Month: November 2014

Details and Long List Nominees for 2014 CBC Music Awards

The CBC Music Awards recognize the best in Canadian music — as decided by you!

Unlike other music awards, the CBC Music Awards are not based on sales, spins or even critical acclaim — they’re based on your votes. CBC Music is celebrating this year’s top Canadian talent by inviting listeners to support their favourite artists through a set of online people’s choice polls. Voters will have the chance to choose the winners of 10 different award categories, which recognize everything from best album to best fan engagement.

Nominations open: Friday, Nov. 7
Nominations close: Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. ET
Long list announcement: Tuesday, Nov. 18
Long list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. ET
Short list announcement: Tuesday, Dec. 2
Short list voting closes: Monday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. ET

The winners of the inaugural CBC Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Best International Artist


Artist of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Artist of the year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:

                   Alex NevskyMontreal, QC

Album of the Year
Note* Links are provided by CBCMusic. Some artists do not have CBC Music profiles. Please head here to vote for Album of the Year. Pictures of some artists are above their name.
The Nominees are:
Bahamas is Afie
Bahamas is AfieBahamas Brushfire/Universal
 The Artists and Bands up for Best Independent Artist of the Year, Go to to vote for you pick to WIN!
  • A Tribe Called Red – Sisters feat. Northern Voice
  • Arcade Fire – Afterlife
  • Buck 65 – Super Pretty Naughty
    Cold Specks – Absisto
  • Fanny Bloom – Piscine
  • Hedley – Heaven in our Headlights
  • Jason Blaine – Friends of Mine
  • July Talk – Summer Dress
  • Kevin Drew – You in Your Were
  • Kiesza – Hideaway
  • Lights – Up We Go
  • Lowell – The Bells
  • Mounties – Tokyo Summer
  • Owen Pallett – Song for Five & Six
  • PUP – Mabu
  • Rich Aucoin – Yelling in Sleep
  • Sam Roberts Band – Shapeshifters
  • Shad – Remember to Remember feat. Lights
  • Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
    Best Fan Engagement
    Whether it’s funny hashtags over social media or creating unique contests each of these nominees brings something special to their loyal fans! Who has your vote for Best Fan Engagement? Vote here!
    Tegan and SaraConnect with their huge fan base most often — almost daily — through InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

  • Walk Off the EarthUses YouTube primarily to stay connected with fans and cover popular fan-favourite songsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Aaron PritchettKeeps up with large fan base on Twitter regularlyFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • ArkellsFrequently converse with fans on Twitter, set up contests and fun exchanges on FacebookFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Big WreckContinue to cultivate fans on Facebook and TwitterFacebook | Twitter
  • Brett KisselGoes out of his way to talk to all fans in person at showsFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Buck 65Composes incredible Facebook posts and tour diaries for fansFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Current SwellHang out with fans online and after shows, and offers a well-curated Instagram streamFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Gryphon TrioChronicles what they’re up to with fans, created a music outreach programFacebook | Twitter
  • HedleyHave a passionate fan base, and regularly reaches out to them via social networksFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Hey RosettaKeep fans from far and wide in the loop on Twitter and InstagramFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jenn GrantInvites fans into her world through Facebook and charms with Twitter chatterFacebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Jill BarberTakes fans along for the ride via Twitter, Instagram posts Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Johnny Reid Has a “Tartan Army” fan club, regular fan choice award winner Facebook | Twitter
  • Lights Regularly connects with fans in person at events, invites listeners into her world through social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Matt MaysRegularly interacts with fans online Facebook | Twitter
  • Michael BubleHas millions of social media fans, performs fans’ song picks for vocal warmups on Instagram Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Rich AucoinBeyond social media, will recognize local fans with on-screen mentions at live shows Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • Said the WhaleBig on social media; bought a cellphone specifically to respond to fans via phone and text Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
  • The Darcys are quick to respond to fans on social media, share funny hashtags with followers Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
    Heart of Gold Award
    We all know Canadians’ are known for their polite demeanor (as long as hockey is not involved). The following list sums up Artists who have gone out of their way to give back to their fans, community and different charitable organizations over their careers. Vote for your top pick for who has the Heart of Gold in Canada’s music industry. Vote here.
    Arcade FireDonates $1 from every live show ticket sold to organizations in Haiti, a long-running initiative since 2006Read More

