Bruce Cockburn Releases New "April In Memphis" Video

Fri Aug 23, 2019

The legendary Bruce Cockburn is releasing a video for "April In Memphis"  from his upcoming album Crowing Ignite, in honour of Martin Luther King on that tragic day April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Bruce says, "The piece came into being on MLK Day 2019. It pretty much formed itself in the course of a practice session. It took the shape of a lament, more than a celebration, which set me to thinking of King’s murder, and the loss of a voice of wisdom, compassion and respect that we could really use about now. Hence the title. I think the video conveys the right sense of the poignant beauty, of the dignity, of the man and the spirituality that fueled him."

Watch Bruce Cockburn - April In Memphis (Official Video) here:
https://youtu.be/YVimpbPMguI

Spotify’s Subscriber Base Grows To 108m, As Total Monthly Active User Count Hits 232m

Fri Aug 02, 2019

Spotify closed its second calendar quarter this year with 108m subscribers and 232m total Monthly Active Users (MAUs).

In a new financial update today (July 31), SPOT confirmed that its premium subs count was up 31% year on year (on the same three months, to end of June, in 2018) – but below the midpoint of its guidance range of 107-110m.

The 108m figure represents a climb of 8m on the 100m subscribers Spotify attracted in the prior quarter of this year.

Worth remembering: Apple revealed last month that Spotify rival Apple Music had recently passed the milestone of 60m paying subscribers, though this figure included free trialists.

Interestingly, Spotify noted to investors today: “We have reached an agreement with two of our four major label partners on the renewal of our global sound recording licenses, and are in active discussions with the other two.

TD Markham Jazz Festival Announces Daily Headliners

Fri Jul 26, 2019

TD Markham Jazz Festival has announced this year’s headlining acts set to perform among the 30+ free concerts across three stages this August 16th, 17th, and 18th. 

Fresh off her debut and JUNO Award-winning album win for So Here We Are, Alison Young will headline the Millennium Bandstand Friday, August 16th at 7:30 pm, ahead of LowDown Brass Band at 9:30 pm. 

On Saturday, August 17th at 9:00 pm, attendees will be treated to what the Jazz Advocate calls “Mr. Personality!” and the Montreal Gazette says is a “must-see live act” — JUNO Award-winning and internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, pianist and producer Michael Kaeshammer and his spellbinding, genre-bending new album, SOMETHING NEW

“Listening to Michael Kaeshammer play live is like looking through a window into one of the greatest musical minds in the world today.” — The Record

Another JUNO Award-winner is slated for banner status on the Millennium Bandstand Stage; renowned bassist, singer, and composer Brandi Disterheft will headline Sunday, August 18th at 5:00 pm. 

Canadian Artist Marshall Potts Signs to Entertainment Music Group (EMG)

Fri Jul 26, 2019

Marshall Potts recently posted in a blog about his career-changing experience as a Showcase Artist (June 4-7, 2019) at the most famous global music festival in the world, MIDEM, a yearly event in Cannes, France. Marshall talked about sometimes just having to just take that chance, go with your gut feeling, your blind faith, whatever you want to call it. Just go for it.

So this Canadian rocker took that chance and came back from MIDEM with a management contract with industry veteran, Sandy Graham of Entertainment Music Group (EMG).  Sandy personally has decades of experience in the music industry, having been in radio, records as well as a nightclub owner and manager. The team at EMG is proud to represent artists on a unique management level, giving the artist the final say and developing strategies on both a short term and long term basis.

“I am so grateful to have been invited to join Entertainment Music Group (EMG)”, says Marshall Potts. “Looking forward to an awesome new journey with some amazingly talented and above all decent Human Beings. The team there is all about the music and the artist’s needs.”

Canada’s Songs Found in Translation: LyricFind Receives Government of Canada Funding

Fri Jul 26, 2019

Translations matter, and just as lyrics boost engagement, translated lyrics boost engagement across language barriers.

Toronto-based lyric licensing pioneers, LyricFind, have received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage Creative Export Canada program to focus on and globalize Canadian content, using the power of lyrics and translation. The two-year project supports the licensing, transcription and translation of Canadian artists and songwriters’ lyrics, and monetizes their lyrics through LyricFind’s extensive roster of clients.

Canada’s Walk of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees

Fri Jul 19, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019, Canada’s Walk of Fame announced the names of its 2019 Inductees today. The Inductees represent the organization’s pillars of recognition: Sports and Athletics; Arts and Entertainment; Business and Entrepreneurship; and Science, Technology and Innovation. Inductions will be held at Canada’s Walk of Fame Awards Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto on November 23, 2019, followed by a star-studded gala celebration. The show will be broadcast in December on CTV. 

The 2019 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees are:

Frank Gehry (Science, Technology and Innovation)

The world-renowned architect was responsible for some of the most important works of contemporary architecture across the globe including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Vitra Design Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Cindy Klassen (Sports and Athletics)

Three-time Olympian, six-time Olympic medallist long track speed skater and Canada’s all-time most-decorated Olympian, a title shared with cyclist and fellow speed skater, Clara Hughes.

