January 2017

Saskatchewan artists Nominated for Trille Or Awards

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) has announced the nominees for the 9th edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala, with Saskatchewan artists honoured with numerous recommendations. This biennial gala is an opportunity to celebrate musical excellence and to celebrate French-Canadian music. A total of forty-four artists and industry professionals from across the country are nominated in twenty-two categories for this edition of the Trille Or Awards Gala.

Shawn Jobin by Kenton DoupeShawn Jobin by Kenton DoupeThe Trille Or awards have undergone significant changes over the past year with the opening of classes to Western Canadian artists, and new categories for artists Acadians and Quebec artists. Thus, the first time, the Gala will emphasize the musical excellence of the artists coming from the four corners of the country. Over Trille week (May 1-6, 2017), a program will be held including lectures, keynotes, networking events, showcases, and more.

Peter Sarstedt of Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) Fame Passes On

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Courtesy of Ray Connolly The Daily Mail
Peter Sarstedt pictured with Anita Atke at London Heathrow Airport in 1969

Many popular songs catch the feeling of the time. That’s why they become popular. But few songs are able to freeze that moment to the extent that nearly half a century after we first heard it we can sing along to the lyrics.

That was what Peter Sarstedt, who died January 8, 2017 at age 75, achieved with his #1 smash Where Do You Go To (My Lovely). He was not quite a one-hit wonder (his follow-up, Frozen Orange Juice, also made the Top Ten), but Sarstedt’s career was defined by that No 1 song.

And what a song. Sounding unlike anything else that was around in 1969, it topped the charts all over Europe and in Australia, and was a hit even in Japan.

Just to hear that opening French-sounding accordion, playing in the then dreaded waltz-time — a rhythm your grandparents used to dance to — at the very height of the Sixties, should have condemned it to everlasting obscurity. But the very opposite happened. It touched an international nerve.

SOCAN launches monthly “Song Camp Mondays” at Toronto Office

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Submitted by Howard Druckman

On January 9, 2017 SOCAN launched its new, monthly “Song Camp Mondays” initiative, whereby SOCAN members can apply to participate in a three-person, one-day writing session at the SOCAN Toronto office, at 41 Valleybrook Drive. Applicants, who must be SOCAN members, will be chosen at random, and SOCAN members can apply here. Submissions are open to all SOCAN songwriter members, regardless of musical genre, skill level, geographical location, or whether the applicant has a publisher or not.

“Song Camp Mondays” are designed to help Canadian songwriters build their relationships, gain experience collaborating, and advance their craft by bringing the song camp experience to as many SOCAN writers as possible”.

“We believe that by nurturing the Canadian songwriting ecosystem, the entire industry benefits,” says Michael McCarty, SOCAN Chief Membership and Business Development Officer. “Music publishers, record labels, managers, agents, and of course the writers themselves all win when we can help those at the grassroots gain the kind of valuable experience, relationships, knowledge – and most importantly, confidence – that we’ve seen from the song camps that we organize and sponsor. We believe that great things will come from this project and we plan to eventually bring it to other parts of the country as well.”

Robbie Burns: The Rock Star

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Submitted by Don Graham

There’s little doubt that had Robbie Burns, the Ploughman Poet, been born a hundred years later he would have been a certified triple A rock star. The ladies’ man, the poet, the eternal romantic.

Burns was in fact regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic period, an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that started in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, peaking from about 1800 to 1850. Whether his subject was a man or a mouse or even a louse, Scotland’s National Bard had that rare talent of putting himself into others peoples place and circumstances and found a way to express life's universal emotions.

Burns was capable of creating traditional ballads and romantic songs and humorous songs and poem. Robert Burns composed some of the world's most instantly recognizable lines of poetry and song lyrics. His “Auld Land Syne” is a staple around the world on New Year’s Eve. It IS because of Rabbie Burns that we promise,every Hogmanay, to 'tak a cup o' kindness' with the people and go into the new year with a proclamation of hope for the future.“

He wrote love songs that spoke to people’s hearts and the women loved him and his ability to flesh out the emotions of love. Like Kris Kristofferson did in the ‘70’s with his “I don’t want to be alone, so help me make it through the night “Burns did with “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose” with lines like “ My love is like a red, red rose, that’s newly sprung in June. My love is like a melody that’s sweetly played in tune.”

BTW-Austra, Jerry Leger, Jan Kudelka, Ron Hawkins, Winterfolk, Maple Blues Awards, Blackalicious

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Submitted by Lenny Stoute

Venues may come and go but Toronto's got live, if you want it.

"Our current climate leaves many feeling apathetic but despair can act as a compass - the less you can ignore, the more you have to act." This cryptic call to arms from cold wave artrock band Austra's guiding light Katie Stelmanis is at the core of upcoming album Future Politics, out Jan.6. Austra recently revealed the video for the album's title track and kicks off an extensive international tour on January 20 at The Mod Club with Lafawndah

Austra's third LP is the Canadian band's most ambitious to date and calls for radical hope: "a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia," says Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak.