Saturday, August 30, 2008


Hi. All!

Earlier this year, Marie Knight performed a rousing set of tunes from her release, Let Us Get Together, on the syndicated radio program, "Mountain Stage". Ernie Hawkins accompanies Marie. You can check out her set by clicking on this link:

Marie has had an amazing 2008! She has performed at The Chicago Blues Festival, The Lowell Folk Festival, The Cognac Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, and was part of the Mississippi Delta Heritage project in New York. She also opened up a performance for Madeleine Peyroux.

Look for Marie to record a new CD later this year with a 2009 release.


Mark Carpentieri
M.C. Records

“Her delivery is soulful enough to surely cause some nonbelievers to want to get right with God.” San Francisco Chronicle


Wake for Paul McNamara Sunday;

Just got off the phone with Michele Garry and she tells me this Sunday night, August 31, there'll be a wake for Paul McNamara, who diedTuesday, at Grossman's. As I'm sure you all know, normally Paul would be at Grossman's on a Sunday night as the bass player for the jam hosted by The Nationals, so hopefully his spirit will visit that haunt at least one more time.

She also told me that a website has been set up in Paul's memory: . I visited it and left my condolences, so you might want to do the same. There's also a Facebook site: R.I.P. Paul McNamara, bass player for The Nationals.

Gary 17
Publisher & Editor, to-nite magazine
Tel: 416-424-1743


Thursday, August 28, 2008




Thursday, Sept. 25

Oliver Black
Martha Wainwright
The Neverending White Lights
Joe Lapinski,
opening for
Daniel Lanois
Westjet Stage
Montebello Park
Niagara Falls, ON
(SEPT. 19-21/08)

[Poster included in Blues Blast Magazine -]

Saturday August 30th The Crossroads Band will be part of a great event to help raise money for the Seattle P-Patch/Food Bank programs. The Blues For Food Fest will take place at Magnuson Park's Ampitheatre in North Seattle. There will be food venders, pie auctions and plenty of good music. Crossroads was to play at 4 pm, but that has changed to 2 pm. The musical line-up goes like this:

Brian Butler - 11-11:50
Billy Roy Danger and the Rectifiers - 12-1:30
The Crossroads Band- 2-3:30
Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method - 4-5:30
Mark Riley Trio - 6-7:30

This is going to be a good time for a great cause.

For more information go to

We hope you can join us! Have a great and safe Labor Day weekend!

For info on upcoming Crossroads engagements, go to:


Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The Ottawa Blues Society is proud to announce that, for the first time in our 10-year history, we will participate in the Blues Foundation’s "International Blues Challenge" in Memphis TN. The winner of the OBS Blues Challenge will go to Memphis in February 2009 to compete as our representative in the 25th International Blues Challenge. We are offering up to 10 slots for bands interested in competing to represent the OBS in Memphis . Depending on the number of entries received, the Blues Challenge semi-final rounds will take place at Tucson’s (2440 Bank Street) on Wednesday and/or Thursday, September 24-25, 2008, with up to five bands competing each night. Our IBC representative will be chosen at the final Blues Challenge round on Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

For the purposes of the IBC, a ‘band’ is any act with three or more musicians; vocalists are counted as musicians for the purpose of this competition, and both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed. At this local competition, bands will be judged by the same criteria used for the International competition. Each band has 25 minutes to perform and is given points based on Blues Content, Talent, Originality and Stage Presence. Full details on scoring criteria and official rules are available at the Blues Foundation web site

Eligibility Requirements:

Band members must be 2008 residents of the Ottawa/Gatineau area (approximately 100 km
radius of Ottawa).
Each band will play one 25-minute set.
All songs presented MUST be Blues (electric or acoustic), Rock/ Blues, Jazz/Blues, Country
Blues or Rhythm & Blues.

Application information should include names and contact info for all band members, a brief bio, a summary of the band’s experience and their performance history. You will be contacted for further information following the submission deadline. Please address any questions to

Applications should be submitted via email to

Submission deadline is midnight Monday, September 15, 2008.


I have attached a word document version of this press release, as it has all the links should you wish to visit sites for more information.Thanks

PRESS RELEASE - August 24th 2008

Contact: Pam Southwell
604 463 8339
24254 100 B Ave
Maple Ridge, BC
V2W 1X6


JUNO Award Winner Serena Ryder Featured on Music For Coffee Beings Volume 3, a compilation bringing the music of original artists to the Canadian coffee lover.


MUSIC FOR COFFEE BEINGS is a compilation CD put together by RPW Records and Magic Puddle Productions, featuring JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder along with Danielle French, Heather Haley, and other talented original artists from Canada and beyond.This is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at getting original music heard by customers in coffee shops across Canada. Magic Puddle's Pam Southwell has contacted 1,000 coffee shops across the country to ensure they played CDs or upload songs onto their iPods etc for their customers' listening enjoyment. Once this list was completed, Magic Puddle then sends out 1,000 FREE Music For Coffee Beings CDs to the 1,000 coffee shops along with 20,000 full colour brochures with info on the participating artists, links to their website, etc. The goal is to get airplay to a wide demographic of the Canadian public.

The Music For Coffee Beings CD is not for sale, but purely for the promotion of the participating artists through cafe airplay. We are celebrating the release of Volume 3 and future Volumes will be released every 3 months. This means new releases from up and coming artists can be promoted via this compilation series. Each track will be availablefor online listening at along with artist info and links to the artists websites. Each volume is archived and kept on the site as new volumes are added.

