The fourth edition of the Gala Country awards show celebrating Québec's country scene, was held at the Casino de Montréal on Sunday night. SOCAN sponsored the Song of the Year Award there, and it was presented to Gabrielle Goulet for her song “Juste toi,” a co-write with John Nathaniel. The award comes with a $1K cash prize, and a two-week stay at the Nashville SOCAN House. Other award winners included Laurie LeBlanc, who won both Songwriter and Album of the Year Award (for 20), while Québec country star Yoan won three awards, for both Concert and Male Singer of the Year, as well as the Peoples’ Choice Award.
-- We’re guessing there aren’t many songs that have been recorded by both Alice Cooper and Judy Collins, but we do know of one: “Hello Hooray.” Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Rolf Kempf in 1968, the song has just been inducted into The Canadian Songwriting Hall of Fame (CSHF). In celebration, Toronto-based indie rockers Fast Romantics perform "Hello, Hooray" as part of the Hall of Fame and CBC Music/ICI Musique Covered Classics. In 1973, Cooper's version reached No. 35 on Billboard's Top 40 chart, made the Canadian Top 20, and reached No. 6 in the UK. For more than 40 years, Alice Cooper has used the song to open his shows. Based now in Vancouver, Kempf performs folk, world, jazz, and instrumental music.
-- Metallica has just announced a charity fundraising concert for the Opera House in Toronto on Nov. 29. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Daily Bread Foodbank. Those in Metallica’s fan club, Fifth Members, get first shot at the much-coveted $25 tix on Nov. 23. Non-members have a chance to grab a maximum of two tickets for $100 each starting on Nov. 23 (at 11 a.m. local time) via Ticketmaster. Metallica played a similar show at Webster Hall in NYC back in September.
-- In a positive example of a trans-Pacific Partnership, Vancouver indie popsters The Courtneys have signed to a new record label, esteemed New Zealand imprint Flying Nun. Look for the group’s second album, The Courtneys 11, to be released on Feb. 17. Around since the ‘80s, Flying Nun has been home to such influential bands as The Chills, The Clean, The Bats and The 3-Ds. This is believed to be their first Canadian signing.
-- The Mariposa festival has announced the dates of its 2017 edition. The venerable folk fest will run from July 7-9 at Tudhope Park in Orillia, ON. No lineup details yet, but tickets are already on sale here
-- Broadcaster/photographer Brant Zwicker (CFBX 92.5 FM) has come up with a great idea to support the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. He has put together a 2017 calendar comprising photos of the top blues artists he encounters at different blues festivals every year. Artists featured include Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, the late Otis Clay, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Amos Garrett, Harpdog Brown, Zakiya Hooker and Kenny Wayne. Calendars are $20 and can be ordered by email to email@example.com