On Thursday August 3, two of Canada's most talked about hip-hop artists, iLLvibe, and Myer Clarity, will perform songs from their new album We Are The Aliens live at Smiling Buddha.
I have heard the new album. Trust me when I say you won't mind being abducted by these two particular aliens for the night.
Photo Credit Grant Martin
Special congratulations goes out to Bownanville's own Meghan Patrick for winning in four separate categories - Album Of The Year, Female Artist Of The Year, Music Video Of The Year and she also received the Rising Star Award.
SINGLE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by KICX 106)
"Cherry Bomb" - River Town Saints
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario & International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Grace and Grit - Meghan Patrick
SONGWRITER (S) OF THE YEAR (sponsored by SOCAN)
Deric Ruttan, Craig Wiseman - "Came Here to Forget" performed by Blake Shelton
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Havelock Country Jamboree)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by The Remington Group)
Cold Creek County
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Skelton Truck Lines)
RISING STAR AWARD (sponsored by Slaight Music)
FANS' CHOICE (sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation)
James Barker Band
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Long & McQuade)
"Bow Chicka Wow Wow" - Meghan Patrick
RECORD PRODUCER(S) OF THE YEAR
Jason Barry (Dean Brody, Genevieve Fisher, The Western Swing Authority, Tianna Woods)
INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Seeds & Co.)
Steve Coady, Warner Music Canada
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (LARGE MARKET)
CJBX-FM (BX 93), London
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (MEDIUM MARKET) (sponsored by Lucknow's Music in the Fields)
CHCQ-FM (Cool 100.1 FM), Belleville
RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (SMALL MARKET)
CICX-FM (KICX 106), Orillia
Toronto, ON - Anthem Legacy, an imprint of ole Label Group, is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of one of Canada's most prolific and iconic artists, Stompin' Tom Connors. June 30, 2017 (ole Label Group / Anthem Legacy) sees the release of the Stompin' Tom Connors 50th Anniversary self-titled CD. In association with Canada 150 and an introduction from NHL Legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden, this special edition release will include all of Stompin' Tom's timeless classics. The album also features four new renditions from notable Canadian Country stars including; The Cuddy/Polley Family Band, Corb Lund, George Canyon and Whiskey Jack.
With his homespun and fiercely patriotic brand of music, Stompin' Tom's rich musical legacy includes Canadian country chart topping hits "Bud the Spud", "Luke's Guitar", "Sudbury Saturday Night", "Big Joe Mufferaw", "Ketchup Song" and Canadian anthem "The Hockey Song". Stompin' Tom's accolades include JUNO Awards for Best Male Country Singer (1971 - 75) and Country Album of the Year (1978), the East Coast Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, SOCAN National Achievement Award (1999), SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the Governor General's Performing Arts Award (2000), Toronto Musicians' Union Lifetime Achievement Award (2011), and was the subject of a postage stamp issued in Canada Post's recording artist series.
Stompin' Tom Connors Album Track List
1. Sudbury Saturday Night (Live at The Horseshoe)
2. The Hockey Song
3. Bud the Spud
5. The Ketchup Song
6. The Moon-Man Newfie
7. Luke's Guitar
8. Big Joe Mufferaw
9. The Bug Song
10. A Real Canadian Girl
11. To It and At It
12. Lady, K.D. Lang
13. Margo's Cargo
14. My Stompin' Grounds
15. Corb Lund - The Consumer
16. The Cuddy / Polley Family Band - Don Valley Jail
17. Whiskey Jack - Algoma Central #69
18. George Canyon - The Hockey Song
North by North East (NXNE) and Budweiser are pleased to announce programming for the “What’s Brewing at NXNE” festival Club Land series, curated by Canada’s music leaders including Ian D’Sa of Billy Talent, Shad, Raina Douris of CBC Radio 2, and Leah Fay of July Talk. Aussie rockers The Lazys, songstress Blunt Chunks, self proclaimed “song farmer” Charlotte Cornfield, and Toronto hip-hop star Miracles are among the performers playing the series, which will take over venues across Toronto from June 19-22 during NXNE. The full Club Land schedule can be found below and on NXNE.com
Club Land wristbands are on sale now for $20.00 at nxne.com, and can be purchased in-person at all Club Land shows.
I don't know about you but I have a tendency toward people watching when I am attending an event. Magic Men Live was no exception. I was observing the women, all dressed to the nines (as if going to a club on a Saturday night despite it being a Sunday evening) and at least four brides-to-be in attendance (one was blindfolded before being stood under the marquee outside the Danforth Music Hall. Glee ripped through her when the blindfold was removed.).
There was the odd guy that would pass through the security barrier. There were those that had the Danforth Music Hall shirts on identifying them as club staff. Then there were these guys that were squeaky clean and cut (as in ripped). Not a hair out of place. One walked through making a comment about "chickens". You could tell by the way he said it he wasn't talking about his last meal or birds on his daddy's ranch in south Texas.
According to Urban Dictionary in the best case scenario "chicken' is a term to describe an attractive woman with "breasts" and "thighs". The worst case scenario is that "chicken" is short for "chicken head". That "chicken" refers to a woman who gives oral sex.
