Music News Digest, October 13, 2022

Awards News

Celebrating musical talent in Ontario’s Durham Region, the Oshawa Music Prize have taken place recently. Among the recipients was a rising star producer Kourkoutis Hill, for the. Music Industry Leader of the Year Award. See the full list of nominees and recipients here.

– Composer Alice Ping Yee Ho is the latest winner of Nova Scotia Symphonyis prestigious Maria Anna Mozart Prize for female Canadian composers. This annual $10,000 prize sees the symphony orchestra commission and perform a new piece of music written by a Canadian. The winning work by Alice Ping Yee Ho will debut as part of an International Women’s Day broadcast in March 2023. Applications for the next round of the Maria Anna Mozart Prize are open until November 1. More informations here

Festival news

– Rightly recognized as one of the best festivals with roots accents, Ontario Small Halls Festival brings big-name artists to small venues in small communities across Eastern Ontario, for three weekends in October. On October 21 and 22, Ron Sexsmith, Irish Descendants, Elliott Brood, Jeremy Fisher, Jim Bryson and Angelique Francis. See the complete sked here.

Industry News

– The 2022 general meeting of members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Music Industry Association (Music NL) will take place on October 29 (9:30-10:30 a.m.) at the Rotary Arts Center and on Zoom and is to include the election of the 2022/2023 Trustees. Register before October 27 here.

– The first one Canadian Climate Music Summit takes place on October 21, with a daytime summit and an evening public panel and concert. The event features leading music industry leaders and artists imagining a greener music industry and is presented by Music declares the emergency Canada and programming partner Canadian Live Music Association (with support from Ontario Creates). Speakers include David Suzuki, Fay Milton, founder of Music Declares Emergency, and artists Logan Staats, Donna Grantis and Brighid Fry (Housewife). Concert performers include Grantis, Tragedy Ann, Shakura S’Aida, The Weather Station, Staats, Housewife, Ruby Singh, Veronica Johnny, George Sawa and Leah & Peter of July Talk. Info and tix here

Music Nova Scotia presents the Mentoring in the live production and engineering sector for supporting live sound engineers, sound technicians, studio engineers, producers and others in the production industry in Nova Scotia. This program is made possible by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Performing Arts Worker Resilience Fund. Music Nova Scotia can provide an investment of 100% of the total eligible program budget of up to $9,000 per applicant, per deadline. Applications are open until December 15, 2022. Info here.

– The website of the Starmaker Radio Fund is now back online and ready to accept applications for its 85th cycle. The deadline for applying here is Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. EST.

– A new series of dubbed live music QUSIC spotlights the many local 2SLGBTQ+ artists in Victoria, BC and surrounding areas. It is undertaken by rebel unicorn, an Okanagan-based 2SLGTBQ+-focused production and events company, and all artists participating in the series must identify under the 2LGBT2Q+ spectrum. It was launched last night (October 12) at Friends Of Dorothy, with Matthew Presidente, Karen Donna and Hoélune Rośe. Look for another show in early December. You can also watch the performances through the Rebellious Unicorn live streaming platform.

– Interested in knowing more about International folk alliance conference 2023? The FAI Insider’s Guide webinar is here to help. Held October 19 (1 p.m. CT), it details how you can get the most out of the 2023 conference. here. Today (October 13) is the last day for the FAI’s Early Bird registration rate here.

– After a month’s break, Andrea Morris’ AM to FM live The series returns to Toronto on October 20 at Art Bay. It features sets by the Quebec Country Act Blue Ridge Band and Ontario pop artist Matt Doranwith house beer and cocktails. RSVP by emailing by October 19.

The next iIndie Weekly the online session (#75) is scheduled for October 18 at 4 p.m. EST. Titled Artist Tips For Long-Term Success and Growth, it features speakers Teresa Nelson and Steve Kenny of Traverse Music Management. Free registration here.

Artist news

– The appetite for the work of Leonard Cohen remains copious, as shown by the release tomorrow (October 14) of a star-studded tribute album, Here it is: a tribute to Leonard Cohen (released on Blue Note). Stars collected by producer larry klein on the 12-track album include Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, James Taylor and Iggy Pop recorded songs for the 12-track album. Klein had a friendship with Cohen dating back to the early 1980s, and he states that “the project helped keep Leonard in the air around me”.

– After suspending his tour last month, citing health issues and exhaustion, the pop singer justin bieber has has officially postponed all of its upcoming tour dates until March 2023. Bieber has finally started the Justice World Tour in San Diego in February, but was forced to take a break in June after suffering partial facial paralysis due to Ramsey Hunt syndrome, which the Mayo Clinic calls a rare side effect of a shingles facial infection. As of now, no word on rescheduled dates for the tour.

– Although still reeling from the tragic loss of Dallas Good, The Sadies are continuing, playing gigs in support of their current album, Colder streams, of which Dallas was rightly proud. Last week, this scribe attended their sold-out show at The Casbah in Hamilton, an emotional yet uplifting experience. The core trio was joined for part of the set by Kacy and Clayton (who opened the evening in style) and, for a few tunes, their comrade and occasional producer Gary Louris, American American heroes The Jayhawks. A real highlight of the show came when Louris played Dallas Telecaster guitar and sang lead on The Story’s Always Told, one of my favorite Sadies songs. There are reports that Louris has now moved to the Hamilton area, and we would love to have him.

– In anticipation of the release of his album Come with me November 4, Hamilton-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Mary Clement released a unique, self-produced video, the bilingual Bonne Nuit.

– Any folk artist who deserves kudos from the great Tom Paxton deserves attention. North Bay-based singer-songwriter Hannah Shira Naiman released their 3rd full album, The wheels don’t go (produced by Ken Whiteley), last week, and just released a video for the title track. Naiman won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year in 2017).

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