Music News Digest, February 28, 2022

Friday, the SOCAN Foundationin partnership with Bandzoogleappointed Nuela Charles and Caveboy the winners of the second edition His Music Awards. They each received a grand prize of $5,000 during the virtual event. “The Her Music Awards are designed to celebrate and support female-identifying artists who are building momentum, as music makers on the verge of taking their careers to the next level,” said Charlie Wall AndrewsCEO of the SOCAN Foundation.

New this year, five honorable mentions of the Her Music Award were awarded to: Belle Grand Fille, Liza, Robyn Jacob, Stéphanie Hamelin Tomala and Terez. Each of these recipients receives a prize of $1,000. The first HMA winners were Leela Gilday and Haviah Mighty. Learn more about pricing here.

– Via a Zoom session today (February 28, 12:30 p.m. ET), CIMA invites the Canadian music industry to the release of the Report on the removal of racial barriers (Volume 1) to review its key findings, explore CIMA’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and resources, and learn about Next Steps, an upcoming free workshop series. . Stakeholders from all corners of Canada’s music industry came together last to sign the Breaking Down Racial Barriers declaration, calling on individuals, organizations, small businesses, corporations and all levels of government to play a role in eradicating anti-black racism in our collective spheres of influence.

In addition to unveiling the report, CIMA will discuss its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement, which has evolved over the past 18 months through consultations with CIMA’s Equity Committee, led by Vice -President David “Clic” Cox and DEI consultant Tenniel Brown. Register for the session here.

– 2022 is looking good for roots-rockers The Landreth Brothers. The band recently announced a new album, come in the morningreleased on May 13, and released a debut single /video, To stay. This was quickly followed by news that Bonnie Raitt just released a cover of the BL song Made Up Mind (it will appear on Raitt’s upcoming album Just like that). This tune first appeared on The Bros.’ debut album. Landreth, Juno winner. let it lie, and Raitt and the band met when they both played the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 2014. off June 3 at Mills Hardware in Hamilton. Itinerary and prices here

– Two of Toronto’s best R&B voices, SeanJones and Juno nominees Story, have joined forces on a new single, All Fall Down. This is the first time that Jones has participated in a duet.

– The hottest rock band in Hamilton these days is golden feathera new band featuring local luminaries such as the Monster Truck drummer Steve Kiely and Brad Germain (Marble Index, the Belles of the Dinner). On Friday night they played a show at Hamilton Winter Festival, at the top of the Mountain in Auchmar. They played inside a geodesic dome, while a large group of attendees shivered in the minus 15°C cold. The music justified the discomfort, as the tightly packed band launched into long, spiraling jams with an unmistakable Grateful Dead meets Allman Brothers feel. Beautiful twin guitar work and vocal harmonies particularly stood out on new single Woman. A condensed version of this 11-minute epic would have real commercial potential, but Golden Feather has higher goals. You will hear more from this group.

BC Music supports three artists from British Columbia, Teon Gibbs, Haley Blaisand Jon Bryantto THING 2022 fest, taking place in Port Townsend, WA, August 26-28.

– Watchmen bassist Ken Tizzard uses its long-running weekly livestream series, The Whiskey Wednesday Show, to promote his now-expanding catalog as a roots singer-songwriter. This series is now enhanced through a new partnership with Traynor Amps and Yorkville Sound (Tizzard is a longtime artist backed by Traynor). He promises “the show will stay the same with songs and stories, and a relaxed good time.” More information here.

West Escape will feature Western Canadian artists The Garrys, Begonia, JayWood, Meltt and The Velveteins in a SXSW showcase in Austin on March 15, at Swan Dive.

– Show you can’t keep a good song, Canadian stars Dan Hill and Jully Black just released a collaborative track written and recorded two decades ago. Something More (released via Anthem) has a positive and profound message. Check it here.

– French-Canadian Nigerian singer volume caused a stir last year when it won a Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording, for I Pray (feat. Sean Kingston), and its material has amassed over 5 million streams. Last Friday, she posted a follow-up, LOVan R&B and Afropop fusion, as well as this main album video.

– The following ADVANCE x Juno Talks event, title The Culture, the Plan: LGBTQ2S+ Voices in Black Music, takes place today (February 28, 2 p.m. ET), via Zoom. Hosted by Nzingha Millar, it features panelists Billy Newton-Davis, Desiire and Witch Prophet. Register here.

– Toronto group Isabel and the Unusual have released a new single and video, Distance. Written and sung by the conductor Isabelle Fryszberg, the seductive tango-inspired number was produced by Mitch Girio and features local A-list players Steve Briggs, Rebecca Hennessy, Gary Craig and Rebecca Campbell.


Nicky Tesco (born Nick Lightowlers), former frontman of English punk band The Members, died on February 25 at the age of 66. No cause of death was reported, but he had long been in poor health.

News of his passing was confirmed on his Facebook page and by a post from original band member JC Carroll.

Formed in Camberley, Surrey, the first incarnation of The Members were active from 1976 to 1983, when Tesco left the group. The group reunited in 2007, minus Tesco, and remains active.

In the UK, The Members are best known for their single The Sound of the Suburbs, which reached No. 12 in 1979, and in Australia, for Radio, which reached No. 5 in 1982.

The group’s first single, Solitary Confinement, a mixture of reggae and punk, was released on Stiff Records. The Tesco outfit have released three albums on Virgin Records, At the Chelsea nightclub (1978), The choice is yours (1980), and Uprhythm, Downbeat (1982).

In 1989, Tesco appeared in Leningrad Cowboys go to America, written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki, a film about a fictional Russian rock band touring the United States. This fictional band then toured as a real band and recorded the song Tesco Thru the Wire. Later he worked as a music journalist for the magazine music weekand as a commentator on BBC 6 Music’s New Releases Round table.

In his lengthy FB tribute, JC Carroll recalled that “Nick had a charisma and a drive that was something very, very special. Our sound was a really special mix of reggae, rap and rock. And he had a story. very special that was different from all the other bands. Our story was the story of the studios and the escape from the suburbs. It wasn’t the nihilism of squat rock, it wasn’t the art from [art school] Saint Martin was the noise of the suburbs.” Sources: Wikipedia, stronger than warJC Carroll.

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