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Ali Hughes, Austrailian songstress, has made her way to Canada to present her acclaimed show Leonard Cohen Koans, a tribute to one of the world’s most celebrated and revered songwriters, Leonard Cohen.

Musically directed by award winning composer Daryl Wallis, backed by masterful jazz musicians, this electrifying, vigorous 90min narrative concert is Cohen like you've never heard before. It is an inspiring celebration of the spirit, music and poetry of one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age. Part-concert and part-homage, these exciting and original interpretations explore Cohen’s music through jazz, gospel and rock genres, cracking wide open the incredible musicality in his work.

Intertwined with excerpts of poetry and prose, and delivered through the lens of his Zen Buddhist spirituality LEONARD COHEN KOANS weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners. Accompanied by masterful Toronto pianist Adrean Farrugia, this electrifying, vigorous 90 minute narrative concert is Cohen like you’ve never heard before.

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Music Fans around New York City look forward to another great Summer of cutting edge French Made Sounds when France Rocks Summer Fest returns. Its acclaimed wide-ranging, diverse musical style attracts over 50,000 music lovers/ festival goers from all backgrounds.

“SummerStage and I are honored to collaborate with France Rocks and Michele Amar again, highlighting the diversity of French talent on our stage. We can always expect the highest caliber of artist from France.” Erika Elliott- Exec Dir, SummerStage.

New York City music lovers will get to experience a wonderful array of French produced music this summer when the festival FRANCEROCKS SUMMER FEST returns. The month-long music festival—the largest of its kind in the US— highlights some of the most edgy and leading talent as well as international artists who draw their inspiration from French Culture. Free and ticketed shows at 20 venues range from Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and Lincoln Center to (Le) Poisson Rouge, Elsewhere, and Baby’s all Right, as well as intimate performance spaces throughout New York City.

Over the years, FRANCE ROCKS has featured such cutting-edge artists as Phoenix, Air, M, IAM, Stromae, CharlElie Couture, Wax Tailor, Angelique Kidjo, La Femme, Yael Naim, Ibeyi, Tony Allen, Ala.Ni, Her, Emilie Simon and Ayo.

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Fifty years in, Mike McKenna is continuing to raise a big Stink. Initially released in 1969 on Liberty United Artists Records by Toronto’s McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Stink has carved its own legacy and remained a consistently-selling blues classic throughout its lifespan. Now, the album is being played in its entirety in concert by guitarist McKenna’s current outfit the Slidewinders Blues Band.

“It’s nice to have the longevity,” says McKenna, a veteran of Luke & The Apostles, The Ugly Ducklings and many other legendary Toronto bands throughout the years.

“And it’s great to still be playing the music and having people enjoying it. It’s cool that Stink is still relevant and means something to so many people out there today. It’s a classic album and we’re a classic band and I’ll admit to it,” he laughs.

Accompanied by Rob Kirkpatrick (Luke & The Apostles) on drums, Hap Roderman (Rough Trade) on bass and Tom Robertson on vocals, guitar, harmonica and slide guitar, McKenna and his own slide will recreate such favourites as “Better Watch Out,” ”Beltmaker” and “T.B. Blues” authentically.

“We do the Stink album as true to the album as possible, “McKenna admits.” It isn’t McKenna Mendelson Mainline, but it’s as close as you’re gonna hear it.”

But Mainline fans don’t only have the Stink album performance to look forward to McKenna’s Slidewinders also perform selections from the band’s two follow-up albums, 1971’s Our Home and Native Land and 1972’s Bump and Grind Revue.

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TD Toronto Jazz Festival announces that Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar and Canadian hip-hop emcee, Shad has been added to lineup that includes previously announced Diana Ross, Norah Jones, Omara Portuondo, Tower of Power and over 175 free concerts.

Film star and The Blues Brothers co-founder Dan Aykroyd, Late Night with David Letterman band leader Paul Shaffer, blues-rock great David Wilcox, Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal and Downchild alumni Gene Taylor, will be among the special guests who will take the TD Mainstage on Bloor St. on Saturday, June 22 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the renowned Downchild Blues Band. The performance will headlines the TD Toronto Jazz Festival's FREE opening weekend celebrations as Bloor Street closes down for two days of non-stop music that also includes Queen of Gospel Shirley Caesar and Canada's own Shad (in partnership with CBC Music) among others. The weekend performances are among 175 FREE concerts featured during the Festival's ten-day run, June 21-30, 2019.

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Rocketman is an upcoming biographical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film follows John's early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music up to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film is titled after John's 1972 song "Rocket Man".

