SOCAN Awards Shine Bright Lights on Canada’s Music Creators and Publishers

Songwriters, composers and music publishers behind some of the biggest songs in the world gathered in Toronto Monday night – with a who’s who of Canada’s music ecosystem – for the 2017 SOCAN Awards. The gala ceremony honoured Canada’s music creators and publishers across a wide variety of genres, including Pop, Rock, Film & Television, Urban, Dance, Folk/Roots, Jazz, Country, Classical, and more.

Gord Downie is Now Officially a Member of the Order of Canada

In the grand scheme of things, this didn’t take long. Public support for the idea of giving Gord Downie the highest honour in the country started in the latter part of last year. Some were concerned that he didn’t make the cut for the announcements made at the end of the year, but that was never going to happen since the vetting process takes six months. But half a year later, Gord has his medal. This is like making it into the Hall of Fame in a unanimous first ballot.

New festival alert: Mile Ex/End Musique unites Godspeed, Patrick Watson, Cat Power and Suzanne Vega

Introducing Mile Ex/End Musique Montréal, bringing together an impressive musical lineup emphasizing local talent and enhanced with a touch of international flair. The first edition will take place Sept. 2 and 3. And so, Montreal acts, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Patrick Watson, Charlotte Cardin, Bust and the Bass, Basia Bulat and Megative (a collaboration between Tim Fletcher of The Stills and Gus Van Go of Me Mom & Morgentaler) will be sharing the stage with City and Colour, Cat Power and Suzanne Vega.

Radiohead Stage Collapse Mistrial Declared
Five years after a stage collapse in Toronto that killed Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson, the ensuing legal case has been delayed again, perhaps indefinitely. A mistrial was declared and a new trial ordered against Live Nation and others charged in the deadly 2012 incident, a prosecutor has confirmed to Pitchfork. The reason for the mistrial is that the judge in the case, Shaun Nakatsuru in the Ontario Court of Justice, was recently appointed to the Ontario Superior Court and no longer has jurisdiction, as The Canadian Press reports. The latest postponement could put the future of the case in doubt, thanks to trial time limits imposed by the Supreme Court of Canada a year ago.

Edmonton-based online tech startup Songistry takes the stage for struggling musicians

The platform is part networking site, part storage for music, a facilitator of financial transactions and a service that tags metadata to help with copyright.

And Finally

In honour of Glastonbury taking place this week, we give you Death From Above 1979’s set from 2015.