Music News Digest, December 20, 2021


Back in august Joni mitchell was appointed 2022 MusiCares Personality of the Year, and details have now emerged on the tribute coming up next month. It will feature a diverse lineup of artists, including Graham Nash, Brandi Carlile, Herbie Hancock, Pentatonix, Mickey Guyton, James Taylor, Leon Bridges, Black Pumas, Maggie Rogers and Grammy nominee principal Jon Batiste, who along with Carlile , will serve as artistic director of the show. The annual event takes place two nights before the Grammy Awards on January 29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

– New Covid-19 Omicron’s restrictions in British Columbia forced the cancellation of a Bryan adams concert and New Year’s Eve in the province. Adams tweeted that his concert at Rogers Arena in Vancouver had been canceled due to new restrictions limiting the capacity of venues that can seat 1,000 or more to 50%. Tix will be refunded. All sports tournaments and associated travel have been suspended for all ages. Source: Vancouver Sun

– A soul / blues powerhouse based in Toronto Samantha martin and his group of 10 musicians Delta Sugar announced a Feel good across western Canada, starting Jan. 26, in support of the Juno-nominated album The Carefree. The group recently completed a successful, but difficult, 50-date European tour. Check Canadian dates here.

– The irrepressible Jaymz bee hosted an online silent auction to benefit the music industry charity, Unison Fund. Bee asked local celebrities to autograph hand-colored LP covers, some of which contain download cards or limited edition vinyls. You will receive a complete tax receipt and your LP cover will be mailed to you. The participants are Murray McLauchlan, Jackie Richardson, John Finley, Joe Sealy, Lou Pomanti, Queen Pepper, George Koller, Jeanne Beker, Hir Yoshida, David Clayton Thomas, June Garber and Mary Berg. Auction ends here tonight (December 20) at 8 p.m. ET.

– Already hailed, the new documentary biography of a Canadian sweetheart, Anne Murray: full circle is now streaming for free on CBC Gem here.

blonde yukonnaise has announced tour dates for Ontario, starting in March. Tix is ​​on sale now. Consult the itinerary here.

– Boxing Day (December 26), in Toronto Canzona Chamber Players presents the ninth annual commemorative concert for Elizabeth krehm. a fundraiser that has raised over $ 175,000 to date for St. Michael’s Hospital. The concert features Gustav Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Beethoven Symphony 7 and was filmed at the Arts & Letters Club. The virtual program is free to watch on Youtube, with suggested donations to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation on behalf of Krehm. More information here


Renee Martel, nicknamed the queen of country music in Quebec, died on December 18 of severe pneumonia unrelated to Covid-19, at the age of 74.

Prime Minister François Legault posted on Twitter: “My condolences to the loved ones of a great star of our youth. I have a love that doesn’t want to die … “

Daughter of singers Noëlla Therrien and Marcel Martel, she was introduced to music from an early age and achieved success in the late 1960s with songs such as Liverpool, I Go to London and Johnny Angel.

She received a Félix d’honneur during the awards ceremony of the ADISQ gala in Montreal on October 28, 2012.

In 2019, she kicked off what she said was her last tour, which she had to cut off due to breast cancer. The following year, she announced that she was in remission.

Last October, Martel released the album Against all odds with his compatriot country singer Paul Daraîche. Sources: Montreal Gazette, CTV News

Ian Worang, a guitarist and bassist who played in famous Toronto indie rock bands Uncut, The Diableros, Bishop Morocco, controller.controller and The Two Koreas, passed away last week at the age of 47. No cause of death has been reported.

Worang co-founded and played guitar in post-punk band Uncut with Jake Fairley in 2001, turning it into a full-fledged band after Fairley left. Uncut released their first two albums, the years 2004 Those who were hanged are hanging here and 2006 Modern currencies, via Paper Bag Records. In 2013, the band released a third album titled Endless repetitions.

In addition to Uncut, Worang has performed in other Toronto rock groups including the Two Koreas, controller.controller and The Diableros. He contributed the guitar on Old boys, Bishop Morocco’s six-track EP, released by Arts & Crafts in 2012.

Worang’s early work as a sound engineer included the early releases of The Deadly Snakes and Danko Jones.

In an eloquent Facebook post, Two Koreas frontman Stuart Berman noted that “when Ian and I got together in the same group, I had a front row seat to find out how brilliant he was, a guy. intuitively talented and fucking hilarious. Ian was my favorite bassist, pugilist and player at the same time; It’s no understatement to say that 98% of Two Koreas songs started with a great bassline that he created on the spot while warming up in practice.

“I was always humbled and honored that he stayed with us even when the other big bands he played with (Uncut, The Diableros, Bishop Morocco) had a lot more to do. See Ian playing next to me with his eyes closed and a big smile on her face has been one of the great joys of my life. ” Berman compiled this Spotify Playlist with songs Worang played on and others he loved.

A GoFundMe countryside Helping Worang’s mother cover the funeral costs quickly exceeded her goal. Sources: Exclaim!, fork, Necro Canada, Stuart berman


Phil (Philippe) Chen, a veteran session bassist who performed with Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck and Ray Manzarek of The Doors and Robby Krieger, died of cancer on December 14 at the age of 75.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chen moved to England in the late 1960s and worked with many renowned musicians over the next decade. He performed on Beck’s classic album in 1975 Step by step,, Cosmic Wheels by Donovan and several albums by Stewart, including Blondes have more fun, which included the hit Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Chen also joined the Butts Band, formed by former Doors drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, in 1973, performing on their self-titled debut album that year. Chen’s association with former Doors members continued for decades, when he joined Manzarek-Krieger in 2004 and performed with the duo until 2013.

Other prominent Chen collaborations include Project Star Fleet by Brian May (which also starred Eddie Van Halen), Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Bob Marley. Source: Ultimate classic rock

Leonard Nelson “Hubbard” Hubbard, former bassist and first member of hip-hop troupe The Roots, died of multiple myeloma on December 16. at 62 years old.

Hubbard performed on a series of early Roots albums, including the 1994 one Do you want more? !!! ??!, 1996 Philadelphia half-life, 2004 The tipping point, and more. His last recording with the group appeared in 2006 Game theory. Hub left The Roots after his cancer diagnosis in 2007. In 2008, he briefly reunited with the group on stage at the annual Roots Picnic.

In addition to recording with the band, Hub has co-wrote and arranged a number of Roots compositions and performed as a live band member during his 15-year tenure. A particularly notable performance came in 2001 when The Roots backed Jay-Z with his MTV Unplugged concert, which was later released as a live album. Sources: The daily beast, fork

Wanda La Faye Young, singer of the Motown Girl Group the Marvelettes, died on December 16 at the age of 78.

Young has sung back-up to the classic Please Mr. Postman and topped hits like Don’t Mess With Bill and The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game.

“Please Mr. Postman, later picked up by the Beatles and Carpenters, became Motown’s No. 1 pop single in late 1961. It also held No. 1 for seven weeks on Billboard’s R&B charts.

In 1970, the group broke up and Young recorded a solo album with Smokey Robinson as producer. It did not sell well and she left the label in 1972.

The Marvelettes were nominated to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013 and again in 2015. Sources: Rolling stone, Wikipedia