Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings backstage at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival this weekend. Others on the bill for the three-day event included Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Serena Ryder, Colin James, David Gogo, and Downchild Blues Band. Pic posted to Facebook by Daniel O'Dowd.
Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings backstage at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival this weekend. Others on the bill for the three-day event included Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Serena Ryder, Colin James, David Gogo, and Downchild Blues Band. Pic posted to Facebook by Daniel O'Dowd.

Liner Notes: Bullet News For July 11th

RIP: Danny Smythe, the founding drummer of ’60s pop stars the Box Tops, died on Wednesday, July 6, at the age of 67. The cause of death is unknown. The group is best known for its summer of '67 chart-topping hit "The Letter" that was reprised by "Neon Rainbow".

-- Ontario minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon has announced the Ontario150 program, a provincial plan to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.  She describes it as “a series of events and initiatives that will stretch to every corner of our province, showcasing Ontario’s innovative spirit, our culture and our community diversity. There are three application-based Ontario150 grant programs: The Community Capital Program, The Partnership Program, and the Community Celebration Program. To learn more about the programs and how to apply, visit

-- Celine Dion closed her European shows Saturday night with a live stream to her Facebook page of four songs from Accorr-Hotels Arena in Paris on the final night of a nine-concert run at the 16,000 seat venue. She returns to Canada to perform 10 shows in July at the 21,000-capacity Montreal Bell Centre, followed by five in August at the 18,000- capacity Quebec City Videotron Centre. She ends her run in the province before returning to her Las Vegas residency with two benefit concerts in Trois- Rivières with all proceeds benefitting “La Fondation Céline Dion.” London’s Daily Mail has pictures and a story about the singer’s departure from the luxurious Royal Monceau Palace Hotel in the City of Love, including one against a backdrop of pink balloons purchased by the hotel staff in appreciation for her stay at the gilded palace where an upscale suite can run you C$40k-plus a night.

-- Victoria-born violinist Nikki Chooi was in Australia when he got a call at 3 am telling him he'd been selected for one of the most prestigious violinist jobs in the world. Chooi, who made his debut as a 12-year-old guest soloist with the Victoria Symphony in 2001, has been chosen as the new concertmaster for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. He’s now the ripe old age of 27.

-- Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon admits the road has changed for him since the beloved British group first started touring in the early ‘80s as part of the New Romantic movement. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been trawling the bar to look for a girl to take up to my room,” Le Bon, now 57, tells Postmedia’s Jane Stevenson in an advance piece before a five-city Canadian tour that opens at the Amphitheatre in T.O. this Wednesday, July 13. The flamboyant singer has been married since 1985 to supermodel Yasmin, with whom he has three daughters.

-- The Live Music and Music Futures streams of the Ontario Music Fund have announced adjustments for the 2016-17 year. The funding cap for Live Music Performance & Programming) is $300k and a $200k cap for Business Development. Applicants seeking funding for activities that exceed a 12-month period during the 2016-17 eligible activity window are permitted to request up to $500k (regardless of category), provided that the intent to do so is registered with the OMDC at least 2 weeks in advance of the program deadline. Applicants who have previously received OMF funding for the 2016 edition of an annual event are not eligible. Domestic Music Promoter/Presenters and Booking Agents applicants seeking funding for activities that exceed a 12-month period during the 2016-17 eligible activity window are permitted to request up to a maximum of $75k (rather than the current cap of $50k). Details at

-- Accompanied by a dozen musicians, Peter Gabriel and Sting headlined the opening night of Quebec City’s Festival d’ete de Quebec on the Plains of Abraham in front of an audience estimated at 75,000. Other performers on the opening night included the Swedish trip-hop singer Jay-Jay Johanson, Senegalese-born Quebecois singer Karim Ouellet and Australian jazz bass innovator Tal Wilkenfeld.

-- Self-proclaimed Regina music buff Tyler Elynuik feels ’90s rock history hasn’t been documented properly, so he’s taking matters into his own hands. Elynuik hopes to raise $35k on his Kickstarter page in order to finish filming his feature-length documentary Rave and Drool: The 90’s Can Rock Revival, by Aug. 12. Funds will cover the documentary crew’s travel costs to Vancouver and Toronto, and a video editor. – Regina Leader-Post

-- Under the glowing sun at Birds Hill Provincial Park, a group of Syrian and Iraqi refugees — some having arrived in Winnipeg less than one month ago — sat together, drumming. They met for the first time on the bus to the Winnipeg Folk Festival under the guidance of Ahlim Jasim, an outreach worker at the Canadian Muslim Women's Institute. Now in its 42nd year, the annual attracts as many as 80k to the three-day event which ran July 7-10 this year with marquee names including Loudon Wainwright 111, Basia Bulat, Oyster Band, Son Little, and Sam Roberts Band.

