SIX THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MORNING CAESARS

The Morning Caesars are a cover band and national treasure best known for high energy, interactive party experiences that are exquisitely wrapped with top-level musicianship. Their set lists are limitless: on-demand requests led by crowd-favourite sing-a-longs that dip into every genre imaginable. Expect four-part vocal harmonies, epic solos and more than 70 years of eclectic diversity and crowd engagement that pack the dance floor ’til sunrise. Team Fox caught up with James Sheehan from the Morning Caesars this week.

 

  1. EVERYBODY PLAYS MULTIPLE INSTRUMENTS.

Tyson, Derek and Reid were playing together as a power three-piece for years. They already had a great energy working together. “Fortunately they took me in and the rest is history,” says Sheehan. Everybody sings, everybody plays multiple instruments and push each other to progress. “With a name like The Morning Caesars, we just want to ensure people have the best experiences possible with music being the link.”

 

  1. INSPIRATION COMES FROM FANS.

“When you ‘know’ that music means more to you, the only way to enhance that love is to immerse yourself so deeply that you become that energy,” he said. “That’s what music is to me. Singing is simply the most vulnerably surreal experience. When fans sing along it’s like time stops and the moment is weightless.

 

  1. NO TO NEGATIVITY.

“We love it all. Sure, the digital age has definitely changed the game, but with every draw back there is an opportunity,” he said. “More people are making music than ever before. Music is more accessible than ever and we are just happy to be amongst it all.”

 

  1. THE MORNING CAESAERS ARE EVERYWHERE.

They play many shows throughout the year. They hit up pubs such as Fionn MacCools (Oakville) and Murphy’s Law (Toronto). They do weddings. They do private parties. And, of course they do fundraisers (see below for upcoming dates.)

 

  1. REID CAMPBELL IS AN AWESOME METAL GUITARIST.

One of the Morning Caesar’s band members, Reid Campbell was inducted in the Top 100 metal guitarists in the world and performed at Helsinki Square in 2015 with Children of Bodom.

 

  1. BIG JIM SHAVED HIS LONG HAIR FOR CHARITY

James Sheehan, aka “Big Jim”, once led a SickKids fundraiser where he shaved his long locks in the middle of a concert and donated it as part of the 2010 initiative “Shred4Kids.”

 

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THE MORINING CAESARS DATES

April 24th Cadillac Lounge: Michael J Fox Fundraiser

April 29th

 

Fionn MacCools Oakville.  Big Jim Solo.

April 30th

 

Fionn MacCools Esplanade.  Big Jim Solo.

May 6th

 

Fionn MacCools Oakville.  Big Jim Solo.

May 7th

 

Murphys Law Toronto.  Big Jim Solo.

May 28th

 

Private Party

June 11th

 

Oakville Firehall: Princess Margaret Cancer Fundraiser.

Feeling Kinky? An Interview with the band Kink

Team Fox caught up with Kink this week for a chat. Kink will be headlining the fundraising event “Sunday Funday” at the Cadillac Lounge on Sunday April 24. You can follow Kink’s story on Twitter @Kinktheband

If you’re thinking about attending our fundraiser you can purchase tickets here.

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-Can you remember the exact moment when you guys decided you wanted to form Kink?

We had actually been dating for a few months and were both frustrated with our individual music projects. We were constantly talking about the style of music we wanted to play, our goals and aspirations, so we decided to spend a day working on each others songs to see where it would take us. When we heard what we came up with, we knew we had to be in a duo together.

-What year was that?

That was in late 2014, but we only started playing gigging seriously and recording in 2015.

-How would you describe Kink to folks who have never heard your music before?

We call it “dark pop-punk“. We like to think of ourselves like Tegan and Sara playing Blink 182, merged with Alice in Chains.

-You have covered some Tegan and Sara songs. Who are your major influences that help shape your music?

We both have long lists of influences, and they are from a variety of genres. We both love metal, pop and punk. Some of our influences are The Pretty Reckless, Failure, Nirvana, Blink 182, Deftones, Tool and Tokio Hotel.

-You recently played some songs on a Brazil radio show. Do you have fans in Brazil?

