Summary of music news, July 28, 2022

Awards News

Duck and The weekend each received five nominations for the next MTV Video Music Awards. Lil Nas X, Jack Harlow and Kendrick Lamar topped the list with seven names each, Doja Cat and Harry Styles won six each, and Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift joined the Canadians with five nods. head. The awards take place on August 28. More here.

– Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Kourkoutis Hill was appointed on 2022 Industry Leader Award recipient this year Oshawa Music Prize. She recently made history as the first woman to be nominated and win a Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year. She will be honored this September 29 at the fifth annual event celebrating music in Durham Region for her contributions to the community, both locally and nationally. Larry LeBlanc recently interviewed Kourkoutis for her date Celebrity access In the Hot Seat function. Read it here.

– Following a review of data on eligibility periods, Canadian Country Music Association added two additional names to the previously released list of nominees for the upcoming 2022 CCMA Award presented by TD. Both MacKenzie Porter and The Reklaws will receive additional nods with Porter was added to Spotify’s Female Artist of the Year category and The Reklaws received an Amazon Music and Alexa Fans’ Choice Award nod. Winners will be announced on September 11 as part of the 2022 CCMA Awards.

News about festivals and congresses

CIMAin partnership with BreakOut West, Alberta Music, Manitoba Music & SaskMusic, will return to Nashville for a business and presentation mission during the 2022 edition of Americanafest in Sept. The Canada House showcase there is at InDo (632 Fogg St) on September 16 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to conference attendees as well as the public. The 9 Canadian artists who have just been announced as performers are Amanda Rheaume, Del Barber, Desiree Dorion, Kyle McKearney, Last Birds, Les Hay Babies, Megan Nash, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and Mikhail Laxton.

Canadian companies representing featured artists will have the opportunity to participate in a morning of business events in partnership with Sounds Australia, British Underground and Americanafest. Those interested in participating in business events can contact Jenia Schukov ( for more information.

Early Music Vancouverit is Bach party runs from July 26 to August 5. Consult the sked here.

Industry news

The SOCAN Foundation announced the participants in the fourth edition of the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship. The incubator program provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a series of progressive webinars that will hone their entrepreneurial skills while providing them with the tools and resources to turn their talent into a lasting career. More info and list of participants here.

– Last week VIFF AMP announced the first wave of world-class loudspeakers joining the VIFF Amp Film Music Summit October 6-8, 2022. These include composers, music supervisors and other industry representatives who work in the film and music industries. More information here. Applications are now open for sound off, which is a platform for local BC musicians to perform live in front of world-class music supervisors and learn about song placement and licensing synchronization in film and television . Apply here before July 31.

– Like my colleague Bill King eloquently observes in today’s edition of FOR YOUR INFORMATIONthe last weeks Radio & Records industry veterans party in Toronto after a three year hiatus was a beautiful and heartwarming affair. Thank you to the party committee and sponsors. Looking forward to the next one.

David Bookman (aka Bookie), a much-loved and much-missed presence on the Toronto music scene as a versatile radio host, show promoter, musician and music fan, died in 2019. He is now remembered via a commemoration Heritage Toronto plate to The Horseshoe Tavern, his favorite terrain for many years. An unveiling event was held there on Tuesday, with words of tribute from members of Billy Talent, July Talk, Lowest Of The Low and The Bookmen. On September 6, the Horseshoe hosts a free show titled Lyrics and music by Dave Bookman.

national music center (NMC) in Calgary is bringing back its free outdoor Sundays in the C-Square concert series. Featuring a range of notable local names across an array of genres, including Dueling Piano Kings, The Steadies, Kate Stevens and The Corey Hotline, these family-friendly performances take place every Sunday (weather permitting) from 1-4 p.m. a.m., Aug. 7. -28, at the corner of 7th Avenue and 4th Street SE in the East Village. More information here

– The Music Nova Scotia Artist-in-Residence Program returns to celebrate the best new artists in the province. The Grand Oasis Stage in Halifax will host the MNS Artists in Residence Finals on September 9 with performances from the Top Five and 2021 KXNG Winner Wooz. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of $10,000, mentoring, coaching and more. The event returns with the support of the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Light House Arts Center and the Coalition Music Canada Music Incubator. Applications (free) are open now here until August 1.

Artist news

Shawn Mendes just canceled the rest of his Wonder world tour, citing the need for a mental health break. As reported here, the pop star originally postponed the tour for 3 weeks. “It’s become clearer that I need to take the time I never personally took to ground myself and come back stronger,” the 23-year-old singer explained. More than 70 performances have been canceled, including four in Canada: two shows in Toronto on July 31 and August 2 and two shows in Montreal on August 15 and 16.

–Another cancellation just announced via social media is the September tour of veteran Montreal indie rock band Stars. The post reads in part “We are devastated to announce the cancellation. We do so with heavy hearts and our mental health in mind. Stars has already canceled one show in our 22 year career and it was because of a strong storm.”

– Multi-platinum selling Cancountry star Dean Brody returned to his native East Kootenays last weekend for a sold-out show at Fort Steele Heritage Town. He surprised fans when he was joined on stage by the Cranbrook native and 2022 Stanley Cup champion Bowen Byram and a representative of the National Hockey League Players Association Goals and Dreams funds to donate $60,000 to the local minor hockey community. Seeking to enable more children to participate in organized hockey in the area, the NHLPA and Brody Partnership donation will provide full sets of new hockey equipment and help defray registration fees to support the local community. and deserving children.

Electro-pop duo from Hamilton, ON allegories took 13 years to release the second album Unending, the sequel to an acclaimed debut album. It is also warmly welcomed, and a video for the title Tell Me Before I Forget has just been released.

– Last Sunday, a celebration of life was held at Laidlaw United Church in Hamilton for singer-songwriter Jake Hiebert, who died of cancer on June 16 at the age of 59. Big Rude Jake, he has long been a staple of the Toronto music scene. The celebration began with a New Orleans-style procession into the church, led by his bandmates. His family, friends and fellow musicians then paid eloquent and moving tribute to Hiebert. Electronic transfer donations to a trust for his young daughter are still accepted at

– Indie rocker Wilfred Kozub has long been a fixture on the Edmonton scene. His current group, Wilfred N and grown menjust released a new album, impossible world. Here is one of his tracks.

– Singer-songwriter from Hamilton Jacques Favron recently made his first foray into rap with the track Better Days. With the help of a local hip-hop luminary LTleMoine, he came up with a cool remix version. Check it here. More information here

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