Music News Digest, Aug. 18, 2017

So, what exactly did Primary Wave Music Publishing acquire from the Glenn Gould Estate? That’s a question many might have asked after reading the story we published on Wednesday, and one that on the surface was not immediately clear in the announcement made by the New York-based firm.

What they have acquired is the portion of the publishing and master royalty income streams owned by Gould’s estate (previously directed to two charities) and rights to his name and likeness.

Gould's master recordings are owned by Sony Masterworks and the CBC, and photographic images by the photographers who took them; however, Gould images must be cleared if used for commercial gain, and the same goes for the use of Gould’s name.

Previously, clearances would have had to be approved by the GG Estate.

What’s unclear is how Primary Wave plans to monetize their assets going forward. Film sync rights would be one way to boost income, understanding that these rights must also be approved by Sony and or CBC depending on which recordings were used. Company founder and CEO Lawrence Mestel, hopefully, will enlighten us on what plans the firm has in future; however, at the time of the announcement this week he was away on holidays.

— Congrats to Anya Wilson who is enjoying a run at #1 on both of Canada's Top 40 Country charts with Dallas Smith's "Sky Stays This Blue" on 604 Records. As we all know, having a #1 Canadian song is no easy feat. This is Smith's 4th career No. 1 single, and he's the only Canadian male country artist to have achieved that feat in the Nielsen BDS & Mediabase era. Separately, Wilson has  received an invite to the BBC's 50th anniversary of Radio 1 and Radio 2 in Sept., and she has accepted.

— Former United Talent Agency's Adam Kreeft and Rob Thornton have joined the Paquin Agency. Acts they worked with at UTA included Yukon Blonde, Hawksley Workman, Reuben and the Dark, The Strumbellas, Serena Ryder, Randy Bachman, The Sheepdogs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Shakey Graves.

— Want to bone up on your understanding of copyright and have some fun doing it? Copyright Literacy in the UK has invented a card game that includes four suits:

  • Copyright works – what is the material that someone wants to use? Is it protected by copyright and how is it defined in the law?

  • Usages, or what the law calls the ‘restricted acts’ that are the exclusive right of the copyright holder. How does what you want to do with a work map onto the usages as defined in the law?

  • Licenses – how do licences work? What licences are available and how might they be used to enable you to go beyond what the law might allow

  • Exceptions – what copyright exceptions exist in the UK and how can you make better use of them

Details and download version here.

 — Ennio Morricone like you’ve never heard his music before in dynamic stereo

Polaris has announced that Lisa LeBlanc, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, Leif Vollebekk, and Weaves will be performing at the Sept. 18 Prize gala. The show will be live streamed by CBCMusic.ca and on CBC Music's Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 8 pm ET. Show tickets available through Ticketmaster.

— Fans of The Tragically Hip may no longer have the chance to see them onstage, but they can look forward to both a new documentary and a biography of the band. The film doco, Long Time Running, gets a Gala premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.

ECW Press has just announced that a new Tragically Hip biography, The Never-Ending Present, will be published in April 2018. It is written by Canadian music scribe Michael Barclay, co-author (with FYI contributor Jason Schneider and Ian A.D. Jack) of Have Not Been The Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985–1995 (also on ECW). Gord Downie contributed a foreword to that book.

— The FACTOR crew took to Facebook this week to show off their new fall season pullovers and a happy gang they look too. We are guessing that Duncan McKie was hiding behind the camera when this shot was taken.

Canadian Musician is running a 150-themed sweepstake with 150 CDs by Canadian acts as a prize pack. It’s a nifty traffic builder, and all you have to do is provide a few basic details about yourself at the online portal and you are entered in the draw.

— Eagle Rock Ent. is pumping the Oct. 13 release of Tommy, Live At The Royal Albert Hall. The Who package is offered in various configurations as DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD and 3LP sets.

— Chris Farlowe, Jason Rebello and Jeff Beck join Van Morrison on “Transformation,” the lead single from the Belfast Cowboy’s Sept. 22 album release, Roll With the Punches. It’s a soulful set that includes tunes by either written or made famous by Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Bobby Bland, and Sam Cooke.

— LGBT solo country artists’ Drake Jensen & Patrick Masse, from Cape Breton and BC respectively, have teamed up on the song “Go Your Own Way,” written by Kevin Fisher, Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, and produced by Jonathan Edwards and Jamie Foulds.  Ashley Burke at CBC News has a solid feature about these openly gay country artists.

— New York’s ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) has been preserving audiovisual materials since 1985, and a little over a year ago, it partnered with the Internet Archive to bring its Great 78 Project to the public and, to date, has put over 50KI digitized 78rpm discs and cylinder recordings on the Internet Archive. The Verge has the complete story.

— Ontario jazz fans fancying a road trip to catch some jazz aren't short of choice in Southern Ontario this weekend. The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival has events running Aug. 15-20, based at Picton's Regent Theatre. Artists appearing include Laila Biali, Heather Bambrick, Gord Sheard, Reg Schwager, Luanda Jones, The Brian Barlow Big Band and the aptly-named Jazz Masters, comprising Guido Basso, Phil Dwyer, Dave Young, Robi Botos, and Terry Clarke. More info here 

The Markham Jazz Festival, running Aug. 16-20, is hosting free outdoor concerts by noted acts that include David Clayton-Thomas, Ranee Lee, Carol Welsman, Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti, Manteca, MonkeyJunk with Paul Reddick, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, and Shakura S'Aida. 

The South Coast Jazz Festival is set in Norfolk County, bordering Lake Erie. Held from Aug. 18-20, it has a lineup that includes Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Rob Piltch, Mark Kelso, FYI contributor Bill King, Joe Sealy, Colin Hunter, Jeanine Mackie, and Avery Raquel. Check the schedule here

There is also a formidable jazz component to ArtsFest Waterdown. Held Aug. 19-20, in a picturesque village adjacent to Hamilton, AFW is produced and curated by Geoff Kulawick, of Linus Entertainment/True North. The Sunday lineup features the Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble, comprising Tommy Banks, Dave Young, Terry Clarke, and Jens Lindemann, plus guest guitarist Reg Schwager, and they will perform their arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s classic album Canadiana Suite. The OOC Jazz Ensemble also have a quintet performance, with guest vocalists Sophie Milman, Alex Pangman, and Genevieve Marentette. Also appearing are Canadian Brass and Shuffle Demons.

FYI recently reported on the passing of esteemed Montreal music teacher Daisy Peterson Sweeney, at age 97. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has just announced that, at the urging of one of Sweeney's students, Oliver Jones, there will be a Montreal street named after her.

— It's a little surprising that new dub-rooted ensemble Megative hasn't grabbed more attention. The group is based in Brooklyn but has a strong Canadian presence in frontman Tim Fletcher (The Stills), and producer Gus van Go (Arkells, Whitehorse, Wintersleep).  A single, "More Time," is now out on Last Gang Records, and dates in Montreal (Sept. 2 at the Mile Ex Festival), Toronto (Sept. 7 at Baby G), and Hamilton (Sept. 9 at Supercrawl) are coming.

— The Downtown Yonge BIA has commissioned a second 22-storey tribute to Toronto’s musical heritage. The new wall painting will cover the entire south face of the Toronto Community Housing building at 423 Yonge Street, complementing an existing music-themed work on the north wall. Here is an artist rendering of what's to come.

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