Music News Digest, June 7, 2017

Terra Lightfoot joins Whitehorse at Massey Hall in the Live At… series on Dec. 8. Headliner Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland aka Whitehorse are to be joined by a five-piece band. Tickets in the series are a steal, set at $18.94, a nod to the year the music hall opened its doors.

Below, “Die Alone” from the forthcoming Whitehorse album, Panther in the Dollhouse.

— Brit trio London Grammar has released dates for its upcoming North American tour with pre-sale tickets including a download of their Truth Is A Beautiful Thing album, set for release by Columbia on June 9. Canadian shows are on Aug. 3 at the Danforth Music Hall Toronto and Osheaga Festival the night following.Here’s the official video for “Oh Woman, Oh Man,” one of two videos for the new single by London Grammar. Watch the “Oh Man” version featuring Tye Sheridan here

Bill King has a work ethos second to none, and he’s also a prolific composer and over the years has produced a prodigious volume of recordings that celebrate his kindred connection to roots, Americana and Afro-centric music. His latest is entitled Isle of Saints, an aural composite of his travels throughout the Caribbean. You can read more about the project on his Bandcamp page, and sample the melodies below.

— Sebastien Grainger and bassist Jesse F. Keeler aka Canadian punk rock duo Death From Above 1979 has a new single coming out on Friday, entitled “Freeze Me.”

It teases the release of a third album on Last Gang Records and here are two video snippets intended to whet appetites of DFA 1979 fans.

Rhino Records is releasing vinyl on “Light My Fire” b/w “The Crystal Ship” on July 28. Both tracks are included on The Doors eponymous first album. The hit single topped the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1967 and a year later re-entered the chart as a hit for Jose Feliciano. The list price on the seven-inch disc is US$7.98.

CIMA and MusicOntario jointly host a summer BBQ at the St. Patrick St. offices on June 22, 4-7pm.

—  Submissions are open for the 13th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums had a release in Canada sometime between June 15, 2016, and June 14, 2017, are eligible. The final deadline is June 23, 2017. Submit here

— Charmie, Jeremy Fisher, Kayla Diamond, Kim Stockwood and Damnhait Doyle, and Zaki Ibrahim are named as performers at the CIMA Awards Gala this coming Monday, June 12. The event is at The Glass Factory in Toronto’s Liberty Village. Tickets here

Blue Rodeo headlines Halifax Jazz Festival that runs July 12-16.

—The keenly-anticipated second album from Toronto pop-rockers AlvvaysAntisocialites, will be released on Sept. 8 on Royal Mountain Records in Canada. Extensive international touring begins at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 5, closing out with four nights at Toronto's Mod Club, Dec. 13-16.

CAPACOA and Community Foundations Canada have jointly published a report entitled Vital Signs: Arts & Belonging.

Findings include:

  • 77% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that arts experiences help people feel part of their local community, including newcomers and those in minority-language communities.

  • Canadians who regularly attend live music have a stronger sense of belonging to their city or town.

  • Canadians who rate arts, culture and leisure in their community as “excellent” are nearly three times more likely to report a “very strong” sense of belonging.

— 21-year-old Toronto Native, hip-hop artist and beatmaker Leo Vance fresh off his win & performance at the CUT Hip Hop Awards, has released his debut album The Legend Begins.

— Toronto six-piece indie rocker ensemble Fast Romantics has posted the official music video for “Everybody’s Trying to Steal Your Heart” – the third cut from their well-received sophomore LP American Love. Light Organ has the release.

— Sandy Graham’s Cashbox magazine has launched Cashbox Magazine Television. Here’s episode one, all about Bobby Curtola.

— Toronto breakout band Ginger Ale & The Monowhales and media company Press It are partnering with Facebook Canada to present a live-streamed performance on Thursday, June 8th at 4:30 pm.

 The four-song set is expected to reach over one million people. Below, from the band’s 2016 EP, Bang.

— Here’s “The Last Refugee,” the latest video from Roger Waters current album, Is This the Life We Really Want?

— After Sunday’s One Love Manchester concert, Justin Bieber wanted to burn off some energy, so he played a pick-up game of hockey with the city’s professional team, scoring several goals according to insider reports.

Following the game, the “Sorry” singer showed his charitable side again by donating a signed hockey stick to be auctioned off at a Manchester Storm charity game. It comes after a jersey signed by the singer fetched several thousand pounds at auction last year  (Music News).

Jena Malone, of The Hunger Games, and Lem Jay Ignacio make up The Shoe, an unconventional two-piece band featuring songs like “Paper Cup” and “Dead Rabbit Hopes”. The exclusive interview & performance is now available on the video streaming app, Sessions X. View here

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will put on a free concert in Pierrefonds in honour of the hundreds of Montrealers who were flooded in May later this month. The funds will be donated to the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Red Cross.

— Winnipeg-based Allan Slaight Juno Master Class singer/songwriter Slow Leaves (Grant Davidson) is preparing to release a new album, Enough About Me, on Aug. 11, and will preview material at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto on June 10. Another fine Western Canadian singer/songwriter, Colleen Brown opens the show.

Davidson describes the focus track, "How Do I Say," as “a love song that takes place at the moment two people meet, drawn by a magnetism greater than either can express with words. The tragic side is that they must part ways in the morning.”

— Pursuing music for the last 43 years certainly qualifies bluesy singer-songwriter and storyteller Kim Doolittle as a veteran. She is launching her ninth studio album, Into The Blue, with a show at Hugh's Room Live in Toronto on June 8. She'll be joined there by producer Ken Whiteley and a top-line local band. Prominent guests on the album include Ben and Chris Whiteley, Suzie Vinnick, Pat Carey, Victor Bateman, Bucky Berger, and Jimmy Bowskill (Blue Rodeo).

One of the Nova Scotia-raised Doolittle's new songs, "Let The River Run," is being used in a Canada 150 video promoting Riverfest in Bridgetown, NS, and she'll perform it at the fest in mid-August.

— Singer/songwriter Eamon McGrath is a well-travelled troubadour who has just published his first novel, Berlin-Warszawa Express (ECW Press). Sackville, NB, may lack the cachet of those cities, but McGrath is thrilled to be travelling there from his Toronto home in August, as Sappyfest’s 2017 Songwriter-in-Residence. The gig means he can spend a month there writing, thanks to funding from the Artist In Residence Program of ArtsNB.

McGrath performed at Sappyfest in 2012 and 2016 and is a member of Julie And The Wrong Guys, a group headed by Sappyfest co-founder Julie Doiron. Through his Flix Canada agency, McGrath also helps Canadian bands book tours in Europe.

— Toronto rocker Taylor Knox releases his debut full-length album, Love, via Cadence Music on June 9. He has announced Ontario and Montreal shows, beginning at Waterloo's Starlight on June 15 and concluding at the Ottawa Blues fest on July 8. He plays Toronto's Drake on June 23 and Montreal's La Vitrola on July 6. A full itinerary here

Before starting his solo recording career, Knox was an in-demand drummer for the likes of Hayden, Alvvays, Jason Collett, and Luke Doucet. Molly Rankin of Alvvays guests on "Running Into Love," the first single from Love.


Gary Salter, a Canadian businessman at one time connected to Inter Global Music, Pearl Entertainment, Black & White Sales, and Avenue of America, died on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Toronto General Hospital and was buried the day following in the Pride of Israel section of Mount Sinai Cemetery. No age is given. Shiva at 118 Yorkville Avenue, suite 502. Memorial donations may be made to Sinai Health Foundation, 416-586-8203.

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