Gee7 CIMA Summit: Bernie Finkelstein, photographer Bill King, Rik Emmett, Al Mair, Gil Moore, Neill Dixon and Richard Flohil testing the wind direction with his finger.
Gee7 CIMA Summit: Bernie Finkelstein, photographer Bill King, Rik Emmett, Al Mair, Gil Moore, Neill Dixon and Richard Flohil testing the wind direction with his finger.

Liner Notes: Bullet News For June 16th

Unison Jam 2 — the benefit concert to raise money for the emergency fund for the Canadian music industry — rounds up I Mother Earth (with Edwin), The Trews, Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace, Chantal Kreviazuk, Tim Hicks, James Black of Finger Eleven, Tom Wilson, Tomi Swick and Ascot Royals tonight at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in T.O.

-- Montreal-based B2B multiplatform music provider Stingray Digital Group Inc announced Wednesday that it has acquired the Euro-based Festival 4K television channel. Available to more than 7m million subscribers currently under contract, the Dutch firm is the leading 4K Ultra HD channel with hundreds of hours of festival, concert and theatre events. Pay-TV providers carrying Festival 4K include VOO in Belgium, Free in France, and Vodafone in Spain.

-- Returning for its 8th year in Sept, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during TIFF to bring the very best in new Canadian music to the ears of film and TV music supervisors attending the annual screenings. With alumni such as City and ColourMartha WainwrightScott HelmanDonovan WoodsDear RougeTerra Lightfoot and Arkells, the CM Café has become a hub for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, TV programs and commercials, including Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, and The L Word.

The 2016 edition takes place Sept 12 and 13 in Toronto (venue tba). Canadian artists are encouraged to apply for showcase consideration here. Applications will be accepted from June 15 until June 29 and the 10 selected artists will be notified by the end of July.

-- The fun theory, a Volkswagen initiative, turns stairs into piano keys. This is one of a series of experiments for a new VW campaign.


-- Statistics Canada reports its findings for young adults living at home: In 2011, 42% of young adults aged 20 to 29 lived with their parents, up from 27% in 1981. About 9 in 10 young adults living with their parents reported not having any responsibility for household payments, including rent, mortgage, taxes, electricity or other services or utilities.

-- Anna Camp and Skylar Astin will judge a singing competition with local vocalists and A Cappella groups, prior to a free screening of the 2012 film Pitch Perfect at Yonge-Dundas Square today. Camp and Astin will help determine the winner who will receive a $1000 Courtyard Marriott gift card. The frivolity is part of the NXNE shindig.

-- Canadian AFM VP Alan Willaert has been elected to VP status on the Int. board where he will “help steer initiatives aimed at protecting and furthering the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians represented by its member unions.” Separately, AFM Canada has announced it has reached a 5-year collective agreement with the NFB.

-- Drake’s #1 album Views is now officially double platinum in the US. The RIAA acknowledged the certification earlier this week. The trophy represents 2m sales, or combinations thereof in the new “consumption” age.

-- Apple's Safari 10 browser, which will ship with MacOS Sierra later this year, will deactivate Adobe Flash by default. Instead it will favour the newer HTML5 technology for delivering interactive content. CNET has the scoop.

-- Last week, Radiohead announced a series of special events in record stores around the world to celebrate the physical release of their latest studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool. Now, a participating retailer in the UK has leaked further details of what to expect in stores on June 17. Exclaim! has the details, and a list of participating merchants in Canada. The download edition of the album was released in May.

-- The Brits are launching The A&R Awards 2016 at London’s posh Park Lane Hotel on Nov. 2.  Judged by a panel of respected industry experts, the UK-focused ceremony will recognize A&R achievements across individual, team and project categories.

-- Rock against the TPP is billed as "a nationwide uprising and concert tour" that will protest the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the US. Anti-Flag, actress Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit), Flobots and Downtown Boys will perform alongside Prophets of Rage guitarist Tom Morello at a free "Rock Against the TPP" kickoff gig at Denver's Summit Music Hall on July 23rd, Rolling Stone reports. Morello's social-justice–inspired record label, Firebrand, and the digital-rights organization Fight for the Future are organizing the tour dates, which they claim "raise awareness about the dangers of the TPP."

