Following the success of the rebranded Cat Stevens comes Donovan who is plugging his catalogue and a collection of mellow yellow Buried Treasures 1 on a large-scale, North American theatre tour that includes the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 21. The show was originally scheduled a day earlier, but his website shows otherwise--and a Vancouver stop has disappeared.
-- The column had written about this earlier last week but somehow it failed to actually appear in print. Congrats to former EMI and Universal exec Peter Diemer who went on to find another life on the wet coast and has now joined Live Nation as Vice President, Strategic Development.
"We are very excited to have Peter join us," commented Paul Haagenson, President Live Nation Canada. "His vast experience and proven leadership in music and technology, combined with his enthusiastic drive to create new enterprise will be a welcome addition to our team."
-- Bob Segarini celebrates some sort of anniversary with his highly-readable trip down memory lane Wordpress blog. You can read Mr. Segarini’s thoughtful and informative muses, plus a wisdom of words spelled out by the likes of Cameron Carpenter, Roxanne Tellier, Jamie Vernon and a few other errant scribblers at Don’t Believe A Word I Say.
-- Keep thinking about the influence and economic power Celine Dion has and has had for decades and then look at the calendar date April 2 and figure out why she should be in the citadel of power. There’s a correlation here, but we can’t remember what it is!!!
-- Don’t expect the El Mocambo to open any time soon. Optimists suggested the doors open in time for CMW 2016. Our guess is it could be celebrating its refurbished renewal in time for CMW 2017. And when it does, ooh la la!
-- Beenie Man, Busta Rhymes and enough junk in the trunk to make whiskers whirl are some of the highlights in store for filmgoers attending the Jamaican dancehall quasi-docudrama King of the Dancehall. It premiered this week at TIFF and if it didn’t earn five stars, the reviews at least give it four spliffs.
-- Philly-born, Toronto-based funk artist Jerome Tucker will launch his new album Still On Fire at Hugh’s Room in Toronto tonight (Wed). His ace band includes Carl Harvey (Messenjah, Toots and the Maytals) and Neil Brathwaite (Jacksoul).
-- I’m not supposed to say so but between us I’ve got my mitts on a rough draft edition of Denise Donlon’s bra-burner of a book posing as her life and times and it’s a wild ride this gal has had. I’m a small dent in reading about her bumble beginnings in Scarberia, learning the biz short-form at the U of Waterloo with Susan Rosenberg, setting up shop in Vancouver in Sam Feldman’s office, and acquainting herself with his nemesis partner Bruce Allen. I haven’t chuckled this much since startling Leonid Brezhnev at the back of the Kremlin on the eve of the glastnost. Denise was on the other side of Red Square at the time, inspecting an embalmed Lenin, and missed meeting the gentleman.
And in case you failed to notice the fact it in Tuesday's file, I've nominated Ms. double D to replace Peter Mansbridge as the new voice of The National. Girls just gotta have fun, and surely to god the nation needs some fun after 30 years of Dr. Pill.
Fearless as possible (under the circumstances) comes out on Canadian imprint House of Anansi Press on Guy Fawkes Day.
-- And please, all you people outside of Toronto, I promise to somehow capture the shots; meantime, let me point you to page 38 of the Sept. edition of Toronto Life that has pictures of a radiant Randy Lennox with wife Barb, Chantal Kreviazuk with a tanned and almost paunchless Randy Bachman--and, best of all, my good friends Derrick Ross and Andy Kim beaming after chowing down on a $25K-a-plate Muskoka lakeside nosh for charity. The same edition has a deliciously informative snapshot of Eleanor McCain's blunderbuss marriage to former TSO CEO Jeff Melanson (penned by Michael Posner), and a profile on Dr. Evil posing as Kevin O'Leary (scribbled by Jason McBride). For the price of a half-month subscription to Spotify, I'd say this is a bargain edition.