The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CTV today announced the nominations for the 38 categories of the 33rd annual JUNO Awards, Canada’s Music Awards. Topping the nominations are singer/songwriters Nelly Furtado and Sarah McLachlan with five nominations each, while Nickelback and megastar Celine Dion received four nominations each, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace and Sam Roberts with three nominations each, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Barlow, Lillix, Michael Bublé, R. Murray Schafer, Shania Twain and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra received two nominations each. “This year’s roster of talent is extraordinary,” said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS. “The nominees reflect a diverse range of musical talent and certainly put Canada on the map as a wellspring of innovation in the music industry.” The awards show will be broadcast on Sunday, April 4th at from Rexall Place in Edmonton on CTV.
Lillix bassist Louise Burns spoke with Ryan Allen of Get Real Detroit and asked what frustrates them most as a band. “It’s pretty frustrating when someone comes to the show and expects to see us lip sync and not play our instruments,” Burns said. “I think music is coming to its lowest point ever when people can’t understand what a fu*king band is anymore. People are like, ‘Oh they’re girls. They must not play their own instruments.’ I mean, what the fu** is that? It’s sexism and it’s wrong. I think when they come to our live shows it changes their mind.”
Don’t call Lillix prefab rockers just because they’re girls. “A lot of people categorize us as manufactured, a stereotype female musicians face every day,” bassist Louise Burns tells The New York Daily News. “It’s frustrating when we’re just trying to play our music and people can’t see past that.”
Lillix e-mailed TRL on Thursday with an update from Japan. They write, “We just got back from Tokyo promoting our album. Japan is such a beautiful country and all the people have been so nice to us. The biggest surprise about Japan is that they drive on the other side of hte road there! It really took us by surprise when we first got into a car. We just started the Girls Garage tour in Boston on October 20 and will be touring across the country until November. We are having a great time! Hope to see you all out at the shows!”
Lillix are preparing to kick off the inaugural Girlz Garage Tour on October 20th at Axis in Boston. The tour, which also features Northern State, Brassy, the Peak Show and the Start, is a spin-off of the Vans Warped Tour and is being run by the creators of Warped. The tour will hit Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and Hollywood, among other cities before wrapping up on November 22nd in Detroit.
HipOnline.com recently caught up with the girls from Lillix and asked the Canadian girl-group if they feel it is important to let fans know they write their own songs. “We always have to defend ourselves and prove we aren’t manufactured,” keyboardist Lacey-Lee Evin explained. “At the same time we don’t try too hard and that it is expected. To us it is weird that some artists don’t write their own songs. We could never do that. It’s something that we have always known. We want to emphasize it but at the same time we don’t want to exaggerate it because then it sounds desperate.”
Avril Lavigne’s label was streaming a clip, since removed, from the bonus material on her forthcoming live CD coming out in September. In the clip, Avril and someone else are in the cockpit of an airplane goofing around, closing with Avril singing the Britney Spears hit, ‘Oops, I Did It Again’.
Avril Lavigne Keeps Requests Simple
May 30, 2003 – U.S. sources tell the Herald Sun that Avril has simple requests when she arrived in Melbourne on Friday. The Canadian singer wants a meager backstage list, including regular tea, hot water, ginger, lemon, honey, a small tray of vegetables, mixed berries and cranberry juice.
Avril Lavigne’s Concert For SARS Sells Out in 3 Hours
May 29, 2003 – Contributed by TomorrowNeverKnows: The Toronto Star reports that all 70,000 tickets for a June 21st concert to benefit SARS featuring Avril, the Barenaked Ladies, Sum 41, Glenn Lewis, Sarah McLachlan, and other Canadian acts sold out in just three hours today. The Concert for Toronto was organized to kick off the summer tourism season at a time when many are avoiding the city because of the SARS scare.
Avril Lavigne Treat For Ill Girl
May 29, 2003 – The Herald Sun reports Avril will grant a seriously ill Melbourne teenager and meet her. The singer arrives in Melbourne on Saturday ahead of her Rod Laver Arena show on Sunday night. Lavigne is also scheduled to visit Brisbane’s Mater Children’s Hospital next week.
Avril’s ‘Sk8er Boi’ To Become A Movie
May 28, 2003 – According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Avril Lavigne hit ‘Sk8er Boi’has been optioned by Paramount Pictures who are putting writer David Zabel on the project to bring the song’s plot to the big screen.
Lillix Challenged Not To Look Like An Avril Copycat
May 26, 2003 – Stuart Derdeyn of the Vancouver Province spoke with Lillix ahead of tomorrow’s release of their debut ‘Falling Uphill’. Questioned about the challenge the band faces in being compared to Avril Lavigne, especially when their first hit ‘It’s About Time’ sounds a lot like Lavigne’s ‘Complicated’, Lacey-Lee Evin voices frustration. “What can you do?,” she asked. “The rest of the album sounds completely different from that song.” Bandmate Louise Burns added, “There should be more women in music than there are. Are all the guy bands compared to each other the same way?” Whatever the band had to say to Derdeyn, it doesn’t appear to have effected his impression of their album in a positive way, as he gave the disc only a rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Linda Laban of the Boston Herald reviewed the KISS Concer at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass. on Saturday (May 31). Laban has short comments on performances by Daniel Bedingfield, Michelle Branch, Lisa Marie Presley, Boomkat, Jewel, Lillix, the special guest host Britney Spears, and more.
Tasha-Ray Evin of Lillix spoke with Chart magazine and insisted her group is a closer comparison to The Donnas than Avril Lavigne. “We just want to get it across that we’re not this fabricated pop group,” Evin said. “We actually care about our music. We play everything and we sing everything. We’re not dumb-asses, y’know? Most people actually compare us to The Donnas more than Avril, because they’re actually very talented people and they write their own songs.”
Lillix singer-keyboardist Lacey-Lee Evin tells Launch.com that the band is really looking forward to hitting the road this summer. “We have lots of radio shows coming up,” Lacey-Lee Evin said. “We don’t have like really a tour with Lillix and somebody else. But it’s like just a whole bunch of promo shows and radio shows. Basically that’s what we’re doing during the summer.” Their debut album ‘Falling Uphill’ was released today.