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Music News Digest, June 15, 2023

Awards news

Music News Digest, June 15, 2023

By Kerry Doole

Awards news


Earlier this week in Toronto, the Long List of 40 Canadian albums competing for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize was announced. It features some previous Prize shortlisters alongside many comparative newcomers. A large jury has now voted for the Short List of 10 albums, and that will be revealed on July 13. A winning album will be named during the Polaris Gala, on Sept. 19 at Massey Hall in Toronto. The chosen Polaris Music Prize winner will be awarded a $50K grand prize. See the full Long List here.

– On June 14, Moose Knuckles and Prism Prize, administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, announced the three recipients of the Moose Knuckles Heatmakers x Prism Prize Music Video Production Grant: Sean Leon, iaamSaam, and Skiifall. Introduced earlier this year, this production support initiative aids in the creation of high-quality music video content from the Canadian rap and hip-hop community and offers recording artists the opportunity to receive up to $35K in funding. More info here.

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Festivals news

– Manifesto festival in Toronto has announced a full week of events (Aug. 7-13 )to celebrate  50 years of hip-hop. The genre's historic milestone will be anchored by a live concert Manifesto Presents: The Block Party. on Aug. 11  at RBC Echo Beach, headlined by Aminé and Saukrates. Hosted by The Relentless Diaries podcast crew (Zoie, Tresor, Chris), the Manifesto concert stage will also feature sets by Kuruza, Eben, No Tourists, SadBoi, Liza, and Eleanor. CBC Music's Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe will host the Block Stage, showcasing Keysha Freshh, Phoenix Pagliacci, Temia, Vince the Messenger, and Clairmont the Second. Tickets go on sale today (June 15). More info here.

Artists news

– On June 9, Canadian veterans Dee Daniels and Denzal Sinclaire released their first album together, Let It Shine! Let It Shine!, a project that pays homage to the rich tradition of black spirituals. On June 15, they'll be in Toronto to celebrate the launch with a Live to Air concert at JazzFM, at 7 pm.

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– Veteran Toronto roots troubadour John Borra is teaming up with his Calgarian pal Emily Triggs for a bunch of shows in ON & QC, beginning at Red Brick Cafe in Guelph on June 22, and concluding on July 8 at Hotel Wolfe Island, near Kingston. Check the itinerary here.

–Popular '90s Canadian rockers Rusty still plays occasional high-octane shows, including dates this week in Toronto and Hamilton, heading an ace bill that includes Lightmares and Pointless, the new project by Treble Charger's Bill Priddle. The gigs are at Toronto's Garrison on June 16 and Hamilton's Corktown (upstairs) on June 17. Recommended. Tix here

– Highly-regarded Toronto world music group Al Qahwa Ensemble released their fourth album Weyn Allah(Where is God?) on June 1 and will celebrate the release with a hometown concert at Tranzac Club on June 18 (7-10 pm). The ensemble includes scene mainstays Maryem and Ernie Tollar, and the performance will feature special guests and a set by Catchfiyah. More info here. Dates in Western Canada, July 10-16, are being confirmed. 

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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services
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Shaq’s Classic Song ‘You Can’t Stop the Reign’ Featuring Biggie Is Finally on Streaming Services

There's a more explicit Biggie verse in the vault, according to the NBA legend.

Shaq’s classic with Biggie is finally available on streaming services. The news was broken by FakeShoreDrive on X earlier this week, and the Hall of Fame big man confirmed the news Thursday afternoon (June 13).

The year is 1996 and Shaquille O’Neal and the Notorious B.I.G. are two of the biggest figures in their respective fields. Shaq was entering the last year of his deal with the Orlando Magic before he headed west to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 1995-1996 season. Biggie was getting ready to release his sophomore album, Life After Death, while in the throws of a beef with 2Pac. Big name-dropped the NBA player on the song “Gimme the Loot” off his debut album, Ready to Die, and the two had a mutual respect for each other ever since.

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