Tegan, Sara, and Oscar
Tegan and Sara’s “Everything Is Awesome” has received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. Written by Shawn Patterson for The Lego Movie, it has already won a number of film critics’ awards. The song was a Top 40 hit, peaking at #35 on the Canadian Hot 100 last year. You can read some back story about the song at Billboard here.
Illustrious Canadian rock trio Rush will be this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian award as announced by CARAS today. Geddy, Alex, and Neil were chosen for their work over the years in supporting countless charities and humanitarian organizations including the Toronto Food Bank, United Way, Canadian Museum For Human Rights, Make It Right Foundation (hurricane Katrina), Doctors Without Borders, and Alberta Flood Relief. You can read more at the JUNOs website here.
It’s Decided Andy Kim’s Makin’ a Comeback
Canadian legend Andy Kim will be releasing a new album with co-writing and production credits to Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew. We’ll share more on Feb. 24 when It’s Decided is released. Andy, sometimes recording under aliases like Baron Longfellow, scored 13 Top 40 hits from 1968 to 1991 including four Top 10s, two of which topped the charts. He was also a key figure behind The Archies’ 1969 monster hit “Sugar Sugar”. The Montreal-bred Kim has sold 30 million records worldwide and is also known for his annual Christmas charity fund-raiser concerts. In addition to new songs, the album will also include a new version of his 1968 hit “Shoot ‘Em Up Baby” re-worked into a dreamy folk piece that could pass for something from The Dream Academy or Grapes of Wrath.
Bachman’s Caught the Blues
Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive) will be releasing a new album of originals mid-April harnessing a 60s blues rock style with a modern undertone and featuring signature guitar solos by Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Scott Holiday of Rival Sons, Robert Randolph, and the late Jeff Healey. Album Heavy Blues should hit the spot for guitar enthusiasts everywhere.