Summary of music news, May 19, 2022


The 18th edition of Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) is scheduled for March 30 to April 2, 2023 in Vancouver. Submissions are now open, with preferential rates until May 31. The final submission deadline is July 15. Again for 2023, the submission fee is reduced (a reduction of $10 to $15 per category). More info and quotes here.

Canadian Music Week announced that Chuck Dfounder and leader of the pioneering rap group public enemywill receive the Social Justice Honor Award and appear for an introductory interview at the CMW Music Summit on June 9 at the Intercontinental Toronto Center Hotel as part of the 40th anniversary event. “Chuck D will receive the Social Justice Honors Award for taking every opportunity throughout his career to speak his mind and stand up for what is right,” the CMW president said. Neil Dixon. “Chuck D is a champion and innovator with the unique ability to identify new platforms to get his message across.” Canada’s largest and oldest industry conference, CMW, will take place June 7-10. Registration is now open here.

Give importance to music Founder and CEO Darcy Ataman will receive the Order of Manitoba “for his dedication to enriching the lives of vulnerable populations in conflict and post-conflict areas. The Winnipeg-born music producer and humanitarian is recognized for creating Make music count innovative music therapy program. Established in 1999, the Order of Manitoba is the province’s highest honour.

– The inauguration Spotlight Awards in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), presented this year by ISC and SOCANwent to the Manitoba trio The colour. The prize will be awarded annually to a song and its songwriter(s) from a different country. The Color won the Juno Award in the Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album category for their latest album, No greater love.

Festival news

– The Halifax TD Jazz Festival has named additional titles and supporting acts for its 36th annual event scheduled for July 13-17. They include Aquakultre, Tank and The Bangas, The Weather Station, Perfume Genius, Molly Johnson, Alex Cuba, Reeny Smith, The Mellotones, Adam Baldwin and more. As a pre-festival show, Upstream Music Association presents bassist Michael Formanek Drome Trio on July 12 at St. Matthew’s United Church. More information here.

The other thing! Festival in Hamilton has announced the dates for its 9th summer edition. The main weekend is June 16-19, with subsequent events on June 25, July 3, and July 16. Performances take place at Cotton Factory, Bayfront Park, Hamilton Public Library + Bridgeworks, and the lineup includes a stellar cast of cutting-edge jazz and new music artists, from the United States and across Canada. Notable names include David Douglas, Don Byron, Wayne Horvitz, Michael Moore, Robin Holcomb, Peggy Lee, Torsten Muller, Dylan van der Schyff, David Rempis & Tyler Damon, Francois Houle, Gerry Hemingway, JP Carter, Joshua Zubot, Gordon Grdina, So Owls, JOYFULTALK, Diane Roblin, Lori Freedman, Lina Allemano, and more. pass hereand more info here.

– Toronto Summer Musical Gathering Mixto-Festival (produced by Uma Nota Culture) returns from July 7 to 10 in two venues, Lula Lounge and Lynx Music. This year, more international artists join us, including Xenia França (Brazil), Ghetto Kumbé (Colombia), Bombino (Niger), Céu (Brazil), Uproot Andy (New York-via-Toronto) and Francisco, el Man (Brazil). Local artists include Trp.p, General Eclectic, New Chance, Sofia Fly, Tush, Mosamba, Bangerz Brass with special guest Narcy, Tara Moneka, Reggaddiction, Batu, Ana Luisa, Ensoul, Tamar Ilana, Aline Morales , Abdominal and Sunshine Selector. More information here. The entire festival can also be streamed here.

– Toronto Latin/World Music Center Lula Lounge celebrates its 20th anniversary with Lulaworld 2022, from May 17 to 23. Seven varied nights featuring salsa, indigenous throat singing, Arabic roots, jazz, Jamaican dancehall and reggae, funk and soul. See the sked here.

