Art for art's sake: Cat's Eyes apparently performing in Buckingham Palace
Art for art's sake: Cat's Eyes apparently performing in Buckingham Palace

Liner Notes: Bullet News for April 6th

A Canadian soprano snuck a punk group into Buckingham Palace fooling both security and guests and apparently performed their latest song on baroque-era instruments, the Daily Mail breathlessly reports this morning (see accompanying picture). British band Cat's Eyes say they successfully managed to trick their way into the Palace last month to perform a song from their new album as part of an audacious publicity stunt. The duo, comprising Canadian opera soprano Rachel Zeffira and her boyfriend Faris Badwan, of British psychedelic rockers The Horrors, say they ended up performing at a private art talk.

-- The numbers are in for the 2016 Juno Awards broadcast: An average of 1.4M tuned in to watch the 2-hour CTV live telecast, a 2% increase over 2015. Viewership peaked at peaking 1.7M during Bryan Adam’s performance of “Go Down Rockin, '” according to overnight data. Ratings agency Numeris posits 42%  of the audience reached were 18-34 year-olds. Twitter engagement rose 90%.

-- Hats off to Randy Lennox at Bell Media for putting lift into the live Juno telecast. Something more than a few of the acts on stage failed to do. The former UMC topper continues to earn respect from the acts, earning heartfelt thanks on stage from The Weeknd and Burton Cummings. Praise doesn’t come much higher than that.

-- Bruce Barrow claims the giant sign in Nathan Phillips Square was his idea, and he wants $2.5 million in damages from the city, according to a statement of claim filed in January. (Previously, he requested credit without any payment.) The site of the sign has some history for Barrow: when he was the co-manager of Platinum Blonde, the band played a free show for Toronto's sesquicentennial outside city hall, as commemorated in a 1984 concert video. The enthusiasm of 25,000 young fans exceeded the limits of the space.

-- After successfully warming the cockles of Cornwall ON natives in the mornings, Sue Stewart is bidding farewell to her listeners on Corus FM, Fresh 104. And for once this is a good news farewell story. The popular AM co-host is leaving to pursue a career she’s had on the side for some time with ReMax in the region.

-- The CRTC has published its Three-Year Plan, setting out the key activities it intends to undertake from 2016 to 2019. The outreach is “designed to help Canadians prepare for the CRTC’s upcoming activities and their participation in public consultations.”

-- Seventies’ Canadian pop star Terry Jacks is recuperating in Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver after suffering a stroke two weeks ago near his home on the Sunshine Coast. John Mackie at Vancouver Sun has the details.

-- CIMA offers a breakdown of affiliated artists with Juno wins on its website. In all, 34 CIMA member companies were represented with Juno Award nominations in 2016.

-- CIMA is also hosting a 2-day Professional Development management workshop for executives on April 23/24. Williams HR Consulting and Williams HR Law will offer a series of ‘how tos’ dealing with topics such as attracting, motivating and retaining staff and the importance of well-drafted employment agreements. – Details HERE

-- Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have been telling the BBC that the Rolling Stones have a new album in the works. The news reports have the band recording 11 songs in two days, including Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter covers. A band spokesperson de-emphasizes the excitable lads remarks, acknowledging only that they are rough demos. - NYT

-- Radiohead’s back catalogue of six albums has shifted from Warner/Parlophone to the Beggars imprint, XL Recordings. The band members are currently free agents but chatter suggests the group will be releasing new material in the near future. Guardian UK

-- U of Calgary student newspaper The Gauntlet offers a photographic tour of the National Music Centre HERE

-- Invictus Entertainment Group has announced a 4-city Meat Loaf June theatre tour in AB and BC. Jim Cressman and gang have also snagged Don Felder for a couple of summertime shows in western Canada.

- The wait for Drake’s much-hyped new album Views from the 6 is almost over, with various reports suggesting it’ll be released late this month. Drizzy amped the hype yesterday by dropping two new tracks on iTunes. He gets superstar help on "Pop Style" from Jay Z and Kanye West (credited as the Throne), while the dancehall-inflected  "One Dance” features Kyla and Wizkid. Apple and Tidal spatted same day over who had exclusivity on streaming the tracks. Last we heard, both were licking their wounds and streaming the tracks.

Given that TD Toronto Jazz Festival mainman Josh Grossman has gone public with mention of the challenges posed by our limp loonie, the big names just announced by the annual (running June 24-July 3) are impressive. Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will perform on June 28, the Chick Corea Trio with Christian McBride and Brian Blade on June 29, and popular veteran Ramsey Lewis on June 30, with opening act 12-year-old prodigy Joey Alexander. Full fest details later this month.

- Music BC has announced the lineup for its CMW showcase at The Rivoli on May 6. Presented by The Georgia Straight, it comprises Little India, Youngblood, Fine Times, Van Damsel, Peregrine Falls, and The Sumner Brothers.

- We all know that launching a music career from a small town can be tough. Bands and artists who live in BC and Alberta (but not Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton) can apply for a $10K grant to fund a music video, thanks to Telus’ StoryHive Music Videos: Small Town edition. Applications are open from now to April 22nd. Details at


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