Music News Digest, Oct. 2, 2017

For the twelfth consecutive year, Le Gala de la Fondation SPACQ (Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec) awarded 14 songwriters, composers, and artists during its annual granting ceremony last week.

Ten $10,000 grants and four $5,000 grants were presented at the National Bank headquarters. For a ninth straight year, the gala was hosted by Louise Forestier, while SOCAN CEO, Eric Baptiste, and Chief of Québec Affairs Geneviève Côté were in attendance. A list of award recipients here

— Music PEI has announced the return of Music PEI Week which also means the retirement of the May Run Music Festival. After receiving feedback from members and their Artist Advisory Committee, the Music PEI Board of Directors has elected to move back to its roots and present the Music PEI Awards in January of 2018.  Music PEI Week will take place Jan. 25-28,  closing with the Music PEI Awards Party Sunday afternoon and a concert Sunday night, featuring many of the top nominees.

Submissions for the 2018 Music PEI Awards are now open, with a deadline of Oct. 27. Guidelines and submission forms can be found at

— SOCAN recently presented a No. 1 Song Award to Scenic Route to Alaska for their song “Love Keeps,” earned for the track scaling the peak of the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 Chart. SOCAN A&R Administrator Melissa Cameron presented the award at the Myer Horowitz Theatre before the band's performance at the BreakOut West 2017 kickoff party. 

— Recent Music Canada certifications include Blue Rodeo's Greatest Hits-Volume 1 album (quadruple platinum), The James Barker Band's "Chills" (gold single) and "Lawn Chair Lazy" (gold single), Classified's self-titled album (platinum), and his single "Inner Ninja" (quintuple platinum), The Weeknd's "Reminder" (double platinum single), Justin Bieber & Bloodpop's "Friends" (gold single) and Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" (triple platinum single).

—Music stars continue to rally in support of those affected by recent hurricanes. A star-studded lineup of country stars will perform at the Country Rising fundraising concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 12. Those confirmed to appear include George Strait, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Chris Stapleton.

The concert will benefit the Country Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The fund was established to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.

— Toronto rockers Long Range Hustle will launch a Thursday night October residency at their favourite local venue, The Dakota Tavern, on Oct. 5, followed by shows there on Oct. 12, 19 and 26, in between gigs in Kingston and Montreal. The group is hustling its recent album, From Seedlings To Saplings. Here's a taste of their performance prowess.

— Hamilton hard rockers Monster Truck have just released their cover of the Bay City Rollers’ “Saturday Night.” In a press release vocalist/bassist Jon Harvey states, "We never thought we'd cover a Bay City Rollers song, but for Hockey Night In Canada we'd cover Mozart!"

The track will kick off Hockey Night In Canada's coverage every Saturday night for the upcoming season and is tbe featured as the theme for Hockey Central's Saturday pre-game. Here's a preview.



Jack Good, a British television producer, musical theatre producer, record producer, and musician, passed away on Sept. 24. Age 86. He produced the ground-breaking hit TV music shows Oh Boy! (from 1958) and Shindig! (1964-66). In the UK, he introduced and managed a number of the first British rock 'n roll stars including Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Jess Conrad and Cliff Richard. As a theatrical producer, he created such musicals as Good Rockin' ToniteOh Boy!, Elvis the Musical, and Catch My Soul that was made into a film of the same name in 1974. As an actor, Good guest starred in episodes of the '60s TV comedies Hogan's Heroes and The Monkees

Mick Clark, a veteran of the UK music industry, passed away on Sept. 21. Age 61. President of i10 Music Group, the company he founded in 2013, Clark was a respected A&R exec, artist manager and, in recent years,  a music supervisor for sync and film projects. He discovered and signed the likes of Soul II Soul, Leftfield, Maxi Priest, Loose Ends and Grooverider during a career which included stints at Columbia Records, Virgin Records, and Higher Ground, where he was Managing Director. In recent years he often worked on projects with Creation Records founder Alan McGee, who described Clark as "a musical genius." Source: Music Business Worldwide

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