Stevie Wonder to Undergo a Kidney Transplant

Fri Jul 19, 2019

Stevie Wonder is to undergo a kidney transplant. The 69-year-old singer told the crowd at a gig in London’s Hyde Park on 6 July that he would give three more concerts this summer before the operation in September.

He made the announcement after playing his 1972 hit 'Superstition', saying that he wanted to prevent rumours about his health from spreading. “I have a donor and it’s all good,” he said.

Wonder did not offer more information on his condition. Kidney failure and end-stage chronic kidney disease are among the most common reasons for needing a kidney replacement.

During his headline performance as part of the British Summer Time festival, Wonder covered John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 'Imagine' – as Celine Dion did at the same festival the night before. “We’re going to keep singing this song until we all cut the bullshit,” he said.

Commenting on US politics, he said: “Those of you who know the right thing to do: do the right thing. Unity has never been this hard.”

JAMBANA One World Festival Returns for its 11th Year August 4th & 5th

Fri Jul 19, 2019

Canada’s premiere one-of-a-kind music, arts and food festival — JAMBANA One World Festival — will mark its 11th year of celebrating the nation’s growing cultural diversity this August. 

Fans of Reggae, Afrobeat, Soca, Dancehall, Gospel, Dance and Comedy can expect to be entertained across two days of jam-packed programming, complemented by delicious food and interesting vendors and activities. 

Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 - 9:00 pm will feature fun for the whole family; JAMBANA attendees will have access to an all-encompassing, can’t-be-missed taste-based tour of the islands with premiere food vendors, along with arts and crafts, travel information, and more. Admission to the day’s events at Brampton’s Garden Square (12 Main St. N) is free for all ages. 

“Day 1 takes place at Garden Square, the very center of downtown Brampton, one of Canada’s fastest-growing immigrant populations,” says JAMBANA One World Festival Executive Producer Denise Jones. “It’s a great place to celebrate and lift up Canada’s diversity.

Country Music Legends Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson to Receive Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Fri Jul 19, 2019

July 1959 was a pivotal month for the history of folk and country music. It was when Ian Tyson met Sylvia Fricker for the first time, which began a musical journey, both as a dynamic duo and with distinguished solo careers, that would help put Canadian country music on the map globally. In honour of the start of this historic musical collaboration, Stony Plain Records will be releasing Ian & Sylvia The Lost Tapes on  September 6th; the day after their much-anticipated inductions as individual songwriters to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will be presented on September 5th at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, during Country Music Week in Calgary, AB.
 

Acclaimed Guitarist Paul Gabriel Is a Man of Many Blues

Fri Jul 12, 2019

Acclaimed New England-based guitarist/singer Paul Gabriel announces an August 2 release date for his latest CD, Man of Many Blues, coming from Smoke Ring Records. Produced by Duke Robillard (who also guests on the new CD), Man of Many Blues was recorded at Lake West Studio in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, by Jack Gauthier, and also includes perennial Blues Music Award nominee Sugar Ray Norcia (of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) as a special guest.

“This is one of the most special recordings I have ever done,” Gabriel says about the new album. “It’s being dedicated to my dear friend, Georgia Louis, the great 1960s Gospel and Blues singer; and it’s also special in that this is my sophomore recording with Duke Robillard producing.”

CMAOntario 2019 Awards

Fri Jun 28, 2019

Another great CMAO was held on Sunday June 16, 2019, in Ottawa, at The National Arts Centre, hosted once again by the talented and funny Jason McCoy.

Western Swing Authority providing amazing back up music for all of the performances.

Meghan Patrick coming away the big winner with 5 awards under her belt and Tim Hicks and The Reklaws with 2 awards each.

The Winners of the 7th Annual CMAOntario Awards are:

SINGLE OF THE YEAR sponsored by PURE COUNTRY
“Feels Like That” – The Reklaws

ALBUM OF THE YEAR sponsored by COUNTRY 93.5
Country Music Made Me Do It – Meghan Patrick

SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR sponsored by SOCAN
Meghan Patrick, Kelly Archer, Justin Weaver – “Walls Come Down”, Recorded by Meghan Patrick

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by Spring Tree Farm
Meghan Patrick

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR sponsored by ECAO/IBEW
Tim Hicks

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR sponsored by Country 103
The Reklaws

Ali Hughes: Leonard Cohen Koans

Fri May 31, 2019

Ali Hughes, Austrailian songstress, has made her way to Canada to present her acclaimed show Leonard Cohen Koans, a tribute to one of the world’s most celebrated and revered songwriters, Leonard Cohen.

Musically directed by award winning composer Daryl Wallis, backed by masterful jazz musicians, this electrifying, vigorous 90min narrative concert is Cohen like you've never heard before. It is an inspiring celebration of the spirit, music and poetry of one of the greatest songwriters of the modern age. Part-concert and part-homage, these exciting and original interpretations explore Cohen’s music through jazz, gospel and rock genres, cracking wide open the incredible musicality in his work.

Intertwined with excerpts of poetry and prose, and delivered through the lens of his Zen Buddhist spirituality LEONARD COHEN KOANS weaves a new pathway into your experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners. Accompanied by masterful Toronto pianist Adrean Farrugia, this electrifying, vigorous 90 minute narrative concert is Cohen like you’ve never heard before.

