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.

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Canada Day 2015 Parliament Hill Performances

While a number of recording artists performed at various cities across the country to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, the main televised extravaganza took place in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. It was a beautifully done affair with Francophones and Anglophones, women and men all sharing the stage together, something we need to see more often. Most performers played three songs, and a single group of professional musicians backed them all. We took some screen shots posted below with notes on each performer. You can watch a condensed version of the concert here with just one or two songs per artist.

1. Dance music superstar Kiesza opens the event with double platinum “Hideaway” and two more songs:

01 - Kiesza

2. The large crowd cheers for Kiesza. One man held up a sign asking her to marry him:

02 - Parliament Hill Crowd

3. Beautiful fresh, young talents and two of our finest vocalists Francesco Yates and Andee welcome all to the event:

03 - Francesco Yates and Andee

4. JUNO winner Karim Ouellet performs a string of his hits. We were very lucky to acquire him from Senegal:

04 - Karim Ouellet

5. Gord Bamford gets us countrified with hits including #1 radio smash “When Your Lips Are So Close”:

05 - Gord Bamford

6. The sun begins to set in Ottawa:

06 - Sunset

7. Cassidy Mann reps The Peg and charms us with her sweet songs:

07 - Cassidy Mann

8. Jonas and the Massive Attraction rocks out equally well in both official languages:

08 - Jonas and the Massive Attraction

9. Andee showed us just how incredible her vocals are, performing Top 40 hit “Never Gone” and other delights:

09 - Andee

10. Francesco Yates proved he has natural performance talent flowing through his arteries:

10 - Francesco Yates

11. Marc Dupré no doubt had the ladies swooning with his magnetic delivery:

11 - Marc Dupre

12. MAGIC! capped things off with three including new single “Sunday Funday” getting beach balls going in the crowd.

12 - Magic

13. The night wouldn’t have been complete without a stellar fireworks display:

13 - fireworks

Headlines for Late June 2015

We start with some cuteness from Mia Martina. Awwww!

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CHAVRIL CRUISIN’

Napanee, ON rock superstar Avril Lavigne appeared on Good Morning America to talk about frustrations over getting decent medical attention for Lyme disease. She broke down in tears. However, once she got that off her chest she was all smiles as hubby Chad Kroeger is unable to talk after receiving vocal cord surgery to remove a cyst (similar to what Victoria Duffield had to go through last year). Avril teased, “Husbands not allowed to talk !!! (vocal rest) Hahahah lol. Shhhh. Best day ever??!!??” Avril will be performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics on July 25 with a host of stars including Cody Simpson and Stevie Wonder.

Chavril cruisin

CARLY SLAYING IN JAPAN

Mission, BC pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen has released her third album Emotion in Japan first, and it is doing very well. At one point, the album was at the top of iTunes Japan. Currently it sits at #2 behind Japanese group GReeeeN (as super as a Ruby Rhod spiel). The Japanese market, though 2nd in the world, is a tough nut to crack for Anglo music, so Carly deserves much credit. Carly was impressed by Japan’s proclivities for adding plush cuteness to interview backdrops.

carly japan plush

SHAWN HOOKED BY REPUBLIC RECORDS

Also from beautiful British Columbia, Shawn Hook has inked a deal with Republic Records in New York to promote and distribute his music States-side. We’re not sure what colour the ink was, but the label has signed a number of colourful Canadian characters: Bahamas, Drake, Nickelback, and The Weeknd. Shawn will be busy over the next little while striving to bring his fine works to the attention of American ears. We wish him the best.

shawn hook republic records

CAPITAL CANADA DAY PERFORMANCES

Many recording artists will be performing in events across the country in various cities celebrating Canada Day. The flagship televised event at Parliament Hill in Ottawa will feature performances by … are you ready? Andee, Cassidy Mann, Francesco Yates, Gord Bamford, Jonas and the Massive Attraction, Karim Ouellet, Kiesza, Marc Dupré, MAGIC!, and The Jerry Cans! Oh my goodness! And if that’s not enough, ad hoc events at Jacques Cartier Park in the Gatineau will see Brigitte Boisjoli and David Myles, as well as Shad rippin’ things up in Major’s Hill Park! Below: Andee and her squadron of dancers rehearse for the big performance.

Canada Day rehearsal Andee

We leave you with the brand new MV for Top 20 hit (#3 in the UK!) “Where Are U Now” by the Dipster and Skrillster featuring The Biebs. Love the artwork blends!