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"Best Tribute Act (Jethro Tull) - Niagara Music Awards 2008"

Niagara Falls Review-3/26/08

First-ever Niagara Music Awards hit a high note
Winners of the first annual Niagara Music Awards, held Tuesday night at the Niagara Centre for the Performing Arts:

Original Song of the Year – “Sober State of Fame,” The Street Pharmacy

Entertainer of the Year – Pink Floyd Niagara

Group of the Year – Oliver Black

Original Band of the Year – The Broken Lyre

Songwriter of the Year – Jagger Cook

Album of the Year – “All Our Hands Are Dirty,” Jagger Cook

Female Vocalist of the Year – Serena Pruyn, Oliver Black

Male Vocalist of the year – Wainwright

Rock Group of the year – Guv’Nor Generals

Metal Group of the Year – MDM (Modern Digital Militia)

Country Band of the Year – Angela Siracusa

Music Video of the Year – Soren Carter

Tribute Act of the Year – Oracle (tribute to Jethro Tull)

Bar Band of the Year – Sukkapunch

Dance Recording of the Year – MDM (Modern Digital Militia)

Blues Band of the Year – Niagara Rhythm Section

World Group of the Year – Crooked Trail Band

Theatrical Performance of the Year – Vicky Vlassis Radulovich

Recording Engineer of the Year – Dean Malton for the Toasted Western Swing Band

Jazz Group of the Year – The Groove Associates

Children’s Group of the Year – The Smudge Fundaes

Instrumental of the Year – Nathan Chamberland

Peoples Choice Award – The Street Pharmacy

Special Achievement Award – Honeymoon Suite

First-ever Niagara Music Awards hit a high note
Posted By JOHN LAW
Posted 18 hours ago
Niagara’s music community was loud, proud and throwing itself a party Tuesday.
The first-ever Niagara Music Awards is in the books a winner, thanks to a surprisingly polished show at the Niagara Centre for the Performing Arts. “I don’t think a lot of people expected what they saw here tonight,” raved show coordinator Morgan Whelan about the energetic, two-hour bash. “They probably thought, well, it’s a local music awards show – it’s gonna be cheesy, it’s gonna be boring.”
Far from it. Where else could you see Canadian Polka King Walter Ostanek mingling with Niagara metalheads Flatlined?
It was that kind of night. Fashion ranged from leather jackets and sneakers to posh gowns and three-piece suits. The live music went from flashy rapper Just Isaac to blues pillar Jack De Keyzer.
The awards themselves seemed secondary to the good vibes and cheerleading all night.
“I’m in shock right now … I’m hyperventilating,” said Oliver Black lead singer Serena Pruyn, who took home the Female Vocalist of the Year award. “It’s an honour, and it’s so cool to be part of something that’s just starting.
“It’s the first year for these rewards, and I’m just so honoured.”
Full story in Wednesday's Review
- Niagara Music awards

"70's English Progressive Rock Review"

70's English Progressive Rock
A unique radio station on, 70's English Progessive Rock attempts to re-create the sound 70's college radio with album cuts instead of hits, great progressive music from around the world and even some new music; but always with a focus on the progressive/folk rock coming from the British Isles in the 70's.
Location: Tustin, California, United States
Monday, May 26, 2008

Music for May
What a weekend. The radio station hard drive was failing and bringing down the station was my only choice. While it was down though I was able to get a couple of things done. The long awaited updates to the play list happened and more important, I was able to get a backup system in place for the next time. I also updated some of the older files to a higher format. Hopefully some of the songs will sound a bit better. So, lacking sleep and wishing the weekend had just started, here is the music I added to the station this weekend:

We start with some new music from Quidam and Cary Clouser...

Quidam - Alone Together (2007)
Like Porcupine Tree, Quidam bridges that gap between pop and progressive so nicely that if you are a prog only kinda listener, you hardly feel guilty. You'll find some beautiful melodies and pretty (okay, handsome) vocals throughout, but you are never far from a searing guitar solo. The sound has a strong 70's vibe but with a very modern feel. This is one of my favoriteprog releases in some time.

Cary Clouser - Finger Paintings (2008)
Cary is an indie prog artist with loads of talent. This CD is very much a one man effort with a little help here and there from a couple of bass and guitar players. But you won't know that by listening. There is a full produced sound here with an emphasis on piano based pop/prog. There is some fine soloing and nice vocals. Someone to keep an eye on. .

And then we have some oldies that are new to the play list.

UK - Night After Night (1979)
After UK lost its drummer and guitarist, you would think that Eddie and John would have hung it up. But they brought on Terry Bozzio and really, who needs a guitarist when you have great violin and keyboards from Eddie. Well, maybe a guitarist would have helped fill in a few holes in the sound, but otherwise, this live CD brings back lots of good memories. Thanks to Mark for recommending this CD.