  • Bruce CockburnReceived 2014 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award and supported suicide awareness projects in 2014Read More
  • Bryan AdamsFunds collected through his Bryan Adams Foundation have most recently supported wounded soldiers in the UK, Human Rights Watch, and marine conservation in Haiti, among other causesRead More
  • City and ColourAsked those on his guest list at his last arena tour to donate to the SickKids Foundation at every showRead More
  • Danny MichelHis Ocean Academy fund has raised more than $60,000 to date to continue supporting a not-for-profit community high school in BelizeRead More
  • Gord BamfordSupports kids and communities through his Gord Bamford Foundation and annual charity golf tournament, in its 7th year this yearRead More
  • Hannah GeorgasDonated a portion of all pledges on her recent PledgeMusic campaign to the Juvenile Diabetes FoundationRead More
  • HedleyThe Free the Children ambassadors most recently traveled to Ecuador to help build a school in partnership with the not-for-profitRead More
  • Hey OceanBassist David Vertesi co-founded and continues the annual Sing it Forward charity concert to help bring music education to underprivileged youth in Vancouver’s Downtown EastsideRead More
  • Jim CuddyHas a long history of charitable efforts, but this year specifically performed at benefit concerts to support families in crisis in Toronto and a women’s shelter in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes areaRead More
  • Justin HinesHis Vehicle of Change tour saw him busking in cities across Canada to raise money for individual charities based in each place he visitedRead More
  • LightsAuctioned off memorabilia to raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan relief, and current tour is raising money for child sponsorships with World VisionRead More
  • Meredith ShawHer annual Girls Who Believe event raises money for Girls, Inc., which supports young women in exploring nontraditional careers  Read More
  • Molly JohnsonDonating a percentage of sales from her latest album and merchandise toward Boys and Girls Clubs of CanadaRead More
  • Neil YoungLaunched his Honour the Treaties tour to fund the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation’s fight against the Athabasca oilsands and continues to hold his long-running Bridge School Benefit Concert annually Read More
    Happy voting and tell us in the comments who you hope to see take home some hardware on December 9th!

CBC Music Awards has announced categories and voting is open Now!

CBC Music has complied a list of Nominees based on you (the listener) ‘s suggestions. Head over to CBC Music to check out the list of nominees! There is an awesome slide show of graphics. There are is also a few related articles detailing the awards.

They have an easy to decipher list of steps to not only vote for your favourite artist in the many award categories up for grabs.

Ways you can show some of your most listened to artists some love on social media is by hash-tagging the award category. CBC music made it easy for us with this handy list!

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: #artist
Earworm of the Year Award for best song: #song
“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: #album
Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: #risingstar
Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: #liveshow
Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: #indie
Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: #video
Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: #fan
Heart of Gold Award: #heartofgold
Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: #international

Don’t forget to tag the artists, @CBCMusic and add a image for effect! Go vote for your favourite as the winners will be announced soon!

Music at the ‘Bux for November 19,20th 2014

Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

music at the bux, downtown – HERE
Live music 2 nights/week
Every Wed/Thurs night from 7-9pm*
always a free event

On Wed, Nov 19th , we’re very happy to welcome back
Denyse VanRhyn and Garth Amey with Will VanRhyn 🙂

WED – Denyse VanRhyn is a native of Kingston and is a graduate of Queens University. In 2007 she played the role of “Grizabella” in the musical production of “Cats” at the Wellington Street Theatre, and in 2008 she was “Gudule” in “Hunchback”. She also sang with Kingston Sweet Adelines for 13 years. Denyse is the lead singer in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with guitarist Garth Amey.
Garth Amey was born and raised in Kingston and attended K.C.V.I., St. Lawrence and Algonquin Colleges. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo. He also played bagpipes in the Rob Roy Pipe band for over 15 years. Garth currently plays guitar and sings in the classic rock/blues band “V.I.P.” and also performs in a duet with Denyse VanRhyn.
Will VanRhyn has played guitar with a number of bands and currently with ‘A Town of Caves’.

