Music News Digest: April 19, 2017

 We are starting off with a handy CMW schedule at a glance for today

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM            Registration

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM           CMW Newcomers Orientation

8:30 AM – 11:40 AM         Radio Trailblazers: Speed Mentoring Event (Ticketed Event)

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM           General Opening Remarks

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM            Digital Media Summit

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM            Radio Interactive Summit (Day 1 of 2)

9:00 AM – 5:30 PM            Social Music Summit & Music Summit Sessions

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM            Live Touring Summit (Day 1 of 2)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM          Canadian Radio Music Awards (Luncheon – Ticketed Event)

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM          Mentor’s Cafe

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM            Festival Network: Meet The Buyers (Ticketed Event)

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM            Live Industry Music Awards “Happy Hour” (Ticketed Event)

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM          The Indies (Ticketed Event) @ The Phoenix

8:00 PM – 4:00 AM            Music Fest  (various venues)


-- Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida has launched RecMob, a video app he describes as a raw, real-time, real life, counter-culture social video platform "offering an alternative to fake and manicured social media content."

Using the app's lens, users can create a single-shot, black and white screen that records up to 60 seconds.

Maida is a partner in tech company Rocket Mob, a privately held venture capital-funded online platform developer.

The Edmonton-based firm recently launched the daily curated music discovery service, Record Mob. The app seeks to create awareness for artists, engage fans and create new revenue streams for independent labels and artists.

The official launch will be celebrated with a moderated talk with Nady from Pussy Riot at the Soho House in Toronto this Friday, the 21st, followed by an event in partnership with not-for-profit Dudebox on Saturday.


-- American Epic is a forthcoming series of music films focusing on the birth of modern music in the United States. It comprises a three-part historical music documentary, a feature-length performance film, and a set of companion album releases. The project is executive-produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford.

There is also a 100-song soundtrack featuring a mix of these new recordings, as well as archival recordings from the Twenties and Thirties. Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings label has the companion set, a deluxe set of vinyl records will be released by Third Man Records and contemporary performances on Columbia Records.

American Epic premiered at Sundance and will air on PBS May 16th, 23rd and 30th, while The American Epic Sessions will air June 6th on PBS. More details on the American Epic website.


-- Say Yes has premiered the video for their infectious single “Too Much, Not Enough.” The track is off the band’s debut LP, Real Life Trash Mag available now through Dine Alone Records. Co-produced with the highly credited Eric Ratz and Billy Talent guitarist Ian D’Sa, the LP was recorded live at Vespa Studios in Toronto. The band is gigging in Southern Ontario, April 20 through 29.


-- The Chainsmokers’ debut album, Memories…Do Not Open, debuted at No. 1 in North America, and their double-platinum single “Paris” sits at No. 2 on the Canada Top chart as “Something Just Like This” comes in at No. 9 and is already a certified platinum hit for them. A 40-city North American arena tour last week and all ticket purchases online for the tour includes a copy of the album.

-- Highly praised Brit singer-songwriter Phil Cooper makes his first appearance with a dozen shows in Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI, May 20 through June 4. To celebrate the occasion, he’s releasing a Canadian-only six song EP that includes "Without You This Is Nothing" that he describes as “a heartfelt tribute to supporters of live music, along with new song "A Welcome In The Wild" inspired by his forthcoming Canadian adventure.


-- Jason Blaine is ready to rock his hometown again this year with another star-studded lineup of Canada’s top country music performers joining him on the stage at his charity concert in Pembroke, the Daily Observer reports.

Blaine has announced Aaron Pritchett, Madeline Merlo and the River Town Saints, as well as the returning house band, the Western Swing Authority, will be celebrity guests for his concert fundraiser on June 13. The artists will also participate in day two of the charity event, a golf tournament held at the Pembroke Golf Club on June 14.

Blaine established his own charity in an effort to give back to his hometown by raising money for worthy causes.


-- The 38th class of Blues Hall of Fame inductees will be feted at a ceremony May 10 that will take place at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts in Memphis, Tenn. Honorees include Johnny Copeland, Henry Gray, Willie Johnson, Latimore, Amy van Singel, Magic Slim, and Mavis Staples, W.C. Handy’s book, Father of the Blues, and a number of classic recordings, among them John Lee Hooker’s album Real Folk Blues. The Blues Music Awards will be presented at the Memphis Cook Convention Center the night following.

-- Award-winning Acadian/Metis Musician, Maxim Cormier, has launched a PledgeMusic pre-order campaign for his next release. Maxim Cormier plays J.S. Bach with a flat pick on a steel string guitar. The album comes out next month.


Sylvia Moy, the Motown songwriter who helped pen Stevie Wonder hits "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "My Cherie Amour," died April 15 from complications from pneumonia. She was 78. Marvin Gaye discovered Moy while singing at a Detroit club in 1963, and Motown signed her to a dual songwriting/performing deal shortly after. She concentrated on writing, helping pen such other Wonder hits as “I Was Made to Love Her" and "Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day,” plus Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston's "It Takes Two," the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine,” and Martha and the Vandellas' "Honey Chile." Moy was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.






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