce Guthro, Crowbar and many others. He knows a million songs, and last year the dance floor was packed all night long! And on top of all that, he's a really nice and funny guy!

Also joining us will be winemaker and percussionist Sandra Marynissen and perhaps some other surprise guests. The rest the band will be our usual group of crazy guys, including the amazing Steve Grisbrook on guitar, the very appealing Herb Nelson on keyboards, the silver-haired devil Penner MacKay on percussion, Dangerous Dave Norris on drums and little old me on bass. How can you go wrong with a band that has three drummers and two keyboard players?

Tickets are going fast and we were sold out last year. The show starts at 10 pm and champagne at midnight is included in the ticket price. It was a wonderful evening of great songs, dancing and good friends, so give the Anchorage a call and reserve now! 904-468-2141.

So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and I hope we can celebrate the end of 07 and the start of 08 together.

AFTER 4 YEARS, WE'RE STILL NOTL'S BEST KEPT SECRET!

It's true. People still say to me, "There's music at the Anchorage?" Go figure. I guess you could say that those folks who come out on a regular basis are part of an exclusive club. And, don't get me wrong - while we'd like the place to be packed every single Saturday night, it's kind of fun when people show up for the first time and have such a good time. So you're welcome to tell your friends about our regular little shindig, but it's ok to just keep it to yourself if that's what you want.


More musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, NOTL

The Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris, MacKay & Nelson) with special guests:

Jan 5 - Chuck Jackson
Jan 12 - John Dickie
Jan 19 - Neil Chapman
Jan 26 - Mark Clifford (Vox Violins, Loud Shirts, the Shift...)
Feb 2 - Lance Anderson
Feb 9 - Martin Alex Aucoin
Feb 16 - Max Cann (singer/songwriter from England on first Canadian tour)
Feb 23 - Mark Rutherford
Mar 1 - Maria Aurigema
Mar 8 - Johnny Max
Mar 22 - Mark Lalama
Mar 29 - Larry Kurtz

OUR NEW CD- Live at the Anchorage 1.0

Our new CD is available at several locations on line. You can either buy the hard copy (which is what old-timers like me do) or download certain songs or the entire album. It's now available at iTunes, CDBaby.com or directly from me at:

www.stevegoldberger.com/shedrecords.html


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Friday, December 21, 2007

STEPH PAPPAS - 3 WISHES



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CRISTINA DONÁ - CRISTINA DONÁ




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JENNIFER AVALON - AS IN WORDS, SO IN MUSIC




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ALICE STUART & THE FORMERLYS - FREEDOM



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LORRAINE DAVIES - A TIME FOR ME


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THE CROWD @ TUCSON'S - SATURDAY, DEC. 22 (OTTAWA, ON)



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LEAHY - HANDMADE LEAHY (2-CD COMPILATION DISK)



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MAGGIE MAYALL - DIG THIS - AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUSIC FROM 1986-2001



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CHRIS GRABENSTEIN - DECEMBER 2007 NEWS


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Just a quick note to let you know: HELL FOR THE HOLIDAYS is now available as an audio download at Audible.com!

THE CROSSROADS

2008 looks to be a very exciting new year. My first book written for Middle Grade readers (and anyone else who likes a spine tingling story) comes out on May 27th!

THE CROSSROADS can now be pre-ordered from Random House or Amazon!

HELL HOLE

As you've probably heard, HELL HOLE - the next book in my John Ceepak Jersey Shore mystery series - will be published by St. Martin's Minotaur next year (July 22, 2008). They've changed the look of the covers. No more cotton candy pink, taffy green, or snow cone purple. But, I like the new cover and hope you do, too. You can already pre-order the book on-line or at your favorite independent bookseller.

WELCOME TO THE AMUSEMENT PARK OF DEATH

According to friends at Haru Sushi around the corner, that's the translated title for TILT A WHIRL. This is the cover art for the first foreign translation of Danny and Ceepak's adventures. Danny looks a little young for the job but I liked the artwork so much, I turned it into a T-shirt at my Cafe Press shop! Click here to order!

AND FINALLY...

And, if you want to get a sneak peek at Ceepak #5, MIND SCRAMBLER, currently under construction, you'll have to get past the guard cat, Tiger Lilly, first!

I hope you and your loved ones—two legged and four-legged—have a wonderful holiday!
Thanks for the support!


Chris

www.chrisgrabenstein.com



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DAVE RAVE GUESTING W/ DAYLIGHT FOR DEADEYES - DEC. 22 (HAMILTON)


Hey, everybody.

I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be a featured guest at another gig. Come out and see me with the amazing band, Daylight For Deadeyes, this Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Lazy Flamingo - 19 Hess Street South, Hamilton, ON - 905-527-0567. 'Hope to see you there.

Raver

www.dave-rave.com


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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

GEORGE OLLIVER'S CHRISTMAS WEEKEND AT LOUISIANA RESTAURANT


George Olliver performs this Fri. and Sat., Dec. 21 and 22, @ Louisiana Seafood Restaurant in Brampton, ON, (905) 454-4460!

