Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Jann Arden and Bob Rock to co-host 2018 Juno Songwriters' Circle
January 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Jann Arden and Bob Rock will co-host and perform at the Junos Songwriters Circle, and the very funny Jessi Cruickshank returns as host of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards. Also in the news are Canadian acts heading to SXSW, a Juno sold for charity, Chris Blackwell, Bob Marley songs, ImprovLab, and farewells to Edwin Hawkins, Myles Hunter, and Dolores O'Riordan.

January 14, 2018
by FYI Staff

 Choir! Choir! Choir! were joined by fan David Byrne in NYC on Saturday night, and Alessia and Justin make the Grammy nominees album. Those also in the news include Manitoba Music, Clairmont the Second, Make Music Matter, Heavy Bell, Focus Wales, Alex Lifeson, Language Arts, and a farewell to Danny Woods. Videos applied for your entertainment.

Drake and Chubbs are seen at Dwyane Wade's birthday bash at the restaurant. (The 5th Column PR)
January 12, 2018
by FYI Staff

Drake launches a new eatery and soon an IPO to promote a branded whiskey, Alessia Cara is set for the Grammys, and Justin Bieber is a front-runner in the US iHeartRadio Awards' nominees list. Also in the news are Motorhead, John Williams, Northern Pikes, Joe Walsh, Bon Jovi, CIMA, Post Malone, Kenny James, Dave Chesney, Seaway, Reid Jamieson, and a farewell to Fast Eddie Clarke.

Daniel Caesar headlining Halifax Jazz Fest
January 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Hot young R&B star Daniel Caesar headlines the Halifax Jazz Fest this summer. Also making news today are Justin Timberlake, Bahamas, The Weeknd, the Sam's sign, the Indigenous Music Awards, Beatrice Keeler, Chris Startup, and farewells to Mikio Fujioka, Janice Starodub, and Denise LaSalle.

Julian Taylor's sister lets everyone know her bro had a birthday
January 8, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Julian Taylor has a birthday, Inuit singer-songwriter Charlie Panigoniak finds friends, Pemberton Fest bites Ticketfly...hard, Edmonton Music Prize announces winners, Lindi Ortega goes on tour,  and it's a sad farewell to France Gall, Ray Thomas, and Chris Tsangarides.

An eight-year-old Biebs hamming it up behind the skins. File photo/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network
January 5, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber to be celebrated in his hometown, Toronto Blues Society ups its game, flooding brings the best out of customers at a Peterborough record shop and a farewell to maverick Brit music impresario Tony Calder.

January 3, 2018
by FYI Staff

Celine takes in more than US$100M at the box-office, Barack Obama digs Daniel Caesar, CBC airs the Leonard Cohen tribute tonight, Robert Thiessen has a viral hit with a satirical play on Toto's Africa, the Stray Cats reunite, plus it's farewell to Muscle Shoals' Rick Hall and Casablanca Records' Larry Harris.

Lido Pimienta. Photo: Matt Barnes
December 20, 2017
by FYI Staff

Gord Downie, Lido Pimienta, Ed Sheeran, Hannah Alper, Jacko, and the McGarrigle Sisters all make news today, plus we've included a reel of music videos for your viewing enjoyment.

December 18, 2017
by FYI Staff

It's congrats to Canada’s sweetheart music biz couple, Jennifer Walsh and Derrick Ross, who tied the knot in Toronto on Dec. 14.

Fashion Santa Paul Mason with happy Schmoozefesters  Photo: Barry Roden
December 15, 2017
by FYI Staff

The Unison Schmoozefest raises $35K, Michael Rapino ups his game (and bank account), Garth Brooks breaks attendance records. Also featured today are Betty Moon, Cold Specks, Brad Paisley, StubHub, Jake Donaldson, Andy Kim, Daniel Caesar, The Balconies and some free swag from Dine Alone. Videos provided for your viewing pleasure.

December 13, 2017
by FYI Staff

Making the news today: Gordon Lightfoot donates canoes, Unison's smashing Schmoozefest, new Rock Hall of Fame inductees, Manitoba Music's Bonspiel, Junos launch BC live program, Quincy launches his own Qwest TV channel, Sam's sign lights up, and farewells to Carl Horton and Pat DiNizio.

Forbes names Drake one of world's top earning musicians. Pic: Caitlin Cronenberg
December 11, 2017
by FYI Staff

In the column today: Drake and the Weeknd named in Forbes wealthiest musicians' list, YouTube 2017 Canada faves, plus a whole lot more news and videos.