Karen Bliss goes shopping at a dollar store in San Miguel for the orphanage,
Karen Bliss goes shopping at a dollar store in San Miguel for the orphanage,

Liner Notes: Bullet News For October 31

RIP Joseph 'Joe' Walter Fodor, entertainment lawyer and investment banker, passed away in Vancouver on Oct. 25, from cancer, aged 67.  Fodor founded independent record label Current Records and Management in 1982, along with Gerry Young and Brian Keevil. He was a supporter of the Broadway-performing Famous People Players and a former board member of the Art Gallery of Ontario. He went on to become the Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Entertainment, from 1987-88, and was the COO of Nelvana from 1993 to 1998. His Current Records' partner Young told FYI that "Joe was my friend and partner for almost 35 years, and, during that time, I can honestly say we never had one argument. Words can never fully explain how much we'll miss Joe's wise counsel, but his memory will live on through the music of all of Current's signings, past, present, and future." Celebrations of Fodor's life will be held in both Vancouver and Toronto, with details to be announced in the forthcoming weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to the AGO/Trier-Fodor Foundation or to Covenant House Vancouver.

-- The Weeknd will open a new tour in support of his Nov. 25 album, Starboy. The Starboy: Legend of the Fall 2017 World Tour will open in Europe next February before a string of North American dates from April through June. Canada dates include Vancouver Rogers Arena--April 25; Toronto ACC--May 26; Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre--April 28; Montreal Bell Centre--April 30; and Quebec City Videotron Centre--April 31.

-- Call her the woman with the heart of gold or call her the most enthusiastic music fan you know; Karen Bliss is in fact both. She is returning to El Salvador to work at the entirely public-funded Remar orphanage for young children. One can read about the village she is in, and make a donation to offset her costs, by visiting her gofundme page.



-- We love Corb Lund’s gimmick to promote a show he has at The Basement in Nashville on Nov. 8. That just happens to be US election night, so Corb’s gig poster reads “Tired of politics? Come hang with a Canadian!”




-- Indigenous issues have been making headlines of late, and rightfully so. iHope (Indigenous Healing Our People Everywhere) has, with the support of NationTalk, organized a benefit concert set for Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre on Nov. 17. A press release notes that "NationTalk will be hosting great artists who are answering the call to help us build awareness of health issues and suicide prevention in Indigenous communities throughout Canada." The impressive lineup includes Buffy Sainte-Marie (First Nations), Susan Aglukark (Inuit) and Andrea Menard (Metis) with special performances by West Coast traditional group Coastal Wolfpack and Murray Porter. Info and tickets here

-- Noted actor, jazz musician, environmental activist Don Francks passed away in Toronto on April 3, at age 84. He is very fondly remembered by peers and fans, and a Don Francks tribute evening will be held at Lula Lounge in Toronto on Nov. 3. It will feature live performances by Steve Hunter, Samantha Clayton, Tony Quarrington, Sam Broverman and others, followed by the debut concert from The Tiki Collective. Directed by Eric St. Laurent, the exotica octet includes Jaymz Bee, a close friend of Francks. Ticket details here. Read FYI's obituary here and below is footage of Francks with Lenny Breau in 1963.


-- SOCAN presented a No. 1 Song Award to Begonia (a.k.a. Alexa Dirks) in recognition of her song “Juniper" (co-written by Matthew Schellenberg) reaching No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 on Oct. 7. SOCAN A&R Administrator Melissa Cameron presented Begonia with the award on Tuesday at the Horseshoe Tavern in downtown Toronto, just before she took the stage as part of a Manitoba Music Showcase, which included her colleagues Living Hour, Viking, and The Middle Coast.


-- The Toronto Maple Leafs will recognize victims of residential schools as well as missing and murdered indigenous women at Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. A pre-game video will feature Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie's recent live performance of Secret Path and will highlight the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, which has been created to support reconciliation across Canada. During intermission, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler will appear at ice level, accompanied by Fred Sasakamoose, the NHL's first indigenous hockey player, as well as Josee Lusignan, president of I Love First Peoples.

