Orlando: The lads were in fine form on the links this past weekend honouring the late, great broadcast exec Pat Cardinal who succumbed to cancer in April of last year. Teeing off at the Tranquilo Four Seasons resort were Derrick Ross, Steve Coady, Steve Jones, Steve Parsons, Ross MacLeod, Brett Gelfant, and Warren Copnick.
The team's epic three days of terrorizing half-sleeping gators with wild balls and earning a prize sack full of divots had locals wondering just what sort of game Canadians play in mukluk country.
Whatever the case, Parsons won the tourney with the best overall score, earning a trophy and a purple jacket that we're sure his better half will insist be parked in the garage.
-- Vancouver's sinewy soul-crooner Harrison Broome has released "Body High" from his warmly received Nettwerk EP, Fill Your Brains. Windish Agency has the 19-year-old booked on festival shows in the UK, US and Canada over the next several months, with the expectation that his debut studio set will gain traction on several fronts.
-- Jingle Punks, the music publishing and licensing company recently acquired by Toronto-based ole rights company, has added a Melbourne office, complementing shingles in New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto and a Latin American hub in Brazil. Former Fox Music VP Janine Kerr shifts her base from LA to Australia as the company's new hire.
-- Live Nation subsidiaries are now managing more than 500 artists, according to new SEC filings by the US giant spotted by MBW.
-- As had been expected, the ‘surprise’ lineup of performers at Wolfe Island Music Festival's "Winter Ball" at Toronto’s Great Hall on Sunday night was an impressive one. Those supporting the Kingston-area fest's fundraiser included Jason Collett doubled as host, Sarah Harmer, TUNS, Sam Cash, The Elwins, Lou Canon, Steve Lambke, Hannah Georgas, Etiquette, The Weather Station, Shad, and PS I Love You's Paul Saulnier. A no-show last year, Wolfe Island makes a welcome return August 11 and 12.
-- As has been rumoured for a while, songsmith Ron Sexsmith has turned his pen to writing fiction. Dundurn Press has announced the upcoming publication of his novel Deer Life, described as “a whimsical yet dark story about a boy who accidentally gets into trouble with a witch.” Look for it in late 2017.
-- A fundraiser for Hamilton’s campus radio station CFMU is set for This Ain’t Hollywood on March 10. A strong lineup features Sianspheric, Fresh Snow, and Whoop-SZO. Tix are $10 at the door.
-- The Calgary Opera’s board of directors has announced that Bob McPhee will be retiring after 19 years as general director and CEO. McPhee will stay on as an advisory role during the transition period as a search is conducted for a replacement. His retirement is effective March 3. Source: Calgary Herald
Leon Ware, R&B songwriter, producer and singer, on Feb. 23, age 77. He penned hits for many acts including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Maxwell, and Minnie Ripperton. Additionally, Ware's tracks have been sampled by the likes of Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur and A Tribe Called Quest. Source: Rolling Stone