Loose Blues News

April 2011 – Vol. 27, No. 4

Overheard at the JUNOs:  Watch for a new Morgan Davis album due shortly on Electro-Fi Records. Looks like the new Monkey Junk album will be coming out on Stony Plain. Other upcoming releases on SP will be albums by Kevin Breit and Harry Manx, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and a special 30th Anniversary compilation CD

The CNE Bandshell Bluesfest will be back on Sunday, August 28th at the CNE Grounds (directly south of the Dufferin gates). This “Celebration Of The Best In Blues & Roots” starts at 11:30 am with performances by Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals, Mike Goudreau, Digging Roots, Treasa Levasseur, Steve Strongman and headliner JJ Grey & Mofro. The show is free with admission to the park.

 Blues in Oakville: Michael Keys has moved his Saturday Matinee from St. Catharines to Oakville and a new venue called Arnolds at Dorval and QEW. You can now join the boogie piano man and his guests at Arnold’s. Guests for April include Robin Banks (Apr 2), Danny B (Apr 9), George Olliver (Apr 16) and Neil Chapman (Apr 23). As soon as it warms up, they’ll be playing on the patio. For more information check out www.arnoldssportsbar.ca

Musicians Take Note: Now in its 12th year, The Hornby Island Blues Workshop invites some of the finest roots and blues musicians around to share their knowledge and inspiration with approxiamtely 70 students. With small class sizes, participants get hands-on instruction, and one on one support to develop their musical talents. Workshops cover a wide variety of instruments and blues playing styles. Students will appreciate the positive and creative atmosphere that is everywhere during “Blues Week”. This years group of instructors include: Julian Fauth, Rick Fines, David Gogo, Billy Hicks, Little Miss Higgins, Gary Kendall, Gary Preston, Lester Quitzau, Suzie Vinnick and Dave Harris. Registration is now open at http://www.hornby-blues.ca

A Home for the Canadian Music Hall of Fame: The National Music Centre and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) have announced that discussions are underway to make a home for The Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the National Music Centre in Calgary and in co-locations across Canada.

“Since its inception in 1978, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame has honoured individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution toward the greater international recognition of Canadian artists and music,” said CARAS President & CEO Melanie Berry. “Now, together with the National Music Centre, we will work towards creating bricks-and-mortar locations to gather and exhibit important memorabilia that tell the stories of inductees and our collective musical heritage. It’s very exciting.”

The National Music Centre, slated for opening in Calgary in early 2014, will give Canada a place that amplifies the love, the sharing and the understanding of music through collections, programs and collaborations across the country. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame collection, according to NMC President and CEO Andrew Mosker, is a fundamental step in ensuring the long-term preservation of Canada’s music history.

Mosker said “Having a physical home for our musical treasures means we can ensure our rich and colourful stories are preserved and shared for future generations. It’s an honour to be entrusted with the collection and care of these artifacts.”