Music Biz Headlines, June 28, 2019

Bryan Adams (pictured) lost work in the Universal fire, Stan Dunford books the Stones, and Ariana Gillis is on the comeback trail. Also in the headlines are Gustavo Gimeno, Denise Valle, Diana Ross, Doomsquad, Hillsong, Jade Jackson, Woodstock 50, Tom Waits, Madonna, and Taylor Swift.

Music Biz Headlines, June 28, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Bryan Adams among the Canadians who lost work in fire at Universal Studios

Other Canadian acts believed to have lost masters in the in 2008 blaze include Joni Mitchell, Nelly Furtado, Rufus Wainwright. – David Friend, CP

Former trucking mogul talks entering the concert biz and landing The Rolling Stones' only Canadian gig

Stan Dunford talks growth of his company, Republic Live, and why he was worried about pulling off this weekend's Stones show even before Mick Jagger's emergency surgery. –  Karen Bliss, Billboard

Ticketmaster to pay $4.5M for charging extra fees on event tickets

The Competition Bureau says the company will pay $4.5 million in penalties and associated costs to settle a case investigating misleading pricing claims for its online ticket sales. – CP

New TSO conductor Gustavo Gimeno on the uniqueness of Canadian orchestras

Gustavo Gimeno’s visits to Toronto are growing more and more frequent. The conductor has been jetting away from his current post as Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg to guest conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra before he officially begins his Music Directorship of the TSO in the fall of 2020. – Jenna Simeonov, Globe and Mail


Hamilton singer-songwriter spent years overcoming a concussion and her new album is a triumphant comeback

On the Buddy Miller-produced The Maze, her first album in six years, Ariana Gillis has finally found her sound. This may not seem like such a big deal, but for a time, there was a question whether the 28-year-old singer-songwriter would ever play again. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

Old soul, new soul: Denise Valle's music explores R&B fusion

Valle, with her R&B/pop/soul musical style, will be taking the stage at the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival for the second year in a row. – Matt Olson, Star-Phoenix

Diana Ross talks meeting with Mark Ronson ahead of her next album

Diana Ross recently met with producer Mark Ronson to discuss her next album, the legendary singer told the sold-out crowd at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts during the Q&A portion of her TD Toronto Jazz Festival concert. – Karen Bliss, Billboard

Doomsquad's call-to-arms for Toronto's DIY music scenes

The experimental pop trio has seen the city's creative communities handcuffed by political interests and capitalist real estate agendas, but they're not giving up. – Jesse Locke, NOW

It all starts with a song

"My peace of mind and some good food are my most important tools for creating," says Ari Rhodes, a Juno-nominated songwriter, composer, and producer. – SAC


Who is Hillsong UNITED? A primer for the faithless about the huge Christian-rock group

Born of the worldwide Hillsong ministry — hatched from the Pentecostal church of the same name in suburban Sydney, Australia some 30 years ago, and notable recently for its enthusiastic embrace by one Justin Bieber — the membership-fluid band has cranked out 19 albums, most of them live.  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star 

Preserve the Conservatory 

Could the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts be the next building to fall? – Maggie Rahr, The Coast


UMG kept a secret list of masters destroyed in the fire — The New York Times just published it

Previously, Universal Music Group had refused to disclose any list detailing its losses in the 2008 Universal Studios fire. This week Times investigatory reporter Jody Rosen released a list of more than 700 artists impacted by the 2008 fire.– Paul Resnikoff, Digital Music News 

Jade Jackson may be the next big country-rock star. But first, she has some tables to wait

Today, Jackson will release her sophomore album, “Wilderness,” on the L.A.-based punk-alternative-Americana label Anti-, which also has put out records by Merle Haggard, her lifelong hero Tom Waits, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy and Neko Case. – Randy Lewis,  LA Times

Woodstock 50 may be back on at a new venue



A smaller festival could possibly be held at an upstate New York harness track and casino. Woodstock 50 applied for a permit to hold the concert Aug. 16-18 at Vernon Downs.– NBC


This year's Prime Day will be more than a sale: Taylor Swift to star in 'can’t-miss' concert special

The concert featuring Taylor Swift will start at 9 p.m. EST on Prime Video, the e-commerce giant Amazon announced Thursday. Dua Lipa, SZA and Becky G. will also star in the concert, to be hosted by actress Jane Lynch on July 10. – USA Today

Life Advice: Tom Waits on his biggest influence, dream dinner party, and his legacy

The famed singer-songwriter-actor, now co-starring in the zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die, talks about kids who won’t listen, being a good liar, and that time the Dalai Lama ran off with his wife—all in the latest Life Advice column. – Larry Kanter, Men's Journal


Madonna calls for gun control in violent video that depicts nightclub shooting

Video scenes in God Control recall 2016 Orlando shooting that left 49 people dead, and end with the words: ‘No one is safe. Gun control. Now’ – Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

How “Trust In Rock” concerts changed Berkeley’s musical landscape for the weirder

The year was 1976. The headliners, Peter Gordon, and Blue “Gene” Tyranny, were two practically-unknown composers. Now, some 40 years later, Gordon admits, “Trust In Rock was more aspirational than tongue-in-cheek.” – Bandcamp Daily

Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe (far left) with artists from the 2024 cohort.
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Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe (far left) with artists from the 2024 cohort.


Honey Jam's 2024 Showcase Will Honour Beyoncé And Sarah McLachlan

The artist development program — whose impressive alumni include Nelly Furtado, Haviah Mighty and LU KALA — is back with a new cohort of rising stars, who will take the stage on August 29 in a celebration.

Honey Jam, a major Canadian talent showcase for emerging female talent, has announced a sweet new cohort for 2024.

The program has been highlighting women musicians since 1995, providing a platform for future stars like Nelly Furtado, Haviah Mighty, Jully Black and LU KALA.

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