Summary of music news, June 2, 2022

Awards and honors

The 2022 SOCAN Writing Award Finalists (10 English and 10 French) have been nominated, and these up-and-coming songwriters will compete for a $5,000 prize including $5,000, a Yamaha workstation and a $500 gift card from Long & McQuade. Each of the other nominated songs will receive a $500 cash prize and a $50 gift card from L&M. Fans can vote daily here until June 8 to select their favorite. A list of the finalists are here.

– The 10th edition CMA Ontario Awards will take place on Sunday, June 5 at Centennial Hall in London, Ontario, as the culmination of CMAOntario’s festival and awards weekend, which runs from June 2-5. Hosted by Jason McCoy and Robyn Ottolini, the CMAOntario Awards Show is presented by Slaight Music. Tix for the Awards Show are on sale here.

– A solid line-up has been named for the free 2022 CMAOntario Bonfire (formerly New Faces Showcase & Concert) at the CMAOntario festival in London, June 4 (Dundas Place, 8-11 p.m.). This list includes Brian John Harwood, Dustin Bird, Gabrielle Goulet, Karli June, Nate Haller and Tebeywho will be the headliner of the event.

– During an official ceremony on May 31, the City of Toronto, represented by Mayor John Tory and Councilor Paula Fletchernamed a street in Toronto Blue Rodeo Drive, honoring the city’s roots-rock heroes. The honor was reportedly approved in 2016, but the naming event couldn’t take place before then. The street is in the Broadview neighborhood of east Toronto, a few blocks from Blue Rodeo’s headquarters, home to their studio and management Woodshed, starfish entertainment. Band members and management attended the ceremony, with Greg Keelor ​​taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the inspiration of the late Ronnie Hawkins. Congratulations guys.

– Applications for the 2022/2023 season Allan Slaight Juno Masterclassthe leading artist development program in Canada, are now open here, until June 30. Now in its eighth edition, the Master Class is designed to support emerging artists with opportunities to hone their craft and further develop their musical career. The program (worth over $100,000) includes an all-inclusive trip to Toronto for an intensive week of mentorship and industry showcase, hosted by Canada’s music incubator, a trip to Junos 2023 in Edmonton, including transportation, accommodation and a Juno weekend ticket package, a chance for one of the artists to perform for the Canadian music industry at the Juno Opening Night Awards in Edmonton, a cash prize and more.

Information about the festival and the conference

– The World Toronto 2022 The Music Conference and Presentation Event features pre-conference activities taking place June 7-10 in person at various venues in Toronto, including the Aga Khan Museum, Paradise Theater and the Royal Conservatory of Music. It is followed by an online conference, from June 20 to 22. Leading artists based in Toronto and Ontario include Digging Roots, Jeremy Ledbetter Trio, King Cardiac, John Orpheus, Zaki Ibrahim, Marta Elena, The Pairs and Ammoye. For the complete list of Canadian and international artists performing at GT22 Click here and visit Global Toronto on Instagram for full schedules and updates. Conference registration is available here through the Minode’e app to participate in any of the scheduled programs, conferences and networking sessions.

– One of Toronto’s most popular street festivals, The Do West Festival (DWF), produced by Transmit Presents, returns this weekend (June 3-5) to the Dundas West and Ossington neighborhood. A training full of talents led by Sloan and Metz and includes Zoon, Hot Garbage, Badge Epoch Duo, Burner, Breeze, Keegan Powell, and more. information here.

– The venerable NXNE fest returns to multiple venues across Toronto, June 14-19, and most sked have been announced. As promised by the co-founder and current director of the festival Michael Hollet, there’s a heavy emphasis on new and emerging talent this year, so chances are you won’t recognize many names. The ones that caught our eye are Anthony OKS, Lennie Bull and Redhill Valleys. Considering the bargain price of a full pass (just $20), this is an ideal chance to catch something new. Sked and collars here.

Magazine RANGE is in partnership with PlayMPE and ArtHaus for a CMW party in Toronto at ArtHaus (60 Lindsey Ave) on June 8th. Mages Merlin, Prado, Little Destroyer, Teon Gibbs and Sophia Eleftheria, with DJ sets from DJs Paul Saulnier (PS I Love You) and Michael Wallace (Concerns). RSVP here.

