The MusicNerd Potpourri – December 21, 2011

The holidays are only a few days away! Here are a few news tidbits that I hope will brighten your day! And if they don’t, sorry! Find your own damn happiness! 🙂

Blue Rodeo to be inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce Blue Rodeo as the 2012 inductees to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Spanning nearly three decades, Blue Rodeo has sold in excess of four million records and won an unprecedented 11 JUNO Awards, establishing themselves as one of the premier groups in Canadian music history. On Sunday, April 1, 2012, Blue Rodeo will be honoured at the 41st Annual JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV from Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON.

The definitive sound of Blue Rodeo has made them one of Canada’s most successful and recognizable contemporary rock acts, having released 12 albums since their landmark debut OUTSKIRTS (1987) which went double-platinum and sold more than 200,000 copies across the country. Two additional live recordings later, a Greatest Hits package and three video/DVDs as well as acclaimed breakout solo projects have combined to make Blue Rodeo an unparalleled musical presence in this country and around the world. The band has always remained authentic and consistent with their hallmark blend of country, blues, folk and rock influences yet always manages to re-invent themselves with each new song and appearance.

There is no doubt that 2012 will be an exciting year for the BR crew. In addition to their historic Hall of Fame induction and starting a new studio album, Jim Cuddy says that the band will be embarking on a re-issue campaign of their first five records. Can’t wait!

Arkells coming to Atlantic Canada!

Hamilton rockers Arkells have announced a series of shows through Atlantic Canada next month including stops in Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown and Antigonish. For more information, head over to their site and see where you can catch ’em. Their new record Michigan Left is pretty sweet. Just sayin’.

New album coming from Billy Talent

…Not anytime soon, mind you but none the less, the band is currently in the studio making their fourth record. BT guitarist Ian D’Sa is in the producer’s chair. The record is currently scheduled for release in late Spring of 2012, just in time for the band to headline Edgefest 2012 on July 14 at Downsview Park in the Toronto area.

Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent have sold over 2 million records world-wide and scored a ton of awards including 7 Juno Awards (including Group of the Year 3 times), 10 MuchMusic Video Awards and 2 Echo Awards (German Music Awards).