Music News Digest, July 26, 2017

— Speculation over the cause of Justin Bieber cancelling the balance of 14 shows left on his 154-concert global tour is rampant, but Dave Brooks at Billboard may have hit the nail on the head in a report that has sources confirm the pop star curtailed his trek for reasons of exhaustion and soft ticket sales. He was to play at AT&T Stadium (July 29) in Dallas and then on to the Rose Bowl (Aug. 5) in Pasadena, California. After additional dates in New York, Denver, Minneapolis, Boston and Toronto, Tokyo, he was to play shows in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

— Set to take place at Oro-Nedonte, ON, this weekend, the WayHome music festival had faced criticism for a decision to ban festgoers from bringing their injectable naloxone kits, designed as an antidote to opioid overdoses but an outcry has prompted a reversal.

— In what may have been the case of a publicity stunt backfiring or simply retreading the tire, Arcade Fire is now denying it issued a dress code to fans planning on attending the bands show in Brooklyn this Thursday.

An e-mail was sent to fans requesting they dress “hip and trendy” and not to wear any “large logos, flip flops, shorts, crop tops, baseball hats, solid white or red clothing" and suggested that the band had the right to deny entry if compliance failed.

The memo reasonably drew fire, and the Arcadians have now stated on Twitter that concertgoers can "wear whatever you want to any show.”

The group's social media strategist is taking the hit, saying the band was unaware of the twaddle.

The dress code issue has arisen before. For their 2013 tour, a note appeared on Ticketmaster's site requesting that ticketholders wear “formal attire or costume” to upcoming concerts. That also created an uproar, forcing the band to state the dress code was not mandatory. Arcade Fire's fifth album, Everything Now, is released on July 28.

—  Music Canada's list of new gold and platinum certifications includes three Canadian recipients this month. Fast-rising Halifax band Neon Dreams score their first gold award for the hit single "Marching Bands ft Kardinal Offishall." Walk Off The Earth earn a gold single certification for "Fire In My Soul," and Coleman Hell goes gold with his track "Devotion."

Dave Edmunds is retiring, according to an FB post by Stray Cat pal Brian Setzer. "It's a bittersweet announcement that my good friend and guitar legend Dave Edmunds is retiring after tomorrow night’s show," Setzer posted. "He flew into Finland to play his final two shows with me."

Edmunds produced albums by such artists as the Stray Cats, Foghat, the Flamin’ Groovies, k.d. lang, the Everly Brothers, Status Quo and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. As well as having a prolific solo career, the guitarist and singer/songwriter was in the bands Love Sculpture and Rockpile (with Nick Lowe). News of his retirement sparked plenty of affectionate comments on social media.

— Any music fest than can last 40 years has to be doing something right. The Canmore Folk Festival in AB celebrates that milestone with a strong lineup performing Aug. 5-7. The lineup includes Whitehorse,  Bruce Cockburn, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Russell DeCarle, Irish Mythen, Harrison Kennedy, William Prince, Birds of Chicago,, Mélisande, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Langhorne Slim, Leela Gilday, and Coco Love Alcorn.

— Many communities across the country are running Canada 150-affiliated free music series over the summer. Surrey, BC, has one entitled Noontime Notes, held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:45 am to 2 pm, and running until Aug. 24. A full list of upcoming performers here

— Ontario Kelly and Caravan Haylan is a duo project comprising Terry Kelly (Ontario Kelly) and Joe Hay (Caravan Haylan). A debut album, Highway 7 Project is being released on July 29 by Booth Street Records, a new label launched by Ken Tizzard (The Watchmen). A CD release party will be held at The Church-key Pub and Grindhouse in Campbellford, ON on July 29.



Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, an award-winning indigenous Australian musician who was blind and who sang in Yolŋu languages and English, died Tuesday, July 25. He was aged 46. Yunupingu was also a founding member of Yothu Yindi, Australia's most popular indigenous group.

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