Music News Digest, August 11, 2022

Awards News

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) announced the finalists of the Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award 2022. Created in 2017, the award celebrates the achievements and bright future of Canadian songwriters on an upward trajectory in their careers. This year’s finalists, five English-speaking artists and six French-speaking artists will be vying for cash prizes and opportunities for SOCAN writing camps, mentorship opportunities and recognition at the 2022 CSHF Gala. The English finalists are Nate Ferraro, Eli Brown, LOONY, Haviah Mighty and TOBi. In the French category, we find Robert Robert, Lou-Adriane Cassidy, P’tit Belliveau, Lydia Képinski, LUMIÈRE and Étienne Coppée. CSHF invites the public to vote for their favorite songwriter as the second round of voting begins with a jury. Fans can vote daily here until August 14. More informations here.

The 2023 Juno Awards chose a new date, shifted a day to avoid the Oscars. Next year’s show in Edmonton will move to March 13, from its original date of March 12. “This new date will provide greater access to a wider audience and give Canadian artists the attention their extraordinary works deserve,” the Junos said in a statement.

Duck is nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards for the first time, joining the list of Outstanding Drama Series contenders for his role as executive producer on the HBO series Euphoria. Drake has held this position since the launch of Euphoria in 2019. Other newly added producer nominees include Selena Gomez as an executive producer on Only murders in the building and Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for The Beatles: Come Back. The Emmys air Sept. 12 on CTV. Source: pc

Festival news

– Electronic music festival organizers For all time say the event will not take place this weekend after failing to receive the necessary permits from the local township of Oro-Medonte, Ontario, which raised concerns about safety and security issues. A brief statement on Ever After’s social media page promised more details soon, and said ticket holders should “plan accordingly”. He did not use the words “cancelled” or “postponed”. A representative did not provide additional information and would not comment on the refunds. BlogTO reports that EDM fans are unhappy with the situation. Ever After was scheduled to take place August 11-14 and feature Canadian artists Rezz and Zeds Dead, as well as international artist Dillon Francis and DJ duo Slander. Source: pc

– Bad weather temporarily halted the last night of the Boots and hearts festival at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte on August 7. The festival grounds were temporarily evacuated, but the crowds were able to return for the closing of the festival set by Shania Twain.

Music Nova Scotia has announced the third round of artists to perform at Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) 2022. The 25th anniversary edition of the event is scheduled for Sydney, Cape Breton, November 3-6. Notable names include Carleton Stone, Jayden Austin, Jordyn, Keats Conlon, Laura Gallant, Rankin Macinnis, The Town Heroes and Willie Stratton. More information here.

Industry News

CIMA will return to Hackney in London for the American Music Week in the UK taking place January 23-26, 2023. The conference, awards show and music festival features live Americana music from the US, Austria, Spain, Denmark, UK and more again, and the one-day conference consists of over 200 international promoters, artists and festival-goers. Applications to participate in the CIMA Mission, showcase and commercial initiative, are now open, until August 26th. here.

– Next month, CIMA, in partnership with BreakOut West, Alberta Music, Manitoba Music & SaskMusic, returns to Nashville for a business and presentation mission during the 2022 edition of the AMERICAN FESTIVAL. The Canada House showcase at InDo (632 Fogg St) on September 16 (noon – 6 p.m.) features nine Canadian artists: Amanda Rheaume, Del Barber, Desiree Dorion, Kyle McKearney, Last Birds, The Hay Babies, Megan Nash, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Mikhail Laxton. More information here.

– As the primary funder of their work in Canada, FACTOR advise to Change of keyinviting female and sexual minority artists and innovators to participate in a broad Talent development program consisting of showcases, panels, workshops, mentoring and creative sessions. The year-long program takes place at 13 festivals across Europe and Canada, including two full-network meetups in February and September. In addition to export opportunities, the program helps participants take the next step in their careers through targeted training. Apply here before September 28.

– Toronto radio station JAZZ.FM91 said on August 15 Oscar Peterson Day. The lineup will conclude with a live concert featuring the Juno award-winning pianist Robi Botos and bassist recipient of the Order of Canada David Young in a duo performance in the station’s Long & McQuade performance hall at JAZZ.FM91. Celine Peterson, Oscar’s daughter and host of JAZZ.FM will host, and Oliver Jones will also participate.

Artist news

– Award-winning Canadian blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Sue Foley joins elite roster of artists for recording live album at famed Toronto venue El Mocambo. This list includes the Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Elvis Costello, and Foley will be added to the list on September 8, along with his live recording. Tix and info here.

– Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Pierre Carleton (Port Cities) will release their third solo album, cut paper, September 9. He is now in the United States and Canada as a special guest of the Crash Test Dummies. Western Canada shows run from August 21 to September 18. Here is Stone’s new single.

– Acclaimed singer/songwriter from Toronto Andrea Ramolo will celebrate both his birthday and the vinyl release of his latest album, quarantine dream, with a performance and party at Lourdes Coffee in Toronto (1867 Davenport Road) on September 3 from 8 p.m. information here.

Darcy James argues is a Brooklyn-based Canadian composer and bandleader who has won three Grammys and a Juno for his adventurous work with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society. Last week he launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the recording of a new album, Dynamic Maximum Voltage, reaching 90% of his goal of $20,000 in just a few days. Make a donation here. Argue is a major talent deserving of greater recognition in his homeland.

– American hip-hop mega-star DJ Khalid successfully collaborated with Duck before, and he recruits both Drizzy andLittle baby as guests on her new single and video, Staying Alive. Khaled’s 13th album, God madereleases August 26.

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