Summary of music news, May 26, 2022

Awards News

Yesterday (May 25), the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) announcement Alanis Morissette as a new inductee, as well as the first set of performers for the gala. In a press release, CSHF President Stan Meissner noted that “Some albums define a generation, but few albums can transform a generation like Little shredded pill did. Alanis is a tour de force who blazed her own trail in the male-dominated alternative rock landscape of the 90s; and her fearless approach to songwriting has influenced and empowered an entire generation of songwriters, including Avril Lavigne, Pink, Katy Perry, Serena Ryder, Beyoncé and Olivia Rodrigo to name a few.”

Best known for her iconoclastic 1995 album Little shredded pill, Morissette’s nine studio albums and three live albums have sold over 60 million copies. She can add this new honor to an already well-stocked trophy cabinet that includes 4 Billboard, 7 Brit, 4 MTV, 2 World Music, 13 Juno, seven Grammy Awards and a Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize.

Morissette will join recently announced 2022 inductees Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance to be honored at a star-studded gala at Massey Hall in Toronto on Sept. 24. Serena Ryder, Jessie Reyezand Charlotte Cardin. Gala tickets will go on sale tomorrow (May 27). Call 416-872-4255 or visit masseyhall.com/tickets. NB: CSHF is holding a one-day presale for the industry today, May 26). The promotional code is cshfriends. Additional special guests and gala inductees will be announced in the coming months. More information here.

– During an event at the AGO, The Metcalf Foundation announced the five winners of the 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Award. They are Ian Cussoncomposer; iskwēmusician; Ravi Jaintheater director; Sandra Laronde, multidisciplinary artist; and Marilo Nunez, theater director and playwright. Each winner received a $25,000 prize and was chosen as a protege to celebrate early-career artists who show tremendous promise. The five protégés are: Beverley McKiver, composer (protege of Ian Cusson); Zeegwon “Zee” Shilling, musician (iskwē); Aaron Jan, theater director (Ravi Jain); Aria Evans, interdisciplinary artist (Sandra Laronde); and Margarita Valderrama, actress and playwright (Marilo Nuñez). The proteges received $10,000 each. This performing arts award is named in honor of Johanna Metcalfwhich has been central to the work of the Metcalf Foundation for over 40 years.

– The 2022 Polaris Music Prize The long list will be unveiled at an invitation-only, in-person event in Toronto on June 14.

Festival news

POP Montreal 2022 returns to the city from September 28 to October 2, and the festival has announced some of its lineups. This list includes Tortoise, Cymande, Martha Wainwright, Partner, Sister Nancy, Priyanka, Ata Kak, The Linda Lindas and Allison Russell. More info and tix here.

– Named in honor of the late great Waterloo bluesman, Mel Brown Music Festival and Symposium brings together a diverse group of community participants, the black music community, academics, students and youth to raise awareness of Mel Brown’s legacy and his musical influence in the Waterloo Region. This year’s festival takes place at various venues in Kitchener-Waterloo, May 27-29, with performers including the Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty, Alysha Brilla, Elaquent, Miss Angel, and soul inspiration. Info and tix here

Industry news

– The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) returns for an in-person showcase and trade mission to Nashville in September for the Americana Music Festival and Conference, from September 13 to 17. The trade organization partners with Alberta Music, Manitoba Music and SaskMusic to present a full afternoon of Canada House at the event on September 16. This is a great opportunity for 6-8 Canadian bands to pitch to festival delegates and attendees, and submissions are now being accepted until June 10th. here

– CIMA also hosts Canada House and presents showcases at the Reeperbahn 2022 festival, which runs September 21-24 in Hamburg, Germany. You can apply to present here before June 17.

– The Music Manager Forum (MMF) organizes a face-to-face meeting MMF connection event during Canadian Music Week. It will take place on June 8 (8-10 p.m.) at the Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. Meet your fellow artist managers and artist-selfers from around the world and celebrate with live performances (artists coming soon). RSVP is required here.

indie week presents a MasterClass workshop titled Playlist placements + live stream success today (May 26, 2 p.m. ET). Speakers are Karen Allen (Twitch For Musicians) and Mike Warner (Work Hard Playlist Hard), who will demystify everything there is to know about TikTok, Twitch, and DSP. More info and tix here.

Music Nova Scotia solicit offers from host communities to Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) 2023 – 2025 and extended its deadline to June 10. NSMW is a multi-day showcase festival, educational conference and awards show focused on Nova Scotia’s music industry. More information here.