Steeleye Span - The Journey (1999)
This live recording from 1995 brought back all but one of the Steeleye Span members for a memorable concert. You can easily see by listening why I have picked this band as the main representative of English folk for my prog broadcast.

Frank Zappa - Zappa In New York (1978)
There was nothing like seeing Frank Zappa live and this R rated double CD is worth every minute of it. Frank may never have been lumped into the progressive rock category, but there wasn't a rocker alive making more sophisticated music.

Traffic (multiple discs)
I only had a couple of songs from John Barlyecorn Must Die and Low Spark of High Healed Boys on the stream. These are fantastic CDs that get airplay on classic rock stations. But they are part of the sound that made up progressive radio back in the 70's, so I decided to add the other songs from these CDs. If they are not in your collection...

And I've started bringing more ripped vinyl to the play list.

Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (1973)
Because of their success, Procol Harum can be a hard band to categorize. There is no doubt though that this particular album is far beyond the standard fare that was the classic rock of the 70's. Unlike most prog rock of the time though, the lyrics are equal to the amazing musical journey.

Pulsar - Strands of the Future (1976)
One of the best progressive bands to come out of France, Pulsar mixes moody atmospheres with melodies that often feel like they belong in a scary midnight movie. And then... an acoustic guitar may come out of nowhere and make you feel all better again. If you like the space music that came out of Germany, Pulsar takes it to the next level.

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- Bruce Greenburg-70's English Rock Radio

"New Prog Music"

Welcome to
Progressive Rock Internet Radio
20 July 2008
I have begun adding more music.

So far, I've added some excellent new music by Cary Clouser, Ice, Vutdevuk, Albion and Moth Vellum.
Cary is the multitalented songwriter, singer and multi-instrumental frontman for Canadian progrock tribute band, Oracle. Cary kindly sent in his solo demo called Finger Paintings.
Vutdevuk is the prog rock pen name of Brady Arnold who is also an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He provided several tracks from his discography.
Ice and Albion are neo-progressive bands from the Netherlands and Poland, respectively. Ice is squarely in the Marillion/Fish camp and Albion is a female-fronted ensemble that will easily appeal to fans of Karnateka and Magenta.
Also thanks to Moth Vellum for sending their new debut self-titled CD. This album could have easily been recorded in the mid-70's but it's amazingly crisp and well-produced. Even the album artwork screams "prog!" Recommended for fans of symphonic Yes, Genesis and Starcastle.
- Anthony-Prog.FM

"Newly Discovered"

Sunday, August 10, 2008
Newly Discovered 2008 ‘Prog Music of Note’: Cary Clouser
Current mood: animated
Category: Music
In my opinion, the frontman for the fine Canadian prog rock band Oracle, Cary Clouser, is a composer, writer and performer of significant talent. Both an excellent lead singer and an electric flute player in the mold of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cary has onstage and offstage chops (recording & production) having graduated from the Trebas Institute of Recording Arts in Toronto.

In his self-produced first solo CD, "Finger Paintings", Clouser showcases both his musicianship and significant songwriting talents. From the symphonic intro "Into Thy Hands" to the warm, personal epic "Precious", this is a rare CD indeed.

It is unusual to find all three elements of such consistent quality in a prog CD – vocals (IMO the place where many otherwise very good prog efforts fall short), songwriting, and musicianship; I rate this CD very highly in all three areas. Clouser's choice of backing musicians is a good one as well (Denis Gignac, Gary Bray, and Clayton Kelly) and they contribute the overall polished and professional sound of this effort.

You can hear Cary Clouser's music in full fidelity at:

My Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Steve Sikes-Nova
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Finger Paintings - 2008
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With high expectations, and remarkable musicianship, Cary is a composer, writer and performer of the highest grade. He has also graduated from Trebas Institute of Recording Arts in Toronto, where he has enhanced his technical skills.

Having played music for the last 25 years, Cary has gathered a wide range of musical traditions. Being in bands such as Visions of Eight, Soundbox and to this day the band "Oracle", he has become experienced with playing rock and roll, progressive rock, jazz and even country. Although able to perform such a diversified repertoire, he finds more grace in the progressive rock technique. From Mozart to the Beatles and Jethro Tull, Cary performs his music using a modernized sound, an approach which he feels is necessary to capture the interests of today’s society, while still celebrating the works of the great song writers.

Natural and unique, Cary is a true showman, musician and artist, painting a brilliant picture with every song that he performs. Cary’s desires are to write, play and record perfect music for the enjoyment of others. Together with Oracle, witness his talent, combined with driving ambition and sheer determination, to blend passionate, thought provoking music with high energy.

The question is not "Will Cary reach his goals, but when"