Ray Bonneville's Song Family
I am a little over three quarters of the way into the recording of my ninth studio album. Still to go are some vocal and instrument overdubs, but more importantly the mixing, mastering, photography/artwork/design, manufacture, radio tracking and publicity campaigns. Given that the music industry is in serious upheaval these days, artists like me are feeling the need to rely on crowd funding campaigns to keep on the path we've been on for decades. Mine is called "Ray Bonneville's Song Family", and I am asking my friends and fans to help me to make this project successful. Here is some of my history and how I've come to think about this effort.
I grew up the second in a French speaking Quebecois family of nine kids with a very strict father and we moved around a lot. From a young age I was trying to get off on my own and ditch the heavy rules that were imposed on me. I was always off into the woods with a fishing pole or a sling-shot, and then later as a teenager in the Boston area with a guitar and a few chords. I really wanted to roam and find a place for myself in the music world.
James Keelaghan Heading West in April
Goitse Western Dates in March
Quartette has Two Northern Ontario Shows in February
Coming on the heels of their cross Canada Christmas tour, JMI's Quartette has a pair of shows in northern Ontario later this month. Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford will be making their way to Midland and Elliot Lake. Here is where you can catch them.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Part of Official
At the request of the office of the Governor General of Canada, the music group Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will perform for their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf And Queen Silvia during The Friends of Canada event at the famous VASA museum in Stockholm Sweden during the upcoming State visit by Governor General David Johnston. The event, which is being held on the 21st of February, 2017 will include presentations by Canadian artists including Cirque du Soleil.
The trio is humbled to have been chosen to represent Canada and excited for the opportunity to visit. "Sweden is one of the most progressive countries in the world for its social values and innovation and we are very pleased to play a small part in this State visit", says fiddler, Rowen Gallant. Ten Strings members, who are currently working on their royal etiquette, will also participate in outreach activities while in Stockholm.
The accolades and nominations just keep coming in for JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin. First came the Album of the Year in Penguin Eggs, in which they beat out the likes of Leonard Cohen and David Francey. There have also been a string of nominations for The Canadian Folk Music Awards, Music PEI (six nominations) and the upcoming East Coast Music Awards.
Recently we learned that the guys were nominated for Album of the Year at the Folk Alliance's International Folk Awards. What made this nomination particularly special, is that the award is international, meaning that out of all the folk albums produced around the globe last year, Auprès du poêle was one of five in the world to receive this nod.
This week, TSGS received still another major award nomination when it was revealed that they are in the running for the Juno Awards this year for Traditional Roots Album.
The group is so busy they barely have time to think about all of these nominations, with plans to tour North America, Europe and Australia in the coming year. JMI congratulates them and wishes them well in all their endeavours.
We are excited to announce our second tour of Western Canada with Compass Records Recording artist, Claire Lynch. Last time through pretty much all of her shows were sold out, so we are anticipating strong interest in this tour. Claire was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, her third one! You can read about it here. The tour will run from September 27 - October 14, 2018.
|Watch Claire perform live
Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018
It's already been a couple of years since Ray Bonneville played most of the markets in Central and Western Canada, so we are really looking forward to this one. Increased international touring sees Ray having less and less time to get back home to Canada. This time around Ray will be accompanied by his old band mate, Richie Lawrence on piano, so look for a fresh new angle for the material. This tour will commence in early March of 2018, starting on the west coast and moving east across the prairies and into central Canada.
|Watch Ray and Richie performing
live on YouTube
Honestly, it is hard to overstate exactly who Shane Howard is to Australia. Think Bruce Cockburn to Canada, Pete Seeger to America, and you will be on the right track. Shane was the first Australian musician to champion the issue of aboriginal land rights, and his landmark song on the issue, Solid Rock, has become like a second national anthem in his native country. Recently awarded the prestigious Order of Australia, Shane has spent his life championing aboriginal and environmental causes. He has also sold millions of records and toured with Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and many other superstars.
This tour will feature a young aboriginal Australian sideman, TBA, and will be perfect for medium sized theatres interested in world music, and also for folk clubs. Shane is a consummate performer and a joy to work with. He will tour western Canada in February 2018 and we already have a block of dates in the far north (Feb 4/13), so we are ready to sign contracts. However, the month of February is wide open so we are available for dates pretty much anywhere in Canada.
|Shane on YouTube|
JMI is very pleased to announce that Quartette will tour their Christmas show across Atlantic Canada from December 9 - 17 inclusive, 2017. We have been touring this show across Ontario and western Canada for the past three years, with virtually all the shows being sold out or very close to sold out. Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford combine incredible harmonies with Christmas material that is truly reverent. A Great show for the holiday season.
Offers are already coming in for this tour, which was announced earlier this week.
Red House Recording artist and Juno Award-winner Ray Bonneville is busier today than he has ever been, constantly touring in North America, Europe and Australia. He recently told JMI that Jennifer Warnes has recorded his song, I Am The Big Easy, about New Orleans.
Ray will tour western and central Canada in March of 2018, starting on the west coast and working his way east. This time around, Ray will be traveling with his old bandmate, Richie Lawrence on piano. Watch them performing live here on Youtube. This will mark Ray's first tour in most of these markets in three years, so the timing is perfect. We will start work on this tour early in 2016 but you can let us know now if you would like to put a hold on a date.
JMI is very pleased to announced that Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch will tour Quebec and Ontario November 9 - 19, 2017. The Nashville-based bluegrass artist has just been nominated for the Bluegrass Album of the Year Grammy. This is her third Grammy nomination and her past awards are too numerous to mention here but include six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. She has also collaborated with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt and Bela Fleck, to name just a few.
Her most recent recording, North by South, is a collection of songs all written by Canadians and has been charting high on both sides of the border. Claire's previous JMI tours of Atlantic and western Canada have been very successful with virtually all of the dates being sold out.
This is a short tour, so please let us know if you would like a date.
Watch Claire Lynch live in concert on YouTube.
December 6th, 2016 – Nashville, TN –– Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch received a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Bluegrass Album of the Year for her release NORTH BY SOUTH for the 59th Annual GRAMMY awards.
This is Claire's 3rd Grammy nomination and adds to a long list of career acolades that include multiple wins for International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year as well as the prestigious USA Artists Fellowship in music. Long considered a singer's singer, Claire Lynch's resume boasts collaborations with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Rondstadt who described her as a "rare talent" with the voice "of an angel".
NORTH BY SOUTH is the product of a love for Canadian songs and of the love that developed between Claire and her Canadian fan (whom she married in 2014). The songs Claire selected for the project are an exquisite sampling of the rich tradition of Canadian songwriting and, as Lynch remarks,: "it's a collection that only touches the tip of the iceberg".
The album includes stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind" with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's J.P. Cormier. Lynch also delivers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles ("Black Flowers"), Dave Francey ("Empty Train"), Gordon Lightfoot ("It's Worth Believing") and Bruce Cockburn ("All the Diamonds in the World").
Talking about her role as the album's producer Alison Brown said: "Claire Lynch is a consummate artist and one of bluegrass music's greatest treasures. Having the chance to work with her in the studio was an incredible privilege for me and I'm so thrilled to see her get this recognition from the Recording Academy."
Claire's mother also had a strong affinity for Canada. She explains: "Mom always said things from Canada were just a little bit better. As a New Yorker transplanted to the South, I grew up knowing there was little that separated me from newfound friends. The same is true of this album: roots and branches don't recognize borders. I want to thank the songwriters and musicians on either side of that imaginary line whose cross-pollination brought this project to fruition. I think Mom would agree this collection took "a little bit better" to a whole new level."
Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada's premiere Folk Roots and World Music magazine considered to be the voice of Canadian folk music, has established Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album AUPRÈS DU POÊLE as the critiques choice for 2016.
40 industry jurors, representing members of the media, folk clubs and festival artistic directors, from across Canada chose the album. "We are truly humbled by this news and are amazed to think that we'd receive such a fantastic acknowledgment." says the group's percussionist, Caleb Gallant. On behalf of the band, he wishes to thank all those who made the album possible including their friend and producer Leonard Podolak, sound engineer Mark Busic, cover artist Karen Gallant and musician friends, the Duhks and Les Poule Au Colin, who guested on the album.
