Music News Digest, March 10, 2022

After closing its doors for two years due to the pandemic, the RBC Bluesfest, one of the biggest summer festivals in the country, announces its return. From July 7-17, it features headliners such as local heroine Alanis Morrissette, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, Rage Against The Machine, Alexisonfire and The National. g tickets on sale tomorrow (March 11) here.

Canadian Music Week (CMW) has opened nominations for the 21st anniversary of the Jim Beam INDIE Award, scheduled for June 11 at El Mocambo in Toronto. Submissions are accepted by until April 8. Artists or their representatives (including labels, managers, agents and publishers) can submit their entries. National music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of January 1, 2021 and February 1, 2022.

– There are big changes in The Strumbellas camp. Simon districtformer frontman of the multi-platinum Juno-winning band, retired, replaced by Jimmy Chauveau, a former lead singer of the Ascot Royals before forming the duo Kadeema in 2019. Ward will remain an active member of the Strumbellas line-up, but in a behind-the-scenes songwriting role. In a press release, the band notes that “We are writing new songs together and working to deliver new Strumbellas songs to our fans as soon as possible.”

– Fourteen prizes were awarded at the sixth annual edition of the Gala Dynasty, held on March 5 at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts in Montreal. This annual event marks the end of Black History Month festivities and celebrates outstanding members of Quebec’s Black communities in music and the arts. Performers included Preach, DJ Sweet La Rock, Kelly Krow, Alan Prater, Lost, Djely Tapa, Yama Laurent and Zach Zoya. Tributes were paid to the late Don Harley Fils-Aimé and Karim Ouelletand Lamine Toure, founding president of the Nuits d’Afrique and Vues d’Afrique festivals, received the Grand Prix Dynastie 2022. See the complete list of winners here. Source: SOCAN Words & Music.

– Good news for fans of roots music and jazz in Toronto, is the word that Hugh’s Room Live entered into an agreement to acquire a Lennox heritage church located at 296 Broadview. The hoped-for acquisition comes after a two-year search by the muso org hierarchy for a new home after its western location became too expensive. HRL is a registered charity and now needs to raise $2.2 million to close the deal, although a loan guarantee from the City of Toronto was an important step in securing the funds needed for the purchase. Donors can contribute to CanadaHelps or transfer money to and receive a tax receipt.

– The 11th edition Alberta Country Music Awards will take place on March 20 at the Cambridge Red Deer Hotel and Conference Centre, and the organization has announced its full awards lineup, including special appearances by the singer Aaron Goodvin and heartland Star Amber MarshalI. Other performers will include The Road Hammers, Dan Davidson, Hailey Benedict and The Prairie States onstage at the 11th Annual Country Music Alberta Awards on March 20. The launch party (March 19) will feature Alex Hughes, NewLaw, Robert Adam and Nice Cheval. The Songwriters Stage (March 20), hosted by Aaron Pollock and Amy Hef, features performances from ANNIKA, Devin Cooper, Bretton Rose, Emet, The Dungarees and Shaela Miller. Tix are on sale now here.

– Toronto indie brand Paper Bag Records recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with live shows and events coast to coast and is now heading to Austin. An SXSW festival showcase presented by the label and the team at Double Denim Management is scheduled for Swan Dive on March 15, featuring performances by Art from Ecco, Zoon, Living Hour, Cuffed Up, Frankiie and Maya Malkin.

– Two top-notch Ontario singer-songwriters, Frost Lily and Kate Bootman share a bill at the Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound on March 13. Recommended.

Northside KUISi Vol 3Lulaworld’s recent album by Beny Esguerra and new tradition music was nominated for Global Music Album of the Year at the 2022 Junos. To celebrate, Esguerra and his band are releasing a three-part mini-documentary about the making of the album, available via YouTube.

– Chinese-Canadian folk-rock artist from British Columbia Tennyson King release a new album, Good company, on January 21, and is now touring east. The trek begins tonight (March 10) at Toronto’s Drake Underground, followed by nine more Ontario dates, at breweries, cafes and clubs. Itinerary here.


Ted Jonesan acclaimed graphic designer who worked extensively with Klaatu, died in Halifax on March 1, aged 68, of a suspected heart attack.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Jones grew up in Toronto.

Terry Draper of Klaatu, named as Jones’ next of kin, informs for your information that “Jones did virtually all of Klaatu’s album covers, graphics, illustrations, and illustrations, except for the Sir Army Costume album (Hugh Syme) and Peaks (Terry Watkinson of Max Webster). Ted has also done 11 solo album covers for me over the past few years, many of which feature Ted’s trademark style. His works for 3:47 a.m. EST was featured in a gold-winning advertising campaign for the then trade magazine World record in the United States in 1977. We formed a lasting friendship, and we miss him.” Sources: Terry Draper, Frank Davies

David “Ziggy” Sigmund a Vancouver guitarist who played with Slow, Art Bergmann, The Scramblers, Copyright and Econoline Crush, has died aged 56. No cause of death has been reported.

Sigmund was a member of industrial pop unit Econoline Crush from the late 90s to the early 2000s. Frontman Trevor Hurst posted this on his Facebook page: “David ‘Ziggy’ Sigmund, my friend , partner, my brother in arms crossed. His sudden passing took us all by surprise. He was a brilliant musician, a creative genius, an entertaining conversationalist and the best shot. My life is changed forever. I want to thank everyone for the kind messages of support during this difficult time. »

On Facebook, his comrade Art Bergmann posted: “Goodbye my dear Ziggy. I still love you.”

Sigmund was a member of the Vancouver punk band Slow, from 1984 to 1987, and was part of its reunion in 2017. After Slow broke up for the first time, he joined the Scramblers. An archival album of this band’s blues-infused hard rock material, Good turned badwas released in 2005 via Heart of Texas Records.

Sigmund would later join Econoline Crush, first appearing on the band’s 1997 LP. the devil you know. The single All That You Are (X3), on which Sigmund got a writing credit, brought the band more exposure in the United States.

The third album A whole new story followed in 2001, produced by fellow Canadian Bob Rock, who had previously hired Sigmund as a touring guitarist for his short-lived band Rockhead. Econoline Crush went on hiatus in 2002 and reunited without Sigmund in 2006. After the fourth feature Ignite arrived in 2008, it was announced that Sigmund had joined the band in 2010.

Sigmund was recently part of the Slow reunion. Sources: Exclaim, Georgia Straight, Vancouver Sun

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