Music News Digest, September 15, 2022

Awards News

The nominees for the MNB Awards 2022 were announced by Music•Music NB (MNB). Leading with four nominations, the bilingual multidisciplinary artist from Fredericton Boy T, nominated for the first time at the MNB Awards. Not far behind are Catherine Kennedy, DenMother, Hilary Ladd, as well as the band La Patente, earning three nods apiece. See the full list of nominees here. The 13th edition of the Prix MNB Awards Show will take place in the Bernard-LeBlanc room of the Aberdeen Cultural Center (Moncton) and will also be broadcast live on Facebook. The show starts Conference (506)a three-day industry event (October 20-22) that features talks, networking sessions and showcases.

SiriusXM Top of the Country the final rewarded SACHA the title of Canada’s Next Country Music Star and $25,000 during his show at the Palace Theater which opened Country Music Week 2022 in Calgary last week. For the first time, the finalists received $10,000 each. As part of the award, SACHA appeared in the CCMA Awards live on Sunday. Alongside the sets of the three finalists (Josh RossSACHA and Shantaia) was a performance of Towns of Tenille. Public votes and a jury of music industry professionals named SACHA as this year’s winner.

– The Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) announced their 2022 Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees – award-winning musicians, NYT bestselling authors, producers and activists, Tegan and Sara; recipient of The Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – booking and entertainment management pillar, Gerry Stoll; and the winners of the heritage award – North shout, led by educator, mentor and founding member, Steve Wood. These recipients will be officially honored and recognized at the WCMA Industry Awards Brunch on October 1 during BreakOut West in Calgary. The full list of WCMA 2022 nominees is available here. The winners of the artistic categories will be announced during a special broadcast and reception in Calgary on September 23, before the official kickoff of the 20th anniversary edition of BOW on September 28. More information here.

– Toronto jazz artist/impresario/radio host/townsman Bee Jaymz rides high these days. He was recently announced that he had won the grand prize in the jazz category at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2022 for its composition Nails. The song started as a poem, then an artistic performance in the streets of Zurich. It has been recorded several times, but the submitted version was arranged by Jono Grant and Richard Underhill. Judges included: Sheila E, Flea, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Bob Weir and many more top stars. The bee tells FOR YOUR INFORMATION that “Not only did I get a home studio (in the process of being delivered), but I get congratulations from emails all over the world. This is one of the best known and most respected song contests in the world. J heard from Weird AL and Dr. Demento (dj) right away and then the congratulations started pouring in from Europe too. Not to mention the cool judges who voted in. Bee is also celebrating 20 years at JAZZ.FM91 this month, and we will report on his other activities soon.

Festival news

– Enjoying near-perfect weather, Hamilton’s popular free three-day street festival super crawl returned last weekend (September 9-11), drawing large and grateful crowds. This scribe captured all three days of action, with highlights including Dearly Beloved, Tallies, Ellevator, a searing set from OMBIIGIZI and a sublime closing night performance from Sarah Harmer. Kudos to the sound guys for their excellent work, and to Tim Potocic and his Sonic Unyon/Supercrawl team.

Industry News

– As part of Victoria’s Rifflandie Vancouver music festival, singer-songwriter and co-founder of Side Door Dan Mangan will facilitate a City of Victoria Music Symposium title Life on the Road: Touring Wellness. It takes place September 17 at 10 a.m. at the Victoria Event Center and features discussions with publicist Neesha Hothi, accountant Donna Branston, recording artist Kandle, producer-performer-host Francis Arevalo of Creative BC and Music BC , and artist/agent Grant Paley. Tix here.

– The following Indie Weekly session takes place on September 20 at 4 p.m. (EST). Entitled export power, it explores how your music can reach a wider audience overseas. Speakers Steve Gardiner (SGM Group Artists) and Andrew Cassara (artist) share experiences from their recent successful Mexican tour. Free registration here.

Rocks of Roncy is a popular annual musical street festival in Toronto’s West End Roncesvalles. Now part of the Polish Roncesvalles Festival, it regularly sports a strong line-up, but festival producer Luke Jackson has outdone himself this year by booking a local resident Daniel Lanois as the headliner for the two-day event (September 17 and 18). He is joined by groups such as Lydia Persaud, Conor Gains, KC Roberts, Snowbird and Kennedy Road.

Artist news

– From January 25, 2023, Brian Adams returns to the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas for a series of six sound shows So Happy It Hurts Tour, the one that follows its sold-out debut in 2021. Tix for All Shows goes on sale tomorrow (September 16). Released on March 11, 2022, Adams’ latest studio album, So happy it hurts, was released on his new label, BMG, in March. Source: Broadway world

– As expected, the death of Queen Elizabeth 11 garnered many tributes from big stars. Few were as eloquent and detailed as that Paul McCartney posted on his Facebook page. It begins, “On the sad occasion of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, my memories resurfaced and I would like to share them with you. I feel privileged to have been alive for the entire reign of Queen Elizabeth II. When I was 10 I entered an essay competition in Liverpool and won my division for my essay on the British Monarchy. So I’ve been a fan for a long time. In 1953, when the Queen was crowned by everyone on our street in Speke, Liverpool finally got a TV and we settled down to watch the coronation in glorious black and white. Looking back, I am honored and amazed that I have met Her Majesty eight or nine times and each time she has impressed me with her great sense of humor combined with great dignity.”

Her recollections concluded with this anecdote: “Our last meeting was in 2018. Due to my respect and love for the Queen and her fabulous sense of humor, when I received the Medal of Companion of honor, I shook her hand, leaned over and said, “We have to stop meeting like this”, to which she chuckled lightly and continued the ceremony. I wondered if I was a little too cheeky after saying that, after all she was the queen, but I feel like she didn’t mind. God bless you. We will miss you.

– Hard rock veterans The tombstones comes back with a new album, Leakage risk, out October 14 via Cadence Music/Known Complice. It will be supported by concert tour dates announced in November and December from Vancouver to Toronto. The tour begins in Thunder Bay on November 22 and concludes with a December 22 date in Toronto at the Phoenix in Toronto. Itinerary and prices here.

– Hamilton Rock Heroes Arkell release a seventh studio disc, Flashes twice, on September 23, via UMC. A new single that has just been released, Danser avec toi, features Cœur de pirate (she wrote the French verse) and Aly & AJ. Flashes twice is the companion album to the band’s current release, Flash once (55 million streams). Arkells is currently touring Europe and the UK, followed by Canadian dates starting September 30 and ending November 24 in Ottawa. Tix here.

ArtHaus Music signed the Toronto’s Blair Lee to his roster and Lee just shared the video for a first Hurdles single. Lee produced and edited the music video from home video footage. The track is produced by ModMaxx (Drake, Roy Woods, Tinashe).

Alma Recordsthe famous Toronto jazz label founded by Pierre Cardinali which is home to releases from Florian Hoefner Trio, Alfie Zappacosta, Eliana Cuevas, Hilario Duran, and more, has signed the former Nylons vocalist and musical director of Canada’s Got Talent Micah Barnes to his list. Barnes and the Brampton Big Band perform on September 24 at the Rose Theater in Brampton. Tix here.

– Two acclaimed singer-songwriters from Toronto, Laura Fernandez and Howard Gladstone will present an evening of original songs with accompanist Bob Cohen at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto on September 17. Vinyl copies of both artists’ albums will be available during the show.

– Canadian pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico just received a $30,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to have a composer Frank Horvat create a solo piano suite, More rivers, to record and tour, and for other music and environmental projects. The Order of Canada recipient maintains a busy schedule with a slate of live performances and the release of new recordings.

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