Detroit Does the Dakota!

Fri May 31, 2019

The Dakota Tavern will be hosting its first annual Detroit music festival, Detroit Does The Dakota. On June 1, four bands from Detroit will be taking the stage: Duende!, described as no pop, no style… strictly roots, Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, soulful folk rock and roll., Rogue Satellites, post punk, intergalactic synth-rock and Betty Cooper Pop/rock/alternative.

Brought to our attention by the music man about town Cameron Carpenter, the rebirth of the Dakota is a breath of fresh air for live entertainment. Owner, Anthony xxx, also owns the popular Castro's in the Beach, which boasts live music every night of the week. Under new ownership, the Dakota is following in the path of the extremely successful Castro’s, focusing on live music. The lineup for the next few months is impressive and eclectic and exciting and brings back the Dakota to her full glory of the spot to go to see great talent. http://thedakotatavern.com/all-shows/

Love the Detroit sound? Don’t miss this one.

The 4th Annual ‘France Rocks Summer Fest’ Ready To Rock For 2019

Thu May 23, 2019

Music Fans around New York City look forward to another great Summer of cutting edge French Made Sounds when France Rocks Summer Fest returns. Its acclaimed wide-ranging, diverse musical style attracts over 50,000 music lovers/ festival goers from all backgrounds.

“SummerStage and I are honored to collaborate with France Rocks and Michele Amar again, highlighting the diversity of French talent on our stage. We can always expect the highest caliber of artist from France.” Erika Elliott- Exec Dir, SummerStage.

New York City music lovers will get to experience a wonderful array of French produced music this summer when the festival FRANCEROCKS SUMMER FEST returns. The month-long music festival—the largest of its kind in the US— highlights some of the most edgy and leading talent as well as international artists who draw their inspiration from French Culture. Free and ticketed shows at 20 venues range from Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage and Lincoln Center to (Le) Poisson Rouge, Elsewhere, and Baby’s all Right, as well as intimate performance spaces throughout New York City.

Rocketman The Biography of Elton John Debuts in May

Fri May 17, 2019

Rocketman is an upcoming biographical drama film based on the life of musician Elton John. Directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall, it stars Taron Egerton as John, with Jamie Bell, Richard Madden, and Bryce Dallas Howard. The film follows John's early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music up to his eventual musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. The film is titled after John's 1972 song "Rocket Man".

Stink LP 50th Gala Featuring Mike McKenna

Fri May 17, 2019

Fifty years in, Mike McKenna is continuing to raise a big Stink. Initially released in 1969 on Liberty United Artists Records by Toronto’s McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Stink has carved its own legacy and remained a consistently-selling blues classic throughout its lifespan. Now, the album is being played in its entirety in concert by guitarist McKenna’s current outfit the Slidewinders Blues Band.

“It’s nice to have the longevity,” says McKenna, a veteran of Luke & The Apostles, The Ugly Ducklings and many other legendary Toronto bands throughout the years.

“And it’s great to still be playing the music and having people enjoying it. It’s cool that Stink is still relevant and means something to so many people out there today. It’s a classic album and we’re a classic band and I’ll admit to it,” he laughs.

Accompanied by Rob Kirkpatrick (Luke & The Apostles) on drums, Hap Roderman (Rough Trade) on bass and Tom Robertson on vocals, guitar, harmonica and slide guitar, McKenna and his own slide will recreate such favourites as “Better Watch Out,” ”Beltmaker” and “T.B. Blues” authentically.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019 Announces Nominations for 2019

Fri May 17, 2019

Hosted by Zachary Levi, The MTV Awards will be at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT.

Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and RBG received the most nominations with four nods each. The HBO hit snagged a spot in the Best Show category for the third year in a row. What's more, Emilia Clarke and Maisie Williams scored nominations for their performances. The Daenerys Targaryen star received a nomination for Best Performance in a Show for her role, and the Arya Stark character was nominated in the Best Hero and Best Fight categories.

Canadian Musician Magazine Lordy Lordy Look Who’s 40!

Fri May 10, 2019

Submitted by Don Graham

Photo Credits: Studio 22 Photography

Canadian Musician Magazine celebrated it’s 40th Year Anniversary in high style. The fete was held in downtown watering hole, Grace O’Malley’s on Thursday, April 25 and had all the markings and feel of a huge award show, replete with a red carpet, multiple photo-op stops and a buzz of excitement as each new celebrity entered the venue. The list of luminaries who showed up for the celebration is a testimony to the impact Canadian Musician Magazine has had on the music scene and industry.

Marc Jordan and Amy Sky came to pay their respects with over 40 artists and special guests in attendance including: Jim Norris, Founder, Canadian Musician Magazine, Andrew King, Editor and Chief Canadian Musician Magazine , The Trews' John Angus MacDonald and Tyler Shaw, Ryland James Iskwe, Kira Isabella Exco Levi Monowhales as well as Lost Cousins Posey, Sean Jones and Sandy and Gord Deppe from the Spoons.

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