Dave Gunning returns from Down Under to play home shows this spring
Dave Gunning returns from Down Under to play home shows this spring

Liner Notes: Bullet News for March 15th

Sony Corp has announced it signed an agreement with Michael Jackson's estate to buy the deceased pop star's stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing for US$750M, a catalogue that includes as many as 4M songs. The terms call for Sony to make a lump sum payment of $733M for Jackson’s 50% stake in Sony/ATV Music Publishing, as well as future distributions, according to a statement. Talks on a deal began in September, when Sony exercised its right under their joint venture to buy out Jackson’s estate.

- Some truly extraordinary singer-songwriters have come out of Atlantic Canada in the last 25 years, and one of them is Dave Gunning, whose 11 studio albums are home to a collection of superlative homespun story songs and carefully crafted melodies reminiscent of folk music's honourable past and his own realistic engagement with today. Gunning is currently on tour in Australia and returns in April to perform a series of shows in Ontario, ostensibly to plug his latest endeavour he's called Lift (Wee House of Music).

Symphony orchestras in this country are perennially cash-strapped, so it’s a safe bet the folks at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra are celebrating this week. An announcement was made by Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly at Toronto's Daniels Spectrum Theatre yesterday morning that the TSO has been granted $7.5 M from the fedt to prepare a "national musical celebration" for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Look for the Polaris Music Prize and a diverse grouping of Canadian artists to be involved in the initiative as well.

Popular Montreal summer fest  Suoni Per Il Popolo has announced that its 2016 edition will run from June 2 to 20 this year at multiple city venues. The performance lineup has just been unveiled, with notable names including Sunn O))), Hissing, Wolf Eyes, Thus Owls, Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback, and the legendary James Blood Ulmer.

- "What strange creatures brothers are!"- Jane Austen. Creatures indeed. When it comes to brothers, none are more "brotherly" than the Ferraro brood. Cosmo, Tally and Gianni have no memory of when they started to play together. To them, it's always been so. The brotherhood is set to release its debut record, Losing Sleep, on April 29th with Cadence Music. The night before is the official album launch, at The Rivoli, in Toronto. If you're teetering on whether to attend or not, we're told limited edition flexi-discs of some of the tracks are to be made available from the stage for one night only.

- Dine Alone hosts its 3rd annual SXSW this Wednesday. Expect some great grub, branded hot sauces and performances from The Dandy Warhols, Diarrhea Planet, The Dirty Nil, Wintersleep, Alberta Cross, Matthew Logan Vasquez and Deap Vally. For details, check out the label's Facebook page.


- Curt Motley, most recently co-head of music at Paradigm Talent Agency in Nashville, has joined United Talent Agency (UTA), bringing with him acts including Toby Keith and Jamey Johnson.  “Curt Motley has been a veritable force in the music business for more than 25 years,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said.  “We welcome him to UTA Music and we are excited about his many contributions as we expand our team.” Motley will work alongside UTA’s Nick Meinema and Lance Roberts, among others.


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