Music News Digest, July 7, 2022

Awards News

Applications are now open for the Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Awards. After soliciting feedback from members and the community at large, some changes have been made to the prices. More info on those here. The rewards will be given to Nova Scotia Music Week in Sydney, November 3-6.

Library and Archives Canada (BAC) and the BAC Foundation named the 2022 recipients of the Library and Archives Canada Scholarships. honored for doing outstanding contribution to the creation and promotion of our country’s culture and literary heritage are Jean-Marc Carisse, photographer Stan Douglas, artist, Jeremy Hollander, musician, Naomi Fontaine, author, and Deepa Mehta, filmmaker. The video is broadcast on CBC GEM and ICI TOU.TV.

Festival news

– The 4th edition of the Go North Music Festival will take place on July 8 and 9 on Saint-Joseph Island, Ontario. A strong cast of performers includes Crown Lands, Charlotte Cornfield, The Honest Heart Collective, Taming Sari, Goodnight Sunrise, The Uncanny Valley and Cass FM. The July 8 opening concert at the Centennial Grounds features Jay Pollmann and Hannah Lindsay and Band. Tickets and other details here.

– Hamilton Free Popular Music Festival super crawl is set to return to its full pre-pandemic glory, September 9-11. Fest manager (and CIMA president) Tim Potocic and his team have assembled a very impressive lineup for the event, taking place in the James Street North neighborhood of downtown Hamilton. It includes Tim Baker, The Dirty Nil, Sarah Harmer, Julian Taylor, Espanola, Tallies, Hidden Cameras, Loony, Ombigiizi, Lido Pimienta, Charlotte Day Wilson and Hamilton All-Stars. Consult the complete program here.

– The Mixto-Festival (produced by Uma Nota Culture) returns to Toronto July 7-10. The action starts at Lula Lounge on July 7 and 8 with artists such as Xenia França, TRP.P, DJ General Eclectic, Ghetto Kumbé, Tush, Sofia Fly, Mosamba and New Chance. The impressive festival line-up at Lynx Music, July 9 and 10 (doors 3 p.m. both days), includes Aline Morales, Bombino, Bangerz Brass, Narcy, Tara Moneka, MC Abdominal, Céu, Francisco, el Hombre, Reggaddiction and T.dot Batou. Featured DJs include Young Teesh, Me Time, Jerus Nazdaq, Uproot Andy, Ana Luisa, Ensoul and Selectress Sunshine. Find ticket information here. Mixto can also be streamed on line.

– Organizers of the biggest world music festival in London, sun party, are facing travel issues with musicians as Toronto’s Pearson airport deals with delays, cancellations and baggage issues. Around 20 bands are arriving on international flights for Sunfest from countries including Spain, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, South Korea and France, and most are traveling through Pearson, a beleaguered airport to delays. The festival takes place from July 7 to 10 at Victoria Park and you can check the schedule here. Source: Radio Canada

Industry News

The National Music Center (NMC) will offer extended hours of operation at Studio Bell and paid admission to all 10 days of the Calgary Stampede, July 7-17. NMC is the official headquarters of Canadian Country Hall of Fame (CCMHF). Two inductees are celebrated each year – a performing artist and an industry builder – with Patricia Conroy and Randy Stark honored this year.

CIMA Business & Showcase Mission at FIMPRO 2022 in Guadalajara, Mexico, November 9-12. In collaboration with FIMPRO, CIMA, in partnership with SODEC, will organize a showcase and commercial initiative in Guadalajara with four Canadian delegates and their artists. Apply here

– The following MMF Canada Master Classscheduled for July 14, 6-7:30 p.m. EDT (via Zoom), is titled Negotiation for creatives. He promises to impart expert tactics and strategies to make your next negotiation less stressful and more successful. Register here.

– After a temporary detour to Niagara, the AM to FM live returns to its Toronto base on July 21. Held at ArtBay, it will feature a performance by the country artist Jessica Sole at 6:30 p.m. Free with an RSVP (before July 20) here

Artist news

GMB announced that the multiple Grammy winner Daniel Lanois brings his catalog and future work to the company. The publisher’s catalog team will take responsibility for all but one of Lanois’ 13 solo albums, while his first new album under the arrangement will be Player, Piano, which will be released by BMG imprint Modern Recordings on September 23rd. Over a career spanning 50 years, Lanois has been acclaimed as a record producer, musician, singer and songwriter, working with artists ranging from Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and U2 to Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, among many others. As a solo artist, his work embraces many genres and musical forms.

BMG EVP Global Repertoire Fred Casimir said: “Daniel Lanois is a sonic alchemist whose own work showcases the best of his craft, loved and admired by the artist community and fans around the world. We are delighted that he chose BMG as his label house. To coincide with the release of Player, Piano, Lanois will be the keynote speaker at the German Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg. He joins a roster from Modern Recordings that includes Pat Metheny, Craig Armstrong, Simon Goff & Katie Melua, Meredi, Vince Mendoza, Pantha du Prince and others.

– Country artist and songwriter Graham Scott Fleming announced his signing with Open road recordings and RGK Entertainment under a joint registration and management agreement. “There is an exciting wave of talented new artists coming out of Canada. Graham’s big personality, even bigger voice and particularly familiar songs set him apart,” says Ron Kitchener, founder and director of ORR/RGK, in a press release. “We are delighted to add GSF to our list.” Earlier this year, Fleming hit the Top 40 on Country Radio with his single Better Man. A new single, Life Of The After Party, is out next week.

– 2022 marks the 15th anniversary of Tegan and Sarathe scrapbook, The scamand the 20th anniversary of their second album, If it was you. On August 16, Invisible Publishing will publish Tegan and Sara: Modern Idolsby music journalist Melody Lauon its bibliophonic imprint.

blue rodeo keyboardist Michael Boguski has his own trio, and tomorrow (July 8) they’re releasing an album, A New Morning (for John), on Goliard Records. All profits will be donated to John Brandham and Stroke Association UK.

– Award-winning Nova Scotia country artist Thomas Stajcer released a new single, Building A Home (Yip Walla Wahoo), inspired by Roger Miller. He has dates in Nova Scotia at Trider’s Craft Brewing, Amherst (July 8) and Candid Brewing, Antigonish, NS. (July 9th).

– Juno Award-winning Inuit singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark launches its new children’s book, Una Huna? Ukpik learns to sew! at the Burlington Art Gallery on July 12 at 7 p.m. It is described as a picture book designed for 6-8 year olds. More informations here.

– Since making a splash in seminal Canadian indie rockers The Constantines, Steven Lambke turned into a highly advertised singer-songwriter. His last solo album, Volcano Volcanowas released on You’ve Changed Records (publisher Lambke conducts) on April 29. He doesn’t play many concerts, so his show tonight (July 7) at The Casbah in Hamilton comes highly recommended.

Still best known as songwriter of indie-pop band Wake Owl, Colyne Cameron made his debut as a solo artist four years ago, with sad and easy. He is currently working on his new album. With raised hand for an August 5 release. Here is an anticipated single.

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