It's been an amazing year and ride for the members Ten Strings And A Goat Skin who continue to receive national and international
awards and accolades, notably, receiving 4 nominations for the
Canadian Folk Music Awards being held today in Toronto.
Quartette's Christmas shows have always been poplar, and indeed, continue to sell out in many markets. This year the ladies will be doing dates in Ontario as well as western Canada. Audiences can expect the same trademark harmonies and reverence for the season as in past Christmas shows, drawing mostly from their two Christmas recordings.
Here is where you can catch the ladies in December:
|Dec 06||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
|Dec 07||Oliver||BC||Frank Venables Theatre|
|Dec 08||Daysland||AB||Daysland Palace Theatre|
|Dec 09||Cochrane||AB||St. Andrew’s Church|
|Dec 10||Turner Valley||AB||Flare & Derrick Community Hall|
|Dec 11||Pinawa||MB||Pinawa Community Centre|
|Dec 15||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Dec 16||Brampton||ON||Rose Theatre Studio|
|Dec 17||Orillia||ON||Orillia Opera House|
|Dec 18||Owen Sound||ON||Roxy Theatre|
|Dec 19||Oshawa||ON||Regent Theatre|
|Dec 21||Kingston||ON||Grand Theatre|
|Dec 22||Ottawa||ON||Centrepointe Theatre|
JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has been very busy touring in America and Europe over the past few months, but will make time for their first theatre and folk club tour of western Canada in November (2016). With their current CD, Auprès du poêle, charting well in North America and Europe, and with their four CFMA nominations leading the pack for this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, the guys are on a steep trajectory with no signs of slowing down.
Here's where you can catch them next month:
Prince Edward Island's traditional world/folk/fusion music trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, has been singled out by Songlines Magazine (UK) for its "Top of the World" top 10 list in the magazine's October 2016 issue. Considered one of the most respected world music publications, Songlines lists Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's new album, AUPRÈS DU POÊLE at number 5 of its October issue. The list, which also features 5 additional track picks from the iconic Quincy Jones, is also presented in a CD attached to the magazine and mailed out to its over 20,000 subscribers. In addition to the magazine listing and feature review of the album, and as part of Songlines partnership with British Airways, the airline will be including the Top of the World and celebrity playlist selections in their in-flight audio entertainment channel for the month of November. This reach extends to a potential global audience of 1.1 million. Group member Rowen Gallant, grateful for the acknowledgement, stated, "We're so thrilled that British Airways is deciding to include new music from young bands like ours on their flights."
The trio has seen numerous and excellent reviews for its new album including a further feature in Canada's preeminent Folk magazine Penguin Eggs for the month of October.
After a very busy summer season the group will continue touring returning to France and western Canada this fall.
For more information please go to tenstringsandagoatskin.com
At JMI we pride ourselves in searching the world for the very finest roots artists. This year we received some 600 solicitations from artists from every corner of the globe looking for representation for the coming season, and we signed one, Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith.
I saw the seven piece Jonah Blacksmith for the first time at fabled Tønder Festival in Denmark this past August, and about 60 seconds into the first song, I knew I wanted to sign them. Their harmonies, their groove, the songwriting put me in mind of The Band. Although they are distinctly Danish, they also have a universal sound that could be described as Americana. Powerful stories are told through brilliant songwriting, featuring beautiful, soulful harmonies. This is a group ready to take the North American folk scene by storm, but also a group that poised to appeal to a much wider audience that just the folk and roots crowd.
Jonah Blacksmith will be touring Canada in July of 2017 and are already being courted by some of the biggest festivals in in the country. The Canadian delegation at Tønder were unanimous in their assessment of this band – all the presenters who saw them want to host them as soon as possible.
Their current CD, Northern Trail, is a showcase of a multi-talented group on the verge of something big. Their Danish single, Off the Track, was produced by the Grammy Awarding winning Tchad Blake, whose credits include Robert Plant, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, and Sheryl Crow, to name but a few.