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

During my radio days, I had the pleasure of meeting Graham Powers when he came to CJFM to promote music to me as a music director. It was at that time, I was looking for an assistant and he suggested his then girlfriend, Debbie to come work with me. I hired her and she married Graham and had a family together. That turned out to be a lifelong friendship. So it was with a heavy heart I heard the news of Graham’s passing.

Truth be known, although I had not met him yet, I was one of those teenyboppers who used to go see MG & the Escorts play in Montreal at the Bonaventure Curling Club, when that stage graced the likes of Graham’s band, along with other Montreal bands JB & the Playboys, The Rabble, Bartholomew Plus Three and hosting by then DJ Dave Boxer of CFCF. Boxer would be instrumental in breaking MG’s first singles and getting them on those shows.

Graham was Montreal-born and was with MG & The Escorts, the Canadian band from Pointe Claire (an English suburbs outside of Montreal). The band members included Glen Stephen on bass, Mike Gauthier on rhythm guitar, Glenn Greco lead guitar, Bill Bryans on drums and Graham Powers on lead vocals.

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Photo Credits: Studio 22 Photography

Canadian Musician Magazine celebrated it’s 40th Year Anniversary in high style. The fete was held in downtown watering hole, Grace O’Malley’s on Thursday, April 25 and had all the markings and feel of a huge award show, replete with a red carpet, multiple photo-op stops and a buzz of excitement as each new celebrity entered the venue. The list of luminaries who showed up for the celebration is a testimony to the impact Canadian Musician Magazine has had on the music scene and industry.

Marc Anthony and Amy Sky came to pay their respects with over 40 artists and special guests in attendance including: Jim Norris, Founder, Canadian Musician Magazine, Andrew King, Editor and Chief Canadian Musician Magazine , The Trews' John Angus MacDonald and Tyler Shaw, Ryland James Iskwe, Kira Isabella Exco Levi Monowhales as well as Lost Cousins Posey, Sean Jones and Sandy and Gord Deppe from the Spoons.

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With the recent announcement of the Indie/DIY music distributor CD Baby laying out the platform of a major international expansion, the service that is offered is now better than ever. With the hiring of senior staff in Latin America, the UK and EU,East Asia/Pacific and Canada the way forward is exciting and has a whole new current spin.

Darryl Hurs joins CD Baby as the company’s new Canadian rep and will be based in Toronto. Hurs is no stranger to the indie music scene and founded Indie Week Canada almost two decades ago as a hobby and oversaw its transformation into a major event for the independent music community. Cashbox Canada caught up with Hurs in Toronto and his enthusiasm is infectious.

“I am looking forward to being part of the international marketing team of CD Baby representing Canada,” Hurs says. “We have run Indie Week for the last 18 years with the focus on helping indie artists and I look at this as an opportunity to step it up to a higher level. I am especially excited to help artists and businesses build success stories.”

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The 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference (May 1-5 2019) presented by TD wrapped up in Charlottetown with several artists coming away as the big prize winners.

Classified takes home four ECMAs including wins for Album of the Year and Video of the Year, Jeremy Dutcher earns three awards including Rising Star of the Year, and Reeny Smith and Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire each garner two trophies apiece.

"What an amazing time we’ve had celebrating the 31st annual East Coast Music Awards in beautiful Charlottetown. Congratulations to all of the very deserving award winners, and thank you to all the fabulously talented artists who performed throughout the week," says Andy McLean, CEO of the ECMA. "This event cannot succeed without the tireless work and contributions from our staff, board, volunteers, local committee, delegates, sponsors, partners, venues and hotels, and we thank you for everything you’ve done this week. The city of Charlottetown has been an incredibly warm and accommodating host, and we can’t wait to return."

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Willie Nelson, whose latest solo album Ride Me Back Home is due out in June, turned 85 years old today. During his storied career, the Texas native recorded a staggering 98 studio albums and 12 live albums, appeared in more than 30 films, wrestled with the IRS, tours relentlessly and advocated for farmers, bio-fuels and marijuana legalization.

For many years, Nelson's image was marked by his red hair, often divided into two long braids partially concealed under a bandanna. In "I started braiding my hair when it started getting too long, and that was, I don't know, probably in the 70's." On May 26, 2010, it was reported that Nelson had cut his hair, and Nashville music journalist Jimmy Carter published a photograph of the pigtail-free Nelson on his website. Nelson wanted a more maintainable hairstyle, as well helping him stay cool more easily at his Maui home. In October 2014, the braids of Nelson were sold for $37,000 at an auction of the Waylon Jennings estate. In 1983, Nelson cut his braids and gave them to Jennings as a gift during a party celebrating Jennings' sobriety.

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