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Drumroll please! It’s the moment kids and their families have all been waiting for: Family Channel’sBig Ticket Summer Concert returns this August with seven sensational shows! A perfect way to close out the summer and a show jam-packed with performances and collaborations from the biggest Family stars, the tenacious tour runs from August 19August 28 making stops in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Summerside, Moncton, Halifax and Ottawa before heating up the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto. In celebration of the concert’s 5th anniversary, five stellar acts are set to ignite the stage with breakout starDaya as the concert’s headliner, and bringing together the network’s most notable performers including homegrown hit-maker Shane Harte, and talented newcomers Mckenzie Small, Josh Bogert and Aviva. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. (local time), and for a limited time fans can take advantage of the special anniversary pricing at $20 each for selected seats. For more information, please visit Family.ca.

“The Big Ticket Summer Concert series continues to be the ultimate family entertainment experience and it’s hard to believe this is the fifth anniversary of the tour,” said Paul Cormack, Vice President, Marketing, DHX Television. “Family is known for introducing legions of fans to artists on the brink of breakouts and this year is no different. After the incredible reaction to Shane Harte on the 2015 tour, adding three new Cardinal Point Music artists to the 2016 tour was an easy decision; they’ll be an incredibly engaging lineup for our audience heading into music dynamo Daya – our main event.”

Full routing for the 2016 Big Ticket Summer Concert tour is as follows:




Friday, August 19

Edmonton, AB

Winspear Centre

Sunday, August 21

Winnipeg, MB

Pantages Playhouse Theatre

Tuesday, August 23

Summerside, PE

Credit Union Place

Wednesday, August 24

Moncton, NB

Casino New Brunswick

Thursday, August 25

Halifax, NS

Scotiabank Centre

Saturday, August 27

Ottawa, ON

Canadian Tire Centre

Sunday, August 28

Toronto, ON

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Offering the best in family entertainment, the highly anticipated end-of-summer event provides first time concert-goers and Big Ticket veterans alike, with an unforgettable concert experience filled with upbeat music, high-tempo dancing and everything in between. Headlining this year’s tour is 17-year-old Pittsburgh native Daya, whose multi-instrumental talent and powerhouse vocals are sure to have the crowd on their feet. The breakout star is a force to be reckoned with – her certified-platinum debut single “Hide Away” has garnered over 10 million views on YouTube and peaked at #7 on the Top 40 Canadian mediabase radio chart, and her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, titled “Don’t Let Me Down,” recently topped the list of most-Shazaam’d songs in the USA.

This year’s concert also marks the triumphant return of alternative-pop artist Shane Harte, star of Lost & Found Music Studios, whose international appeal was recently cemented with his standout performance on the international The Next Step Wild Rhythm Tour. After signing with Cardinal Point Music in 2015, Shane Harte took the Canadian music scene by storm, and his hit single “Left Standing” can be heard on radio stations across the country.

Making their touring debuts this summer are three brand new Canadian artists: Toronto songstress and lyricist Mckenzie Small,Vancouver-based pop phenomenon Josh Bogert, and soulful singer-songwriter Aviva. Mckenzie released her debut single “Caught Feelings” in late April, soon to be followed by new original tracks from both Josh and Aviva. Known for their starring roles on the popular Family Channel series Backstage, each of these emerging young stars will bring their own unique and energetic sounds to the lineup.

Of course, no Big Ticket Summer Concert would be complete without performances from stars of the network’s hit series. Each stop will include special appearances by fan-favourite cast members from fan-favourite series Backstage and The Next Step, bringing intricate and eye-popping dance routines to the stage, as well as special musical performances from the melodious Lost & Found Music Studios. Plus, this year Trevor Tordjman (“James” from The Next Step) will charm audiences with his sophisticated swagger and unique sense of humour, acting as concert host alongside Family Channel’s very own Deepa Prashad.

To commemorate the Big Ticket Summer Concert’s 5th anniversary, Family Channel is offering special anniversary-priced tickets to all seven shows. Beginning Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. (local time) fans can visit Family.ca, to find out how to purchase their tickets. Fans will want to act fast as anniversary tickets will be available for a limited time, on a first-come, first-serve basis. A one-stop online shop for everything Big Ticket Summer Concert-related, the dedicated website also features details about the hosts and artists, offers music videos from the concert’s performers and allows fans to pre-order concert t-shirts at the online merchandise store.

The hit “Share a Coke” campaign will sing a different tune this summer when it swaps out first names for song lyrics on packages of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Life.

Starting in mid-April, more than 70 genre-spanning lyrics – from classic hits to recent chart-toppers – will be featured on 8-oz. glass bottles, 7.5-oz. mini cans, 20-oz. bottles, 1.25- and 2-liter bottles, and 12-oz. cans of all four Trademark Coke brands.

“Share a Coke and a Song” also will feature lyrics from iconic and soon-to-be-iconic Coca-Cola and Diet Coke ads such as “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke”, “Taste the Feeling™” and “Just For The Taste Of It.” The complete list of lyrics featured on pack will be available at www.ShareaCoke.com.

“Share a Coke and a Song” signals a major evolution for one of the company’s most successful U.S. campaigns ever, now in its third year. “Share a Coke”, which originated in Australia in 2011 and has since rolled out in more than 70 countries, has helped Coke grow volume, revenue and share in its flagship market.

Trio of aluminum bottles: Coke Zero, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke

“We’re proud of the success of ‘Share a Coke’ over the last two years,” said Racquel Harris Mason, vice president, Coca-Cola/Coke Zero, Coca-Cola North America. “We’ve seen incredible enthusiasm from consumers who love the campaign’s personal touch, and we wanted to push ourselves to innovate and provide our fans with new experiences. Evolving the program to focus on lyrics creates an amazing opportunity for people to share special moments, sentiments and a Coca-Cola with people they care about.”

Joe Belliotti, head of global music marketing for Coca-Cola North America, credits Coca-Cola China with successfully introducing the “Share a Coke and a Song” concept in 2014. “Music is a universal language,” he explained. “Lyrics can explain how we feel and what we want to say when we can’t find the words ourselves. The art of sharing music to express feelings for someone special goes back to creating mixtapes as a kid, which later evolved to mix CDs and now playlists… that behavior hasn’t changed. We wanted to find a way to take this idea to ‘Share a Coke’.”

Share a Coke and a Song 12pack

The team selected lyrics that capture a moment and reflect Coke’s brand values of optimism, refreshment and inclusion. Lyrics featured on the debut collection of “Share a Coke and a Song” capture the feeling of falling in love (“The Way You Love Me” and “You Belong With Me”) and celebrating victory (“All I Do is Win” and “We Are The Champions”) to moments of friendship (“Lean On Me”), to flirtation (“It’s Getting Hot in Herre”), sass (“We Never Go Out Of Style”), motivation (“I’m Your Biggest Fan”) and patriotism (“I’m Proud To Be An American” and “Sweet Land Of Liberty”).

“This isn’t about sharing a Coke and your favorite song… we didn’t focus on greatest hits or trending tracks,” Belliotti said. “We picked lyrics that inspire connection. Our goal was to create a list that appeals to diverse tastes, so every music fan can feel there’s at least one lyric that speaks to them. We ended up with a cross-section of universal songs that express a range of positive sentiments.”

Lyrics used on Trademark Coke packages will reflect each variant’s personality and fanbase. “Share a Coke and Song” will also expand beyond its core set of 70-plus lyrics with location-specific and customer-centric songs in certain markets.

Fans can visit ShareaCoke.com starting April 18 to choose from a list of lyrics to customize bottles, and access digital images to share on social media and add to the #ShareaCoke Photo Gallery. The e-Commerce site will continue to sell 8-oz. glass bottles and six-packs of Coca-Cola customizable with names and inspiring messages. New this year, consumers can purchase customized Diet Coke and Coke Zero packaging.

Diet Coke Share a Coke and a Song 6pack

“We’re creating an entirely new and different way to connect with music through our packaging,” Belliotti said. “It will be interesting to see this campaign trigger memories of songs fans may have forgotten as well as help them discover new favorites.”

The program features a new social sharing opportunity that’s all about the music. Fans can use the Shazam mobile app to scan the lyric on specially marked “Share a Coke” 20-oz. bottles and signage, then record a digital lip-sync video to share on social media with the hashtag #ShareaCoke.

Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Coca-Cola Life, Diet Coke

“Share a Coke and a Song” will be supported by a full advertising and marketing campaign – including music-themed TV and cinema ads, social and digital activations, and a summer-long experiential tour of major music events, beginning Saturday at the NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Houston. Multi-platinum international pop star Jason Derulo, one of the performers in Houston, will serve as a brand ambassador for the program.