-- Lennon & McCartney copyrights are now going to be hard pitched by Epic Rights, a full-service merchandise, branding/licensing and social media marketing company. One can now expect the Northern Songs Lennon-McCartney catalogue, owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, to become affiliated with apparel, home furnishings, wall art, stationery, gift products, toiletries and perhaps even songbooks. The press release can be read online here.

-- Let’s get The Hip on the Hill is a new Facebook page pushing to have the Kingston band do a freebie Canada Day show on Capitol Hill. The band’s new album has its release tomorrow.

-- The French music business trade body has introduced a streaming chart with the hope of releasing a combined sales + streaming chart within a few months.

-- Buzz Angle says it is ironing out a few last remaining metadata wrinkles before the official CIMA Canadian Indie chart has its official launch.

-- James Corden celebrates Donald Trump’s 70th birthday.


-- Western Canada's loudest outdoor metal festivals Farmageddon Open Air organized by Prairie Fire Events Ltd. has launched a Go Fund Me campaign in support of their next event to be held in 2018. Last year’s 3rd annual included Grim Reaper, Aggression, Odinfist, Tyrant, Cryptic Enslavement, Wraith Risen, the Dead Cold and others performing over 3 days in the usually quiet prairie village of Ryley, AB.

-- The Washboard Union has covered American country rocker Steve Young’s “Seven Bridges Road” with friend Meghan Patrick. Currently on tour, the video was shot in St. John’s Anglican Church in Vancouver. This was Young’s hallmark song, covered by many that include the Eagles, Dolly Parton, and Allan Jackson. He died earlier this year at age 73. The Washboards and Patrick team up together to perform at CMT Music Fest in Kitchener next month.


-- Loudon Wainwright 111 has been off the radar for many of us for a rather long time. The political tomfoolery bedevilling the Republican Party and in particular its presumptive and presumptuous presidential candidate has the often comedic writer fired up with wry humour, an attribute son Rufus would be wise to absorb. Anyway, here’s Loudon’s latest, cheekily entitled “I Had A Dream” about Donald Trump as president.


-- Orchestras are finally waking up to the fact that the core is going to seed and it is time to attract a new generation of audiences and patrons. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been making some bold moves in the past while, including teaming up with Second City to mix things up a bit. Here’s a promo trailer for the unusual pairing.


-- In a short yet stellar NXNE showcase set at The Horseshoe in T.O. last night, new East Coast trio Port Cities showed why they’ve quickly created an industry buzz. They’ve just signed to Warner Canada, whose Steve Kane and Steve Coady were checking them out proudly. Kane had been dazzled by their CMW set, and he jokingly told FYI “I hope that wasn’t a fluke.” No sir. Also spied was the group’s manager Sheri Jones and Damhnait Doyle. (KD)

-- Over at The Garrison, another new trio with strong East Coast roots, TUNS, drew a full and appreciative crowd. They’re something of an indie supergroup, comprising Chris Murphy (Sloan) Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights), and Mike O’Neill (Inbreds). Strong melodies and harmonies fuelled their classic power-pop based sound. (KD)

-- Twitter has invested about $70 million in the streaming music service SoundCloud in a deal that may help both companies attract more users. SoundCloud’s financial filings for 2014, released early this year, reported US$19.5m in revenue and a loss of almost $44m. Twitter’s 2015 Q4 financials showed a net loss of $92m on revenues of $710m. Twitter's investment was part of a funding round expected to be in the range of $100m million, which would value SoundCloud at about $700m, according to figures cited by Recode.

-- Vancouver swoon popster Alexandria Maillot is booked in at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret this Saturday, the 18th. It's the opening show for her Time album that has its release on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and all other digital retailers/streaming services the same date. You can view the LP’s lead track “Sunday Sara” on YouTube here. An earlier Liner Note incorrectly stated the show date, for which we heartily apologize.







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