Summary of music news, July 21, 2022

Awards News

The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) announced that the singer-songwriter Daniel Lavoie and successful producer/composer David Foster (winner of 16 Grammys) will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 2022 Gala, hosted by singer/songwriter Marie-Mai at Massey Hall in Toronto on September 24. The duo join this year’s cohort which includes Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, and Alanis Morissette. Lavoie will be inducted by his friend Jim Corcoran, while friends of Foster’s, including R&B icon Deborah Cox and Chicago’s Neil Donell, will perform some of his hit songs at the Gala.

Gala artists will include Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake, Corey Hart, Jessie Reyez, Charlotte Cardin, Serena Ryder, Ruby Waters, Maurice Moore and Marie-Mai. Tickets are available from Massey Hall. More information here.

from Calgary YYC Music Awards announced its 2022 nominees in 25 categories. Winners will be named at the 7th Annual Awards Gala on September 18 at the Gray Eagle Casino Event Center. Several nominees include The Royal Foundry, ANNIKA, Pretty horseTérez, ZENON, Miesha and the spankings, and Kyle McKearney. See the full list of nominees here. Tix for the 2022 YYCMA Awards Gala will be available on July 22 here.

Festival news

– The inauguration LASSO in the city The Montreal Country Music Festival has named a top lineup to perform August 12 and 13 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Preceded by a show by Jade Eagleson on August 11 at MTelus, Lasso features American stars Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini, as well as Canadian star Towns of Tenille. Check the daily sked here

– The Markham Jazz Festival turns 25 this year, and the lineup includes the return of some of the event’s favorite artists. The festival takes place on three stages located on Main Street Unionville between Highway 7 and Carleton Road. All shows are free except for a special opening concert by fusion pioneers Manteca at the Markham Museum on August 17. Performing August 19-21 include Molly Johnson, ES:MO, Alex Pangman, Shakura S’Aida, Amanda Tosoff ft Emilie-Claire Barlow, Caity Gyorgy, CR Avery, Emily Steinwall, Josh Grossman’s Toronto Jazz Orchestra., Eric St-Laurent, Richard Whiteman, Irene Torres, Gigi Marentette, Queen Pepper and Sammy Jackson. More information here.

– The Hagersville Rock Music Festival returns to the Heaslip Ford Amphitheater at Grant Kett Memorial Park in Hagersville, ON on July 23 from 2:30-11:30 p.m. Aaron Pritchet, the country-tinged lineup includes Dan Davidson, Emily Reid, Fiddlestix, Kalsey Kulyk and Nicole Rayy. An emerging artists scene will feature several local country artists. Tix and info here

– from Ontario South Coast Jazz party at announced a five-year global agreement, the first of its kind, with Stingray DJazz Music TV and Video on Demand. This fall, the platform will broadcast a special edition of the festival with performances by Gene DiNovi, Dave Young, John Finley, the Lou Pomanti Trio, Queen Pepper, Heather Bambrick, and more. It will be co-hosted by Dini Petty alongside founding director of SCJ, Juliann Kuchocki. Announced by the the wall street journal as one of the best festivals to watch online, South Coast Jazz was originally founded as a live event in 2014 – quickly transitioning to streaming amid the global pandemic. More information here.

Industry News

The MVP project just announced that it has surpassed $1 million to support emerging Canadian artists and filmmakers by funding music videos. This milestone was reached with the project’s eighth cycle, which will fund music videos from notable emerging talents like Ejay Smith, Zoon and DW Waterson. You can find the full list of recipients here and can learn more about individual recipients through their biographies in this file.

Honey Jam – the impactful national program for the development of young artists founded by Ebonnie Rowe – announced the lineup for its 2022 Artist Development Program. The 15 artists chosen will benefit from mentorship opportunities, networking assistance, the opportunity to attend workshops featuring industry professionals, vocal/performance coaching and performance, including the annual Honey Jam Showcase to be held August 18 at El Mocambo in Toronto. More information here. The Honey Jam 2022 showcase will also feature a special tribute performance honoring Deborah Coxcelebrating his historic induction into Junos 2022.

– As it prepared to move into its new premises, Toronto roots music non-profit Hugh’s Room Live continues to perform in other venues around the city. An impressive list of upcoming bookings includes Angelique Francis, Jack de Keyzer, Jadea Kelly, David Buchbinder NOLA Dreams, Quartette, Lily Frost, Alfie Zappacosta, and more. Check the sked and buy tix here.

– Canadian Aengus Finnan served his last day as executive director of International folk alliance the 15th of July. In a press release, he said “it has been the personal and professional joy of my life to serve the broader folk community in this role and to have led our organization into a new era. I am immensely proud of the work of transformation we have accomplished since that date, best reflected in the catalog of annual reports, and more personally to me, as evidenced by the extent of creative work in the Artist in Residence program.” FAI hopes to have a new DE in place in early fall. In other Folk Alliance news, the 2023 deadline Official showcase applications have been extended until July 26. here.

– Requests for creative Manitobait is Professional Mentorship Program are now open to Winnipeg residents between the ages of 19 and 29. This program allows the mentee to choose a professional mentor in their artistic discipline to partner with for 7 months (Oct. 2022-May 2023). Apply here before August 19.

– Delegate passes for early risers Nova Scotia Music Week 2022 conference are on sale now through August 2.

Artist news

Duck recently announced that it is planning a Road to the OVO Fest tour, the one he plans to take around the world for OVO Fest’s 10th anniversary. It is preceded by October World Weekend in his hometown of T.dot. The first night, July 28, will be at History, featuring All Canadian North Stars. The following night features Chris Brown and Lil Baby at Budweiser Stage, and on the August 1 show, there’s a Young Money reunion with Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Tickets for OWW are now on sale, and the high prices raise their eyebrows.

The weekendThe Toronto stadium show which was postponed due to the Rogers network outage has been rescheduled for September 22 at the Rogers Centre. Promoter Live Nation says tickets for the original July 8 date will be honored for that performance.

Variety reports that justin bieber will resume his Justice world tour on July 31 after contracting a virus that left his face partially paralyzed. According to his website, the Biebs will return to the stage at a music festival in Lucca, Italy, before heading to Denmark, Sweden, Norway and other locations in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. No North American tour dates are currently listed on the itinerary. Last month, Bieber postponed his final North American tour dates after developing Ramsay Hunt syndrome, an outbreak of shingles that occurs in people who have had chickenpox and affects the nerve near one ear, causing a unilateral paralysis and hearing loss.

– Acclaimed troubadour/folkstoryteller Corin Raymond has a new production, Bookmarksset to run at Hamilton Fringe Festival, July 21-31, at the Staircase Studio Theater. A sequel to his 2011 monologue Bookworm, it is described as “a poignant memoir, a feast of amusing words, and yet another gospel of book magic – of books encountered, lost and found, and the secret paths they travel in the world”. Highly recommended. Tix here.

– Toggle To cross (aka Chad Ross) caused a stir in the bands Deadly Snakes, Quest for Fire and Comet Control, and just released a solo album, skull creator (released on Echodelick Records of Atlanta and Ramble Records of Australia). Described as Americana-tinged psych-folk, the record features musicians from Destroyer, The Black Crowes, Earthless and Black Mountain.

– Last weekend I caught two beautiful sets from an eloquent songwriter Toronto Roots John Borra at the bar/restaurant in Hamilton Capitol, a large haunt that just turned five. Borra played many tracks from his superb 2020 album blue wine and caught a glimpse of a few from a planned new album, featuring covers of songs written by Canadian friends, all of whom are great songwriters. The names will be revealed later.

– Folk rocker Gunner & Blacksmith (aka Geoff Smith) has released Something More To Give, a new single from his upcoming album I hear you in my head, which will be released on September 16 via Devilduck Records. Gunner & Smith is playing a handful of shows in Alberta and Saskatchewan this fall, joined by co-headliners The North Sound. More information here. Stream the new track here.

– Former Hey Rosetta! main man Tim Baker just announced an extensive North American tour in late fall and early winter, from November 10 in Los Angeles to December 11. Dates in London, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are December 8-11. Itinerary and prices here. Public on-sale begins July 22. Baker’s summer dates include the Calgary Folk Fest this weekend, the Makin’ Waves festival in Sydney, NS, and the Hamilton Supercrawl (September 9-11). He’s releasing a new song, Year Of The Dog, today (July 21). Flow here.

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