- Kerry Doole
Neil Young, Diana Krall Add Muscle To First Nations Land Claim
Today, Neil Young has announced that he will perform four Canadian benefit concerts this January to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN)Legal Defense Fund with Diana Krall.
The ACFN refer to themselves as K'ai Taile Dene, meaning "people of the land of the willow." A Legal Defense fund was set up to support the ACFN's legal challenges against oil companies and government that are threatening to usupr their traditional lands and ownership rights.
The ACFN's legal challenges are meant to ensure the protection oflands, eco-systems and unique rights guaranteed by Treaty 8, the last and largest of the nineteenth century land agreements made between First Nations.
Tickets will go on sale for the four shows tomorrow, Tuesday Dec. 10 for the four shows, to be staged as follows: Jan. 12 at Toronto's Massey Hall, Jan. 16 at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall, Jan. 17 at Regina's Conexus Arts Centre, and Jan. 19 at Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall.
For more info on the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, visit: www.acfn.com/.
Bend Sinister Making Moves
Look for 2014 to potentially be a breakout year for Vancouver band Bend Sinister.
The musically eclectic and critically-lauded prog rock five-piece has just announced that their next studio album Animals will be released on March 11 through File Under: Music in Canada.
Sure to attract attention is the fact it was recorded in San Diego with two time Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Queens of The Stone Age). According to a BS press release, Animals is "the result of a band that has figured out how to let go of the shackles of ego and the music industry and release exactly the kind of album they want to release: Ambitious, energetic and uncompromising."
To get a taste of what has them pumped, you can listen to the lead single “Fancy Pants” below.
In anticipation of their new record, Bend Sinister is playing is touring in B.C and Alberta this winter and the band has just unveiled a North American tour in support of Animals for March/April 2014. The Canadian portion of the tour kicks off in Toronto on March 20 at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern and wraps up in Calgary on April 6.
For full Canadian tour details see below.
03.20.14 – Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
03.21.14 – Kingston, ON – Clark Hall Pub – Queen’s University
03.22.14 – Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
03.23.14 - Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Cafe
03.24.14 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
04.02.14 – Regina, SK – O’Hanlon’s Pub
04.03.14 – Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
04.04.14 – Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop
04.05.14 – Red Deer, AB – The Vat
04.06.14 – Calgary, AB – Ship & Anchor
Additional Canadian Tour Dates
12.06.13 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre - Keep A Breast Canada Benefit Show
12.19.13 – Vancouver, BC – Joe’s Apartment Bar
01.25.14 – Rossland, BC – The Flying Steamshovel - Blizzard Music Festival
01.28.14 – Golden, BC – The Rockwater Grill and Bar
01.29.14 – Lethbridge, AB – The Slice
01.30.14 – Fernie, BC – Northern Bar & Stage
01.31.14 – Big White, BC – The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern – Big White Ski Resort
02.01.14 – Kamloops, BC – The Dirty Jersey
- Kerry Doole
Beau’s Mixtape Winter Edition
Here at Buzz Central, we’re fans of any promotion that promotes and creates greater exposure to great sounding Canadian music talent and when the campaign is free to fans its a win-win situation for everyone involved.
Fitting that bill is the new Winter Mixtape on offer from popular Ontario craft brewery Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.
Produced in association with The Grid weekly newspaper and brand marketing firm Audio Blood, the 15-track compilation is the fourth such release in 2013 and comes loaded with feature tracks by notable Canadian indie acts such as Royal Canoe, July Talk, The Pack A..D., DIANA, Indian Handcrafts, Megan Bonnell and Teenage Kicks.
Available for free for three months, fans can stream and download the tracks at: www.mixtape.beaus.ca
It's a campaign we can happily drink to!
The Junos celebrate The 'Peg
The city of Winnipeg has long punched above its weight in terms of producing Canadian music stars. That will be reaffirmed and celebrated at the upcoming Juno Concert series gig, set for Toronto's legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday Dec. 7. In honour of the fact that Winnipeg is the host city for the 2014 Junos, this will be a ' 'Songs from Winnipeg' themed show.
