The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards and Country Music Festival were held in Saskatoon from March 31 – April 2. The big winner at the Awards was Jess Moskaluke, who snapped up five trophies; Fans Choice, Female Vocalist, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year (the last three all for "Take Me Home"). Considering she also won the Juno for Country Album of the Year (Kiss Me Quiet) last night, it was quite the weekend for the singer.
The 28th Annual SCMA Gala Awards Show on April 1 was hosted by Bobby Wills. Artists performing included Tenille Arts, The Trudels, Alex Runions, and Codie Prevost. Here are the winners
-- CARAS announced yesterday that Vancouver will host the 2018 Juno Awards and the weeklong Juno Week celebrations (March 19-March 25, 2018). The 47th annual Junos will be broadcast live from the Rogers Arena on Sunday March 25. This will be the fourth time that Vancouver will host Canada’s Music Awards ceremony; shows previously took place in 1991, 1998, and 2009.
“British Columbia has a longstanding tradition of producing some of Canada’s most accomplished artists and that continues to this day,” said Allan Reid, President & CEO, CARAS/The Juno Awards and MusiCounts. “We are thrilled to be bringing the Junos back to Vancouver and the province of BC.”
-- At the opening reception for the 46th Annual Juno Awards, Music Canada exhibited a four-part installation called Anthology: Defining Moments in Canadian Music. Designed by Ben Purkiss around facts collected by music journalist Larry LeBlanc, the series creates a graphic depiction of defining moments in Canadian music from 1969 through today, including artistic and award-based milestones, industry and regulatory developments, and media and technological changes.
-- Capital City Mayor Jim Watson has announced that Ottawa is to develop its own Music Strategy, working with a local music industry coalition and a newly created task force containing stakeholders from the music, film and tourism industries. The announcement was made at the “Ottawa as a Music City” panel discussion at the Innovation Centre, organized by the Ottawa 2017 Juno Host Committee. A panel discussion following the announcement focused on opportunities to leverage music assets, attract business and professional talent, and generate economic activity.
-- This morning Hugh’s Room Live announced it will hold a gala concert/fundraiser on April 29, to help ensure the financial health of the Toronto roots music club. The artist lineup features Jane Bunnett, Digging Roots, Danny Marks, Paul Mills, Jory Nash, Laura Smith, Mike Stevens, David Woodhead, The Young Novelists and more. Hugh’s Room Live is a new not-for-profit organization that has taken over the venue formerly known as Hugh’s Room.
-- To coincide with the Juno Awards in the city, The Ottawa Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition featuring the visual art of some prominent Canadian musicians. Entitled Art Is Art, the exhibit was commissioned by CARAS, and artists featured include Tom Wilson, Marc Jordan, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chantal Kreviazuk, Leonard Cohen, Murray McLauchlan, Jann Arden, Hugh Dillon (Headstones), Sarah McLachlan, Serena Ryder, and Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene).
Their works will also be a part of the building blocks of the Juno Awards’ permanent collection and will travel to other galleries and cultural institutions within Canada. Some of these artists have previously held their own exhibitions, and many also have work displayed in Geoff and Brooke Kulawick’s True North Gallery in Waterdown, ON. Even though the Junos have now left town, the Ottawa exhibit remains until April 16.
Ikutaro Kakehashi, an engineer, entrepreneur known for his role in the development of Ace Tone and Roland drum machines and the MIDI standard, died this past weekend. He was 87. In 2002, Kakehashi published his autobiography, titled I Believe In Music, and was also featured in Stewart Copeland’s biographical book The Art of Digital Music that offered insights into 56 visionary artists, producers, programmers and designers in the industry.
Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr), American blues singer/guitarist, on April 1, age 83. Born in Louisiana, he started out playing with zydeco king Clifton Chenier then turned to Chicago-style blues upon moving to that city in 1960. He released a large number of records on the Alligator label.