A snafu at the box-office has the media jumping through hoops to blow up the story, but the story behind the story is ticket sales are hotter than a roofer in July for a tour that stands to gross more than $24m at the box-office.
Liner Notes: Bullet News for May 4th
Aidan Knight and the duo of Nadia Gaudet & Jason Burnstick lead with three nominations apiece in the Western Canadian Music Alliance's 14th annual Western Canadian Music Awards that take place Thursday, October 13th at Casino Regina. Brett Kissel, Corb Lund, David Morin, George Canyon, Le Destin du Jazz-Club!, Library Voices, We Are The City, William Prince and Yukon Blonde are represented with two noms. The complete nominations list can be viewed here, and tickets are available online here.
-- Liona Boyd is convalescing in a Toronto hospital after being airlifted from a Palm Beach, Fla hospital following a fall in her winter home where she injured her shoulder and a knee. "It could have been so much worse. I could have broken my neck, suffered a concussion, or smashed my guitar playing hands." The Toronto Sun has the story in full.
-- Canadian DJ turnablist A-Trak debuted his latest track on Zane Low's Beats 1 radio show Tuesday. The Last Gang artist's "Parallel Lines" features NYC electronica duo Phantogram and has its commercial release on May 20. The Grammy nominated A-Trak will be joining NPR on-air for an episode of All Things Considered on May 7. Global dates May through August include one Canadian show--at Celebrities Nightclub in Vancouver on May 14.
-- Warner/Rhino releases an inclusive HD and Blu-ray Chicago collection on June 17. The collection begins with Chicago Transit Authority and includes the band's 8 studio recordings and a greatest hits set.
-- Jason McCoy hosts the Canadian Music Publishers' Writers In the Round CMW reception at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel's Osgoode Ballroom West on May 6. Terra Lightfoot, Donovan Woods and others join in. Open to conference delegates and conference pass holders. Contact CMPA for exact details.
-- Ryerson’s latest business incubator aims to help Toronto on its quest to become a music city. Launched last week at the school’s faculty of communications and design, the Music Den will offer support and mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs working in the field. Steven Ehrlick, Asisistant Professor, RTA, School of Media took part in the launch. Invited speakers included Universal topper Jeffrey Remedios, Massey/Roy Thomson halls CEO Deane Cameron, and SOCAN exec Mike McCarty.
-- SoundCloud has launched its Go subscription service in the UK and Ireland after a March launch in the US. The streaming firm hopes to persuade an audience of 175m listeners to pony up £9.99 a month. SoundCloud’s free listeners will be regularly prompted to upgrade to the new premium tier, whether they are seeing 30-second previews of tracks that are only available on SoundCloud Go, or trying to click the offline/download button that every user will see, but only subscribers will be able to use. The Guardian has the details.
-- Edmonton roots label Stony Plain Records celebrates its 40th anniversary with the release of a 3-CD retrospective. Founder and label boss Holger Petersen shares collating the tracks has been "a joy." “Not only going back over those years and selecting some of our favourite tracks, but to also dig deeper to find rare and previously unreleased material by old friends Eric Bibb, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, David Wilcox, the late Bob Carpenter, Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton and the legendary Sam Chatmon and His Barbeque Boys from 1979." The 47-track retrospective has its release on June 3 via Warner Canada and better music stores everywhere. Liner notes penned by Richard Flohil, a longtime fan and publicist for the label.
-- RAIN has announce that the June 2 Streaming Audio Advertising Summit, in New York, is now open for registration. Produced in collaboration with Pandora, Spotify, and Triton Digital, the event brings agency advertising buyers together with innovators and thought-leaders in audio publishing and technology. Details on the website.
-- Gordon Lightfoot's long out of print Songbook has its re-release this Friday (May 6th) and for the first time the retrospective will be available at online stores. This career-spanning 4-disc, 88-song set includes his earliest recordings to the title track from his last Reprise album--the 1998 live studio album, A Painter Passing Through. CD one covers his years with United Artists (through 1969), and CDs two and three recount Lightfoot’s heyday from 1970 to 1981 on Reprise/Warner. The last disc spans the period from the 1982 LP Shadows. The boxed collection also features extensive liner notes in a 56-page booklet, along with photos. You can read Lightfoot's comments about the songs here and the song list on Amazon. No word as to when Rhino/Warner Music will reissue on vinyl.
