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Canadian Music Week

Canadian Music Week 2010 is being held March 10-14, 2010 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Concurrently, these events are also being held:

Digital Music & Media Summit
The DMS discusses the business of content and traditional relationships between the media and end users.  Confirmed to speak are some of the biggest names in digital worldwide, including:

Rob Wells - Sr. VP Digital, Universal Music UK Limited
Michael Paull - EVP Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment
Angela Poe - Marketing & Social Media Manager, The Gary Group
Mark Ghuneim - CEO/Founder, WiredSet and Trendrr
Jay Frank - Sr. VP Music Strategy, CMT (An MTV Network)

plus representatives from some of the top digital companies in India - fast becoming the software powerhouse of the world.

Radio Active 2010 - The Canadian Radio Conference
Featuring two days of the finest Radio networking and education, this event is the ultimate venue for connecting with Radio as attendees interact one-on-one with hundreds of radio professionals - from station management and CEOs to program directors.

Panels include:

  • Media Monitors, Mediabase and GSelector - Connecting Your Music Scheduler To Your PPM Listeners
  • Radio Marketing Bureau
  • Jeffrey Hedquist: Time-Saving, Result-Getting, Money-Making, Writers' Block-Busting Radio Solutions

Executive Music Conference
Targeting Music & Media business professionals, this Conference is the official meeting ground for those who truly shape the music & broadcast industries, this forum of seminars, debates and keynote speakers from around the world focuses on burning issues facing professionals at every level of the entertainment biz. The Executive Music Conference attracts more that 2,000, over 70% VP/Director or higher.

Speakers and panels include:

  • The Managers Panel: Decisions, Decisions
  • How to Create Promotions that Drive Ratings When The Budget Dries Up
  • Mobile Panel: Reaching Fans Directly? There’s An App For That
  • The Fan Is Always Right - What Fans Know That Marketers Don't
  • Artist As Entrepreneur In A Digital Age
  • Live Music Methods with Tom Jackson
  • Celebrity Interview with Slash
  • CULLUMINATION!: Jamie Cullum Celebrity Interview & Exclusive Performance

TuneUP Conference
Right brain... meet your left brain. This conference is designed to help the creative talent - artists and recording professionals - hone their business skills and mesh them with their artistic muse. It’s a total-biz jam session as TuneUP 2010 offers the chance to interact with the pros from all sectors of the industry.

Songwriters' Summit 2010
Held on Saturday, this event puts attendees up close and personal with some of the world's most successful songwriters, composers, producers, publishers and international music business leaders, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give the know-how to take your music to the next level.

Panels and speakers include:

  • What’s the Future for Songwriters and Publishers? - Donald Passman Presentation
  • Songs In The Key Of Light: Placing Your Music In Film, Television & Advertising
  • Future Hit.DNA: How The Digital Revolution Is Changing Top 10 Songs - Jay Frank Presentation

Plus Keynote by Paul Williams, and Panel: The Kings Of Songwriting. Fellow panelists are:

Cindy Gomez - Singer/Songwriter
Dan Hill - Artist/Songwriter/Author
Don Schlitz - Songwriter, Nashville
Dave Stewart - Musician/Producer/Entrepreneur, First Artists Bank

CMW Film Festival
Several music-related films have their premieres at this event:

When You’re Strange, directed by Tom DiCillo, Canadian Premiere
Narrated by Johnny Depp, DiCillo’s film is an intimate look into the life and career of The Doors. Fresh interviews, vintage newsreels and hundreds of hours of rare, personal footage – much of which has never been seen before – brings viewers into the inner circle of one of rock’s most enigmatic and influential bands.

"Tom DiCillo's 'When You're Strange' is a meticulously crafted ode to one of music's greatest ensembles, The Doors. Watching the unreleased footage of Jim, John, Ray and Robby, I felt like I experienced it all through their eyes. Here, Jim has been resurrected to remind us that he remains one of the most significant poets to ever grace a stage, while the band behind him kept the music alive, adding fuel to an already raging ride into history.”  - Johnny Depp

Michelle Gun Elephant Thee Movie - Last Heaven 031011, directed by Shuichi Banba, North American Premiere
Thee Michelle Gun Elephant was one of the greatest bands, massive stars in their native Japan with their brand of punk blues. They filmed their final performance in 2003. Six years later, guitarist Futoshi Abe died suddenly, thus ending any possibility of a reunion. That final concert footage has been dusted off, remastered and cut into a touring film experience. It is the last chance for fans to see the band in action, and a final tribute to Abe.

