Music News Monday: Grammy potential for several Canadians, Neil Young to ‘Honor the Treaties,’ more.


The lovely Jennifer Gasoi. Photo courtesy of www.jennifergasoi.com/press/.
 
Grammy nominations have been announced, and one Montreal-based singer-songwriter has been picked for Best Children’s Album. Jennifer Gasoi’s Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well has garnered enough attention to possibly earn her a statue at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards this January. Her interview with the Montreal Gazette shapes her up to be a real sweetheart.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
 

The title track from her album Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well.
 
Other Canadians nominees include, Michael Buble, Neil Young, and Robin Thicke. Yes, Robin Thicke has dual citizenship.
 
See the entire nominee list here.
 

Neil Young is to play a series of concerts for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (AFCN) to raise funds for their legal defense challenges with oil companies and government bodies in securing and preserving Aboriginal land. The “Honor the Treaties” concerts will take place in January, 2014 in Regina, Toronto, Calgary, and Winnipeg. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Everybody’s favorite wife of Elvis Costello, Diana Krall will be on the bill, too!
 
24-year-old Edmonton blues artist Jenie Thai is set to represent the Edmonton Blues Society in Memphis next month at the International Blues Challenge. Thai’s latest album in April 2013 entitled Only the Moon has received major radio airplay across Canada.

Read more about Jenie from a sweet little interview with the Vancouver Sun here.
 

Jenie Thai's cover of a Willie Dixon song, “I’m Ready” with Joe Nolan.
 
The Barenaked Ladies have cancelled their SeaWorld appearance in Orlando after fans signed a petition on Change.org in protest. The documentary film Blackfish has been the subject of upset, as it portrays alleged mistreatment of the marine life at SeaWorld.

The Barenaked Ladies left a cute note to their fans on their official website, encouraging fans to continue feeling passionate about issues that stir them. The band was careful to mention that their choice to cancel was “not about money, or petitions, or press…” although it is a decision they “feel good about.”
 
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Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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