Music News Digest, Jan 31, 2022
Nice Horse and Dan Davidson (pictured) head Country Music Alberta Awards nominees, MVP Labs is launched, and more Canadian artists are abandoning Spotify. Also in the news are ScreenxScreen, Brian Hetherman, Terry Sawchuk, Carson Janik, BadBadNotGood, Music Nova Scotia, Hillside Festival, NMC, Colin Clarke, Oscar Peterson Program, Director X, Begonia, Alex Patton, Beyries, and farewell Andy Ross.
By Kerry Doole
– The TD Toronto Jazz Festival hasannounced the hiring of Alex Patton as Director of Operations, Marketing and Business Strategy, working alongside Artistic Director, Josh Grossman. Patton previously held the role of Director, Music & Booking for IMG’s Global Music & Festivals Division and prior to that was a Talent Buyer for both Live Nation Canada and Fource Entertainment. She has been a key player for several major festivals including Boots and Hearts, WayHome Music & Arts, OVO, and NXNE Portlands.
Andy Ross, a key figure in the 1990s U.K. music scene, died last week at the age of 66. No cause has been reported.
Ross co-ran London-based independent label Food Records with founder David Balfe and famously gave rock band Blur its first record deal, signing the group to the label in 1990 after seeing them perform at the Islington Powerhaus venue months before.
After Balfe sold Food Records to EMI in 1994, Ross — who was a member of late 1970s punk band Disco Zombies and worked as a music journalist before entering the record business — continued to run the label within the EMI group. Other acts signed by Ross included Jesus Jones, Shampoo, Idlewild, The Supernaturals and Dubstar. Food Records ceased to exist after being folded into the Parlophone label in 2000. Source: Billboard