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51st Annual Christmas Daddies - Saturday, December 6, 2014


It's time again for Maritimers to help the less fortunate in their community.

The 51st Annual Christmas Daddies Telethon is Saturday December 6, 2014on CTV from 11 am until 6 pm.

"We are so thankful CTV has once again donated air time for this worthwhile cause," says Roxanne Robinson, Executive Director for Christmas Daddies.

Viewers will enjoy an impressive roster of Maritime amateur and professional talent.  David Myles, Rylee Madison, Charlie A'Court and Jenn Grant will perform in front of a live studio audience at the NSCC Waterfront Campus, located at 80 Mawiomi Place in Dartmouth, NS.  The public is welcome to stop by and take in these performances, and NSCC students will have fun activities for families to enjoy.  Admission is free, but cash donations will be gratefully accepted.

Iconic performers Matt Minglewood and JP Cormier will take the stage in Sydney.  The Moncton stage will host local musicians Melanie Morgan and Ginette Marie; while PEI will showcase Jon Matthews and Julia Dunn.

Over the past 50 years, Christmas Daddies has raised over 28 million dollars for Maritime children in need during the holiday season. Viewers can support Christmas Daddies with donations to the Telethon. The funds raised provide gifts, clothing and food for less fortunate children and their families during the Christmas season. The Christmas Daddies partnership with The Salvation Army provides over 17,000 Maritime children with toys and gifts at Christmas each year.

"The adage that it's better to give than to receive is certainly the case for the Christmas Daddies Telethon" said Mike Elgie, Vice President and General Manager, CTV Atlantic. "Our viewers give so much to this every year, and we are incredibly grateful as it allows us to make such a difference in the lives of so many Maritime children and families."

CTV anchors Steve Murphy, Maria Panopalis and Bruce Frisko will host the show in Halifax, alongside colleagues Cindy Day, Jayson Baxter, Heidi Petracek and Ana Almeida. Cyril Lunney and David Bell will be in Moncton, while Rick Grant will once again return to Sydney.

"Christmas Daddies brings together our employees and Bell Aliant Pioneers to kick off the holiday season in a very meaningful way in our community. Our people take great pride in volunteering their time to answer the thousands of calls during Telethon and knowing money raised will support families throughout the Maritimes again this year" said Dan McKeen, Vice Chair and Senior Vice President, Residential Services, Bell Aliant.

On Saturday, December 6th viewers can watch the combined Halifax, Moncton and Sydney telethon live on CTV from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.(Atlantic) or check out the live webcast on Bell Aliant Community One.

Visit our website at www.christmasdaddies.org

Roxanne Robinson - Executive Director
Helping Maritime children since 1964


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Back in 1985, voices around the globe united in hopes of changing the world.

In the United Kingdom, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" topped the charts, while USA for Africa'sMental Health CD"We Are the World" and Canada's "Tears Are Not Enough" captivated hearts and sparked an outpouring of donations. It was a time to sing together with a common purpose. And now, it's time again!

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to be launching a new Holiday project designed to inspire a province. "Changing the Way People Think... At Christmas" is a CD with an important message of hope and understanding for Nova Scotians who are touched by mental illness and their families.

Twelve Nova Scotia artists have come together to sing the title song "Changing the Way People Think" in perfect harmony. Under the leadership of Executive Producer, Lana Grant, and Music Producer, Chris Iannetti, this song has grown into an amazing collaboration that touches on several genres of music and vocal styles.

The stellar line-up of "Artists for Change" includes - JRDN, Dave Carroll, Laura Garsten, John Gracie, Lana Grant, Asif Illyas, Makayla Lynn, Ryan MacDonald, RyLee Madison, Quake Matthews, Liz Rigney & Marko Simmonds.

"Changing the Way People Think... At Christmas" is generously funded by well-known Nova Scotia philanthropists and friends of the Foundation, Fred and Elizabeth Fountain. It will be sold at Lawtons stores throughout the province and Needs Convenience in the HRM beginning November 17th, and available online at www.heraldshop.ca and www.mentalhealthns.ca/christmas-cd. The project will officially launch the Chronicle Herald's Parade of Lights pre-show concert on Barrington Street by Parade Square on November 15th at 5:30 p.m. The pre-show concert will air live on Eastlink.

