Music News Digest, September 22, 2022

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Showcasing musical talent in the Calgary area, the YYC Music Awards held its 7th Annual Awards Gala on September 18 as a live event at the Gray Eagle Casino Event Center. Presented by Initiatives by Craig Senyk, the YYC Music Awards Gala recognized artists and industry leaders in 25 categories. The big winners of the evening were The Royal Foundry, Fin McDowell and Sinzere, each winning two awards. The event included performances from Sargeant x Comrade, ZENON, Dorians Mirror, Jessica McMann and Kyle McKearney, with Titus1 entertaining at the after-party. See the full list of winners here.

– Montreal folk/roots singer-songwriter Allison Russell added to her trophy cabinet last week when she won album of the year at the Americana honors and awards show in Nashville for her acclaimed debut solo record Outdoor child.

West EscapeThe 20th annual event takes place September 28-October 2 in Calgary, but kicks off the festivities early by celebrating the winners of the Western Canadian Music Artistic Awards tomorrow (September 23) with a live stream revealing the 2022 winners, as well as an official in-person watch party at the Ship and Anchor in Calgary. The show will feature performances from nominees Nuela Charles and The Garrys. Viewers around the world can tune in to the show at 6:00 p.m. MT. The winners of the 2022 edition Western Canada Music Industry Awards will be unveiled at the Industry Awards Brunch on October 1 at the TELUS Convention Center in Calgary. A list of WCMA 2022 nominees is available here.

Festival news

– Created and led by a local hero Molly Johnsonthe Kensington Market Jazz Festival (KMJF) returns to this famous district for its 7th year, on October 1 and 2. Venues include Tom’s Place (the center of the festival’s solo piano series), Tapestry (formerly Poetry Jazz Café), Handlebar, Supermarket and Pamenar with seven shows each a day. There are also Pay-What-You-Can shows at Bellevue Square Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. This year’s consistently stellar lineup includes Kevin Barrett and Julie Michels, Sammy Jackson, Billy Newton-Davis, Micah Barnes, Diane Leah, Heavyweights Brass Band, Amanda Martinez, Jay Douglas, Laura Fernandez, Allison Au, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael Occhipinti, Eddie Bullen, Barbra Lica and many more. The full list of artists and venues is available here.

– Take over Front St in downtown Toronto from September 20 to 22 east The Elevate neighborhood party, a free event featuring new and established artists, presented by Lemmon Stage, an emerging artists program. Performers include Haviah Mighty, Neon Dreams, Odario, DJ Shub and Emi Jeen. More details can be found here.

Industry News

The National Music Center (CNM) added seven famous songwriters to its new update Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame exhibition, opening today (September 22). They are David Foster, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance, Murray McLauchlan, Daniel Lavoie, Sylvain Lelièvre, and others will be announced soon.

– It is possible that the world superstar Brian Adams may not have been aware of this feat, but his recent concert in P.E.I. had the very important advantage of being entirely powered by solar energy. CBC reports that a solar array had to provide sound, lights and even air conditioning for the Aug. 31 concert in Summerside, a show that opened Adams’ North American tour. The small-town electric utility aimed to make the concert the first evening concert in North America to be entirely solar-powered, and succeeded. Read more here.

– Led by a renowned Montreal rock artist Alex Henry Fosterthe All the violence in the world is an initiative that grew out of the shocking events that took place in Ukraine earlier this year. Launching on April 22, the 150 copies of the lap-cut collector’s LP featuring unreleased music by Foster, All the violence in the world sold out within hours, leaving people the opportunity to support the organization Music saves UA with merchandising including t-shirts, slippers, or by making a donation. Foster just announced that on the International Day of Peace, a total of $5,000 was donated to Music Saves UA.

The International Resource Center for Performing Artists (IRCPA), a non-profit charity for Canadian musicians, announced that two singers will receive a financial award to help them prepare for upcoming auditions. Soprano Jaclyn Grossman and Jocelyne Fralick were chosen by the baritone Brett Polegatowho, last October, provided singers with valuable interpretation and career advice during a one-day meeting, as part of the fourth edition of the IRCPA Ten Singing Stars – The Next Generation. The singers then performed live on The New Classical FM.

– Canadian urban music label Morojele Music Group announced their Proceed With Caution 2022 tour, 24HipHop reports. Cities to visit include Ottawa, Hamilton, Guelph, Sarnia and London, along with other TBAs. The roster includes roster stars Grymee, SBO Swampy, Mykell Messiah, Flash Milla and newest member, 16-year-old Lil Kizzle. Tix here.

Artists

– Long a staple of the Canadian blues and folk circuit, singer-songwriter Suzie Vinnick will launch its new version, Go home, with a performance at 3030 Dundas in Toronto on September 23. The 10-time Maple Blues winner is backed by a stellar lineup that includes Kevin Breit, Davide Di Renzo, Russ Boswell and Jesse Whiteley. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

– September 23, award-winning Montreal jazz pianist/composer Gentian MG will release their fourth album, Glass walls (on TPR Records), at the Lion d’Or. (tix here). It is followed by fall shows in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo. She then has European dates from October 19 to 28. Itinerary here

– Toronto group nominated for Juno awards Manitoba’s Wilderness has a show at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern October 5, with special guests Robinson Kirby. The evening will serve as a tribute and celebration of the life of the band’s drummer, Adam Baumedied suddenly a year ago, a few days before the band’s album Farewell to the Cathedral (Popguru Sound & Vision) was to be released. Tix here.

– The rockers’ eponymous album dead man theory has been the very first artist signing of the famous Vancouver label 604 Records. He just turned 20 and Theory fans can celebrate by pre-ordering an all-new, limited-edition 7-inch flexi vinyl from Nothing Could Come Between Us and Invisible Man to mark the occasion.

– Ace Toronto bassist/jazz composer mike downes just released his very first solo bass album, Mental mirrors (available here). His all-star quartet, consisting of Robi Botos, Larnell Lewis and Ted Quinlan, will perform at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival in Toronto on October 2 at 7 p.m. at the supermarket.

– Transatlantic Roots Duo Marla and David Celia are now playing dates on the East Coast, through September 30. They then have an extensive tour of Europe and the UK, from October 8 to November 22, with some German dates supporting Kiefer Sutherland.

– Canadian blues/roots group composed of seven musicians Call on the water is causing a stir at home and abroad with his new album, Stay. The band has a hometown gig at Toronto’s Rivoli on October 7th. Tix here.

– Toronto rocker Lenny Bull releases a new EP, Strange Holidays, tomorrow (September 23) and kicks it off with a local show at The Monarch Tavern that night. Here is the new Vegas single.

– Saskatchewan hardcore country troubadour coulter wall just released two new songs on La Honda Records; an original by Wall, Cypress Hills and the Big Country, and a cover of Let’s All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues), written by country music titan Cowboy Jack Clement. Here is the old cup.

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