Author: Jeff Jones

Vannelli comes home to Canada

Longtime Canadian pop/rock star, Gino Vannelli, was born in Montreal some 66 years ago. Most would be looking to retire at his age, but Vannelli is looking to keep performing for many years to come. His philosophy simply won’t allow it. “Change is not scary,” he says.  “It’s not limiting or intimidating. It can help you expand.” For a singer in his fifth decade as a professional performer, that seems like the right attitude to keep one going. Vannelli brings his band to the Rose Theatre on Oct. 2. What does it take to maintain a career in music?...

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The CMEntertainment awards return to Brampton for a sixth year

On Sept. 23, at the Rose Theatre, the Caribbean Music and Entertainment (CME) awards return to Brampton for their sixth year. As usual, it will be a showcase of the very best in reggae, soca/calypso, zouk, Latin music, chutney, theatre, steel pan and comedy in Canada. Many award shows are thought of as politely stoic or even boring events. The CME awards strive to be different. With an impressive list of performers from Canada and the Caribbean performing in as many different genres as there are awards themselves, an entertaining evening of music and dancing is sure to be...

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Jazz Fest returns to downtown Brampton

Following the success of the inaugural festival in 2017, the non-profit company B-Jazzed returns to downtown Brampton on Sept. 7 and 8 with the second annual World of Jazz Festival “The word “jazz” has been interpreted and defined in many different ways over the last century and a lot of that has been due to multicultural influences on the music due to its dissemination all over the world,” explains B-Jazzed co-founder and artistic director Carmen Spada. “That is what we have built our festival on, especially here in Brampton, where multiculturalism is the fabric of our city.” This year,...

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Mickey and Judy put on a show at the Rose

“I got a call from a childhood therapist’s office,” begins Michael Hughes, as he explains how his largely biographical cabaret, Mickey & Judy, came to be. The therapist was doing a study of patient progress as adults. Michael didn’t have many memories of the therapist because he was only three and four years old when he visited. “They sent me the therapists notes from my sessions, though,” he continues. “And they were hysterical. I immediately had nothing but stories to tell my friends.” Michael, already a professional actor and singer at this point, almost immediately faced pressure from his...

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Birds of Bellwoods take flight at Garden Square

The Birds of Bellwoods have wasted little time making a mark on the Canadian music scene. The band, has amassed an impressive pile of achievements and accolades in a few short years, including many awards and appearances at major festivals, on the back of their boisterous blend of musical styles. “I would describe it more as alt-rock, with an anthemic folk-pop twist,” says lead singer, Stephen Joffe. The band brings their musical blend to Garden Square in Brampton at Friday Night Live on Aug. 31. As loud and intent as they are onstage, the band’s origin was unexpected. A...

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