Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 21, 2018

Glorious Sons (pictured) earn success without hype, Celine's clothing line is criticised, and Ryan Guldemond opens his fridge. Also in the headlines are Donovan Woods, The Guess Who, Kate Bush, Ethan Ardelli, Lalo Schifrin, Melanie Brulee, music schools, Queen, Rolling Stones, Glenn Gould, and Katy Perry.

Music Biz Headlines, Nov. 21, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Glorious Sons’ rise propelled by no hype, just hits and hard work

The Kingston rock band put in the miles and sweat to earn the stage at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Céline Dion is off-colour when it comes to kids’ clothes

"Dion's heart is in the right place but her clothing partnership reinforces the idea that traditionally masculine attire is acceptable for all genders, while traditionally feminine attire is for girls alone."   - Emma Teitel, Toronto Star

Spared from the dumpster, trove of The Guess Who tapes land at Winnipeg museum

The find is stoking speculation there might be unfinished songs from the legendary Canadian rock band that have never been heard before.  - CP

What's In Your Fridge: Ryan Guldemond

The Mother Mother mainman discusses life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in his fridge. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight


The duality of Donovan Woods 

The Toronto folk singer (and champion tweeter) brought his latest album, Both Ways, for Halifax to interpret. – Jonathan Briggins, the Coast

Music Review of the day - Kate Bush, Remastered Part 1

Given her long silences, it's been a virtual hurricane of activity in the Kate Bush world of late. Now comes the big bonanza, box sets of her entire studio work, vinyl or CD, remastered. The first set has arrived, covering the early years, and the rest will show up in a couple of weeks. – Bob Mersereau, Top100Canadianblog

"I feel like I just hit the game-winning home run in the World Series," says drummer/bandleader Ethan Ardelli

The 35-year-old jazzman plays gigs this week in Toronto, Halifax, Sydney, Antigonish and finally Ottawa.  – Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Bach, Bratwurst & Beer is a brilliant blend by the Cecilian Chamber Series

Eat sausage and drink beer, between getting acquainted with Johann Sebastian Bach and his epic cello suites. –  Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post


Governors Awards honorees Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy look back on their careers

The famed film composer and the publicist each received the honour on the weekend. – Josh Rottenberg, LA Times

Top 25 music schools for composing for film and TV

The Hollywood Reporter polled more than 600 entertainment pros to compile the annual ranking of the world's elite music programs, from London to Los Angeles.  –THR

Talent and touring

Canadian Melanie Brulee finds her sound via detour to Australia

Listening to her new album, “Fires, Floods & Things We Leave Behind,” you’d never guess she grew up in Canada, cut her artistic teeth in Australia and recorded a French album. The lonesome ballads and rootin’-tootin’ barnburners sound like something cooked up by a country queen born in Jackson, Miss. – Jed Gottlieb,  Boston Herald


Watch one of Bob Dylan’s earliest TV performances on Canadian show ‘Quest’, 1964

One performance comes closer than any other to show the seedling growth of Bob Dylan into the mighty oak of music we know and love, and we’ve got it for you. Featured on a Canadian TV programme named Quest, it shows him at his socially conscious folkie best. – Jack Whatley, faroutmagazine

Here is a Lower East Side playlist

The Lower East Side’s music history is the stuff of legend. It was the 1970s and early 1980s that solidified the Manhattan neighbourhood’s reputation as a mecca for punk, hardcore, new wave, and even hip-hop. Listen here and find out why. – Tyler Elmore, Explore Parts Unknown

Big radio payments to artists, producers, labels Are Overdue

While radio stations have provided compensation to songwriters and music publishers, they have never paid record labels, artists, or producers, something which, Richard James Burgess of A2IM believes, it's high time to change.   –Variety

Queen Film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ becomes second highest-grossing music biopic ever 

Film pushes past Walk the Line on all-time list, stands $34 million behind Straight Outta Compton at domestic box office. –  Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone


The Rolling Stones announce 2019 ‘No Filter’ U.S. stadium tour

Their new tour hits 13 cities in 2019 beginning in April. No Canadian dates announced yet. –  Andy Greene, Rolling Stone

Glenn Gould's heavily marked-up score for The Goldberg Variations surfaces

Does it make sense to call Gould, that most prodigious and unusual interpreter of classical piano, a composer? – Openculture

Katy Perry unveils new Christmas song

The pop star has offered up an early Christmas gift to fans by releasing an original holiday tune, Cozy Little Christmas.  – WENN

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Montreal's Geoffroy Delivers a Bright New Sound on 'Good Boy': New & Upcoming Canadian Album Releases

Also out this week is new work from Jim Cuddy, Tevet Sela, Kym Gouchie and Ellen Doty.

Canadian albums are in the spotlight this week, as the Polaris Music Prize announced its 40-album long list for best of the year. Longtime post-hardcore favourites Alexisonfire, meanwhile, announced a new live album.

This week also brings a number of new releases, including ever-evolving Montreal artist Geoffroy. He joins Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy, who has a new solo release, as well as Christin Hyshka, The Hi Tops,Maggie Andrew, Kym Gouchy, Wild Remedy and more. Others announcing new album release dates are Mo Kenney, Mia Kelly and KROY.

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