Music News Digest, June 16, 2017

All five members of the Tragically Hip will receive the Order of Canada, Gov. Gen. David Johnston announced Thursday.

The Tragically Hip frontman, Gord Downie, will be appointed a member of the Order of Canada “in recognition of outstanding Indigenous leadership” at Rideau Hall on Monday in Ottawa.

According to the office of the Governor General, Hip members Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair will receive their insignia at a later date.

The Hip said on Twitter the band was “honoured” to be receiving the Order of Canada.

— Toronto musical dynamo Miranda Mulholland (Harrow Fair Roaring Girl Records) threw a party last night to promote her upcoming inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival in Gravenhurst. The lovely soiree was held in the offices of her managers, Starfish Entertainment (managers of Blue Rodeo, Skydiggers, Oh Susanna, The Sadies), and featured short sets from Harrow Fair and Justin Rutledge.

Spied enjoying proceedings were artists Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson of Skydiggers, Andrew Cash, Julian Taylor, and Blair Packham, Warner Music's Steve Kane, hockey broadcaster Dave Hodge, Yvonne Matsell, Tanya Coghlan (Revolution Recording), and scribes Nick Jennings, Kim Hughes, Stuart Henderson, Colin McClelland, and Howard Druckman.

Sawdust City will be held Aug. 4-6, with acts including The Jim Cuddy Family Band, Rutledge, Harrow Fair, NQ Arbuckle, Ferraro and Jessica Mitchell. More info here

— As well as hosting a much-loved summer music festival, Wolfe Island (near Kingston) is now home to a new record label, Wolfe Island Records. It is being launched with the First Annual Wolfe Island Garden Party, running June 15-17. Artists playing the low-cost event ($20 a weekend pass) include label founder Hugh Christopher Brown (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir), the Stephen Stanley Band, Juno-winning roots star Jenny Whiteley, Joey Wright and Luther Wright and The Wrongs. The first releases on the label are from Brown and David Corley. Party info here

— The first edition of Heavy Metalloid Music, the authorized biography of Hamilton psych/proto-punk legends Simply Saucer, sold out, and a second edition has been announced by Eternal Cavalier Press. It features a new epilogue by author Jesse Locke in which he reflects on his time spent drumming for Simply Saucer. He will join the band on an upcoming string of Western Canada dates. 

— Imagine Dragons fans in Toronto should note that the popular US band will be in Toronto this Saturday (June 17) for a fan appreciation event and meet-and-greet, starting at 5pm. This will be held at their Evolve pop-up shop at Shed Creative Agency (110 Spadina Ave, main floor). The group's third studio album, Evolve will be released on June 23 through Interscope Records. Imagine Dragons will perform at the iHeartRadio MMVAs on Sunday night.

 The Kultrún World Music Festival in Kitchener, ON, has unveiled an impressive lineup for this year's edition, running July 7-10. The list of performers includes Amanda Martinez, Juno-winner Lorraine Klaasen, Quique Escamilla, and The Jerry Cans. The fest is produced by Neruda Arts, with support from Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

— The performing arts centres in cities surrounding Toronto are doing an increasingly fine job of attracting top-line Canadian and international artists. Mississauga's Living Arts Centre is an example, as evidenced by its recently announced 2017/18 season lineup. Artists booked from late October to early Feb. 2018 include Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Patricia O'Callaghan, David Rudder, Nikki Yanofsky, Patricia Cano, Blackburn, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and Amanda Rheaume. 

—  Online music database and retailer Discogs recently hosted a Crate Diggers event in Montreal, with another set for Toronto on Saturday at Adelaide Hall, noon-6pm. The events are in partnership with Dine Alone Records.

The free after-party in Toronto will also be at Adelaide Hall, from 9 pm, Saturday night. It features a killer lineup of Halifax band Nap Eyes, Toronto’s Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club), and Fake Palms.

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