Music News Digest, September 1, 2022

Awards News

The 2022 MTV Music Video Awards were held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 28, and Canadian applicants were mostly unsuccessful. The only winner was The Weekend, which won Best R&B Video for Out Of Time. Tate McRae was featured as a presenter, while young Canadian rising star Lauren Spencer Smith performed two songs on the main show. The show was hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow. Minaj received the Video Vanguard Award, and Hot red peppers received the Global Icon Award presented to them by Cheech & Chong. See the full list of winners here.

– On August 22, at a luncheon in Los Angeles, SOCAN introduced the professional songwriter Emily Reid with a No. 1 song award for co-writing the hit song Boys. Interpreted by Dean Brody and mickey guytonthe track peaked on the Billboard Canada Country Chart on March 29, 2021, and again on April 3, 2021. Boys was co-written by Reid, Matt McVaney and Travis Wood, and is released by Creative Pulse Music and BMG Songs by US platinum.

MusicNL announced the nominees for its 2022 awards. Leading are Ife Alaba, Rachel Cousins, Nick Earle & The Reckless Hearts and Jason Benoit with 5 names, followed by Deantha Edmunds, Kubasonics, Mick Davis & Thin Love, Florian Hoefner, Quote the Raven with 4 nods each. See the full list of nominees here. MusicNL also revealed details of a new partnership with Boomstick Brewing Co., a new beer, “Every Inch a Sailor Sour”, which will be available at the conference later this fall.

Festival news

– Held in Toronto from September 1-5, the adventure Intersection Music & Arts Festival is described as “an annual multi-day festival that celebrates musical experimentation and confronts people in their own environment, on common ground”. A highlight this year will be a performance by the legendary avant-garde jazz pioneer Anthony Braxton, performing at Sainte-Anne Church on September 2, with James Fei and Nadja. Presented as part of the Festival Intersection est A better trip. Organized by The music gallery, AMBJ is a citywide sound installation featuring dozens of Toronto musicians recording the TTC’s surface routes through the city. The AMBJ augmented reality platform is launching today (September 1) with free live concerts in three streetcar loops across Toronto, and this app is free to download on your phone. More info about the festival here.

Industry news

– Last Saturday, The Globe and Mail published a two-page open letter Bell Mediacriticizing the firing of the CTV news anchor Lisa LaFlame. Signatories included Jann Arden, Sarah McLachlan and Anne Murrayalongside a long list of top political and business leaders.

Anne Murray also caused a stir last weekend when she reprized her role as the anthem singer during a blue jays game as part of the 30th anniversary of the team’s first World Series victory.

CIMA’s Canada House is making its full in-person return to Hamburg and Berlin, Germany this month for the 2022 edition of the Reeperbahn festival and conference. Events kick off in Berlin on September 19, as participating Canadian companies take part in a pre-Reeperbahn trade initiative organized by CIMA and the Canadian Embassy in Berlin. In Hamburg, Canadian companies will have the chance to participate in a Meet the Canadians matchmaking session, organized by Reeperbahn, with German industry. The Canada House Showcases will take place September 22-23 in Uwe (formerly Kukuun) and will feature 28 of Canada’s top independent artists. Showcases begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 1 a.m. Check out the impressive list of featured artists here.

– Very reputable local Toronto newspaper West End Phoenix (founded by musician/author david bidini five years ago) announced a 6th annual star-studded fundraiser to support independent journalism. Ron Sexsmith, Tyler Stewart of the Barenaked Ladies, Tom Wilson and Andrew & Sameer Cash are among the performers joining host Bidini with The Mercenaries House Band on September 17, in the courtyard of Planet Storage (1655 Dupont, in Edwin). The show, dubbed Saturday night phone, will feature new versions of classics from the disco era. Tickets are available here.

– The 2023 Road to Memphis Band representing The Grand River Blues Society, Bywater Call has a scheduling conflict with a month-long UK tour and has pulled out. However, they will be supporting the Road to Memphis fundraiser to help offset travel expenses for performing acts. This will be held at Stonewalls Hamilton on November 27, and will also feature Franc Cosentino and his trio (now heading to Memphis) and Brooke Blackburn. More information here.

Artist news

– Road warriors that rock sheep dogs has just announced a North American tour of more than 50 dates including performances at Massey Hall in Toronto, MTelus in Montreal and 2 consecutive shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The extensive tour will also hit major US markets, including New York’s Bowery Ballroom and a sold-out show at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY. To commemorate, the band will be releasing an exclusive vinyl of their LP, Living in Lees, offstage and online in October. Joining the band on stage is the Quebec blues and rock guitarist Ricky Paquette who will replace jimmy bowskill on the tour. Itinerary and prices here.

– Vérité Films, Jeremy Fisher Music and Hidden Pony Records announced Jeremy and Jazzy, a new brand of anime, music and cross-platform children’s television. The series brings to life a new collection of children’s music written by the three-time Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher. Jeremy and Jazzy debuts in Canada on the free CBC Gem streaming service on September 5, followed by its first linear broadcast on CBC Kids starting September 12, then streaming on the CBC Kids YouTube channel starting September 19.

The series features Jeremy Fisher (Jeremy) and the award-winning artist Aiza Ntibarikure (jazzy). The first 26 two-minute episodes and an 11-minute special (with a guest appearance from Joel Plaskett) will be available to stream at launch. Here is a preview of the first short film, Jeremy and Jazzy (Theme).

– Toronto punk stars puppy are embarking on a US tour next week, and the release of a new live EP has been announced. PUP takes place live in front of everyone they know was recorded at several shows in the band’s hometown of Toronto earlier this year, and will be released on October 12 via Little Dipper Records/Universal Music Canada. The band have just shared their first two tracks from the EP, live versions of Matilda and Robot Writes A Love Song. Broadcast links here

Platinum selling country star Jess Moskaluke expands its 2022 Mapdot National Tour by announcing four additional dates in Barrie, Portage La Prairie, Brandon and Winnipeg. Joining Moskaluke on tour is the 2021 SiriusXM Top of the Country winner, TylerJoe Miller. Tix for new tour dates are on sale today (September 1) here.

– 4x Juno-winning singer-songwriter jessie reyez released their second album, YES, September 16, via FMLY/Island Record. She recently announced The YESSIA Tour, a 29-date fall trek across North America, produced by Live Nation. See the list of dates here. Tickets on sale to the general public begin September 2 here

– On August 27, this scribe attended a free afternoon concert in Hamilton outside the Gasworks Hall. It was part of the HMC – Eclectic Local Series and this one featured an acclaimed local singer/songwriter Dan Edmondsaccompanied by FRIE – The Imagined Ensemble of Fort Rose (Annie Shaw, Connor Bennett and Joel Banks). They delivered sweet sounds perfectly suited to the weather, reimagining some old tunes in an adventurous yet approachable way. Nice to hear a composition by Arthur Russell. Edmonds impressed with light vocal and guitar touches at times reminiscent of tropicalia and John Martyn, while Shaw sang softly over a few tunes. Spied in the grateful audience were local musical luminaries Jeremy Greenspan (Junior Boys), Martin Verrall, Kristin Archer (I love Hamilton) and scribe Graham Rockingham.

– Toronto jazz-pop singer Tia Brazda looks back at songs from the Songbook of the 30s on his new album When I get low. She kicks it off with a performance at 3030 (Dundas St. W.) in Toronto on Sept. 9 on Hugh’s Room Live. Tix here

– Toronto singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson releases a new EP, We Got It – Side Twoon Sept. 2, and played a hometown exit show at The Dakota Tavern (7-9 p.m.) that night, featuring a top-notch band of Frank Koren, Peter Collins, Pete Lambert, and Bob Cohen.

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