Music News Digest, March 10, 2022

Immediately after shuttering for two several years mainly because of the pandemic, Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest, a person of the country’s major summer season festivals, announces its return. Working July 7-17, it options headliners including hometown heroine Alanis Morrissette, Sarah McLachlan, Jack Johnson, Luke Combs, Rage In opposition to The Device, Alexisonfire, and The Countrywide. Tickets g on sale tomorrow (March 11) listed here.

– Canadian Tunes Week (CMW) has opened nominations for the 21st Anniversary of the Jim Beam INDIE Awards, established for June 11 at Toronto’s El Mocambo. Submissions are being accepted through till April 8. Artists or their reps (which includes labels, administrators, brokers and publishers) can submit their nominations. Countrywide new music launch dates will have to fall among the eligibility period of Jan. 1, 2021, and Feb. 1, 2022.

– There are large adjustments in The Strumbellas camp. Simon Ward, former frontman of the multi-platinum, Juno-winning band, is stepping apart, replaced by Jimmy Chauveau, former lead singer of Ascot Royals prior to fronting the duo Kadeema in 2019. Ward will continue being an energetic section of The Strumbellas line-up, but in a at the rear of-the-scenes purpose as a songwriter. In a push launch, the band notes that “We’re creating new tunes alongside one another and performing to get new Strumbellas tracks to our followers as shortly as we can.”

– Fourteen awards had been offered at the sixth annual edition of the Gala Dynastie, held March 5, at Location des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montréal. The yearly occasion marks the finish of Black Background Thirty day period festivities and celebrates excellent customers of Québec’s Black communities in the fields of audio and the arts. Performers included Preach, y DJ Sweet La Rock, Kelly Krow, Alan Prater, Dropped, Djely Tapa, Yama Laurent, and Zach Zoya. Tributes have been paid to the late Don Harley Fils-Aimé  and Karim Ouellet, and Lamine Touré, founding president of the festivals Nuits d’Afrique and Vues d’Afrique, received the Grand Prix Dynastie 2022. See a full checklist of winners below. Resource: SOCAN Phrases & New music. out?v=s0HWb0y67sM

– Superior news for Toronto roots new music and jazz enthusiasts is the word that Hugh’s Area Stay has reached an settlement to receive a heritage church Lennox located at 296 Broadview. The hoped-for acquisition will come just after a two-12 months search by the muso org hierarchy to uncover a new home just after its west-stop locale became as well pricey. HRL is a registered charity and now desires to increase $2.2M to complete the deal, while a loan assurance from the City of Toronto was an critical action in securing money to invest in. Donors can contribute at Canada Helps or transfer income to [email protected] and obtain a tax receipt.

– The 11th yearly State Music Alberta Awards take location on March 20, at the Cambridge Crimson Deer Resort and Convention Centre, and the org has announced its comprehensive awards show lineup, like special appearances by singer Aaron Goodvin and Heartland star Amber Marshall. Other performers will include The Highway Hammers, Dan Davidson, Hailey Benedict, and The Prairie States onstage at the 11th Once-a-year State Songs Alberta Awards on March 20. The Kick-Off Celebration (March 19) will feature performances by Alex Hughes, NewLaw, Robert Adam, and Pleasant Horse. The Songwriters Phase (March 20), hosted by Aaron Pollock and Amy Hef, functions performances by ANNIKA, Devin Cooper, Bretton Rose, Emet, The Dungarees, and Shaela Miller. Tix are on sale now in this article. out?v=bMgoJq6jb2o

– Toronto indie imprint Paper Bag Information not long ago celebrated its 20th Anniversary with coast to coast live-stream exhibits and activities and is now heading to Austin. A SXSW fest showcase introduced by the label and Double Denim Management team is set for Swan Dive on March 15,  with performances from Art d’Ecco, Zoon, Living Hour, Cuffed Up, Frankiie, and Maya Malkin.

– Two major-notch Ontario singer/songwriters, Lily Frost and Kate Boothman share a bill at The Heartwood Live performance Hall in Owen Audio on March 13. Advisable.

– Northside KUISi Vol 3, the the latest Lulaworld album from Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Tunes has been nominated for Global Music Album of the Year in the 2022 Junos. To rejoice, Esguerra and his band are launching a 3-section mini-documentary on the producing of the album, obtainable by using YouTube.

– Chinese-Canadian BC folk-rock artist Tennyson King introduced a new album, Very good Corporation, on Jan. 21, and is now touring out east. The trek commences tonight (March 10) at Toronto’s Drake Underground, followed by 9 a lot more Ontario dates, at breweries, cafes and clubs. Itinerary here. out?v=G9aU2zwmUrg


Ted Jones, an acclaimed graphic artist who labored extensively with Klaatu, died in Halifax on March 1, age 68, of a suspected coronary heart assault.

Born in Windsor, ON, Jones grew up in Toronto.

Terry Draper of Klaatu, named as Jones’ next-of-kin, informs FYI that “Jones did just about all of Klaatu’s album handles, graphics, illustrations and artwork apart from the Sir Army Match album (Hugh Syme) and Peaks (Terry Watkinson of Max Webster). Ted has also carried out 11 solo album covers for me around more the latest many years, a lot of of which element Ted’s trademark fashion. His artwork for 3:47 E.S.T was highlighted in a Gold Award-successful promoting marketing campaign for then trade journal Document Planet in the U.S in 1977. We formed an enduring friendship, and he is missed.” Resources: Terry Draper, Frank Davies

– David “Ziggy” Sigmund, a Vancouver guitarist who played with Slow, Art Bergmann, The Scramblers, Copyright, and Econoline Crush, has died, age 56. A cause of dying has not been described.

Sigmund was a member of the industrial-pop device Econoline Crush from the late 90s to early 2000s. The band’s leader, Trevor Hurst, posted this on its Fb web page: “David “Ziggy” Sigmund, my buddy, associate, my brother in arms has crossed above. His unexpected passing has taken all of us by surprise. He was a good musician, artistic genius, entertaining conversationalist and the finest cling. My life is forever improved. I want to thank everybody for the type messages of help throughout this tricky time.”

On Facebook, his comrade Art Bergmann posted: “Goodbye sweet Ziggy. Always like you.”

Sigmund was a member of the seminal Vancouver punk band Sluggish, from 1984-87, and was element of its reunion in 2017. After Gradual split for the first time, he joined the Scramblers. An archival album of that group’s blues-infused tough rock material, Good Gone Poor, was introduced in 2005 via Heart of Texas Data.

Sigmund would go on to be a part of Econoline Crush, initially showing on the band’s 1997 LP The Devil You Know. The single All That You Are (X3), on which Sigmund acquired a composing credit history, acquired the team larger publicity in the US.

The 3rd album Brand New Heritage followed in 2001, developed by fellow Canadian Bob Rock, who had formerly enlisted Sigmund as a touring guitarist for his shorter-lived Rockhead outfit. Econoline Crush went on hiatus in 2002 and reunited with out Sigmund in 2006. After fourth complete-duration Ignite arrived in 2008, it was introduced that Sigmund experienced rejoined the band in 2010.

Sigmund was most recently section of the Slow reunion. Resources: Exclaim, Ga Straight, Vancouver Province out?v=dD0xeHKAPOA