*** 8 PM - 12 MIDNIGHT
GEORGE OLLIVER is at the keys, singing, dancing and carrying on with his high-energy single show, which is not to be missed!***


Merry Christmas &
God Bless you all,

Hunter-Hughes Prods.
Whitby, ON
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MICHAEL PICKETT - END-OF-YEAR GIG
T'is the season and there's so much going on right now. Michael Pickett has one more gig this year and it happens to be real close to home here in Crystal Beach [ON]. We hope you'll join us for an evening of extraordinary music, wonderful food and a warm atmosphere filled with a genuinely gracious staff (and lots of chandeliers!).
The Crystal Chandelier Cafe Etc. is nothing short of a miracle. It's one of those magical places in the universe where you can kick back, have your drink of choice and enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances. There is no cover but I recommend reservations if you're thinking about dinner... and you MUST try the food, which is positively delectable.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 - 8:30 PM
CRYSTAL CHANDELIER CAFE ETC.
3878 Erie Road
Crystal Beach, ON
905.894.9996
It's right on the corner of Erie Road and Ridgeway (aka Rt 116).
Cheers,
Louise
Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!
Mother Earth Management
NEW! Live Performance Review
NEW! 2007 Maple Blues Award Nominee Harmonica Player of the Year
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LEGENDARY AFRO-PERUVIAN SONG & DANCE TROUPE PERÚ NEGRO


Legendary Afro-Peruvian Song & Dance Troupe PERÚ NEGRO

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto


Tickets: $59.50 to $29.50 – Call 416-872-4255

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at www.roythomson.com.


Toronto, December 19, 2007 - The world-famous 22-member folkloric ensemble Perú Negro, celebrates Peru’s African-derived culture with vibrant dances, passionate songs and colourful costumes in a high-energy show at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 8 p.m. The performance launches the company’s 10-week, 40-city North American tour.

Perú Negro’s cultural heritage dates from the early 1700s when Peru’s slaves were banned from using drums. To express and preserve their rhythms, the slaves substituted objects found in the fields, such as wooden fruit and vegetable crates, which developed into the cajón, the national instrument of Peru. (The cajón is a rectangular wooden box, which the player sits on and beats with both hands to create the intricate rhythms that form the foundation of most Afro-Peruvian tunes.) Other percussion instruments that evolved from this period are the cajita (a church collection box that hangs from the neck and is played by opening and closing its lid and tapping its side with a stick); and the quijada de burro (a dried-out donkey jawbone used as a shaker and scraper instrument). These unusual set of instruments, when joined by Latin percussion, guitars, and passionate vocals, create the distinctive and unforgettable sound that is the heart of Afro-Peruvian music.

Perú Negro was founded in 1969 by musician-choreographer Ronaldo Campos de la Colina and 12 family members. The group soon won the grand prize at the Hispanoamerican Festival of Song and Dance in Buenos Aires and rapidly became a Peruvian national treasure. These pioneering members helped spark the revival of Peru’s rich black cultural traditions and led to the preservation and development of Afro-Peruvian music.

Under the artistic direction of the founder’s son, lead percussionist Jaime Ronaldo Campos Ponce (whose wife, Mónica Dueñas, is the lead singer), Perú Negro remains a family affair that includes two generations of world-class performers.

Appointed by the Peruvian government as the official “Cultural Ambassadors of Black Peru,” the Lima-based music and dance company tours the world and runs its own school where it trains its junior troupe, Perú Negrito.

In 2005, Perú Negro was honored with two Grammy nominations for its second U.S. album, Jolgirio.

For more information, visit http://www.perunegro.org.

This performance is part of "Share the Music", the Corporation’s education and outreach program. Over 300 complimentary tickets will be provided to under-served young people to attend the concert and participate in a pre-concert workshop hosted by Latin American musician/composer Edguardo Moreno.

"Share the Music" aims to enrich and inspire young people through exposure to world-class performers and related educational activities. It is sponsored by Sun Life Financial and supported by many individuals and organizations. For more information, visit www.roythomson.com/shareMusic.cfm.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Liz Parker, Publicity Manager
Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318
email: liz.parker@rth-mh.com

THE CORPORATION OF MASSEY HALL AND ROY THOMSON HALL
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2H5


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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION'S SATURDAY "MUSICAL IMPROV" SERIES

This week's featured guest:

SAT. DEC 22nd -HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS with SCOTT & SIMON

Where: The Anchorage, 186 Ricardo St. Niagara-on-the-Lake, 905-468-2141

When: every Saturday night 9:30 pm - no cover

It's been quite a while since our pals Scott & Simon have joined us at the Ank. These energetic local popsters always please, with a great variety of familiar tunes and wonderful vocals. It should be fun, as we cozy up by the fire with our friends at the Anchorage on this last Saturday before Christmas. See you there. And don't forget, if you haven't already made plans, I urge you to get your tickets while they're still available for NOTL'S HOTTEST UPCOMING EVENT, NEW YEARS EVE AT THE ANCHORAGE WITH THE NIAGARA RHYTHM SECTION and our special guest, Denis Keldie.

Tickets are going fast and we were sold out last year. And it was a wonderful evening of great songs, dancing and good friends, so give the Anchorage a call and reserve now!904-468-2141.

For more info: http://www.stevegoldberger.com/newyearsposter07-5x7.jpg

More musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, NOTLThe Niagara Rhythm Section (Goldberger, Grisbrook, Norris, MacKay & Nelson) with special guests:

Jan 5 - Chuck Jackson
Jan 12 - John Dickie
Jan 19 - Neil Chapman
Jan 26 - Mark Clifford (Vox Violins, Loud Shirts, the Shift...)
Feb 2 - Lance Anderson
Feb 9 - Martin Alex Aucoin
Feb 16 - Max Cann (singer/songwriter from England on first Canadian tour)
Feb 23 - Mark Rutherford
Mar 8 - Johnny Max
Mar 29 - Larry Kurtz

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Load up your ipod with our music at: www.stevegoldberger.com/downloads.html or purchase our CD's at www.stevegoldberger.com/shedrecords.html or at CDbaby: http://cdbaby.com/all/stevegoldberger


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RANDY OXFORD BAND - INTERNATIONAL BLUES NEWS !!


