Rush Announce Charity Donation to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research
Earlier this month, Canadian Music Week announced that the members of RUSH would be the 2017 recipients of the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at Canadian Music Week in April. Part of this prestigious Humanitarian award includes $40,000 CDN made to the recipient's charity of choice.
The members of Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart - have unanimously decided to direct the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook.
"We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook. Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord's courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend it's our turn to help support his efforts to fight Brain Cancer now." - RUSH
"We are thrilled to learn Rush has made such a donation," commented Dr. James Perry, head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. "The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research will help give us the tools we need to find ways to treat the untreatable. Right now we are investigating new drugs, surgical techniques and genetic therapies. We are using ultrasound to reach tumours that couldn't be reached before. The funds so generously donated by RUSH will support us as we continue our pioneering work, to the benefit of brain cancer patients not only across Canada but around the world."
To join Rush and make a personal donation to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook , go to www.sunnybrook.ca/gord
The Allan Slaight Humanitarian award will be presented at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday April 20, 2017 in the Grand Ballroom at the Toronto Sheraton Centre Hotel.
RIK EMMETT and RESOLUTION 9 present RES 9
I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Rik at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga and ask him a few questions. It was a great interview, Rik is a true gentlemen and one hell of a talented musician, you can check out the interview by clicking here.
Rik Emmett and Resolution 9 played last Saturday night in support of the Res 9 album at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. They mixed up some classic TRIUMPH songs along with news songs off of Res 9. Rik still has the chops, the nearly sold out crowd were in fine form singing along and showing their appreciation song after song and even during songs after a fine guitar solo. I hope that this show goes out on the road so many other TRIUMPH and Rik fans can enjoy it!
2016 WHAT HAS HAPPENED
Friday September 9th and Saturday September 10th
Another great event! Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and people that attended!
Falling Awake is Goodnight, Sunrise's sophomore album being released by Rejection Records on September 30. This high-energy band is taking the Toronto music scene by storm! The album release party is on September 29 and is being held at the Supermarket in Toronto. Tour dates in support of the album start on September 10 in Sudbury ending in London, England on October 18.
August 31, 2016, Nashville, TN. -The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), the world's most prestigious music competition, is pleased to announce the addition of Dark Horse Institute as a sponsor. Their participation is extremely exciting for ISC, as they will provide valuable prizes to ISC winners to help further their music careers. Dark Horse Institute offers the chance to win studio time (the total package is valued at over $36,000) at one of the most celebrated recording studios, Dark Horse Recording, based in the Nashville area.
Dark Horse Institute is founded on the legacy of world-famous Dark Horse Recording studios, the home of Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, OneRepublic, Keith Urban, Matchbox 20, Tim McGraw, The Fray, Relient K, and countless others who have recorded their albums here.
Dark Horse Institute will be awarding the following at Dark Horse Recording studios:
Nine days of recording time to the overall Grand Prize winner
Two days of recording time for four First Place winners in the Christian, Country, Folk/Singer-Songwriter and Teen categories
Two days of recording time for one People's Voice winner
Two days of recording time to one ISC entrant who submits a song between now and September 7, 2016. Winner will be selected by ISC
FANS ACROSS CANADA AND WORLDWIDE UNITE TO CELEBRATE CANADIAN ICONS THE TRAGICALLY HIP
ONE-THIRD OF ALL CANADIANS - 11.7 MILLION - TUNE INTO
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION
ACROSS ALL CBC PLATFORMS
August 21, 2016 – Last night, millions in Canada and around the world gathered around screens and radios and at hundreds of public viewing events worldwide to celebrate Canada’s unofficial poet laureates, The Tragically Hip, as they brought down the house in an emotional and historic performance. According to Numeris*, the live, commercial-free broadcast of The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration reached 11.7 million (2+) Canadians across all CBC television, radio and digital platforms as Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Gord Sinclair and Johnny Fay played the final date of their Man Machine Poem tour at Kingston’s K-Rock Centre. The concert special was also streamed 900,000 times in Canada and around the world. The nearly three-hour Saturday evening broadcast attracted an average minute audience of 4.04 million.