“The timing is perfect,” Mason said. “Spring is here and we’re getting ready for summer, and the Coca-Cola Music concert in Houston enables us to launch the program with an amazing lineup of artists before thousands of fans.”

Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Roger Waters, Neil Young, The Who and Bob Dylan are among the megastar acts booked for Desert Trip, destined to be one of the biggest concerts in history at the Coachella site in Indio, Calif.

The three night concert kicks off Friday night, October 7 with The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and His Band, followed on Saturday night, October 8 by Paul McCartney and Neil Young + Promise of the Real, with the weekend coming to a close on Sunday night, October 9 with Roger Waters and The Who.

With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set, serving up three incomparable nights of rock ‘n roll. Located at the home of the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this is the only time and place to see this incredible lineup.

Reserved seats and general admission passes go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10am Pacific Time at DesertTrip.com

Ticket prices are as follows:
3 day passes
General admission – $399
Reserved floor – $699, $999, $1,599
Reserved grandstand – $999, $1599
Standing pit – $1,599
Single day passes
General admission – $199

Passes subject to applicable service charges. Hotel packages, premium seating, RV and tent camping available. The weekend will feature an all-star lineup of world renowned chefs and 40 of the best restaurants from Los Angeles to New York.

Visit DesertTrip.com for passes and details.

The legal system doesn’t like to wait on small things like forms being filled out properly. When they want something, by gosh, they should have it. Just ask the West Midlands Police Department.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) kept on contacting the department, asking for a statement from Officer PC Peach related to an altercation with a criminal. Now PC Peach is a police dog. But CPS insisted despite being told PC Peach is a K9 officer. Because, you know, legalities and paperwork,

The department decided to send them this following statement signed with a paw print.


The Professional Standards Department (PSD) will be investigating the West Midlands Police Department after the statement above. I hope they can get PC Peach on the stand and they judge says afterwards, “Who’s a good boy? YOU ARE! You’re a Good boy!”

Robby Johnson’s journey from a small-town to the brink of stardom in Nashville is unique to say the least. It was made easier by his early love for American pop culture, which was only strengthened when he got a job at his local McDonald’s restaurant in Canada.

The restaurant chain has now reciprocated Johnson’s loyalty by hiring him again – this time as the star of a new ad campaign.

In a beautifully crafted commercial, Johnson goes back to his boyhood home, elementary and high schools and the McDonald’s where he worked to make ends meet.

Being on the McDonald’s team provided Johnson with a sense of value. “When I was a kid, we didn’t have much,” he relates in the video while sitting in his old bedroom. “Dreaming was pretty much the only thing you had. You just grew up thinking you won’t get more and you don’t deserve more.”

“It’s not just the work and the pay. It’s also what they teach you,” he continues. “They make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world. It truly changed my life. Everything at McDonald’s revolves around satisfaction of the client. If you don’t have clients, you don’t have a company. If I don’t have fans, I don’t have a music career. What I learned at McDonald’s I kept throughout my life and in my career.”


Also, in a series of social posts that include short videos, Johnson also reflected on the lingering lessons learned during his employment at McDonald’s. Comments include:

“When he’s on tour, Robby handles his bought schedule using the time management skills he developed while balancing his studies and job at McDonald’s.”

“Learning to work productively with team members … helped Robby collaborate successfully with other artists in his music career.”

“As an employee of McDonald’s, Robby learned that rich interpersonal skills are the key to building strong relationships in business and in life.”

Even before his high-profile McDonald’s campaign, Johnson has been impacting major media and a growing fan base with his music. People described his debut album, Don’t Look Back, as “refreshing and as seductive as … his brooding good looks,” while Billboard lauded his “neighborly tone” and Music Connection praised his “rugged good looks, appealing tenor and top-notch material.”

Additionally, the music video for his Top 20 Country Breakout Chart single, “South Of Me,” is now nearing three million views. The video topped CMT’s Pure 12-Pack Countdown for seven weeks and earned Johnson coverage on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” FOX’s “Huckabee,” and in USA Today, TV Guide and The Tennessean, among other major outlets.