Industry News

– On May 27, the national music center (NMC) launched a new Music & Well-being exhibition that taps into the power of music on mental and physical health. Located on the third floor of Studio Bell, the exhibition will explore many topics through a series of video interviews that create an immersive sense of personal conversation between the viewer and a variety of experts, including medical professionals, music therapists, community wellness advocates and Indigenous knowledge keepers. . More information here.

– In other NMC news, the Buffy Sainte-Marie: Pathfinder Exhibition opens at Studio Bell on June 3, until August 1. It’s billed as “a retrospective exhibit by a digital art innovator, and the traveling exhibit is in partnership with NMC and Paquin Entertainment. NMC is hosting a public talk with Buffy Sainte-Marie on June 18 at 8 p.m. Tix are in sale here

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) is celebrating the final weeks of its 2021/22 season with a free TSO live stream from Gimeno directs Grieg & Mahler, June 9 at 8 p.m. and available until June 15. The program includes two world premieres, both commissioned by the TSO as part of its centenary celebrations, and masterpieces by Edvard Grieg and Gustav Mahler. RSVP for TSO’s free live stream by June 8 at TSO.CA/LiveStream.

The Royal Conservatory announced the details of the new Oscar Peterson Program, which provides comprehensive, free music education to young people in underserved communities in the Toronto area. Beginning in October, students will receive instruction from the faculty and have the opportunity to attend concerts at Koerner Hall by world-class musicians. The program will provide students with instruments as needed. The Oscar Peterson program is divided into two streams: orchestra and scholars. Young musicians in grades 6-9 are invited to apply here before the September 17 deadline.

– Founded during the pandemic, Toronto company FabCollab has featured over 150 artists, broadcast live to over 100,000 people worldwide, and produced dozens of shows, including the landmark Women in Song series. Co-founder Tamar Ilana informs FOR YOUR INFORMATION that “we’re throwing an aboriginal rave, native grooves, for the first time on June 4, at Lee’s Palace. It features all Indigenous artists, all electronic and all female/non-binary artists, as well as an Indigenous fashion show and market. » Tix here.

Artist news

– Popular roots group based in PEI. Eastern Pointers tragically lost band mate Koady Chaisson back in January. The remaining members pay tribute to him with the release of six new singles, recorded with Koady. The series launched on May 27 with the track Stronger Than You Know. Source: wire of salt

– duo from Ottawa chemical club signed with Arts & Crafts. A new single, Spring, is taken from an EP to be released in August.

– Artists who lend their name to craft beer and wine are now commonplace. Coffee, less, but veteran rocker Lee Aaron has partnered with Writers & Rockers Coffee Company to launch its own BodyRock coffee blend. Robert Young, creator of Writers & Rockers, calls the mix “the queen of metal’s coffee.” Source: brave words

– Brazilian-Canadian singer/songwriter Bruno Capinan just released a new album, Tara Rara, which creates a buzz. They play a free show as part of Toronto’s Do West Fest on June 3 at Lulaworld Stage (Dundas West, east of Brock). Recommended.

– Three-time Juno nominated alternative/soul singer-songwriter Nuela Charles play it El Mocambo in Toronto on June 7, following the recent release of a new single, Worthy. Last February, the SOCAN Foundation announced that Charles would be the winner of the second annual His Music Awards, with a prize of $5,000. Her work has amassed an impressive 3.5 million streams to date.

– Acclaimed Folk Singer David Leask pays homage to Massey Hall with his song and video, Take A Seat, featured on his CFMA nominated album Traveler in song. Take A Seat was written and recorded with the famous Six String Nation Guitar which features a track from one of Massey Hall’s seats. Leask does the great room justice here.

Lunar bloom released their first album, Run deep, June 4. The band plays the SING! Festival in Toronto on July 5, Live! On Elgin in Ottawa on June 25, and The Tranzac in Toronto, supported by Caroline Marie Brooks, on June 30 (tix here)

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