Core Music Events 2023

The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale

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The Cure on the Main Stage at Bestival Toronto finale. Photo: Cherryl Bird

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Q1=Jan-March | Q2=Apr-June | Q3=July-Sept | Q4=Oct-Dec

January Events

Otis Redding Foundation Tribute Song to MLK
Students at the Otis Redding Foundation music camp recorded a song, released today, January 12, in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday next Monday. The song, Show Lovewhich they recorded virtually during the pandemic in 2020, includes audio clips of Dr. King delivering the Loving Your Enemy sermon at the Dexter Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in 1957.

Ohio Players & Bootsy Collins performing at Cincinnati-Baltimore Halftime show
Ohio Players and Parliament-Funkadelic star Bootsy Collins will be performing at Halftime at the Cincinnati and Baltimore playoff game on Sunday, January 15

Wintersong Announces Music Festival Headliners – Ontario
Headliners for their 4th annual Wintersong music festival may be familiar to you. Montreal indie-pop band Stars, two-time Juno Award-winniner Dan Mangan, and 80s new wave/synth-pop band Men Without Hats, are joined by the 2022 Polaris hortlisted OMBIIGIZI, a collaboration between Zoon’s Daniel Monkman and Status/Non Status’ Adam Sturgeon, and local indie-folk band Man Made Forest. The festival draws thousands to the Stouffville area giving a much-needed boost to the local economy.

Women in Music Educational Summit
The Women in Music programming, January 25-27, includes topics on everything from publishing to digital and social media strategy this year as part of its mission to empower and advance women in the music industry. Panels include leading industry professionals like Samantha Kirby, Cheryl Paglierani, Mari Davies, Jenna Gaudio, Dann Liebermann, Leslie Powell, and Heidy Vaquerano.

February Events

Debauchery at the Dakota – Opera X BurlesqueToronto
Toronto’s Opera Revue company presents Debauchery at the Dakota, their boundary-pushing collaboration with local burlesque choreographer, A’Slayna Von Hunt (Bootleggers Burlesque,High Society Cabaret, A’Slayna Von Hunt: The Deadly Dame comic), in an opera and mixed-gender pre-Valentine’s burlesque performance in a popular local venue, The Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave., on February 11 at 7 p.m.

Calder Plays Theremin Album Launch and Live Show – New York
Calder Plays Theremin is a music score by Dorit Chrysler, originally a sound piece commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and uses pieces from the exhibition Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start. New York’s e-flux will host the U.S. launch of Chrysler’s new album Calder Plays Theremin (Fridman Gallery/NY Theremin Society 2023), featuring a live performance by Chrysler with visuals by the collective Optipus (Bradley Eros, Lary 7, Rachael Guma, Richard Sylvarnes) followed by a Q and A with Chrysler moderated by MoMA’s Cara Manes. February 23, 7 p.m. at 172 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn.

March Events

The AC/DC Show – Ontario
The Beaches International Jazz Festival takes you for a ride on the rock ‘n’ roll train through AC/DC’s history of hits with the AC/DC Show on March 4, 8 p.m., The Regent Theatre, 224 Main St., Picton, Ontario.

Icelandic Musician Presents Visual Artwork in Washington Museum
Vocalist Jónsi (Jón Þór Birgisson) of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, presents an experiential exhibition of his work in his first ever immersive art installation in the U.S. – at the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington from March 17 to July 30. Related events include a Jónsi-curated silent disco, a Viking Era lecture delivered by a local professor and the screening of a recent film that contains the artist’s music. More to come in Music

Louis Tomlinson’s Musical Journey Debuts on Screen
Ditching the typical glossy sheen of celebrity documentaries, this film gives audiences a raw, intimate view into One Direction singer-songwriter Louis Tomlinson‘s life and career. Through never-before-seen home movie footage and behind the scenes access to his sell-out 2022 world tour, All Of Those Voices offers a unique view on the highs of superstardom and the lows of personal tragedy. The film explores his journey from One Direction member to solo artist and captures the challenges and triumphs along the way. From his debut album Walls to last year’s Faith In The Future, the film shows Tomlinson grappling with the pressures of fame. All Of Those Voices screens in cinemas worldwide on March 22. Official first look: WATCH HERE.


April Events

Limited-edition Paul McCartney and Wings’ Album to be Released
A 50th Anniversary pressing of Paul McCartney and Wings’ Red Rose Speedway will be released as a limited edition, half-speed mastered vinyl LP on April 22 for Record Store Day 2023, just days before the actual anniversary of the album’s original April 30, 1973 release date. The first Paul McCartney and Wings album to top the US album chart, it kicked off a run of No. 1 albums including Band On The Run, Venus And Mars, At The Speed Of Sound, and Wings Over America. Its only single, My Love, was Wings’ first No. 1 single in the U.S. and a staple in their shows.

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