Music Biz Headlines, Aug. 25, 2017

Calgary's National Music Centre gets $5M from Ottawa for final phase

Three recording studios to be used by artists in residence, an integrated ticketing system, work on exhibition spaces, as well as electrical, audiovisual and mechanical systems are included, but the NMC is still short of $55M needed to pay for the cultural centre —CBC News

No ‘fat’ to show in this orchestra, please!

Toronto orchestra management wants its singers to dress “strategically” to hide “dietary indulgences” — Ramma Shazad, CBC News

Google denies ticket resellers are breaking ad rules

Google says secondary ticket sites are not breaking its advertising rules after UK MPs urged the search engine to ban vendors from promoting themselves as official retailers —TicketingBusiness

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the godmother of rock ‘n’ roll

Playing out of Chicago in the ‘30s, she was there before Elvis, Little Richard and Johnny Cash swivelled their hips and strummed their guitars — Jessica Diaz-Hurtado, NPR

Go Slow: the life of Julie London

Talk about typecasting. Despite recording and releasing more than 30 albums of jazz/pop standards during the 1950s and 1960s, Californian-born Julie London became best known for one song, Cry Me a River, written by budding songwriter and friend Arthur Hamilton. London recorded the song in 1955, and performed it in the 1956 film The Girl Can’t Help It. The song went on to sell more than a million copies and became so synonymous with London that she was never able (or allowed) to abandon it — Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times

Return to the night: Starting a band when you're over 35

"I really, truly understand that it’s somewhat uncomfortable being the oldest person at the venue. It’s enough to bring on some kind of existential questioning — what am I doing here? Why aren’t there any other older women here?  — Stephanie Johns,

Busker sent home by the cops to practice

Danish police didn't like his poor rendition of 'Wonderwall' — The Independent

Suspected terrorist plot prompts L.A. band Allah-Las to cancel Netherlands concert

Rotterdam police received a tip from Spain that the show was to be targeted —  LA Times

'Let's stand for the mountains!': the Native American rockers fighting to be heard

In the shadow of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, once-obscure Indigenous musicians from across North America gathered in Toronto to perform songs fused to the land of their ancestors — Rebecca Bengal, The Guardian

Artificial Intelligence penned an entire pop music album—and it’s not actually that bad

Taryn Southern’s new album, I AM AI, was created by Amper: an artificially intelligent music composer, producer, and performer — Kate Wilson, Georgia Straight

'I am the boss,' Céline Dion declares as she launches handbag line in Montreal

Several hundred people lined up outside to catch a glimpse of the star on Ste-Catherine St. W. on Wednesday —  Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette

Fall Music Preview 2017: From Miley to Ringo, the most anticipated upcoming albums

Also on the list: Shania, The Killers, Beck and Gregg Allman —Variety

The Carleton and ‘The Patron Saint’ of the Halifax Music Scene

If ever there was a venue to personify the spirit and resolve of the Halifax music scene, it might be The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Mutek globe-trots to electro hot spots

In a sort of inverted tribute to Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Mutek sheds a light on four other hubs of electronic music: London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin — T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

The return of the KLF: pop's greatest provocateurs take on a post-truth world

It is 23 years since the KLF burned £1m and turned their back on the music industry. They have now returned with 2023, a piece of dystopian metafiction – could it be just what our consumer culture needs? —  Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian

LCD Soundsystem is even older

Known for its old-versus-young frivolity, James Murphy’s reunited band is now mourning greater losses  — Hua Hsu, New Yorker

k.d. lang set to satisfy fans' cravings over two nights in Toronto

Also in this week’s Concert Sampler for shows in the Six: Seventeen, Lillie Mae, Lisa Bregneager, Logic  — Chris Young, Toronto Star

Congolese-Canadian musician Pierre Kwenders is in his own space and time

Eclectic artist releases a new album next week, with Ontario and Quebec dates to follow —  Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

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