-- The Strumbellas, the Matthew Good Band, and Hedley whooped it up in front of an audience estimated at 37k at the 157th Queen’s Plate held at Woodbine Racetrack on July 3.

-- Bluesfest organizers in Ottawa had to slow things down on Saturday at the giant LeBreton Flats music festival because of a downpour — but it was the only hiccup in the three-day festival that featured Billy Idol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wolf Parade, and The Cult, who performed “Rain” from their 1985 Love album to an audience standing in drizzle.

-- Prolific Toronto troubadour Ron Hawkins (of The Lowest Of The Low fame) met a major self-imposed challenge for his three night stand at local club Graffiti’s, July 7-9. He told FYI that he’d play a total of 70 original songs, never repeating any, and word is he did just that. Some of the material was taken from his new Pheromone Recordings solo album, Spit Sputter and Sparkle. (KD)

-- St. Albert singer-songwriter Paul Woida’s song “Not Yours” has won top spot in the first annual Air Miles Detour Big Break contest. He will open for Meghan Trainor in a small Canadian town as yet named. Towns vying for a date with the Grammy winning singer are Moose Jaw, SK; Morin-Heights, QC; Mulmur, ON, Nelson, BC, and Port Hawkesbury, NS. And here’s Paul Woida performing his song.


-- Jane Bunnett is celebrating the 25th anniversary of her ground-breaking Spirits of Havana album that is recognized as the first major collaboration of North American and Cuban musicians, preceding Buena Vista Social Club by three years. Linus Entertainment has released a deluxe 2CD anniversary edition that includes 3 unreleased tracks and a 36-page book with historical photos and liner notes by the late Robert Palmer and writer Ned Sublette. The flautist/saxophonist is currently touring with an all-woman Cuban ensemble, Maqueque. Their second release together is scheduled this fall.

-- Crowdsourced database Discogs is releasing an Android app this Tuesday the 12th. The app is to feature a barcode scanner, which quickly finds a release using the Android’s camera, and allows a user to quickly add the correct version to their collection. Going  forward, both the IOS and Android Discogs apps will make improvements to Discography filtering and sorting, messaging, the VinylHub record store integration, and the Discogs Marketplace integration. The catalogue currently contains data on more than 6.5m recordings and 4m artists.

-- The fan-voted Canadian Urban Television (CUT) Hip Hop Awards are to be held at the Edmonton WinSpear Centre on Sept. 11. A 2-day rap hootenanny and shout-off will precede the main event with seminars (grant writing, TV licensing, beat production) and a trade show on the 10th and 11th at the Delta Edmonton Centre.

-- This year’s Polaris Short List will be revealed online this Thursday, July 14 with a live broadcast streaming on the CBC Music Facebook page.

-- The website for the Radio Starmaker Fund is now back on-line and ready to accept applications. All applications must be filed online prior to the next deadline of Aug. 25. Questions: email Manager of Programs & Applications, Jerry Leibowitz

-- Warner Music Canada / Slaight Music recording artists The Washboard Union have released the video for “Shot Of Glory,” the 3rd single from their debut EP, In My Bones. The video was filmed by director Stefan Berrill at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack and includes footage of the band live in concert.


-- Chantal Kreviazuk thinks the Kardashians have set the women’s movement back by a decade, and thinks Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus and other scantily clad performers aren’t helping matters. “Somewhere along the line we have accepted or decided as a society that me being able to strip is me being an empowered woman,” Kreviazuk tells The Canadian Press' David Friend.  The interview is part of the promotion for her first album in seven years. It’s called Hard Sail. Here’s the interview.


-- A slide show from the Terry Carson Celebration of Life can be viewed online here.

-- Josh Alexander, co-writer and producer of Demi Lovato’s Double Platinum single “Give Your Heart a Break,” has his spartan Venice, CA tri-level with main-floor roll-up wall for sale. He’s asking $2.195 for the 2,700 square foot bachelor pad.

-- The Nigerian music industry grew to US$56m in 2015 and is forecast grow to $88m in 2019, according to a PwC report. It said the country’s entertainment and media industry had an estimated total revenue of $4.8b in 2015 and is likely to grow to some $8.1b in 2019, making it “the fastest-expanding major market globally”. Wizkid — one of the country’s most popular artists — reached the top of the US singles chart with “One Dance” -- a collaboration with Drake.

-- Eight London state schools are to be supported over four years by £2.8m in funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.



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