The word came out of Memphis,TN, today that the Randy Oxford Band's current CD, Memphis to Motown, has made it through yet another round of judging and is now in the finals of the 2008 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in the category of "best self produced CD", representing the South Sound Blues Association (SSBA), based in Tacoma, WA. The finals will be held on February 2nd, 2008, at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN.

Only 5 final CDs made it through two intense rounds of judging by international Blues industry professionals. Submitted CDs from around the world were first judged in competitions on a local and regional level by each individual Blues organization before being submitted to the IBC. Once the IBC received the CDs, they were then put through 2 more rounds of judging before the "last 5 spinning" were sent to the 2008 IBC finals.

On a personal note, band leader Randy Oxford knew he might have something very special when Elvin Bishop came up to him on the recent Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise (LRBC) to the Mexican Riviera and said..."Hey, Randy, thanks for recording my song (I'll be glad)...I love your arrangement of it"...."me and the boys in the band are really digging the sound of your band on the CD"...Regardless of what happens on February 2nd 2008 at the IBC finals, at the Orpheum theater in Memphis,TN, the Randy Oxford Band is proud and honored to be named as 2008 IBC finalist in the category of "best self produced CD" for their Memphis to Motown CD.

We would also like to acknowledge the recent recordings of two other SSBA bands who submitted their CDs to the SSBA for consideration in the 2008 IBC - the Michal-Miller Band and Becki Sue and her Big Rockin' Daddies!. Both bands have recently released truly world class recordings and they also deserve the same kind of international recognition.

The Blues is alive and well in the Pacific Northwest right now and we're glad to be a part of "the ride" while it lasts. Randy predicts that......"The Blues will be "great in 2008".

You can purchase a copy of this "IBC finalist" CD, Memphis to Motown, at our website - www.randyoxford.com or www.cdbaby.com or at any of the Randy Oxford Band's live shows.

Sincerely,


The Randy Oxford Band..."it feels good".

www.randyoxford.com
253-973-9024


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RAVER'S HOLIDAY TOUR


Happy Holidays, everybody!

I just wanted to drop you a line first of all to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and also to let you know about my holiday tour. Come on by for some Holiday Cheer!

Dec 20th - Lightnin’ Jacks - Port Dover, ON, with Bill Culp - 8 pm

230 Main Street - 519-583-9719
Port Dover, ON

Dec 21st - The Jordan House - Jordan, ON,
with Bill Culp, Dave Tufford, Gary Cozacar - 9 pm

3751 Main Street, Jordan Village
Jordan, ON
www.jordanhouse.ca

Dec 27th - The Casbah - Hamilton, ON

I’ll be playing a few songs for the Tribute/Thank-you night for Puttin' On The Ritz's Ray Gamble.

208 King Street West
Hamilton, ON
www.casbahlounge.ca

Dec 29th - Parrothead Café - Selkirk, ON, with Bill Culp - 8 pm

1187 Lakeshore Road
Selkirk, ON

No cover, but reservations are recommended - 905-776-0480.

Dec 31st - Montrose Hotel- Niagara Falls, ON,
with Bill Culp, Gary Cozacar & Dave Tufford

8675 Montrose Road
Niagara Falls, ON
905-374-4544

$5 cover $10 for meal

Hope to see you for some Christmas cheer at the shows.

Raver (Dave Rave)

www.dave-rave.com

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Monday, December 17, 2007

NXNE - CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

www.redpipe.ca presents THE 14th NORTH BY NORTHEAST MUSIC & FILM FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

Musicians! Filmmakers! - the early-bird submission deadline draws near.

ARE YOU IN YET?

North by Northeast (NXNE), Canada's #1 showcase for the best new independent music and music-related films, wants YOU!

Musicians: Get your early-bird submission in for next June's festival. Until January 1, it's just $25 to get your act onstage in front of fans and key industry pros at the talent-fest of the year. From January 1 on, it's $35 to submit. So save yourself some last-minute stress. Spend the ten bucks on guitar strings, drum sticks, holiday gifts, or, okay, booze. The final submission deadline is January 31/08. No extensions - this ain't a homework assignment.

Visit www.nxne.com to apply.

"Thousands of artists showcased by NXNE directly to key music and film executives. This is where you bring your entertainment vehicle if you want serious industry attention." - Rob Halford, Judas Priest

Filmmakers: Put away that Stanislavski (before you go blind). NXNE film submissions run for another six weeks, until January 31. For just $20 (or$40, if you dick around till after January 19), you submit your festival application electronically-follow the links at www.nxne.com.

NXNE scoops world premieres and brings cool film folks to town - without any fawning speeches or fashion gossip. At NXNE films, music is the star.

Fans: Next June, NXNE will rock Toronto like never before at almost 60 clubs and outdoor venues. Fans will flood the city, checking out 500 of the world's best indie acts: rock, blues, techno, hip-hop, country, reggae, punk, folk, and some s**t that's plain unclassifiable. The music will spill out of the clubs onto the streets, into the parks, and beyond.

