Music News Digest, February 10, 2022

Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) announced its 25th anniversary celebration in Sydney, Cape Breton, November 3-6, the event’s second time in Cape Breton. Music Nova Scotia offers a limited number of festival wristbands on sale now for $40. These allow access to all presentation events at NSMW 2022, subject to capacity. Limited wristbands are available for sale here while stocks last. Regular early bird ticketing will be available later in the spring. More information here.

– 35 speakers from 15 countries will converge online this week at The Music Cities Convention, which will take place on February 10 and 11, all helping to promote the transformation of Calgary and Edmonton into “Music Cities”. Originally scheduled for last fall, the conference was postponed for pandemic reasons. Featured alongside a slew of local speakers, global delegates from as far away as Iceland, Chile and Torres Strait, Australia. A showcase element will feature artists such as Sargeant X Comrade, T. Buckley, Amy Nelson, Shaela Miller, K-Riz, Fox Opera and Samantha Savage Smith.

Entitled Growing Music Cities: Cultivating Alberta’s Future, this is the first time the annual conference has been held in Canada. It is hosted by Alberta Music, the National Music Center and West Anthem. Learn more in this Calgary Herald characteristic and here

Rufus Wainwright announced a spring Canadian tour, starting April 13 in Regina (Conexus) and ending in Montreal (Salle Wilfrid Pelletier) on May 16. Three US shows are included, and there’s a date at Massey Hall in Toronto on May 16. Tix Right here. the Unfollow the Rules Guided Tour supports Wainwright’s Grammy and Juno nominated 2020 pop album of that name. The tour follows a string of successful dates with a full band in the UK.

– Pandemic concerns have meant that PEI Music Week Awards Night. will now be held as a virtual event on March 6, and not in person as originally planned. You can watch the awards show at 1:30 p.m. ET via Music PEI Facebook page, and the chat will be opened. Event organizers plan to move forward with six in-person concerts to celebrate the nominees during the week. Currently they are able to fill 50 seats at venues so tickets are limited. All in-person events will be in accordance with CPSA rules, which may change in the meantime. Tix and more info here.

The side doorthe platform that helps artists and creators find places to perform, is associated with SXSW on Side Door to SXSW, which will book tours for six selected artists from SXSW who will travel to Austin for this year’s festival/conference. This culminates with an official Side Door to SXSW showcase on March 18th. Artists Abstract Rude, bad waitressGully Boys, JUNACO, SCAB and Status/Non-Status will kick off the tour in early March, making multiple stops from their hometowns en route to Austin for the showcase.

CMA Ontario Awards applications are now open, with a deadline of February 16. CMAOntario members in good standing may submit here.

The dream cafe in Penticton, BC, is hosting a series of digital shows that will be filmed on location and made available online for purchase at a later date. The hybrid season continues on February 14 with a performance by the Juno-winning singer/pianist/songwriter Laila Bialiwhile Harry Manx and david gogo also appear in the series. Ticket buyers who attend in person also receive a stream link. $15 for the live stream allows viewing for a full week. Tix here.

– Toronto popular music industry veteran Bob Luhtala currently battling cancer. Ahead of her birthday on May 9, it is suggested that friends and colleagues can send her greetings, memories and stories in a video. Please email by March 30.

– January 28, roots-pop combo from Winnipeg sweet alibi released their fourth album, Make a scene, produced by Matt Peters and Matt Schellenburg (Royal Canoe, Begonia). Here’s a taste.

– The Last Canadian artist to join fellow countrymen Neil Young and Joni Mitchell in drawing his music from Spotify is the Celtic folk rocker and co-founder of Great Big Sea Sean McCann. He explained the decision in this statement: “Spotify’s decision to prioritize certain creators over the app underscores the company’s profit-at-all-costs priority. It proves that it was never about music and that the artists pay the price. McCann’s solo catalog had over 87,000 subscribers on Spotify, with 52 songs downloaded via streaming.” After five years, my solo catalog has grossed a total sum of 640, $25 on Spotify,” McCann reveals. “I found myself asking: Spotify founder Daniel Ek has a personal net worth of over $4.7 billion, but he can’t ‘afford’ to pay to songwriters than $0.003 per stream?”

