Liner Notes: Bullet News For March 20th

Scott Borchetta and his team at Big Machine Label Group have built an enviable roster with the likes of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Rascal Flatts.

Last month, BMLG announced a partnership with Bell Media to create a new multi-platform global talent discovery show that has everyone wondering.

Borchetta has previous experience in the world of music TV, having mentored contestants on the final two seasons of Fox’s American Idol. Separately, he recently announced the creation and development of – a new online digital video platform that will offer premium BMLG content such as exclusive interviews, contests and VIP opportunities.

On April 20, Borchetta keynotes Canadian Music Week in the Osgoode Ballroom East, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. He’s going to be speaking about discovering, developing and promoting music’s next superstars. You can bet he’ll also be making a few announcements about his Bell Media deal and likely offering a few other surprises. – Conference details here and here

-- On Friday, we mentioned the Bell Media co-financed theatrical production of Bat Out of Hell was a smash hit based on the musical’s soft launch in Manchester. Well, Bell Media President Randy Lennox tells us that the response to the show has been so massive that the thistle run has been extended by another three weeks, for a total of 10, that takes it through to April 29.  

The show opened for previews at the Opera House on Feb. 17 and has sold over 116K people tickets before the real deal opens in London.

-- Scott Thurston of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame has sold an investment property in Culver City for $1.29M in an off-market deal to fellow band member Mike Campbell. He bought the property nine years before joining the band for an affordable $60K, the LA Times reports.

-- Mojo magazine is pitching a Boomer cruise Sept. 2-9.

The 7 nights’ saltwater excursion departs Newcastle on board the luxurious CMV Magellan.

Ports include Aberdeen, Isle of Skye, Liverpool, Dublin & Invergordon. But it’s not just about magnificent views and heaving over the leeboard rail.

On tap in the ship’s ballroom, one can listen (speak up, what's that you say?) and natter over scones and tea with The Yardbirds, The Manfreds featuring Mike D’Abo, Suzi Quatro, Slade, and From The Jam (that’s likely minus Paul Weller). Suites and “superior ocean views” are already SRO, but punters can find the details here.

-- Winnipeg duo Mobina Galore joins Iggy, Bad Religion, The Real McKenzies and Pennywise at the May 25-29 'Punk Rock Bowling Festival' in Sin City.

Releasing their indie album Feeling Disconnected through Toronto alt-metal imprint New Damage Records on Feb. 24, Jenna Priestner and Marcia Hanson have been plugging the sophomore set non-stop on an aggressive 25-show NA tour that is winding up with a string of ON shows and a hometown finale at the Good Will Social Club on April 17. Without pause, the duo then heads back out on the road for a gruelling 30+ date Euro and UK tour that runs through May 20 and climaxes with the punk invasion in Vegas.

Self-managed, the duo is booked by Gunner Records in Europe. Gunner also has the new album in Europe and the UK.

Below, "Spend My Day," included on the albums Feeling Disconnected and Singles & B-Sides on New Damage Records and Gunner Records.


-- Quebec vedette Patrice Michaud has earned his second Socan # 1 Award with “Kamikaze”, co-written with Montreal's reclusive author and playwright Réjean Durcharme, The song is included on Michaud's latest and third best-seller.

Michaud received a Socan award in 2014 with "General Mechanic, " a song that appeared on his debut album release, The Fire of Everyday. Last week his show at Club Soda earned rave reviews and he returns to the concert hall on June 17, during the FrancoFolies.


-- Juno nominated PEI acoustic trio The East Pointers earned strong enough applause following an appearance at Womad New Zealand on the weekend to be invited to record a session with the national pubcaster (listen here.)

The 13th annual in Kiwi country was staged at the stunning 55-acre Brooklands Park and TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth. Below, the ensemble's adaptation of David Bowie's "Heroes" which they performed at the global music festival on Friday night.

A week earlier the trio performed in Adelaide at the Australian edition of the fest.


-- Celebrated East Coast singer/songwriter Al Tuck earned a BA in English from King’s U College in Halifax in 1988 and he returns to his alma mater this week to perform as part of a lecture offered by Dr Angus Johnston on the love songs of Bob Dylan.

A prolific songwriter, Tuck was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for his album Stranger at the Wake and in December, 15 artist friends combined to record 15 of his songs in PEI and Halifax for an album entitled Behind That Big Red Curtain.


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