Parliament Hill Concert Vs. CanCon-Deprived MMVAs

Canadian artists are topping the charts and selling out arenas all over the world, but in the minds of the organizers of Canadian events, they are not good enough to perform. For the past three years, foreign acts have headlined the Grey Cup half-time show. Moreover, we predicted when Robert Pittman’s iHeartRadio became involved with the Much Music Video Awards (MMVAs), that it would lead to a death of CanCon, and as we see in the performance lineup for the 2017 MMVAs, that is exactly what has happened. It is bad enough to allow Francophobia to exclude Francophone artists from performing at such nation-wide events, but to shut out Canadian artists as a whole can only mean that a 150-year-old country has no confidence in itself.

To the rescue comes an all-Canadian lineup, as it should be and as it has always been, for the Canada Day concert on Parliament Hill. To celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday, concerts across the land will take place. At the Canadian Museum of History July 1 at 6:30 p.m. local time, find the Souljazz Orchestra and at 9 p.m. The Lost Fingers. Major’s Hill Park’s players are Ruth B at 6:30 p.m., Jonathan Painchaud 7:15, Laurence Nerbonne 7:30, Moon Vs Sun featuring Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) and Chantal Kreviazuk 8:30, and Mother Mother 9:30.

The flagship concert will take place on Parliament Hill at 8:30 p.m. Ottawa time, and here is the impressive lineup:

Alessia Cara
Cirque du Soleil
Dean Brody
Gordon Lightfoot
Kelly Bado
Kinnie Star
Lisa Leblanc
Louis-Jean Cormier
Marie-Mai
Mike Tompkins
Serena Ryder
Walk Off the Earth

We can only hear organizers of other events justifying their lack of CanCon by pointing out the full-slate of maple stars at the Canada Day concert. It’s very sad.

Headlines for Mid June 2015

Shawn Hook Strikes Gold

British Columbian pop star Shawn Hook has scored his first gold single as “Sound of Your Heart” hit the 40,000 purchase mark. Shawn’s new album Analog Love is out now, and he will be presenting at the MMVAs this weekend.

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Ed Sheeran Surprises a Young Singer at West Edmonton Mall

British superstar Ed Sheeran emerged from a record shop at West Edmonton Mall when he heard 13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau singing one of his songs on stage. He stunned her when he walked onto the stage and joined her. Ed will be co-hosting the MMVAs this weekend in Toronto.

Jess Moskaluke and Wes Mack Open for Shania Twain in Winnipeg

Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke, CCMA recipient of female artist of the year, surprised country fans in Winnipeg when she joined Alberta’s Wes Mack opening for superstar Shania Twain. The latter still holds the record for the best-selling country music album of all time, Come On Over. Her shoes are going to be difficult to fill, but we believe Jess can do it.

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Mia Martina Tops CanCon BDS Top 40

Mia Martina’s latest single “Beast” is the top CanCon single on Top 40 radio, at #9 this week. Mia will be performing at the MMVAs this weekend, and her second album (self-titled) is out now. Generally speaking, Canadian broadcasters have been cold-shouldering Canadian female recording artists in 2015, so Mia’s accomplishment is that more incredible.

Mia Martina ca

The Weeknd Owns the Top 3 CanCon Singles on the Hot 100

With his new single, “Can’t Feel My Face” debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 at #13, the Weeknd owns the top 3 CanCon spots on the chart, the other two being “Earned It” (#15) and “The Hills” (#17). The Weeknd will also be performing at the MMVAs.

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We leave you with the brand new music video from Elliot Maginot for track “Still Alive” from excellent album Young Old Everything In Between released back in February.

Headlines for Early April 2015

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British Columbian superstar Carly Rae Jepsen will be making her Saturday Night Live debut tonight as a musical guest. The show is being hosted by Hollywood movie star Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman, Birdman). We hope that Carly will take part in some skits as well to continue using the acting skills she honed during her Broadway run of Cindarella.

Broadcast from Montreal, Canada’s The Voice will be paring down its eight semi-finalists to four finalists Sunday night, as each of the four coaches – Isabelle Boulay, Marc Dupré, Éric Lapointe, and Pierre Lapointe will have only one apprentice left. All eyes are on Team Marc as previous YTV Next Star winner Alicia Moffet is facing off against Bobby Bazini’s younger brother Kevin Bazinet.

Health has not been kind lately to a number of Canadian recording artists. Avril Lavigne was bedridden for five months from Lyme disease and Joni Mitchell was hospitalized after being found unconscious in her home. Here’s hoping for decisive recoveries in both cases.

British superstar Ed Sheeran will be co-hosting the Much Music Video Awards televised on June 21st. Ed’s popularity in Canada needs no confirmation. He has been present at several MMVAs in the past and looks forward to his upgrade to hosting the show. Earlier this year, Sheeran’s X was named Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards (the U.K.’s equivalent of the JUNOs).

Albums coming out in April include works by Shawn Mendes, Dean Brody, and Braids with May albums from Patrick Watson, Andee, and The Tenors.

