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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 13: The Battle Rounds Week One


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice The Battle Rounds begin this week on The Voice at 8:00 PM on Monday, October 16th and Tuesday, October 17th on NBC  at 8:00 PM. Who has the strongest team – Adam, Blake, Jennifer of Miley?   Season thirteen’s advisors include: Joe Jonas for Team Adam, Billy Ray Cyrus for Team […]

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MasterClass Monday: Billy Joel Performs An Early Live Version Of Scenes From An Italian Restaurant


Can you beat this? Seriously – does anyone perform like this anymore. Live. Multitasking voice and piano skills with aplomb and professionalism?   Yes, I know what my regular readers are thinking. Another article about Billy Joel?  Think outside the Billy Joel box MCL!  Ha! But this performance was too good to pass up and […]

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MasterClass Thanksgiving Monday: Count Your Blessings From The Film White Christmas Performed by Bing Crosby And Rosemary Clooney


A Very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!  There is nothing better than this holiday. Not only does it kickstart the Fall/Winter Holiday season, but also, gives us an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the blessings we have in our collective lives.  And blessings come in all shapes and sizes: the strength and support […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 13: The Blind Auditions Week Two


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice We are in week 2 of The Voice which airs on NBC at 8:00 PM on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 3rd at 8:00 PM. I have been watching sporadically but it is difficult to become personally invested in this show when so many great singers are eliminated early on in this competition.  […]

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MasterClass Monday: Canadian Icon Burton Cummings’ Impeccable Version Of Dream Of A Child


                                      On this October Monday morning, I have re-discovered a real gem of a singer and his song. Burton Cummings is a Canadian Icon –  a singer – songwriter who enjoyed enviable fame in the 60s and […]

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Vocal MasterClass Discussion For The Voice Season 13: The Blind Auditions Week One


Picture Credit: NBC/The Voice Here we go! Season 13 Of The Voice is about to hit your TV, Laptop or Tablet when the premiere airs on NBC at 8:00 PM on Monday, September 25th and Tuesday, September 26th at 8:00 PM. This year, Jennifer Hudson joins returning coaches Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. […]

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MasterClass Monday: Celebrating The Genius Of America’s Got Talent Season 12 Winner Darci Lynne


Let it never be said that I can’t smell a winning act when I see one. Ha! Although I was not a regular viewer of this season’s offering of America’s Got Talent, 13-year-old Darci Lynne caught my eye at her preliminary audition. At this point in the show, I could not see how anyone could […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Semi-Finals Week 2l


Picture Credit: America’s Got Talent/NBC This week, the last group of America’s Got Talent semi-finalists will perform for your votes on Tuesday, September 12th at 9:00 PM, followed by the Results Show on Wednesday, September 13th at 8:00 PM. Then next week, the Finals will be n full swing, culminating another great season on this […]

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MasterClass 9/11 Monday: An Inspiring Performance of Somewhere By Barbra Streisand


On this the day, the 16th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in the United States, I found a song that truly speaks to where we are as a global entity and what we are striving to achieve in the years ahead. Let’s cut to the chase here – we want peace. Plain and […]

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MasterClass Monday: A Gorgeous Neil Diamond Performance Of September Morn


Happy Labour Day one and all. I hope your first Monday in September is going well. And, if not, this beautiful live performance by Neil Diamond is sure to captivate you and bring a nostalgic smile to your face. i have always loved the Fall Season as it brings so many opportunities for gatherings with […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Live Shows Week 3


Before I begin, I would like to convey my sadness over the tragedy unfolding in Texas and Louisiana. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you as you strive to rebuild your lives in the face of incredible obstacles. My deepest condolences to those who lost their lives while battling this […]

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MasterClass Monday: Billy Joel Gives A MasterClass Performance Of Just The Way You Are


Now you see? This! This is music. Expressively live, beautifully paced and exquisitely presented. It does not get much better than this folks. Listen to this voice. It never ages – it matures. Like a fine wine, it becomes more delicious over time, rich and full. The reason behind this is that Billy Joel’s roots […]

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Comedy Legend Jerry Lewis Dies At The Age Of 91


This just in from CNN: (CNN)Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, his publicist Candi Cazau. He was 91. Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering. Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: The Quarterfinals Week One


Picture Credit: America’s Got Talent/ NBC We are live this week. Finally! America’s Got Talent airs at 8:00 PM on NBC From America’s Got Talent Wikipedia Page: “The live quarterfinals will begin at the Dolby Theatre, starting on August 15, 2017. They will feature nine golden buzzer acts, the 24 acts passed through during the […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Judge Cuts Week 4


Picture Credit: NBC/America's Got Talent This week on America's Got Talent. Seal joins the judges' panel and will probably access the Golden Buzzer, as did the adorable Laverne Cox did last week. Didn't you just love her? I miss her on Orange Is The New Black. Where did she gooooo? Boy, these Judges' cuts are […]

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Jim Carrey’s Mini Documentary Highlights His Talent As A Gifted Painter


I have been an enormous fan of Jim Carrey's prolific acting talent for as long as I can remember. He is one of the most gifted artists to emerge from Canada, achieving international fame through his iconic comedic and dramatic roles in a variety of films – from Dumb and Dumber to The Truman Show […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Judge Cuts Week 3k


Picture Credit: NBC/America's Got Talent This week on America's Got Talent. Laverne Cox joins the judges' panel and will probably access the Golden Buzzer. Contestants have one last opportunity to impress the judges. So, we are still on cruise control here until the live shows begin next week. That's when the race to the AGT […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Judge Cuts Week 2 And Remembering Brandon Rogers


Picture Credit: NBC/America's Got Talent This week, DJ Khaled joins the judges' panel and takes over the Golden Buzzer on America's Got Talent. Contestants have one last opportunity to impress the judges. I have seen drips and drabs of the show this season but will perk up my viewing status once the live shows begin […]

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MasterClass Monday: The Brilliance And Genius Of Canadian Music Icon Gino Vanelli


Years ago, one of my favourite artists on the planet was Canadian singer – songwriter, Gino Vannelli. His sophisticated musical style resonated with me because he was able to fuse a distinctive pop style with a bluesy and jazz component that tapped into every fibre of my musical being. He also had a classical approach […]

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Performance MasterClass Discussion For America’s Got Talent Season 12: Preliminary Auditions Week Five


Picture Credit: NBC/America's Got Talent Last week, a lighting dance group, Light Balance Dancers, made the stage sparkle with their creative and illuminating performance. It was unlike anything we have ever seen before. Truly spectacular.  As a result,  Tyra Banks awarded the Golden Buzzer to these incredible performers and, in doing so, broke the stream of […]

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