November 27, 2017
If there’s one guy who never seems to slow down, it’s Neil Young. Ol’ Shakey has got an album on the way with his band Promise of The Real, The Visitor, which will be his ninth release in the past seven years—and has been touring fairly heavily in the past few years. On top of all that, he developed, Pono, a music streaming service that has its own portable listening device and allows listeners to hear songs in their “native resolution” as opposed to highly compressed MP3s. And now he’s partnered with CTV to bring a special Canadian concert straight to fans.The date happens to be December 1, the same day that The Visitor comes out. But that’s not all Young’s releasing this Friday. It’s also the day his huge online archives project becomes accessible, which will allow fans to find and hear, “every single, recorded track or album I have produced.” Given Young’s mind-bogglingly prolific output, you can expect the archive will provide hours beyond hours of discovery for everyone from hardcore fans who are looking for outtakes from his Ditch Trilogy to people who just dig Harvest. And get this—that archive will be available for free, through Young’s own Xstream music service.
Whether promotion or celebration or both, the concert he’s putting on from a mystery location in Canada should be one to watch. He still hasn’t revealed where the show is coming from, but you’ll be able to stream it on CTV.ca and Facebook at 8pm EST on Friday. One of the rumours is that it could be his childhood hometown of Omemee, Ontario, a little spot in the Kawartha Lakes. It’d certainly be a homecoming for the record books.
In Other News:
- Michael Bublé will host next year’s JUNO Awards in Vancouver.
- Needle Vinyl Tavern in Edmonton closes amid sexual harassment allegations.
- Glasgow is getting a Drake-themed chicken wing pop-up.
- Hidden Pony and Slaight Music are teaming up.
- The Slaight Family Foundation received an award for their philanthropy.
Festival & Concert Lineups: Toronto’s Long Winter.