On Thurs, Nov 20th, we’re very happy to welcome back
The Caledonias, a Queen’s Univ all-female a cappella group.

THURS – The Caledonias is the only all-female a cappella group at Queen’s University. A tightly knit group of girls brought together by a love of music, we come from a wide range of faculties at Queen’s. We sing regularly on campus, as well in the Kingston community at events such as AMS club banquets, the December 6th Massacre Memorial, coffeehouses, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal Ceremony. Coming off our win at last year’s Inaugural Queen’s University Collegiate A Cappella Competition, we are excited for our 13th season of music making!

* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

Upcoming shows

Christian Whelan– Nov 26
Deborah Schuurmans-Nov 27
Pending – Dec 4 and 5
Kieran L’Abbe- Dec 11 tent
Pending – Dec 12
Irwin-Dec 18
Möbius-Dec 19
There will be no ‘music at the bux’ performances the week of Dec 22-28th, or Jan 1

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at
* Beginning in December, ‘music at the bux’ will move to Thurs/Friday evenings

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact series host, Bruce Kauffman, in the store on the nights of a music event, or email him at

A Sample of True North Records artists on Tour through Decemeber 2014.

True North Records Presents

Artists on tour in
November & December!

The Signal
30 Sep 2014

Elizabeth ShepherdElizabeth Shepherd ends 2014 with dates across Canada and the United States. Check out the dates below:

  • 11/15 – The Music Gallery, Toronto ON
  • 11/16 – Cliff Bell’s, Detroit MI
  • 11/17 – Rockwood Music Hall, New York City NY
  • 11/19 – Mundial, Montréal QC
  • 11/21 – TBA, Golden BC
  • 11/22 – Bragg Creek Performing Arts Centre, Bragg Creek AB
  • 11/27 – Brandon University, Brandon MB
  • 11/28 – TBA, Winnipeg MB
  • 11/29 – The Artesian, Regina, SK
  • 11/30 – The Theatre M.H. Public Library, Medicine Hat AB
  • 12/02 – The Arts Station, Fernie BC
  • 12/05 – Yardbird Suite, Edmonton AB
  • 12/06 – The Bassment, Saskatoon SK

04 Feb 2014

Matt AndersenMatt Andersen ends 2014 with dates in the United States and Eastern Canada. Check out the dates below:

  • 11/16 – The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield CT
  • 11/17 – The Iridium, New York City NY
  • 11/18 – The Space at Westbury, Westbury NY
  • 11/19 – State Theatre, New Brunswick NJ
  • 11/21 – Olympic Hall, Halifax NS
  • 11/22 – Olympic Hall, Halifax NS
  • 12/12 – McPherson Opera House, McPherson KS
  • 12/13 – The Mill, Iowa City IA
  • 12/15 – Union Street Cafe, Berwick NS
  • 12/16 – Union Street Cafe, Berwick NS
  • 12/18 – Descoste Centre, Pictou NS
  • 12/19 – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, Port Hawkesbury NS
  • 12/20 – Trade & Convention Centre, Membertou NS

04 Feb 2014

Del BarberDel Barber ends 2014 on a 21–date Australian tour. Check out the dates below:

  • 11/19 – The Melbourne Folk Club, Carlton VIC
  • 11/20 – Brighton Up Bar, Arlinghurst NSW
  • 11/21 – (QFF Inc.) Festival of Small Halls, Woodford QLD
  • 11/28 – Tumbulgum Hall, Tumbulgum NSW
  • 11/29 – Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Cafe, Hervey Bay QLD
  • 11/30 – Yeppoon Town Hall, Yeppoon QLD
  • 12/01 – Broadsound Centenary Hall, St. Lawrenece QLD
  • 12/02 – Sarina Bowls Club, Sarina QLD
  • 12/03 – Riverway Arts Centre, Thuringowa QLD
  • 12/04 – Carmila Memorial Hall, Carmila QLD
  • 12/05 – Degilbo Hall, Degilbo QLD
  • 12/06 – Mt Nebo Hall, Mt Nebo QLD
  • 12/11 – Beerwah Community Hall, Beerwah QLD
  • 12/12 – Walaville Hall, Wallaville QLD
  • 12/13 – Eumundi School of Arts, Eumundi QLD
  • 12/14 – Redland Performing Centre, Cleveland QLD
  • 12/17 – Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra QLD
  • 12/18 – Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, Mudgeeraba QLD
  • 12/19 – Bella Union, Carlton VIC
  • 12/20 – Moore Soldiers Memorial Hall, Moore QLD
  • 12/21 – Mt Mee Public Hall, Mt Mee QLD

Great Wall of China
14 Oct 2014

Canadian BrassCanadian Brass end 2014 with dates in Japan, Canada and the United States. Check out the dates below:

  • 11/15 – Aprico Great Hall, Tokyo JPN
  • 11/16 – Iichiko Cultural Center, Oita JPN
  • 11/18 – Residency at the University of Toronto ON
  • 11/28 – Holiday Concert, Marysville KS
  • 11/30 – South Bend, St. Marys IN
  • 12/03 – Holiday Performance in Kutztown, PA
  • 12/04 – Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square PA
  • 12/05 – Koerner Hall, Toronto ON
  • 12/06 – Holiday Performance in Newark, DE
  • 12/07 – Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge, CA
  • 12/10 – Holiday Performance in New Brunswick, NJ
  • 12/12 – Lied Center of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • 12/15 – Holiday Performance in Irvine, CA
  • 12/17 – Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
  • 12/18 – Holiday Concert, Englewood, NJ

Secret Broadcast create music video and get pulled over by the cops

Originally from Calgary, Secret Broadcast now call Toronto their home.  Opening for major Canadian acts such as,  Metric, Tokyo Police Club, The Stills and Matthew Good, playing main stage at Virgin Festival, showcasing at CMJ, NXNE, CMW, JunoFest and even playing a private party for Richard Branson. They’ve also been a mainstay on Canadian radio hitting top 40 on the Canadian rock, alternative and college radio charts.*

With the release of this new record, ‘Filthy Souls’, they have created a sound of their own that combines guitar-driven melodic rock songs with Brit-pop inspired sonic textures.  Bear witness and be prepared to be impressed and exhilarated when Secret Broadcast bring their Filthy Souls to a city near you*

This video had my attention from the beginning as filming while driving hasn’t been done to death-yet- and offered a challenge. But the fact that they used minimal electric support and the clarity and quality of both instrumentation and voice for the recording of the video was fantastic. This was an interesting video to watch, I kept my eye on the guitarist who seemed to have the hardest job of not losing his balance (standing slumped as he played) his band mates seemed to be in more stable positions, as the van made its way through the streets. Filming using Go Pro cameras, though not new, is well utilized in this video with an nice editing job done to present an interesting visual experience of each band members POV throughout the trip.

Ending the video with a cop car pulling them over, looks staged by the untrained eye. But lo and behold, this was an interesting coincidence that we unfortunately don’t get to see the ending of!

What do you think happened? would love to hear your thoughts!

* Taken from their BIO that can be found on their website here.

Check out their new single “Killin Time”  and video below!

Catch them live at two upcoming live shows here

Music unearths Significance in our Everyday

Emotional memory is very powerful and music seems to flow interconnected with it on many levels. How many times have you caught yourself saying, “this takes me back…” whether it be that school talent show where you and your best girlfriends sang “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls or you and your buds just nailed a cover of Blink 182 at your first band gig.