Past volumes featured WCMA winners and nominees, Joel Kroeker, Kat Danser and Kim Beggs, and Isobel Gunn from Ottawa, who were given an Honourable Mention in the International Song Contest. For more information and details, visit and

Artists wishing to be a part of future volumes can find out more at these sites. For more information call 604 463 8339 or email


Music For Coffee Beings is produced by Magic Puddle Productions, owners of RPW Records. Magic Puddle Productions has a long history of passionately promoting and supporting independent artists through concert promotions, participation in festivals, tour promotion, and record/video production. Music For Coffee Beings is a new project- a compilation CD of original music. The goal is to showcase original music from the best emerging and established artists from Canada. Bands new to touring in Canada are also welcome to apply as a means to developing a fan base here. The CD will not be for sale and will only be available from Music For Coffee Beings to selected cafes and coffee shops. The CD will be distributed to 1000 selected coffee shops and cafes in the major regional capitals and centers throughout Canada. This is an ongoing series. As future compilations are created and released over time, Magic Puddle's network of cafes will build a library of the latest and greatest Canadian music. We are branching out into the US for Volume 4. Submissions are open to a variety of genres including: Alt. Rock, Acoustic Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Folk, World, Reggae and singer songwriter.

ContactPam Southwell
Member of SOCAN, Music B.C., OCFF, CARAS, BCTC
604 463 8339

Also promoting spectacular women to radio and media
Pam Southwell
RPW Records

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You will find write ups, news and video of female artists who come to Pam's attention

Watch Pam's RPWMusic YouTube channel for video from amazing artists Pam loves -


Some good news! We just found out that our contract at the Anchorage has now been extended beyond Nov. for what could be several more years! Horray!

What: The Niagara Rhythm Section - For almost five years, featuring really great guests you've probably never heard of...

This week: SAT. AUG.30th: SCOTT & SIMON with ED KOPALA

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

When: every Saturday night 9:45ish - no cover

Our favourite popsters, Scott & Simon are back this week with their great mix of songs and wonderful vocals and energy. Joining in on guitar we also welcome back our old pal, Ed Kopala. Should be another night of great tunes and good fun at the Anchorage.

Coming soon, our new CD, Live @ the Anchorage - 2.0.

See ya soon.

Other dates coming up

Saturday, Sept 6 - NRS @ the Southside Shuffle, in front of the UPS store, Pt. Credit
Saturday, Sept 13th - Penner MacKay's 3rd annual "Drums Along the Niagara" drum festival:

Navy Hall, NOTL.
All day event

Saturday, September 27 - the Beehive presents:

NRS @ PEACE IN THE PARK - # 11Simcoe Park Bandshell NOTL
1 - 9:30 pm (we're on around 8 pm)

...and more musical improv coming up @ The Anchorage, NOTL

The Niagara Rhythm Section with special guests:
Sept 6th - Blair Packham & Steve Grisbrook
Sept 13th - Lance Anderson on the B3 & Steve Grisbrook
Sept 20th - Gayle Ackroyd & Ed Kopala
Sept 27th - Johnny Max & Steve Grisbrook
Oct 4th - Chuck Jackson & Steve Grisbrook
Oct 11th - Bob McNiven (Whiskey Jack), Howard Willett (Bebop Cowboys) & Pineapple Frank Barth (he's just legendary!)
October 18th- Mark & Paul Lalama
October 25th - Denis Keldie & Neil Chapman

If you missed our shows lately, you can now see the Niagara Rhythm Section live and other homemade videos at:

Load up your ipod with our music or CDs at


Little Miss Higgins plays Hugh's Room in west-end Toronto on Thursday, August 28, with guitarist Foy Taylor and guests. The show kicks off at 8:30 PM. See what all the excitement is about (all you have to do is google her name for critical acclaim)--from either your home or seeing her live in what will likely be a memorable club performance.

For those in the West, look for the five-foot-two country blues singer/guitarist to be touring there in Oct. and Nov.

Larry LeBlanc


The passing of Jerry Wexler was not, alas, unexpected, but the sense of personal loss is no less acute. This man's accomplishments — and the amazing music that he helped great artists create — are beacons that will shine for generations to come.

His friendship, and his appreciation of our small label, based so many miles away in a northern city, will always be remembered. It's not an exaggeration to say that his example and his influence can be found in everything we attempt to do at Stony Plain. Part of his kind liner notes for the 25th Stony Plain anniversary release are still proudly on the home page of our website.
Jerry Wexler will be missed by everyone who loves roots music, and the greater musical community will not see his like again. Rest in peace; our sadness is balanced only by the joy he brought to the world.



One of country music's best songwriters, Nashville's Rodney Crowell, has signed a licensing agreement with Stony Plain for Canada.

Sex & Gasoline (SPCD-1338) will be released on Stony Plain, through Warner Music Canada, on September 30.

Rodney Crowell first came to music fans' attention as a member of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, with which he played for three years. As a solo artist, he'd had no less than 25 charted country hits, including five number ones from his 1987 multi-platinum Diamonds & Dirt release.

Sex & Gasoline is the first Rodney Crowell album to be produced by Joe Henry, who is responsible for critically applauded albums by Solomon Burke, Bettye LaVette, Aimee Mann, Loudon Wainwright and Mary Gauthier, among others. Sidemen on the album include guitarist Doyle Bramhall III, Jay Bellerose on drums, and Toronto’s David Piltch on bass.

Crowell himself says the new CD includes "some of the best performances I've given to date".

Listen to clips and pre-order the album, Sex And Gasoline, at


In addition to the Canadian release of the new Rodney Crowell CD, Sex & Gasoline (see previous story) on September 30, Stony Plain is getting set for the international release of two other important CDs the same day.

