Music News Digest, February 14, 2022

Famous independent record label based in Toronto Paper Bag Records will turn 20 in style next month. From March 4-6, PBR will present concerts broadcast live from the Seahorse Tavern in Halifax, the Great Hall in Toronto and the Rickshaw Theater in Vancouver, with the participation of a dozen active artists from the label. The three-day festival is accessible via wristband, meaning fans can check out the lineup in their own city and also tune in to live streams of other shows. Available now, online event tickets are $15 and live event tickets (plus online access) for shows in all three cities are $25. Live concerts will follow current protocols. Artists involved include Zoon, POSTDATA, Frog Eyes, Princess Century, Gold & Youth, Luke Lalonde and Lou Canon. Read a precedent for your information PBR tag profile here. Congratulations to one of our favorite independent brands.

– Four Canadian arena shows included in Elton Johnit is Farewell yellow brick road the tour itinerary was cancelled, with Covid restrictions cited as the cause (John contracted Covid earlier this year). The concerts were scheduled at the Bell Center in Montreal on March 9 and 10 and at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on March 12 and 13. Shows scheduled for Rogers Center in Toronto on September 7 and BC Place in Vancouver on October 21 remain on John’s website. Source: PC

Nickelback will headline an outdoor concert at the Vancouver E-Prix track on Friday, July 1, during Canadian E-Fest weekend. The inaugural 3-day event runs from June 30 to July 2 and includes a Sustainability Conference, Vancouver E-Prix, E-Celebrity Race, E-Sports Tournament and E-Volve Conference to address future mobility solutions. More information here.

– Music editing INTERVAL curated a talent-rich lineup of Canadian hip-hop and R&B artists for an official ceremony SXSW showcase in Austin next month. Bill includes Snotty Nose Ground Kids, Haviah Mighty, Just John, Madras CartelAqyila and Mauvey, who will take the stage at Lucille on March 17.

– Folk music veteran and Guelph City Councilor James Gordon draws attention to a new song, Crybabies Caravan, which targets protesters occupying Ottawa and disrupting border traffic. The song racked up 200,000 views in just a few days. Find it on Bandcamp here

– Country hit rockers road hammers have been named hosts of The 2022 Alberta Country Music Awardswhich is to take place in Red Deer on March 20. Tix for the awards show is on sale now, and the show itself will be simulcast live to country fans near and far.

AfroWaveTO, Toronto’s newest black music festival, is hosting a series of virtual winter concerts for Black History Month featuring eight all-female Toronto artists who will perform on February 24, ahead of this year’s festival. . The supernatural showcase, streamed on the festival’s YouTube page, features sets of performances from Omega Mighty, Chelsea Stewart, Dynesti, Chizzy Bashment, Alicia Cinnamon, Benita, Imah and Fridaee. More information here.

– In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a fitting new single from the Ontario folk singer-songwriter Caroline Wilestaken from his recently released album, Grateful.

– Also on the V-Day tip, the Vancouver-based lovebirds Moulin Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Victoria celebrated 20 years together by performing an all-original Lovestream yesterday (February 13). You can still access it here.

– Toronto rock club Baby G announced the return of “Happy Sundays”, a free weekly series featuring developing and emerging artists. Those scheduled for March shows include STAYOUTLATE, Terrell Morris, Broco, By Divine Right, Blonde Elvis, PONY, LAL, and more. Check the schedule here.

– Acclaimed roots singer-songwriter duo Madison Violet and guest Andrea Ramolo pair up for a show at an intimate concert at Bridgeworks in Hamilton on February 25. Recommended. Tix here


Rose Ellen Nicholsan aboriginal opera singer from British Columbia, died January 30 at the age of 41 of cancer.

Nichols was a Coast Salish mezzo-soprano known for her roles in productions of Marie Clements and Brian Current. Missing and Margaret Atwood Paulina.

CBC Music’s Marion Newman paid tribute to her friend Nicols, calling her “an accomplished Indigenous woman in the arts. She was openly proud of all that she was and had a deep love and respect for her family. She sang with a beautiful, deep voice that was sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes overflowing with joy – a voice that revealed all of her very real, down-to-earth personality.

Read a detailed obituary in The Globe and Mail here

Salim Abdulhussein Sachedinathe former owner of legendary Toronto recording studio Sounds Interchange, died Feb. 8 at the age of 83.

Sachedina immigrated to Toronto from Tanzania in 1966, where he quickly began a celebrated career in the recording arts. He was first CEO of Eastern Sound Studios and then owner of the legendary recording studio Sounds Interchange where he facilitated the work of countless artists like Anne Murray, Elton John, Rush, Black Sabbath and Gordon Lightfoot.

His son, Jeremy, posted a tribute on Facebook that said, in part, “Salim was truly proud of what he achieved in the Toronto recording industry, and was always praising his employees and partners. If he’s ever had a bad experience with any of you, he never mentions it. His recollection of his experiences at Eastern Sound, Berryman, Sounds Interchange, and Supercorp was (with the notable exception of when he told Cat Stevens to fuck off) of overwhelming positivity and pride.

He continued as an entrepreneur, as president of Canadian Sportfishing, and even after his retirement he continued to act as a business consultant. Sachedina was very active in his community as a member of the committee responsible for establishing Toronto’s first Islamic mosque in 1979. He also founded the Ithnasheri Union of Toronto. Source:


Ian Mcdonald, best known as a member of King Crimson in 1968 and 1969 then Foreigner from 1976 to 1980, died on February 9, aged 75, from cancer

A multi-instrumentalist, McDonald was a co-founding member of prog-rock pioneers King Crimson, and was on board for the band’s biggest album, 1969. At the Court of the Crimson King, flute, clarinet, organ, vocals,

Writing in the liner notes of the Epitaph box set in 1997, King Crimson frontman Robert Fripp noted: “Ian brought musicianship, an exceptional sense of the short, revealing melodic line, and the ability to express it on a variety of instruments.”

McDonald left this group in 1969, although it later appeared on their album Red. In 1969, he and KC alumnus Michael Giles released the critically acclaimed album McDonalds and Giles, and in 1976 McDonald helped form Foreigner. He played on the band’s first three albums and hits such as Feels Like The First Time, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded, Double Vision and Dirty White Boy.

He has also recorded with Steve Hackett of Genesis and John Wetton of Asia. Sources: rolling stone, Noise11, Wikipedia

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