Summary of music news, June 30, 2022


The BET Awards, which celebrates black artists, took place in Los Angeles last Sunday, and Canadians joined the circle of winners in two categories. The weekend triumphed as a Male R&B/Pop Beat Artist while the Best Collaboration trophy went to Essence by Wizkid, featuring justin bieber and Time. A complete list of winners here.

– The 2022 Forest City London Music Awards, an annual celebration of local musical talent in the London, Ontario area, celebrated its 20th anniversary on June 26th. The event at London Music Hall saw 20 awards presented across numerous genres, with winners including Mad Moxxis, Farewell Stanleys, Bill Durst, Adam Cousins, Shane Cook & The Woodchippers, Lost In Japan, Justin Maki and King Cruff. See the full list of winners here. Performers included The Pairs and Cherrill Rae Yates, a new Forest City London Music Hall of Fame inductee. Source: London Free Press

Festival news

– Programming for harvest festival in Souris, PEI. is now available. Produced by local favorites Eastern Pointers, the festival, which will take place on September 23 and 24, will feature Matt Andersen and The Big Bottle of Joy, Andy Shauf, Reeny Smith, Ria Mae, Villages, Kaia Kater, Morgan Toney, Rosier and Kierrah. More info and tix here

– Make the headlines TD Toronto Jazz Festival last weekend was the head coach of the Raptors Nick Nursewhich is associated with The next generation of energy help celebrate the music of Prince.

– The final of Toronto Blues Society Talent Search 2022 will be presented as a live event as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival on July 2. It runs from 3:15-6:15 p.m. on the TD Stage in Festival Village and features performances by Camilo Restrepo, Garnetta & DagroovMasters, Jim Dan Dee, Marcus Trummer, Shakey Trill and Tyler Wilson.

– Programming for the Friends’ Day 2022 in Hamilton was announced. The free festival, at Gage Park, runs July 29-31, and Serena Ryder, monster truckand Gord Bamford title the three nights. Other artists on the all-Canadian lineup include Snotty Nose Rez Kids, The Red Hill Valleys and George Canyon. More information here

– The Kincardine Scottish Festival at Victoria Park, Kincardine, ON, July 1-3. An eclectic lineup includes David Wilcox, Screaming Orphans, The Mudmen, Madison Violet, Shane Cook, Highland dancers and up to 30 Pipebands. Tix here

Industry news

Boris Brott, a towering figure in the classical music world, was tragically killed in a hit-and-run in his hometown of Hamilton in April. Hamilton City Council recently voted unanimously to rename the Big room in the FirstOntario Concert Hall in honor of the late conductor and head of the festival. The Great Hall is one of two performance halls within the FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton’s largest performance hall. Both Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brott Music Festival– both of which were managed by Brott at different times in his career – call space home. Once the motion is passed, signage outside the building will now read “The Great Hall – Boris Brott”.

– Singer-songwriter Chad prices was named winner of CBC’s 2022 Toyota Projector competition. This victory earned him a prestigious placement in the Allan Slaight Juno Masterclass in Toronto, five days of recording at NMC’s Bell Studio in Calgary, a trip to the 2023 Juno Awards in Edmonton, a Play MPE distribution deal, and a Toyota prize package of studio time and musical instruments. Learn more about the price here. The other finalists are listed here.

Music Publishers Canada named the six participants of its Women in the Studio National Accelerator 2022 program, which advances the career development of talented songwriters-producers from across Canada. Participants will gain valuable insights from mentors and industry experts throughout the duration of the program, beginning with sessions beginning this month through December 2022. 2022 participants are 99Makaveli (Makenna Edissi), Angelixa (Stella Lux), Erin Costelo, Grace Chiang, laaain (La-Nai Gabriel) and Ocevnside Clvb (Anastasia Petrova). More information here.

Mondial Montreal heads to the Canary Islands for the 5th edition of MAPAS: the South Atlantic Performing Arts Market, July 4-9. This trip marks the first visit to this part of the globe for the Mundial Montreal team, and the market will help them connect with the artistic and professional communities of Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe. The mission is part of MM’s year-round On the Road export initiatives.

– June 23, Premier of Quebec Francois Legault made a funding announcement for a new music hall in Montreal. History Saint-Sulpice Library on St-Denis Street will be converted into House of Song and Music of Quebecwhich will celebrate Quebec music and will be hosted by the National Library and Archives of Quebec. Source: Montreal Gazette

– The national music center (NMC) announced the emerging Indigenous musicians selected to participate in the OhsoTo’Kino music incubator program, which will take place this summer and conclude with a live showcase on July 29 at Studio Bell and online at The list includes Chuck Copenace, Electric Religious, Melody McArthur, Zoey Pricelys Roy and Jade Turner. The five selected artists will converge at Studio Bell for five days to learn new skills.

Artist news

– Singer-songwriter from Vancouver Mauvey released a new single, Curfew, on June 29, taken from a debut album due out in the fall. Curfew was written by Mauvey and co-produced by Mauvey and Luke Targett. July 22: Plays Constellation Festival in Squamish, BC on July 22 and Winchester UK fest Boomtown on August 12. here

– Toronto jazz singer/songwriter Ori Dagan just won Best Music Video at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival for the music video for his song Viruses, taken from his current all-original album Click here.

– Toronto Horns and Grooves Quintet The Heavyweight Marching Band are currently kicking off a western tour, with shows remaining in Trail, BC (June 30), Calgary (July 1) and Edmonton (July 2). More details hereand here’s the band’s current single, Fake It (released on Slammin Media).

– A celebration of life for Big Rude Jake (Jacob Hiebert) will be held July 24 at 3 p.m. at Laidlaw United Church, Ottawa St. North, Hamilton. A postponed benefit concert for Hiebert’s family, Jakefest West, is now scheduled for September 11 at Stonewall’s in Hamilton – add information linke stonewalls Benefit. Read it FOR YOUR INFORMATION Hiebert’s obituary here

– Toronto Roots singer/songwriter Julian Taylor recently received critical acclaim when hailing their latest album Ridge, but he is not resting on his laurels. He recently announced that a new feature film, Beyond the Reservoir, will be released on October 14, preceded by the new single Seeds. A press release informs that this song “was inspired by a text Taylor received from his cousin the morning after it was announced that 215 uncovered remains of buried Aboriginal children had been discovered at a former residential school in Kamloops, in British Columbia”. Taylor has four shows in Ontario in July. Appointment here

– Internationally renowned Montreal jazz singer and Juno winner Ranee Lee is now making her debut as a visual artist. His very first art exhibition will be held at BBAM! Gallery (notable biz music creation Ralph Alphonse). This is an art exhibition with a twist, in that all the paintings are auctioned off silently. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. The exhibition/auction runs from June 29 to July 13, and Lee will attend an event at the gallery on July 2 (5-9 p.m.) to talk about his art and sign copies of his new CD, Because you loved me. Lee at a Montreal Jazz Festival concert on July 9 at Salle Ludger-Duvernay on St Laurent.

cliffs is the Berlin duo of two Canadians: Mark Bérubé and Kristina Koropecki. The couple have just released a new single, Undertow, dealing with the aftermath of a loved one’s suicide. It is exclusively available on their Band Camp page for two months, 100% of all sales going to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, for purchases in Canada. Check Kliffs Tour Dates here.

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