Summary of music news, March 7, 2022

The postponed and long-awaited precedent After hours till dawn stadium tour by The weekend just announced its dates. With Doja Cat in support, it will kick off with a show in its hometown of Toronto at the Rogers Center on July 8, followed by stops at major US stadiums including Metlife in New York, Soldier Field in Chicago, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. , and more, before wrapping on September 2 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The tour is produced by Live Nation, and is the first leg of The Weeknd’s massive global journey, with additional dates in Mexico, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to be announced soon. Tickets for North American dates go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. local time here and here. The Weeknd also announced the launch of the XO Humanitarian Fund for the United Nations World Food Program, with $1 from every ticket sold benefiting the fund, as well as a combined donation of $1.5 million.

– The orgy of blockbuster buys of major artist/composer catalogs continues with weekend news that Hipgnosis song management acquired a career-spanning catalog created by Leonard Cohen. MBW reports that “the acquisition marks a historic deal for private fund Hipgnosis Songs Capital ICAV, backed by Blackstone, a separate entity from the UK-listed Hipgnosis Songs fund”.

Hipgnosis acquired an interest in the 278 songs and derivatives written by Leonard Cohen. Of these 278 compositions, 127 songs are from his Stranger Music catalog, for which Hipgnosis acquired the share of the author’s royalties. This includes Hallelujah, which has been covered over 300 times, has sold nearly 10 million records and has been streamed over 5 billion times across all services. Hipgnosis also acquired 100% copyright ownership – including publisher’s share and writer’s share – of royalties from the Old Ideas catalog, which consists of 67 songs and written derivative works. by Cohen from 2001 until his death in 2016.

In a report, Merck MercuriadisCanadian Founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Song Management, said, “Now being stewards and stewards of Leonard Cohen’s incomparable songs is a wonderful but very serious responsibility that we approach with enthusiasm and fully understand the importance of.” »

justin bieber has another hit on his hands, via a collab with the Nigerian Afro-fusion star Oma Lay on the track Warning. Watch the eye-catching video here.

– After a two-year absence from live performance, the next 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) in Charlottetown, PEI, will revert to an in-person format, as well as an online component. Hosted by Chelsey June (Twin Flames) and Benoit Bourque, the CFMA’s bilingual concerts will award 20 prizes, including the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award, over two evenings, April 1 and 2. There are also two Spotlight showcases, on March 31 and April 2. The events will also be broadcast on the CFMA website, (EN) and (FR) on Facebook and the CFMA Youtube channel. More information here.

– Juno-nominated jazz meets Cuban music ensemble Jane Bunnett and Maqueque is currently touring the United States, through March 19, including a 5-night tour at the prestigious New York Birdland venue. After a show on May 15 in Victoria, British Columbia, the band has six more dates on the west coast of the United States. Itinerary here.

– Ukrainian-Canadian duo based in Toronto Balaklava Blues released a timely new single, Shelter Our Sky. BB also announced a collaborative NFT project designed to raise funds for a Ukrainian NGO come back alive, which helps Ukrainian servicemen, volunteers and their families through crowdfunding. Balaklava Blues is currently in the UK helping Belarus Free Theater score their play European dogspremiering March 10 at the Barbican Theater in London.

Music Nova Scotia presents the latest installments of his performance series, Organized, featuring new and emerging talent selected by a local artist. Organized: Isabelle Breagh will take place at Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Halifax as a free open house on March 19 from 1-3 p.m., featuring performances by Eric Stephen Martin, Jade Bennett, Eriana Willis and blue.

– Toronto’s famous live music club, the Cameron House reopens this week, with club favorite Corin Raymond and the aperitifs leading the relaunch on March 10, in their old 6-8 p.m. slot, a set to continue indefinitely. As the eloquent troubadour Raymond declares, “Long may the Red Velvet Twilight shine!” To verify here for other club lists.

Bravo Niagara Arts Festival presents the best classical and jazz artists in concert in the region this spring and summer. The lineup includes Charles Richard-Hamelin (April 8), Jan Lisiecki (April 26), members of the Oscar Peterson Quartet (April 30), Jon Kimura Parker (May 29) and Brubeck Brothers Quartet (June 22). More information here.

