Music News Monday: Ringo Starr in Canada, the WCMAs announce nominees, and more.

Jun 09, 2014

Ringo Starr and The All-Starr Band kicked off their North American tour this summer with a stop in Rama, ON last Friday.

Reviews of the show were positive, as the Toronto Sun noted the 73-year old rocker maintains a sense of humor about his solo work, as he jokingly thanked “all three of you for buying it” in reference to his latest solo album, Ringo 2012.

Ringo Starr 2014 All-Starr Band Tour Promo.

Significant for a few reasons, the tour marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the All-Starr Band’s first tour back in 1989, and also commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles first arrival in North America.

The band headed south after the Rama show and will remain in the United States before returning to Canada to play the Hard Rock Casino in Vancouver, July 15. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

Nominees for the Western Canadian Music Awards were announced last week for this year’s awards portion of BreakOut West; an eventful week celebrating Western Canadian music.

The BreakOut West music associations are made up of representatives from each Western province and Northern territory, and make the final voting decisions for each music category.

This year’s WCMAs are held in Winnipeg and will take place Thursday, October 2­ – Sunday, October 5.

A complete list of nominees is available here from the official BreakOut West website.

Manitoba hometowners Del Barber and Royal Canoe have already received a bit of love from the Manitoba music industry.

Del Barber is nominated for his 2014 album Prarieography, and Royal Canoe for their 2013 album, Today We’re Believers.

Del Barber – Live Video of “Living With A Long Way To Go” from Prarieography.

Royal Canoe perform “Exodus of the Year” live in Studio Q.

The Scotia Festival of Music is celebrating its thirty-fifth year as a chamber music orchestra alongside the great cellist, Lynn Harrell.

Lynn Harrell, Polonaise Brilliante in C Major, Op.3, Chopin

The Coast reports that Lynn has accepted the invitation to play The Scotia Festival of Music once again, agreeing to a monetary amount that is less than if he were to play a single show in New York City.

Lynn played the festival in its first year and is expected to play, educate, and contribute to the festival throughout the two-week duration.

For more information check out the official website.

– 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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