Music News Digest, Aug. 16, 2017

The Canadian Music Café is an annual showcase now in its ninth year. Always timed to coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it is presented by the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and is designed to create deeper connections between the city’s music and film sectors. The showcasing artists aim to grab the attention of international music supervisors, producers and filmmakers for potential song placements in TV, film, advertising and video games.

The 10 Canadian artists chosen have just been announced. The list comprises Keshia Chanté, The Pack A.D., Fast Romantics, Geoffroy, Lido Pimienta, Walrus, Kroy, JP Saxe, Lowell, and Luca Fogale. They perform on the afternoons of Sept. 11 and 12 at the xoTO Filmmakers Lounge.

— Hard rock hellraisers Death From Above have revealed that their third full-length album Outrage! Is Now will be released on Sept. 8 via Last Gang Records/eOne. New material has been previewed at Festival d’Été, Ottawa Bluesfest, Wayhome, and Osheaga, and an extensive 25-date North American tour will take flight Oct. 20 in Montreal, at the Corona, closing out at The Phoenix in Toronto on Dec. 1.

Here's their spankin' new video.

— The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, also known as the MEME Festival, runs at various Winnipeg venues, Aug. 17-20. It presents over 20 homegrown electronica artists as well as such imported headliners as The Orb, Mr. C, and Hatiras & Flipse. On Aug. 19, a workshop on audio production takes place at Manitoba Music. More info here

— Last month, an initiative called Polyphonic Ground was launched, with the aim of strengthening Toronto’s culturally-diverse music industry. Spearheaded by Small World Music, it is composed of 12 Toronto live music presenters: Ashkenaz Foundation, Batuki Music Society, Good Kind Productions, iNative, Link Music Lab, Lula Music & Arts Centre, MonstrARTity Creative Community, Music Africa, Revolutions Per Minute, Small World Music Society, Uma Nota Culture, and World Fiddle Day Toronto. The collective plans to foster engagement with a monthly collaborative concert series and diverse professional development programming.

In partnership with Music Ontario, City Hall Live, Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) and Music Canada Live, Polyphonic Ground will host a series of conversations about diversity in the live music industry. It recently conducted an online survey to help inform these conversations.

—  Last week Gord Bamford teed it up in Lacombe, Alberta, and the Gord Bamford Charitable Foundation won big time. The occasion was the hat star's  10th Annual Charity Golf Classic, and the two-day event raked in over $393K. This figure helped Bamford surpass the $3M milestone for his charity.

At the tourney, Bamford was honoured with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters National Alumni Award for his Foundation's contributions. Other causes he supports include MusiCounts and Children's Hospitals. “The event raised $70,000 in its first year and was born out of the idea to hold a small golf tournament and concert in the back of a flatbed truck," he recalled. "To see it grow to this size, and to know that we’re making a true difference to charities means the world to me.”

— Much-lauded Canadian tunesmith Danny Michel grabbed attention with a Facebook post on Monday. It reads: "1/2 a million music streams = 1 fridge! THE COLD FACTS ~ Today I bought a brand new fridge with revenue from digital streaming of my independent releases. Well…almost...It took about half a MILLION streams ~ COLD FACT: 427,767 streams = $1,421.25 (-administration costs, commissions & fees) So that’s less than $0.003322 a stream ~ Imagine, if I’d only had another 100,000 streams I could have had the model with the ice-maker. #soclose." 

Michel added that "It’s important to me that this doesn’t sound like I'm whining here. I love what I do! I just believe it's important for people to understand where their money is going."

— Founded by tenor John McDermott, McDermott House Canada is a registered charity dedicated to serving those who serve. It will be the beneficiary of a fundraising gala concert, The Way We Feel, set for Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio on Oct. 6. The Way We Feel is a multi-artist concert celebrating the songs of Gordon Lightfoot. Co-founded in 2003 by Jory Nash and Aengus Finnan, the show was held annually at Toronto's Hugh's Room every January until that venue's closing.

The 15th anniversary concert will feature show producer Nash, The Good Brothers, DALA, Lori Cullen, Julian Taylor, Aengus Finnan, Meredith Moon, Kevin Fox, Rick Fines, John McDermott, and Oh Susanna. The evening will be emceed by David Newland. A slimmer touring version will play eight Ontario dates in September.

— A potent presence on social media, Montreal-based model Polina Grace is now focusing her attention upon music. In May, Grace signed a major worldwide licensing deal with AMG/Sony, and will release her debut album, Eclectic, internationally on Oct. 13. It was recorded at Bryan Adams' Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, with producer John Webster and A-list sessioneers on hand. An advance single, "High Enough," is now out. One to watch.

— Pop siren Serena Ryder has added to her formidable collection of trophies with three SOCAN No. 1 Song Awards. These are for co-writing two of her own hits, “Got Your Number” and “Electric Love,” as well as Ria Mae’s “Bend.” All three songs reached No. 1 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20 chart. SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste made the presentation at a celebratory dinner in Toronto recently.

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