Borealis Recording artist, James Keelaghan will be touring western Canada in April of 2017, but a private event in October has allowed us to do a handful of public shows for people who could not make April work. You can catch James here in October:
|Oct 25||Kelowna||BC||Private event|
|Oct 28||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Oct 29||Calgary||AB||Crescent Heights Community Hall|
And don't miss James at the Stan Rogers tribute show at Hugh's Room in Toronto on November 18th, which will feature a number of great Canadian folk artists!
New York based bluesman Guy Davis toured western Canada in April, but he is headed back this fall for a short run of dates in Alberta and BC, touring his brilliant new recording, Kokomo Kid. Guy will be performing solo and here is where you can catch him.
|Oct 01||Calgary||AB||Crescent Heights Community Hall|
|Oct 02||Banff||AB||Margaret Greenham Theatre|
|Oct 04||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Oct 06||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi will undertake their first Canadian theatre tour in four years when they cross the country in March of 2018. The a cappella group has sold out theatres from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all the way to the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
One of the easiest world music groups to produce, their tech consists entirely of five wireless mics, which means that they can play huge concert halls, small theatres and virtually everything in between. A typical show will feature at least two costume changes and continuous dancing, including the spectacular gumboot dance.
The tour will start in Atlantic Canada and proceed onto Quebec and Ontario, finishing up on the west coast. The entire month of March is set aside for this tour.
This summer England's incredible Moulettes performed at 11 major festivals from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, astounding audiences with their mix of folk, pop and progressive rock. Think Pentangle, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd… Moulettes will tour from Quebec to BC October 4 - 22, 2017. Offers have been coming in even before the tour has been announced, so please let us know if you would like a date.
Live Studio Version
The Young'Uns have played just about every major folk festival in the UK, Europe and Australia, and they hit a few Canadian ones this summer as well, selling hundreds of CDs at each event. They are funny, they are political, they are great writers, and boy, can these guys sing. They are also winners of the BBC2 Folk Awards, Best Group two years in a row. As in the case of Moulettes, we have been getting offers for The Young'Uns before even announcing a tour so let us know if you want a date. They will tour western Canada November 3 - 26, 2017.
You Won't Find Me
on Benefits Street
After three and a half decades at the forefront of British folkrock, Oysterband have earned their status as legends. The most incredible thing about them though, is not that they still sound as good as they ever have, but that they are also writing the best material they have ever produced. Oysters3 is an acoustic trio comprising of founding members Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, and John Jones. This is all the fun with only a fraction of the production and hospitality. Oysterband has been headlining major western festivals for years and selling out western theatres to boot.
It is always something of an event when we bring The Strawbs over to tour Canada. We have had people come from as far away as England, Iraq, South America and all points in the USA not only to see them perform in Canada, but at times, to follow them around like Deadheads.
The Strawbs will be touring Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes in October. This will be the first tour in two years, and once again we will be touring Acoustic Strawbs, compromising of Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, all members from the band's golden period, when they were headlining venues like the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
More than 40 years on the road and the guy are still going strong and sound as good as they ever did. Here is where you can catch them in October.
|Oct 02||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Oct 03||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 04||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 05||Oakville||ON||Oakville Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 06||Kitchener||ON||Registry Theatre|
|Oct 07||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter’s Place|
|Oct 09||Wentworth-Nord||QC||Private performance|
|Oct 11||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Oct 13||Saint John||NB||Steamers|
|Oct 14||Pictou||NS||The Decoste Centre|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi is a favourite with Canadian audiences, having performed hundreds of shows from coast to coast and even into the far north. This summer they will be performing dates in BC and Alberta, including the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Here is when and where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 30||Lake Country||BC||Creekside Theatre|
|Jul 31||Chemainus||BC||Chemainus United Church|
|Aug 03||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Aug 5-7||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 12-14||Grande Prairie||AB||Bear Creek Music Festival|
England's Young'Uns is a three man group from England who have performed at virtually all of the major festivals in both Europe and the UK. This year, they won they won Best Group for the second year in a row at the BBC2 Folk Awards in London. The group features stunning three part harmonies and fantastic issue-oriented songwriting in the tradition of Billy Bragg. We are very excited that they were able to find a window this summer to come to Canada and will kick off a western tour this weekend in Vancouver. Here is where you can catch them.
|Jul 15-16||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|Jul 16-17||Harrison||BC||Harrison Festival of the Arts|
|Jul 19||Trail||BC||Gyro Park|
|Jul 21-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
|Jul 27||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 30-Aug 01||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
It wasn't terribly formal, but it was a great compliment nonetheless. CBC's Tom Power today tweeted that Moulettes was the best thing he saw at this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival. Considering Tom's reputation for knowing good music, coupled with the sheer size of Winnipeg (biggest folk festival in the country), we were delighted to see this affirming tweet. There was a lot of great talent at the festival this year. Thank you Tom, and well done Moulettes!