The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce the induction of J’ai la tête en gigue into the Hall of Fame. This ironically ‘feel-good’ song was written by one of Quebec’s best loved singer-songwriters, Jim Corcoran. To celebrate the song’s induction, acclaimed singer-songwriter Ingrid St-Pierre performs J’ai la tête en gigue as part of the Covered Classics series, a collaboration between the CSHF and CBC/Radio-Canada that invites notable Canadian artists to perform their own rendition of a newly inducted song.

“As a songwriter, Jim Corcoran plays a very important part in my life. The first concert I ever attended was his; and I was all of seven or eight years old. Even though I was incredibly shy, I insisted on meeting him while he signed autographs,” says ADISQ nominated and SOCAN member Ingrid St-Pierre, “I mumbled something about becoming an actress and he told me to always believe in my dream and follow my instinct. I still remember it vividly. My mother used to sing me to sleep with Jim’s songs, and it’s now my turn to sing his songs to my boy.”

J’ai la tête en gigue was written in September of 1976 while Corcoran was driving through the Eastern Townships in Quebec. It was the beginning of colourful fall and the end of a love story gone wrong. The lyrics articulated themselves around one sentence: “J’ai la tête en gigue et le cœur en septembre” (loosely translated, my head is in a whirl and my heart is in September). The melody came around the same time as the words; and then, as was often the case for Jim, he worked on the song for months.

Anglophone by birth, Jim Corcoran became an aficionado of the French language, spending most of his musical career singing and writing in French. In 1972, he partnered with Bertrand Gosselin to form the popular folk duo ‘Jim and Bertrand’. They quickly became poster boys for Quebec’s New Folk Movement, but gained popularity outside of Quebec with their third album “La tête en gigue” released in 1977. The record won Best Folk Album at the Festival international de musique Montreux (Switzerland) in 1978, and was certified gold in 1982 by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (now Music Canada). In 2010, the song itself earned Corcoran a coveted SOCAN Classics Award for 25,000 radio plays.
“It’s a great honour to have my song, J’ai la tête en gigue, inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame,” says Jim Corcoran, “What a wonderful way to celebrate its 40th anniversary, and what a thrill to have this song included as part of Canada’s songwriting legacy.”

In 1981, Corcoran embarked on a solo career. He’s recorded over a dozen albums, performed around the world, won numerous awards, written lyrics for many Francophone artists as well as for Cirque du Soleil, and is the host of CBC radio show ‘A Propos,’ a national showcase for music from Quebec.

To kick off another summer of incredible live music tours, Live Nation will mount its second annual National Concert Day Show sponsored by Citi and Pringles on May 3, 2016. The live concert event will take place at Live Nation’s Irving Plaza and feature performances by Dierks Bentley, Wiz Khalifa, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick along with special appearances by some of this summer’s hottest touring artists including Nick Jonas, AWOLNATION, Goo Goo Dolls, Corey Taylor & Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Rome from Sublime with Rome, Jared Watson & Dustin Bushnell of Dirty Heads, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. Hoda Kotb of The TODAY Show will also return as host of this year’s event. Following the event, AWOLNATION will perform live at Irving Plaza for an exclusive after show presented by Citi. Fans can also catch the full concert when it is streamed live on Yahoo. For more information, visit www.livenation.com/concertday16.

To mark the beginning of the summer concert season, Live Nation also announced a special $20 summer concert ticket offer. Starting May 13 and running through May 20, Live Nation will launch the Kickoff to Summer Sale, a special $20 ticket offer to nearly a thousand summer concerts. Stay tuned to LiveNation.com and Live Nation’s Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates on the offer.

National Concert Day 2016 is brought to fans by Citi and Pringles. Citi is the preferred credit card of Live Nation, offering Citi debit and credit cardmembers access to presale and preferred tickets for select tours throughout the summer via Citi’s Private Pass Program, the bank’s entertainment access program. Last year alone, Citi worked with more than 1,400 artists ranging from preferred tickets and early access to concert tickets, to curated special events and VIP experiences. For more information, or to purchase presale tickets to the after show on May 3, Citi Presents AWOLNATION, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Pringles is helping fans celebrate summer with music and memories, kicking off at Live Nation’s National Concert Day. For those looking to make the most out of summer, head to LiveNation.com/Pringles for the Pringles Summer Jam offer – score four tickets, for the price of three! Share all of your summer fun and check out the memories from other fans across the country by following #PringlesSummerJam.

