FYI Music for Dec 7th, 2018 - CWoF Richard Thompson Dave Charles O'Pears

News Story

Friday December 7th, 2018
 
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| Canada's Walk Of Fame Has Its CTV Broadcast This Weekend

 
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CTV airs its Canada's Walk of Fame etalk special tonight and the Awards show on Sunday with a streaming option through the CTV.ca website. The guest list is second-to-none and the performances and speeches are a must catch. Pictured here at last Saturday evening's event: Warren Buffett, Paul Anka and Jimmy Pattison.

 
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Media Beat

 
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| Media Beat: December 07, 2018

 
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In today's edition: Google News is finding a place on the smart speaker platform, Apple's most-downloaded podcasts, the 10 best podcasts in 2018, a ranking of the world's top-paid radio hosts, how the Slaights made a difference, Conrad Black weighs in on Trudeau's media bailout bucks, and CTV offers free streaming channels.

 
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News Story

 
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| Today, Jim Jj Johnston Salutes Dave Charles

 
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In summing up a brilliant and ongoing career, Dave says: “After 55 years in radio, I love my work more than ever. Although the music and radio businesses have changed dramatically, what remains constant is the demand for great content. Now with so many platforms and the emergence of Smart Speakers, the level of listener engagement is higher than ever."

 
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A Conversation With…

 
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| A Conversation With... ​​​​​​​Richard Thompson

 
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The English folk-rock pioneer is back with a new album, 13 Rivers. In this revealing interview, he discusses that record, his creative cycle, love of analogue, soundtrack work, protest songs, and more.

 
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News Story

 
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| RIP: CCMA Hall of Famer Brian Ferriman

 
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Artist manager and Savannah Music president Brian Ferriman died Tuesday night from complications from Lewy Body Dementia. He was 68. Perhaps best known as the manager behind Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer Michelle Wright, Ferriman was with her from her early days and was instrumental in making her a national star over the 28 years they worked together.

 
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| RIP: Music Champion Grant Hurley

 
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He was one of the unsung heroes of Canada’s vanishing music retail trade and a champion of many who was championed by few.

 
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Five Questions With...

 
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| Five Questions With… The O’Pears

 
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The Toronto-based folk trio releases a winter-themed second album today. Here the members discuss its inspiration, their individual and collective creative evolution, and a shared desire for more inclusivity in the music business.

 
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Calendar

 
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| FYI Calendar Of Upcoming Releases, Dec. 7, 2018

 
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The flow of new releases is definitely slowing in advance of Christmas. Notables this week include Van Morrison, John Mellencamp, Ice Cube, AFI, and XXXtentacion, while Canadian content includes The Del Fi's, Twist (pictured), The O'Pears, and Ocean Potion.

 
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Music News Digest

 
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| Music News Digest, Dec. 7, 2018

 
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The Reklaws (pictured) announce a headlining tour, the Taverne Tour fest sports a strong lineup, and Tom Cochrane boosts Halifax's CFL bid. Others making news include Bruce Springsteen, Creative Manitoba, LyricFind, Taylor Swift, Unity Charity, Allan Rayman, 21C fest, Music Nova Scotia, the Niagara Jazz Festival, The Del Fi's, Buddy Guy, Friar’s Music Museum, Music PEI, ECMA, and farewell Pete Shelley.

 
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Music Biz Headlines

 
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| Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 7, 2018

 
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Jessie Reyez (pictured) triumphs in hometown shows, a list of Canadian albums of the year, and the '90s Canrock revival. Also in the headlines are Doug Paisley, the Lunenburg Academy, ESO, MacMaster-Leahy, streaming DJs, Brexit, Andrew Gertler, Hugh Jackman, Vegas acts, Prince, Johnny Thunders, and Metallica whiskey.

 
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Good Friday

 
Alex Lifeson, Ron Sexsmith and members of Broken Social Scene and Barenaked Ladies joined Andy Kim onstage on one of his earlier Christmas shows.
 

| Andy Kim Talks About The Charities He Picks For His Christmas Shows

 
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The writer of such hits as “Sugar Sugar” and “Rock Me Gently,” and a recent Canada’s Walk of Fame inductee is a softie who has been prominently raising money for charity since establishing the Andy Kim Christmas Show 14 years ago — and in this Q&A he recalls using his gift of singing to entertain kids at orphanages when he began his career some 50 years ago.

 
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Today's new track

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​​​​​​​Serena Ryder: Christmas Kisses

The title track of her first holiday album is an original Christmas tune, featuring timely lyrics and another strong vocal performance. It is accompanied by a sweetly charming video with a charitable component.