Month: December 2014

David Myles releases video for Christmas Single, “Santa Never Brings me a Banjo

Halifax, NS – Fresh off his annual Singing For Supper tour, where $11,660 and tons of food was raised for New Brunswick food banks, David Myles has released a new animated music video to accompany his original song “Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo” from his album, It’s Christmas.
This video is a cheeky creative animated featuring David with his signature hair and his band mates, Alan Jeffries and Kyle Cunjak re-imagined as a cat and dog. This video will having you toe-tapping, smiling ear to ear from the first chord to the grand finale!
Producer Scott Simpson, art director veteran Murray Bain, and the gang at Copernicus Animation Studios in Halifax captured the essence of the song  with a playful video that will appeal to fans young and old. “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo” combines the clever lyricism David is known for and the traditional roots sound of a bluegrass song.  
Along with this new video, David is posting recipes and ring tones, creating Christmas cards and other fun features on his website daily, as part of the David Myles advent calendar. This is an exciting project, with a new surprise every day leading up to Christmas.
Check out the video for “Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo” and the advent calendar at
His advent calendar is full of amazing musical surprises! Stay tuned for a review of his hit Christmas CD- It’s Christmas and an interview, coming soon!



Music at the ‘Bux for December 18, 19th 2014

Written by Bruce Kauffman.

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

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

On Thurs, Dec 18th , we’re very happy to welcome back

THURS – Irwin plays flat-pick and finger-style folk and blues and some reggae on a well-loved 1976 Norman acoustic, story songs mostly: John Prine, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Jesse Winchester, Patty Griffin, and Bruces Springsteen and Cockburn, along with some Canadiana folk and the occasional version of a familiar pop tune – and may include a bit of holiday music as well.

NOTE – These will be the final performances of 2014. We will resume again Fri, Jan 2, 2015.

On Fri, Dec 19th, we’re very happy to welcome back

FRI– Möbius – Having performed here a couple of times as Paul&Cynth and now joining musical forces with Lindsay and now Shaun, Cynthia and Paul are excited to launch Möbius. Cynthia taught herself to play guitar in her 20’s and has recently found an outlet writing original lyrics and has been singing since she was in high school. Paul has played both solo and with a number of bands and has recorded a Christmas album, which can be downloaded for free on with all donations going to that listed in the description. Lyndsay played a number of instruments growing up but found her true calling in high school with the bass guitar where she was part of an all-girl alternative rock band. Trained in classical music as well, Shaun played music in high school bands, then later as a lead guitarist, bass player and singer/songwriter in bands such as Reno’s Hitmen and ianspotting with cd releases, and along with music production, he is currently drumming in two bands along with his other musical outfits.

Upcoming shows

There will be no ‘music at the bux’ performances the week of Dec 22-28th,
or Jan 1
Sean Patterson-Jan 2
Henry Rots-Jan 8
Deborah Schuurmans with Jaz-Jan 9
Robyn Sweet – Jan 15
Jenny Lapp and Evan Jackson-Jan 16
Kodie Rollan – Jan 22
Inna (7-8pm), Samantha Drover (8-9pm) – Jan 29
Tim Murphy- Feb 6
Andrew Mack and Rick Gravel-Feb12

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

CBC Music Award Winners Announced

CBC Music has announced the winners of the first annual CBC Music Awards.This years winners are well deserved! We were a bit disappointed some bands names weren’t mentioned, here’s hoping for next year!

Arcade Fire was the big winner in the fan-voted CBC Music Awards. The Montreal indie mainstays won two awards, amassing the most votes in the Earworm of the Year Award category for best song and Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show.

The CBC Music Awards are fans’ choice awards, where tens of thousands of nominations from listeners were used to create a long list of 20 artists in each of the 10 categories. That list was voted down to a short list of five, with subsequent voting deciding the eventual winners.

The categories were meant to reflect the fan’s musical experience, looking not only at great music, but great concerts and also ways musicians make extra effort like the Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement, which was won by Michael Bublé, and the Heart of Gold Award for charitable work, won by Jim Cuddy.

