Liner Notes: Bullet News for March 9th

Bryan Adams and Russell Peters co-host CTV’s Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday, April 2. The previously announced host, Michael Bublé, has declined in order to spend time with his family and a son Noah who has been taking chemotherapy for liver cancer.

--Add The iHeartRadio Fest to the events scheduled during Canadian Music Week. Tickets for the April 21 event announced early am today are to go on sale immediately through Ticketmaster.  

On the bill so far: Detroit rap star Big Sean, UK singer James Arthur, northern reggae ensemble Magic!, hometown fave The Strumbellas, pop star Massari, rising stars and Juno nominated Scott Helman and Mia Martina, Alyssa Reid, and Ottawa popster Michelle Treacy.

“We are thrilled to unveil this incredible and varied lineup of performers taking the stage for this year’s iHeartRadio Fest, offering something for every music lover,”  iHeartRadio exec Rob Farina said earlier this morning.

He added that "taking part in this celebration of Canadian music is a real highlight of iHeartRadio’s calendar of fan exclusives.”

-- The neon 'SAM' the Record Man sign that was a landmark on the Yonge Street strip for more than a half-century is to be displayed near its original home in Toronto later this year.

Ryerson University acquired the property and the sign in 2008 and contractually became responsible for restoring and reinstalling the mercury lit slice of city music history.  The new location for the two-storey neon spinning record, designed by Jack Derraugh for the Markle bros sign company, is on the Toronto Public Health building on the east side of Yonge-Dundas Square.

Sunset Neon will start working on the restoration this spring, and move the sign to its new home over the summer, the U says.

-- Australia has always been a successful market for veteran Canadian rock trio The Tea Party, at times eclipsing its following at home. In April the band returns to Down Under for a set of symphonic performances, on the 21st in Sydney with a 48 piece orchestra, and on the 28th with the Melbourne Symphony. (Source:

-- reports that veteran rocker Lee Aaron is prepping another album. It quotes her guitarist Sean Kelly as stating “Just wrapped up an incredible 5 days working on the new Lee Aaron album in Vancouver. Big love and respect to John Cody, Dave Reimer, John Webster and of course Lee herself, this record is rockin'!!" Aaron and band head to Germany for five shows in July.

-- Fans with memories of '70s-era Canadian folk may recall the name, Doug McArthur. His songs were notably covered over the years by Stan and Garnet Rogers, Colleen Peterson, Nancy White and Randy Bachman who also managed to acquire the publishing on his early material.

McArthur's 1974 debut album, Letters From The Coast, was well-received, and a subsequent album, Sisteron, was notably engineered by the Lanois brothers, Daniel and Bob.

Born in London ON, and now living in Wakefield QC,  McArthur has sporadically continued to write and record material, and recently released Tears Like Rain with an A-list of players that includes Prairie Oyster’s Keith Glass and John P. Allen, David Essig, Paul Mills, and Ian Tamblyn.

McArthur’s vocal style verges on spoken word, and this places emphasis on his eloquent lyrics. More info at and here's a song he wrote and recorded in an earlier day.


-- Noted Canadian jazz saxophonist Rémi Bolduc brings his ensemble to Toronto as part of their national “Swingin’ with Oscar” tour honouring the jazz icon. The concert at Lula Lounge tonight (May 9) is Bolduc’s only club date on an Ontario tour.




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