NXNE will also screen the best music movies from around the world - concert classics and indie docs, with incredible historical, cultural, and musical range. Plus there's the NXNE Conference, featuring rare celebrity interviews and no-b.s. music-biz panels. Stay tuned for breaking info!Check the site for mind-blowing deals: NXNE festival wristband and all-access pass info will be up at www.nxne.com in January. Don't book anything else for June 12-15, 2008 - you're going to need each second and every ounce of energy to get maximum blast from this explosive festival.

redpipe.ca presents North by Northeast XIV, rockin' Toronto June 12-15, 2008

"NXNE is an exciting combination of indie music and a film lover's gourmet feast. We had a great time and would love to come back." - Stewart Copeland, The Police

The North by Northeast (NXNE) Music & Film Festival and Conference is renowned for showcasing the best new independent music and music-related film. Since its launch in 1994, NXNE has become recognized worldwide as the place for fans to see great performers at intimate venues, for musicians to get vital local and international exposure, and for industry professionals to meet and exchange new ideas about the biz.

Catch North by Northeast XIV, June 12-15, 2008, at over 40 venues in downtown Toronto.

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Madalyn Sklar, FounderGoGirlsMusic.com, "cuz chicks rock!"

The oldest & largest online community of indie women musicians!

*CELEBRATING 11 YEARS ON THE WEB!

www.gogirlsmusic.com


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QUICKSILVER - NEW RELEASE - QUICKSILVER 07



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KATE SCHROCK RELEASES INVOCATION CD


Invocation, the new CD from Kate Schrock, is now available on I-Tunes, CDBaby.com & Amazon.com as well as directly through the artist's website. Please take a listen and feel free to post reviews on both Amazon and CDbaby sites (we need your input!).

Invocation was written and recorded over a 3-year period, during which time Kate traveled twice to Jamaica to work with Bob Marley and the Wailers' horn player, Glen DaCosta. Kate also traveled to Ecuador with Heifer International. These experiences helped color the themes of this record. The addition of Glen DaCosta has given the record a world music feel - with elements of reggae in the mix. The result is 10 passionate, emotionally and musically aggressive and diverse tracks - offering insight and hope at this time of crazy global changes.

This record can make an excellent X-Mas gift! It is not too late to order directly thru Kate herself. She will sign, gift-wrap and ship to whomever you like for only $15 total (fantastic holiday deal)! Call her with your visa /MC info and she'll get right on it, in time for the holidays!

Here are useful links:

www.kateschrock.com (you can link directly to Kate's music here)www.myspace.com/kateschrockmusic
www.amazon.com
www.cdbaby.com
www.itunes.com

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

BENEFIT FOR MASTERS WORLD SWIM CHAMPIONSHIP - DEC. 16



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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

MOONSHINE CAFE PREVIEWS "THE GUITARS OF WINTERFOLK"


The Moonshine Cafe Presents an Advance Festival Preview

The Guitars of Winterfolk

Saturday, December 15, 2007 - 9:00 PM
$10.00 Admission

Come Early!

137 Kerr St. Oakville, ON - 905-844-2655

Featuring:

Mr. Rick & The Biscuits - Shawn Brush
Margaret Stowe - Brian Gladstone
Danny Marks - David Gillis
& A Few Surprise Artists

Don't miss this special evening of 6-String Magic, as the Moonshine Cafe previews some of the great Winterfolk guitar virtuoso performances. Winterfolk is an indoor roots and blues festival in Toronto held through the weekend of February 8, 9, 10, 2008.
Winterfolk Presents 100 Artists in 6 Venues for 3 Days of Roots & Blues Music

February 8, 9, 10, 2008 - Toronto, Canada
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HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD WINNERS


The Hamilton Literary Awards (for works published in 2006) were presented by Arts Hamilton at the Westside Theatre on November 28 2007.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Best book for children:

Ken Roberts for "Thumb on a Diamond"

Best novel for young adults:

Sylvia McNicoll for "Beauty Returns"

Best book of nonfiction:

David Lee for "Chainsaws, A History"

Best book of poetry:

Marilyn Gear Pilling for "The Life of the Four Stomachs"

Best individual poem:

Chris Pannell for "The Way She Loves"

Best individual short story:

Jeffrey Griffiths for "The Pope and the Cast of M.A.S.H."

Best individual non-fiction article:

Joanna Emery for "Angel of the Colony"

www.artshamilton.ca

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THE LEBLANC NEWSLETTER - ISSUE #11 (DEC. 12, 2007)


In this issue:

* First Recipients of The John Martin Award
* Eagle Rock Entertainment to Uni
* Copyright Reform: Mugged in Ottawa
* Barry Harvey Passes Away
* Spam Queens & Limousines
* Warner & EMI Regroup

The LeBlanc Newsletter is now exclusively carried and archived by Canadian Music Week in Canada at: http://www.cmw.net/cmw2008.

It is now available in the U.S. at Encore Celebrity Access: http://encore.celebrityaccess.com.

THE JOHN MARTIN AWARD

It is criminal that The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is feting Moses Znaimer with honours next year at the Juno Awards while it has long overlooked the late John Martin.Manchester-born Martin was the visionary behind the birth of the MuchMusic music channel, and the creator of such innovative music-based TV series as “The New Music” and “Intimate & Interactive,” among others.“The New Music,” a news-magazine style show launched on Toronto’s CITY-TV in 1979, was a creative breakthrough in both television and music because no one in North America had taken pop music so seriously before.With its success, Martin began to plan a station devoted to music with Znaimer’s support. The result was MuchMusic that launched in 1984. "We were a bunch of loonies," Martin once recalled. "My gig was to sort of mould the anarchy.”Martin left MuchMusic in 1993. He remains a pivotal figure in Canadian music; an imaginative pioneer who set the guidelines for popularizing Canadian artists home and abroad.

