The veil of secrecy surrounding the release date for the next Broken Social Scene album remains impregnable, but there’s speculation they may play a new track when they perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert next Thursday, March 30.
The moveable cast's itinerary of upcoming concerts includes Manchester’s Albert Hall on May 23 and London’s O2 Brixton Academy on May 24, followed by five dates in Europe. Then it's homeward bound for the Field Trip fest in Toronto on June 3.
Other confirmed dates include Montreal’s Osheaga fest, Aug. 4-6.
-- Music scribe Karen Bliss boldly extends her philanthropic muse with an April 19 CMW panel simply called Musicians and Charity: Finding a Way to Give Back. Arcade Fire member and Plus One co-founder Marika Anthony-Shaw joins Mike Downie from the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, pop star and Solvable founder Scott Helman, musician and ArtsCan Circle co-founder Mike Stevens, and Skydigger and Unison Benevolent Fund board member Andy Maize. Bliss moderates the discussion with Slaight Music co-sponsoring with Samaritanmag.
-- Moe Berg’s pursuit of happiness is greatly enhanced by the fact he's included on a star-studded new album from Todd Rundgren. White Knight has its release on May 12 and features additional collaborations with Daryl Hall, Joe Walsh, Donald Fagen, Trent Reznor, Robyn, Joe Satriani and Bettye Lavette.
Moe tells FYI that “ A while back I got an email from Todd wondering if I might be interested in writing something for his new album. Obviously I freaked out, a dream come true.
"He asked me to start a song that he would finish and produce. I sent him a few ideas, he picked one and then turned it into the song that ended up on the record. I'm really happy with how it turned out!”
The tune, “Let’s Do This,” is featured on both the vinyl and digital versions of the album. Rundgren and Berg go way back, as the former produced the first two The Pursuit of Happiness albums, 1988's platinum-selling Love Junk and 1990's gold One-Sided Story.
Berg remains very active as a producer and DJ and keeps a highly readable blog.
Rundgren has produced a long list of classic albums, including Bat Out of Hell, and has had his own share of hits, the best known perhaps being "Hello It's Me" and "Bang the Drum."
-- Kitchener-Waterloo songsmith Sammy Duke launched his debut EP Glass Demons with a full-band hometown show at Cork Hall in Kitchener last night. He’s at Toronto’s Free Times tonight (March 23) and Guelph’s DSTRCT on March 24. Described as a gentle giant, Duke oft induces jaw-dropping by playing up to eight instruments simultaneously, though he's restrained in this performance of the EP's title track.
-- Cape Breton’s all-star songwriting trio Port Cities has a four-city east-coast theatre tour getting underway tomorrow night, March 24, at the Mack Theatre in Charlottetown. Composed of Dylan Guthro, Breagh MacKinnon, and Carleton Stone—each already a singer/songwriter with an established solo career, the ensemble signed with turtle music/Warner Music in 2016 and released their self-titled debut collection on Feb. 10.
-- The Organization of Canadian Women in Public Relations launches its Toronto Chapter at the Sony Centre on April 27. Details and ducats here.
-- The Australian government has dropped plans to extend safe harbours from a new piece of legislation that will amend the country's copyright laws.
-- MusicOntario & CIMA is offering members 40% off a 3-day Music Summit pass for Canadian Music Week. This discount will be available until April 17, 2017.
-- Canada`s Walk of Fame is looking for the country`s best young musicians – the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC. Submit a video or audio performance for your chance to win! The purse includes $25K in cash and a bundle of goodies including studio time at Metalworks and a chance to chat up some hotshots about your career aspiration.
-- ole Digital is touting its new ability to collect clients' YouTube royalties earned but unpaid for the period of Aug. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2015. The service is underpinned by Conductor, the company's proprietary data standardization and business intelligence system for maximum collection of royalties. Those wanting to sign up should visit www.oledigital.com.