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Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 7, 2018

Canadian cultural protections become a NAFTA issue, Bruce Springsteen ages well on Broadway, and Asian rappers face stereotypes. Others in the headlines include Tsianina Redfeather, Prince, Toby Mamis, Dolores O'Riordan, Aretha, Sistema Toronto, fentanyl, kindie rock, Dilly Dally, Garbage, Drake, Skookum, Paul Brandt, Vancouver opera, and Chinese Festival Halifax.

Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 7, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Protecting Canadian culture a surprise sticking point at NAFTA talks

Ottawa insisted on cultural protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and in the Canada-EU free trade agreement. And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’ll insist on it now, threatening to "walk away" from a deal if Canadian cultural protections are eroded in a new NAFTA. –  Tonda MacCharles, Toronto Star


Perspective: Bruce Springsteen is aging just fine on Broadway

As smartly scripted as Springsteen’s show is, skillfully touching on different phases of his life in parallel with his recent autobiography, my conclusion after belatedly catching up with “Springsteen on Broadway”  is that it’s not fundamentally different than the countless Springsteen concert performances I’ve attended over the last 40 years. –  Randy Lewis, LA Times

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Forgotten Indigenous opera singer Tsianina Redfeather has her story spotlighted on a Toronto stage

The issue of who gets to tell whose stories and how is a deeply complex and potentially painful one. –   Carly Maga, Toronto Star

'My eyes looking Korean': can Asian rappers defeat stereotypes?

US rappers often fetishise Asian culture – but are a new crop of their east Asian counterparts fighting back, or falling into self-parody?  –  Olly Telling, The Guardian

Drake cancels appearance at 'Monsters and Men' TIFF premiere

Organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival have suffered a major setback to their opening night celebrations after Drake pulled out of his appearance with little notice.   – David Friend, CP

Prince's estate sues alleged European piracy network

The singer's estate is suing what it says it a European piracy network that is selling his music around the world, including his final concert.  –  AP

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Toby Mamis, manager, Alive Enterprises

You are going to have to wait for a film to make much sense of Toby Mamis’ fabulously winding career. In conversation, Mamis ducks, dives and weaves through accounts of moments in his career like a junkie searching for a fix on Sunset Boulevard on a Saturday night. –  Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died by ‘drowning due to intoxication’

O’Riordan died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest was told Thursday. The Irish singer was found dead in the bath of a London hotel in January. The inquest heard that there was no evidence of injuries or self-harm and the coroner ruled her death was an accident. –  Stewart Clarke, Variety

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Family of Aretha Franklin calls Pastor's eulogy distasteful

Aretha Franklin’s family have blasted the eulogy delivered by Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. at the singer’s funeral on Friday, calling it “distasteful”.  “He spoke for 50 minutes and at no time did he properly eulogize her,” a spokesperson said. –  Noise11.com

Musicians and parents speak out against PC cuts to Sistema Toronto

Doug Ford's government rescinded $500,000 in funding to the at-risk youth music program, and artists like Brendan Canning have thoughts about it.  –   Nick Flanagan, NOW

Robert Lepage’s controversial play Kanata to be staged in Paris this December

A previously cancelled play by a Quebec playwright about the relationship between whites and Aboriginal Peoples will finally be presented in Paris despite criticism from Indigenous communities that its content is culturally insensitive. –  CP

So far the 2018 summer music festival season has passed without the spike in fentanyl overdoses Canada feared

Kids are heading back to school, which means the music-festival season is just about finished. Thankfully, a wave of drug overdoses that authorities feared would come with the 2018 summer's parties has not materialized. –  Travis Lupick, Georgia Straight

Kindie rock is right on with The Oot n' Oots

Kindie rock is the term applied to children's music that adults can enjoy too. –   Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

Garbage review – scrappy cyberpunks make a strident homecoming

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Version 2.0, Shirley Manson’s ‘mongrel pop’ band channel robotic beats into an endearingly human performance. –  Graeme Virtue, TheGuardian

Georgia Straight guide to SKOOKUM

The Killers, Florence and the Machine, Father John Misty, Arkells, Metric, St. Vincent, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many other acts will be converging on Vancouver's fabulous Stanley Park for the first SKOOKUM from September 7 to September 9. –  Staff, Georgia Straight

Paul Brandt, High Valley, Moskaluke form country super-team at Rogers Place Feb. 2

How much country can you handle? If you answered, “bring it on,” you’ll be pumped to know an all western-Canadian lineup of Paul Brandt, High Valley, Jess Moskaluke and Hunter Brothers is hitting Rogers Place Feb. 2 — a Saturday-night hootenanny.  –  Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal 

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Classical music: Vancouver Opera season has much in store

Vancouver Opera’s season starter, Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, is still a few weeks away. But both City Opera Vancouver and the Turning Point Ensemble are right off the mark with 2018/19 productions. –  DG Duke, Calgary Herald

Chinese Festival Halifax announces inaugural lineup 

New event showcasing Chinese culture and music runs September 8-22.  –  Tara Thorne, The Coast

Mediation efforts suspended between locked-out stagehands, Exhibition Place

Efforts to resolve a months-long labour dispute between locked-out stagehands and Exhibition Place in Toronto are suspended, the venue’s board of governors said Wednesday, as an impasse over contracting out jobs threatens to mar events scheduled in the coming months. –  Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Toronto Star

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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