Nowhere Boy, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, a Canadian Premiere.
Acclaimed photographer Sam Taylor-Wood could not have chosen a bigger subject for her feature film debut. Nowhere Boy depicts the early story of Beatles founder John Lennon, abandoned by his mother and struggling to find his place in the world. The film depicts key events that led this creative young man to pick up the guitar and form the world’s most beloved band.

Seperado!, directed by Dyl Jones and Gruff Rhys, International Premiere
The directorial debut from Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys is a blend of concert film, family history and anthropological study. Rhys tours the Welsh communities of South America to find a distant cousin.

Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee, directed by Shane Meadows, North American Premiere
BAFTA-winning director Meadows indulges his lighter side with his latest film, heavily improvised and shot as a mock-doc. Aspiring musician Le Donk is a sub-par roadie and expectant father whose former girlfriend wants nothing to do with him. His last ticket to the big time may be aspiring English rapper Scor-Zay-Zee, but only if Donk can get Scorze on the bill of the big Arctic Monkeys show.

Plus some vintage rock films:

Streets of Fire, directed by Walter Hill, depicts a world where rock stars are worshipped like gods and the streets are controlled by vicious gangs. A mercenary (Michael Pare) must act to free his rock star ex-girlfriend (Diane Lane) from the clutches of The Bombers, a motorcycle gang led by Willem Dafoe in one of the most charismatic roles of his career. Soundtrack includes original songs from Jim Steinman – he wrote Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell – and featuring The Blasters, Maria McKee, Ry Cooder and members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band.

Phantom of the Paradise, directed by Brian De Palma, is De Palma’s take on Phantom of the Opera as filtered through the lens of the 1970’s rock-opera, all coked up and full of 1970s glam swagger. Paul Williams, who plays the villainous Swan, composed and produced the entire soundtrack.

Naturally, the week includes the Music Fest, featuring hundreds of artists, among them:

Fucked Up
Bastard Child Death Cult
Black Swan Effect
Lifestory Monologue
Electric Six
Sweet Thing

Canadian Music Week is a feast of riches in all things music.

For more information, visit

Canadian Music Week
March 10-14, 2010

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street W
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival

The 4th Annual Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival is being held March 5-7, 2010 at Cornelia Street Café in New York City. The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, New York.

The Festival features new BJU members, trumpeter David Smith, drummer Rob Garcia and saxophonist Adam Kolker, in addition to original members, Alexis Cuadrado, Alan Ferber, Dan Pratt and Sunny Jain, leading their ensembles in performances of original music, including new works.

The lineup is:

Dave Smith Quartet w/ Jon Gordon (saxophone) Nate Radley (guitar), Gary Wang (bass), Jordan Perlson (drums)

Alexis Cuadrado - Quinteto Ibérico w/Jeremy Udden (saxophones), Brad Shepik (guitar), Dan Tepfer (piano), Richie Barshay (drums & percussion) Saturday,

Adam Kolker Trio w/ Ugonna Ukegwo (bass), Billy Mintz (drums)

Sunny Jain & TABOO w/ Donny McCaslin (tenor sax), Marc Cary (piano), Gary Wang (bass), Achyut Joshi (vocals)

Alan Ferber Nonet Performing music from his new Sunnyside Records CD, due out in April 2010

Dan Pratt Organ Quartet w/ Jared Gold (organ), Alan Ferber (trombone), Quincy Davis (drums). Performing music from their new Posi-Tone Records CD, Toe The Line due out in April 2010

For more information, go to

Brooklyn Jazz Underground Festival
March 5-7, 2010

Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street, NYC

Johnny Cash Festival at The Secret Theatre

The Johnny Cash Festival is being held March 6, 2010 at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City, New York. Casual and hardcore fans alike of the Man In Black have plenty to enjoy in this multimedia event:

From 7-8 p.m., author Antonino D'Ambrosio will do a book signing and live reading from his new biography, A Heartbeat and a Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears, complete with live musical accompaniment by members of the band Radio 4.

