Music News Digest, Oct. 30, 2017

Polaris Music Prize-winner Lido Pimienta is undeniably a polarizing figure. She ruffled feathers with her acceptance speech at the Prize and is now enmeshed in another controversy. During her performance at the Halifax Pop Explosion on Oct. 19, Pimienta repeatedly asked her audience to welcome "brown girls" to the front of the stage. In turn, she requested that white people move back. A festival volunteer photographing the show reportedly refused to step back, drawing the singer's ire.

A Facebook post signed by festival vice-chairman Georgie Dudka stated: “We are sorry that one of our volunteers interrupted your art, your show, and your audience by being aggressive and racist."

In a statement, Halifax Pop Explosion organizers specifically addressed people of colour, noting “we are going to try our best as a festival to create ways to make our spaces safer and more accessible for you. We hope we can rebuild some trust and that you will come back to our shows.”

— Urban music genres and hip-hop have a prominent place in the upcoming Nova Scotia Music Week activities in Truro this week. On Nov. 4, the Hip-Hop Showcase at the Belly Up BBQ & Grill will feature Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Thrillah, MAJE, Shevy Price and City Natives plus EPDMC, Mitchell Bailey and Jay Mayne, alongside hosts DJ IV and J-Bru. 

Other urban genre artists performing at NSMW 2017 include Ced Marty & Dave, Cyndi Cain, Jody Upshaw, Keonté Beals, Nicole Ariana, One8tea, Quake Matthews, Reeny Smith, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, The Mellotones and the Working Class Band.

— Toronto rock radio station 102.1 The Edge hosts the 2017 CASBY Awards at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on Nov. 1. The performance lineup features The Sheepdogs plus nominees Matt Mays, Dear Rouge, Ascot Royals and Bleeker. Here's the list of nominees

Manitoba Music presents a DIY workshop entitled "Brand and Image? How much does it matter?" at its office on Nov. 8. It features Jared Falk of Killbeat Music and Stefanie Blondal Johnson, of Mise en Scene. More info here

—  Most Halloween-themed music events took place over the weekend, but one treat of a party on the night (Tuesday) takes place at Toronto's Lula Lounge. Lily Frost hosts her third Big City Social night, and it's sure to be a treat.Frost headlines with her band The Gentlemen Callers, and a dance contest and burlesque performers will also entertain. Ted Hawkins (Thelonious Hank) is the night's guest speaker.

Frost continues to host her Crooners and Songbirds series on Zoomer Radio, and plays Waterloo's Jazz Room on Nov. 24.

— The BC musicians selected for the Music Showcase at the Whistler Film Festival include Lazy Ghost, The Katherines, Vince Vaccaro, Chris Buck Band, Ninety-Four, Art d'Ecco, I M U R, and Rykka. The showcase affords the artists access to music supervisors and filmmakers seeking music for screen-based media. The fest takes place Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.

— The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced a new fundraising concert, set for the Opera House in Toronto on Nov. 18. It features a night of the music of The Tragically Hip, as performed by tribute band The Practically Hip.


Rob Potts, a world-renowned Australian country music promoter and executive, passed away on Oct. 27, after a motorcycle accident in Tasmania. Age 65. Potts was best-known as the co-founder (with Chugg Entertainment) of the CMC Rocks brand of festivals. He had also been credited with establishing a newfound popularity of country music in Australia, drawing upon his experience in Nashville as a promoter, manager, and festival director. He served as a member of the Country Music Association (CMA) board, Source:


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