Are you an unsigned musician over 12years old? CBC has issued a call for online performance auditions for a new music series, COVER ME CANADA, airing this fall on CBC-TV. Unsigned musicians and groups are asked to submit video performances, by July 8, 2011, of their cover versions of one of the following Canadian classics: Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot), Run To You (Bryan Adams), Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane) and Black Velvet (Alannah Myles) to www.cbc.ca/covermecanada.
From the audition pool, the most talented unsigned musicians and groups will be selected to compete as finalists on COVER ME CANADA. The finalists will compete live on television, to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for their first original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.
Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC says, “COVER ME CANADA is the opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring Canadian artists. We look forward to showcasing the brightest musical talent Canada has to offer.”
The host and judges for COVER ME CANADA will be announced in the coming weeks. Artists, producers and the biggest names in Canadian music will be part of the excitement, with competitors getting to perform some of the greatest songs in the Canadian songbook. COVER ME CANADA is produced by Temple Street Productions based on a format co-created by 11 Entertainment and CBC.
Nineties grunge kids and slackers mingled with hipsters at Lee’s Palace in Toronto for Evan Dando and Julianna Hatfield’s first gig together for eight years. The last visit saw Julianna backing up Evan’s set but this show was an equal-billing acoustic set.
Alternating between each other’s tunes, the show was remeniscent of ‘folk singers around a campfire’ than ‘rock icons at an classic club’. As with most North by Northeast Festival shows, there was a lot of competition during each show but this was a critics and, from the busy room, it was a fan fave as well.
The audience hung on every lyric and comment by the two artists, only breaking for rapturous applause during hits like “Into Your Arms” and “It’s About Time”. Julianna also took the time to introduce some new tracks from her forthcoming fan-funded album. The crowd was definitely not ready for the set to end but Julianna noted that they had to keep to the Festival schedule so had to leave us wanting more after a fast but satisfying 40 minutes. Hopefully, they don’t leave it another 8 years to work together!
Since I’m in Toronto for North by Northeast Interactive, Film & Music Festival I thought I’d share the experience, with a few fun ways to fill your day at the Fest.
1. Learning; some great topics are covered in the hundreds of Interactive sessions. 2. Relaxing; the rooftop pool at host hotel Hyatt Regency on King is a great way to recover from the night before’s late night. 3. Parties; music organizations, labels, production companies and major brands hold non-NXNE events and parties at great spaces & venues all over town 4. Music; the largest component of the Fest is the music – hundreds of shows across the city including free shows every night at Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s a great chance to discover that new buzz band or unsigned gem 5. Eating; wrap up a late night with some amazing (and cheap) pizza in Little Italy. The next morning start the day with some tasty crepes and fresh fruit at Cora’s near the Hyatt and you’re ready to start all over again!
First awarded in 2006, the Polaris Music Prize is annually awarded to the best Canadian full-length album. Chosen by a jury of 200 members of the Canadian music media the 2011 Long List was recently announced at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. From this long list of 40 nominees the jury will now choose the top ten albums to form the Short List, to be announced July 6, 2011. The ultimate winner will be selected by the 11 member Grand Jury and announced at a Gala presentation on September 19th.
The 2011 Long List is:
• Arcade Fire – The Suburbs • Austra – Feel It Break • Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart • Braids – Native Speaker • Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years • Louise Burns – Mellow Drama • D-Sisive – Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye • The Dears – Degeneration Street • Destroyer – Kaputt • Diamond Rings – Special Affections • Dirty Beaches – Badlands • Luke Doucet and The White Falcon – Steel City Trawler • Eternia & MoSS – At Last • Galaxie – Tigre Et Diesel • Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch • Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 • Hey Rosetta! – Seeds • Hooded Fang – Album • Imaginary Cities – Temporary Resident • Land Of Talk – Cloak and Cipher
• Little Scream – The Golden Record • The Luyas – Too Beautiful To Work • Malajube – La Caverne • Miracle Fortress – Was I The Wave? • One Hundred Dollars – Songs Of Man • Doug Paisley – Constant Companion • PS I Love You – Meet Me At The Muster Station • Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath The Willow • The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing • Ron Sexsmith – Long Player Late Bloomer • Shotgun Jimmie – Transistor Sister • Sloan – The Double Cross • Frederick Squire – March 12 • Stars – The Five Ghosts • Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges • Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On • The Weeknd – House Of Balloons • Women – Public Strain • Neil Young – Le Noise • Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting