Halifax club owner Mike Campbell and his backers are close to throwing in the towel after absorbing six figure losses in the past three years. The Carleton music bar & grill on Argyle St. has filed for creditor protection caused by external causes including a lame economy. Matt Andersen, Hannah Georgas, and Danny Michel are a few of the marquee acts booked to play the Atlantic city nightspot in Oct.
-- The National Film Board of Canada invited nine First Nations artists to create films from its archival clips. The results are remarkable—and they’re online now. Here’s what Kent Monkman created meshing images of indigenous children in residential schools with footage of bison herd and a soundtrack created by A Tribe Called Red.
-- Mandolin maestro Andrew Collins has earned five Juno nominations and won six CFMA Awards for his various projects, including membership in the much acclaimed bluegrass and folk combos The Foggy Hogtown Boys and the Creaking Tree String Quartet. The Andrew Collins Trio has a brand new release, And It Was Good, and it certainly is that. The album will be launched with a Hugh’s Room show in Toronto on Oct. 21.
-- David Clayton-Thomas releases Canadiana, an album that has the soulful stylist interpreting a baker’s dozen songs made famous by songwriters Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy Saint-Marie, Leonard Cohen, Rush (“I’ve always been a huge fan”), Shirley Eikhard, Ron Hynes and others. Below, a video of DCT discussing the making of this personal homage to “these gifted songwriters who have given so much to music lovers around the world.”
-- Richard Flohil on Facebook:: “My friend Loreena McKennitt is undertaking a 20-date tour in Europe next year — starting at the storied London Palladium. (Last time I was there was 60 years ago and I interviewed Benny Hill in his dressing room!) .... Apparently tickets go on sale this coming Friday!"
-- Jimmy Bowskill and Carlos del Junco are two of the leading lights on the Toronto blues scene, excelling, respectively, on guitar and harmonica. They first played together in 2013, and found an instant chemistry. That is now shown on a new duo album, BLUES ECT, one that mixes originals and covers and covers a wide musical range. Both artists are Juno nominees and Maple Blues Award winners, and Bowskill is now a touring member of The Sheepdogs. Here's a taste:
-- Canadian singer/songwriter Devin Cuddy and veteran music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc will lead the 13th Mariposa Young Singer/Songwriter Workshop Oct. 11. The workshop will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre in Orillia. The workshop series, aimed at reaching singer/songwriters aged 12 to 25 throughout Ontario, provides participants with an opportunity to meet and interact with professional singer/songwriters and music industry figures, as well as build relationships with other young singer/songwriters. Event is free, but restricted to participants and guardians. More info here
-- And finally, Robbie Williams pumps new songs from his upcoming Heavy Entertainment Show album. Below, the master of shtick hams it up with “Sensational” and the sure-to-be family sing-along, “Motherfucker”.