Music News Digest, January 24, 2022

SaskMusic announced the winners of the 2021 competition Saskatchewan Music Awards through an event streamed on its Facebook and YouTube channels on January 20. The first Aboriginal Music Excellence Award was presented to Sheryl Kimbleywhile the R&B Artist of the Year category also debuted, with vbnd declared the winner. Other notable winners include Megan Nash, Jess Moskaluke, Jeffery Straker, The Garrys and soso. See the complete list here. Performers at the event included The Garrys, Katie Tupper with vbnd, Flash Back and Jake Vaadeland and the Sturgeon River Boys.

– Following the awards, the fourth annual Very Prairie Music Summit took place online from January 21-23 with national and international presenters speaking on a range of topics and providing practical and simple information.

– Vancouver hardcore punk pioneer DO A celebrate the release of their classic album Hardcore 81 releasing a 40th anniversary reissue and playing the record live in its entirety on tour. The band have BC shows in Nanaimo, Victoria and Cumberland this week (January 27-29 respectively), which will be followed by UK and US dates. main man Joe KeithleyThe claim that the album “defined the blueprint of hardcore punk and defined the term” was vindicated in 2019 when it won the public vote for the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Award. Source: Nanaimo Newsletter

– Score one for The weekend on his Canadian comrade justin bieber. According to a press release, Abel recently passed the Biebs with the most monthly listeners on Spotify. Thanks to the release of the new album Dawn FM, Thee Weeknd had 85,667,564 monthly listeners on the app, the most currently for any artist. Bieber had held that distinction since last spring. Source: BET

– The third edition Talk Music Be Kind Festival is taking place as a free virtual event on February 12. An impressive line-up of roots-focused artists includes Beny Esguerra, Kunle, Ian Lake, Sophie Lukacs, Moonfruits, Grainne Ryan, Tannis Slimmon, Julian Taylor and Caroline Wiles, and pre-recorded video performances will be streamed via the festival websitelink to YouTube Speak Music Be Kind Youtube channel and Facebook. Donations will go to the Anishnawbe Health Foundation in Toronto.

– Last week Adele postponed her high-profile postponement of her Las Vegas residency just one day before she begins at Caesars Palace on January 21. The singer blamed Covid problems and delivery delays, but the move angered fans who had already paid for the expensive travel and accommodation and ducats. Source: Reuters

– Also forced to postpone the planned winter dates is blue rodeobut the group has now announced the rescheduled shows in Ontario and Quebec, now scheduled for March and April. Jenn Grant was named the supporting act. More information here.

NuFunk GigsTribute to Bob Marley’s birthday is the oldest Marley Tribute in Canada. Held in tandem with Rasta Fest & Uma Nota, the 16th annual takes place February 6 as a live stream and food drive for the Parkdale Community Food Bank in Toronto. Famous veteran soul-reggae singer Jay Douglas collaborates with Reggaddiction on tunes and originals by Marley. Live broadcast from BSMT 245 in Toronto, 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Event link here

SOCAN is in partnership with The Canadian League of Composers (CIS) and the Canadian Music Center (CMC) to present a free online public presentation, Classical and Artistic Music in the Digital Landscape, on February 9, 3-5 p.m. EST. information here.

– Toronto’s popular music venue, the Tranzac Club now hosts a silent online fine art auction, through its website, featuring works by more than two dozen artists. The club is raising funds with a goal of $51,000, needed to complete the renovation of the venue’s two bars. The auction is organized by Bobby Wiseman, and notable artists featured include Matt James, Rae Johnson, Mendelson Joe, Al Runt, Kurt Swinghammer, Lewis Melville and Sam Ferrara. Bid on a painting until February 1st. Silent auction page hereand Tranzac’s GoFundMe page is here.

– Hedley frontman’s oft-delayed sexual assault trial Jacob Hogard is due to start May 2. The trial, which will be heard by a jury, is expected to continue until early June. It has been postponed several times due to pandemic restrictions. The singer pleaded not guilty at his preliminary hearing to sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference.


Meatloaf (born Marvin Lee Aday), a rock singer and actor best known for the hit album Bat out of helldied on January 20, at the age of 74. News reports cite Covid-19 as the cause of death and point out that Meat Loaf was openly anti-mask and lockdowns.

Meat Loaf is best known for its mega-sales Bat out of hell trilogy. His 1977 debut album, Bat out of hellwritten and composed by Jim Steinman, remains one of the best-selling albums in history.

The couple collaborated on a second album, 1993 album Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell, and it produced the worldwide hit single I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That). Meatloaf ended the Bat out of hell trilogy with The monster is loose in 2006. The three albums have sold over 65 million copies worldwide.

In 2016, Bell Media partnered with legendary Canadian producer Michael Cohl’s Iconic Entertainment Studios to produce Bat Out of Hell: The Musical, a theatrical performance that celebrated the album’s 40th anniversary with an international run. Read a for your information production article here.

As an actor, Meat Loaf first caused a stir with a breakout role in the 1975 film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show playing Eddie, a hapless delivery boy who sings the song Hot Patootie. He went on to appear in over 50 films and TV shows; among them Fight Club, Wayne’s World and Spiceworld the movie.

Read the obituaries in The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, New York Times

Fred Parislead singer of the famous 1950s harmony group the Five Satins died on January 13 after a brief illness, aged 85.

He was the composer of the classic doo-wop ballad In the Still of the Night. Released in 1956, this song only reached No. 24 on the Billboard pop charts, but became a multi-million seller through re-releases and appearances on compilation and soundtrack albums and, as PA observes, “it now helps define an era of harmony bands.”

It has been featured in period films such as dirty dance and The Irishman and has been covered by The Beach Boys, Boyz II Men, Debbie Gibson and many more. Sources: PA

Badal-Roya tabla player who worked with Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman as they explored avant-garde electric sounds, died on January 18, at the age of 82.

In 1968 Roy moved from East Pakistan to New York. While playing tabla at an Indian restaurant in Manhattan, he was spotted by guitarist John McLaughlin, who hired him for his famous 1971 album. My goal is beyond, Roy is recorded for the first time.

The following year, Roy played on the Miles Davis album In the cornerand on get up with it in 1973.

He appeared on the 1982 album Yoko Ono It’s okay (I see rainbows)and in 1988 he joined Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, featured on their final album, 1995’s Dialing by tone. Sources: NPR

Elza Soareshailed as one of the greatest Brazilian singers of all time, died last week at the age of 91.

Over a career spanning six decades, she released over 30 albums and was dubbed “the queen of Brazilian samba”.

Soares has also used his music to campaign against racism and other forms of discrimination. His talent was appreciated by figures such as Queen Elizabeth, whom Soares met during a visit to Brazil in 1968. Sources: BBC, The Guardian

Don Wilsonco-founder and rhythm guitarist of influential instrumental rock band The Ventures, died on January 22 at the age of 88.

The Ventures, formed in 1958, are credited with raising the profile of electric guitar playing around the world and remain a popular live band in a number of territories, including Japan. They are best known for their hits Walk, Don’t Run – which they self-released in 1960 – Telstar, Perfidia and a cover of the Hawaii Five-O theme. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Wilson was the last remaining original member until his retirement in 2015.

The group has also released seven educational albums, starting with Play guitar with the Ventures in 1965, and these influenced many rock guitarists. Sources: Ultimate classic rock, rolling stone

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