In his memory, The LeBlanc Newsletter launches the annual John Martin Award honouring those figures working in music-affiliated industries who have also richly contributed to the musical life of Canada.

The first recipients are:

+ Newfoundland singer/songwriter Ron Hynes: The widely-proclaimed “man of a thousand songs.” With a career of over 30 years, Hynes has crafted songs covered by Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Shaye, and classical soprano Hayley Westenra. He is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, and a Genie Award winner.

+ Toronto publicist/promoter Richard Flohil. The man of a thousand clients. Renowned for his fervent support of roots, blues and jazz. His current client roster includes Downchild Blues Band (37 years), Stony Plain Records (27), Loreena McKennitt (20), and singers Serena Ryder (four), Justin Rutledge (three), Paul Reddick (four), and Roxanne Potvin (three). He also oversaw media breakthroughs by k.d. lang, Colin James, and so many others.

QUICK TAKES

++ Eagle Rock Entertainment has shifted its Canadian distribution from EMI Music Canada to Universal Music Canada, effective Feb. 1, 2008. As part of the deal, Vivendi Visual Entertainment Canada, the video arm of UMC, will now distribute Eagle Rock's non-music visual content. Universal Music Canada has also extended its distribution pact with Chicago-based Victory Records.

++ The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has parted ways with Calgary’s Zerr Communications after only a few months. Toronto’s Holmes Creative Communications returns as CARAS’ public relations voice for a two-year term.

++ Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist was driving through a Canadian blizzard Dec. 6 when text messages came pouring into her mobile phone about her four Grammy nominations. She received new artist, and female pop vocal performance nods as well as nominations for best short form music video (for "1234") and best pop vocal album for "The Reminder.” "I was driving along in shock, trying not to run off the road,” Feist says.

++ Acadian singer/songwriter Ronald Bourgeois will be paying close attention to the Grammy run-off. “The La Louisianne Sessions” by Louisiana’s Roddie Romero and The Hub City All-Stars is nominated in the best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album category. It includes Bourgeois’ song “Viens Avec Moi.” Canadian performers Lennie Gallant, Teresa Ennis, Mary Jane Lamond, Blou, Jean-Francois Breau, Mathieu D’Astous and others are slated to record a tribute album to the legendary Bourgeois in 2008.

++ Kellylee Evans and Michael Kaeshammer will co-host the 7th Annual National Jazz Awards in Toronto Apr. 8. Featured performers will be the Mike Ruby Quartet, the Brandi Disterheft Quintet, the Elizabeth Shepherd Trio, the Laila Biali Trio, the October Trio, Alex Bellegarde, and Nikki Yanofsky.

++ Pianist/composer/arranger Hilario Durán is one of three recipients of the 2007 Latin Jazz USA “Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award.” It will be presented Dec. 22 in Miami. Born in Havana, Durán lives in Toronto, and records for Alma Records.++ Newfoundland guitarist Duane Andrews won first prize in the jazz category of the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition with his song “Isaac’s Blues” from his 2006 album “Crocus.”

++ New Music West is accepting artist submissions until Feb. 1, 2008. Applicants must submit a photo, bio, two songs, and an application form. The festival/conference takes place in Vancouver May 14-18. For further information check: www.newmusicwest.com.

++Rolling Stone magazine has partnered with Toronto-based Somerset Entertainment for a series of compilations being sold exclusively at Best Buy outlets.

++ Canadian producer/singer/songwriter Daniel Lanois will release his album “Here Is What Is” at redfloorrecords.com in a CD-quality WAV format, starting Dec. 15. The CD will not be made available at retail outlets until March 18, 2008. The DVD of the film “Here Is What Is ” becomes available the same day.

++ Harris Corporation, a communications and information technology company in Melbourne, Florida, has donated a high power FM radio transmitter and digital exciter to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. SAIT offers the only broadcast technology program in Canada. The donation was arranged by David “Geets” Haydu, dir. of engineering at CHUM Radio.

++ “The Ballad of Greenwich Village,” a 70-minute documentary by Karen Kramer, is now available on DVD in a limited edition. Narrated by Lili Taylor, it portrays social, cultural and political movements that began in Greenwich Village. It features interviews with such literary and musical figures as Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Maya Angelou, Judy Collins, Allen Ginsberg, Ritchie Havens, Norman Mailer and Peter, Paul and Mary, as well as local Village painters, drag queens, activists, and club owners. To order, send a cheque or money order for $35 U.S. to: Karen Kramer, 22 Leroy St., New York, N.Y. 10014

++ Industry Minister Jim Prentice announced Nov. 28 that the Canadian government will hold an Advanced Wireless Services Spectrum Auction in May, 2008 to encourage greater competition within the Canadian wireless market. It seems that Prentice noticed that wireless pricing in Canada is too high, particularly for data. Maybe, he figured it out by studying the wireless bills of his daughters, Christina, Cassia, and Kate.

++ Norris-Whitney Communications has released the 704-page directory “Music Directory Canada, Ninth Edition.” It features over 60 categories as well as artist contacts, award winners, and Canadian chart toppers.

