Music Biz Headlines, Oct. 18, 2017

Esprit Orchestra celebrates 35 years of championing Canadian composers

The 2018 program begins with a concert with a Eugene Astapov composition that includes an 1885 recording of Canadian telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell saying, “Hear my voice,” then will ramp up to the present day with Tan Dun’s “Secret and Winds and Birds” with the audience creating a “forest of digital birds” on cellphones — Trish Crawford, The Star

Concert discovery tool Songkick to close operations this month

The company has been in litigation with Ticketmaster and Live Nation and will shut down on Oct. 31 —

The digital revolution fosters more hurried, less skillful creative process

True tastemakers are becoming endangered. There has been a vast and exponential growth in output and content in the last 20 years. While reviewers and consumers are drowning in choice, paid arbiters of taste are being laid off and replaced by amateurs  — Miranda Mulholland,

Bjork details Danish director's sexual harassment toward her

"He sulked and punished me," singer says of filmmaker after she spurned his advances —  Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

Odd pairing Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias was rhythm divine at Toronto concert: Review

The contrast between the two performers couldn't have been more opposite, which perhaps explains why the musicians shared the bill, but not the stage — Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

The Lonely Crusade of Jim DeRogatis

Over the past 17 years, the city’s loudest rock critic has been consumed by an increasingly high-profile undertaking: investigating the allegations of sexual abuse against R&B star R. Kelly —

Music reviews: P!nk, Enslaved, Matt Good and Black Gardenia

Stuart Derdeyn's feature covers pop, rock, black metal and vintage jazz  — Vancouver Sun

Bill Murray, a true showman in old-school performance at Toronto's Koerner Hall

The comic actor sang, danced and read in charming fashion  — Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

Mavis Staples talks Las Vegas shooting & reasserting herself as a voice for change

A heroine of the civil rights movement, the soul singer remains outspoken —  Chuck Dauphin, Billboard

West Coast's rising stars plumb all the roots music angles

“This is the first time I've been able to take songs exactly to where I wanted them to go" — Jack Garton  — Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Luminous Voices clearly up for a vocal challenge

After five seasons before the Calgary public, this is now an established choral ensemble, with an enviable track record of prizes, CDs, and, most important, a series of outstanding live performances — Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald

A fresh spin on library’s vinyl stash

A swap event draws attention to Toronto library's updated record collection, now boasting current hits to go with intriguing obscurities —  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

INXS get sales boost from first night of Michael Hutchence documentary The Last Rockstar

An Australian TV documentary on the late singer benefits the band's greatest hits album —  Paul Cashmere,


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