We actually have our biggest fan-base in Brazil, so we are chomping at the bit to get out there. Our fans are actually from all around the world. Some of our biggest ones are in the UK, France and Mexico! It is one huge benefit the Internet gives to bands – the opportunity to have your music heard worldwide.

“For us, rock specifically has given us the means to feel free, act strong and be genuine: it doesn’t force us to conform to what “pretty” or “feminine” traditionally look like.”

-What’s been the greatest moment for Kink since forming?

I think our best moments have been at the studio – both albums we have created have been amazing experiences, which we will never forget. We both love writing and the process of making music is something we both cherish.

-You guys founded ‘Guitars for Girls’. Can you tell us more about that and why you started it?

Guitars for Girls was originally formed because we constantly go to music festivals, and notice there are not a lot of musicians in bands who are female. It is a very male-dominated industry. That being said, we know there ARE bands with women in them, and there are many female musicians who are extremely talented, but there is definitely an imbalance. For us, rock specifically has given us the means to feel free, act strong and be genuine: it doesn’t force us to conform to what “pretty” or “feminine” traditionally look like. So we created the initiative to gives girls who want the opportunity to pursue music, the chance to do so, even if they do not have the means to do it. We have donated over 40 guitars to girls in Toronto, and the program continues!

-You’ve just spent time in the studio recording an acoustic album. Do you enjoy time in the studio or being out on the road more?

Since we are a new band, we actually don’t know what it feels like to “be on the road.” We have played most places in Quebec and Ontario, but have not played more than three shows in a row before. We love being in the studio though. The studio we just recorded the acoustic EP in was especially beautiful. We slept over for two nights so we could wake up and just focus on music. We also won a Factor grant for the album, which was great.

-What are some things you want to accomplish as a punk rock duo from Toronto?

Our favourite thing is connecting with fans from around the world and really connecting with them. We respond to all our fan messages, we often mail little gifts to fans to show them we care, and we add special custom perks to march packages when people buy them. We are fans of music and bands, so we always want to treat our fans the way we would want our favourite bands to treat us. We also would really love to tour one day with one of our favourite bands, Tokio Hotel. They are a great band from Germany that fits our style of music and they just seem like great people. We think we would have a blast touring with them.

You can check out Kink’s music here. If anyone has a new or gently used instrument they would like to donate to Kink, they can contact info@kinktheband.com

Getting to know the Toronto Team

Q+A: Wade Edwards, chair of Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto

Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto was founded in 2015 and are a group of proactive young professionals in the GTA area who have dedicated their time, interests, and talents towards helping to support the work of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. We caught up with Team Fox Chair Wade Edwards to talk about why he got involved and what Team Fox is all about.

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-You are the Chair for Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto? Why did you get involved?

I’ve always wanted to get involved and actively support Parkinson’s research, as it’s a cause very close to my heart. Following my post-graduate studies I found myself with a heap of time on my hands and thought why not? The timing just worked and I haven’t looked back.

-How do you explain what Team Fox is to people who don’t know about it?

Team Fox is a grassroots community fundraising program at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Essentially, we are a group of fun individuals, focused on generating greater awareness in the community of the disease while hosting a variety of fundraising events. The Team Fox Young Professionals (YPs) are a proactive group of 20-and 30-somethings who dedicate their time toward supporting Team Fox. Toronto is the most recently formed YP group, and the only in Canada, joining 6 US cities – New York, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, Boston and LA. Fundamentally, the Team Fox YPs of Toronto are a group of like-minded professionals who work hard for a cause but have fun while doing so.

-Do you have a connection to Parkinson’s?

I do, yes. My grandfather suffered from Parkinson’s towards the later stages of his life. It had a profound effect on me, and my family, which is where my passion stems. It is in month’s like this (Parkinson’s Awareness month) that I am reminded of the reach of this disease and how many people it affects. Finding a cure couldn’t come quick enough.

-Do you need to have a connection to Parkinson’s to join Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto?

No, not at all. I would encourage everyone, at some point in their life, to give back to a charity – whether connected or not, the satisfaction is genuinely rewarding.  We are always looking for people to help out, in both formal and informal capacities – the only requirement we ask is for consistent, proactive and friendly participation. Should you wish to get involved I would love to connect with you via email at contact@teamfoxtoronto.com

-What does a typical Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto meet up night usually entail?

