Music News Monday: Musicians pair with David Suzuki tour, Universal Music Canada gets new director

Jul 28, 2014

There’s a huge showing of support from Canadian musicians for David Suzuki, as he is mixes his politics with music.
Suzuki will be hitting the road with big name musicians starting this October on a twenty-city stop across Canada for his Blue Dot Tour.

The Toronto Star reports that the Blue Dot Tour as “an ambitious crusade with the ultimate goal of raising enough public support, person by person and province by province, to have the right to a healthy environment enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”
The long list of musicians and other Canadian icons include: 
Margaret Atwood
Robert Bateman
Barenaked Ladies
Bruce Cockburn
Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo
Cris Derksen
Jeremy Fisher
Emily Haines from Metric
Jenn Grant
Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeo
Chantal Kreviazuk
Shane Koyczan
Stephen Lewis
Raine Maida
Joel Plaskett
Joe MacInnis
Jimmy Shaw from Metric
Kinnie Starr
Royal Wood
Neil Young
Not every city will feature every artist, and it looks as though the musicians are not to play music on tour—don’t buy tickets thinking it’s a concert, should be the advice given.

Click here for tour dates.

Universal Music Canada has a new Artist and Repertoire Director.

Rich Castillo from Universal Music London will begin his position in Toronto beginning August 1.MusicWeek says Castillo is currently head of A&R for UMTV and All Around the World Records, both out of London, UK.
According to his twitter, Castillo seems like a pretty cool guy, with encouragement and support from both sides of the pond.


Castillo also manages Ndubz, a UK based hip hop group.

– Leyland Bradley 

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Leyland Bradley

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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