Music News Monday: festivals, tours, and more

It is fully summer now, and there are no shortages of line-up announcements for the many music festivals that dot this great country. Sled Island has their full line-up, De La Soul and Buck 65 will play Victoria’s The Phillips Backyard Weekender,  Shambhala has their line-up up, A Tribe Called Red – along with many other performers will be making the Winnipeg Folk Festival another must-go, and Pop Montreal is hosting incredible events all summer long!

Ontario announced a rather decent sum of grant funding for Ontario based artists May 1st. “Music Means Jobs” – the tagline the Ontario government uncovered for their 9am announcement, is the message the Ontario government is hoping to get across to Ontario musicians. Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan, with the support of SOCAN, announced their plan to create a $45-million Ontario Music Fund to provide support for production, distribution and performance of music in the province and to promote Ontario-made music across Canada and around the globe. This follows the announcement/pledge made in January for a multi-million dollar marketing and PR campaign to promote Toronto as a live music destination. Listen to Q’s Jian Gomeshi’s take on this new development here.

Making many a fan so very happy, Boards of Canada has announced their new LP will drop June 11th in North America, June 10th in the UK via Warp, and you can pre-order Tomorrow’s Harvest through Bleep. In true Boards of Canada fashion, they teased and titillated music fans, finally releasing their password-protected website in full. Check out their album teaser video here:

Around the world:
Lonely Island used a built in audience to announce the release of their new album. Because, like, YOLO.

Neutral Milk Hotel reunites for a wee summer tour. The National has added a shawck of dates to their summer tour schedule – including some Canadian dates, and some close to Canada dates. Braids announces a follow up single, to be released through Calgary based Flemish Eye, leading up to a full release in the fall of 2013.

Lastly, we said goodbye to another musical great: Slayer’s Jeff Hannenman who passed away May 2nd.

Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed. Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013.”

– Jenn Prosser

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