Music News Digest, November 10, 2022
The biggest night of Canadian blues, the 2023 Maple Blues Awards will take place on January 30 at Koerner Hall in Toronto, marking a return to their usual mid-winter period after a Covid-related delay last year. The nominees were recently announced and fans can vote for their favorites here until December 1. Several nominees include Sue Foley, Suzie Vinnick, Matt Andersen, Crystal Shawanda, Angelique Francis, Colin James and Harrison Kennedy. See the full list of nominees here. rewards show tix here.
– Twenty eight Nova Scotia Music Awards were presented on November 6 during a brunch at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. DeeDee Austin, Nicole Ariana and city heroes led the list of winners with two trophies each. Guests also enjoyed musical performances by Morgan Toney, Keith Mullins, ShiftFromTha902, Emma Steevenson (Wela’lin), DeeDee Austin and Music Nova Scotia 2021 and 2022 Artists and Residence Kxng Wooz and Jody Upshaw.
Also celebrated during the ceremony the quartet a capella Four the moment which was honored through a performance by Amariah Bernard Washington, Zamani Miller, Hailey Smith and Micah Smith, and who received the Recognition of Excellence from the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors. See the full list of winners here
– Canadian Music Incubator (CMI) and the National Music Center (CNM) announced the 12 participants of the 2022 AE West (Artist Entrepreneur West), which debuted last week at Studio Bell, home of CNM. The program will also culminate with the AE West Artist Extravaganza Showcase, a free live concert featuring all participating artists, at King Eddy on December 1. More informations here. AE West (Artist Entrepreneur West) is a five-week creative entrepreneurship program designed to help emerging professional artists develop sustainable businesses and careers through one-on-one mentorship, networking and collaboration with industry professionals. music industry. It is an extension of the highly regarded Toronto-based CMI Artist Entrepreneur program
-Congratulation to Donna M. Slaight, recently named a Member of the Order of Canada. The official citation notes that “A long-time advocate for human rights, mental health and equality, Donna Slaight represents the best of Canadian humanitarian values. As the leader of Gifts of Light, a volunteer-run program at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health Santé, she has made positive changes in the lives of patients and their caregivers. Driven by a deep commitment to her community, she is a generous philanthropist and an influential board member of many committees and organizations. She was notably the president of the Canadian Committee of Human Rights Watch.” Appointed Officer of the Order is a seasoned broadcast journalist Lisa LaFlame.
– Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has just received a new honor: the Order of Ontario. The province’s highest honor will be presented at a ceremony Nov. 21 by Her Worship Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Petrowska Quilico is credited with opening the ears of music lovers through her performances and recordings, her teaching at York University, and her creation of the Christina and Louis Quilico Prize at the Ontario Arts Foundation and the Canadian Opera Company.
– Continuing the celebration of the founding classical composer Glenn Gould90th Anniversary, Primary Wave Music has announced the worldwide digital release of Gould’s The young maverick. The album, released on CD in 2007 as an Amazon exclusive, will now appear on all streaming platforms for the very first time. The compilation spans 6 discs, featuring an exclusive collection of 131 early recordings from before his 1956 debut. Recorded early in his musical career, The young maverick includes unreleased material from his sessions with the CBC. Most notably, the selections feature the earliest known demo recording of Gould’s famous rendition of the Goldberg Variations.
– Juno-winning performer and songwriter Paul Murphy (Wintersleep, Postdata) launched a new label, Cape Records. Marking the label’s debut is a vinyl reissue of Light, the 2004 Swansong album by the band Halifax-via-Yarmouth Kary, with Murphy and Wintersleep’s bandmate, guitarist Tim D’Eon (guitar). It was originally released by the famous independent label, Dependent Music. Following the release of Light, Cape delivers the first album of Michael Terrance (aka Michael Murphy), under everythingreleased on December 9.
– The Indigenous singer-songwriter’s acclaimed music videos Adrian Sutherland continue to be celebrated by film festivals around the world, with two making the official selection this week at the 47th American Indian Film Festival. Right Here and Magic Hits both screened on November 8 as part of the music program at San Francisco’s Koret Auditorium. Both videos were created during the pandemic when Sutherland was cut off from the rest of the world for two full years of self-isolation in his remote northern Ontario home.