-- CMRRA has completed its first distribution of online music royalties using its new Licensing and Royalty Distribution System (LDS). Separately, CMRRA has expanded its licensing activities into the audiovisual market with new tariffs for reproductions of musical works contained in audiovisual content. This type of reproduction pertains to the “post-synchronization” copies made by broadcasters and audiovisual services to deliver audiovisual content to end users, and to allow those users to make additional reproductions on their own devices. Each time audiovisual content is reproduced by a television broadcaster or a service or their users, so is the music contained in that content. Television broadcasters and audiovisual services (YouTube, for instance) derive significant value from these copies, and they should, accordingly, obtain licences and pay royalties for the copies they make. -- Further information on the website.
-- John Ozier has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Nashville Creative for ole. Over the past three years, he has signed over a dozen writers including Jeremy Stover, Tony Martin, and Phil O'Donnell. ole Nashville has also added artists including Tyler Farr, Jordan Davis, Josh Dorr, Adam Hambrick, Travis Denning, and Sam Grow in deals ranging from publishing to full development and upstreaming. The company is equally active in Canada and has unique cross-border reach with a roster that includes Canadian-based Country stars like Gord Bamford, George Canyon and Meghan Patrick.
-- The TD Echo Beach shindig exceeds expectation. Live Nation has Lamb of God kicking out the jams on Thursday, May 19. The night following, quirky Brit rhythmic rock ensemble The 1975 headline. There's also a craft fair with over 100 vendors selling everything from antiques and vintage clothing, to records and collectibles.
-- Have we updated you on the 4th annual CBC Music Festival? This year's line-up for the May 28, Echo Beach event includes Hey Rosetta!, Whitehorse, Maestro, Tanya Tagaq, Zaki Ibrahim, Charlotte Cardin, The Franklin Electric, Rich Terfry, The New Pornographers, Alvvays, Tokyo Police Club, Ria Mae, Julian Taylor, Megan Bonnell, and John River. The event comes with its own bizarre and specialty offerings served from food trucks.
-- -- Organizer Pat Silver's 5th SING! a cappella Toronto Festival kicks off with Supertonic appearing at Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall in Toronto between 12:30 and 1:30pm today. The full schedule of events for this 'best in the world' vocal harmony experience can be found on the website.
-- 24 star Kiefer Sutherland releases his debut country-rock album, Down In A Hole (Ironworks/Universal Music Canada) this summer (date tba) and is prepping audiences with North American tour that runs May through June. He's been added to TD Toronto Jazz Festival line-up, with a June 27 show at The Horseshoe Tavern (see our review of the single here).
-- Mark September 21 to 25 as dates for this year's PopMontreal fest. The left of centre annual has just announced performers will include Colin Stetson, Holy Fuck, The Kills, Jerusalem in My Heart, Wally Badarou, Angel Olsen, John Waters, Psychic TV, Groenland, Seth Bogart, Acid Priest, American Lips, Craig Cardiff, and D.R.A.M.
-- Sony's Legacy reissue imprint has announced a Van Morrison concert collection is set for release June 10th. Various packages are available, but the complete 4-disc set comprises 45 tracks recorded with the 11-piece Caledonia Soul Orchestra and string quartet in 1973. The package comes with a performance DVD from the same era, shot at the Rainbow in London. The collection is awkwardly titled It's Too Late To Stop Now.. Volumes II, III, IV & DVD. Amazon has the track listing, and the press release with additional info can be found here. The Belfast Cowboy -- or Sir Van Morrison if you prefer-- is booked to perform with Tom Jones at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 13 and he has several of his big ticket 'intimate' shows sandwiched between.
-- Thunder Bay’s Red & White All Canadian Bluesfest has a strong lineup that includes Tom Cochrane, Serena Ryder, Gowan, Colin James, Downchild Blues Band, Burton Cummings, April Wine, Jack de Keyzer, Steve Hill, David Gogo, and Terra Lightfoot. It runs July 8-10 at Marina Park.
-- Zane Lowe's 67-minute interview with Drake that appeared on Apple's Beats 1 is now available via YouTube, as you can see below. The Canadian star shows his thoughtful side as well as appearing as a prankster.
-- The Boomers dream festival with Macca, Dylan, the Stones, Neil Young, the Who, and Roger Waters is now confirmed. The Oct. 7, 8 and 9 Desert Trip shows at the Coachella site in Indio, Calif. have three-day passes scaled between US$399 and $1,599. Capacity is set at 70,000. Tickets for the AEG Live connected event go on sale soon, the website advises. Rumours that Acorn's Stairlift is the lead sponsor have been described as a vicious rumour.
-- Cordova Bay has signed singer, songwriter, producer, manager Karl Wolf. The first single under the deal is "Amateur In Love," on general release now via Cadence Music Group.
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