Music News Digest: May 17, 2017

CIMA will be returning to Tokyo for its 4th mission to Japan in October and plans on participating in the Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM), part of the Japan Content Showcase, a multi-content market featuring music, film, TV and anime that attracts influential buyers from Asia and other world markets.

CIMA will host the Canada Stand as an exhibitor to connect with TIMM delegates as well as undertake B2B activities (meetings/showcases/reception) and is looking for 8-12 Canadian companies who are interested in connecting and developing important relationships in the second largest music market in the world.

The opportunity is also open to 8 showcasing artists.

CIMA will also be working with the Canadian Embassy in Japan for a B2B event and showcase.

How well did the non-profit association fare last time with its trade mission to Japan, back in 2015?

Mission participants reported making 131 new contacts, taking 130 meetings, negotiating 28 business deals with potential revenues of $277,000 over a 36-month period.

Now, that’s what we call ‘taking care of business’.

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CIMA is also honking its horn with an executive leadership course on offer in tandem with WorkInCulture, the leading resource for work in art and culture.

”Staff are one of the most important resources that drive small, independent music organizations – and yet, it is challenging to find the time, expertise and budget to properly manage and optimize this resource,” the sell-sheet trumpets. “How can busy, successful music industry leaders embed human resources (HR) strategies into already busy portfolios?”

How indeed!

A survey of CIMA members identified human resources as one of the biggest challenges faced by leaders of independent music companies in Canada. This session aims to provide executive-level information to address that perceived gap in our industry infrastructure.

The one-day seminar with lunch will run you an affordable $50. The date is Friday, June 23, space is limited—and you can get with the program and support CIMA by registering here.

— May Run Music Festival finished with a flourish Sunday night in Charlottetown with the Music PEI Awards Party in the afternoon followed by the May Run Meltdown at the Florence Simmons Performance Hall.

 Twenty-nine awards were handed out Sunday afternoon with Paper Lions walking away with four, including Pop Recording, Video, Digital Achievement and Group Recording of the year which, for the first time in recent memory, was a tie that resulted in Ten Strings and a Goat Skin also taking home the trophy.

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin picked up two more awards in the categories of Album and Roots Recording.

Newcomer Kinley (Dowley), who won SOCAN songwriter of the year earlier in the week, picked up another two awards in the categories of New Artist and Female Recording.

“Each year I am continually impressed with the development and maturing of the Island music industry. Island artists continue to make their mark at home, across Canada, and around the world and their accomplishments make all of us proud,” stated Music PEI board of directors president Darcy Campbell.

 Other multiple Music PEI award winners included Dylan Menzie, who won trophies in the categories of Male Solo Recording and Entertainer of the Year; Jon Matthews, for Live Production Professional and as a Producer; and Garnet Buell who was awarded the first Community Contributor of the year award as well as the Lifetime Achievement award.

A total of thirty Music PEI awards were awarded at the event. The full list of winners can be viewed here.

— On Saturday, September 23, after a five-year hiatus, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) ceremony returns with four new inductees, Beau DommageBruce CockburnNeil Young, and Stéphane Venne, at Toronto’s Massey Hall.

The bilingual ceremony, presented by Richardson GMP, will feature tributes and performances from top-line Canadian artists, including Arkells, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Damien Robitaille, Daniel Lavoie, Don Ross, Élage Diouf, France D’amour, Florence K, Julie Payette, k.d. lang, Randy Bachman, William Prince and Whitehorse, with a surprise artists TBA.

Tickets are to be available to the public on Friday, May 19, starting at 10 am.

Toronto’s Yonge Street strip was enlivened on Monday evening when the cast of the Jim Steinman musical Bat Out Of Hell attracted big crowds with an outdoor sample of show tunes from the upcoming rock’n roll stage production.

The musical, based on the mega-smash Meat Loaf album of the same name, and the star came to town to help whip up media interest in the Mirvish Theatre event that opens on Oct. 14, following its official premiere in London this summer.

— David Foster has announced Oct. 21 as the date for his 30th anniversary David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala Concert. The event takes place at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, with another gala to be held in Los Angeles.

The annual star-studded concerts raise funds to support Canadian families with children undergoing life-saving organ transplants. Performers are TBA.

A 2016 Gala in Winnipeg, featuring Seal, Michael Bolton, and Carly-Rae Jepsen, raised $3.2M, and Toronto's 2016 Gala, featuring Stevie Wonder, Bolton, Gordon Lightfoot and Peter Cetera, raised a whopping $6.5M.

 The initial lineup for Ottawa’s CityFolk fest has been announced, and it’s impressive. The shindig runs Sept. 13-17 at Lansdowne Park, with performers including Father John Misty, Jack Johnson, Ruth B., Broken Social Scene, Bahamas, Scott Helman, Corb Jund and Ian Tyson, Fred Penner, Rose Cousins, Rodriguez, Margo Price, Matt Mays, The Philosopher Kings, and Amanda Marshall.

World Fiddle Day Toronto 2017 takes place May 20 at the Aga Khan Museum. The plucky event boasts 100 fiddlers accompanied by a backup band celebrating a motif of world music. Special guests include Pascal Gemme/Yann Falquet (Quebec fiddle/guitar), Kousha Nakhaei (Persian fiddle), Amely Zhou (erhu), Anne Lindsay (jazz, original music), and DnA (Diana and Andrew Dawydchak - Ontario Fiddle/stepdance) who will lead the morning workshops, and perform at an evening concert in the Aga Khan Auditorium. More info here


Greg Lowe, a Winnipeg-based guitarist and composer, died last weekend, aged 59. Lowe played with Toronto band The Lincolns in the late ‘80s, and later in such bands as The Ministers of Cool, SwingSoniq, The Chess Club (with Jack Semple) as well as he performing at various times with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre and and Prairie Theatre Exchange. Lowe also released seven albums as a solo artist and composed extensively for film and television.

Freddy Pompeii (born Frederick DiPasquale), a Canadian punk rock legend, died May 13 from lung cancer. He was 70. Pompeii was a member of Toronto's first-generation punk bands The Viletones and The Secrets, and, along with wife Margarita Passion, ran punk boutique New Rose. He later returned to live in his hometown of Philadelphia. Pompeii was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in 2016. In February this year, his T.O. punk comrades staged a benefit to assist with his medical bills.

Here's a link to Music News Digest for Monday, May 15.

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