SOCAN has announced nearly 100 awards over 22 categories in its annual celebration of francophone songwriters, composers and music publishers. Among the special achievement winners are Kaytranada, screen composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer, Diane Pinet’s Bloc Notes Music Publishing, Simon Rosen, and Steve Marin. Ariane Roy is named as winner in the Slaight Music emerging songwriter category. The complete list of winners can be found here.
– CARAS has announced that 2022 Juno Award submissions are now open through to Nov. 5. To be considered for nomination, national music release dates must fall between the eligibility period of Sept. 1, 2020 and Nov. 5, 2021. Details and an application sign-up here.
– Former Toronto-based, Brit music ensemble Blurred Vision has updated its annual celebration of peace and Dear John (Lennon) birthday tribute with a new video single that includes Peter Frampton (who rips), and Steve Marriot’s daughter Mollie whose joyous vocal complements BV frontman Sepp Osley’s mellifluous voice. One can watch the ticketed online concert of the Dear John concert for War Child online Oct. 9-17 and below is the video, engineered by our own Terry Brown who has mentored the group for the past several years.
– Canadians are first in line for a new “Don’t stop the music” YouTube option that allows users to continue playing music in the background when leaving the dedicated app screen to check a text, emails et cetera.
– Justin Bieber has entered the cannabis market, launching $32 packs of pre-rolled joints named Peaches after his recent hit song. The seven-joint packs roll out first in California.
– This month marks the 45th anniversary of Music Express, which is when “some snot-nosed British kid” working at the sports department of the Calgary Herald, got pissed off because that paper’s entertainment department rejected his feature story on The Stampeders.
So that snot-nosed Manchester kid (namely Keith Sharp) decided to publish that story in his own magazine and so was born Music Express in October 1976.
To mark the not inconsequential occasion, Sharp is set to publish 3 ‘special’ issues during the month of October: One will feature a timeline of events from October 1976 to the present day; the 2nd will spotlight a feature story by Roman Mitz on the legacy of the longstanding Canadian monthly, and the 3rd will feature a photo montage of the artists and antics through the ages. The current edition includes congratulatory salutations from Bryan Adams and Burton Cummings.
– Moonbug Entertainment, the company behind the hit preschool show CoComelon is teaming with Michael Cohl’s EMC Presents to produce the hit series’ first- live production, CoComelon LIVE! JJ’s Journey featuring 20+ songs in what the companies are plugging as an interactive experience for families.
– Digital Music News exposes Spotify’s latest gambit to generate revenue with a new artist-centric, beta-stage “Marquee” pay-for-promotion push campaign.
– Ballad of a Young Troubadour, Julian Taylor’s latest video promoting his autobiographical Americana album, The Ridge, was shot and performed on 3 stages in his Toronto hood–Sauce, Dora Keogh Irish Pub and the Linsmore Tavern–on the Danforth.