RANDOM CHUCKLES:

++ Rock geezer Pat Boone, 73, has released a 21-track seasonal album “The True Spirit of Christmas” with songs written by 85-year-old Paul Alter, a veteran TV producer ("Family Feud" and "The Price is Right"). "A musical genius," attests Boone. "He's even inked a song about fruitcake."

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

++ At the Canadian Assn. Of Broadcasters (CAB) in Ottawa, Susan Tolusso has been appointed dir., communications; Glenda Cardinal, dir., finance & administration; and Devon Jacobs, senior dir., government relations.

++ Candice J. Molnar has been appointed as a full-time member and representative of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan region of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). She worked for SaskTel for over 20 years.

++ Toronto-based talent booker Darcy Gregoire has left LiveTourArtists for The Agency Group. Among his clients are Harry Manx, John McDermott, Amy Sky, Michelle Wright, Lori Cullen and the Arrogant Worms.

++ Bassist Kevin Call is amicably leaving Canadian hardcore band Comeback Kid. Three farewell shows are slated: Winnipeg (Dec 14), Alexandria, Minnesota (15) and Minneapolis, Minnesota (16). Comeback Kid with return with a new bassist in early 2008.

++ Veteran producer/musician Eric Peltoniemi has been named president of Red House Records in St. Paul, Minnesota. The folk/roots label’s roster includes Canadians the Wailin’ Jennys, Ray Bonneville, and Lynn Miles.

FINAL NOTE

++ Folk singer/songwriter/poet /actor/columnist Norm Hacking died Nov. 25 at his home in Toronto of a heart attack. For three decades, Hacking was a beloved fixture on Canada’s folk festival circuit, releasing 9 albums. He was honoured in 2001 by Canadian songwriters Jason Fowler, Jory Nash, Marianne Girard, and Chris Whiteley recording the album, “One Voice: A Tribute to Norm Hacking, Volume 1.”

BARRY & LIGHTFOOT R.I.P.

Barry Harvey died in Pickering, Ontario on Dec. 3. He was 56. For 26 years, as business manager of Early Morning Productions, he was the behind-the-scenes whirlwind supporting Canada's foremost musical chronicler, Gordon Lightfoot. A service commemorating Harvey’s life took place in Toronto Dec. 9 with Lightfoot performing a moving musical tribute to his fallen partner. Harvey oversaw Lightfoot’s vast recording and songwriting legacy; tightly controlled access to the iconic musical figure who last year returned to performing from the brink of death with an abdominal hemorrhage in 2000; and deftly handled the demands and needs of the mercurial craftsman who believes in perfection.Harvey was fiercely protective of Lightfoot. If someone cheated Gordon, Harvey would come after them with the steely determination of a seasoned bounty hunter. Not only did he have business savvy, Harvey had road sense (dating from the ‘70s when he was road manager with Chilliwack and Toronto), telling musicians under him, “if I can’t get it for you, you don’t need it.” “Barry was a wonderful personal manager,” recalls Lightfoot. “He did a great job.”

COPYRIGHT REFORM: MUGGED IN OTTAWA

New copyright reform legislation in Canada, which had been expected to arrive in the House of Commons on Dec. 11, has been delayed.Last week, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives filed a notice indicating the bill would be introduced this week. That doesn’t appear to be happening."A bill will not be tabled in the House until such time as myself and the minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages are satisfied," Industry Minister Jim Prentice said in the House of Commons on Dec. 10.A spokesperson for the Minister's office has since said there had been no date set for tabling the new copyright bill which the Conservatives had indicated in their Throne Speech in October would be introduced this session.Parliament will take a break until January after its Dec. 14th session.A storm of intense negative Internet-based activity, including blogs and a Facebook campaign overseen by Michael Geist, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa, may have sidelined the bill after putting Prentice and the minority Conservatives in the hot seat. Geist first posted a YouTube video that lists 30 ways in which people could protest the legislation, and he also set up a Facebook group on Dec. 1 which now has more than 14,000 members opposing the legislation.

A small but vocal crowd of 50 confronted Prentice about the bill in his Calgary constituency office on Dec. 8.All of this, along with thousands of emails and letters protesting the bill, apparently led Prentice to order revisions of several sections of the legislation.Critics are fearful that the new legislation will mirror the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and contain controversial anti-circumvention legislation (dealing with the use of technology that blocks users from gaining access to information without paying for it, and imposing stiff penalties on those breaking through the barriers).

Critics also contend that there will likely be no flexible fair dealing in the copying of digital materials, making illegal such acts as television time shifting, file-sharing of music and video files, and copying files to DVDs or MP3 players.

At his Calgary constituency office, Prentice defended the Conservative’s bill saying it would bring Canada up to date with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreements the Canadian government signed in 1997, and will bring Canada in line with its international obligations. Canada signed the WIPO agreements but has not yet implemented or ratified them, which has provoked criticism from its trading partners, he said.

Phase II revisions to Canada's Copyright Act in 1996, known as Bill C-32, which augmented 1988 revisions, did not address Canada's obligations under WIPO's agreements.

