Music News Digest, October 27, 2022

Awards News

October 21, imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival announcement Melting Tallow Chandra as recipient of The Harmonize Prize 2023. This took place at The Rivoli in Toronto for the festival’s annual music showcase, The Beat. The Harmonise 2023 mentoring program, in partnership with Music Slaight, is an opportunity for an Indigenous musician to bring together film and music by creating a commissioned project that will premiere at the Festival in 2023. The Harmonize Commission mentorship includes $10,000 towards the project budget, a Home In-kind studio from Long & McQuade, and additional mentorship support as determined by the imagineNATIVE Institute team and the mentorship participant. This mentoring commission is possible thanks to the Slaight Family Foundation and Lead Institute Partner Netflix. Chandra Melting Tallow is a musician/visual artist/filmmaker of mixed ancestry from the Siksika Nation. Their work has been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria and Istanbul. Here is an earlier piece, recorded as Mourning.

Folk Music Ontario recently announced its winners at its annual conference, held in London, Ontario. Amanda Rheaume (below) won the award for Performer of the Year. See the full list of winners and nominees here.

Mackenzie Critch first take, Reagan Holmes takes second place and Deah Lee Robertson ranks third in the Equinor NewFound Talent Competition presented by MusicNL and the NL Folk Arts Society. Talented young musicians, ages 19 and under, from across Newfoundland performed at the event, in front of a panel of three renowned judges. Hosted by Sarah Newell, the event was the first of Music Celebration Week 2022, held at the Rotary Arts Centre, Corner Brook. The competition offers professional development prizes worth over $6,000 to help young artists.

– A reminder that tomorrow (October 28) is the deadline for the 2023 Juno Award Submissions. Submit here .

Industry news

– The second Come together Showcase and Industry Event in Toronto on November 14 and 15. Presented by Canada’s Music Industry Associations, SODEC and CIMA, this initiative is aimed at artists ready to penetrate the largest music market in Canada. Music BC has already announced its two participants, Nicky MacKenzie and IAMTHELIVING. More information here.

– After 40 years as a charitable organization serving the musicians of Canada, the International Resource Center for Performing Artists (IRCPA) ceased operations on November 30. Eleanor Friedland, Chair of the IRCPA Board of Directors, made the announcement last week. “The Board would like to thank Ann Summers Dossena for developing innovative programs to meet the needs of Canadian artists. Not only singers, but many Canadian musicians and staff working behind the scenes in the performing arts owe Ann a huge debt of gratitude,” Friedland said.

Summers Dossena is an award-winning* Canadian artist manager who retired in 2013 after 55 successful years in New York, Rome and Toronto. She then channeled her energy into becoming a full-time volunteer artistic director of the IRCPA. The organization’s initiatives included meetings with international mentors, workshops and other life-skills programs that enabled Canadian artists to advance in their international careers. Herniated disc

Share the heat is a local event to collect outerwear for members of the Hamilton community. This year’s edition takes place in Corktown on November 12, and the impressive list of local notables performing include Shari and Jonny, Deeps, Greg Brisco, Alfie Smith, Steve Sinnicks and Heather Valley. The event takes place most of the day. Recommended. Information here.

– The always popular Andy Kim Noel returns to Massey Hall in Toronto on December 7. The lineup has yet to be announced, but an all-star cast is guaranteed for the show’s 18th edition. All proceeds will again be donated to CAMH Gifts of Light. Tix are on sale tomorrow (October 28) here and here.

– The Advanced Rate discount for the 2023 season International folk alliance conference in Kansas City is expiring soon and prices are increasing for industry AND artists by $100. Information here. Valerie June has been named the conference’s keynote speaker.
– The Ontario Creates Talk Series is returning to an in-person format for its first session, Understanding the New World of Web3: NFT, Blockchain and Crypto. It will take place in Toronto on October 27 (9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET), room ABCD 77 Adelaide Street West, presented by Manuel Badel, Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning and Business Intelligence, CBC. Info and free registration here. Sessions two (November 24) and three (January 26) will be held virtually. All sessions will be available on the OC website as podcasts.

Artist news

Drake and 21 savages released a teaser video on October 22 announcing the surprise release of their joint album, His loss (OVO/Republic). It had been planned for tomorrow (October 28), but TMZ just announced that the date has been pushed back to November 4th. The couple previously collaborated on Jimmy Cooks from Drake’s latest LP, Honestly it doesn’t matter. Read more here.

Joni Mitchell returns to the stage next summer, with a concert scheduled for June 10, 2023, at the Gorge Amphitheater, a venue east of Seattle. Her friend, singer Brandi Carlileannounced the news on The daily show Last week. “I can’t believe this is happening, but it is happening,” Carlile said. “And she’s going to crush it.” Carlile plays on site the day before. She brought Mitchell on stage with her at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island during the summer. The 78-year-old singer battled an aneurysm in 2015 and hadn’t performed a full public show in two decades. PA

– Juno-winning Toronto-based rock band Alvvays announced their spring 2023 tour in support of their globally acclaimed third studio album blue rev. Beginning in Ottawa on March 2, the tour will cross Canada before concluding at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on March 17. The public sale begins October 28 at 10 a.m. here. The quintet recently wrapped up UK dates and are traveling across the US and South America before wrapping up the year at home with back-to-back shows at Toronto’s History.

Nickelback released their 10th studio album, Get rollin’, Nov. 18 (via BMG), preceded by a special one-night-only club show at the historic Toronto venue. Tix went on sale yesterday (October 26). Here is the current single from the hard rock hitmakers.

– Award-winning veteran East Coast singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant visits its popular seasonal show, Innkeeper’s Christmas2022 throughout Ontario and Atlantic Canada in November and December. Tour dates and dates here.

– On November 18, Milan Records releases The Menu (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) and share All Aboard, the first single from the album by the Montreal composer and saxophonist Colin Stetson. add a video

– Two aces of the acoustic guitar, James Bryan and Jeff Gunn, team up for a show Nov. 3 at the Toronto Supermarket. The versatile Bryan found Canadian fame in The Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, and will soon be releasing his 4th solo album, We rise, a collection of duets that feature his guitar work with a variety of guest artists. ·Gunn’s new album, Momentum, features his sonic guitar storytelling. Tix here.

– Group of 10 musicians based on the soul of Toronto, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar take songs from their Juno-nominated album, the carefree, performing on stages across Canada on their Love Is All Around tour, which kicks off November 13 and travels across western Canada. All the details here.

– Veteran power-pop outfit Universal honey celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of a music video for its new single, Hush A Word. Based in Saskatoon, Universal Honey was formed by Johnny Sinclair and Leslie Stanwyck after playing in platinum-certified Canadian power pop band The Pursuit of Happiness. Their songwriting partnership spans three decades and won Universal Honey a CASBY Award in 1993 as Best New Group. The pair are also currently active in the roots combo tucker lane.

– Toronto Jazzman Brownman Ali is back with his halloween thriller concert series. This year, it covers 3 Ontario cities — Kitchener (Oct. 29), Toronto (Oct. 30) and Guelph (Oct. 31) and features the Brownman Electric Trio + 1 playing all the Michael Jackson Thriller recording from top to bottom, reimagined through the lens of Miles-like electric jazz. The always well-received annual show started in 2007. Tix here

– A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help the Alberta-based swing singer and actress Terra Hazelton as she recovers from shoulder surgery and is unable to work. Details here.

Renowned singer/songwriter from Toronto Rosanne Baker Thornley (RBT) released a new album, Please excuse my delay, to a very positive response. Here is the single/video title track.

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