The CDs will retail for $20, with ALL proceeds going directly to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. They will also be available for digital download at a price point of $9.99. The group single, "Changing the Way People Think", will also be sold online for $1.99.

"We know music is an important component of healing and recovery for many people," says Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia President & CEO, Starr Dobson. "We also know music is a beautiful and traditional part of the Holidays that brings friends and families together. Our hope is that all Nova Scotians will recognize the strength of this song and bring it into their homes for the Holidays. It's music that can truly make a difference - to Nova Scotians struggling with mental illness, their families and everyone."

"Changing the Way People Think... At Christmas" will also include a 12-page booklet with information and resources for people requiring mental health assistance.

It's a perfect locally-made product that is sure to be a must-have present under every tree this Christmas.

Together, we're changing the way people think, so we hope you'll help us spread the word and share this festive song.

Hard copy CDs are also available at Lawtons Drugs locations across Nova Scotia, Needs Convenience in the HRM, and Herald Shop online.


RyLee takes home the 2013 ECMA for Country Recording of the Year!

We are THRILLED to announce that finally after six ECMA (East Coast Music Association) nominations over her 10 year recording career, RyLee recently took home the 2013 ECMA Award for Country Recording of the Year with her album 'Where Does The Time Go'.

Co-produced in Nashville, TN with her husband Clay Krasner, RyLee and Clay both feel honored to have reached such an accolade with their very first production together.

"This was a long and challenging labor of love. We are so thrilled to receive this ECMA award with.......READ MORE

"Run" listed as one of the Top 100 Songs of 2012

Posted on December 9, 2012

That Nashville Sound blogspot has listed Run, a track from RyLee's record Where Does The Time Go, as one of the top 100 (and something) songs of 2012.  READ MORE...


Music Maker magazine in the UK chimes in on RyLee's record

Posted on June 8, 2012

"Well, the name screams country but in this instance we're north of the border and RyLee Madison is one of Canada's rising stars.  Ten accomplished, accessible easy-on-the ear songs, with a reprised duet, signal the reason.  The voice is genre specific but the music rocks in at the contemporary end of the spectrum, devoid of any cloying sentimentality and with occasional room for other devices and desires.... READ MORE


Show has it all from soup to nuts

Country artist RyLee Madison, now based in Nashville, joins the show on June 15 and 16 at the Nova Scotia Community College in Bridgewater in a fundraiser for YMCA Lunenburg County.
READ MORE  www.thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/104924-show-has-it-all-from-soup-to-nuts

Where Does The Time Go Album Review

Posted March 24, 2012 by Janet Goodman

Ironically, there's got to be something in the cold waters of our northern neighbors that explains the level of hot musical talent coming out of Canada over the years. Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Emerson Drive are just a handful of their country artists who have made the transition from solely Canadian to be embraced as Nashville's own. RyLee Madison is a Halifax, Nova Scotia singer/songwriter who recently made the big move to Music City. She has had a string of eight singles at Canadian country radio, and now aims to make a statement here…and she has the pipes to do it.

With her fourth album release, "Where Does the Time Go," Madison shows her mad singing chops to America, as well as her contemporary country songwriting skills. She knows how to deliver her songs in a clear, committed voice; her lower range and energy are so reminiscent of early Jo Dee Messina. It's been five years between albums, and Madison bursts forth like some snowbound pony come spring.......READ MORE

RyLee's life has turned around

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS, Canada

Tragedy helped fuel heartfelt new album

Chronicle Herald File

Singer-songwriter RyLee Madison relaxes at a friend's home in Halifax during a recent visit. The Lower Sackville country singer has just released a powerful album, Where Does The Time Go, after enduring personal tragedy. (MARK GOUDGE)

WHERE DOES THE TIME GO is the title of RyLee Madi­son's latest album. It's a question the Lower Sackville country singer has been asking herself. Five years ago, she released her last album, the ECMA-nominated Me & Cinde­rella. Since then, Madison went through the breakup of a long-term relationship and a difficult separation from stepchildren she'd raised for more than a decade. She had married in whirlwind fashion after a friendship turned to love, moved to Nashville and lost her beloved grand­mother, Leah Boutilier, whom she de­scribes as her best friend. Through the pain and turmoil..........read more

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