Given the voluntary nature of the group, and young-professional composition of the group, we try to keep these meetings as fun as possible – usually held monthly over a burger and pint, or salad and wine. In saying that, in the lead up to an event, it’s extremely common for weekly phone calls and a flurry of emails.

-You’ve been chair of the Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto for over twelve months now. What’s been the highlight?

It’s been an exciting journey working with the Foundation to develop a formal YP presence here in Toronto and help shape the way we engage the community and generate much needed fundraising for Parkinson’s research. Seeing this come to fruition has been an extremely rewarding experience, but so too has the people I have met. It’s truly inspiring to see the amount of passion and level of commitment some volunteers have. Very refreshing.

-What can Torontonians expect from Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto?

A fun and relaxed approach to educating and fundraising for Parkinson’s research. Through casual meetings, incorporating plenty of laughter, we aim to provide enjoyable interactions and networking opportunities while giving back to the community.

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A roundup of Parkinson’s news

A roundup of Parkinson’s news: Arts project aims to help patients, Show Us Your Shake and new Dementia study.

Here’s what happening in the world of Parkinson’s.

– A Toronto arts project looks to combine dance, comedy with Parkinson’s therapy. It’s a three-year project led by OpenLab that will aim to provide Parkinson’s remedies by artists who work in medical settings.

[Toronto Star]

-Motivational speaker John Baumann will be coming to Toronto as part of the World Parkinson’s Program later this month. Baumann is former corporate attorney who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his late 30s.

[Digital Journal]

– A Barrie man is launching a Parkinson’s awareness program called “Show us your Shake.” Greg McGinnis has started a social media awareness campaign that encourages people to post videos of themselves making protein shakes. So far the campaign has raised $1,909.

[Barrie Examiner]

A new study shows predictive markers for identifying which patients are at highest risk of dementia. Dementia will develop in about 80 percent of patients with Parkinson’s disease.

[Eureka Alert]

Sunday Funday – April 24th

Come join Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto for our first Sunday Funday Event!  An afternoon of live music, entertainment, and fundraising for a great cause!

Team Fox Young Professionals of Toronto is a community program focused on raising awareness, engaging the Parkinson’s community, and fundraising on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sunday-funday-tickets-21688746625

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Sunday Funday FINAL

TORONTO TEAM RESEARCHING NEW TESTING METHODS FOR PARKINSON’S

A team based at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital are researching ways to determine which medical test would accurately diagnose Parkinson’s disease at its earliest stage.

The group is led by neuropathologist Dr.Munoz who heads the Division of Pathology at St. Michael’s Hospital and will aim to figure out

​a more accurate test that can provide diagnosis during a first visit.

“Testing for Parkinson’s during a colonoscopy would be beneficial because it would be part of the common colorectal cancer screening test, and neurons are present in the gastrointestinal tract,” he said in a press release. “Eventually we hope to have a way of changing the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, which at this point is subject to a 50-per-cent error rate.”

According to Parkinsons News Today early diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is crucial to halting its progression, since the process of neuron destruction is irreversible once it starts. They report only 50 percent of patients are correctly diagnosed with this neurodegenerative condition during a first visit with a neurologist.

Some of the possible new methods could include tests for Parkinson’s when patients are undergoing a colonoscopy and another that uses skin biopsy, a procedure performed by family doctors testing for skin diseases.

Boxing Program helps deal with Parkinson’s

A boxing program in Indianapolis is helping battle some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
One of the boxers who is part of the program, 72-year old Linda Porter, told CBC.ca boxing training helped reduced a significant tremor in her left hand, to the point where it is barely noticeable.
Rock Steady Boxing started in 2007 by a former prosecutor Scott Newman as a way to deal with his early-onset Parkinson’s and the training regime replicates the way boxers prepare for bouts.
Galit Kleiner-Fisman, a neurologist at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences and medical director of the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic told CBC.ca, although there’s good evidence to support exercise, there’s no evidence yet to support which is the best exercise according to a 2013 review of physiotherapy interventions in Parkinson’s.
Research conducted at the University of Indianapolis’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy who studied the Rock Steady Program for more than two years compared the health of 45 people in the program to 38 other Parkinson’s patients doing different exercises and found boxing fared better.

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