It is one that is seriously star-studded, as the Juno folks and top talent booking agency Paquin Entertainment have collaborated to score one impressive artist lineup. those confirmed to appear include Nikki Yanofsky, Daniel Greaves (of The Watchmen), Damon Mitchell (of New Meanies), Ian Blurton, Miranda Mulholland (of Great Lake Swimmers and Belle Starr), Ridley Bent and The Strumbellas. Also added to the list of performers, are all the original band members of Winnipeg’s Harlequin: David Budzak, Glen Willows, George Belanger, Gary Golden and Ralph James, who will join already announced Cuff The Duke, Del Barber, Harlan Pepper, Jeremy Fisher, Lindy and NQ Arbuckle. Hosted by Sirius XM’s Jeff Leake, the night will include some very special guests that will be announced in the coming days.
Paquin Entertainment will also be running a “Songs From Winnipeg” contest. People can sign up for the contest by liking Paquin’s Facebook page and completing the contest application. - Kerry Doole
It’s a safe bet that right now songs, plays and movie scripts are being written about the stranger than fiction story of the internationally notorious "drunk-driving, crack-smoking, Mayor of Toronto."
The scandal plagued Rob Ford hasn't gone unnoticed by Canadian roots duo Whitehorse. Back in July before Ford became an international news item they wrote and recorded their Robbo-themed tune “Boss Man” with every intention of including it on their next album; the duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland has since decided the time is right to release it now.
Whitehorse's label, Six Shooter Records, has made it available for purchase on their website and is rushing to have it on all online digital retail outlets across North America.
Doucet, explaining the background to the song, says “the chorus (na na na na na) is meant to evoke a thumbing of the nose. Whether it is the Mayor and his 'Nation' thumbing their noses to their Chardonnay-sipping urban detractors, or vice-versa, depends on your perspective.
Continuing, he says the idea for the song “Boss Man” was initially "conceived as a recording experiment (and) it is the first Whitehorse recording built with the tools we employ live; namely our looping device and our everything-including-the-
The nomadic couple have lived in Hamilton, New York City and Nashville in recent years, but now consider Toronto home. A strong social conscience has pervaded the distinguished earlier solo work of both Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, so a song such as “Boss Man” should come as no surprise.
As well as being timely, the tune is a strong one, featuring Whitehorse’s signature vocal harmonies and adventurous sonics, plus such snappy Ford-inspired lines as: “
Finger on a match eye on the recorder, Now he's making a run for the Etobicoke border”.
Now if only Stompin’ Tom was around to pen his ode to the Fat Man! - Kerry Doole
Canadians Outsell Beatles, Bowie, Elton John
Canadian acts managed to grab a 45% share of the 20 best-selling albums last week, according to AC Nielsen Canada, which tracks online and main street purchases.
Aracade Fire, Avril Lavigne, Blue Rodeo, Celine Dion and Johnny Reid have pushed old guard acts such as Bowie and Elton John to the back of the line, and Hedley made history of a sort last week with its album, Wild Life, debuting at 4--three positions ahead of The Beatles' On Air, Live at the BBC.
Dion maintained her 2nd week at #1, selling an additional 30,000+ albums, Eminem held 2nd place, Lady Gaga debuted at 3 with Hedley on her heels and Arcade Fire's Reflektor dropping two positions to 5 in its 3rd week of release.
Avril Lavigne's Avril Lavigne album slipped one position outside the top 10 in its 2nd week of release; A Chrismas Gift To You by Johnny Reid dropped 12-13 in its 4th week out; and Blue Rodeo's In Our Nature fell eight placements, to 19 in its 3rd week of release. After eight weeks out, Drake hangs one position below the top 20 with his platinum+ selling Nothing Was the Same album.
Rounding out the eight Canadian artists with albums in the top 20 are Marie-Ève Janvier and boyfriend Jean-François Breau with Noel A Deux debuting at 14, and recent SOCAN award-winner Francois Lachance's J'suis There debuting at 15.
Canadian acts sold 76,500 of the total 170,000 albums sold in the top 20 last week.
Year-to-date album sales are down 5% over the same period in 2012, according to AC Nielsen. Year-to-date digital track sales are up 4%.
Brands, Bands & the Value of Fans' Email Addresses
What is an email address worth to a rock band these days?
A fan who gives Arcade Fire his or her email address spends, on average, a lifetime total of $6.26 to buy music, merchandise and tickets directly from the band.
Sigur Rós boasts an email base of fans worth an average of $10.91. And followers of the progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee generate an average $32.96.
"The value of a fan isn't so much in what they're going to buy. Fans have become a currency that bands can use" to land corporate sponsorships and synchronization deals that put their songs on commercials, videogames and TV shows, reports Mike Doernberg, chief executive at ReverbNation—a digital platform used by three million bands.
