Musical Notes – June 22

Along with the news bites about various musical artists this week is information on Ticketmaster and their court settlement, Willie Nelson’s newest business venture, and a unique tribute to a fallen superstar. Read about the Canadian Much Music Video and Libby Awards, the Alan Parson’s Project, and the Tragically Hip.

Musical Notes

Willie Nelson:
Any Willie Nelson knows that the country rocker is fond of hemp…in all its forms. And now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in Washington and Colorado; as well as legal for medicinal use in several states, Nelson has started his own company Willie’s Reserve.

Nelson is planning on manufacturing products from his own specialty blend and will be offering a variety of items that includes preroll, vape, and edibles.

Nelson is setting up his Willie’s Reserve business in Colorado and has issued a call for employees. Sorry but taste testers are not on the list of needed help. The company is seeking mostly administrative personnel including a compliance officer, a bookkeeper, office assistant, a production manage, and a sales director. The company is also seeking an extractor but the applicant must be a resident of Colorado and hold a Marijuana Enforcement Division Badge.


Myers + Chang general manager Kristi McNeil is a big Prince fan. When looking for a way to pay tribute to her favourite musician and the recent bathroom issues provided the perfect answer. McNeil has replaced the “women” and “men” signs on the restroom doors with the symbol Prince once used instead of his name.

While unpronounceable, the symbol is said to designate love. It was originally created using the astrological symbols for women – Venus – and men – Mars.

Speaking on the change, McNeil said, “we were all really sad, and this was just a light bulb moment for us. We’d been thinking of changing the sings to say ‘Anyone’ and ‘Everyone’, but this fit.” McNeil admitted that some patrons were a big confused.

Canadian Much Music Video Awards:
Canadian Hip-Hop artist took home five awards at the Much Music Video Awards topping the list of winners but was not at the awards ceremonies in Toronto to accept his trophies.

Hailee Steinfeld, Shawn Hook, Jacob Hoggard, Alessia Cara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, July Talk, and Tegan and Sara all gave performances at the ceremonies.

Winners of the 2016 Canadian Much Music Video Awards:
Video of the Year: b
Best Post Production: “Every Step Every Way” by Majid Jordan
Best EDM/Dance Video: “Quit This City” by Grandtheft with Lowell
Best Director: “Hotline Bling” by Drake
Best Pop Video: “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Best Rock/Alternative Video: “Spirits” by The Strumbellas
Best Hip-Hop Video: “Hotline Bling” by Drake
Best MuchFACT Video: “My Love” by Majid Jordan with Drake
iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year: Nick Jonas
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group: Fifth Harmony
Most Buzzworthy Canadian: Drake
iHeartRadio International Duo or Group of the Year: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best New Canadian Artist: Alessia Cara
iHeartRadio Canadian Single of the Year: “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd


The Alan Parson’s Project:
Forty years ago The Alan Parson’s Project released their debut album “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”. In celebration of that release is getting a re-issue.

Set for a December 2 release, keyboard player Eric Woolfson’s family is also offering some rare memorabilia for fans who make donations to the project’s PledgeMusic campaign. Family members noted, “while going through our archives to research and find material for this new edition, we found a wealth of original memorabilia associated with the making of the album. Rather than it all sitting in a box for another 40 years, we have decided to allow a select number of items to be sold.”

The added, “between now and the release of the re-issue, we will be adding even more items to those already available to pre-order.”

The family will also be offering some exclusive merchandise and a remastered vinyl album of “POE More Tales of Mystery and Imagination”.

Pledgers to the campaign will also be getting a sneak peak listen to music form the release; along with some photos that were discovered in the archived material.

See: for items and pledge categories.

Ticketmaster reports that some 50 million music fans bought concert tickets on their website between October 1999 and February 2013. In the $400 million class action lawsuit settlement, music fans who have bought tickets between those dates may have discounts or even free ticket vouchers waiting in their Ticketmaster accounts.

Ticketmaster reminds fans that any free ticket codes are awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Ticketmaster will update periodically update events that are eligible for free and discounted voucher codes.

Tragically Hip:
After making the announcement that lea singer Gordie Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, the band announced one final tour. That tour only covers a handful of Canadian dates with nothing south of the border.

The Tragically Hip are going to make their final concert in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario live in a television event on CBC. The Canadian network is also making the August 20 concert available across all of its platforms commercial free including television, radio, and online at

Libera Awards:
The Libera Awards – Libbys – celebrates the best in ibdependent music. The annual awards presentation was held last week in New York City; hosted by Ted Leo. Unlike many of the annual awards galas, the Libera Awards are a very casual event where attendees are more likely to wear jeans and t-shirts than trousers, ties, and gowns.

Nosaj Thing, Torres, Mac DeMarco, and Naughty byNature all gave musical performances during the evening’s events.

The Female group Alabama Shakes were the big winners of the night, taking home three awards.

Winners of the 5th annual Libera Awards:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Curb of Curb Records
Independent Icon Award: Naughty by Nature
Best Live Act: Alabama Shakes
Marketing Genius: “#12DaysofRTJ” byRun the Jewels
Best Sync Usage: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes
Breakthrough Artist: “Sometimes I Sit and Think” by Courtney Barnett
Creative Packaging: “I Love You Honeybear” by Father John Misty
Groundbreaking Album of the Year: “The Epic” by Kamasi Washington
Heritage Album of the Year: “The Epic” by Kamasi Washington
Independent Champion: Merlin – Charles Caldas, Jim Mahoney, and Tom Deakin
Into the Pit: “Adore Life” by Savages
Young Label Spotlight Award: Innovative Leisure
Shifting Beats: “In Colour” by Jamie xx
Video of the Year: “Close Your Eyes” by Run the Jewels
Fan Voted Video of the Year: “Kill V. Maim” by Grimes
A&R Team of the Year: Jon Salter and Friends of ATO Records
Label of the Year with five employees or less: Daptone Records
Label of the year with over five employees: Sub Pop Records
Album of the Year: “Sound & Color” by Alabama Shakes


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