Joe Louis Walker will release Witness to the Blues (SPCD-1337), his Stony Plain debut, produced by Duke Robillard. A widely varied album, with Walker’s distinctive guitar work front and center on a collection of powerful songs, it features a duet with singer Shemekia Copeland, "Lover’s Holiday." International release will be September 30; Canadian release September 16. European release will be on the Dixie Frog label.

September 30 is also the international release date for the long-awaited new Rory Block CD, Blues Walkin’ Like a Man: A Tribute to Son House (SPCD-1329). The CD will be released in Canada on September 16.

Full of powerful performances, with John Sebastian playing harmonica on three tracks, Ms. Block reinterprets the songs with energy and passion.

Stony Plain is especially proud to announce the international release — on October 14 — of a DVD recording by Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters (SPDVD-1326). The Hope Radio Sessions DVD includes studio footage of many of the tracks on The Hope Radio CD, as well as two rare acoustic performances and an interview with the guitarist.

Discover more about our fall releases at


Big Dave McLean will launch his third Stony Plain album, Acoustic Blues — Got ‘em From The Bottom (SPCD-1334) — at two special dates at his "home club" in Winnipeg.

Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club is Winnipeg’s best known roots music venue, and McLean plays there every week. On Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, however, he’s hosting a special celebration, complete with good friends, Gord Kidder on harmonica, Chris Carmichael on guitars, Ken McMahon on drums, and bassist Bernie Thiessen on bass.

John Scoles, who runs the venue, says: "Dave’s a pillar on the local scene. Sometimes, the media around here take him for granted — because he’s stayed home, honed his craft, and because he plays in Winnipeg all the time. He’s a national treasure. Right under their noses!"

McLean was the winner of this year’s Maple Blues Award for his lifetime contribution to the blues, and his two previous CDs for Stony Plain both won Western Canadian Music Awards.
The US release for Acoustic Blues — Got ‘em From The Bottom is set for September 2.

It’s time for Canada’s neighbours to the south to discover McLean. As journalist, Peter North says in his sleeve notes: "He’s the real deal, a blues singer with a voice that could give a mile’s worth of boxcars rumbling through the Winnipeg rail yards a run for their money."

Listen to clips and buy the album "Acoustic Blues: Got 'Em From The Bottom" at


Ian Tyson is no stranger to performing with symphony orchestras, and a recent appearance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa was a particular success.

Wrote Mike Carroccetto of the Ottawa Citizen:

"He began with ‘MC Horses’, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and supported for the song by only an electric bass and lead guitarist. Tyson has called the tune — about the demise of a once-mighty ranch and, by implication, the vanishing cowboy way of life — one of his favorites. For anyone who hadn't heard Tyson recently, his vocals on the opener were a bit of a shock. His once-fine tenor has lost its smooth shine and the high notes that were his trademark are now hard to reach. But hey, how will you sound at 75? And if you think about it, many of Tyson's songs are about transience. "Irving Berlin" is one such tune. Written on the 100th birthday of the famous composer, it includes the line: ‘Happy birthday, Irving, God bless you/Are you happy just to be alive?’ A celebration of life rimmed round with the shadow of death, the song was given a new poignancy last night by Tyson's aging voice. As Tyson said, ‘Old age is a strange thing. And it ain't for wimps, I'll tell you that.’"

Corb Lund continues to grab the attention of both roots music and country music fans across Canada.

He’s been nominated as Roots Artist of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards, due to be presented on CBC Television on September 8 in Winnipeg. His guitarist, Grant Siemens, was nominated as a member of the Awards’ "All Star Band" in three categories (guitar, steel guitar and "special instruments," in this case, banjo).

Jeff Sylvester, who designed the graphics for Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! has also been nominated for an award for Album Design of the Year. The CD — Corb’s third for Stony Plain — is also in a non-voting category as Top Selling Canadian Album.

Meanwhile, Lund has four nominations at the Western Canadian Music Association Awards, to be presented in Edmonton on October 19. He’s up for Outstanding Roots Records, Outstanding Independent Album and Songwriter of the Year, all for his album, Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! "I Wanna Be in the Cavalry", one of the songs from the album, is nominated as Video of the Year.

We reported last month that Duke Robillard had upcoming dates — in the U.S., Finland, and Canada. Now it’s been announced that he’ll be playing in South America in early October:

October 4 - Teatro IFT, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
October 7 - Backstage, Santiago, CHILE
October 9 - Teatro, Tucaman, ARGENTINA
October 10 - Teatro Buen Ayre, Cordoba, ARGENTINA
October 11 - Mr Jones, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

Then it’s back to Boston, a few days at home in Rhode Island, and then off to the Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival in Victoria, Australia, for three days. His Air Miles totals are looking pretty impressive!

Ian Tyson has been in the studio in Nashville with producer Harry Stinson. Further sessions in Calgary will complete another CD for Stony Plain. No release date has been set.

Amos Garrett’s new Stony Plain record, Get Way Back: A Tribute to Percy Mayfield (SPCD-1330) is being released in Japan, and he’s been invited for another tour there in 2009.
Meanwhile, Garrett is joining with three colleagues for a tour that’s been christened "Fathers & Sons". The "in the round" concerts are set for dates in Alberta and British Columbia (with one concert in Whitehorse in the Yukon) in November.

Along with Juno Award-winning singer Jim Byrnes, Garrett (the two "fathers" in the group), will be joined by "sons" guitarist/record producer Steve Dawson and guitarist/festival artistic director Doug Cox. The four are hoping to bring their tour to Ontario in the New Year.