Or what about the time you had your first kiss, heartbreak or you score the winning run in the championship game; the pride as “We are the Champions” by Queen brings a smile to your face even years later. Creedence Clearwater Revival got me through my cousin’s death (his favourite band).

What is it about music that creates such an emotional tie to our core? For me I have a very emotional tie to music. It is how I measure certain memories, both failures and successes.

Transcending language, music is felt by all people regardless of socioeconomic status, race or religion. It embraces the lost, broken, silent and angry, with hopes of bringing them through their experiences, into a new understanding and with the ability to move forward with life. But what intrigues me most is the emotional power music has in certain situations. For example a general observation of a crowd at a metal show- energized and physically into the music- is very different from the silent awe of an audience at a classical symphony. The energy is electrically charged in both situations but very different.

With today being Remembrance Day, and upon hearing “Highway of Heroes” by award winning, talented Canadian artists, The Trews, I began thinking; Music is often used as an emotional expression of how we feel at a given moment. Sometimes when words fail to encompass the gravity or elated moment we were experiencing music is there to describe perfectly the exact message. Music seems to shape people, offer healing in times of tragedy or heartbreak. It is an unintentional time capsule of a memory only to be unlocked the next time you hear the opening notes of an iconic song.

To those who serve, past and present who gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may enjoy a life of freedom. We carry on your names as a reminder of not only your selfless act, but in remembrance and thanks.

Here’s hoping as your week is filled with music that it can bring back cherished memories and will create new ones as you venture out to experience life with all that it has to offer.

Music at the ‘Bux for November 3rd and 5th, 2014

Written by Bruce Kauffman

Located at the Starbucks on the corner of Princess & Sydenham Streets, 251 Princess, Kingston

music at the bux, downtown – Live music 2 nights/week
Usually every wed/thurs night from 7-9pm*
always a free event

On Wed, Nov 5th , we’re very happy to welcome back Phyllis Scully 🙂

There will be no Thursday night performance this week (Nov 6th), but in its place please see the event notice for Friday night’s performance at FRI, Nov 7th music at the bux downtown, featuring Michael Patterson with David Cheseborough in a Special Friday Night Performance,:)

WED – Phyllis Scully is 14 years old and in Grade 9 at Holy Cross. She is beginning her sixth year as a student of The Renaissance School of Music and has been performing publicly since she was 10. Her past venues include ‘benefits for the Children’s Wish Foundation’ (Kingston & Ottawa), the Easter Seals Foundation Telethon (both performed and was interviewed), and has also become a local fixture busking each Saturday and Sunday mornings in the markets at Kingston’s Market Square. Her musical influences and interests are varied … her set list will include both familiar tunes from the past mixed with songs from more contemporary artists.

FRI – Michael Patterson and David Chesebrough collaborate to present an eclectic mix of covers spanning several decades, and various genres. Their music reflects tastes of both classic and modern and their arrangements are intended to elicit both recognition and surprise – in a good way. Ultimately they play music in order to have fun, to share their enthusiasm for these tunes and they strive to do so while not taking themselves too seriously.

*occasionally a Wed or Thurs eve. event will be moved to Fri in a Special Friday Night Performance

Upcoming shows (a couple of Nov dates without a name below are only awaiting confirmation)

Phyillis Scully–Nov 5
No Thurs event, Nov 6- see Friday Nov 7 below
Michael Patterson & David Cheseborough-Fri. Nov7-In a special Fri Night performance
Paul Chaput – Nov 12
Tim Murphy-Nov 13
Pending – Nov 19
The Caledonias – Nov 20
Pending – Nov 26
Deborah Schuurmans -Nov 27

THIS IS A FREE EVENT. All events are pre-booked. Interested in playing, or know someone who is:- contact Bruce Kauffman, series host, in the store on nights of the event, or at 613-545-0775, or