To get us pumped for Carly’s performance on SNL, here is the clever lyric video for “I Really Like You”.

2014 MMVAs Go Down As Shindig of the Year

Stage

In honour of the passing of one of the sweetest broadcast personalities of all-time, Casey Kasem, Fathers’ Day 2014 saw a batch of rising stars, augmented with some veterans, showcase their talents to the world thanks to the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. It was the outdoor spectacle’s 25th anniversary. The ides of June brought thousands of screaming, cell phone raising music fans together in Canada’s most populous city with homegrown heroes and international guest superstars performing on state-of-the-art outdoor stages backed by flashy displays of colourful lights. It was a classy affair free from boos, foul language, and wardrobe malfunctions (whether intentional or not).

The Red Carpet Arrivals

The MMVAs known for their outrageous red carpet arrivals had a few doozies this year. British superstar Ed Sheeran arrived in a fast food truck and even served some fries (er chips) to the crowd. Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid rode motorcycles onto the strip. The members of Marianas Trench were in a bed surrounded by a bevy of beauties engaged in a pillow fight; feathers flew every which way. In keeping with the title of her newly released album, Accelerate, Victoria Duffield’s vehicle of choice was a sports car while Down With Webster’s was a Mack truck. English footballer Jermain Defoe showed up in a double decker bus.

Hedley

The Main Show

Ed SheeranWest Coasters Hedley opened the two-hour show complete with a vocorder followed by English superstar soloist Ed Sheeran. Co-hosts the Jenner sisters, after poking fun at themselves for a former teleprompter malfunction at the Billboard Music Awards, presented the award of International Video of the Year (Soloist) to New Zealand’s Lorde for her mega-smash “Royals”. Joking on stage together were dance music princess Victoria Duffield and jazz-pop wonder Nikki Yanofsky. Hollywood actress (and musician) Jena Malone passed some doughnuts out to the crowd and introduced Toronto band MAGIC! who performed hit “Rude” which incidentally has just topped the iTunes USA chart.

Magic

Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort gave out the award for International Video of the Year (Group) to Imagine Dragons for “Demons”. Incidentally, the American band became big in Canada before anywhere else, and the band thanked the whole country for embracing them. It was band member Wayne’s (a.k.a. “Wing”) birthday and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Mia Martina and SonReal exchanged some comedy and then model/actor Kellan Lutz introduced Calgary’s Kiesza who recently topped the British charts with “Hideaway”. This was her debut Canadian televised performance, and she nailed it with a squadron of dancers … and a taxi too.

Kiesza

Down With Webster presented the award for Best Rock/Alternative Video which went to The Sam Roberts Band for “Shapeshifters”. More comic relief was provided by Fefe Dobson and Arkells. Habs star player P.K. Subban revealed the P.K. stands for Party Killer and gave the award for Best Pop Video to Hedley for “Anything”. New Zealand teen superstar Lorde gave a killer performance of two of her songs which involved a lamp.

Lorde

The Weeknd introduced an excellent performance by Montreal’s The Sam Roberts Band.

Sam Roberts Band MMVAs 2014

Serena Ryder announced the winner of Your Fave International Artist or Group Award which went to Selena Gomez who appeared in a pre-recorded video of thanks. Members of Marianas Trench introduced the performance by Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid who banged a drum together for some extra zest.

Virginia to Vegas and Alyssa Reid

Teen actress Kiernan Shipka handed the Your Fave Video Award to Hedley. Colton Haynes introduced Imagine Dragons who performed two of its hits.

Imagine Dragons

Your Fave Artist/Group Award winner was announced by movie star Chloë Grace Moretz; it went to Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran revealed the grand prize winner – the Music Video of the Year award went to Hedley for “Anything”. Capping off the evening was a tour de force performance of “Problem” by new sensation Ariana Grande.

Ariana Grande

If you missed the 2014 MMVAs, the show can be seen both inside and outside of Canada for free online at:

http://mmva.muchmusic.com/live.

You can also see more pictures of the show at:

http://mmva.muchmusic.com/category/pictures.

Kiesza, MAGIC!, Sam Roberts, Virginia to Vegas, and Alyssa Reid to Perform at MMVAs

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MuchMusic has announced a third bach of performers at this year’s MMVAs. Calgary-born British chart topper Kiesza, known in Europe as the Canadian Fox; Toronto’s international reggae-pop sensation MAGIC!; Derik John Baker, otherwise known as Virginia to Vegas; gold-certified Alyssa Reid; and The Sam Roberts Band, led by the multiple JUNO winner, will all be performing at this year’s MuchMusic Video Awards, the biggest party on the planet on June 15 in Toronto. They will join already announced performers Hedley, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, and Imagine Dragons. Presenters will include Vancouver rapper SonReal, urban music VIP The Weeknd, EDM specialist Mia Martina, the ever popular Marianas Trench, dance music dynamo Victoria Duffield, multiplatinum songstress Serena Ryder, jazz-pop sensation Nikki Yanofsky, band Arkells, and pop-rap ensemble Down With Webster.