Fans named Celine Dion as artist of the year (Top of the Class Award), who had a monster year of touring and releasing a live album and a popular studio album before announcing she was putting her career on hold to care for her husband as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Serge Fiori, best known as a member of the hugely influential Quebec band Harmonium, won the “I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year by a huge margin for his first solo release since the folding of his iconic band.

Presenting the winners of the 2014 CBC Music Awards, as chosen by you:

Earworm of the Year Award for best song: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”

“I Left Home to Buy This” Award for album of the year: Serge Fiori, Serge Fiori

Proof You Heard Them First Award for rising star: The Strumbellas

Best Reason to Buy a Concert Ticket Award for best live show: Arcade Fire

Top of the Class Award for artist of the year: Celine Dion

Homegrown Hero Award for best independent artist: The Rural Alberta Advantage

Best Way to Spend Three Minutes on YouTube Award for best music video: July Talk, “Summer Dress”

Most Likely to Follow You Back Award for best fan engagement: Michael Bublé

Heart of Gold Award for charitable work: Jim Cuddy

Wish You Were Here Award for best international artist: Ed Sheeran

Check out tracks from all 2014 winners through the playlist below:



City and Colour release new single to raise awareness of Violence against Women.

Nowhere, Texas was recorded during the Hurray And The Harm sessions, but never made it onto the album. All profits from the song will be donated to the YWCA of Canada’s Rose Campaign as they work to reduce violence against women, increase public awareness and prevent violence before it starts.

The video description offers insight into the song and is posted below for your reading pleasure.

“Nowhere, Texas” is a new song for you but an old song for me. I recorded it during my session for The Hurry and The Harm. I knew as soon as I listened to it there was a better place for it than the album.

I’ve held on to it all this time and chosen to release it as a way to bring attention to something around us everyday: violence against women.

I wrote the song after watching a movie, Texas Killing Fields. I couldn’t shake the real story of a lonely road that became the final resting place of missing women. This song tells that story – but sadly this road does not stand alone. Places like this are everywhere.

This weekend marks the 25 year anniversary of the Montreal Massacre – the day 14 women were murdered and another 14 people were injured at the hands of a single gunman because they were women. December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

“nowhere, texas” will be available to purchase digitally on Friday, December 5 worldwide. All profits will be donated to the YWCA of Canada’s Rose Campaign as they work to reduce violence against women, increase public awareness and prevent violence before it starts.


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The Stanfields to Perform at Boston’s Tree Lighting December 05th, 2014

The Boston Common Christmas tree is an annual gift from the Province of Nova Scotia in gratitude for the assistance of the people of Boston in the aftermath of the devastating Halifax Explosion during the First World  War.

Nova Scotians are proud of this annual tradition that reflects the beauty of the province as well as the strong historical, cultural, and economic ties between the Province and the city of Boston. Nova Scotia’s favourite sons, The Stanfields, will represent the Province of Nova Scotia during the annual tree lighting broadcast on  December 4th, bringing their signature Rock & Roots sound to an estimated 20-thousand on Boston Common.

The Stanfields always promise and deliver a memorable show with their signature hard-rocking rhythms and edgy lyrics that leave no question why this band earned the 2013 East Coast Music Awards for Fan’s Choice Entertainers of the Year award and Group Recording of the Year for their album, Death & Taxes.

Watch the video for “Ship to Shore”

What the press has to say:

“Too many of these bands sound like Pogues wannabes, but that’s not where The Stanfields are coming from. They want to rock very hard, honour traditional East Coast music, and sing about being from a place with hard-working people, the ones they grew up with, and the ones in their audience.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC

“For King and Country is full of those tales we’ve heard so many times by so many balladeers, but The Stanfields breathe new life into the old husk of true folk, delving deep into the heart of things and spilling out all of the refuse that people do, so well, like to hide.” – Anthony Leclair, Guff Magazine

“Working Class Heroes.” [here] Magazine

Where: Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts

When: Thursday, December 4, 6:30-8:00pm

Links: Web:




@TheStanfields @TreeForBoston

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