Music News Digest, September 8, 2022

Awards News

A reminder that the winners of the 2022 CCMA Awards will be announced Sept. 11 during a live telecast from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, on Global at 8 p.m. ET. Topping the list of names is the Alberta singer-songwriter Towns of Tenille, with seven nods. She is closely followed by Jade Eagleson, with six, James Barker Band (five), and Dean Brody and Brett Kissel, with four nominations each. See the full list of nominees here.

Festival news

– Recognized as one of the best free outdoor music festivals in the country, super crawl returns to James St. North in Hamilton this weekend. Lasting three days (September 9 to 11), it offers a solid line-up of major Canadian artists (Sarah Harmer, Lido Pimienta, Charlotte Day Wilson, Tim Baker, the Dirty Nil, Hidden Cameras), stars rising stars (OMBIIGIZI, Nuela Charles, Tallies) and local talents (Golden Feather, The Barettas). See the full schedule hereand read some fascinating facts and figures about Supercrawl in this City of Hamilton Magazine characteristic.

– Just before the opening of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) this week, pop superstar Taylor Swift made headlines when she announced she would be attending the festival screening of her film Very good, at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The short film recently triumphed at the Video Music Awards. In Toronto, Swift will appear in a chat with TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey to “discuss filmmaking and the visual aspects of his music.” More information here

– The documentary is also premiering at TIFF Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry on., a profile of the groundbreaking Canadian Indigenous singer/songwriter/writer/visual artist. Subject plays a free show in Toronto tonight (September 8). Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF, announced on September 7 that Sainte-Marie would receive the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media presented by Participant Media at the TIFF Tribute Awards on September 11 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The awards night will feature a musical performance by the songwriter, poet, filmmaker and artist mustafaand many celebrities will appear as presenters.

Canadian honey jam teams up with TIFF for a free special performance on the Slaughter scene on Festival Street (King St. West between Peter St. and University) to celebrate women in music and women in film. Honey Jam EmpowHER Hour is dedicated to brave women, the title of the Hillary & Chelsea Clinton docuseries premiering at TIFF. The event takes place on September 10 and the party starts at 5:15 p.m. More information here

Estonian Music Week and Tartu College (Toronto), a student residence and community center for Estonians in Canada, turned 50 in 2020 and this milestone can finally be celebrated with live music. On September 21, prominent Estonian funksters Lexsoul Dancemachine will commandeer a double-decker bus and play a series of secret locations across the city. Team up with Shuffle Demons, the band will be bringing these free gigs to key TO neighborhoods, with locations being revealed via the bands’ social media channels. No tax required. Estonian Music Week then organizes an event in The cotton factory in Hamilton the next day (September 22), featuring Lexsoul Dancemachine and other bands and DJs, dance and visual arts. Tix and info here.

Industry news

– Timed to be held just before the big Supercrawl festival, Music Cities Forum is heading to Hamilton for a full day of panels, workshops and presentations on a wide range of industry topics today (September 8). The event takes place at Bridgeworks, and notable attendees include Andrew Cash (CIMA), Tim Potocic (Supercrawl/Sonic Unyon), Mark Sasso (Elliott Brood), Astrid Hepner, Jonathan Bunce (Wavelength) and Jesse Hartke. See the complete sked here. Last night (September 7), this scribe attended the Forum’s opening reception, highlighted by the news that the federal government has just awarded $250,000 for this year’s edition of Supercrawl. Local councilor Jason Farr and area MPs Chad Collins and Lisa Hepfner were on hand for the announcement. Accepting last-minute largesse, SC manager Tim Potocic joked that “it’s too late for our suppliers to raise their prices now.” The reception included sets by talented locals Bianca Bernardi and Hachey the MouthPEACE. Mark Sasso, Sherry Sinclaire, Connie Stefanson and Ian Sloan (New Vision United Church/The Music Hall) were spied on at the rally.

CIMA is in partnership with the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) for a 45-minute webinar on copyright, taking place September 13 (1 p.m. EST) on Zoom. Registration is here free. CMRRA outlines its role in the music landscape, explaining how it can help music publishers and self-published songwriters collect royalties. Speaker Marianne Anderson (Publisher Relations Manager) will discuss topics such as the role of a Collective Management Organization (CMO), an allocation of music reproduction rights, and a review of licensing and collection processes royalties.

– Making a welcome return to the Lula Lounge stage in Toronto on September 8 is the Tribute concert to Patsy Cline. Produced by Heather Morgan, he regularly features an A-list of Toronto-area singers and musicians paying tribute to the big names in country music. This year’s lineup includes Kathryn Rose, Julie Michels, Sophia Perlman, Danny Marks, Ginger St James, Russell deCarle (Prairie Oyster), Laura Hubert, Helen Stewart, Samantha Windover, Sonya Jezebel Cote, Charlotte McAfee-Brunner, The Daniel- Raum Trio, and Morgane. The evening is also at the service of a great cause, Artscan Circle. Tix here.

– A&R consulting and song management company dependent music in partnership with the famous dance label Rotating discs (Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Steve Aoki) and The Songwriters Association of Canada is set to host a songwriting camp focused on electronic music at the end of September in Vancouver. More information here

Artist news

– Canadian pop singer The weekend cut a concert in California on September 3 cut short after losing his voice halfway through. After four songs at SoFi Stadium, the performer said he had to cancel the show and told the audience he would get his money back. He just announced a second show (for September 23) at Rogers Center in Toronto, the site of a previously canceled show due to the Rogers online outage debacle,

– High profile Montreal rock band The fucking truth heads to Toronto for a show at El Mocambo on September 10, accompanied by manager and popular music industry veteran Ralph Alfonso. The concert is part of Music City North’s 10th anniversary celebration, with Carole Pope and Rough Trade also playing on site the same night. After the TO show, The Damn Truth head to the UK for a tour. Tix here.

– Multi-award winning jazz singer Joe Coughlin’his career spanned 4 decades, and tomorrow (September 9) he’s releasing a new album, dedicated to you, through Cellar Music Group. It comes out 40 years after its self-titled debut and, surprisingly, both albums feature the same accompanists, pianist Bernie Senensky and drummer Terry Clarke. On the new record, they’re joined by veteran bassist Neil Swainson and tenor Ryan Oliver. The album takes the listener on a new journey through the Great American Songbook. Highly recommended. Coughlin has upcoming gigs in Victoria (Dave Dunnet Theater in Oak Bay) and Vancouver (Frankie’s Jazz Club) in October. Listen to the first single, Nature Boy, and learn more here.

– Acclaimed classical music organization Canzona Chamber Players present a concert entitled Vadim Serebryany – Music and Memory September 11 (7:30 p.m.) at 27 Sherbourne Street, Toronto. Tix here.

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