Music News Digest, March 17, 2022

Arcade Fire releases a new single, the band’s first in three years, today (March 17). The arrival of The Lightning I, II follows a series of mysterious postcards the band sent out to fans stating “We missed you”. The last album of the Montreal group dates from 2017 Everything nowand a new album has been promised since 2020. Arcade Fire recently played a show at the Toulouse Theater in New Orleans, with proceeds going to Plus1’s Ukraine Relief Fund.

PC reports that Rush’s guitarist Alex Lifeson wrote a song in tribute to his late comrade, neil peart. The Toronto musician says the guitar-based instrumental Western Sunsets came together after Lifeson spent time with Peart at the drummer’s Santa Monica home shortly before his death from brain cancer in January 2020.

– Two Canadian female artists are included in the nominations just announced for the Country Music Television Awards (CMT). Tentilled Arts is nominated for Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year, for Back then, Right Now. MacKenzie Porter is nominated for collaborative video of the year, for her feature film on Dustin Lynchthink of you. Worth noting: Porter co-wrote the hit Arts. See the full list of names here.

– From March 7 to 9, Music Publishers Canada (MPC) & Australian Association of Music Publishers Limited (AMPAL) collaborated on CREATE Australasia Canada Song Camp, an initiative to showcase the talents of Canadian and Australian songwriters and producers through a virtual songwriting camp. It featured 40 songwriters and producers from across Canada and Australasia in virtual songwriting rooms in which artists, producers and songwriters co-wrote original songs across the pop and singer-songwriter genres. The boards of the two organizations also met virtually, to learn more about the two markets and explore how their members can work together in the future. Notable Canadian Song Camp attendees included Alex Sampson, Dan Davidson, Demetri James, Erin Costelo, new Juno Hill nominee Kourkoutis and Jeremy Voltz.

– Planning has begun for a Cape Breton Music Hall of Fame, TVC reports. Nigel Kearns, chairman of the Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative, is leading the Hall of Fame efforts, and he says the plan is to open a Cape Breton Music Hall of Fame somewhere in downtown Sydney. He explains that it would include music and memorabilia from some of the region’s biggest names through exhibits and interactive experiences, as well as a “Walk of Stars.” Organizers expect a combination of public sector support and private sponsorship to make the project a success.

– A Live Nation Canada presentation, Laketown Ranch is a two-day concert series in Lake Cowichan, British Columbia, on July 22-23, featuring John Fogerty headlining Sat. night and Tom Cochrane with Red Rider Fri night. Others on the line include Big Sugar, Keb Mo and Wide Mouth Mason. Tix on sale tomorrow (March 18) here.

folk alliance announced that the famous jazz and blues singer Madeleine Peyroux and British folk legend Shirley Collins will host the 2022 Folklore Alliance International Conference. Scheduled for May 18-22 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, the conference this year will run as a hybrid event, with in-person and online options for attending. Registrations are now open here.

– Every November, Music Nova Scotia present Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW) in different communities in the province. The organization is soliciting bids for Nova Scotia Music Week 2023, 2024 and 2025. Bids for one or more years will be accepted. NSMW contributes over $2 million annually to Nova Scotia’s GDP. To view the full RFP, click here.

– March 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST, FMM Canada features an online discussion of live event contracts, contractor agreements and more with a lawyer and a musician Paul Banwatt. Topics include recent case law and best practices for contract terms, including insurance, termination, force majeure, limitation of liability and indemnification. Register here.

– Based in Vancouver 604 records is about to launch 604 INFINITE, an NFT platform to give fans a new way to discover their favorite artists on It will focus on the label’s diverse roster of musical artists, album art and related content spanning over 20 years. 604 INFINITE’s first drop will take place next month, featuring a big-name artist from the 604 label, followed by drops from all of 604’s label bands, including Light Organ Records, Comedy Here Often?, and new label ambient intraset.

– Quebec singer-songwriter Geoffrey released their third album, live slowly die wiselyin January, and he is set to embark on a 15-date tour across the country, beginning March 24 at the Imperial Bell in Quebec City and ending at Club Saw in Ottawa on April 23. Tix here.

Mondial Montreal extended its call for showcase artists for two weeks. The annual conference runs from November 15-18. Apply here before April 1.

– Ottawa-based classically trained folk singer Rory Taillon released a video to accompany their current single, Welcome, the song is taken from their album Derivative, which came out during Covid 2020 and could not be properly supported. Check it here.


Donald James Coakleya famous Canadian classical musician, composer and educator, died on March 2, at the age of 87.

Born in Cambridge, Ontario, Coakley completed his undergraduate studies in 1960 at the State University of New York, in Potsdam, New York, earning a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. After grad school, he taught at Cardinal Daugherty High School in Philadelphia and was also conductor of the Camden Choral Arts Society in Camden, NJ. He then joined the faculty of the School of Arts at Temple University School of Music.

In the early 70s, Coakley joined the Scarborough School System’s music department, becoming assistant music coordinator soon after. He was responsible for the elementary instrumental music program in the school system. He also led the instrumental wing of the Scarborough Music Camps. and in 1970 he founded the Scarborough Schools Symphony Orchestra.

He writes successfully for school, university and professional groups. He was a member of the Canadian League of Composers as well as Associate Conductor of the Canadian Music Centre. In 1977, Coakley received the Distinguished Service to Education Award from the State University of New York; and in 1994 he received the Anson Taylor Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Scarborough School Board.

Donations in his memory may be made to a music education organization, The Hammer Band. Source: Group Music Heritage Encyclopedia


Barry Baileyguitarist of the Southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, died March 12, at the age of 73, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

After playing on other artists’ recordings, the Atlanta Rhythm Section was baptized in May 1970, with Bailey on board as an original member. He and bassist Paul Goddard had played together in several bands and had also backed Roy Orbison.

Signed by Decca Records, the group released their first album, Atlanta Rhythm Section, in January 1972, to limited commercial success. the group’s second outing, Back against the wall (1973), also failed to sell, and Decca dropped ARS from its list.

Polydor has released its third version, Third Annual Pipe Dreamin August 1974. It produced the group’s first hit single, Doraville”, which peaked at number 35 and propelled the album to number 74 on Billboard’s Top 200 in November 1974. The group released 13 albums studio over their five-decade career. Along the way, the band scored several Top 20 hits, including So into You, I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight, Imaginary Lover, Do It or Die, and Spooky .

Bailey would play on every album until his retirement in 2006, the most successful of which was the 1978 platinum disc. Champagne Jam. Sources: Wikipedia UCR,