Music Biz Headlines, March 23, 2018

Steven Page reflects on life after BNL, more top Toronto songs, and a veteran's look at SXSW. Others in the headlines include The Damned, funeral singers, Vintage TV, Reboot Lab, Kellylee Evans, extra-long albums, Tom Cochrane, and Ken Tizzard.

Music Biz Headlines, March 23, 2018

By Kerry Doole

It’s All Been Done: Steven Page after the Barenaked Ladies

A decade after leaving the band, the songsmith is happy with the music he is creating now. On Sunday he'll reunite with his old comrades for just one time – Courtney Shea, The Globe and Mail

We ranked Toronto’s top 100 songs — here are 15 that didn’t make the cut

Our long list of the Top 100 Toronto songs did not fall on deaf ears. Here’s what you think we missed. Those rightfully added include Mandala, Goddo, and Handsome Ned –  Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

The Damned: how we made New Rose

‘Audiences hated us, motorcycle gangs chased us’ … fuelled by amphetamine and cider, this bunch of former toilet-cleaners and gravediggers made Britain’s first punk single – Dave Simpson, The Guardian


These women make a living by singing at people's funerals

Singing at her grandmother's funeral inspired Penelope Shipley to start a business and do the same for other people's families. “The idea has always been to help people," she says. – Vice

Vintage TV is Nashville-bound following Canadian expansion

Founder and CEO David Pick explains why the U.S. launch had to start in Music City –  Karen Bliss, Billboard

Undisclosed Location is the first album made inside a Canadian federal women’s prison

Inmates at Kitchener’s Grand Valley Institution for Women wrote and recorded the album as part of the Pros and Cons program – Sarah Greene, NOW

Music industry insiders offer tips for taking care of business

Reboot Lab in Vancouver aims to help artists navigate realities of making music for a living – John Kurucz, Vancouver Courier

Juno nominee’s spirited return

Struck by lightning, then sidelined by a concussion, jazz singer Kellylee Evans is bouncing back with a new perspective on life – David Friend Hamilton Spectator

Austin is still a paradise for music fans

Despite the genuine threat of bombings in Austin this month, the excellent music at South by Southwest played on, a veteran attendee reports  – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Tom Cochrane and this long, wild highway of life

In an age of playlists, Tom Cochrane is riding up and down the highway in honour of something that seems almost quaint: A rock album, put together 27 years ago, that made Canadian music history  – Keith Bonnell, Ottawa Citizen

Infinite sadness: How to endure the longest albums of all time

Music has always been dotted with overly long albums, often by musicians at the peak of their powers. Here’s what we learned by listening to them all  – Joel Golby, The Guardian


Music is about stories, and Ken Tizzard has plenty to share

We learned an awful lot about the singer/songwriter onstage, what makes him tick, what makes him sad and most importantly, what inspires him – Cameron Tyson, Brock News

Demi Lovato sings for the disenfranchised at Air Canada Centre show

Lovato’s not that strong of a singer, but if she helps fans exorcize their personal demons more power to her – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

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Diljit Dosanjh Announces Another Canadian Stadium Concert, at Toronto's Rogers Centre

Dosanjh had previously announced a record-breaking concert at Vancouver's BC Place, and now adds 12 more dates to his history-making Dil-Luminati tour, which will mark the first time a Punjabi musician has headlined at both Vancouver and Toronto stadiums.

Diljit Dosanjh is making more history with his latest tour announcement.

The artist has revealed where he'll be taking his Dil-Luminati tour this summer, adding twelve new dates following his previously announced stadium show in Vancouver. The tour promises to be monumental: beginning in Vancouver and ending in Toronto, it marks the first time a Punjabi artist has headlined Vancouver's BC Place and Toronto's Rogers Centre. The BC Place performance is also set to be the largest ever Punjabi music concert outside of India, at a sold-out capacity of 54,000.

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