Music News Monday: Eric’s Trip doc, festival news, saving the Waldorf and more

Iconic New Brunswick rockers Eric's Trip take you by the hand for a trip (see what we did there?) down memory lane with a new documentary film compiled, edited and filmed by Rick White, chronicling the band's first six years together. “The footage and the music is all in chronological order but also layed out in an intentional storyline. Some of these live concerts I have in their entirety, some just a rough piece. Through all the clips used, the song lyrics, the photos, everything together was chosen to tell the true story better than we ever could with modern reminiscing. There is no voice over, no type on screen, just the footage,” White explains. Watch the film, in its entirety, for free here.
Girls nudity-loving star and show creator, Lena Dunham, asked Calgary-born Tegan and Sara to provide a little something to the recently released Girls, Vol. 1 soundtrack and the duo, being huge fans of Dunham and the show, were happy to oblige. Teaming up with RAC, Tegan and Sara covered The Rolling Stones' “Fool to Cry”, satiating their fans (including Dunham of course) until the January 29th release of Hearthrob.

It may be cold, it may be windy, and there may be a seemingly never-ending stream of sub-zero days ahead, but lo and behold – festival season is a hop, skip and a jump ahead in the future – or so it seems. In the past couple of weeks there has been a bloom in news of festival dates and even hints of line-ups. Toronto based Arts and Crafts will celebrate their tenth anniversary with Field Trip festival, featuring the A&C roster of Feist, Broken Social Scene, Cold Specks, Timbre Timbre and other label mates for the one day festival in June. Tickets are reasonable, and the festival is one of the NXNE events. If you're in the Toronto area, it sounds like a super way to spend the weekend.
Small but worthy, the Ottawa Explosion has announced they will be sharing the June 20 weekend with Calgary's big bang Sled Island. Even if this does mean bands will have to choose between the two, it promises all of Canada great opportunities for a summer frolic. Speaking of hot summer nights, the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) should be on your list. Sure, it may be sweltering hot in Manitoba in the middle of August but right now, it is worth the trade. See here for a good list of summer music festivals across Canada.

The closing of Vancouver's iconic Waldorf Hotel continues to infuriate anyone who has ever made or played music in Vancouver. Grimes spoke out recently about the plans to close the space on her Twitter feed and posted a link to the petition attempting to save the space from turning into a condo development.
In the full circle: Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1 compilation is available for free download, featuring Whitehorse, A Tribe Called Red, John K. Samson and more in musical solidarity. Canadian artists played Beck's Song Reader, an album in the way of sheet music, on Thursday in Vancouver. 2013 looks glamorous as JT and Jay-Z release a grown up single in advance of Timberlake's forthcoming release and Lady Gaga will be a part of President Obama's second inauguration today along with a host of others. 

– Jenn Prosser

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