The tour schedule is as follows:

Wed. Nov. 19, Festival Place Theatre, Sherwood Park, AB
Thurs. Nov. 20, Elks Lodge, Red Deer, AB
Fri. Nov. 21, Margaret Greenham Theatre, Banff, AB
Sat. Nov. 22, Deer Lake United, Calgary, AB
Sun. Nov. 23, Miner’s Hall, Rossland, BC
Mon. Nov. 24, Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo, BC
Tues. Nov. 25, The Royal on Baker, Nelson, BC
Thurs. Nov. 27, Dream Café, Penticton, BC
Fri. Nov. 28, Festival of the Arts Society, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Sat. Nov. 29, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YT
Sun. Nov. 30, Capilano College Theatre, North Vancouver, BC

Stony Plain has licensed four songs to a two-CD set by the Vancouver-based band Spirit of the West. Spirituality: The Consummate Compendium marks the band's 25th anniversary and total sales of more than half a million units in Canada, and is available on the Rhino label, distributed by Warner Music.

Stony Plain released three Spirit of the West albums early in the band’s long, ongoing and distinguished career, and they are all still in the catalogue — Old Material 1984-1986 (SPCD-1141), Tripping Up the Stairs (SPCD-1098) and Labour Day (SPCD-1123).

Needless to say, Stony Plain is delighted (and quite a bit proud) to have played a part in the band’s career, and we congratulate John Mann, Geoffrey Kelly, J. Knutsen, Hugh McMillan, Vince Ditrich and Linda McRae for all the wonderful music Spirit of the West have made for a quarter of a century.

As this edition of Stony Plain’s Newsletter was being prepared, the late Jeff Healey’s Mess of Blues was still on the Billboard Blues Chart, where it’s been since the CD was released in April.

Tim Hus, riding high with the release of Bush Pilot Buckaroo (SPCD-1336) finds himself on the cover of Country Music News, Canada’s long-running magazine.

Long accustomed to working the West Coast and Canada’s Prairie provinces, Hus is undertaking what he calls "my first tour east of Winnipeg" in early October. Here’s the schedule:

Thurs. Oct. 2, Condor CD and Books, Winnipeg, MB
Fri. Oct. 3, Scuttlebutts, Thunder Bay, ON
Sat. Oct. 4, Loplops, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Mon. Oct. 6, Moonshine Café, Oakville, ON
Tues. Oct. 7, Red Rooster, Burlington, ON
Thurs. Oct. 9, Dakota Tavern, Toronto, ON

Discover more about all of these artists at



Three astonishing guitarists (Jay Geils, Duke Robillard and Gerry Beaudoin) tackle originals and imaginative covers, from early rock tunes to jazz standards — and are joined by Randy Bachman for two great Mose Allison songs.

JEFF HEALEY: Mess of Blues (SPCD-1333)

Jeff’s final blues rock album, completed only months before his untimely death; the sheer joy of the performances on this CD have made it a best-seller, topping Billboard’s blues charts.

AMOS GARRETT: Get Way Back: A Tribute to Percy Mayfield (SPCD-1330)

A collection of 11 brilliant songs by one of the great songwriters of the r&b era, and a major influence on Garrett’s storied career. The emphasis is on Amos’ deep baritone voice, and there’s lots of understated guitar work here as well.

DUKE ROBILLARD: A Swingin’ Session with Duke Robillard (SPCD-1331)

With classics like "Deed I Do", "They Raided the Joint", and "When Your Lover Has Gone", Duke returns with an infectiously happy album, with an all-star band that includes Scott Hamilton and Doug James. Available world-wide on Stony Plain, and in Europe on Dixie Frog.

CORB LUND: Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier! (SPCD-1327)

Alternative, brave, thoughtful and fun: If only all country music was like this! And nominated for numerous Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

RONNIE EARL: Hope Radio (SPCD-1324)

A stunning album of blues instrumentals with superb playing, plenty of jazz influences, and both heart and spirituality. His best received CD yet.

VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson (SPCD-1322). Featuring Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Jennifer Warnes, Gordon Lightfoot, Chris Hillman and many more.

Complete your collection at


Check the new Stony Plain website to buy music, discover the back catalogue, get bio information on our artists, and read news from past newsletters:

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Our phone is (780) 468-6423. And we still have a FAX machine: (780) 465-8941. E-mail the boss, Holger Petersen.

Zoe Hawnt now handles mail orders and web enquiries. She’s at

If you want on this email list, need media information, review or airplay copies, etc., please get in touch with newsletter editor Richard Flohil:, or call him at (416) 351-1323.


The Dark Knight

This is definitely not a feel-good movie. As a matter of fact it takes a pretty hard look at the dark side of humanity's soul, and to think this is based on comic book characters. Christopher Nolan's second take on the saga of Batman goes a big step further than its predeccesor into the sort of mature, realistic subject matter hinted at in the first film. This is not a movie for kids. As the Joker, Heath Ledger nails the murderous psychopath that Batman fans have been reading about for years, and makes him a truly frightening and haunting character that will stick with you after you leave the theatre. This is one of those movies where the audience files out rather silently at the end, and I've only seen that happen a few times in my entire life. You know that people have been emotionally moved by what they have just witnessed, and this film leaves you a little numbed and a little stunned. Ledger's performance is astounding; that's about the only word I can think of to describe it. This is his movie. All the others are outstanding, as usual, and the makeup job on Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face is something to behold. Where Batman will go from here is anyone's guess, but the Joker isn't finished yet, you can be sure of that!

Marty Murray


Blues In Ottawa
Ottawa ON - August 26, 2008

Great news!

Today the CRTC granted us an All-blues FM radio station licence to serve Ottawa-Gatineau on FM frequency 101.9. Thank you so much for your support in this monumental venture, a Canadian first.

We look forward to honouring our commitment to develop Canadian talent and Canadian emerging artists and giving the blues its first commercial voice in Canada...MORE TO COME!

Ed Torres

[Message forwarded by Larry Leblanc]


Monday, August 25, 2008


Russell Mckinnon (FX 101.9), Audra Raulyns,
Beverley Mahood(CMT) & Casey Clarke (CMT)

Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Cmt Star Search

Watch for Audra on the CMT Network as she competes against other hopefuls. The event is coming from The Rodeo Lounge in Dartmouth, NS.


Concert for Mary Magdelan
Concert w/ Sonya Heller

Jami Sieber, Shelley Jennings, and Daryl Havers will accompany recording artist Ferron.

September 7, 2008

4th Annual "BOLD" Conference
Coast Plaza Hotel Ballroom
Comox & Denman St
Vancouver, BC

door/show: 7:15 pm/8 pm

tickets: $27 advance, $32 at door

For tickets, contact:

Urban Empire - 1108 Commercial Dr
Little Sisters - 1238 Davie St



For info, email







Sat., Sept. 20
Richmond, Va.
St. Paul's Catholic Church

Thurs., Sept. 25
Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sun., Sept. 28
Manassas, Va.
Virginia Wine Festival


Saturday, September 13, 2008 - solo
London Music Club
London, ON
Sunday, September 14, 2008 - solo
Gladstone Hotel
Toronto, ON
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Evil Farm Children CD Release Party w/ special guests Marie-Josée Houle & Good2Go
Dominion Tavern
Bytown Market
Ottawa, ON
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Marie-Josée Houle CD release w/ Meredith Grant
Carden Street Café
40 Carden Street
Guelph, ON
For more information, please email:


"A Feast of Cohen" is an annual sell-out concert of Leonard Cohen songs presented by a diverse group of Newfoundland artists. "A Feast of Cohen" is staged at the LSPU Hall, the Resource Centre for the Arts, in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, beginning December 27 every year since 2000!
A Feast of Cohen Live can be obtained via

Upcoming Concert:
Sept 5-6-7th

Southside Shuffle Jazz and Blues Festival
Port Credit, ON

Sept. 5 - 7 pm - Dave de Eyre Square

Sept. 6 - 3 -8 pm - Street Shuffle
Sept. 7 - 12:30 pm - Dave de Eyre Square


31 Aug 2008 - 7 p.m.
The Mixed Grill
Oakville, Ontario
20 Sep 2008 - 9 p.m.
Abbey Road
Mississauga, Ontario

21 Sep 2008 - 7 p.m.
The Mixed Grill
Oakville, Ontario

TERRA HAZELTON NOW ON MYSPACE! (recommended for MAC users only!)



Sunday, August 24, 2008


Dear Friends of Gina,

I hope this summer finds you in a peaceful positive place in your life. October 17, 2000 marks 8 years since Gina walked out of Duggan's Pub in Lincoln, NE, and we appreciate all the support you have given my family, as well as many other families that GINA works with. A lot has happened to us all since then. A lot has happened in the world since then. I hope that no matter what has happened to anyone of us that we all see the merit in endeavoring to create something good, truthful, hope building and lasting.

It's Squeaky Wheel Tour® time again. Oct 17-Nov 4 is the 19-day period when 100's of artists all over the world profile missing people at their events. In 2007, 33 people were found that were profiled by SWT/GINA family of artists and my band, Clementine.

It is quite a costly program, but nearly every day this week I received a request from family members of the missing for help in getting the word out about their missing loved one. Though we are counting on donations to make this happen, no amount of money or effort can measure the value of bringing their loved one's home.

1) I am asking you to help by donating whatever you can to help make this happen.

2) If you own a business or know of a corporation that would be interested in sponsoring this year's SWT tour, we are in urgent need of your help. Please contact me ASAP.

3) In addition we accept good thoughts, good ideas, good energy and prayers as well. Also, if I have not touched base with you in a while let me know how you and your family are, I am truly interested. Taking this task on has consumed a lot of my waking hours since Gina disappeared, but I still care about you and am very interested in what's happening in your world. To see how your generous donations will be used, view excerpts from SWT 2006 & 2007.

Thanks for taking the time to read and view this.

YouTube - FINDING GINA "Chicago Hope"

Keep the light on...

Jannel Rap

Join The Squeaky Wheel Tour® Oct 17-Nov 4

In honor of Gina Bos, missing since Oct. 17, 2000

Clementine Tours US for 19 days

YouTube - FINDING GINA "Connect"

Martin's Recent Ratings

Death Race

The year is 2012, and the United States economy has collapsed. Popular entertainment has fallen back to the decadence of ancient Rome, except now the public tunes in to watch prison inmates battle to the death, or engage in a brutal automobile race in which heavily armed and armoured vehicles are driven by prisoners desperate to gain their freedom. As action movies go, this one is first-rate. The violence and andrenaline are almost non-stop, and having a good cast of actors there to pull it off, while avoiding many of the cliches so common to this genre of films, lifts Death Race above its normal kind. Onetime racing champion Jason Statham is framed for the murder of his wife, and forced to take over the role of Frankenstein, a champion Death Race driver. Veteran actor Ian McShane stars as Statham's crew chief, Coach, and Joan Allen is icy cold as the plotting prison warden, Hennessey. Natalie Martinez is hot, hot, hot as Frankenstein's co-pilot, Case.

August 22, 2008

Following this message is a press release which will provide you with details about the launch of our exciting, new national distribution program which will bring the recordings of Canada's greatest Aboriginal entertainers to the forefront of the Canadian music market. This most unique and wide-ranging initiative is being spearheaded by, a business owned and operated by myself, Errol Ranville, also known as C-Weed, a veteran of 40 years on the national Aboriginal music scene.

The Aboriginal music and live entertainment market has been expanding exponentially during the last decade as evidenced by the numbers of sold out concerts and national music awards shows created and broadcast throughout Canada. The only downfall has been the lack of an effective marketing and distribution network allowing the public easy access to Aboriginal Artists recordings. CDPlus stores have stepped up and offered to develop front line racks featuring Aboriginal Artists music in their mainstream record stores throughout Canada and this national distribution program is being supported by a massive, multimedia public relations and advertising campaign.

The music of contemporary Aboriginal recording artists encompasses all genres – from rock to Pow wow and country, hip hop to Métis fiddle. We are combining the best of our traditional Aboriginal chants and rhythms with modern music styles to create an appeal to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike. Keen curiosity shrouds the elusive Pow wow music; the opportunity to experience this cultural phenomenon almost nil for many of us. Now, CDPlus will be a gateway to bringing this and all types of aboriginal artists’ music right into our homes and vehicles. Another cultural blending, if you will, though a medium that we all understand - song.

The launch of this new Aboriginal Artists distribution program, and the social and economic benefits which are associated with this effort, is certain to be of interest to your readers/ viewers/listeners. I am available for live interviews, which can easily be arranged by contacting Marcie at I am also available to provide any additional information you may require.

In the meantime, thank you most kindly for your interest and consideration in regards to this exciting new initiative.
Yours sincerely,

Errol Ranville
P.O. Box 81
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 3B4
Phone: 237 0934 or toll free 1 866 603 4189
Fax: 204 237 0942


Aboriginal Music Invasion Will Repeat the Success of British Invasion & Motown

For release - Aug 27/2008

An exciting, brand new national initiative that will bring CD recordings by Canada's veteran, emerging, and traditional Aboriginal entertainers to the front racks of popular, mainstream consumer record stores, has been launched.

"Canada is witnessing an Aboriginal Music invasion, similar to what happened during the British invasion of the 1960s, or the success of Motown. There has been an explosion of contemporary Aboriginal entertainment which has been recognized by the Junos and numerous national music award shows", said Errol Ranville. "Rising young stars and veterans are playing sold out shows throughout the country, but the public has been unable to buy recordings by these artists except from the stage. All of that is changed now with our new national distribution program."

"Starting this week, CDPlus stores will honour its major commitment to create and stock Aboriginal entertainers with prominent display racks called, "Aboriginal Artist's Music by", throughout their many stores in Canada. This will develop access and mass distribution and we fully expect to develop the industry just like they did with Motown out of Detroit, which finally brought incredible, but previously unheard black music to the mainstream music lover with incredible success."

We will be supporting sales in CDPlus through a major, mass advertising campaign on NewCap Radio and APTN, as well as print media outlets", said Errol Ranville, who is heading up this major new thrust in bringing Aboriginal music to the mainstream market, after breaking through to the mainstream himself with the C-weed Band (whose major hits include "Evangeline", "I Wanna Fly", "Run as One", “Redemption” and many more).

“This is an exciting chance to provide visibility and a dedicated platform to a group of musicians typically under-represented in today’s marketplace. At CDPlus, we have always felt that our unique focus on bringing music that goes beyond the Top 40 to communities located outside of major urban centers is our greatest strength. Working closely with partners such as Errol Ranville and, APTN and NewCap Radio, who are passionate about getting this music into the hands of the people who need and want to hear it, is very refreshing. Together I am certain we can make this growing relationship a huge success”, said John Toews of CDPlus.

Jean Larose, CEO of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network said, “The artists are called upon every time a major celebration is being planned and they always step up to the plate. This project is an opportunity for the Aboriginal media to return the support.” APTN is a major co-sponsor of this project.

Newcap Radio has a syndication of over 80 radio stations across the nation and will play a major air support role and sponsorship of this project. “We are getting to know the players in the Aboriginal Music Industry and intend to do our part in supporting Aboriginal Music initiatives in the communities that our radio stations serve”, says Glenda Spenrath, Director of Operations for Newcap Radio. “We are excited about this partnership and want to ensure that this Aboriginal music distribution project is a success.”

"The only thing that has been missing has been an effective distribution system so that mainstream music lovers can buy Aboriginal music. The "Aboriginal Artists Music by, at CDPlus, solves this problem", said Ranville.

[Message forwarded by Leanne Goose -]


Friday, August 22, 2008


M.C. Records Artist Anders Osborne To Play Democratic National Convention

Contact: Mark Carpentieri

New Orleans sensation Anders Osborne will be performing at the Democratic National Convention on August 24 with the band he's part of, The Voice of the Wetlands.

That band includes Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone and Johnny Vidochovich.

For more information go to

Anders will also be playing in Aspen, Jackson and Minneapolis over the next couple of weeks.

Anders' latest CD is Coming Down, which has been hailed as one of the strongest roots recordings to come out in 2007.

“He’s created one of the best albums of the year.” Andy Whitman, Paste Magazine

Anders Gigs:

Aug 22 2008
Le Bon Temps
New Orleans, Louisiana

Aug 24 2008
DNC w/ Voice of the Wetlands
Denver, Colorado

Aug 24 2008
Fillmore w/ Voice of the Wetlands
Denver, Colorado

Aug 27 2008
Belly Up
Aspen, Colorado

Aug 29 2008
Jackson Hole Convention Center w/ VOW
Jackson, Wyoming

Sep 1 2008
Voice of the Wetlands
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sep 6 2008
Le Bon Temps
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sep 26 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 18 2008
Crescent City Blues Festival
New Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 25 2008
Le Bon Temps
New Orleans, Louisiana

Oct 30 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana



Thursday, August 21, 2008


This Friday, Aug., 22, the Staggering Punters are playing at the Atomic Rooster (Bank & Somerset Ave., Ottawa, ON). This is going to be another great Birthday Bash, as we help celebrate General Manager Kim Ramji's big day. 'looking forward to seeing you.