– Music Music NB (MNB) announced the launch of INDUSTRY JOURNEY, a dual-purpose initiative that will provide support to New Brunswick live music workers for training, mentoring and skills development. It will see $180,000 injected into New Brunswick’s creative sector, made possible by the Government of Canada through the Canadian Performing Arts Worker Resilience Fund program. Industry Pathways has two components aimed at the live music industry, set to begin in December and run through March 2023. Current or aspiring artists, venues, festivals, and live music workers can access support in two ways: a stage component and an expert. Access component. More information here.
– Shakey Pictures, Trafalgar Releasing and Warner Records recently announced that Neil Young: Harvest Time will premiere in theaters worldwide on December 1 with selected encores on December 4. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Young’s hit album To harvestthe feature is a never-before-seen fan piece, featuring footage from Northern California, London and Nashville, when it premiered.
– Newfoundland Bronze Foundry of Logy Bay, NL, was chosen to immortalize the late Rush drummer neil peart in an art installation at Lakeside Park in the city of St. Catharines, honoring Peart for his contribution to music, community and his overall legacy. The City of St. Catharines Neil Peart Memorial Task Force selected the artist to complete the art installation in memory of Peart. Source: St. Catharines Standard
– Popular Instagram account @IndieSleaze (over 109,000 subscribers) announced Rendezvous with the night – a series of dance parties that will take place in several cities, starting with Toronto this month. In partnership with Last Gang Records / MNRK Music Group – who played a vital role in this musical era of the 2000s with a list of Death From Above 1979, Metric, Chromeo, MSTRKRFT, Crystal Castles and more – and Posi Vibez, l he event kicks off November 30 at Dance Cave in Toronto. It features DJ performances from Chippy Nonstop, the award-winning rapper, Cadence Weapon and Indie Sleaze herself. Tix (only $5) here
– A now reliable annual Christmas musical tradition is a new seasonal single from Toronto duo of Ali and Theo (Ali Slaight and Theo Tams). They work their vocal magic and sweet harmonies on new reworkings of Christmas favorites, and this year’s pick is the much-loved Little Drummer Boy. Their version of this 1941 classic features updated production and a beautiful vocal arrangement. It was produced and engineered by Andrew (Marty) Martin, mixed by Howie Beck, and is available now through Slaight Music.
– Hit by the Toronto R&B duo DVSN announced the Work on my karma World Tour. It kicks off on January 22 with 13 overseas shows, starting in Denmark, with stops in Norway, Germany, France, the UK and more. The duo will then travel to 31 cities across the United States and Canada beginning February 17 in Boston and ending April 6 in their hometown of Toronto. Tickets will be available to the public on November 11 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets can be purchased here.
– Juno-winning Hamilton Bluesman Steve Strongman announced its 11th annual holiday show, scheduled for December 3 at the Ancaster Memorial Arts Center, with special guests Ron Sexsmith and Harrison Kennedy. Tix here
– Variety reports that Alanis Morissette says she gave up a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duet with Olivia Rodrigo due to her encounter with sexism and disrespect as Sat. the show went into rehearsals. Morissette was to perform You’re So Vai” with Rodrigo as a tribute to inductee Carly Simon. She was in rehearsals the night before, but Rodrigo performed Simon’s hit solo. On Monday, the singer posted on her Instagram Stories that she had spent “decades in an industry that is plagued by global anti-woman sentiment” and had “tolerated a lot of condescension and disrespect, reduction, disdain , breach of contract, lack of support, exploitation and emotional abuse” throughout his career.
– Sextet based in Montreal long toe released their first full album, FeastNovember 18. It will be celebrated with a performance at the Petit Campus in Montreal on November 23. The band’s eclectic sound draws inspiration from hard bop, reggae, afrobeat, and more.
– Highly acclaimed Toronto singer Harness Kyp release a new album, Poverty line, on CD and vinyl, and he launches it with a show at the Imperial Pub in Toronto on November 12. An impressive list of guest artists includes Mary Margaret O’Hara, Tania Gill, Julia Hambleton, Victor Bateman and Nick Burson. Recommended.