Music News Digest, July 24, 2017

Apple Music has secured a livestreamed performance by Arcade Fire. The July 27 Brooklyn concert promote the band's upcoming album, Everything Now. Showtime online is at 8:30 pm EST.

— Rhino Records is releasing a 3-disc Deep Purple retrospective on Sept. 8. Fire In the Sky includes 40 songs taken from the band’s catalogue of 19 studio albums recorded between ’68 and 2013. A 2-song, single disc set will be released the same day.

— Sammy Chand’s LA-based label, Rukus Avenue, has released The Black Prince, Music Inspired By The Motion Picture.

The package includes the film’s star Satinder Sartaaj, Talib Kweli, Emmanuel Jal & Nelly Furtado, Tisha Campbell Martin, Sammy Chand, AK aka Amazing, Ozomatli, Chali 2na and American hip-hop artist Talib Kweli appears on the Indian hip-hop anthem, “Make Way For The Black Prince.”

— Vancouver’s Netflix celebrity actor Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) has appeared in several Pup music videos, including “Guilty Trip” and “Sleep In the Heat.” Recently he went one step beyond, directing California band Spendtime Palace’s new music video for their song “Sonora.”

Drake continues receiving royalty payments from Degrassi: The Next Generation, as he declared in an Instagram post on July 18. “Degrassi money still coming in don't Slee-Eee eep...,” he captioned alongside a photo of an $8.25 cheque, which was dated back to March 31. 

Black Mourning Lightthe Edmonton doom metal festival being presented by Crown of Viserys and on Oct. 13-14 at the Starlite Room, has updated line up to include locals The Lucifer Project and Alberta / Ohio based The Projectionist.

— Here’s Broken Social Scene’s latest music video plugging “Vanity Pail Kids,” included on the band’s album, Hug Of Thunder. One might say it’s a bit of a piss take, or maybe an existential plunge into latrinal thinking.

—  After four years of recovery—first from a lightning strike and then a head injury, Kellylee Evans returned to Hugh's Room on Friday night for her first Toronto gig since the accident. The nearly two-hour performance offered a career retrospective capped by a jazz-inspired rendition of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” to a packed house. Keyboardist/guitarist Michael Shand and bassist Ross MacIntyre supported her, and peers who came out to show support included Amanda Martinez, Shakura S’Aida, Sophie Milman, Barbra Lica and Henry Heillig. (Nick Krewen)

— Participants in Phoenix, Music BC's new professional development program, have been announced. Taking part this year will be: Rick Baker (Watchdog Management), Lyle Chausse (LCE Music), Meagan Davidson (Tiny Kingdom Music), Adam Hurstfield (XOXO Entertainment), Malcolm Levy (Hybridity/Generate), Joseph Martin (Light Organ Records), Patricia McEvoy (Higher Life Music Group), Colin McTaggart (Amelia Artists), Lucas Putnam (Seeking Blue Records), Dyllan Towle (Light Organ Records), Kate Wattie (Tonic/Boompa Records) and Savannah Wellman (Tiny Kingdom Music). Phoenix incorporates two residential workshops, in mid-August and late October.

—Victoria-based rockers Current Swell headlines a 19 date Canadian tour, starting Oct. 12 in Waterloo in support of the album, When To Talk And When To Listen (Nettwerk). Prior to, the troupe is touring in the US and UK.

The new record (their sixth) is produced by Grammy-winner Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon). In 2011, Current Swell won Vancouver's Peak Performance Project prize of $100K.

— Fridays @ the Legislature is an outdoor free lunch hour concert series held at Capital Plaza in front of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton. Provincial musicians performing here in the next six weeks include Rebecca Lappa, Carrie Day, The Hearts, Cindy Paul, Mariel Buckley, and Goldtop.


Bobby Taylor, the veteran singer and producer who brought The Jackson Five to Motown in the late Sixties, died July 22 in Hong Kong, at age 83. Born in Washington DC, Taylor fronted soul band Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers in the late '60s. The group recorded for the Gordy Records division of Motown Records in '68, and had a top 30 hit single, "Does Your Mama Know About Me," written by group member Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong fame. A young Jackson Five opened for the band in Chicago in 1968, and an impressed Taylor recommended them to Motown. He became the group's first producer.

Wilfred "Wayne" McGhie, a Canadian reggae and soul singer, died in Toronto on July 20, aged 70. Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 1947, he moved to Toronto in the 1970s and recordeda pair of his tracks, 1969's "Fire (She Need Water)" and 1974's "Here We Go Again," included on Light in the Attic's 2006 acclaimed compilation Jamaica to Toronto: Soul, Funk & Reggae 1967 - 1974. His 1970 album entitled Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy was reissued by LITA in 2004. 

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