Music News Digest: May 12, 2017

SOCAN has announced the three finalists for the pro’s inaugural Anglophone Publisher of the Year Award. They are Cymba Music, Red Brick Music Publishing, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Canada.

The award recognizes a publisher member who has made a significant and positive impact on both the music business and the creative community during the year previous to that of the Awards. The winner will receive the award at the next SOCAN Awards Gala at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, on June 19.

— Canadian Music Week has announced its dates for next year. The 35th edition of the annual takes place May 7-13, 2018. The numbers for this year’s CMW were impressive: over 150,000 fans in attendance, 3000 delegates and 476 speakers at the Conference, and over 700 artists showcased in more than 40 venues at the Music Festival.

NXNE is taking an innovative approach to festival club bookings this year.

The inaugural year of the Club Land Curator Series has a hand-picked "dream team" selecting the talent that's on the shows. Included are Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent), Leah Fay (July Talk), Tasha the Amazon, Shad, and Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene).

For further information, visit the clubland website.

— The Hot Docs documentary film fest in Toronto wrapped recently after 11 days of screenings attracting 215k moviegoers. A Canadian-made music documentary, Rumble, took the two biggest prizes, the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary (a $50k prize) and the Hot Docs Audience Award. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World explores the influence of indigenous artists on all forms of popular music.

—  The famed Mariposa Folk Festival is certainly changing with the times, now presenting acts clearly outside the folk realm. It just announced fast-rising popster Ruth B. as a new addition to the bill, joining the also not folk The New Pornographers and Barenaked Ladies alongside the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Whitehorse, and Matt Andersen. Mariposa runs July 7-9 at Tudhope Park in Orillia, ON.

— Just days after the lineup for Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo fest was announced, the performers for Winnipeg’s IR fest have been unveiled. The headliners are Beck, Broken Social Scene and Father John Misty, with other acts including US R&B star Aloe Blacc, UK country-soul singer Yola Carter, American honkytonker Shakey Graves, and Canadian faves Danny Michel, Rheostatics, Sarah Slean, Terra Lightfoot, Whitney Rose, and the Dead South. The fest runs Aug. 18-20 at The Forks.

 —  The Wolfe Island Music Festival has revealed its 2017 line-up. Performers taking to the stage Aug. 11-12 will include Born Ruffians, Said The Whale, Land Of Talk, Hannah Georgas, Dilly Dally, Donovan Woods, Your Boy Tony Braxton, New Swears, The Franklin Electric, and Lou Canon. The fest went on hiatus last year but is back by popular demand. Wolfe Island is the largest of the world-famous Thousand Islands, and is accessible via a short ferry ride from Kingston.

— The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival is set for August 4-6 in Gravenhurst, ON. TD has signed on as title sponsor and the full lineup has now been announced. Notable acts include the Jim Cuddy Family Band, C&C Surf Factory, Harrow Fair (featuring fest founder Miranda Mulholland) , Devin Cuddy, Ferraro, Justin Rutledge, Jessica Mitchell, Julian Taylor Band, and NQ Arbuckle. The full lineup here 

— Fiery Montreal blues-rockers The Damn Truth started a Canadian tour at Hamilton’s The Casbah last night, and tonight (May 12) they’re at The Horseshoe in Toronto, prior to Western dates. Other summer gigs include Quebec City’s Festival d'Été on July 14 and the Trois-rivières En Blues fest on Aug. 24. Word is they're a knockout on stage. Of note: the band is co-managed by industry veteran Ralph Alfonso.



Robert Miles (born real name Roberto Concina), trance producer and DJ best known for his No 1 hit "Children," has died aged 47, after a short illness. The Swiss-born Italian’s 1996 debut album, Dreamland, went platinum in Europe. It featured the trance track Children, which topped charts in more than 12 countries. He was also known for launching Open Lab, a Balearic radio station which broadcast from Ibiza and covered arts, media and technology.

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