BreakOut West kicked off a weekend of music in Regina with the Western Canadian Music Awards Show at Casino Regina last night. The star-studded event honoured winners in several of the WCMA categories as well as Hall of Fame Inductee Colin James.
The gala included performances at Rama included James, host Brett Kissel, David Morin, Diyet, Justin Lacroix, Lexi Strate, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Rosie & The Riveters and William Prince.
Tonight and Saturday evening (October 14 and 15) at various genre-based artistic award winners will be announced, The Industry Award winners will also be announced at a Saturday brunch. Here are the Award winners for Thursday, October 13.
Producer of the Year
Community Excellence Award
West End Cultural Centre
Visual Media Composer of the Year
Francophone Artist of the Year
Aboriginal Artist of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Ft. Langley (for Aidan Knight "All Clear")
Songwriter(s) of the Year
Pharis Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay "Pharis & Jason Romero - A Wanderer I'll Stay"
BreakOut Artist of the Year
The Bros. Landreth
Recording of the Year
-- Justin Bieber will play stadiums in Australia and New Zealand for the first time when his Purpose World Tour heads south in early 2017, Billboard reports. The Canadian superstar announced his “bro” Martin Garrix, the young, Dutch EDM star, will join him for the Down Under leg of his global tour next March. Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring and AEG Live will produce the newly-confirmed run, which is slated to open March 6 at Perth’s nib Stadium.
-- Tomi Swick's long-awaited new album Yukon Motel is released today on Slaight Music, and he previewed its compelling material with an industry showcase at The Rootdown studio last night. This is a new rehearsal space/recording studio on the rejuvenated Geary Ave area in Toronto’s West End, and the acoustics impressed. They were given a good workout by Swick’s big voice and his ace four-piece band of top Hamilton players, including drummer/album producer Dave King and fluent guitarist Joel Guenther. The new material shone live, with Swick introducing the songs with heartfelt observations. Especially impressing were “Red Light,” new single “Liberty,” and “Bad Things.” Spied enjoying the set were fellow scribes Karen Bliss, Nick Krewen and Graham Rockingham (Hamilton Spectator), plus Kim Stockwood, Jesse Kumagai, Chris Topping, Steve Jordan, and Slaight Music’s Derrick Ross, Jim Campbell, Ali Slaight, and Barnaby Marshall. (KD)
-- Amongst those attending a Blue Rodeo media event in Toronto yesterday was Oh Susanna. She told FYI that she’ll be launching a crowdfunding campaign for the new album she has begun writing. This will be the followup to the much-praised 2014 album Namedropper, with Jim Bryson returning as producer. She mentioned how much she enjoyed a solo Home Routes tour of Manitoba and Saskatchewan last month.
-- Spied at the same soiree was Andrew Penner, one half (with Miranda Mulholland) of Harrow Fair, managed by the same team (Starfish) as Blue Rodeo. He's excited by both the imminent release of their debut album, Call To Arms, on Oct. 21, and the arrival of twins into his household. Our congratulations. Harrow Fair will play an album release show in Toronto at The Dakota Tavern on Oct. 25.
-- As members of, respectively, the Grapes of Wrath and the Northern Pikes, Kevin Kane and Bryan Potvin scored real success on the Canadian rock scene of the ‘90s. They’ve combined their formidable talents, forming a duo that releases a debut self-titled album today. They then kick out any accumulated road rust via a five city western tour, Oct. 21-28, then five Ontario shows. Dates here
-- The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has a lot in store this November. Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman returns for a collaboration with the TSO, and long-time friend and TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian. Throughout the month, guest conductors include Gianandrea Noseda, Long Yu, and James Gaffigan, and soloists such as Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Chinese cellist Jian Wang, Inuit throat singers Inukshuk Aksalnik and Pauline Pemik, and Italian jazz/classical pianist Stefano Bollani provide additional lustre.
-- Roger Waters is back on the road in 2017 promoting a body of work he recorded with Pink Floyd, plus a new album in the making. Canadian dates announced so far include Toronto ACC Oct--2/3; QC Videotron Centre--6; Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre--10; Montreal Bell Centre--16; Edmonton Rogers Place--24; Vancouver Rogers Arena--28.
-- Below is an explanation of why Bob Dylan deserves the Nobel Prize.
-- With four recent CCMA wins and his hit song "Bring Down the House" earning platinum status as well as ranking as the #1 best-selling Canadian single of the year, Dean Brody's success just keeps on building. The one-time sawmill worker from Smithers, BC has his sixth studio album, Beautiful Freakshow, released on Open Road on Oct. 21, with the advance single "Time" already a certified hit on the national sales chart.
-- Vinyl editions of Our Lady Peace's debut Naveed and sophomore Clumsy albums are now available. A limited edition translucent gold 180 gram coloured vinyl version of Clumsy will be available exclusively through HMV and a clear 180 gram vinyl version of Naveed will be exclusive to independent record retailers Canada wide. Both were available only on CD and cassette.
-- From the forthcoming documentary Unsound, the clip below discusses the difference between the cost of free and the price of free in the Internet age, and how creators get gypped.
-- Manitoba Music's sixth annual Toronto showcase lands at the Horseshoe Tavern on Oct. 25. Presented in partnership with NOW Magazine, the night will include performances from shoegaze rockers Living Hour, magnificently musical Begonia, electro-pop band Vikings, and yacht rockers The Middle Coast.