THE MUSIC, THE PIANO, THE VOICE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BURTON CUMMINGS

TORONTO – January 4, 2012 - On Thursday, March 22, delegates of Slacker Canadian Music Week 2012 will have a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes into the life and career of a Canadian treasure and legend Burton Cummings as he speaks in an exclusive one-on-one at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Burton Cummings has cemented his place in Canadian music history as both a solo artist and as the celebrated lead singer and co-writer for The Guess Who.  Through timeless classics such as “American Woman” – recently ranked the greatest Canadian single of all time in bestseller The 100 Top Canadian Singles and the first Canadian song to reach number one in the US - “These Eyes”, “Laughing”, “No Time”, “Stand Tall”, “Break it to Them Gently”, and “You Saved My Soul”, he has endeared himself to audiences worldwide to become one of the most distinctive voices in rock.

As a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, six-time JUNO Award winner, recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of Manitoba, the Governor-General’s Performance Arts Award, and 22 SOCAN Awards for over 1 million airplays of his songs, Cummings’ success and acclamations have been rivaled by few. He has the distinction of being the only individual to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame twice and with 80 platinum and gold certifications has amassed more hit records than just about any other Canadian performer in history.

His performances and collaborations with fellow The Guess Who bandmate and co-writer Randy Bachman are legendary. The two reunited in 2000 to re-launch The Guess Who and tour the act across Canada and the U.S. The union reignited the creative spark between the two and transmitted into The Bachman-Cummings band, which the two would continue well into 2009.

Cummings’ latest release – 2008’s Above the Ground – was his first solo album of new material in 18 years.  Met with critical praise, it has been heralded as some of his best work ever by fans alike.  A man of the times, he has embraced the world of social media and has maintained an active presence through his blog.

Join us for a rare interview and look into the renowned career of Burton Cummings. Visit www.cmw.net to register for your Slacker Canadian Music Week delegate pass.

About Slacker Canadian Music Week

Celebrating 30 years, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries.  Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; a comedy festival; four awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 21 to March 25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and over 60 various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe.  For more information, visit www.cmw.net.

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For media information and to arrange interviews, please contact:
Planet3 Communications Ltd. • Jennyfer Sanchez/Joanne Smale
T: 647.346.4101 E: info@planet3com.net

Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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