Music News Digest, Sep. 1, 2017

Windsor-born singer Christie Palazzolo is lighting up the charts with her latest single, “Light Up.” One of the top 10 most active indie tracks in its first week of release in Canada, the 25-year-old casts an impressionable spell with her stage delivery and powerfully appealing voice. Her dad Pete has written over a thousand songs and is in the Windsor Hall of Fame. She’s currently working on material for a new album in Toronto with songwriters affiliated with Sony and Universal music publishing.  “Light It Up” is the 3rd track taken from the U of Windsor grad’s debut EP, Alive Today.



— The company that promoted the disastrous Fyre Festival earlier this year has been put into bankruptcy by a judge, according to The Wall Street Journal. Three lenders are now seeking to retrieve what they can from the US$500K+ invested in the Bahamian bust.

Spotify reports Taylor Swift's new song "Look What You Made Me Do" broke the record with 8M streams in its first day.

Taylor Swift’s Verified Fan initiative through Ticketmaster is generating blowback from her fans, according to the LA Times. The pop star defends the program, saying that it is intended to outfox ticket resellers and scalpers.

Vince Degiorgio and Libby Elming of Cymba Music Publishing hosted an intimate listening party for industry tastemakers last week at Toronto’s Orange Lounge for American Idol alum David Archuleta. Guests were treated to selections from his Orion and Leo EP’s, a few newer songs to be included on his new fall release, and the gracious hospitality of Vince and gang.

FYI’s eyes in the crowd spotted publicist extraordinaire Jane Harbury, journalist Nick Krewen and 604 Records label rep Kara Purto as well as the music supervision team from Instinct Entertainment. The forthcoming single “Up All Night” and tracks such as “Numb” was given the playback treatment, while standouts such “Say Me” were amongst the songs performed by Archuleta on the piano to enthusiastic applause.



— Marketing and media people take note: Canada’s changing ethnic landscape is captured in new StatCan data. In 2016, the agency reports that 22 immigrant mother tongues each had a population of more than 100K people, the same number of languages as in 2011.

Combined, these 22 mother tongues comprised more than 6.3M people in 2016, or 81.5% of the population with a native immigrant language. In 2011, the 22 languages with each more than 100K people totalled close to 5.6M people.

Drake has donated $200K to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund in Houston,  contributing to a crowdfunding campaign started by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt., which has surpassed (US) $10M, according to the Canadian Press.

— To celebrate 25 years of their seminal album Smile, the reunited,  Ian Blurton-led Change of Heart is taking to the road for a tour.  Guitarist-singer Blurton, drummer Glenn Milchem, bass player Rob Taylor and keyboardist Bernard Melazza kick off the tour in Hamilton with a gig at the Supercrawl on Sep. 03, then weave their way through Kitchener, London, Kingston and Ottawa before jumping provinces and playing Calgary's The Palomino on Oct. 06 and Edmonton's Rocky Mountain Ice House on Oct 07. The tour wraps on Oct. 20 with two shows in Toronto at the Rivoli.  Change Of Heart is also releasing an as yet-unnamed, previously unreleased song from the Smile session on Sep. 14 that they've re-recorded.

— Montreal's The Dears are issuing a limited edition boxed set that's truly limited - only 200 copies will be issued. The 4 LP set will be available only in vinyl on Paper Bag Vintage and include remastered editions of 2000's End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story; 2003's No Cities Left,  2006's Gang Of Losers and a bonus disc of Extra Tracks which includes B-sides and demos. Each set will be signed and numbered and is available exclusively through the label's online store.

— The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, led by Peter Oundjian, opens its 96th season on Tuesday, September 19 at Roy Thomson Hall with the world premiere of Life Of Pi, a newly commissioned suite of Mychael Danna's Oscar-winning score by the composer himself. Guest vocalist Bombay Jayashri and percussionist V. Selvaganesh - both on the original soundtrack of the film - will join the TSO for the evening, which is part of Canada Mosaic, a Canada 150 signature project.

— The same night, Canadian Grammy-and-Juno winning violinist James Ehnes will perform Chausson's Poeme for Violin and Orchestra as well as Saint-Saens' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.  Derek Charke's Elan (Sesquie for Canada's 150th) and Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird round out the program.

— A few days later - on September 22-23 - the TSO presents A Tribute To Glenn Gould, which will be hosted by actor Colm Feore, who famously played the role of the composer in Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould in 1993. The evening will feature the world premiere of Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy's TSO-commissioned,  Gould-inspired, Curiosity, Games and the Search for Petula Clark. Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki joins the festivities to perform Gould's signature  Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1. Other premieres that evening include Yannick Plamondon's Wihtikow and Cecilia Livingston's Leap of the Heart.

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