The Rhapsody is a documentary film about the late Polish-Canadian composer Leo Spellmana Holocaust survivor, and it gets its world premiere at The Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 15. Tix here. Note: the film, directed by David Hoffertis produced by renowned Canadian musician/composer Paul Hoffert (lighthouse) and his wife Brenda.

Artist news

Brian Adams hits the road in Canada with a cross-Canada tour beginning this summer, following the recent release of the Grammy winner’s 15th studio album, So happy it hurts. Adams began touring Europe and the UK ahead of the album’s release in January, and will wrap up his Europe/UK dates in July, then kick off his new series of shows in PEI. Prince Edward Island in August, making its way across the country before ending in Vancouver in November. Itinerary here. Source: PC

– Initially scheduled for May 2020, Thomas Wilsonfundraising mohawk symphony concert at the RL Wilson Concert Hall at McMaster University in Hamilton will finally take place over two evenings, May 27 and 28. The shows are designed to raise funds for The Tom Wilson Indigenous Scholarship in Honor of Bunny Wilson (Tom’s alleged mother), which supports first-year Aboriginal students from Ontario high schools who are completing an undergraduate program at any McMaster faculty. Wilson’s pals Colin Linden (his bandmate in Blackie and The Rodeo Kings), Terra Lightfoot and Logan Staats will join him at the concerts. Tix here. Read an earlier FYI feature on the exchange here.

– As part of his Final Freakquency Tour in support of an ultimate studio album, Consciousness Einsteinplatinum toronto duo USS gives three concerts in his hometown at El Mocambo on June 1, 2 and 4. The support groups are, in order, BA Johnston, Darenots and Kadeema.

– Juno nominees for chamber music Music in the barns returns to where it all began with its final installation concert on June 2 at 7 p.m., livening up three spaces at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, Toronto) for a fully curated evening of art, music and food celebrating the the group’s first album. Expect works from album composers such as Scott Godin and Michael Oesterle, Steve Reich and Geof Holbrook. More info and tix here.

– Canadian rockers sheep dogs are celebrating the start of their European tour with the release of a live version of their new track Scarborough Streetfight., taken from the band’s forthcoming album Out of sight. The live version of Scarborough Streetfight was filmed as part of the band Living at Lee’s release, a recorded over four sold-out nights in 2021 at Lee’s Palace in Toronto.

– Now based in Toronto, Aaron Goldstein is an in-demand guitarist and producer who has worked with City and Colour, Lee Harvey Osmond, Huron and Future Now, among others. He also pursued a solo project, Spanish, which showcases his chops as a singer/songwriter. Last Sunday, as Espanola, he returned to his old stomping grounds of Hamilton to rock The Casbah, encouraged by a band of aces made up of the guitarist Steve Marinerbass player Anna Ruddickand Blue Rodeo’s Glenn Milchem, in my opinion, the best drummer in Canada. Together they delivered tracks from Espanola’s self-titled debut album and new numbers that show real potential. Driven by twin guitars and Goldstein’s rugged vocals, the sound was reminiscent of ’70s Southern Rock and Drive By Truckers. Spying on the crowd were local musos Tom Wilson, Justine Fischer and Pete Lambert, as well as Spectator scribe Graham Rockingham and Hamilton live music hero Lou Molinaro.

Lunch at Allen’s is a collaborative project featuring four of Canada’s top veteran singer-songwriters: Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Cindy Churchand Ian Thomas. Renowned for their entertaining shows, they have booked an 18-date tour of Ontario from June 9-30. Itinerary here.

– June 4, Toronto’s world music favorites Sultans of String liquidate Acoustic harvesting24th season with a concert featuring music from their double CD offerings, Refuge/Sanctuary. Joining them on stage is the guest artist Saskia Tomkins (The Chieftains, Jimmy Bowskill, Ken Whiteley). The concert takes place at St Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St. Scarborough, with tickets in advance here.

– Toronto jazz group Nick Maclean Quartet (pi Brownman Ali) begins a tour at the beginning of the summer in Ontario (plus a date in Montreal), just before starting to record their second album. The tour begins tonight (May 26) at the RCHA Club in Kingston. See the complete itinerary here. The 29-year-old pianist Maclean is an 8-time Global Music Award winner and winner of the Toronto Independent Music Award.

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