– The Indie Weekly Tomorrow’s session (March 8) discusses how music can be used as a therapeutic tool, empowering marginalized communities. It comprises Give importance to musicFounder and CEO of Darcy Ataman and the organization’s new Director of Business Development and Industrial Affairs Steve Kane. Session starts at 4 p.m. EST, with free registration here.

– The original idea of Zula presentsthe Something else! Series brings cutting-edge jazz and new music to Hamilton. Its first two events of 2022 are at La Casbah, on March 16 and 27. The first concert features Samuel Blaser and Russ losers, and Ladyfinger, with the second show featuring Michael Formanek’s Drome Trio. More information here

– Labelmates on Fortune Stellar Records, By divine right and hot kid are teaming up for six shows in Ontario and Quebec this month, starting with a show on March 10 at Bridgeworks in Hamilton and ending at Baby G in Toronto on March 20. Indie rock heroes BDR will release a ninth album in September, and you can expect a sneak peek at these featured gigs. More information here.

– The Juno award and internationally renowned Toronto Tabla Set released their eighth album, For the love of tabla. Exploring the theme of love, it features guest artists from Canada and around the world. Here is a collaboration with the famous rocker Bif Naked.


Iwan Edwardsacclaimed Montreal choirmaster and pedagogue, died March 4 at age 84.

Edwards was best known as the choir director of the Orchester symphonique de Montréal, preparing the choir for 21 seasons of concerts, tours and recording sessions. He received Grammy and Juno awards for their recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens, among many accolades.

CBC reports that “her backup singers were charmed by her lilting Welsh accent, warm sense of humor and rigor during the rehearsal process”.

Born in Wales, Edwards moved to Montreal in 1965 and quickly became an important figure in the city’s music scene. He founded the St. Lawrence Choir, which he directed for four decades. He then taught at the FACE school in downtown Montreal, and he also directed the choral music program at nearby McGill University, eventually serving as director of the performance department.

An early 1990s recording of Alcides Lanza’s electroacoustic work An imaginary world with the McGill Concert Choir exemplifies Edwards’ audacity as a musician and teacher. The National Youth Choir of Canada welcomed Edwards as guest conductor in 1998 and 1999. After his retirement from teaching, Edwards established the Canadian Chamber Choir and the Concerto Della Donna, an all-female chamber choir.

Edwards was a member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. In 2014, Edwards was the subject of a crowdfunding campaign for a documentary film titled Once and for all, looking back on his remarkable career. The film is currently in post-production and will be released later this year. Source: Radio-Canada, Montreal Gazette


Maud Marie Hudson (born Kegel)an American singer and wife of the band’s Garth Hudson, died on February 21, at the age of 71. No cause of death has been reported.

She grew up in California and later moved to New York State with her husband of over 43 years. Hudson sang and played guitar, and performed frequently with Garth Hudson. Among those she has performed and recorded with are The Band, Norah Jones, Albert Collins, Paul Butterfield, Dr John, Cyndi Lauper, Geoff Muldaur, Eric Andersen, Kevin Hearn, Gavin Friday, Mary Margaret O’Hara and The Sadies.

A funeral was held on March 4. Condolences can be sent to the family at

Denroy Morgana famous reggae singer and manager, died at the age of 76. No cause of death has been reported.

His musical career began in the late 60s, playing reggae and rocksteady with a band called the Mad Creators after emigrating to New York. By 1974 Morgan had co-founded the Black Eagles Band, whose original line-up released a handful of singles and the album Warningin 1978.

Morgan’s breakthrough came in 1981 with the dancefloor hit I’ll Do Anything for You, an early fusion of R&B, rap and reggae styles, which landed him a two-album deal with RCA Records. A reggae version of the hit was later released as the lead single from his 1998 VP Records album. Salvation. reign of theocracy (2009), and Connect to Ethiopia (2011) continued the association with the label.

Morgan fathered 30 children, some of whom were featured in two sister musical groups, LMS and the hugely popular Morgan Heritage, with whom he managed and performed for many years. More recently, he established his own Abrahamic Covenant Family Ministry, in association with Hilltop Tabernacle in Port Morant, St Thomas.

A new album, Denroy Morgan and The Black Eagles’ divine destiny, is slated for release via VPAL Music distribution on April 22. Source: VP Records,

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