Amongst the many Canadian artists now in Kansas City, MO, for the Folk Alliance International conference this week is acclaimed blues artist Rita Chiarelli. On FB she posts that “I am honoured to be Artist In Residence (AIR) at FAI. As AIR, I'm so proud to be doing a special musical project at the Topeka Women's Correctional Facility. Footage of the project will be screened on Fri before the great Ani DiFranco's presentation. A big thank you to [FAI head] Aengus Finnan for this honour."
-- Universal Music Canada will celebrate the 30th anniversary of landmark U2 album The Joshua Tree with a March 12 event at Toronto’s Hard Rock Café. This will feature a conversation with and performance by that album’s co-producer, Daniel Lanois. U2 tribute band Acrobat will also perform.
-- Ace turntablist Kid Koala has recently played a series of sold-out shows in in New York, Toronto, and Montreal. He now has four shows at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, Feb. 16-18. He terms it a special 'turntable orchestra' concert series using audience collaboration to create meditative musical pieces in real-time.”
-- k.d. lang will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her international hit album ‘Ingénue’ with the three- city Ingénue Redux Tour in Australia in July. Ingénue reached no 3 on the Australian chart in 1992. In the USA it sold over 2 million copies. ‘Constant Craving’, the last song on the album, was a major hit. In 1997 The Rolling Stones added a credit to k.d. lang on their song ‘Anybody Seen My Baby’ after Keith Richards’ daughter Angela informed her father that he may have unintentionally styled his song on the k.d. lang classic. Source: Noise11.com
-- Nickelback remains a favourite punching bag for just about everyone. The latest celeb to take a shot was Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, in a recent tweet, used the band to help frame President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings. Nickelback responded with a dig at Schwarzenegger’s performance in the 1997 Batman and Robin movie. Source: nme.com
-- Ontario electronic experimentalist Brad Weber, aka Pick A Piper, releases a new album, Distance, on March 3rd, on Tin Angel Records. He is a member of internationally-acclaimed electronica outfit Caribou, and his solo work has attracted attention in the UK and Europe. He begins a ten-city European tour in Ghent, Belgium, tonight.
-- Australian sources suggest that one of that country’s most successful rock bands, Midnight Oil, will officially announce their reformation later today. Midnight Oil broke-up after their last tour in 2002, reuniting briefly a couple of times since.
-- Canadian turned Kiwi roots songstress Tami Neilson has just begun her biggest tour of Canada yet, as opening act for Colin James. They started in Brockville last night and check into Massey Hall on Saturday. As proof she can kill on a blues song, not just country and R&B, Neilson is sharing a new cover of an Otis Rush classic, "Reap What You Sow." Enjoy.