It was an honour and a privilege for CBC to bring this unprecedented event to audiences across the country and around the world. This is public broadcasting at its very best,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “For nearly three hours on a summer Saturday night, an entire nation paused to celebrate and pay tribute together. Thank you to Gord, Paul, Rob, Gord and Johnny for an intimate and unforgettable shared experience.”
The broadcast event was the result of a partnership between CBC, The Tragically Hip and Insight Productions to celebrate the band’s hometown stop on their 15-date sold-out cross-Canada Man Machine Poem tour, making it available to all Canadians and audiences around the world in a live, commercial-free, all-platform broadcast.
Formed in Kingston in the mid-80s, The Tragically Hip have sold millions of records worldwide, managing to enjoy both mass popularity and critical acclaim. The group released their first album in 1987, and have since released 14 studio albums, earning two diamond certifications and 20 #1 hits. The Hip has won 14 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2005. They have also received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, as well as honorary degrees from the Royal Conservatory of Music and most recently Queen's University.
The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration was produced by Insight Productions in association with CBC and Man Machine Poem Touring Inc.
CANADA COMES TOGETHER FOR THE TRAGICALLY HIP: A NATIONAL CELEBRATION, AUGUST 20 ON CBC
Fans in Canada and around the world will be able to watch historic Kingston concert live and commercial free across all CBC platforms at 8:30 pm ET
420 community viewing events confirmed across Canada and internationally
The countdown is on as audiences in Canada and around the world prepare to come together to celebrate The Tragically Hip with CBC on Saturday, August 20, when the legendary Canadian rockers return to their hometown for the Kingston, Ontario stop of their Man Machine Poem tour. The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration will broadcast nationally and stream globally live and commercial free at 8:30 p.m. ET across CBC, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio One on SiriusXM Channel 169, CBC Radio 2, CBCMusic.ca/thehip, ICIMusique.ca, CBC Music’s YouTube channel and Facebook page, and the CBC Music app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as the new CBC Music app on Apple TV.
Best Post-Production - Majid Jordan - Every Step Every Way
Best EDM/Dance Video - Grandtheft ft. Lowell - Quit This City
Best Director - Drake - Hotline Bling
Best Pop Video - Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello - I Know Waht You Did Last Summer
Best Rock/Alternative Video - The Strumbellas - Spirits
Best Hip Hop Video - Drake - Hotline Bling
Best MUCHFACT Video - Majid Jordan ft Drake - My Love
iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year - Nick Jonas
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group - Fifth Harmony
Buzzworthy Canadian - Drake
iHeartRadio International Duo or Group of the Year - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Best New Canadian Artist - Alessia Cara
iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year - The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
The 2016 Weeknd Awards, uhm, I mean Billboard Awards where held this past Sunday. Canada was well represented with Justin Bieber taking home two awards for Top Social Media Artist and Top Male Artist. Drake took home one award for Top Rap Artist and The Weeknd captured no less than 8 Billboard Awards! The Weeknd won Top R&B Song, Top 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Album for "Beauty Behind the Madness", and Top Streaming Song Audio.
Adele took home 5 Billboard awards for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Seeling Song for "Hello".
My first exposure to Steven Wilson was via one of his creations, Porcupine Tree. I saw them live at the Sound Academy. I became an instant fan. I wonder, can one go solo and be as good, when it comes to Steven Wilson the answer is a resounding, YES! Hand, Cannot, Erase is a master piece and the concert absolutely brilliant! The evening featured the album in its entirety followed by a set of older and Porcupine Tree songs, what more can you ask for?
Congratulations to The Weeknd for taking home two Grammys, for Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best R&B Performance. Congratulations also to Justin Bieber for Best Dance Recording and Joni Mitchell took home her nineth Grammy for Best Album Notes.