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
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.


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

2014 MMVA Performers copy

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.

More Performers Announced for the 2014 MMVAs

Ariana GrandeMuchMusic has announced three additional performers at this year’s MMVAs. Previously confirmed were New Zealand’s Lorde and the USA’s Imagine Dragons. Italian-American R&B singer Ariana Grande will be hitting the stage in Toronto on June 15. The 20-year-old recently scored her first Top 10 hit in Canada with “Problem” (featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea). Englishman Ed Sheeran has also landed in Canada’s Top 10 for the first time with “Sing” and will be performing as he did at last year’s show. Popular Vancouver band Hedley will be mounting the stage for the fourth time. The group appeared at the 2006, 2010, and 2012 MMVAs. Teaser video below.

MMVA Trivia: Of the 24 Best Video winners since 1990, only two were from female soloists (Jann Arden and Carly Rae Jepsen). No female artists have been nominated for Best Video this year.