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Liner Notes: Bullet News for May 11th

RIP: Peter Traynor, who helped shape the Yorkville Sound with his affordable hand-wired YBA series guitar and bass amplifiers in the early '60s, died over the weekend. The information was reported on by nephew Neil Traynor on his Facebook page. Further information about the man and his life can be found on Wikipedia, and in a Greg Quill-pennedToronto Star article from 2012.

-- James Taylor is donating all the proceeds from his June concert dates in Calgary and Edmonton to a Fort McMurray relief fund organized by Red Cross. On Monday we incorrectly stated a portion of his fee was being donated.

-- The Sheepdogs, Gord Bamford, Loverboy join with special guests  Diamond Rio, Headpins, Hey Romeo, Prism, The Dudes, The Royal Foundry, The Washboard Union, Trevor Panczak, and The Wet Secrets for Porkapalooza Concert of Hope for Fort McMurray. Proceeds to the city's Fire Relief Fund. EKG Entertainment is organizing the three-day festival at Clarke Stadium.

-- Last Tuesday night, top industry professionals, including managers, agents, artists, and label execs, gathered at Bymark Restaurant in Toronto at an MMF function to celebrate the career achievements of Lorne Saifer and Michael Cohl. The inaugural Banner Year award, given to an artist and manager who had an exceptionally great year, was given to Tony Sal & The Weeknd. Sal was unable to attend as he was overseas about to be married. Saifer's client Burton Cummings entertained this exceptional crew with an impromptu performance.

-- CIMA reminds us that the federal department of Heritage is seeking input on its planned review of major cultural policy instruments, including the Broadcasting Act, Copyright Act, Telecommunications Act, CRTC, CBC, NFB, Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and the Canada Music Fund. A bulletin from the association advises that many types of businesses, policy activists and special interest groups will present Heritage with their own views about how Canadian media governance laws ought to change. "It is essential that strong, authentic statements be heard on behalf of Canada's music industry – suggesting ways that the rights of artists and music companies can still be protected in a world of iPods, smartphones, digital streaming, global competition and increasing corporate consolidation." The deadline for completing the online survey is Friday, May 20th.

-- Young Rival releases its five-track Strange Light Paper Bag EP release this Friday but you can listen now in full on YouTube.

-- Radio, Records & RockstarsJeff Woods’ first work of non-fiction "takes you behind the curtain, revealing first-hand accounts and exclusive conversations with the legends of rock." Artists include the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bowie, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Mark Knopfler, Carlos Santana, and Ozzy Osbourne.

-- Remember Canadian Rock Theatre? If you do you'll be interested to know Bill King has posted vintage audio track of the self-penned "We the People" on YouTube. Released 45 years back, vocalist on the Perry Botkin/Peter Mann-produced track included Avril Chown, Danny McBride, Dorian Clark, Doug Billard, John Stainton, Karen Silver, Laurie Hood, Nancy Dolman, Patti Jannetta, Peter McGraw, Roy Seip, Tabby Johnson, Valentina Davis, and Victor Garber.

-- Fiery BC rock duo The Pack A.D. don’t release new album Positive Thinking until Aug. 12 (on Cadence), but they’ll preview some of the new material on their cross-country summer tour (the album’s opener “So What”is already charting on alternative rock radio). The tour kicks off with two hometown Vancouver gigs at the Cobalt (May 12-13), followed by 16 more Canadian dates and five US shows, closing out June 23 in Seattle.

-- Whitehorse-based jazz vocalist Fawn Fritzen has just released her second CD, Pairings. She impressed the Jazz Bistro crowd at her Toronto album release Sunday night, and has upcoming gigs at Waterloo’s Jazz Room tonight, Ottawa’s Steinway Gallery (May 11), and Montreal’s Upstairs Jazz Bar (May 12). Ace players George Koller and David Restivo accompany her on tour.

--  Sharon, Lois & Bram are being honoured with the May 14th opening of the Sharon, Lois, & Bram Music Garden in June Rowlands Park in Toronto. The trio won three Juno Awards and sold millions of CDs in North America. Group members Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison will attend the ceremony (Lois Lilienstein died in April 2015).

-- Congrats to the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) for hosting an excellent Songwriters In The Round Event at CMW. Hosted by the very funny Jason McCoy, it featured Liz Rodrigues, Terra Lightfoot, Kat Burns, Donovan Woods and Sam Weber. Great songs and tasty sliders, what more could you want?

-- On Aug. 26 and 27, Powassan, ON hosts the intimate Windsong Music Festival. They’ve gone for an all-Canadian roots lineup, including Jason Collett, Harrow Fair, Jeremy Fisher, Leif Vollebekk and Union Duke. 


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