From experiencing live music under the stars at an outdoor amphitheater to rocking out at an arena or taking a road trip to a music festival, this summer 2016 will bring millions of music fans together to see their favorite artists. From Country, Indie & Alternative Music, Classic Rock, Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Electronic Music, Comedy and Pop – there is something for everyone. For tickets and more information, visit www.livenation.com.

The man who brought you the Miracle Brush, the Veg-o-matic and millions of albums containing 25 Country Hits or Hooked on Classics died Wednesday.

Philip Kives was 87.

Born on a Jewish colony farm near Oungre, Sask., Feb. 12, 1929, Kives came to Winnipeg in 1962 to create the company that bore the first letter of his last name, K-Tel.

Kives produced a live, five-minute TV commercial — the first infomercial, he claimed — to sell a Teflon non-stick frying pan, and sales took off afterwards. From then on he always wrote and directed all the TV commercials.

But wait, there’s more.

Kives said his greatest success was selling 28 million Miracle Brushes in the late 1960s, while Hooked on Classics, with more than 10 million copies sold, was his top-selling album.

In Kives’s own words on the K-Tel International website, he started his “first entrepreneurial venture at the age of eight.

“I set up my own trapline. Not only did I sell my own furs, but I bought furs from all the other kids in school and resold them at fur auctions. I made just enough money to buy my few clothes for the year.”

“I saw an ad in the paper about selling cookware door to door. You learn quickly how to sell. You always ask a positive question so customers can only answer one way. Yes. You say, “You would like your wife to have this, wouldn’t you?” And he’ll say yes.

“I used to buy products from Seymour Popeil. That’s Ron Popeil’s father, of Ronco. Ron is a good salesman, but his dad made everything. He said to me, ‘Philip, you’re getting too big. I’m not selling you anything anymore.’ So I went off on my own.

“In the winter of 1966, we released the first record, 25 Country Hits. I didn’t look upon it as a long-term deal. I looked upon it as a one-time product. But after 25 Polka Greats, which sold around a million-and-a-half copies in the United States alone, I thought maybe we were on to something. Record companies in those days didn’t know what compilation albums were. They had vast catalogues of music they didn’t know what to do with.

“We grew into a big company, and it was very difficult for me to control it. We went bankrupt. We went into oil and gas and real estate. Then the bottom fell out of real estate in the United States.”


On April 22, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly announced that all of Canada’s major cultural policy instruments will be going up for review, including the Broadcasting Act, Copyright Act, Telecommunications Act, CRTC, CBC, NFB, Telefilm Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and the Canada Music Fund.

Joly seeks to establish a new, integrated model for governing all aspects of Canada’s cultural economy – on which more than 600,000 jobs and $47.7 billion of GDP currently depend (making it a greater overall contributor to the national economy than fisheries, agriculture and forestry combined).

The Department of Heritage launched public consultations on April 23, with an online questionnaire that can be filled out until Friday, May 20, 2016.


Cineplex Events today announced that it will be celebrating the life of musical legend Prince with a special screening of the musician’s iconic film, Purple Rain. Screenings will take place on the evening of Monday, May 2 and tickets, which are now on sale, are $6.99.

Cineplex Events will donate $1.00 from every ticket sold to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The film will screen at 54 Cineplex locations across Canada. A complete list of participating theatres can be found here.

“Bringing Purple Rain back to the big screen is a perfect way to honour the life of Prince,” said Brad LaDouceur, Vice President, Event Cinema, Cineplex Entertainment. “This special screening will allow fans to celebrate the artistry of Prince together as a community.”

“We are very honoured that Cineplex has chosen MusiCounts for this donation,” said Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “The funds raised will help put musical instruments into the hands of children and youth who needs music in their lives – a fitting legacy in memory of Prince.”

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is helping to keep music alive across Canada. MusiCounts’ mission is to ensure that children in Canada, regardless of socio-economic circumstances or cultural background, have access to music programs through their schools and communities. This is achieved through the Band Aid Program, the TD Community Music Program, the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award, Scholarships and other music education initiatives. Since MusiCounts’ establishment in 1997, over $9,000,000 has been awarded to help support music education in Canada. These funds have benefitted over 850 schools and communities from coast to coast, supported over 350 post-secondary music program graduates and honoured 11 extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award.

Originally released in 1984, Purple Rain stars pop icon Prince as a young musician who must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise. Tickets and showtimes are available at participating theatre box offices, on the Cineplex mobile app or at Cineplex.com/Events.