Music News Monday: Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Shad, and more.

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Neil Young will join the likes of Quincy Jones and T Bone Burnett for his work in audio engineering as part of the 2014 Grammy Awards on January 21. The Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing will honor Young for his reputation in creating and maintaining quality recorded music.
Neil Portnow of the Recording Academy says Young, “has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended, and who has continually set precedents of excellence within the music community.”  Full story here.
Canadian rapper and Juno-award winner Shad spoke with the Huffington Post about his lyrics pertaining to the experiences felt by immigrants coming to Canada and the politics surrounding them in this country. Shad’s lyrics also point to First Nations people’s experiences as similar to an immigrant’s. Shad speaks from experience on this, as he born in Rwanda before making London, ON his home. In particular, Shad said his song “Fam Jam” is making reference to multiculturalism within Canada.

Shad – “Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins)”
Shad’s Canadian and US tour started October 19. A full list of tour dates is available on his official website here.
Our nation’s capitol city is commemorating 60 years of rock ‘n roll in an exhibit called Ottawa Rocks! open now until December 31, and free to the public. Headed by the City of Ottawa Archives, the exhibit boasts the defining moments of the city’s last six decades of music. Memorabilia, artifacts, listening stations, and more attempt to shape the attendee’s understanding of Ottawa as an important landmark city for rock and roll, while also highlighting some big-name artists who made a name for themselves in Ottawa, such as Bruce Cockburn and Alanis Morissette.
In a press release announced this morning, Canadian music giant Gordon Lightfoot is making another cross-country tour in the New Year starting in Saint John’s this spring. Fall tour dates for Western Canada will be announced at that time as well. Tickets are open to the general public November 1. For more information, visit for complete list of tour dates.
The Toronto Star reports a failed performance in Miami, Florida left many attendees in confusion after Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti suddenly seemed to falter near the end of his first piece, only to be taken to the South Miami Hospital. At age 75, Kuerti is a teacher at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and a heralded Austrian-born pianist. While in hospital, Kuerti received a CT scan, although his medical condition is unspecified at this time. The audience was said to have given a standing ovation as Kuerti left the stage, while emergency personnel were called. 

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