Music News Digest, June 14, 2017

Tegan and Sara have announced plans to mark the 10th anniversary of their fifth studio album, The Con, with a North American tour. TheCon X: Tour will kick off on October 20 at Balboa Theatre in San Diego. A portion of tour proceeds will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for economic justice, health and representation of LGBTQ girls and women.

The pop duo will perform acoustic arrangements of all 14 of the album’s songs, followed by a selection of fan favourites. The Con was Tegan and Sara’s first release to chart on the Billboard 200 (entering at No. 34) and also their first to appear on the Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. In Canada, The Con peaked at No. 5 and was nominated for a Juno Award and a Polaris Music Prize. In a press release, Tegan explained “With The Con, it was obvious we had turned a corner and hit an open stretch of highway. It felt like our first fully realized Tegan and Sara record. Which made it then and still makes it now a very important record to us.” 

Regular tour dates over the summer include appearances at WayHome, Lollapalooza, Osheaga and the Regina Folk Festival. Check all dates here

— Republic Live, organizer of the Boots and Hearts Music Festival, has announced the return of the annual Emerging Artist showcase. Aspiring artists are encouraged to submit a video of a performance for their chance to win a grand prize consisting of an opening spot on the main stage at the festival, a recording contract with Universal Music, media training, and a trip to Nashville. Details on how to submit and prizing here

Kacy & Clayton is a roots music duo from Saskatchewan comprising cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum. Their early work has earned critical kudos and they recently caught the important ear of Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy.

Rolling Stone reports that Tweedy caught their set at the Pickathon festival and was so impressed that he produced the forthcoming Kacy & Clayton album The Siren's Song, recorded live off the floor in January at Wilco's Chicago studio.

Discussing Tweedy, Anderson notes that "It’s pretty inspirational to think that he wakes up every morning and works to advance the folk-country-rock medium constantly." Kacy & Clayton have begun supporting Wilco on a string of dates this summer. The Siren's Song will be available August 18th via New West. 

— SOCAN is presenting the third edition of its showcase at the Rendez-vous Pros des Francos festival in Montreal on June 15. This year it features singer/songwriter Alexandre Desilets and the group Paupière in a free public performance from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the intersection of de Bleury and Sainte-Catherine streets. The Rendez-Vous Pros des Francos event, organized by Francofolies de Montréal, welcomes more than 150 music and stage industry professionals, and aims to promote exchanges between all Francophone-speaking countries. More info here 

—  After a bout of illness, Myles Goodwyn is back on the road performing acoustic songs from the April Wine catalogue of hits with former band mate Jim Henman. He’s in Vegas and then Winnipeg next week.

—'90s Canadian pop-soul favourites The Philosopher Kings recently reunited to work on a fifth studio album, Return of The Kings, one that is due out later this year. An advance single, "Still The One," is set for release on June 30th, and on June 20th they play a special invite-only show at Toronto's Mod Club. Keyboardist Jon Levine confidently pledges “This is the best we’ve sounded."

During the group's long hiatus, individual members found major success writing for and producing other artists. That long list includes  Drake, Sia, Maroon 5, Nelly Furtado, Tina Turner, Jason Mraz, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, James Blunt, Serena Ryder, Arkells, Ricky Martin, and Andy Grammer. 

—  Lorraine Segato and Colleen Allen bring their acclaimed and wildly popular cabaret series Wild Women (Don’t Get The Blues) to Toronto’s Regent Park on Saturday, June 24. The duo and ensemble celebrate the likes of Ida Cox, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Edith Piaf, Amy Winehouse, Patsy Cline, Annie Lennox, Dixie Chicks, and Bonnie Raitt in stories and song.

 Lido Pimienta has been signed to the Ottawa-based Kelp Management roster. The Toronto-based, Colombian born interdisciplinary musician and artist-curator has earned international acclaim for her adventurous work. She has recently collaborated with A Tribe Called Red, toured with Austra, published a graphic novel, and created visual artworks. She performs with Bear Witness of A Tribe Called Red at Toronto's Luminato fest on June 14, and in November travels to Reykjavik for the Airwaves festival. Pimienta's most recent album, La Papessa, made it onto the Polaris Prize Long List yesterday.


Anita Pallenberg, an actress and model who was the long-time girlfriend of Keith Richards, died of unknown causes on June 13. She was 73.

Born in Rome to German parents, Pallenberg was a model when she attended a 1965 Rolling Stones concert. There she met Brian Jones and they became a couple until she switched to Richards in 1967. The couple had a volatile relationship that lasted until 1980 and produced three children. In 1977 both Pallenberg and Richards were arrested in Toronto for possession of heroin. Pallenberg starred alongside Jane Fonda in Barbarella and, with Mick Jagger, in notorious 1970 film Performance.  Later in life, she studied fashion design and resumed her acting career in the late ’90s.

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