SO WHO IS RUDY BLAIR? Tough question to answer and especially when I have to keep this short but let's try anyway. I've been in the Broadcasting Industry for almost 30 years in both Radio and Television. 23 of those years was with 680News as the Music & Entertainment Reporter. During that time I've interviewed some of the biggest artists in music including Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Lorde, Gordon Lightfoot, Tony Bennett and Tim McGraw to name a few. I was there for many of these artists at the beginning of their careers and helped give them their first national interview spotlight including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Avril Lavigne and The Tenors. I've estimated I've interviewed over 7,000 artist and that's a lot to remember. I've covered several big events multiple times including The Grammy, Junos, Much Music Video Awards,The Canadian Screen Award and Canada's Walk Of Fame. I've also been lucky winning several honours including 16 Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Awards, The Harry Jerome Award, inducted into the Humber College Radio Broadcasting Hall Of Fame,The Vaughan Road Academy Hall of Fame and received an Honorary Degree from Humber College. I've appeared on several televisions shows, reported for CityNews and had my own Rogers Television show, ON THE MIC WITH RUDY BLAIR where I not only interviewed many of the top music acts in the business but also new indie artists and helping them get exposure. I could really keep going but there isn't room to put everything in on my career. What I can say is this website RUDY BLAIR ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA will be a continuation of everything I've done in the past to help promote music acts of the future. I'll also be interviewing and promoting upcoming events,chat with stars of the stage,movies,sports,politics and the every day person who has an interesting story.
In short, welcome to Rudy Blair Entertainment Media.
Saturday November 17th, 2018
(This Interview is also on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/rudy-blair/chat-w-the-tenors-on-santa )
The Ambassadors of Canadian music, The Tenors www.tenorsmusic.com/ have some special Christmas surprises for fans. 1st, they will be one of the feature attractions for tomorrows (Sunday November 18th, 2018) 114th Edition of the Original Santa Claus Parade thesantaclausparade.com/ . 2nd, they have a Christmas tour called Home for the Holidays https://www.tenorsmusic.com that includes a performance at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Monday December 17th, 2018 https://centrefortheperformingartstoronto.com/sony/Tickets-Active.php?eventID=2785972&venueID=760 and 3rd , they filmed a PBS special in Toronto. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with the members of the Tenors Clifton Murray https://twitter.com/cliftonmurray , Fraser Walters https://twitter.com/fraserwalters?lang=en & Victor Micallef https://twitter.com/victormicallef?lang=en about some of their upcoming events, holiday music including their single Santa's Wish (Teach The World) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtrBcRJC2C8 and new music releasing in 2019.
The lights are a little brighter at the corner of Toronto’s College and Spadina as the neon sign of the El Mocambo https://elmocambo.com/ (Thursday November 15th, 2018) turned on for the 1st time in four years. The El Mocambo originally opened in 1948 became one of the most important launching pads for Canadian and International music acts. The Rolling Stones, The Ramones, U2, Jimmi Hendrix and Bon Jovi are just some of the artists who have performed at the legendary club. Toronto Mayor John Tory https://www.johntory.ca/ was there for the exciting lighting event along with Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo https://twitter.com/georgechuvalo?lang=en and new El Mocambo owner and CEO, Michael Wekerle www.michaelwekerle.ca/ (Best known for his role on CBC’s Dragons Den https://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/ ). Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was at the lighting and also after party and speaks with Canadian musician Andy Curran https://twitter.com/andyc60 of the rock band Coney Hatch coneyhatch.com/ and new General Manager of the El Mocambo about the resurrection of the night club, it’s past history and some of the future surprises including the El Mocambo Record Label.
You better watch out and you better not cry. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to Toronto as the 114th edition of the Original Santa Claus Parade thesantaclausparade.com/ returns this Sunday November 18th, 2018. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was at Santa’s secret work shop in the North Pole to speak with the jolly old elf and his wife Mrs. Claus about some of the magical holiday fun that will be taking place at this years parade.
A new television series featuring rarely seen historic performances and candid interviews with some of the biggest names in music over the past 60 years, including Sammy Davis Jr., The Guess Who, Leonard Cohen, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Buffy Sainte Marie, Bryan Adams premieres tonight (Thursday November 14th, 2018) at 9pm on CBC https://www.cbc.ca/ . Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with show co-host Amanda Parri https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/bio/amanda-parris (Tom Power https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/bio/tom-power is also a co- host) and Executive Producer Sam Dunn of Banger Films https://bangerfilms.com/ about the new back in time series FROM THE VAULTS https://www.cbc.ca/mediacentre/program/from-the-vaults Trailer http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1352081475716/ .
A magical holiday celebration returns to Toronto as the 114th Original Santa Claus Parade thesantaclausparade.com/ Sunday November 18th, 2018. It begins 12:30 pm and can be seen on CTV at 4:30pm. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.comChats with President & CEO Peter Beresford https://ca.linkedin.com/in/peter-beresford-661629babout the history behind the parade, the parade route and some of the new editions to this years GTA Christmas tradition.
Canadian recording artist RALPH https://www.songsbyralph.com performed last night (Tuesday November 13th, 2018) at Toronto’s Mod Club themodclub.com/ along with Ria Mae https://www.riamae.com/ and Neon Dreams https://www.neondreams.ca/ . Before the concert Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.comsat down with the pop star about her sky rocketing career and new album A Good Girl including the single Tables Have Turned https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeWVpf6r2Zs .
The kick-off to the holiday season begins this Sunday November 18th, 2018 as the 114th Edition of the Original Santa Claus Parade thesantaclausparade.com/ returns to Toronto. Start time is at 12:30 pm and can be seen on CTV at 4:30pm. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with General Manager/Creative Director Alfred Iannarelli https://thesantaclausparade.com/about/ about how a summer job 50 years ago became a dream come true, what it’s like to create the floats and some of the new additions for this years parade.