Music News Digest, April 22, 2019

Creative Export Canada's funding recipients include SING! (pictured), Canada's Music Incubator is open for registration, and Three Days Grace sets a record. Also in the news are Stars, NSMW, Outlaw Divas, David Newland, Music PEI, Danny Goldberg, Fleetwood Mac, and Johnnie Lovesin.

Music News Digest, April 22, 2019

By FYI Staff

Six music-based orgs are among the first 20 projects to receive funding from the new Creative Export Canada program, launched by Canadian Heritage last June. Collectively the winning applicants will share $7.8M in grants from the federal culture branch. Over 100 applications competed for the first round of funding.

The winning music-based applicants include:

Apollo Music Store, an online music platform that meets the musical needs of advertising agencies and brands around the world. Their B2B web application allows promotional video producers to find the right music for their brand films and spots and obtain the rights instantly. The web app features several Canadian artists. Many partners support the project.


Productions Folle Avoine, owner of the publisher La Montagne Secrète, which publishes stories and songs intended to introduce children to literature and music. The project approved is designed to develop its international strategy to affect wider distribution of their children’s music books that is a growth sector.

SING! Toronto Arts Festival, a 10-day a cappella festival in Toronto featuring performances and workshops. The project approved will allow expansion ofSING!-branded event at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival—the world’s largest performing arts festival—and the launch of a satellite festival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

LyricFind, a leader in lyric licensing, the Toronto-based firm holds licenses from 5,000 music publishers, including all the majors—Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony-ATV, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Kobalt—and has also built a vetted database of lyrics available for licensing and synchronize. Behind the scenes, LyricFind tracks, reports, and pays royalties to those publishers on a song-by-song and territory-by-territory basis. The project approved will translate Canadian artists’ song lyrics into multiple languages, including Indigenous tongues. Current online platform clients include Google, Amazon, Universal, Billboard, BMG, Spotify and Pandora.

Qaggiavuut! Nunavut Performing Arts, a not-for-profit advocacy org offering professional arts training, collaborative opportunities, and professional performance production. Funds are to be used to launch and tour the music and dance ensembles Arctic Song for the World and Kiviuq Returns, as well as expand business relationships with foreign buyers and presenters.


A complete list of approvals is found on the Canadian Heritage website.

– Online registration for the next round of Canada's Music Incubator core professional development programs for Artist Entrepreneur (Aug/Sept) and Artist Manager (Oct/Nov) in Toronto is now open. Both eight-week programs help emerging artists and artist managers across all genres build their businesses and develop their careers to meet their definitions of success.

Applications for AE West (Nov/Dec) in Calgary, a five-week program, will open in late April.

For more information about the programs and deadlines visit CMI’s website or contact

– Canadian hard rock band Three Days Grace and Shinedown have been competing hard on the US Mainstream Rock Chart. Three Days Grace currently holds the record for most No. 1 songs on the chart, and for the week dated April 20, Three Days Grace extended its lead with a 15th chart-topper. "Right Left Wrong" marks their third consecutive chart-topper according to Billboard. That gives the group a lead on Shinedown and Van Halen, both currently sitting at 13 No. 1's total. The track has quickly gained over 10M YouTube views. Source: Loudwire


– After his smash hit solo show True Crime, Stars frontman Torquil Campbell is getting the band back together for his second foray into theatre performance, Crow’s Theatre announced. A highlight of the Toronto east-end theatre company’s 2019/2020 season is Stars: Together, a concert/theatre hybrid that will fuse storytelling, showmanship and music written by Zack Russell, starring Campbell and the other members of the famed indie band. Source: Toronto Star


– The RFP for Nova Scotia Music Week Host Community Bid is now open, with a closing date of May 15. Communities in the province are invited to apply to host NSMW in 2020, 2021, and 2022. More details here

– They say ladies love outlaws, and that certainly applies to Willie Nelson. On May 2 at Lula Lounge in Toronto, seven so-called Outlaw Divas come together to pay tribute to the country legend by performing his songs. The lineup comprises Lily Frost, Jenie Thai, Suba Sankaran, Angie Gunn, Denielle Bassels, Alana Bridgewater and Tyra Jutai. Tix @ 416 588-0307.

– Acclaimed folk singer-songwriter David Newland launches his fifth album at Hugh's Room in Toronto on April 26. Recorded live, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song is a collection of original songs based on his travels in the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada. Check his tour dates here

– The next submission deadline for Music PEI Investment applications is April 30. More info here  

– US music manager and record label head Danny Goldberg has written a new book, Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain, based on his close relationship with the Nirvana leader. He launches it in Toronto tomorrow (April 23) at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, with the screening accompanied by a conversation with music journalist Alan Cross.

– If you are an export-ready Sask artist and SaskMusic member, you can apply for a NXNE showcase opportunity in Toronto. Submission deadline is April 29. Manitoba Music is also accepting submissions from artists interested in performing at NXNE on June 12. Deadline is May 2. 

– Fleetwood Mac has announced the new Canadian concert dates for shows previously cancelled due to Stevie Nicks' case of flu. As follows: Oct. 30 in Quebec City,  Nov. 1 in Toronto, Nov. 7, Winnipeg, Nov. 10, Calgary, and Nov. 12, Edmonton.


– Long one of the most popular fixtures on the Toronto club circuit, rocker Johnnie Lovesin passed away, Feb. 23. His comrades have organized a celebratory tribute at The Horseshoe on April 28 (3-11 pm). Performers include Luke Gibson, Mike McKenna, Michael Fonfara, Cathy Young, Sam Ferrara, John Borra, Steve Koch, Owen Tennyson, and Lorraine Scott. No cover.

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