-- American Lynn Goldsmith has been recognized as one of the most important rock photographers around for over four decades, via work published in outlets like Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. She has shot over 100 album covers and published best-selling books of her work. The Liss Gallery in Toronto has just opened an exhibition of her work, and a launch party on Saturday evening attended by Goldsmith drew admiring inspection from such music scene types as Rosie Levine, Kim Hughes, Cam Carpenter, Mark Watts, Andrea Morris, Diane Foy and photographer John Rowlands. Especially impressive were the large photo-mosaics of artists like Keith Richards and Debbie Harry, while portraits of the recently departed Bowie and Prince added a touch of melancholy. More info here (KD)

-- A Tribe Called Quest releases its sixth studio album, and first in 18 years, via Epic on Nov. 11. The group disbanded in 1998 to pursue solo careers, but recent events, including the Paris bombings, inspired the trio of high school friends to reunite in the studio earlier this year. They had appeared together over the years for specific events but not in the studio. The current sessions were mostly done when Phife Dawg (Malik Izaak Taylor) died on March 22 from complications of diabetes. The title and track list have not yet been announced.

-- Soccer superstar David Beckham reportedly advised Justin Bieber to move to London to live a more low-key lifestyle. He’s currently renting a $132K a week mansion in the British capital where “David told him he’d get recognised less, and that it’s easier to be anonymous,” a friend of the musician told Britain’s celebrity-obsessed Heat magazine. “Justin’s willing to try anything. He is sick of feeling caged in LA and getting away from the fan craziness has become a big deal.” The same source adds that “He’s constantly producing new music, so he needs to be near quality producers and a studio,” adding that “Justin also likes the girls in London - he says it’s easier to date without them getting attached like American girls do.”

-- Relocation, death and divorce have long been main reasons for home sales. Now the 12K square-foot marital home of singer-songwriter and fashion designer Gwen Stefani and her former husband, musician Gavin Rossdale, is up for grabs at US$35M. The two-acre Beverly Hills compound includes a covered lounge, a patio with a wet bar, an infinity-edge swimming pool and spa, a lighted tennis court, a playground, a chicken coop, lawns and formal landscaping.

-- If you’d like to live like an Osbourne now is your chance. The 5400 square-foot Beverly Hills, CA, home that Ozzy and his wife, Sharon, rented for four years has hit the market for nearly $27M. According to the LA Times, the property had been listed as a rental for $50K a month.

-- A Beverly Hills’ Hillcrest Rd. pile once owned by Elvis Presley is on the market for $13M. The King lived in the Trousdale Estates home with wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie in the late 1960s. The French Regency was previously a rental with a monthly rate of $25K.

-- Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has his 50K square-foot rap shack on the market for a cool $10M. That's a steal for the 24-acre Connecticut estate that was first listed for $18.5M. The 52-room compound has 19 bedrooms, 25 full baths, multiple kitchens, a racquet ball court, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 3500 square-foot night club with lighted dance floor..5M. It comes with six bedrooms, nine baths, a gym, a game room, beauty salon, and a gift-wrapping room.

-- Jim Carrey’s eye-catching Malibu Colony Road pad has a list price of $13.95M. It comes with five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a rooftop deck with hot tub and a private stretch of ocean frontage.

-- Sheryl Crow has her North Vista St. home in LA on the market for $15.95M. The 11-acre nest is an amalgamation of three property parcels that peddle three separate pre-war homes: a 1924 Spanish Colonial used as the main house, a 1909 Craftsman used as a guesthouse, and an 1885 two-bedroom bungalow.

-- Pharrell Williams has his 10K square-foot Bristol Tower triplex penthouse in Miami Beach listed for $16.8M. The condo has five bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, a home theatre--and a rooftop terrace with beach views, an outdoor kitchen and landscaped private swimming pool.

-- Alicia Keys has her Crosby St. penthouse in Manhattan on the market for $17.95M. The 6200 square-foot condo is accessible by a private keyed elevator, touts five bedrooms, four baths, four powder rooms, a glass solarium, and a media room. A floating glass staircase leads to a second-floor master suite with spa and private terrace.  

-- And Wayne Gretzky is giving up his Newbern Court estate in Thousand Oaks’ Sherwood Country Club for $15M. The 6.5 acres of property includes his 13K square-foot residence.

-- More blurred lines. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are facing another copyright challenge over their massive 2014 hit "Uptown Funk." This time the plaintiff is the defunct LA funk band Collage that claims the duo's hit borrows heavily from their own 1983 single "Young Girls." While there has not been a direct court room challenge, the song's provenance  has been called into question, which would account for the credited songwriters on the track jumping from six to 11 since it became a money spinner.





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