Doug McArthur
Staggering Punters

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


On Saturday, August 23 - The Crossroads Band will lay down the BIG BEAT at The Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery - 320 Commercial Ave., Anacortes, WA - Phone: 360-588-1720. The Rockfish is a very nice venue with good beer and excellent food! The band always has a good time. If you're near the Skagit Valley on Saturday, drop on by. No cover charge. The band plays from nine to midnight. We hope to see ya!

The Crossroads Band is involved with two very important benefits soon. One is the "Blues for Food Fest" on Saturday, August 30, and the other is the "KT and Jimie Jean Tuttle Benefit", on Sunday, September 14, at The Salmon Bay Eagles in Ballard, WA.


On Saturday, August 30, Crossroads will be part of a great line-up to help raise funding for the Seattle area P-Patch/Food Bank programs at the Magnuson Park Ampitheatre in North Seattle, on the west shore of Lake Washington! The list of performers for the "Blues For Food Fest" goes like this:

Brian Butler (solo) - 11-11:30 am
Billy Roy Danger and the Rectifiers - Noon-1:30pm
Polly O'Keary and the Rhythm Method - 2-3:30pm
Crossroads - 4-5:30pm
Mark Riley Trio - 6-7:30

There will be food and refreshment and lots of good music all day, so please come by and support a great cause. For more infomation go to


On Sunday, September 14, the Crossroads band will be part of a musical extravaganza to help long-time Seattle drummer Kirk "KT" Tuttle and his wife, Jimie Jean, who both have developed severe health problems. The Seattle blues community would like to show our love and support for KT and Jimie Jean by filling the Salmon Bay Eagles, 5616 20th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA (206- 783-7791). The music goes from 3pm to midnight!

The groups signed up for the event are some of the best blues and R&B performers the Puget Sound area has to offer:

All-Stars and No Stripes
Mike Lynch and Nitelife
Little Bill and the Bluenotes
Sweet Talkin' Jones and the Muscletones
John Stephan Band
Paul Green and Straight Shot
Chris Stevens' Surf Monkeys

Becki Sue and her Big Rockin' Daddies!

We hope you come by and and enjoy all the great music and donate to this worthy cause, but if you can't, and would like to donate to KT and Jimie Jean, you can send a check or money order to:

The Jimie Jean and KT Tuttle Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
2358 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

Attn: Laine Rivera

Jimie Jean has been booking blues bands at The Salmon Bay Eagles for 18 years!

We hope to see ya soon and have a great weekend!

For Crossroads band info go to:


Where WIB Was Meant to Perform !!!

From the beginning - I have heard: "WIB belongs on a 'real' stage". WELL, here it is... 80 feet wide - The Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA.

It will be GREAT. Six gals - all singing and dancing! Three guys - the band - very tight sound. All our songs - new ones and old favorites, including: "Kissy Kissy Love Spell", "Movie Star", "Horror Flick Chicks", "Dear Dr. Frankenstein", "Spooks on the Loose", "Goblin Gaboom" - and one never performed anywhere, "Push On, Little Tiger" - a power ballad!

WIB's CD#2 will be released just the day before...$5 - special price for attendees of this show - Saturday, Aug. 23 - 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30.

Opening for WIB are The Programaddicts, from Harrisburg, PA - New Wave / Powerpop / Electro (just did a show with Jaimison in Coney Island - he is super!) MySpace

The Whitaker Center is taking a chance on Witches in Bikinis - let's fulfill their expectation of a filled house! $18 - all ages

Tickets: Get yours now!

On Friday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 AM, we will be on WTPA 93.5 FM for an interview with Ed Coffey.

For other upcoming dates, visit


Saturday, August 16, 2008



Friday, August 15, 2008


4th Annual Women's KISS (Kickass Independent Songwriter Showcase) during Women's Week in Provincetown, MA

October 10, 11, 12 and 15, 16,17 (2008)

The Vixen Nightclub

336 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA


Showtime: 4:00-5:20 pm

Tickets: $20


Carrie Cheron
Melanie Demore
Maria Dubiel
Christine Havrilla
Sonya Heller
Nedra Johnson
Raina Rose
Tracy Rice
Melissa Sigler

Check this link for the artists' websites and pictures!



Welcome to ‘Lucky Tannis’, the occasional newsy letter about what’s currently bubbling in the musical life of Tannis Slimmon. One of the most magical things about being a musician is the varied and fascinating places one can find themselves - from a remote village in Mali, West Africa, a few years ago to my next gig in Nathan Phillips Square in the bustling heart of downtown Toronto, and plenty of places in between.

Those places, in brief:

1. Details of my next show (Toronto, Ontario)

2. Songwriting in my old school (Oak Lake, Manitoba)

3. Recording harmony vocals on new and old musical friends’ projects

4. Guest artist with Open Voices Choir, leading workshops and choirs

5. Lots more great shows, some touring and collaborations with other musicians (ON & BC)

Plus: Newsflashes and a wish-list!

Those places, in more detail:


My next show (for all up-coming shows, see below or click here!)

I’m just back from my favourite summer festival, trying to balance the exhilaration and exhaustion, but want to give those within biking or driving distance of downtown Toronto a heads up on where to catch my next show. Toronto Special Events is featuring ‘Fresh Wednesdays’, a free live noon-hour concert series to complement shopping at Nathan Philips Square’s annual Farmers’ Market. Come listen to live music in the public square while buying your fresh fruit and veggies!