"As the price of music has declined and consumption has proliferated, fan value is now better measured by what brands will pay to reach a given act's following. That calculation includes demographics, income and location," Doernberg explains in a fascinating read in the Wall Street Journal. Link here to read the full article.
Here’s one for Canada’s male hat singers: Dean Brody set a new record this weekend by becoming the first Canadian male country artist to earn two #1 consecutive songs at Country radio on the Soundscan and Mediabase charts.
Brody's 2012 anthem, "Canadian Girls" and his latest smash hit "Bounty" (feat. Lindi Ortega) were both #1 Most Added (all formats) on release, #1 selling Country iTunes Canada singles, and spent multiple weeks at #1 on CMT Canada's Top 20 Countdown.
The only Canadian artists that have achieved consecutive #1s in the past are female artists who include Shania Twain, Terri Clark and Carolyn Dawn Johnson.
This week, Brody was named 2013's #1 Most Played Canadian Artist at Country radio, his 3rd consecutive year to receive this title. His fourth album, Crop Circles, released Nov. 5, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Country Album chart and #3 on the Canadian Country Album chart (#1 non-holiday album) (Nielsen Soundscan).
As the reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year, the seven-time CCMA Award winner and two-time JUNO nominee has garnered ample acclaim for his songwriting from audiences and peers, and has amassed considerable mainstream media attention. Recent features include Sun Media, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Canada AM (CTV), Global Morning and Entertainment Tonight Canada. If all that weren’t enough, in May, Brody was selected as one of Hello! Canada magazine’s ‘50 Most Beautiful Canadians’.
Beginning January 29, Brody will launch an 18-city national headlining arena tour with Florida-native and winner of NBC's The Voice, Cassadee Pope, opening all shows. For full tour dates and ticket information, go to www.deanbrody.com
Live From Wray’s House
Comedic singer/songwriter Wray Ellis is quietly making a name for himself by starring in his own twice weekly on-camera music show that he broadcasts from his home in Peterborough ON.
A touring/recording artist from '78 through 1990, his last Toronto gig was opening for George Jones and Waylon Jennings at Maple Leaf Gardens. “Then, I got into radio. Jingles and voice-overs became my life,” he explains.
In fact, Ellis had released several singles on Nashville-based Cardinal Records, and had a top 40 hit with “Where’s That Woman” which he had written and recorded on his own Davisville Records imprint. Another single, “Dance for Me”, curiously became a #1 hit in New Zealand. He also toured North America as the bass player in Kelita Haverland’s band. After playing Maple Leaf Gardens he returned home without enough funds to pay his rent.
That led him to an employment agency who suggested he might make it as a creative writer in the broadcast field. He took a course and graduated front of his class at Humber College and immediately got hired at CFRB. “It was a fantastic day for me landing a job at the biggest radio station in Canada,” he recalls.
And that’s where he stayed for five years before moving over to the Radio Marketing Bureau where he helped set Canadian radio's "best practices and then taught professional broadcasters how to create more effective commercials. After that came retirement and a move outside the city of Toronto.
Leading a quieter life wasn’t enough though and the urge to perform and have an audience got the better of him.
“Six years ago, I felt the call of live music but couldn't face going back on the road,” Ellis tells. “I started an online music show: The Virtual Honky Tonk. Twice a week, I broadcast live for anyone who stops by. It's just like a regular radio shift - only it's on-camera, all request and I play along with every song. I have two terabytes of music to pull from so I play everything from 40s swing to whatever's on the charts today. I often don't know what the next tune will be. Keeps me on my toes...”
For the online show, Ellis has converted one of the second-floor bedrooms into a music and video studio. Across the hall, a room features more computers and a 52-inch Internet-enabled TV that allows him to stream his latest show … or watch any of the hundreds of DVDs lining the walls.
He is using San Francisco-based Justin.TV as a live streaming platform and uploads clips to ReverbNation where his twice weekly broadcasts now rank #1 in the blues/rock/satire category. His shows are a mix of Randy Bachman’s story telling on his Vinyl Tap CBC radio show and Daryl Hall’s monthly Live From Daryl’s House webcast.
The Virtual Honky Tonk is broadcast Saturdays on Justin.TV at 9pm and Wednesdays at 8pm EST. To date, his shows have garnered nearly 900,000 views.
Wray Ellis performing his own song, "White Trash Holiday"