The Sheepdogs are riding fame like a wildfire through the festival season. The band is booked for an appearance at the PNE in Vancouver on a marquee that includes Steve Miller and the Monkees, at the famed Calgary Stampede, and are in Athens, Ga later this month. Through it all, the band with strong roots to Fort Mac is helping where it can by donating a portion of their income to help the plight of those who have returned to the fire ravaged northern city. The Saskatoon.four-piece is currently winding down a massive cross-Canada tour that started in April and closes June 30.
-- Ten nominees, including four incumbents, are vying for seven spots on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors. The election is being conducted electronically through the the org's website from June 7th through June 24th.
-- Is talk radio to blame for the rise of Donald Trump? That's the headline in Radio Ink today. The online daily follows with the fact that "while some talk radio hosts, such as Glenn Beck and others, have been dead set against Donald Trump, others such as Rush Limbaugh have not endorsed any candidate." In fact Limbaugh has never openly endorsed any candidate. The odious and over-paid foul mouth likes to stay clear of the fray so as to continue pulling down a lofty income that pays him as much as US$5m a year. America's richest and foulest mouthpiece is syndicated on over 600 stations to an audience of 20 million. The high-school dropout placed 11th in Forbes 2015 list of celebrity earners.
-- The lineup for the fourth annual Up + Downtown Music Festival in Edmonton has just been announced. It is predominantly Canadian, with top names Basia Bulat, Tokyo Police Club and White Lung joined by The Sadies, HUMANS, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet,, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Royal Canoe, Jim Bryson, Samantha Savage Smith, Walrus, Miesha & the Spanks, and many more. The fest runs Oct. 7-9.
-- The famed CHIN Picnic in Toronto turns 50 this year, and the multi-cultural event teams up with The Taste Of Little Italy event, to run June 17-19. The Picnic was created in 1966 by Johnny Lombardi, hailed as the founder of multicultural broadcasting in Canada. At a media launch yesterday, son Lenny Lombardi reflected on the event’s history. A video montage included a shot of Platinum Blonde performing there back in the day. Music continues to be a major component of the Picnic, while Lombardi announced that the always popular Bikini Contest (for both genders) is now discontinued. Go to chinradio.com for a full schedule.
-- Correction: In the last edition we incorrectly named Carrie Underwood as married to Garth Brooks. Jim Campbell at Slaight Music sets the page straight: Carrie Underwood is married to Nashville Predator hockey player Mike Fisher and Garth is married to Trisha Yearwood :)