FYI Music for Nov 19th, 2020 - Unison, Bill King, Bandzoogle, Reeny Smith

News Story

 
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| Acts Rally Behind Dec. 17 Unison Fundraising Concert

 
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An all-star virtual concert organized by and fully supporting the Unison cause is set for December 17. The emergency relief fund for the music industry is seeing an unprecedented surge in demand and any and all support for the org and the online event is welcomed, as Board Chair Bernie Breen explains.

 
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Media Beat

 
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| Media Beat: November 19, 2020

 
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Amongst those in today's headlines: Bell Media is in the spotlight for another round of layoffs, but companies in a great many sectors are hard-bitten by the downturn in revenues brought on by the virus.

 
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News Story

 
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| 2020 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize Winners Named

 
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Groundbreaking Canadian albums by Beverly Glenn-Copeland (pictured), Main Source, and Buffy Sainte-Marie have been named as this year’s recipients of a Prize that can be viewed as a Hall of Fame equivalent for releases in the pre-Polaris era.

 
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The Kings: Kristine and Bill.
 

| Bill King's Memoir Celebrates A Fascinating Life In Music

 
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Bill King is a modern-day Renaissance man: photographer, musical arranger, music producer, songwriter, performer, impresario, author, journalist, columnist, broadcaster, and now a memoirist. His story is one of being in the right place at the right time, and he’s played with the best. What follows is a summary of what’s in store for readers in his latest book: Coming Through the '60s – An American Rock 'n' Road Story. Pictured: Kristine with husband, Bill King.

 
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| Nielsen Market Watch Facts & Figures: November 12, 2020

 
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Here is this week's Nielsen Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation...

 
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A Conversation With…

 
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| A Conversation with.. Bandzoogle CEO Stacey Bedford

 
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It all started in 1999, with a single band website, built by Bandzoogle's founder Chris Vinson. Since then it has developed into one of the premier all-in-one platforms for bands to market themselves and is increasingly used by music orgs who see its tools as invaluable aids in enhancing their own tracking tools.

 
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Five Questions With...

 
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| Five Questions With… Samantha Martin

 
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On November 20, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar return with a sorely needed shot of vintage R&B in the form of their new album The Reckless One. Samantha talks up the new recording and what it has been like for the band during lockdown.

 
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Calendar

 
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| FYI Schedule of Upcoming Releases, Nov. 19, 2020

 
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Covid-19 has impacted many facets of the music biz, but new releases and reissues continue apace. Notables this week include Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly, Tim McGraw, Dirty Projectors, Pink Floyd, The War on Drugs, and Josh Groban. The strong crop of Canadian artists is led by Johnny Reid, Bill King (pictured), Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, Dean Brody, Blinker The Star, Dave Young, Larnell Lewis, Badge Époque Ensemble, The Dill, and Savannah Ré.

 
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Careers

 
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| Careers: November 18, 2020

 
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This week there are 187 posts, and 45 retired from the list. Companies seeking new talent include Sony Music, eOne, Stratford Summer Music festival, Dell Tech, the NAC, Mohawk College, Trent U, the Atlantic Presenters Assoc., Global TV, CTV, CBC/Radio, Sirius XM, and Stingray.

 
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Music News Digest

 
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| Music News Digest, Nov. 19, 2020

 
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Scott Helman (pictured) makes his video directing debut, Indie Week gets the thumbs up, and Amaal stars on Juno TV. Also making news are Byta Internet, Tom Wilson, iskwē, CityFolk, Shaye Zadravec, Dave Young, Jeffery Straker, Lou Molinaro, Colonel Tom and the American Pour, Tom Cochrane, MMF, and farewell Bruce Swedien.

 
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Music Biz Headlines

 
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| Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 19, 2020

 
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Polaris winner Backxwash (pictured) discusses witchcraft, controversy swirls around funding for Grimes, and a legal setback for Celine Dion. Also in the headlines are Wentworth Music, Sylvia Massy, Harry Styles, Big Hit, Taylor Swift, YouTube, UTA, Bandcamp, Shazam, Dolly Parton, Prince, Morrissey, Todd Snider, Dave Alvin, and Lil Wayne.

 
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Today's new track

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Reeny Smith: Love Trumps Money

Soulful vocals and piano are all that’s needed to deliver an inspiring message.