Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 24, 2018

Metric (pictured) remain relevant, Buffy Sainte-Marie's life is detailed in a new book, and an Indigenous Canadian renaissance is underway. Also in the headlines are Ticketmaster, Courtney Love, Lou Phelps, Bob Moses, CD sales, Tafelmusik, Steven Page, Christine and the Queens, Reggie Watts, and SSO.

Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 24, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Emily Haines and Metric vs. the content wars

The modern rock favourites deliver a new album that is classic Metric: blistering, danceable, but tender and contemplative, too. – Sarah MacDonald, The Globe and Mail

We don't deserve Buffy Sainte-Marie

A new authorized biography by Andrea Warner writes the legendary folk musician back into history and pop culture. – Carla Gillis, NOW

Jeremy Dutcher puts spotlight on ‘Indigenous renaissance’ in Canadian arts scene

A wave of Indigenous artists making inroads in fields including music, literature, dance and film is exhilarating for playwright Reneltta Arluk, who pauses while discussing musician Jeremy Dutcher’s recent Polaris Prize win to say she’s about to choke up. – Cassandra Szklarski, CP

Ticketmaster facing class action lawsuits over ticket resales

Class action lawsuits in Canada and the U.S. are in the works against Ticketmaster — the world’s largest ticket seller, with a virtual monopoly on major events across North America — following a Toronto Star/CBC investigation that revealed new details about the company’s selling techniques. – Robert Cribb and Marco Oved, Toronto Star


Celebrity Skin at 20: Courtney Love’s exposé of Hollywood’s seedy underbelly

After becoming the bastions of the ‘no sellout’ grunge set, Hole moved to LA to live out a celebrity nightmare – and make one of rock’s greatest records. – Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian

Lou Phelps is a laid-back and malleable MC on 002/LOVE ME

On his new album, executive produced by his brother Kaytranada, the Montreal rapper is comfortable revelling within the crevices of beats rather than lording over them. – Del F. Cowie, NOW

Bob Moses breaks down Battle Lines

Touring the world taught the electronic-pop duo that people are the same everywhere. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

US recorded music industry growth slowed in H1 2018 with a dramatic fall in CD sales

There were a handful of high-points amongst the US recorded music revenue figures in the first half of this year – but they were all overshadowed by softer growth in streaming and, particularly, an unprecedented decline in CD sales. – Tim Ingham,MBW

Steven Page project takes political turn with new album

When Steven Page released an album a little over two years ago, the United States felt like a very different place. Barack Obama was president and many thought Donald Trump would never land in the Oval Office. – David Friend, CP


Christine and the Queens: I've just discovered sex. I can't stop yet"

Héloïse Letissier’s 2016 debut made her a global star. She’s spent the years since evolving her alter-ego Chris, idolising Madonna, making ‘horny’ pop, and being misunderstood in France. – The Guardian

Reggie Watts’ musical mirth doesn’t need to be explained any more

Watts, who comes to town as one of the headliners on Sept. 29 as part of the JFL42 comedy festival, is obviously very musical. Call him a polymath. –  Raju Mudhar, Toronto Star

A song in your head: U of S, SSO partner to study the effect of playing music on the brain

The season-opening concert for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra is giving the audience a unique look into the brains of musicians — with help from the U of S. – Matt Olson, Star-Phoenix

Tafelmusik captivates with Mozart season opener

So much of the time, Toronto looks to match cultural gold standards from other parts of the world. But in the case of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, we have the gold standard for others to emulate. Tafelmusik’s season-opening, all-Mozart program at Koerner Hall offers a brilliant demonstration of their exalted status.  – John Terauds, Toronto Star

Stingray Joins with Independent Canadian Broadcasters to Call for Government Support of Local Radio
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Stingray Joins with Independent Canadian Broadcasters to Call for Government Support of Local Radio

The major media company has joined forces with independent broadcasters to send a letter to the federal government, calling for specific measures to support the local radio sector, like tax incentives for advertisers and dedicated advertising spends.

A lot is at stake for Canadian broadcasters and musicians in the upcoming federal budget.

Canadian media company Stingray, which manages over 100 radio stations, has joined forces with independent radio broadcasters to call on strong support from the federal government for the local radio sector. Stingray and the group of broadcasters have made their message clear in a letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Canadian Heritage Pasale St-Onge, calling for measures that will assist local radio amidst declining advertising revenues.

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