The longer Vishtèn stays at it, the busier they become, it would seem. In recent years they have added Australia to Europe and North America as markets they frequent. These days they are rarely off the road. One of the highlights of this summer will be performing at the fabled Philadelphia Folk Festival. Here is where you can catch them in North America over the summer months.
|July 10||Almonte||ON||Almonte CeltFest|
|July 17||Rollo Bay||PEI||Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival|
|July 23||Toronto||ON||Harbourfront Centre|
|July 24-29||St-Come||QC||Camp Violin Trad Quebec|
|July 30-31||Saint-Charles-Barrome||QC||Festival Memoire et Racines|
|Aug 01-04||Goderich||ON||Goderich College (Workshops)|
|Aug 05-07||Goderich||ON||Goderich Celtic Festival|
|Aug 13-14||Mont-Carmel||PEI||Atlantic Fiddler’s Jamboree|
|Aug 17||Dieppe||NB||Mecredi Show Dieppe|
|Aug 19||Lowel||MA||Roots & Branches Festival|
|Aug 20-21||Philadelphia||PA||Philadelphia Folk Festival|
|Aug 25||Boothbay Harbour||ME||Opera House at Boothbay Harbour|
|Aug 26-28||Bangor||ME||American Folk Festival|
|Aug 30||Farmington||ME||Old South Church|
|Sep 02||Great Barrington||MA||Guthrie Centre|
|Sep 04||Randolf||VT||New World Festival|
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have released their first video Coal Not Dole from their newly released album Auprès Du Poêle. The video highlights an anthem penned by Kay Sutcliffe from the UK during the miners’ strike in Britain during the early 1980s. Struck by the power of the piece, as well as its universal theme in trying times for so many in the workplace, the group felt strongly about putting it on their new album.
Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy- and Juno-winning eclectic roots favourites The Duhks, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have pushed their music into new territory in this video with Coal Not Dole, adding only a B3 and crazed pump organ and taut vocal harmonies for a rich and infectious sound that highlights a call for change.
|After returning from a recent three week tour of Europe and a very successful album launch, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin head off across Canada and then back to Europe and the USA for a very busy festival season. A video link is provided here. For more information on the group please go to www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com|
Nashville bluegrass star Claire Lynch is headed for Nova Scotia and PEI. The Grammy nominated singer songwriter is playing The Stan Rogers Folk Festival for the first time, and will be performing a couple of dates in Nova Scotia and PEI when she is in the neighbourhood. Here is where you can catch her next week:
|June 28||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Café|
|June 30||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|July 2-3||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
To say that Sylvia Tyson is a legend is to state the obvious. Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian & Sylvia produced 13 albums and toured extensively through North American and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, The Band and Janis Joplin. Her many accomplishments include membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and prestigious Order of Canada.
Sylvia has been covered by many artists over the years, including the smash hit Crystal Gayle had with River Road. We have just learned that two of music's great legends, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin has covered You Were On My Mind on the newly released CD, Colvin & Earle.
You can read about the new recording here, in the London Guardian.
