RIP: Kunle Thomas, aka King Reign. June 27, of a heart attack. Age 40. A rapper formerly with Toronto’s Juno-nominated hiphop group Brassmunk. He released a debut solo album, Sincere, in 2014, and had collaborated with Drake, Saukrates, Boi-1da, Rich Kidd and more.
-- Global TV had a sneak peak at Calgary’s National Music Centre which has its official opening Canada Day.
-- -- Manitoba Music has announced that Tim Jones, President of Winnipeg imprint and management firm Pipe & Hat, is this year’s recipient of the Kevin Walters Legacy Award, named after the long time Board member and music promoter who died in 2014. The presentation was made following the org’s recent AGM. Pipe & Hat’s current management roster includes Winnipeg-based artists Attica Riots, Faouzia, Jess Reimer, Mise en Scene, Sc Mira, The Noble Thiefs and The Revival.
-- Zakk Wilde, the former guitarist for Ozzy, and founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society, has announced a 40-date N/A tour that runs July through Sept. He’s plugging his new platter, Book of Shadows 11—his first solo recording in 20 years that eOne released in April. Canadian stops include in Aug. include Montreal and Toronto on the7th and 8th; Calgary, Saskatoon and Winnipeg on 19-21; Edmonton on the 23rd and Vancouver on the 25th.
-- On Tuesday night at the Winspear Centre, the sixth annual Edmonton Music Awards handed out 23 trophies to homegrown talent. The Royal Foundry won three, The Provincial Archive and Lucas Chaisson two apiece. See the winners list here.