Music News Digest, July 21, 2017

A growing number of rock bands are endorsing or helping create craft beer brands (word is Rheostatics are preparing one), but signature coffee lines are rare.,  a Swedish company specializing in the latter, has just come up with one for Canadian metal veterans Anvil. A 250g bag of Anvil’s Official Espresso Beans (organic and Fairtrade-certified) will set you back 13 Euros, or $19 CAN. Thanks to Ralph Alfonso for the tip.

— The Atlantic Presenters Association Achievement Award is accepting nominations online, with an Aug. 11 deadline.

— Bell Media president Randy Lennox is being inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, along with musicians Fito Blanko, Alex Pangman and Liberty Silver this Sunday, July 23, at Port Credit Memorial Park.  Past inductees include Ronnie Hawkins, Gil Moore, Billy Talent, Oscar Peterson, Denny Doherty, Tommy Hunter and Jeff Healey.

— Carl Zehr Square in Kitchener, ON, hosts a free show tonight (July 21) featuring Crash Vegas (as a duo), Glass Tiger and Big Wreck. The music begins at 6pm.

— Universal Music's 5th annual Rooftop Riot was held yesterday afternoon in the just-renovated New Broadview Hotel in Toronto, and it can lay claim to being the biggest and best music industry party of the mid-summer. Short showcase sets were played by Universal-affiliated acts Dizzy, Busty and The Bass, Taylor Knox, and Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs, and all-impressed, despite less than stellar acoustics.

— Plenty of local music biz notables showed, including Jack Ross, Brendan Canning, Barney Bentall, Steve Jordan, Geoff Kulawick, Iain Taylor, Exclaim's Ian Danzig, Universal mainman Jeffrey Remedios, and ace publicists Cristina Fernandes, Joanne Setterington, Esra Firatli, and Emily Smart.

Following Western dates, indie rockers Royal Canoe partners with Montreal's Little Scream for a six-city tour running from Sept. 11 -17. The Canoeists recently collaborated with fellow Winnipeg act Begonia on the track "Fussin'."

— Just before taking the stage at Toronto’s Dreams Festival recently, Canadian DJ duo Dvbbs was presented with a Music Canada Platinum award for “Not Going Home (ft. Gia Koka),” a collaboration with CMC$. Dvbbs previously achieved platinum with “Tsunami” in 2016. The video for "Not Going Home" (below) has over 6.5M YouTube viewings.

— Toronto-based blues artists are eligible to apply for the Amy Louie Grossman's Music Scholarship, an artist development bursary created in memory of a member of the family that has owned famed music club Grossman’s Tavern since 1975. The scholarship is worth $2K, and submissions deadline is Sept. 15.

— To coincide with the Sept. 29 launch of her new record Now, Shania Twain is offering exclusive album packages to benefit her youth charity, Shania Kids Can Foundation.

77 Montreal, a punk-based one-day outdoor festival, launches in that city on July 28. Presented by Evenko and Greenland, it will feature veterans X, Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers, The Vandals, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid, plus locals The Kingpins and Pale Lips.

Submissions to the third annual Ontario edition of the Canadian Songwriter Challenge close today (July 21). Those accepted will participate in co-writing, recording, and mentoring sessions at Metalworks, Aug. 8-10.


Chester Bennington, frontman of Linkin Park, committed suicide on July 20, age 41. His band released six chart-topping albums that fused alt-rock, metal and rap elements, beginning with their 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory. The band has sold 27.8 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Linkin Park's most recent album, One More Light, topped the Billboard 200 earlier this year. Linkin Park had been scheduled to begin touring to support that album next week., with August stops to include Toronto and Montreal.

In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, and the group released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington joined Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland's departure for one EP, 2013's High Rise.

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