Music Biz Headlines, March 20, 2019

Shawn Mendes (pictured) nearly sweeps and other Juno Awards stories, Chilina Kennedy does a beautiful job as Carole King, and memories of Toni Myers. Also in the headlines are CPO, Winnipeg Arts Council, Google, SXSW, MySpace, The Bouncing Souls, Dick Dale, Drake, Philip Anselmo, Jason Hardink, Jerry Lee Lewis, Timbaland, and Peloton.

Music Biz Headlines, March 20, 2019

By Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes nearly sweeps, Arkells win group of the year to conclude Juno weekend

It wasn’t a full-on “sweep” for the adorable 20-something chap from Pickering but it was all but a sweep for Shawn Mendes at the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ontario. – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Junos 2019: what this year's awards got right about Canadian music

Stars like Drake and Shawn Mendes might have been absent, but, for the first time, “Canada's biggest night in music” actually started to sound like Canada. – Liisa Ladouceur, NOW

Juno winner Andy Milne created a theory of musical-medicine, and was then diagnosed with prostate cancer

A musical suite based on the diagnostic principles of homeopathic healing as tailored to its individual musicians, the album was the culmination of the music-as-remedy theory Milne had been working on for nearly a decade. – Jonathan Dekel, Globe and Mail


Indigenous tenor Jeremy Dutcher uses time onstage at the Junos to speak on music and reconciliation

This is one speech from the Juno awards that everyone’s still talking still about today. – Travis Lupick, Georgia Straight

Juno Week demonstrates London's sound potential

The city and the London host committee, led by Chris Campbell, drew accolades from Juno brass and deservedly so. The Junos are the biggest cultural event in Canada every year and there is no doubt it was handled as such, everything first-class, the smallest details seen to, polished and set. – Joe Belanger, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

'A community that's got my back': Saskatchewan talent takes the stage at this year's Juno Awards

A number of Saskatchewan artists were nominated for Junos, including Megan Nash, Jess Moskaluke, The Deep Dark Woods, and The Sheepdogs. – Matt Olson, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Chilina Kennedy returns to Toronto in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

It is a good time to be a Canadian in New York but, despite that, there is nothing like coming home. That’s how Chilina Kennedy feels: the New Brunswick-born, Ontario-trained actor and singer has been playing Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for four years on Broadway and returns to Toronto in the role from April 9 to May 5 at the Princess of Wales Theatre. – Raju Mudhar,Toronto Star

Winnipeg Arts Council faces the music from city hall after 'misleading' public over $500K funding cut

WAC apologizes for not being clear but says shortfall threatens programs, one staffer. – Holly Caruk, CBC News 


CPO Review: Brahms Double Concerto with Cohen and Choi

Only two works comprised the CPO’s mid-March Showcase Series pair of concerts, but both were substantial compositions, with much musical food to chew upon and to absorb for the large audience in attendance. – Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald

Imax filmmaker Toni Myers worked with rock stars and astronauts

The trailblazing Imax filmmaker, who died on Feb. 18 of cancer in her native Toronto, aged 75, not only put them on the giant screen, she hobnobbed with them as well. Ms. Myers could tell you stories of drinking bourbon with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards or chatting about the moon with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin. – Martin Morrow, Globe and Mail


What happens if Google buys the world’s biggest music company?

Up to half of Universal Music Group is for sale. If the tech giant buys it, things could get very interesting. – Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone

SXSW 2019: Lil Peep, Johnny Cash and the man who would be Jimmy Page

From a look at an obsessive Led Zeppelin superfan to portraits of the late SoundCloud rapper, a New Zealand cult musician and the world’s most famous rock photographer. – David Fear, Rolling Stone

MySpace lost all music files uploaded between 2003 and 2015

Social networking site admits to losing 50 million songs. – Lake Schatz, CoS

N.J.’s longest-lived punk band celebrates 30 years with concert, tour, EP and book

The Bouncing Souls – arguably New Jersey’s most popular and certainly its longest-lived punk band – launched their 30th-anniversary celebration on March 16, at Jersey City’s White Eagle Hall.  They soon leave for an international tour that will keep them on the road and take them across the United States as well as Canada, the U.K., and Europe through December. – 


Dick Dale: the surf guitar king whose wave kept on rolling

While his music featured most famously in Pulp Fiction, echoes of Dale’s sound can be heard across the rock spectrum. – Alexis Petridis, The Guardian

Drake at 3Arena Dublin: Everything you need to know

The Canadian rapper’s Assassination Vacation Tour multimedia overload makes a U2 show seem like a Whelan’s gig. – Tony Clayton-Lea Irish Times

Philip Anselmo’s New Zealand shows cancelled over his past “white power” incident

"We do not and will not support white supremacy or racism," says a club in Christchurch, site of a recent massacre of Muslims. – CoS


Review: A Carnegie recital pushes the piano to its limits

Jason Hardink began his concert at Weill Recital Hall with Jason Eckardt’s “Echoes’ White Veil,” a dizzying, manic 12-minute work of almost stupefying difficulty. There is just a hint of hesitancy at the start, with percussively repeated notes and sputtered trills. – Anthony Tommasini, NY Times

Jerry Lee Lewis, in rehab after a stroke, cancels New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance: report

The Louisiana-born rock and roll pioneer is in rehab after spending two weeks in the hospital following a stroke. Because of his illness, Lewis will cancel three upcoming shows, including one on April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. – Melinda Daffin,

Timbaland's Mosley Music Group reveals partnership with Def Jam

The star producer's Mosley Music Group and Def Jam Recordings announced on Friday that they had signed a long-term joint venture agreement. – RTT News

Publishers sue Peloton for use of songs from Drake, Lady Gaga, and more

Downtown Music, Pulse Music, Ole and others say the company has failed to license with them for the use of their songwriters’ compositions, resulting in lost income. – Anne Steele, WSJ

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Canada’s Loft Entertainment Partners with 'Impact Agency' One Twenty Eight

The company that recently acquired Canadian Music Week has made another strategic relationship to expand its reach.

Weeks after teaming with Oak View Group to acquire Canadian Music Week, Loft Entertainment has made another strategic partnership to expand its reach.

The Toronto-based music company is joining forces with one twenty eight, a talent booking and cause marketing “impact agency” that focuses on connecting artists and influencers with social causes. The company has worked with a variety of companies and celebrities including Natalie Portman, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, Canadian artist Mustafa and Selena Gomez’s Rare Impact Fund Benefit.

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