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Tannis with Lewis Melville and Michael Johnston
Nathan Philips Square, 100 Queen Street W., Toronto, ON - Noon until 2:00pm
Free concert Why: For the fun of it!

Songwriting in my old school (Oak Lake, Manitoba)

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure and rather odd sensation of finding myself toting a guitar down the noisy/lively halls of my old school, going from classroom to classroom with my pal Katherine Wheatley. I’d been asked to help the students in Grades K to 8 write the quintessential hometown school song and who better to bring along but Katherine, the queen of songwriting workshops for all ages. With her help and expertise, not one but three songs were whipped up in time for a final public performance in the school’s auditorium. Musical pal Wendell Ferguson also dropped by just in time to wow the kids with his guitar virtuosity and hilarious songwriting. My partner Lewis worked his magic on the tracks back in Guelph, and a CD of the tunes was finished just in time to be played at the Oak Lake Community School’s awards/graduation day in June!

Downloads links will be available on my website soon (to hear the songs as sung by the kids (sweet!) and by Tannis (hometown girl style!).

Recording harmony vocals on new and old musical friends’ projects

You probably know that one of my biggest passions in life is singing harmonies, and feeling the magic that occurs when you find the right blend and spice required to complement but not overshadow another person’s voice. It’s a gift, and I know it and I absolutely love it! Past projects are many and can be found on a perhaps little known page on my website.Recent projects have included:* a new and extremely enjoyable encounter with the wonderful voice of James Clark Jones in the Vibewrangler Studio down in Hamilton, one of the biggest and best groove spaces I’ve recorded in. A magical live session ended with a pre-mixed version of one song being posted to James’ website even before we left the studio that night… Oh, the wonders of technology!* adding harmonies to the sweet and sultry voice of Laura Bird in a one-day marathon session at Althone Studios near Alliston, Ontario, for her soon-to-be-released new album. I vaguely remember recording on 6 or 7 songs, including one in Spanish, before nearly wearing out engineer and studio owner Gene Guthro, so it will be interesting to see how much of it makes it onto the album.

Guest artist with Open Voices Choir, leading workshops and choirs

Open Voices Choir: Choir director Andy Rush is well known for his wonderful ability to work with singers over a weekend of a summer festival, such as Blue Skies Music Festival and the Ottawa Folk Festival, to create a moving and joyous choir performance on the Sunday evening. Andy scored my tune ‘There’s A Lift’ and gave my band and I the thrill of performing it with the Blue Skies choir a few years back. I’m honoured to say I’ll be the guest artist with “Open Voices’, the 100 plus member choir which Andy leads in the Kingston (ON) area. I look forward to working up more tunes with this extra special group. It will be the ultimate in singing!Workshops/choirs: I’m often asked if I teach singing and my answer has changed to yes, thanks to pal and musical workshop guru Jane Lewis who has asked me to help her lead the following here in Guelph, ON:

‘Rise Up Singing – Women’s Choir’ - Dates: Tuesdays, Oct 7 to Nov 9/08 from 7-9pm
'Exploring Vocal Harmony’ - Date: Saturday, November 8/08 from 1-4pm

(For more information, click here!)

Lots more great shows, some touring and collaborations with other musicians

For more details, please visit the shows page on my website. Please consider adding more bookings to this calendar by contacting me directly.


Aug 22-24 – Eaglewood Festival, Pefferlaw, ON
Sept 12 – CKWR 98.5 FM interview/live performance with Doug Gibson
Sept 13 – Organizing (not playing) benefit concert for my pal Sue Richards, Guelph, ON
Sept 28 – Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan, BC
Sept 29 – Salt Spring Island, BC
Oct 3 – Guelph Guitar Project launch, River Run Centre, Guelph, ON
Oct 5 – Healing Gardens concert, Kitchener, ON
Oct 23-26 – OCFF (guerilla workshops!), Ottawa, ON
Oct/Nov – Women’s Choir and co-ed harmony workshops, Guelph, ON
Nov 2 – Songwriters Showcase, Alliston, ON
Nov 15 – Laura Bird’s album release, Orangeville, ON
Nov 25 – Women’s Choir performance, Guelph, ON
Dec 5 – With Katherine Wheatley & Jude Vadala, Guelph, ON


Jan 24 – Guest artist with Andy Rush’s Open Voices Choir, Kingston, ON
Jan 30 – Orillia Folk Society’s concert series, Orillia, ON
Mar (circa International Women’s Day) – annual IWD shows with the Pomelos (TBA)
Apr 4 – John Elliott Theatre, Halton Hills, ON


* Lucky Blue CD voted in the top 10 ‘Critic’s Albums of the 2007’ by Canadian folk and world music magazine ‘Penguin Eggs

* Lucky Blue guitar picks have arrived. Please ask Tannis for yours.

* Ask to see the much treasured book of photos of Guelph’s album release (Jan/08) taken and compiled by the incredible Kate Vanderhorst.

* “Road to Baleya” (a feature documentary film about our extraordinary journey to Mali, West Africa, is premiering at the Montreal World Film Festival (Aug 21 –Sept 1)

* Recent airplay for ‘Lucky Blue’ has included national and regional CBC radio, Galaxie Folk/ Roots channel, campus and community stations. Bless all who play it, on-air, on-line and at home!

Wish list!:

The joy & ability to make an honest and decent living singing and playing the music I love. Gigs in the east, especially St. John's, NL, in late May, early June/09.

It’s high time I saw the Maritimes!

Thank you for your kind attention!!....


ps. My myspace page is relatively new and could use your friendship.