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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.


 
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Friday April 26th, 2019

The 30th Annual Socan Awards took place Tuesday April 1st, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel sheratoncentrehotel.guestreservations.com/‎  .  Socan  www.socan.ca/  is a performing rights society that licenses the public performance and communication of the world’s repertoire of copyright-protected musical works in Canada and then distributes royalties to its members and affiliated international societies.  The Socan awards honoured songwriters, composers and music publishers who create and promote some of the most successful song ever released.   Some of the nights honourees included Chad Kroeger of Nickelback the Most-Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history, Kroeger for the bands hit song “How You Remind Me.” , Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for “The Big Bang Theory” theme , the duo Elijah Wood X Jamie Fine received SOCAN Pop Award, Meghan Patrick  were given the SOCAN Country Award,  Jessie Reyez was presented with the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award, and received two SOCAN Dance Music Awards for her work with Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith. and Buffy Sainte-Marie was inducted intoSOCAN’sCanadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com    was on the Socan red carpet before the awards were handed out to speak with honourees, presenters and celebrities including Frank Kadillac of the Canadian band Neon Dreams  https://www.neondreams.ca/  about how Socan helped them over the years, their latest single High School Dropout  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo-rripF4SM  and revealing the name of the upcoming LP.




http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-frank-kadillac-of-neon-dreams-at-the-30th-annual-socan-awards/



Friday April 26th, 2019

The broadcast (on CBC) of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards  https://www.academy.ca/nominees/  took place Sunday March 31st, 2019 at Toronto’s  Sony Centre for the Performing Arts  www.sonycentre.ca/  .   The Canadian Screen Awards honour achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media production.  This years winners included The CBC series “Anne with an E” and CTV detective drama “Cardinal: Blackfly Season” winning two awards each. For Anne with an E Best Dramatic Series & Best Lead Actress, Drama for Amybeth McNulty.  For Cardinal: Blackfly Season Best Lead Actress & Best Lead Actor Drama Program, Or Limited Series went to Karine Vanasse & Billy Campbell.  Best Comedy Series went to Schitt’s Creek, Best Lead Actress Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek, Best lead Actor Kim Coates, Bad Blood, Best Motion Picture The Colony, Best Achievement In Direction, Jasmin Mozaffari, Firecrackers, director Deepa Mehta was presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Walsh received the Earle Grey Award,  Stephan James was honoured with the Radius Award and the iconic comedy troupe Kids in the Hall received 2019’s Academy Icon Award. Before the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards  https://www.academy.ca/nominees/  were handed out, many of the stars, nominees, presenters & celebrities walked the red carpet at Toronto’s Sony Centre For The Performing Arts  www.sonycentre.ca/ .  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com  was on the red carpet & in the press room to speak with  Andrea Bang  https://www.instagram.com/andrea.bang/?hl=fr-ca  Jean Yoon  https://twitter.com/jean_yoon?lang=fr  Paul Sun-Hyung Lee  https://twitter.com/bitterasiandude  & Simu Liu https://twitter.com/simuliu?lang=f the cast of the CBC Comedy Series  Kim’s Convenience https://www.cbc.ca/kimsconvenience/   on why they were not nominated this year, the impact their sitcom has achieved for television and what to expect from the new season.


http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-the-cast-of-the-cbc-comedy-sitcom-kims-convenience-at-the-2019-canadian-screen-award/


Thursday April 25th, 2019

The 30th Annual Socan Awards took place Tuesday April 1st, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel sheratoncentrehotel.guestreservations.com/‎  .  Socan  www.socan.ca/  is a performing rights society that licenses the public performance and communication of the world’s repertoire of copyright-protected musical works in Canada and then distributes royalties to its members and affiliated international societies.  The Socan awards honoured songwriters, composers and music publishers who create and promote some of the most successful song ever released.   Some of the nights honourees included Chad Kroeger of Nickelback the Most-Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history, Kroeger for the bands hit song “How You Remind Me.” , Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for “The Big Bang Theory” theme , the duo Elijah Wood X Jamie Fine received SOCAN Pop Award, Meghan Patrick  were given the SOCAN Country Award,  Jessie Reyez was presented with the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award, and received two SOCAN Dance Music Awards for her work with Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith. and Buffy Sainte-Marie was inducted intoSOCAN’sCanadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com    was on the Socan red carpet before the awards were handed out to speak with honourees, presenters and celebrities including Children’s recording artist/icon Fred Pennerhttps://fredpenner.com/   ,  CBC radio host (The Strombo Show) George Stroumboulopouloshttps://twitter.com/strombo   &  Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame founder Frank Davies  https://www.cshf.ca/songwriter/frank-davies/   on inducting Canadian music legend Buffy Sainte-Marie  buffysainte-marie.com/  into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame  https://www.cshf.ca/  .


http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-fred-penner-george-stroumbo-and-frank-davies-honouring-buffy-sainte-marie-at-socan-awards/



Thursday April 25th, 2019

The broadcast (on CBC) of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards  https://www.academy.ca/nominees/  took place Sunday March 31st, 2019 at Toronto’s  Sony Centre for the Performing Arts  www.sonycentre.ca/  .   The Canadian Screen Awards honour achievements in Canadian film, television, and digital media production.  This years winners included The CBC series “Anne with an E” and CTV detective drama “Cardinal: Blackfly Season” winning two awards each. For Anne with an E Best Dramatic Series & Best Lead Actress, Drama for Amybeth McNulty.  For Cardinal: Blackfly Season Best Lead Actress & Best Lead Actor Drama Program, Or Limited Series went to Karine Vanasse & Billy Campbell.  Best Comedy Series went to Schitt’s Creek, Best Lead Actress Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek, Best lead Actor Kim Coates, Bad Blood, Best Motion Picture The Colony, Best Achievement In Direction, Jasmin Mozaffari, Firecrackers, director Deepa Mehta was presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mary Walsh received the Earle Grey Award,  Stephan James was honoured with the Radius Award and the iconic comedy troupe Kids in the Hall received 2019’s Academy Icon Award. Before the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards  https://www.academy.ca/nominees/  were handed out, many of the stars, nominees, presenters & celebrities walked the red carpet at Toronto’s Sony Centre For The Performing Arts  www.sonycentre.ca/ .  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com  was on the red carpet & in the press room to speak with the members of Baroness von Sketch  https://www.cbc.ca/baroness/  on their CSA nomination Best Sketch Comedy Show and Ensemble Performance, Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy for their CBC Series, Baroness von Sketch Show .


http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-baroness-von-sketch-on-their-2019-canadian-screen-award-nomination/



Wednesday April 24th, 2019

Today ( Wednesday April 24th, 2019) Canada’s Wonderland  https://www.canadaswonderland.com  unveiled it’s newest and most exciting roller coaster,  the Yukon Striker https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOzWTIFfIQo  to the media and a very special group of people from Hospital for Sick Children  https://www.sickkids.ca  .  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com  was there to speak with Grace Peacock  https://twitter.com/gracepeacock?lang=fr  Director of Communications at Canada’s Wonderland on what makes the Yukon Striker a world record breaking roller coaster.  I also speak with one of the 1st fans to ride the Yukon Striker Andrew Keith and his mother  Heather Nicholson and as an added bonus you get to see Andrew & I take a ride on Canada’s Wonderland’s latest thrill ride.
( Canada’s Wonderland opens for a new season May 3rd, 2019)




http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/yukon-striker-coaster-media-day-at-canadas-wonderland-2019/



Wednesday April 24th, 2019

This Canadian Country recording artist burst on the music scene in the early part of 2019 when she was one of the winner of the CTV  https://www.ctv.ca/Home   music series The Launch Season 2 https://www.ctv.ca/The-Launch-S2  to record a song written by Bryan Adam’s https://www.bryanadams.com  Don’t Say You Love Me  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk02pccOsdg  .  Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmedia.com  speaks with  Big Machine Label Group https://www.bigmachinelabelgroup.com/  singer/songwriter Maddie Storvold   https://www.maddiestorvold.com  just before a performance at Toronto’s  Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon  (250 Adelaide St W)   https://rocknhorsesaloon.com/  along with label mate  Riley Green https://www.rileygreenmusic.com/  about her success after The Launch, her relationship with Bryan Adams, how her hit single Don’t Say You Love Me & upcoming new music.




http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-canadian-country-artist-maddie-storvold-on-hist-single-dont-say-you-love-me/



Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 

When  CMT calls you the  “Listen Up Artists” ,  MusicRow  “2019 Next Big Thing” & .Rolling Stone Country’ adds your name to their “Artists You Need to Know” list then you have to believe  this Jacksonville, Alabama native who grew up on old traditional Country, Bluegrass, and Southern Gospel music is definitely  the next big thing in Country music.   Riley Green https://www.rileygreenmusic.com/ was in Toronto recent toy performing at the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon  (250 Adelaide St W)   https://rocknhorsesaloon.com/  along with Big Machine Label Group label mate  https://www.bigmachinelabelgroup.com/  Maddie Storvold https://www.maddiestorvold.com/ and spoke with Rudy Blair Entertainment Media  rudyblairmendia.com  before the show about his career, Country music roots, and his latest EP  IN A TRUCK RIGHT NOW including the singles There Was This Girl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAl7Ajne1fI   &  his latest In Love By Now   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frZPPrzh_ks  .






http://www.rudyblairmedia.com/blog/2019/04/chat-w-country-artist-riley-green-on-new-single-in-love-by-now-from-the-ep-in-a-truck-right-now/
 

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