Watch for Sylvia to tour central Canada next year, details TBA
PEI's powerhouse trad trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have been touring steadily all year, mostly in Europe and America, where they continue to sell out nearly all of their shows. The guys have a very busy summer coming up with dates all over Canada, the USA and Europe. Here is where you can catch them in Canada this summer:
|Jun 30||Charlottetown||PE||The Old Triangle – CD Release|
|Jul 02||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Jul 03||Souris||PE||Souris Show Hall|
|Jul 07||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room (with Moulettes)|
|Jul 08||Almonte||ON||Almonte Celtfest|
|Jul 09-10||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 13||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 15-17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 22||Summerside||PE||Summerside Lobster Festival|
|Aug 04||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Aug 06||Moncton||NB||Tide & Boar|
|Aug 07||Digby||NS||Festival Acadien de Clare|
|Aug 13||Georgetown||PE||Cloggeroo Festival|
|Aug 14||Caraquet||NB||Festival Acadie de Caraquet|
|Aug 15*||Fredericton||NB||Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne|
|Aug 15*||Miramichi||NB||Waterford Green Park|
|Aug 16||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Café|
|Sep 22-25||Wolfville||NS||Deep Roots Festival|
|Sep 26||Charlottetown||PE||Showcase PEI|
|Oct 12||Rimouski||QC||Showcase Roseq|
*Two shows on August 15, in Fredericton and Miramichi, NB
The guys will also be touring western Canada in November, details TBA. For a list of all their dates, including America and Europe, please click here.
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Toronto, Canada – May 31, 2016 - TableRock Media, is pleased to announce award-winning music executive Bernie Finkelstein has joined their Board of Directors. The international music industry icon will be instrumental to developing brand partnerships as TableRock Media gears up to launch their first APP-based content streaming service focused on Guitars later this year.
Bernie Finkelstein has been awarded the Order Of Canada and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, was elected to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and received both the SOCAN and Walt Grealis Special Achievement Awards. He has been influential in shaping the music industry as an active board member with the Ontario Film Development Corporation, SOCAN Foundation, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) now known as CIMA and the Canadian Association Of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The founder of True North Records, Bernie and has been one of the leading figures in both the Canadian and worldwide music industry working with recording artists that include Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill, Rough Trade, Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Randy Bachman. His illustrious career at True North Records includes 40 Juno Awards and 40 gold and platinum records. His memoir True North: A Life In The Music Business was released in 2012 with McClelland & Stewart.
"Bernie's well-respected career as a leader in the music industry will be invaluable to our Board of Directors and executive team as we get ready to launch our first App-based streaming service focused on Guitars later this year," said Jeffrey Elliott, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TableRock Media. "His substantial knowledge and expertise will play a significant role in the creation of original, premium content and member experiences."
"Over the last few years, general entertainment streaming services have seen tremendous growth and TableRock Media's vision to offer niche content to passionate audiences is truly next generation thinking," said Bernie Finkelstein, President, Finkelstein Management. "I am thrilled to be part of such a visionary media company that truly appreciates people want authentic and credible content to fuel their passions."
TableRock Media will launch a series of APP-based streaming services focused on key genres including Guitars, Motorcycles and Aviation, all hyper-niche content for passionate enthusiasts. Launching with a Guitar-focused channel later this year, global audiences will have access to premium content, with original documentaries, films and hosted series featuring a combination of original productions and acquired programming. The subscription-based APP will go beyond the screen giving members' access to exclusive events, engagement through social media and forums to build a community around people who are passionate about all things guitar.
TableRock Media is co-founded by Jeffrey Elliott, former founder and CEO of GlassBOX Television, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Arcuri, former CFO at GlassBOX Television and President of AOL Canada and Chief Creative Officer David Hatch, founder of Whistlestop Productions. The TableRock Media Board of Directors is chaired by Ken Murphy, co-founder of High Fidelity, HDTV and former President and General Manager at Discovery Channel (Canada). Henry Eaton, President of Eaton Ventures, Francis MacDougall, Founder of GestureTek and Bernie Finkelstein, President of Finkelstein Management complete the TableRock Media Board of Directors.
The Guitar Channel subscription-based, streaming service APP will be available through Apple and Android devices, set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms when launched for a global audience late 2016.
There is always a good buzz when Oysterband comes to Canada, with excited fans emailing us to find out if the guys will be playing in their town. Demand is such in the UK and Europe that we have a hard time getting dates for this legendary English group, but we did manage to secure three weeks in July. This run will see them playing some of the biggest festivals in western Canada – here's where they will be:
|Jul 8-10||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 13||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place Theatre|
|Jul 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 15-17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 18-21||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival - teaching workshops|
|Jul 22||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|Jul 23-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
"If at the end of the year the BBC contact me (as they do) and ask me to name my gig of the year (as they do) Goitse at The Dunamaise Theatre would be a country mile ahead of anything I've seen this past five years."
