Music lovers pick three great Canadian unsung seasonal songs

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, the Star is recognizing the best little-known Canadian songs as picked by a wide range of musicians and others whose lives are defined by music. Maybe the choices our panel made never saw the Top 10, but they’ve never left their memories. And now they explain why.(Toronto Star)

‘The Envy Of The World’: How Public Funds Boost Canadian Music

Speaking to IQ for issue 74’s Canada market report, Ross identifies the grants provided by federal, provincial and municipal governments for events where live music is a major component as a significant contributor to the success of Canada’s concert market, which at US$711m (C$907m) is the world’s seventh largest (see PwC figures from the ITY 2017).(IQ)

Indigenize high school tour inspires, educates

When Justin Holness started thinking about ways to help educate students in Ottawa about Indigenous culture and reconciliation, he asked himself a simple question: “What do I have to offer?”(CBC News Ottawa)

Defunct P.E.I. bands reunite, revive festival to honour late founder

Once an important part of the P.E.I. music scene, the Close to the Coast music festival at Baba’s Lounge in Charlottetown is being revived after eight years to honour its founder, Lloyd Doyle.(CBC News Prince Edward Island)

And Finally

Dine Alone Records have released the 2017 edition of their winter sampler, featuring 27 killer tracks from their monsterous roster. The album can be streamed via the usual suspects or, downloaded for free, from BandCamp.