Venue names can sometimes sound pretty daft.
How about the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI?
The same place is home to Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel. Then there's Pizza Hut Park in Texas, Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, Wankdorft Stadium in Berne, Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadium in Graz (Austria), Hunky Dory's Park in Drogheda (Ireland), Middelfart Stadium in Middelfart (Denmark), Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis, and in the UK we have Bargain Booze Stadium in Northwich and KitKat Crescent in York.
By contrast, Canada's venue names seem almost normal. There are a few exceptions, though; There's Uniprix Tennis Stadium in Montreal, and of course the rather prosaically named Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, home of the Victoria Royals.
-- The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced its Aboriginal Album of the Year category will be renamed the Juno Indigenous Music Album of the Year, thus acknowledging all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada.
"The renaming of this award aims to honour, respect and acknowledge the Indigenous peoples of Canada and their long-standing contributions to Canadian music and their rich history in this country," said CARAS and Juno Awards COO Allan Reid. "At CARAS we always strive to provide an equal celebration for all of Canada's diverse musical specialties."
-- Boutique Toronto music club Burdock has rolled out the lineup for their 2nd annual piano festival taking place January 23--29th. A baby grand rental will hold centre stage for the likes of David Crosby collaborator Michelle Willis, renowned soprano Patricia O'Callaghan, and actor/musician Noah Reid.
-- For its 6th season, Simone Deneau has programmed her last all-Canadian music series NAC Presents, with over 65 performances in the 2016-17 season. She is replaced by Heather Gibson, former ED of the Halifax Jazz Fest and Founder of In the Dead of Winter Music Festival.
NAC Presents is supported by the Slaight Family Fund for Emerging Artists. Featured in the NAC Presents 2016–17 season are acts including Blue Rodeo, Bobby Bazini, The Abrams, Lee Harvey Osmond, and Bill and Joel Plaskett.
-- A Care2 petition is urging Coachella headliners Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, and Radiohead to donate their proceeds from the event to pro-LGBTQ organizations following the disputed allegation of owner Phil Anschutz’s financial contributions to anti-LGBTQ and climate change-denying groups.
-- The lineup for the Bonnaroo fest has just been unveiled, and it features The Weeknd as one of the headliners, alongside U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Major Lazer. Other big names on the bill are Flume, Travis Scott, The xx, Lorde, and Chance the Rapper. The annual runs June 8 to 11 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN.
-- It is 30 years since the death of Handsome Ned, the honky-tonk singer/songwriter who had a huge impact on Toronto’s Queen West scene in the ‘80s. He remains an inspirational figure on the city’s roots music scene, as shown by the fact that this anniversary is being marked with the release of a newly unearthed live recording, Live At The Horseshoe. Ned’s set opening for Blue Rodeo at the club in 1985 was captured on two-inch tape by producer Terry Brown, and the results are finally being made available via Cameron House Records. The re-mixed and re-mastered six song EP includes an unreleased original song, “Little Miss Lonely Heart.”
On Jan. 29, many of Handsome Ned’s musical comrades will be performing his material at a matinee show at The Horseshoe. That list includes John Borra, Steve Koch, Cleave Anderson, Sam Ferrara, Tony Kenny, Ferraro, Tony Benattar, Johnny MacLeod, and Devin Cuddy.