Music News Digest, Sept. 22, 2017

Summer is winding down, but there are still great music fests happening across the country. One of these is the Deep Roots Music Festival 2017, held in Wolfville, NS, Sept. 21-24. Notable performers include Lennie Gallant, Jonathan Byrd, Bill and Joel Plaskett, Emily Millard, and Coco Love Alcorn. A full sked here

— Following last year’s Red Bull Music Academy event in Montreal, the RBMA is returning with The Weekender. Running Sept. 21-Sept. 24, it presents a wide range of performances and musical collaborations across Montreal. High-profile artists featured include Pierre Kwenders, Rhye and Charlotte Day Wilson. Here's a schedule

— The ADISQ Gala evening will be held at the Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall at Place des Arts in Montreal on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 8 pm, and broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé. Daniel Bélanger and Klô Pelgag  head the list of nominees, followed closely by Alaclair Ensemble, Patrice Michaud, and Céline Dion. The 39th edition of the gala this year has 276 nominations, submitted to 117 artists and 88 craftsmen and professionals. Check the list of nominees here 

— Hamilton's music scene has long been a vibrant one, and it remains healthy. That is reaffirmed in a new post on the Tourism Hamilton website. Written by veteran music scribe and program director at CFMU 93.3 FM at McMaster Jamie Tennant, it explores the city's music venues, both large (Tim Horton's Field)  and small (Artword Artbar) in thorough and informative fashion. Tourism promoters at other Canadian cities would be well advised to follow this example.

—The lineup for the 2017-2018 Stars for Saskatchewan concert series has been announced by The Assiniboia and District Arts Council. It launches on Sept. 29 with “Oh, Canada, We Sing for Thee,” a patriotic concert featuring tunes from the Canadian Songbook performed by Leisa Way at the Prince of Wales Centre in Assiniboia. Award-winning jazz-pop singer/songwriter/pianist Laila Biali has an Oct. 25 concert, while Chris Henderson, 100 Mile House and Hillsburn perform in early 2018. More details here

 — Doug Spence has left his position as VP, Client & Business Development for the US-based Border City Media, the firm behind BuzzAngle metrics. CIMA (The Canadian Independent Music Association) will continue to use data supplied by BuzzAngle for its Canadian Indie sales chart.

 — Our sources tell us that Loreena McKennitt has just wrapped the recording of a new album at Peter Gabriel's famed Real World studio in Bath, England.

 —Juno-winning Cuban-Canadian pianist/composer Hilario Duran releases his ninth album, Contumbao, on Alma Records today. He showcased its material in sparkling fashion at Lula Lounge in Toronto on Wednesday night, ably abetted by Roberto Riveron (bass), Mark Kelso (drums) and legendary Cuban percussionist Papiosco. The album was primarily recorded at Havana's famed EGREM studio by producer Peter Cardinali and engineer John 'Beetle' Bailey. Duran's stories about the compositions were heartfelt and moving, and he dedicated one to the recent victims of hurricanes and quakes in the region he grew up in. Duran headlines a Hurricane Irma fundraiser for Cuba at the AUUC Cultural Centre (1604 Bloor St. W, Toronto) tonight.

 — Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within's 37th annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place Dec. 1st at Symphony Space in NYC. During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, while other artists will team to cover Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. Additional performers will be announced on Lennon's birthday, Oct. 9th. Smith will be the fourth recipient of the award, following on from Donovan, The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler and rock photographer Bob Gruen. Source: Rolling Stone

 — Winnipeg alt-rockers Yes We Mystic have announced an eastern Canadian tour this fall that will include a month-long residency at Toronto’s Rivoli. This is in support of 2016 album Forgiver, and a video for one of its focus tracks, "Ceilings," has just come out. Check tour dates here.

 — Paper Bag Vintage curates a vinyl-only collection of notable Canadian albums. On Oct. 20, the imprint releases its second box set, a four-disc collection from Great Lake Swimmers. It compiles the folk-rock combo's first three albums, accompanied by a fourth bonus disc, Demos and Outtakes, 2001-2007. The run of just 200 is expected to be napped up fast.

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