Industry news

– May 21, Mondial Montreal presents a showcase stage of the official selection at International folk alliance in Kansas City. The all-Canadian lineup includes Diogo Ramos, Kora Flamenca, Ramon Chicharron, Sophie Lukacs and Waahli at the Westin’s Liberty Room, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Artist news

– Last week, popular Toronto jazz singer/songwriter/crooner and music scribe Ori Dagan release their new album Click here (first on band camp and now available on all streaming platforms). He’s pulling out all the stops for an album release show at The El Mocambo on May 26, featuring an eight-piece band consisting of Nathan Hiltz, Attila Fias, Michael Herring, Ben Wittman, Alison Young, Colleen Allen, William Carn and Andrew McAnsh, plus surprise guests. Tix here. Click here features all of the original material, written and recorded during the pandemic, and it includes witty and insightful tunes that look at life online in the 21st century.

– Last Friday, Mills Hardware in Hamilton presented a show featuring prominent Canadian indie rock veterans. The opening was locals dilldirected by the singer-songwriter Dylan Hudecki (By divine right). His tunes are both offbeat and melodic, and interesting guitar tones and textures were front and center. Headlining trio MONEY are sort of a supergroup, comprising matt murphy (flashing lights), Chris Murphy (Sloan), and Mike O’Neil (The Inbreds), all heroes of the CanRock scene of the 90s. This is definitely a part-time, casual project for the members, but they clearly enjoy each other’s company. Rather than picking up the highlights from their main bands, TUNS played material from their two albums, with a sound suggesting 60s British invasion meets 90s Halifax pop-rock. the lead vocals and harmonized perfectly, with the effervescent Matt Murphy capturing the most visual attention, given that Chris was perched in the back with his drums.

– Canadian Métis rapper Trojan Junker just released a new single, Honey, which he calls “a banger anyone who catches feelings can sing along to.”

– Western folk favorites sweet alibi playing at the Monarch Tavern in Toronto tonight (May 19), with Ben Kunder in support. Tix here. The band are on tour in support of their excellent fourth studio album, Make a scene, released in January. Check other Sweet Alibi dates here.

Rip Pop MutantWe are Wolves’ solo project Alex Ortizreleased an animated video for the track And If Never, directed by a world-renowned digital artist Scorpion Dagger. The tune is on RPM’s debut LP Fluxus Pop, now through Simone Records. Ortiz is hosting an album launch for the record at Hoy Gallery in Montreal on May 31, featuring a live performance by Rip Pop Mutant and an exhibition of artwork and paintings by Ortiz. The exhibition will run from May 31 to June 2.

Sarah McLachlan is set to perform with her full band on the Budweiser stage in Toronto on July 11, accompanied by special guest, the Indigenous roots star William Prince. Tix are on sale today (May 19) here.

– In roots music circles, Lucinda Williams has long been granted hero status. The respect she enjoys among Hamilton singer-songwriters will be on full display at a Lucinda Williams tribute concert to be held at Clifford Brewery May 20. Organized by Bryce Clifford, the A-list cast includes Laura Cole, Ginger St. James, Heather Valley, Tim Allard (The Redhill Valleys), Sarah Beatty, Stephen Pitkin (Elliott Brood), Steve Deeps, Snowheel Slim, Ben Somer, Clifford, Greg Brisco , and more. Recommended. Tix here.

– Recognized artist of American roots Neko Case is instead considered an honorary Canadian given her work in The New Pornographers and with Canadian artists such as The Sadies and Carolyn Mark. She recently released a digital-only career retrospective album, wild creaturesand today (May 19) at 1:30 p.m. ET, she hosts an official live performance for paying subscribers to her weekly Substack newsletter, Enter the lung. This is the only new song in the collection.

Acclaimed Indigenous singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume announced a concert at El Mocambo in Toronto, scheduled for June 1, and presented by Hugh’s Room Live. This will serve as a launch party for his new album, Intermediate spaces, released on May 27. Morgan Toney and Keith Mullins will open. Tix here.

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