That comment made by a member of the Magic Men Live team made me wonder who was going to be on stage stripping? Men or women? That also begs the question of who male stripping is empowering. We all know despite the claims of financial independence that female stripping disempowers women. So wouldn't it make sense that when men strip women become empowered? That's what all those frenzied women would like to believe that bought tickets to the show at the Danforth Music Hall the other night.
The Magic Men title isn't a misnomer. It's quite accurate. There is an illusion they created whereby women may believe (however briefly) that they are the empowered sex in this scenario. I'm beginning to believe that no one is empowered no matter who is stripping. From now on I'll stick with the Magic Mike movies. At least there, there was the even grander illusion of .romance.
I was not going to do this. I was just going to let me tweets stand as my opinion on the matter. But after reading what Sue-Ann Levy wrote about the TCHC Board of Director's meeting that took place the day before yesterday I feel I don't have a choice. Maybe she was watching on line at home. As I was. Maybe her audio was breaking up more than mine was. One can only hope. Because, otherwise, she glossed over some pretty important details.
Anyway, here 's a link to her warm and fuzzies about the subject matter at hand - TCHC board eyes vacancy and arrears problems.
Nowhere in her article does it mention that they can't even separate out the different categories of arrears. It's confusing to have the rent and parking arrears bundled together. Admittedly, they would have different degrees of consequences. Has TCHC not heard of pre-authorized payments? Or for those tenants on social assistance (over 75% of the TCHC population) pay direct? Why is this even an issue? With the pay direct option TCHC could effectively collect rents directly from Ontario (Never) Works and Ontario (Diss)Ability Support Program without it ever having been in the tenants bank account to begin with. Thereby preventing arrears from ever happening in the first place.
The most shocking (but subdued) debate involved proposed updates to the Boards Conflict of Interest policy. The member presenting the report acknowledged that the policy hasn't been updated since 2003 and "was seriously out of date". She suggested that the board members Conflict of Interest policy be on par with the general TCHC staff policy. Thereby no board member can receive gifts, meals, or donations.
Sounds pretty straight forward.
Not so fast. One male member piped up ("male member" lol) that just because someone buys him a meal doesn't mean he'll be swayed to vote in their favor. Then he goes on to say that "timely" disclosure may be more important. (Now if you took the time to read Sue Ann Levy's blurb you'd see that even she takes issue with TCHC doing ANYTHING in a "timely" manner.)
It had to be explained to him that this would be "an early warning policy", "you can't be making the decision", and that it's intent is "not to police you. It's to protect you" [and TCHC from the appearance of impropriety}.
Then from across the table comes a response. That maybe this should be principles based not rules based. We have all seen how well TCHC performs if there is no clear line drawn in the sand.
Back to that "male member" for a moment. Within the framework of downplaying the importance of the Conflict of Interest policy review, he mentioned that he sits on other Boards and Committees where he has signed a non-disclosure agreement. Maybe that's something you should have kept to yourself. Just sayin' ...
I don't know about you, but that raises a red flag for me. I want TCHC to be more transparent in it's dealings. After all they are dealing with millions upon millions of tax payers dollars. So to me, someone who signs non-disclosure agreements on the regular seems ill equipped to be serving on a quote unquote public board.
Continuing on in this discussion of public versus private. It is a fact that Toronto Community Housing Corporation has previously taken a run at acquiring charitable status from the Canada Revenue Agency. Of course they were denied donee status (Something that Sue Ann Levy would have picked up on if she scanned the documents that were provided for the meeting.) That taken in connection with a comment made at the Board of Directors meeting about holding an Annual General Meeting (which was described by a board member as a legal requirement) in the future should scare the daylights out of everyone. Especially., when you consider the complete lack of transparency when it comes to public money. Imagine how badly TCHC could misuse private donations.
Maybe I'm a bit of an alarmist. But, I would rather be ringing the alarm than playing dead. This time I think Sue Ann Levy did exactly that. (Could someone please check for a pulse?) Otherwise, there is no way that someone with the reputation of "getting the story behind the story" could have witnessed, in person or via live stream, that exact same TCHC Board of Directors meeting without raising some serious questions. Maybe next time she can use my Twitter feed as a source of information. Otherwise, I would be concerned, if I was her, about plagiarizing from some board members notes.
North By Northeast (NXNE) is pleased to announce provocative, electro-pop sensation Peaches as part of this year’s festival. From acclaimed theatre productions to her cinematic debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, her triumphant ‘Live at Massey Hall’ show to the release of her first book, Polaris Prize Winner Peaches, has pushed herself further and with more artistic rewards than ever before during her time away from the studio.
Peaches music has been featured in movies such as Mean Girls, Jackass Number Two, My Little Eye, Drive Angry and Lost In Translation. Her music has also been featured on television shows including Lost Girl, The L Word, Ugly Betty, South Park, 30 Rock, and True Blood. Those inclusions are remarkable given Peaches continued ability to challenge sexual identity and gender politics with hits like "Fatherfucker".
In other words, Peaches has managed to wield immeasurable influence over mainstream pop culture while still operating from outside of its confines, carving a bold, sexually progressive path in her own image that's opened the door for countless others to follow.
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.