Stouffville, ON’s Earl of Whitchurch pub was the venue for what is now — unofficially — a Guinness world record for the longest concert by multiple artists. Since St. Patrick’s Day, more than 450 acts performed on the stage continuously for 437 hours. The event, organized by Kevin Ker and the Epidemic Music Group, raied $90K for a variety of charities, Kerr reports.
-- Radio Starmaker Fund is back online: The application deadline is May 18. Manager Jerry Leibowitz reports that the $50K cap in funding per release for digital marketing initiatives has been removed.
-- The Jack Richardson London Music Week features Soundcheck for Success, a seminar on Saturday that includes record producer and former Richardson acolyte, Bob Ezrin. On Sunday a gala honours a number of notables including members of Uranus and retired Free Press entertainment writer James Reaney.
-- After taking a year off, the Indigenous Music Awards are back with a new name and a new way of selecting the nominees. Formerly known as the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards, the event gala takes place at Winnipeg's Club Regent Event Centre May 19 when awards will be handed out in 18 categories. The nominations list and show ticket details on the IMAs website.
-- Carlin Music, the publishing company built up by Elvis Presley’s record picker, has been put up for sale with a $250m price tag, Financial Times reports. The publisher controls the copyrights to a catalogue of vintage songs ranging from “What A Wonderful World” to Elvis Presley’s “That’s Alright Mama” to the soundtracks to Fiddler On the Roof and Cabaret. It also owns the rights to AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and counts Dolly Parton, David Bowie and Scott Walker amongst its clients.
-- Pop trio Scenic Route to Alaska leads with seven nominations in the Edmonton Music Awards (EMAs) that are set to take place at Winspear Centre on June 29. The 7th annual will include the newly added Indigenous Recording of the year category. Nominees include Cindy Paul, Jay Gilday, nêhiyawak, Rellik and Stephanie Harpe Experience.
Royal Foundry won group, single, and music video prizes in the 2016 edition but are absent in 2017.
-- Music publisher ole has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal with performer, songwriter and producer Richard Marx. The “Right Here Waiting” singer has sold more than 30 million albums and composed hits for many, including Josh Groban, NSYNC, Luther Vandross and Keith Urban.
-- The number of Canadian music streaming subscriptions doubled, from 8 to 16%, in the 13-month period between September 2015 and October 2016, according to Toronto-based consumer research firm SRG.
-- The cut-off date for submitting to SOCAN’s first ever Anglophone Music Publisher of the Year Award is April 14. To be eligible, the music publisher must be based in Canada, and their repertoire must be in large part Anglophone, or having had a significant Anglophone impact, creatively and commercially. Interested parties write Kathryn Hamilton, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
-- Truro is the host city of the 20th annual Nova Scotia Music Awards, Nov. 2-5. Organizers have announced the city that famously bills itself as “the halfway mark to the North Pole” will also host the 2018 and 2019 editions.
-- Bittersweet Toronto pop ensemble July Talk has blazed a trail of success leading up to their weekend Juno Album award for Touch, a recording that can easily be described as a perfectly perfect pop record and, just to prove it, they highlighted the televised show with the riveting performance of “Picturing Love” that just happens to be the troupe’s latest, greatest single.
If that weren’t enough, singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay, guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist Josh Warburton, and drummer Danny Miles were presented with a gold record for "Guns + Ammunition,” the big hit from their debut album. Reps from the group’s label Sleepless Records, distributor Universal Music, Nightmare Mgmt, and United Talent Agency were on hand to whoop it up and put back the free drinks.
A video for the current hit “Picturing Love” has also made this year’s Prism Prize Top Ten. Singer Leah Fay is also an accomplished actor, known in the craft as Leah Fay Goldstein. She earned a 2016 Canadian Film Award nomination for her work in Diamond Tongues.
Roots rockers The Young Novelists have signed with Heart Roots Music for North American bookings. The American agency specializes in fiddle and banjo acts. Playing a series of US dates, TYN is at the Cameron House on the 22nd as part of the CMW festival festivities.
Paul O’Neill, founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died April 5 at age 61. On paper, TSO’s career arc sounds like a Spinal Tap story line: Looking for a second act after achieving some success in the 1980s, a former heavy-metal guitarist decides to adapt age-old Christmas carols by injecting them with wailing electric guitars, gymnastic, classically inspired arrangements and a stage show as big as Las Vegas.
That the band’s founder, Paul O’Neill, whose death was announced on Wednesday, would turn that idea into a multimillion-dollar enterprise is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. Across two decades, the TSO toured seasonally, playing to packed arenas across the country and sold more than 10M records.