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Open Road Recordings Artists earn 2014 JUNO Award Nominations

Congratulations to Dean Brody and Tim Hicks, nominated for two 2014 JUNO Awards.

Corb Lund joins forces with Canada for Haiti Relief

A star-studded lineup of Canadian celebrities is coming together in support of Haiti relief efforts. Top personalities from the Canadian music, film, television and sports worlds have signed on for CANADA FOR HAITI, a one-hour, commercial-free special produced collaboratively between CBC Television, CTV and Global Television. Broadcasting live from CBC headquarters in Toronto, CANADA FOR HAITI's stellar roster includes live performances from The Tragically Hip and K'naan, and features musical superstars Céline Dion, Justin Bieber, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, Simple Plan, David Foster, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida and Measha Brueggergosman. Hollywood heavy hitters James Cameron, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, William Shatner, Rachelle Lefevre, Joshua Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Jason Reitman, Eugene Levy, Norman Jewison, Tom Jackson, Will Arnett and Sandra Oh have signed on, joined by television stars Brent Butt, Hugh Dillon, Mike Holmes, Rick Mercer and Alex Trebek and humanitarian Craig Kielburger. MVPs Steve Nash and Wayne Gretzky will be participating, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor-General Michaelle Jean will also have special messages for Canadians. Canadians can show their support by donating: - Online at CanadaForHaiti.com - Toll-free at 1-877-51-HAITI (42484) - Text AID to 45678 (carrier charges may apply) Funds will go towards a coalition of Canadian NGOs, including Canadian Red Cross Society, Care Canada, Free the Children, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, Plan Canada, Save the Children Canada, UNICEF Canada and World Vision Canada. Canadians can also tune in on the radio and on the web. CBC Radio 2 will broadcast CANADA FOR HAITI and HOPE FOR HAITI NOW starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT/CT, 8 p.m. MT/AT, 8:30 NT, hosted by Garvia Bailey. Go to CBC.ca/frequency for local station information. CBC.ca, CTV.ca, GlobalTV.com and MuchMusic.com will stream a live video feed of CANADA FOR HAITI online. CBC.ca, CTV.ca, GlobalTV.com and MTV.ca and will carry a live stream of HOPE FOR HAITI NOW. CANADA FOR HAITI is hosted by Cheryl Hickey, Ben Mulroney and George Stroumboulopoulos, and broadcasts live on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m. AT/MT, 8:30 p.m. NT, 9 p.m. CT on CBC Television, CTV, Global Television, MTV, MuchMusic, and National Geographic Channel. These above mentioned channels will also broadcast HOPE FOR HAITI NOW, a special live, commercial-free earthquake relief telethon at 7 p.m. CT, 8 p.m. ET/PT, 9 p.m. MT/AT, 9:30 p.m. NT. For more details on this event, click here.

Steven Lee Olsen receives Canadian Radio Music Awards Nomination

Yesterday, Steven was announced as a nominee for The Canadian Radio Music Awards in the category of Best New Group/Solo Artist (country) of the Year for his song, "Now". Steven shares this category with fellow nominees Darren McGinnis, Dean Brody, One More Girl and Victoria Banks. Presented by the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), the 13th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards honour Canada's hottest rising radio music stars. The awards will be handed out at a gala luncheon on Friday, March 12, 2010, at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week celebrations. Click here for more information as well as a list of all CRMA Nominees.

