Music News Monday: The Canadian Opera Company lives on, Rob Ford steals seat, Calgary gets animated.

Photo: Rufus Wainwright. Credit: Matthias Clamer. Courtesy of the COC.

Rufus Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor have paired up to score music for the Canadian Opera Company for a new opera, Hadrian, set to open for the 2018/2019 season.
This isn’t Wainwright’s first rodeo in the opera world. His 2010 opera, Prima Donna debuted in Toronto and later made it to the stage in New York City.
Rufus says he is “thrilled to be setting out on this epic journey with the COC” and is looking forward to “once again diving into the deep end, a requirement on all fronts in the world of opera.”
MacIvor admitted to initial feelings of reserve about writing for opera; “If someone had told me a year ago that I would be writing a libretto, I would not have believed them.”

Photo: Daniel MacIvor. Credit: Guntar Kravis. Courtesy of the COC.

Just when you thought it was over…
In a hilarious turn of events, Matt Mays tweeted that Toronto mayor Rob Ford was mistakenly sitting in Matt’s seat at the Buffalo Bills versus Atlanta Falcons NFL game at Roger’s Stadium yesterday.

Facing a moral dilemma, Mays later tweeted he was alone and was unsure of what to do, saying, “I gotta kick him out right? I mean I would kick anyone else out… Am I wrong?”
Mays was able to claim his seat within an hours time.

While citizens snapped photos of the mayor in the real world, Mays comments caused a flurry of retweets and favourites. Mays told the National Post that he doesn’t think the seat mistake “was intentional”, rather he “just thought it was funny.”
In case you where wondering, the Falcons won.

SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada, honoured the achievements of its many Francophone members last week in Montreal for the 24th Francophone SOCAN Awards Gala.
Big name winners include André Perry for the Special Achievement Award for his work with his studio Le Studio, made famous by various artists including John Lennon and David Bowie. Perry made history when he recorded Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Give Peace a Chance” anthem during their Montreal ‘Bed-In’ in 1969.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono: “Give Peace A Chance”. Footage from the Montreal and Amsterdam Bed-Ins in 1969.
Alain Simard, President of L’Equipe Spectra was awarded the SOCAN Patron of Music Award. Simard is the founder of three music festivals in Montreal, including Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
A full list of winners is available here.

Calling animation artists! Proving Calgary has heart, The Quickdraw Animation Society is seeking animated short film submissions for Dude, That’s Insane: A Tribute to Chris Reimer in support of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund—a foundation dedicated to dance and music education for youth.
Chris Reimer was a renowned Calgarian musician & artist in various bands including Women, he toured with The Dodos in 2011, and appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that same year.
Using Reimer’s own music and drawings, artists are asked to contribute a 20-second long animated piece to be part of the finished project: a 10-minute long short film set for completion by the fall of 2014.
More information is available here.

Chris Reimer—”Trees Die in Switzerland”.
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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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