Music News Digest, October 7, 2021

Hamilton’s rock favorites Arkell headlined three nights at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage in August and have now announced a nine-date nationwide tour, titled Blinks once, again with Mighty Haviah in tow. The shows run from February 2 to 19. American and European shows are also on the program. Dates, info and prices here. Note: Arkells has partnered with PLUS1 so that $ 1 per ticket sold will go to support organizations working on health access for traditionally marginalized and vulnerable communities.

– The M for Montreal The conference and festival will run as a hybrid event, online November 15-26 and in person November 17-19. Over 20 artists will perform, with notable names such as Backxwash, Naya Ali, Zoon, Ghost Woman, Julien Sagot, Laurence-Anne, P’tit Belliveau and Sophia Bel. The official selection shows, accessible only to PRO badge holders, will be held at several of the city’s main venues. More info and pass here.

Vote for 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Award opened, with a deadline of October 18. The companion price of Polaris Music Prize, the winners and nominees for the Heritage Award are also Canadian albums of artistic distinction, regardless of sales, genre or affiliation. Think of it as a hall of fame that honors meritorious Canadian albums from the pre-Polaris era. This year, 12 nominated albums are in the running, including releases from Joni Mitchell, kd lang, Stars, Corb Lund and The Weakerthans. See the full list here. Two of these albums will receive the Heritage Prize designation this year. One album will be chosen by public vote, and a second will be determined by a Heritage Prize jury made up of music media and music historians.

– The 2021 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award will take place in London, ON on November 29. The CCMA offers a lucky fan and guest, the Ultimate fan experience, in which the contest winner can present the 2021 CCMA Fan’s Choice Award, as well as VIP access to CMW events, including the SiriusXM Best Country Finalists Showcase and the 2021 Gala Dinner and Awards from the music industry. The contest runs until October 15. Check here for entry details.

– Veteran Toronto Soul Singer John finley released his acclaimed album Soul singer early 2020, but the pandemic prevented an appropriate record-launching concert. He finally received one on October 14, with a performance at Toronto’s new theater, the Paradise Theater. Tickets here. Finley’s Vesuvius Music teammate June Garber recently had a successful album launch gig there.

The group together The online silent auction is a fundraiser for The Unisson Fund, The charitable organization of the music industry in Canada. It offers exclusive experiences, sports and music memorabilia and more, for offers via Signature Pro Auction. The auction will close on October 12 at 8 p.m.

David Myles was appointed host of the MNB Awards, to be held on October 21 at 8 p.m. For a 2nd year in a row, the event will be broadcast live on Facebook, without an audience in the Jim Myles Auditorium in Fredericton.

– Persistent concerns related to Covid forced the cancellation of the public component of Party (506). The initial plans called for performances in 3 different cities in New Brunswick: Fredericton + Miramichi + Moncton. To verify here for updates.

– Award-winning PEI folk artist. Catherine MacLellan announced a virtual tour. During four Tuesdays (October 12, 19, 26, November 2), she will be accompanied by two special guests on each episode. This impressive list includes Leela Gilday, Kathryn Calder, Crys Matthews, Jonathan Byrd and Liz Stringer. Tickets are free, with donation to artists welcome. More information here.

– The Juno Award are accepting nominations from those who wish to become a judge for the 51st annual Juno Awards. To apply here before November 19.

Toronto TD Jazz Festival announced a new program, the Immersive Artist-in-Residence, aimed at directly supporting local musicians. As part of the program, one or two emerging and / or mid-career Toronto musicians will be selected to receive a monthly stipend to work on a new project and prepare for a performance at the 2022 TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The deadline to apply here is October 22.

– A week ago, the CMRRA team gathered via Zoom for a special performance and educational learning session in honor of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The event featured a Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter and CMRRA client Guillaume Prince The organization reports that “the event allowed staff to listen, be educated and reflect on the history of Indigenous peoples, while connecting through William’s inspiring music and conversation.”

– Tomorrow (Oct 8), Regina-based singer-songwriter Darryl Kissick released a solo album entitled My Sunshine. Kissick is a member of the group Fox, whose lineup includes acclaimed songwriter Andy Shauf. Here is the first single from his new release.

– Veteran Toronto entertainment journalist Rudy blair has been named the official host of Canadian Music Week Series of virtual voices, presented by RBC Emerging Artist Project.

– Young rising Canadian pop star Johnny orlando plays a Toronto show for all ages at the Axis Club on November 18th. Tix here on sale October 8.

–Hamilton Winter party is back in February 2022 and is looking for musicians / bands to perform on the Hub Stage from February 3 to 21. All musicians ‘fees will be based at a minimum on the City of Hamilton – Musicians’ Fair Payment Policy. Musicians will perform inside a heated geodesic dome. Send your audio / video submissions to:

MMF Canada and TikTok Canada co-present a webinar presentation – TikTok for managers and teams – October 14, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET, hosted by Erin lowers herself (Artist Partnerships Manager, TikTok Canada). Register now here


Pat fish (born Patrick Huntrods), an English artist who worked under the name The Jazz Butcher, died on October 5 at the age of 64. The cause of death was not announced, but Fish was battling cancer. A GoFundMe page to help him had been set up.

The Jazz Butcher was formed in Oxford in 1982 by Fish and Max Eider. The first album Bacon Bath was released by Glass Records in 1983. A second album, A scandal in Bohemia, also on Glass, featured appearances by Bauhaus’s David J and Kevin Haskins.

After four albums and two collections of singles for Glass, Fish signed with Creation Records in 1988, releasing eight albums on the label, culminating in 1995 Enlighten.

Jazz Butcher’s work has been well received on college radio in North America. Sources: Wikipedia, Brooklyn vegan

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