In 1997, Minister of Canadian Heritage Sheila Copps and Minister of Industry John Manley announced that the Liberal government was committed to signing and ratifying the two WIPO treaties.The two treaties-the Performances and Phonogram Treaty and the Copyright Treaty-deal with copyright protection in the digital age and with intellectual property protection for performers and phonogram producers.The Liberal government under Paul Martin tried to pass its own copyright reform bill, C-60, in 2005 but it was derailed when the party was brought down in 2005 in a non-confidence vote.The same fate could now befall the Conservative’s copyright reform bill if an early election is called or forced.A STARRY-EYED BELIEF IN FAIRY TALESLeave it to the naively enthusiastic Canadian Music Creators Coalition (CMCC) to issue a statement praising the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) for “its innovative, forward-thinking proposal to provide Canadians with legal and affordable access to file-sharing services.”On its website, SAC proposes the creation of “The Right to Equitable Remuneration for Music File Sharing” with a license fee of $5.00 per Internet subscription per month.SAC argues this would legalize peer-to-peer file sharing while generating significant new revenue for creators and the music industry. "This is the first progressive proposal we've seen in Canada to address file-sharing," says Andrew Cash, spokesperson of CMCC, a Canadian artist-based coalition that includes Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Broken Social Scene, Matthew Good, Metric, and Sam Roberts. Significantly, no other Canadian-based industry collective or association has endorsed SAC’s proposal. The basic problem is that it is based on compulsion, not negotiation. Well, that’s a non-starter in today’s teeming multi-partnered digital world.SAC also underestimates the ferocity of the telecommunication and cable companies that would oppose this program, and underestimates their lobbying clout.Finally, would Canadians cough up a further $5 to travel the Internet highway, particularly those not P2P file-sharing? Only in a fairy tale.SPAM QUEENS & LIMOUSINESEach week music journalists and columnists across the country wade through hundreds of emailed press releases to filter out news and possible story leads. Most releases are tossed or unread.With many journalists discouraging direct telephone contact, and with ease of mass emailing, publicists are relying more and more on spammed mail.And outpourings often bow to the fatuous. Consider these recent releases:#1: “Canadian Idol winner Brian Melo admits to eTalk that he and fellow finalist Tara Oram are indeed a couple, confirming rumours spreading since the end of the Idol season…..Tonight, the Season 5 champ tells eTalk exclusively about the romance: "I'll set it straight. We are together, we are a couple. I feel like we have something very special.”#2: “Through his music The Cliks’ lead singer, Lucas Silveira ‘wears his heart on his tattoo sleeve.’ In addition to the winged guns, pouncing dragons and carefully etched word ‘Survivor,’ the electrifying front man will add a new tattoo to his collection when he tapes ‘LA Ink’ in December (new episodes to air on TLC channel beginning January 8th, 2008). As the first transgender artist signed to a major label (Warner Music Canada), Silveira says his tattoos’ ‘commemorate what I went through.’” WARNER & EMI REGROUPWarner Music Group Corp. said Dec. 6 that its 4th quarter profit slipped 58 percent due to soft international market and a decline in music sales."We‘re not going to continue signing artists for recorded music revenue only," declared Warner CEO Edgar Bronfman during a conference call with financial analysts.This year, Warner became a minority owner investor in two artist management companies, Taisuke in Japan and Irving Azoff's Front Line Management, part of its strategy to pursue all-encompassing deals with artists. Warner recently announced it had formed a joint venture with the family of the late Frank Sinatra to handle management and licensing of a wide-range of products, from music to film.Meanwhile, Terra Firma, the venture capital group owner of EMI, is nearing completion of a £250 million equity fund raising, after telling potential investors it can lift profits in recorded music from £61 million in 2007 to £528 million in 2012. Terra Firma is selling a stake of about 15 per cent of EMI,Terra Firma forecasts it can increase EMI’s profits by cutting costs by £135 million annually and outgrowing the sluggish international music market. Meanwhile, with EMI slipping below Warner to be ranked 4th in the world with a 13% market share, bodies continue to tumble. It was announced Dec. 11 that Ian Hanson has stepped down as EMI Group COO. He was promoted in Jan. 2007 to COO from EMI Music senior VP, chairman's office, reporting to EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli. Nicoli was ousted weeks after Terra Firma acquired EMI in August.

The beat goes on.

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Journalist/broadcaster/researcher Larry LeBlanc has been a leading figure in Canadian music for four decades. He has been a regular music commentator on CTV’s “Canada A.M” for 35 years, and has been featured on numerous CBC-TV, CTV, YTV, Bravo! MuchMusic, MusiMax, and Newsworld programs in Canada; VH-1, and EEntertainment in the U.S.; and BBC in the U.K.Larry was a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record; and, most recently, the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard for 16 years.

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The LeBlanc Newsletter is exclusively carried and archived by Canadian Music Week in Canada at: http://www.cmw.net/cmw2008.

It is now available in the U.S. at Encore Celebrity Access: http://encore.celebrityaccess.com.

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TOM WILSON & CATHY JONES AT BARNEY BENTALL'S GRAND CARIBOU OPRY

News!!

Tom Wilson and Cathy Jones Join Barney Bentall's Grand Caribou Opry in Vancouver!

Tom Wilson and Cathy Jones join Barney Bentall's Grand Caribou Opry inVancouver at the St. James Community Centre in support of the Potluck Cafe Society and the residents of the Downtown East Side - December 14 and 15.

The Grand Caribou Opry is an annual charity variety show hosted by Barney Bentall as he works through his very humorous and highly entertaining monologues (think Prairie Home Companion). This year's event will feature guests Leslie Alexander, Ridley Bent, Dustin Bentall, Wendy Bird, Kendel Carson, Cameron Latimer, Matt Masters & Leeroy Stagger, Cathy Jones (of CBC's "This Hour Has 22 Minutes") andTom Wilson (of Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings).

