Canadian Screen Award Nominations for Jingle Bell Rocks!

Some incredible news to share this morning: Jingle Bell Rocks! has been NOMINATED for TWO Canadian Screen Awards (Canada’s Oscars) for BEST Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series + BEST Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series for the amazing Ryan Mullins!

The Awards Ceremony which is hosted this year by the inimitable Edith Prickly (aka Andrea Martin) will broadcast LIVE March 1st on CBC.

For more information, please download the Canadian Screen Awards Electronic Press Kit


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NYC Premiere and one more screening!

We’re thrilled to have our New York debut as part of DOC NYC. This fest wraps up an amazing almost two month festival tour for me that started at NOFF in New Orleans, took me to Barcelona, Spain for the In-EDIT festival, then back stateside for the Vermont International Film Fest, and down to Kentucky to River’s Edge.

Our second screening at DOC NYC is Wednesday November 19. Check it out if you have a chance!

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World premiere at IDFA!

I’m thrilled to announce that Jingle Bell Rocks will have its world premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), the biggest documentary festival in the world.

It will screen as part of the Music Program, at the famous Melkweg Cinema in Amsterdam on Sunday, November 24, 2 pm.

The film is also being screened in major cities across Canada. Times and dates are not all confirmed, so please see individual cinemas for showtimes, or check this page for updates.

Montreal DEC 6 Cinema Du Parc

Toronto DEC 6 Bloor Cinema

Vancouver / Calgary / Winnipeg
Christmas 2013 Dates TBA

And …. we’re going to be on TV, too! The BC Television Premiere will be on Knowledge Network, Tuesday, Dec 17.

And in Ontario you can catch it on TVO, dates TBA

The USA Theatrical Premiere Tour is scheduled for Christmas 2014, with dates and cities TBA

A great Canadian … musician

He was the greatest Canadian musician and the most devoted to our country. I will miss him dearly. It is a sad, sad loss. But, to keep things upbeat, as I am sure Tom would wish it to be, I offer you THIS amazing Christmas song, Down on Christmas one which should definitely have been included in the Globe and Mails’ BEST 12 songs list. They truly F*KD up on this one!

Xmas On The Bayou

Of the many great unsung heroes of the underground Xmas music world I wish I could have met and interviewed, the late great Sidney Simien aka Rockin’ Sidney and Count Rockin’ Sidney, one of the most intriguing R&B/Zydeco/Soul cats who became very well know, beginning in the late 50s, across the bayou as one of the most intriguing zydeco musicians of his era. Sadly, he passed away (15 years ago today) at just 60 years of age.

Check out THIS cut, “Party This Christmas” one of a dozen off of Rockin’ Sidney’s MUST HAVE Xmas LP “A Christmas Celebration With Rockin’ Sidney.” Check out our Facebook page for the fabulous cover image!

What Q did for Christmas


 
Today marks the 27th Anniversary of this overwrought Christmas charity effort, produced by Quincy Jones. (Was there a bunch of fanfare over the 25th?…oh yeah, there was the Benefit for Haiti!

Even tho “WATW” is a tune I pretty much loathed from its inception, it did end up raising 45 million for African Famine Relief and — as The Globe and Mail’s music writer, Brad Wheeler writes: Today, response songs tend to be musical retorts from feuding, offended rappers, involving shows of disrespect. But one night, back in 1985, celebrated singers put their voices to something more significant – an American gospel-pop reaction to an earlier (and arguably much better) British benefit single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”…resulting in not only a victory for music, charity and pop culture, but a better connotation to the term “Band-Aid solution”.

Its one saving grace (for me anyway) is that they included Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson & Ray Charles!

Here’s Part ONE & Part TWO of the Behind-The-Scenes “Making Of” video for anyone who cares.

“Jingle Bells” & the final frontier…

A friend reminded me of the fact that “jingle Bells” was the FIRST song to ever be played in space…boing boing wrote a great piece about it here !

John Lennon / Rest in Peace

RIP
October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980

Save Thxgiving!

A few days ago, at least a dozen radio stations in the USA went to an 24 hour / ALL-CHRISTMAS Music format as of the stroke of midnite on ALL HALLOWS EVE…and the local Kansas City Jack FM affiliate has taken issue with this EARLY arrival of Christmas music into peoples lives…and started a protest !

Click HERE for the news report !