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.
One of the big events to take place in 2019 was Indie Week http://www.indieweek.com . Indie Week is a music festival that took place in Toronto November 13th-17th where over 200 Indie acts from Canada and around the world performed at 25 venues around the city. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was at Revival Bar https://www.revivalbar.com (783 College St) to interview several of those acts including he Swedish Country Rock Pop Duo Bara Jonson and Free https://www.barajonsonfree.com on taking part with Indie Week, how they came up with “Cropop music”, music including their single Hello Newfoundland (feat Tale The Rapper) https://tinyurl.com/uko9qfz and new releases planned for 2020.
One of the big events to take place in 2019 was Indie Week http://www.indieweek.com . Indie Week is a music festival that took place in Toronto November 13th-17th where over 200 Indie acts from Canada and around the world performed at 25 venues around the city. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was at Revival Bar https://www.revivalbar.com (783 College St) to interview several of those acts including vocalist YOSHIKA and bassist YAMA known as the Japanese Alternative Pop Duo Free But Sharp Pain https://www.facebook.com/freebutsharppain/ . In this interview we used translation app(English/Japanese)to talk about the group taking part in Indie Week, how they met, music including their single Crocodile Tears https://tinyurl.com/tgs64fc and plans for 2020.
The magical and family fun event,” Disney On Ice Dream Big” https://tinyurl.com/vqmrhb8 returns to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena https://www.scotiabankarena.com/events/detail/disney-on-ice-1 Friday January 24th to Sunday January 26th, 2020 . Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com is on location at Scotiabank Arena and speaks with Whitby Ontario Figure Skater “Graham Hockley” https://www.facebook.com/graham.hockley.3 (who plays Flynn Rider) about what it’s like to perform with Disney On Ice, the special effects and stunts fans will see, how some of the best figure skaters in the world will be performing and a sneak peek on what it’s like to actually be on the ice at the show. (Disney On Ice presents Dream Big https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KviRyRmSXo )
Rising Canadian Country Artist Karli June https://www.facebook.com/karlijunemusic/ was in Toronto to promote her new single “Say Too Much” https://tinyurl.com/qowyd2c released today (Friday January 24th, 2020). Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com at the Toronto Hilton https://tinyurl.com/u4gcg3tabout the roots of career that included classical and gospel music, her connection with one of the biggest Country music festivals in Canada, Boots and Hearts https://bootsandhearts.com , her new single and plans for 2020. (apologies to listeners but the audio lowers during the interview but can still be very much heard)
One of Canada’s biggest Country artist’s Brett Kissel https://www.brettkissel.com was in Toronto for a private fan performance at The Lounge at Livenation https://www.facebook.com/TheLoungeAtLiveNation/ (2 Snooker St) on Wednesday January 22nd, 2020. He was here promoting his new album Now Or Never featuring his number one single Drink About Me https://tinyurl.com/wmm85ba . Before his performance, Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with the multi Juno https://tinyurl.com/tlr3dd4 and Canadian Country Music Association https://www.ccma.org award winner, about his new album, having a number one hit, how his career has changed over the years, if he will be appearing at the Juno’s and CCMA’s and if there will be a 2020 tour.
Thursday January 23rd, 2020
(This Interview is also on SoundCloud https://tinyurl.com/uqj7gcx )
Do you remember “back in the day” dancing outside in front of the Much Music headquarters while inside the sexy people were moving and grooving to the latest beats by some of the biggest 90’s artists of the decade? Well that experience is coming back to Canada as The 90’s Nostalgia Electric Circus Edition Tour https://90snostalgia.ca will be hitting up several cities across the nation. The Kick off is taking place this Saturday January 25th, 2020 at Toronto’s Her https://www.youcanloveher.com (1325 Eglington Ave E). Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with one of the event hosts “Ed The Sock” https://tinyurl.com/uv6mtuq on what he’s been doing in the last few years and some of the surprises fans can expect attending The 90’s Nostalgia Electric Circus Edition Tour inclining appearances from Monika Deol https://tinyurl.com/tvloc5k, Rick Campanelli https://tinyurl.com/sabuqen and music by Real McCoy https://tinyurl.com/tetmdu5 and C&C Music Factory https://tinyurl.com/l8msug3 . ( Electric Circus Intro https://tinyurl.com/sobn3c9 )
One of the big events to take place in 2019 was Indie Week http://www.indieweek.com . Indie Week is a music festival that took place in Toronto November 13th-17th where over 200 Indie acts from Canada and around the world performed at 25 venues around the city. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com was at Revival Bar https://www.revivalbar.com (783 College St) to interview several of those acts including Toronto singer/songwriter Julie Neff http://julieneff.ca about taking part in Indie Week her latest album Catharsis featuring the single Pick Up My Pieces https://tinyurl.com/yx6yo95w and new music to be released in 2020.
Tuesday January 21st, 2020
(This Interview is also on SoundCloud https://tinyurl.com/yx8cutge )
One of the most elegant, prestigious and anticipating events on the Toronto calendar, TD’S BLACK DIAMOND BALL 2020 https://blackdiamondballto.com returns Saturday February 29th, 2020 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel www.fairmont.com/Toronto/RoyalYork . The black-tie gala is a celebration festivity of entertainers, business leaders, and community members mixing in music, dance, food and fashion. Rudy Blair Entertainment Media rudyblairmedia.com speaks with event creator and Artistic Director of ArtXperiential Projects http://www.artxperiential.com/teamm/ Shawn Cuffie https://www.instagram.com/cuffieshawn/?hl=en about the five year history of the BDB, some of the new surprises been introduced this year, who will be this years headlining performer and most important…how to get tickets before it sells out …AGAIN! https://tdblackdiamondball2020.eventbrite.ca . (Tank – I Don’t Think You’re Ready https://tinyurl.com/rr4orfz )