Liner Notes: Bullet News For March 10th

Now 70, Jimmy Buffett continues to make a buck… or two. Last year his Margaritaville Holdings did $1.5B in sales, according to the NYT’s.

Now his company has partnered with a Floridian developer to create adult retirement communities in seaside destinations in the land of the free.

The first, in Daytona Beach, includes 6900 homes with all the trappings an ageing boomer with discretionary income comes to expect. 


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

-- Billboard reports that Irving Azoff, son Jeffrey Azoff and Brandon Creed will merge their management companies to operate as Full Stop Management with a headquarters in West LA. The combined rosters include The Eagles, Lindsey Buckingham, Steely Dan, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Chelsea Handler, Harry Styles, Meghan Trainor, Mark Ronson, Troye Sivan, and Sara Bareilles.

-- Live Nation and Ink Entertainment have announced that Toronto’s EDM event Digital Dreams Festival is now billed as the Bud Light Dreams Festival. This year’s two-day shindig takes place at Echo Beach on July 7-8 and is restricted to ticket holders 19+. Other changes include a waterfront stage.

“This isn’t a festival for everyone,” says event project manager Mark Russell.  “It’s not a catchall festival, it’s for an older fan who has been to a few festivals and have come to expect as much out of the festival experience as they do the music they’re there to dance to.”

-- The NXNE Music Festival in Toronto has begun rolling out its June 23-25 programming schedule. The Port Lands serve as the hub again, and headliners announced are Passion Pit, Tyler the Creator and Post Malone mingling with Bleachers, Sleigh Bells, The Soul Rebels ft Talib Kweli, Twin Peaks, and Cold Specks. More than 20 other acts tba. More info at

-- Six Shooter Records has announced a CMW label showcase at The Phoenix on April 20. Featured on stage are Tanya Tagaq, Whitehorse, Amelia Curran and NQ Arbuckle. Expect a sellout on this one. Tickets on sale this a.m. (March 10).

-- Canada’s genre-defying a cappella group Countermeasure has gone far and wide playing festivals and galas across the continent, Scotland, England and in Italy. Starting this Saturday, Countermeasure’s 14 singers start a six-date tour around Vancouver that includes shows at Blue Frog Studios and the Charlie White Theatre.  To mark the tour, the group has debuted a new music video for “Life Is Fine”. From MadeTo Measure, the group’s second album, the lyrics include text by Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes. Mike Cameron directed.


-- The Odd Couple tour featuring Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey has been snipped from 35 to 21 dates. The wink and warble co-billing has been troubled since it was announced late last year, exasperated by the Can’t Slow Down singer’s wonky knees and Mimi’s Titanic turkey trot in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Canadian shows at ACC, on Aug. 24 and Rogers Arena, on April 27, remain solid…for now.

-- AccuRadio has added an Afrobeat channel to its already ginormous menu of free music-streaming jukeboxes. Its described as “an upbeat mix of Ghanaian Highlife, Jazz, Soul and Funk. Included in the playlist are The Daktaris, Tweak & Tony Allen, Ofo the Black Company, and Mombasa. Listen here, and discover AccuRadio here.

-- The Ontario Music Fund (OMF) is hosting a Music Industry Development Information Session in Toronto on April 12. Interested OMF applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. They need to complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits. Access the registration form here

-- Sunrise Records is expanding nationally with 29 former HMV locations set to be rebranded and opened next month.

The Ontario chain plans to open as many as 70 stores coast-to-coast and currently operates nine in smaller malls mostly located in secondary markets. No high-street stores are named in the expansion so far; however, a number of high-traffic shopping malls in several of the most populous cities are.

Company president Doug Putman says he plans to significantly bump CD and vinyl inventory levels up with the expansion,  continue "the (chain's) longstanding tradition of supporting local indie artists" and remain "on the cutting edge of pop culture trends adding licensed figures, plush characters as well as an extensive selection of board games to each store."

Additional locations are to be announced starting Monday, March 20 on the chain's website and Facebook page.

Additions so far:

Metrotown - Burnaby, BC
Orchard Park - Kelowna, BC
Sunridge Mall – Calgary, AB
Marlborough Mall – Calgary, AB
West Edmonton Mall - Edmonton, AB (20,000 square foot store with performance stage)
Londonderry Mall – Edmonton, AB
Peter Pond Mall - Fort McMurray, AB
Park Place Mall – Lethbridge, AB
Medicine Hat Mall – Medicine Hat, AB

Southland Mall – Regina, SK

Kildonan Place – Winnipeg, MB
Polo Park - Winnipeg, MB

Quinte Mall – Belleville
Stone Road Mall – Guelph, ON
Limeridge Mall - Hamilton, ON
Square One - Mississauga, ON
Place d'Orléans – Ottawa, ON
Heritage Place Mall – Owen Sound, ON
Pickering Town Centre – Pickering, ON
Station Mall – Sault Ste. Marie, ON
The Pen Centre – St Catharines, ON

Les Galeries de Hull - Hull, QC
Place Fleur de Lys - Quebec City, QC
Promenades St-Bruno - Saint Bruno, QC
Place du Royaume - Saguenay, QC
Centre commercial Les Rivières - Trois-Rivieres, QC
La Grande place des Bois-Francs - Victoriaville, QC
McAllister Place – Saint John, NB
Regent Mall - Fredericton, NB



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