At 8 p.m. comes a screening of a new feature documentary, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, directed by Bestor Cram.

A live recreation of the entire Live At Folsom Prison album follows at 9:30 p.m., performed by The LIC Tennesee Three (Anthony Rizzo, Tim Luntzel & Dave Berger), featuring guest vocals by Jack Grace, Lee Ann Westover, Will Scott, Silbin Sandovar, Richard & Lesley Mazda, Jeneen Terrana, Brian Meece, Little Embers, Danel Verdugo, James Artache, Alice Texas, Artie Shupack and Thom Brown III.

A country BBQ is available, including ribs, burgers, pulled pork sliders, corn on the cob and potato salad.

Co-sponsors Gibson Guitars and Universal/Lost Highway are giving away 2 Maestro Guitars (Gibson) and free Johnny Cash albums (Lost Highway). All ticket holders will be entered into the raffle, which will take place in the evening.

For tickets and information see

Johnny Cash Festival
March 6, 2010

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY

American Songbook 2010

Lincoln Center presents its acclaimed series American Songbook 2010, running February 17 to 20, 2010, at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street in New York City. This is Lincoln Center’s 12th season celebrating the diversity of American popular song. The Allen Room possesses one of New York’s greatest settings – a stunning vista of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline that provides an evocative backdrop for the performers.

Leading the week’s series is Dee Dee Bridgewater: To Billie with Love - A Celebration of Lady Day. Dee Dee Bridgewater is American jazz royalty.  A two-time Grammy winner, she has sung in concert and in recordings with Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke and Dexter Gordon among other jazz giants. While some can hear Ella Fitzgerald, her greatest artistic inspiration, in the way she scats and swings, Bridgewater’s delivery of each lyric is uniquely her own. Equally successful in musicals, she won a Tony for The Wiz and an Olivier for Lady Day, along with critical acclaim for roles in Sophisticated Ladies and Cabaret. In this evening of song, Bridgewater will perform songs from her new CD, Eleanora Fagan (1917-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee.

The second night’s artist, Nellie McKay, is critically acclaimed for her genre-crossing compositions, brilliant wordplay and terrific melodies. She has made two critically acclaimed albums of original songs. For her new CD, McKay is doing something different: Normal as Blueberry Pie – A Tribute to Doris Day. The songs, which McKay produced and arranged as well as performed, are from the 1940s big band era through to Day’s later film career. McKay interprets a selection of songs drawn from more than 600 of Day’s recordings and finds the reservoirs of deep feeling behind the sunny smile.

The third night’s show is a radical change of pace with Dirty Projectors, who defies categorization even after six albums.  Described as everything from “New England soul music” to “completely strange and oddly familiar at the same time,” the Brooklyn-based band plays experimental rock that references everything from Congolese music to medieval antiphonal singing, synthesizing them into something altogether new.  The group is led by David Longstreth, whose soaring vocals are paired with intricate guitar work, tight harmonies and more than a dose of genius.

The final week’s show features the fabulous, unstoppable Leslie Uggams. As a child she opened for acts including Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington at the Apollo Theater, then appeared at age 15 on TV's Name That Tune, catching the eye of Mitch Miller. Impressed with her vocal ability, Miller put her on Sing Along with Mitch and she entered American pop culture history, becoming the first African-American to be a regular on a national, prime-time series. Uggams went on to Broadway, earning a Tony for Hallelujah, Baby! and accolades for her work in On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes and King Hedley II. She had her own musical variety show on CBS in 1970, was Emmy-nominated for her role as Kizzy in Roots, won an Emmy for her show Fantasy on NBC, and appeared in numerous feature films. Uggams tours the country appearing with major symphony orchestras and records in her splendid voice, most recently On My Way to You - The Songs of Marilyn and Alan Bergman.

Since it was launched in 1998, American Songbook has been dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary achievements of the popular American songwriter from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Spanning all styles and genres from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the eclecticism of today’s songwriters working in pop, cabaret, rock, folk and country, American Songbook traces the history and charts the course of the American song from its past and current forms to its future direction.

For further information, visit and click on American Songbook.

American Songbook 2010 - Week 3
February 17-20, 2010

Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street
New York City

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