Summary of music news, June 23, 2022
MusicNL Awards applications are now open here until July 3. All MusicNL members in good standing are eligible for music and industry awards, which will be presented during music celebration Week 2022October 26-29 in Corner Brook.
– On National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) Mike Deney from MDM Recordings Announced Americana Roots Artist Kyle McKearney as the winner of the first Henry Armstrong Award. The Prize, created by Denney, is a scholarship and mentorship program created to develop, elevate and support the diverse talents of Canada’s Indigenous music community. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship as well as a mentorship program of professional development services.
– Halifax Urban Folk Festival returns from August 28 to September 28. 4, with shows in four venues across the city. One, the Carleton, has just announced an impressive line-up, including Jake Clemons, Reeny Smith, Adam Baldwin, pillow fitand Kim Harris. More info here
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– Attention Headbangers: Western Canada Decimate the metal festival will host its two-day outdoor all-ages and extreme music event on June 24-25 in High River, Alberta at the outdoor grounds of the High River Brewing Company. The 3rd edition of the Fest, presented by Voxx Entertainment, will feature headliners planet eater and Arrival of autumn, and more than 20 acts. Complete range here.
– the Toronto one Port center announced an impressive season of free lakeside summer concerts. It features over 40 performances from July 1-24 and the return of Island Soul from July 29-August 1. Serena Ryder is followed by shows with Cœur de pirate, Allison Russell, Begonia, Rose Cousins, Tami Neilson, Leyla McCalla, Chorus! Choral! Choir!, Celeigh Cardinal, Evangeline Gentle, GusGus, Vök, Eivør and many more. Island Soul features veteran star Jay Douglas, a comedy starring Trixx and friends, and 60th anniversary celebrations in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. More information here.
– Concert series in Toronto Dreaming in High Park has expanded its lineup for 2022. From June 30 to July 15, there will be six outdoor concerts in the beloved West End park: Jully Black, Ron Sexsmith, Beau Dixon, Dan Mangan, Hawksley Workman, KUNÉ and Martha Wainwright. More information here.
– A reminder that the deadline for submitting applications for the 2022/2023 season Allan Slaight Juno Masterclass, Canada’s premier artist development program, is fast approaching. Apply here, by 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 is valued at over $100,000.
– Canadian music industry veteran Tom Treumuth made his mark as a record producer (Honeymoon Suite, Helix, Big Sugar), musician, label manager, artist manager and booking agent, and he’s now added a podcaster to his varied resume. With co-host Andrew Schalk, his The TalkMusic Podcast will feature music-related topics, jokes about established and emerging Canadian and international artists, and a preview of select music, book and documentary releases.
The first episode includes a feature film on Treumuth’s former band true myth, the one who, according to him, recorded the first digital rock album in the world and thus went down in history. Interviewed are guests whose Gary Furnis (President of Sony Music Publishing), Gary Muth (former Warner A&R executive) and 2 band members. The self-titled album is released digitally for the first time in conjunction with the podcast (streaming link here). Discover episode 1 of the podcast here or on Spotify, Apple or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Episode 2 will feature the man of Hamilton’s music, art and literature renaissance, Thomas Wilson.
– A celebration of the life of a much-loved Toronto reggae player JoJo Bennett (The Sattalites) will take place at the Pilot in Toronto on July 13th. Hosted by reggae booster Reuben Kincaid, the event serves as a fundraiser for Alpha Boys School in Jamaica, where Bennett learned his trade. Bennett remained grateful to the school which rescued him from poverty and maintained a lifelong affection for Alpha, held fundraisers and visited occasionally over the years. More information here.
– Famous independent American music distributor Symphony cast expands its operations in Canada through a strategic merger with Upper Realm Music Distribution, a new division of Higher Reign Music Group. HRMG executives Steven Leblanc and Antoine Regnière will be responsible for overseeing Symphonic’s operations in Canada.
– Alanis MorissetteThe long-awaited 2022 tour of Australasia has been cancelled. The Canadian singer made the announcement this week, with promoter Live Nation citing “scheduling issues” and “the unprecedented logistical challenges of touring the world in 2022”. The next round of arena shows in November, which had previously been postponed due to Covid, were due to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his hit album Little shredded pill. Live Nation said that in consultation with the singer’s management, they felt it was “best to refund ticket holders now” and hoped to schedule new dates “as soon as possible”. Source: The Music
– Prolific troubadour of Toronto roots Jerry Leger played at Mills Hardware in Hamilton last weekend. Skilfully encouraged by longtime bassist Dan Mock, Léger played material from his extensive catalog, again impressing with the quality of his songwriting (he finished with a favorite of this scribe, Factory Made). Spied in the small but grateful crowd were music journalist Graham Rockingham and local singer-songwriters Ben Somer (who opened the show) and Lindy Vopnfjord. Leger and Mock have upcoming shows in Bracebridge, Trenton and Ottawa this week. Appointment here.
– Presented by blues maestro Hugh’s Room Live Paul Redick plays at 3030 Dundas Street West, Toronto tonight (June 23). His last recording, ride it alone (on Stony Plain Records), received the 2016 Juno for Best Blues Album, and we hope he has another one coming soon. The concert is highly recommended. Tix here
– Folk-pop singer/composer Tara McLean (Shaye) writes a memoir, sparrow songwhich will be published by HarperCollins, and will release a new solo album, Sparrow, next March. A reimagined version of his hit single If I FalI out today (June 23).
– Highly acclaimed Toronto singer-songwriter Story release their new single Intimate Abuse today (June 23). She also performs at the Toronto Jazz Festival (June 25) and the Montreal Jazz Festival (July 1), two free outdoor shows.