Headlines and Footdots: January 23, 2017

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January 29 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles is the time and place of the 62nd annual all-star game of the National Hockey League. The event starts 12:30 p.m. pacific time. The Canadian national anthem will be performed by Carly Rae Jepsen. Her American sisters Fifth (now down to four) Harmony will handle the U.S. anthem. Nick Jonas will perform during the game’s second intermission. During the weekend’s festivities, Robin Thicke will honour his Canadian father Alan Thicke who passed away recently.

The February 4th Saturday Night Live show will be hosted by Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, Into The Wild, Twilight) and the musical guest will be Alessia Cara who responded to the announcement by saying, “my head is spinning”.

Disney adapted Beauty and the Beast into an animated feature film in 1991, and Céline Dion teamed up with Peabo Bryson to sing its theme song. It was included on her second Anglo album (self-titled) in 1992 and won the Single of the Year JUNO award in 1993. Fast-forwarding to the present, 2017, Disney has decided to give the film a live action treatment, and Céline has been recruited to contribute a new song on the soundtrack which will be titled “How Does a Moment Last Forever”.

Music industry veteran Randy Lennox has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award which has been given out annually since 1984. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the development of the Canadian music industry. Randy was president and CEO of the country’s biggest record label, Universal Music Canada. In his role, he helped launch the careers of such artists as Hedley, Shawn Mendes, Drake, Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, The Tragically Hip, and The Weeknd. Lennox is now president of content and broadcasting at Bell Media. In such a role, he acts as a key contributor to the production work of CTV, the JUNO Awards, the MMVAs, and Canada’s Walk of Fame. He also sits on the board of governors for Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, and the culture advisory board for Ontario. Randy co-produced 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games anthem “I Believe” as well as charity single “Wavin’ Flag” which raised over $2 million for disaster relief in Haiti.

jb-eckl-everywhere-at-onceIt has taken awhile but now Saskatoon singer, songwriter, and guitarist JB Eckl will be releasing his formal debut album, Everywhere at Once. In the 1990s, JB hooked up with Latin pop producer KC Porter in Los Angeles and went on tour as a supporting guitarist with 70s funk band War. He contributed to Carlos Santana’s blockbuster 1999 album Supernatural and 2002’s Shaman. He also worked with Santana on the soundtrack for film Girlfight. Recently, JB co-wrote the theme song of Sully starring Tom Hanks. JB’s solo album Everywhere at Once is scheduled for release on February 20. Of the album he says, “It represents the exact opposite of our current media circus: an album of deeply personal songs crafted over a long period of time, an inner soundtrack for the soul as we struggle to become our higher selves. It’s organic, it’s a little electronic, it’s full of textures, tones, guitars and grooves…”

It has been a while since we’ve heard new music from Kristina Maria. She announced today that she is offering a private listening session of her upcoming new songs in Montreal, February 12 from 2-5 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a meet and greet.

Country star MacKenzie Porter has been busy with acting duties in TV series Travellers. But somehow, she has found time to make new music. Today, she announced she is cutting a new record. The Port’s debut album appeared in 2014. She has scored four Top 40 hits on the country charts to date.

Finally, Coeur de Pirate has released a new, fantasy-themed music video for track “Undone” off her acclaimed album Roses which we embed below.

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