Summary of music news, July 14, 2022

Awards News

Radio-Canada Music, Polaris Music Prizewill present the 10 shortlisted nominated albums as separate radio specials with an “in-depth look” at each before the PMP winner is announced on September 19. The shortlist is TBD on July 14 at a 2 hour event, hosted by A. Harmony, streamed by CBC Music and CBC Listen.

The SOCAN Foundation announced Laura Niquay as the recipient of the annual award TD Indigenous Songwriters Awards. The famous Attikamek artist from Trois-Rivières is known for her songs Moteskano and Nicto Kicko. Established in 2018, the award was created to recognize and celebrate artistic merit demonstrated by Indigenous songwriters of all genres. Niquay will receive a cash prize of $10,000 in addition to opportunities for his career development. Special $1,000 Distinction Awards are also being presented to Anyma, Jayli Wolf-Saulteau, Kristi Sinclair, LJ Tyson and Shane Ghostkeeper.

– The 5th edition Oshawa Music Prize announced this year’s nominations, with the big show scheduled for September 29. Notable nominees this year include Jadea Kelly, Tania Joy, Excuses Excuses and Lindsay Schoolcraft. See the full list here. The public vote is open here now.

News about festivals and congresses

– Calgary hosts West Escape 2022 September 28 to October 2. With partners from Wales, Sweden, Iceland, the Nordics and other European countries, international artists will take to the stages in Calgary for the music festival this fall. This is the second time in 2022 that BreakOut West has partnered with Future Echoes – Sweden’s new showcase festival – and Nordic Bridges, an initiative to support the Nordic creative industry and artists from the Nordic countries performing in Canada throughout 2022. Toronto’s Harbourfront Center hosts artists such as Kid Vicious, Kitka, BSÍ and The Magnettes.

BoW continues its six-year partnership with FOCUS Wales, which sees artists from Western Canada perform each year in Wales, and Welsh artists, in turn, perform at BoW thanks to FOCUS Wales, Wales Arts International and the Welsh Consulate. In partnership with the Welsh Government, BreakOut West will soon announce Indigenous programming marking the start of UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages ​​(2022-2023). BreakOut West also has an East Meets West partnership with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) – an initiative that aims to open up new markets for artists touring the country. BoW is also a partner of Change of key for his conference. Finally, the Western Canadian Musical Alliance will present the Western Canadian Music Awards during the arc. Registration is available now here and a full list of events will be available at

Unity Day, Unity Charity’s annual flagship event, which claims to be Canada’s only national hip-hop festival, returns July 21 with a concert at Toronto’s El Mocambo. .The concert will feature artists from Unity’s homegrown program for emerging MCs, The Rough Draft, and signature performances from No Tourists, Ghettosocks, and Lex Leosis.

– After a two-year Covid-induced hiatus, the Canadian National Exhibition returns to the Toronto Fairgrounds in August, and a strong lineup of performances has been announced. Bruce Cockburn and Hawksley Workman begin music on August 20, with the following artists including Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Reid, Tom Cochrane, Glass Tiger, The Spoons, Marianas Trench, Monowhales, Iskwe and JJ Wilde. Full sked here.

International folk alliance revealed statistics from its 34th annual conference, held in Kansas City in May. 1,229 ISP participants in person, while 318 connected online. People from 38 countries attended, 120 official in-person presentations and 38 virtual presentations took place, and there were 1,014 private presentations. Read the post-conference report here

Mondial Montreal is now offering its PRO OF PROS and PRO badges at a super early bird price, until July 26. More informations here. The program for the 12th edition of the conference (from November 15 to 18) is to be determined.

– Launched by Lula Music and Arts Centre, BIG on Bloor and TDot Batu, the first Toronto International Samba Reggae Festival July 14-17. The first of its kind in Canada, it will bring together more than 100 samba reggae drummers, including artists from across Canada, Brazil, the United States and Bermuda. They include Mestre Memeu, Adriana Portela, Mateus Vidal, Marcos Costa, Tdot Batu and CIbele Iglesias. More details here.

Industry News

CIMA is a partner of Global Music Correspondence 2022, a project offering a “try before you buy” environment that provides selected artists with a risk-free framework to begin building their international networks, as well as direct access to the world’s best folk festival programmers who make up the staff of elite management of the GMM. Applications are now open for artists interested in participating in the third edition of the GMM. Apply here before July 29 for the 14-week artist-led program starting September 1.

– Production has begun on the feature-length documentary Atomic reaction, which will highlight Canada’s role in the Manhattan Project. One of the executive producers is a former label head/artist manager Bernie Finkelstein (True North, Bruce Cockburn).

Artist news

The weekendit is After hours till dawn The stadium tour was scheduled to kick off last Friday night in his hometown of Toronto, Rogers Center. The show had to be postponed just hours before its start time due to the nationwide Rogers outage, which affected operations at the venue. The Rogers Center says all tickets will be honored for a new date, which has yet to be announced.

– The Canadian pop star also announced show postponements last Friday Shawn Mendes. The Pickering, Ont.-raised musician posted a statement on his Instagram account saying a series of dates in the United States would be postponed so he could “heal and take care” of himself. Mendes explained: “After a few years without a road I felt like I was ready to take the plunge again, but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure caught up with me and I hit a rupture indicate.” A resumption of his world tour is expected after a three-week break.

– Acclaimed Canadian/Kiwi Roots Artist Tami Neilson canceled three indoor shows in Ontario, citing Covid concerns, but continues to give outdoor festival dates in Ontario and Quebec this summer, including a free show at Toronto Harbourfront Center tomorrow (July 15), also the release date of the new album Kingmakerand an appearance at the Hillside Festival in Guelph the following weekend.

– Platinum Star and Juno Award Winner Jess Moskaluke announced the national 2022 Visit Mapdot kick off on October 29 in Montreal. The news comes on the heels of his latest single, Knock Off, which you can stream here. The tour makes 20 stops in Canadian cities before concluding in Saskatoon on December 2. TBA support act, and tix on sale tomorrow (July 15). Itinerary here.

– Live performances from the former Crash Vegas vocalist Michelle McAdorey are rare, so his show tonight (July 14) at Toronto’s Monarch Tavern comes highly recommended. We also find on the beautiful poster Long Branch and Fortunato Durutti Marinetti.

– Canadian duo hit Tegan and Sara release their 10th studio album, crybabyon October 21 as part of a recently announced new deal with Mom+Pop Music. It will be supported by North American tour dates. Itinerary here. A new single, Yellow, has just been released. Learn more about what T and S did in this clip.

– Following the publication of the Canadian bestseller, Sharon, Lois and Bramit is SkinnamarinkTundra Books publishes the famous trio An elephant came out to play, a new picture book, with co-author Randi Hampson and Skinnamarink Illustrator Qin Leng. The counting picture book is based on the classic song by the trio of children’s artists (and featured as a theme on The Elephant Show). The book hits stores on August 9, the same day Sharon, Bram and Randi release a new single, One Elephant Went Out to Play (All Friends Version), available on all streaming platforms.

– Artist from Prince Edward Island Alicia Toner has been on the rise since the release of his second album Joan. She won a 2022 Canadian Folk Music Award, became the most nominated artist at the Music PEI Awards this year and also received several ECMA nominations. She worked with famous Canadian producers Stuart Cameron (Crash Test Dummies, Amanda Marshall) and Peter Fusco on the album. To celebrate Joan’s first birthday, she has just released a new single, Tonight with Joey Landreth, guest on several tracks on the album.

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