Bruce Cockburn will livestream the first performance of its 2022 North American tour live from Higher Ground in Vermont. Join the virtual crowd on Flymachine and catch the show live on February 24. Limited Early Bird Passes Available Now here.

– Toronto’s long history as a home for Caribbean music is now showcased in Rhythms and Resistance to Brothers Museum ( in Shoppers, south of Yonge-Dundas Square.) Presented by the Downtown Yonge BIA and Friar’s Museum, the first-ever exhibition of its kind celebrates a wide range of Caribbean sounds in Toronto and the many artists who produced them. It incorporates photographs, posters, flyers, recordings, videos, instruments, costumes, clothing and assorted ephemera, dating back to the 1940s. Artists featured include Bob Marley, Lillian Allen, Jackie Mittoo, Louise Bennett , the Mighty Sparrow, JoJo Bennett, Leroy Sibbles, Michie Mee and many more.

– Composer from Ottawa terry gomes released a new single, Elegy, featuring piano works by jazz pianist Steve Boudreau.

– The following FMM Canada The webinar is scheduled for February 16 (1-2 p.m. ET) and will share US tax and immigration knowledge on the benefits for Canadian creative businesses and individuals doing business in the United States. Guest speakers are Sondra Gold and Lainie Appleby. Register here.


Michael JonesCanadian new age pianist and composer, died on January 19, at the age of 79, of emphysema.

Jones was a published author who had degrees in music and psychology as well as adult education. Although he was known in the Orillia, Ontario area for leading workshops and panel discussions in the arts, culture and heritage sector, he was also an accomplished pianist.

He is recognized as one of the first artists of the genre called new age. His first album, Piano Landscapes, was released on the Narada label in 1983 and sold over 100,000 copies. He went on to release over a dozen piano music albums.

He has published three books on creative leadership; the most recent being The soul of place: reinventing leadership through the art of nature and community. Jones was a columnist for the business and leadership website, Management issues. He often combined the two facets of his career by performing his compositions at leadership conferences. In 2015, Jones co-chaired the Mariposa Roundtable, an initiative to improve Orillia’s economy through increased tourism.

Recording artist, pianist and Orillian Lance Anderson remembers Jones’ musical prowess well. He said Orillia account that “he would get into a certain mood — he could just look at a picture — and then he would respond to it,” Anderson said. “He responded emotionally when he was playing. His plays would evolve just like that.

A celebration of life was held on February 9. Learn more in this Orillia account obituary.


George Crumban eclectic American composer, died on February 6, at the age of 92. His death was announced by Bridge Records, his label.

the NYT describes Crumb as “a composer who filled his works with a magpie-like array of instrumental and human sounds and drew on the traditions of Asia and his native Appalachia to create music of startling effect. While rejecting the sometimes arid 12-tone technique of the modernists, Mr. Crumb wowed audiences with his own musical language, composing colorful and concise works.

“Mr. Crumb wrote startling works, sometimes with political themes, and challenged musicians to employ new techniques, vocalize and move on stage.” Learn more in this New York Times obituary

Betty Davisan American funk singer and songwriter who left behind an underrated but pioneering body of work, died February 9, aged 77, of natural causes.

rolling stone reports that “virtually all of Davis’ musical catalog was recorded between 1964 and 1975, but his impact has been felt for decades”.

A model by profession, Davis began making music under her birth name Betty Mabry, including her 1964 single Get Ready for Betty. An influential figure on the New York music scene in the late 1960s, she would write the Chambers Brothers song Uptown (to Harlem), which received a recent boost when it featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary. soul summer.

In 1968, she became the second wife of Miles Davis, the marriage lasting only one year. He is credited with introducing Miles to the rock music of the era, eventually ushering in the trumpeter’s jazz fusion phase from the 1969s. In a silent way and 1970s Drink of female dogs.

His 1973 self-titled debut album for Woodstock promoter Michael Lang’s Just Sunshine Records was followed by 1974 They say I’m different and 1975 bad girl. Although none of the funk albums were commercially successful, Davis gained a following for his sexually charged lyrics.

After that three-year material push — and after a year in Japan where she spent time with silent monks — Davis abruptly left the music industry, moving to the Pittsburgh area where she lived for 40 years. following years without making new music. A cult following grew, resulting in a series of reissues from the acclaimed archival label Light in the Attic. Read more here and here.

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