• A Grammy Nod for Guy Davis! (November 30, 2017)
• Martin Simpson to Tour Canada in October 2019 (November 29, 2017)
• Quartette Christmas Coming to the Maritimes (November 15, 2017)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Touring Central Canada (November 11, 2017)
• Vishtèn Touring Western Canada This Month (November 8, 2017)
• The Young'Uns to Tour Canada in November (October 31, 2017)
• Tony McManus Headed for Western Canada (October 1, 2017)
• England's Moulettes Touring Canada in October (September 23, 2017)
• JMI Signs Wales' Calan! (September 22, 2017)
• Guy Davis to Tour Canada in October/November (September 18, 2017)
• Claire Lynch Returning to Maritimes in October (September 13, 2017)
• Two JMI Artists Included in the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time (July 26, 2017)
• JMI Signs England's The Transports (July 25, 2017)
• Sylvia Tyson and Cowboy Junkies to Headline Kingsville Music Festival (July 17, 2017)
• JMI signs Austin's Band of Heathens (June 27, 2017)
• Claire Lynch US and Canadian Summer Dates (June 26, 2017)
• Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in 2018 (June 26, 2017)
• Moulettes Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)
• Young'Uns Canadian and Overseas Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)
• England's "Best Folk Group" to Tour Eastern Canada (June 20, 2017)
• Black Umfolosi Touring Canada in July (June 19, 2017)
• Ireland's The Henry Girls to make the Canadian Debut (June 19, 2017)
• From PEI to New Zealand – Vishten's Busy Summer & Fall (June 19, 2017)
• Guy Davis' Very Busy Summer (June 12, 2017)
• James Keelaghan's Summer Schedule (June 12, 2017)
• Jonah Blacksmith to Perform in Western Canada in July (June 10, 2017)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's Busy Summer (May 30, 2017)
• Ray Bonneville's Song Family (May 17, 2017)
• James Keelaghan Heading West in April (March 19, 2017)
• Goitse Western Dates in March (February 22, 2017)
• Quartette has Two Northern Ontario Shows in February (February 15, 2017)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Part of Official State Visit to the Kingdom of Sweden (February 13, 2017)
• Two Major Award Nominations for Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (February 11, 2017)
• Three New Central and Western Canada Tours from JMI! (January 25, 2017)
• Quartette Christmas to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017 (January 23, 2017)
• Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018 (December 20, 2016)
• Triple Grammy Award Nominee Claire Lynch to Tour Central Canada Next Fall (December 14, 2016)
• Grammy Nomination for JMI's Claire Lynch (December 6, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Awarded Album of The Year With Penguin Eggs Magazine (December 5, 2016)
• Quartette Christmas Set to Tour Ontario and Western Canada (October 30, 2016)
• Coig Christmas to Tour the Maritimes (October 22, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Headed West in November (October 15, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Flying On Top Of The World (October 14, 2016)
• JMI Signs Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith (October 3, 2016)
• James Keelaghan in Alberta & BC in October (September 25, 2016)
• Guy Davis Returns to Western Canada in October (September 24, 2016)
• Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in February 2018 (September 24, 2016)
• Three Fantastic New Tours! (August 26, 2016)
• Strawbs to Tour Central and Eastern Canada in the Fall (August 15, 2016)
• Black Umfolosi Coming to Alberta and BC (July 22, 2016)
• Young'uns Are Headed to Canada (July 13, 2016)
• CBC's Tom Power Picks Moulettes as Best Act at Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 12, 2016)
• Vishtèn has Busy Summer in Canada and America (July 9, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s New Video Pays Homage to the Worker (July 9, 2016)
• Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes (June 22, 2016)
• Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson (June 22, 2016
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer (June 22, 2016)
• The British Are Coming! (June 22, 2016)
• Còig to Spend most of July in Ontario (June 13, 2016)
• Oysterband Coming to Canada in July (June 9, 2016)
• Dublin's Irish Music Magazine Gives High Praise to Goitse (June 7, 2016)
See News page for more JMI news.