Each ticket sold for the Opry will provide roughly 10 nutritious meals, an incredible contribution to some of the neediest residents living in the Downtown Eastside.

Tickets Still Available!!!

Click here to get tickets:

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/artist/1172386/?search_redirect=grand%20cariboo&tm_link=tm_header_search

Tour Dates

Thursday, December 13th, 2007 - Yukon Arts Centre - Tom Wilson and Cathy Jones

For tickets call the YAC Box Office 667-8574 or 1-877-YOUR-TIXYAC

Box Office is open Monday to Friday 10 am - 3 pm and one hour prior to performances.

Tom with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

Thurs., Jan. 24, 2008 - Grand Rapids, MI - Wealthy Theatre
Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 - Benton Harbour, MI - The Livery
Sat., Jan. 26, 2008 - Ann Arbour, MI - The Ark

www.tomwilson.net

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

CROSSROADS - UPCOMING GIGS (DEC. 14-16)




This weekend is a busy one for the Crossroads Band.

First up is at The Western R - 1214 Puyallap Ave. - Tacoma, WA - 253-627-6920. The band will be filming a video and rockin' the joint. Michael Coyote, who has taken photos of the band, is filming and directing 3 HD cameras. This should be a natural ball. Come on by and check it out! Friday, December 14th, from 9 to 1.

Saturday, December 15th, The Crossroads Band will be back at The Summit Pub - 9502 Canyon RD. E. - Puyallap, WA.

Sunday, Dec. 16th, The Crossroads Band will get on the good foot at our favorite neighborhood bar, The Central Club, Kirkland's last refuge, located at 124 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland, WA, 425-827-0808. The Central is a throwback to a bygone era, and the folks there dig the music, and I know you'll dig The Central Club. The band plays from 8 to midnight.

If you haven't, pick-up a copy of The Crossroads Band's highly acclaimed CD, I Want It Right Now - purchase one at one of our gigs for only $10.00. They make great stocking stuffers!

Check out our web site for band news at: www.crossroadsblues.net

Have a great weekend. Check ya on the rebound!


www.crossroadsblues.net

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THE KROOKED COWBOY (SHAWN BRUSH) RIDES AGAIN

Hello, everyone - happy holidays !!

My new CD (the krooked cowboy rides again) should be available for download in a week or so. In the meantime, check out the December Songs cd. I have one song on the disc.

December Songs is a Design Hope project, http://www.designhope.ca/main.html, for "Out Of The Cold". The CD was released Oct. 20th at the Westside Concert Theatre, Hamilton, ON, and featured some of the best writers in the Hamilton area.

December Songs is now available for purchase online. Please spread the word...
Shawn Brush
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GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS @ MASSEY HALL - MAY 30/08


NEW SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT:

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008, AT 8 PM / MASSEY HALL (TORONTO)

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst MEMBERS NOW;
to the Public on Tuesday, December 11, at noon

Tickets $69.50 - $39.50 / 416-872-4255 or online at www.masseyhall.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. December 7, 2008

George Thorogood and The Destroyers return to Massey Hall in their first concert since 1990. A blues-rock guitarist who draws his inspiration from Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, and Chuck Berry, George Thorogood was somewhat controversial to the blues purists. However, Thorogood became a popular favourite in the early 1980s through repeated exposure on FM radio and play to the arenas popular in the rock circuit. His music was always loud, simple, and direct – his riffs and licks were taken straight out of the 1950s Chicago blues and rock and roll scene, but his formulaic approach helped him gain a rather large audience in the 1980s, when his albums regularly went gold.

Before devoting himself exclusively to music Thorogood played semi-pro baseball. In the late 1970s, Thorogood played on a team in Delaware in the Roberto Clemente League, which was created in 1976. He was the second baseman and was chosen rookie of the year in the league. Soon after this achievement, The Destroyers forced him to quit playing the sport. In the 1970s, George and the band were based in Boston. George and the Delaware Destroyers were friends with Jimmy Thackery and the Nighthawks. While touring in the 1970s, the Destroyers and the Nighthawks happened to be playing shows in Georgetown (DC) at venues across the street from each other. The Destroyers were engaged at The Cellar Door, the Nighthawks at Desperados. At midnight, by prior arrangement, while both bands played the same song ("Madison Blues") in the same key (E), George and Jimmy left their clubs, met in the middle of M street, exchanged guitar cables and went on to play with the opposing band.

George and the Destroyers are also notable for undertaking a rigorous touring schedule after appearing throughout the Rolling Stones tour in 1981. After two shows in Boulder, Colorado, George and his band flew to Hawaii and played for only one night. The next night they appeared in Alaska for one show. The following day the band flew to Washington State, met their roadies who had their car and a truck, and continued a one-show-per-state tour for all fifty states in exactly fifty nights. In addition, they played Washington, DC, on the same day that they performed a show in Maryland.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Thorogood recorded some of his most well known works. "Bad to the Bone" was used frequently in television and the big screen. Several appearances include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the comedy Problem Child, John Carpenter's Christine, and during many episodes of the television sitcom Married with Children. This track also was used during the intro to the movie "Major Payne". The same song is also featured in the game Rock 'n Roll Racing. It is also played during football pre-game festivities at Mississippi State University. Quincy Jones once said to Thorogood, "The three things important in a record is the tune, tune, and the tune".

For more information, please visit www.georgethorogood.com.


GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS
Friday, May 30 at 8 PM / Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto

Tickets $69.50- $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

www.masseyhall.com

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MEDIA CONTACT:

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