Doc Walker, Tara Oram, and Corb Lund to play Vancouver 2010 Olympic Celebrations

RGK Entertainment artists, Doc Walker, Tara Oram and Corb Lund, head west for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Celebrations this winter. Both Doc Walker and Tara Oram will perform at official events hosted on Manitoba Day and Newfoundland and Labrador Day, respectively. As each province hosts their Olympic Games day, events will showcase local entertainers and artists to an international audience. Doc Walker, natives of Portage La Prairie, Man., will perform at Olympic Torch Runs on January 5 and 7 in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie. They will also perform on February 25 at Manitoba Day at B.C. Place. Doc Walker then head to Surrey, B.C. on February 26 to play at the 2010 Celebration Site, a 13-day festival at Holland Park. From Hare Bay, N.L., Tara Oram will perform at B.C. Place Stadium on February 26 as part of Newfoundland and Labrador Day. Tara also plays Vancouver on February 25 and 27 at LiveCity Vancouver and The Granville Island Stage, respectively. LiveCity Vancouver includes two celebration sites in downtown Vancouver at David Lam Square and Georgia Street. Prior to the games, Tara will also perform at the Olympic Torch Relay in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Award-winning Albertan singer songwriter, Corb Lund, will take a break from touring Canada and the U.S. to take part in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic celebrations. Lund plays LiveCity Vancouver on February 17, the Surrey 2010 Celebration site on February 18 and Whistler Live! at the Whistler Village Square on February 19. Lund will also play a series of Olympic Torch Relay dates in Alberta this January. For a list of dates, please visit the tour section of corblund.com.

RGK Welcomes Emily West and Shane Tarleton

RGK Entertainment Group is proud to announce the addition of Emily West as a new management client. Emily West's rich, distinctive vocals and smart, emotive songs make her hard to ignore. This Waterloo, Iowa native moved to Music City in 2000, honing her writing and performing skills within the Nashville songwriting community until she came to the attention of Capitol Records Nashville. Emily's debut single "Rocks in Your Shoes" put her on the map in 2008 and her self titled debut album hits stores summer of next year following her next single, "Blue Sky" featuring label mate Keith Urban. RGK is also proud to announce the addition Emily West's manager, Shane Tarleton to the managing team. Fifteen years into his tenure in the entertainment industry, Shane joins RGK Entertainment. Tarleton's career started in the early 90s at the Titley/Spalding artist management company (Brooks & Dunn, Kathy Mattea, Chely Wright) where he lead tour marketing along with day to day functions. He later made a move to RCA Label Group where he served as an Art Director in the Creative Services department and worked closely with the label's roster including Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and others. Two years ago Shane formed an artist management and marketing firm, STARleton Entertainment, and has been managing Capitol Recording artist Emily West since that time. Be sure to keep an eye out on emilywestmusic.com for all of the latest information and future updates on Emily.

Doc Walker wins SOCAN Country Music Award

Last night, Doc Walker's award-winning single, "Beautiful Life", won the "Country Music Award" at the 20th Annual SOCAN Awards in Toronto, rounding out 2009 with an incredible 4 awards, including a JUNO award, CCMA, and a WCMA. SOCAN celebrates the year's outstanding achievements by Canada's songwriters, composers, lyricists, and publishers. Doc Walker's "Beautiful Life" was one of the top-3 earners in country music in 2008, based on domestic radio and pay audio. Doc Walker have two top-10 singles from their new album, "GO", and their latest single, "If I Fall", went top-10 in just 6 weeks and continues to climb the charts.

"Speed of Life" Tour Extends into 2010!

Doc Walker is heading East for the 2nd leg of their "Speed of Life Tour"! Catch up with the guys as they roll into the East Coast in February hitting New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island for a weeklong tour with special guest, Deric Ruttan. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 26th. Go to www.docwalker.ca to find out how to get yours!

Corb Lund Announces 2 Tour Stops in Edmonton!

Pre-sale Ticket Packages go on sale Today at 12pm ET! CISN Country and the Edmonton Sun Present Corb Lund! FEBRUARY 25TH - JUBILEE AUDITORIUM - 7:30PM FEBRUARY 26TH - EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE - 9:30PM Edmonton, have you been waiting for Corb Lund to make it back to your area? Wait no longer! It has been over a year since Corb has played in the City of Champions and he has just announced 2 show dates in February. Pre-sale ticket packages go on sale today at 12pm ET, which includes an autographed 'Corb Lund and The Hurtin' Albertans Live at The Edmonton Coliseum' DVD and a Losing Lately Gambler Flask. Click here to get your pre-sale tickets! Standard tickets will be available through Livenation on Friday, November 27th.