The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) goes virtual, Tenille Townes raises big bucks for two charities, and Indie Week begins hosting online events. Also making news are Alexandra Stréliski, Roots Music Canada, the Drake,Toronto hip-hop violence, Kestrels, Blakdenim, ArtHaus, Adria Kain, The Beat Club, Holger Petersen, Paul Reddick, and farewell Freddy Cole, Sean Tyla, and Ida Hendel.
A profile of rising star pianist Alexandra Stréliski, US Girls’ Meghan Remy talks booze and abuse, and a plethora of Coronavirus-themed stories. Also in the headlines are Madonna, Donna Summer, Merck Mercuriadis, PMR, Billie Eilish, the Beatles, and the Beastie Boys.
North of the 49th, lost record sales and the advantage of playing to homegrown audiences are strong factors spurring Maple musicians to hit the road. The result is the appearance of a bumper crop of Canadian headliners at festivals, amphitheatres and auditoriums this year.
A celebration of the life of Ralph Murphy is approaching, Kiefer Sutherland is touring Canada, and Ed Sheeran pops up in Toronto. Also in the news are In the Dead of Winter, Music BC, Venus Fest, Summer Mardi Gras, Hugh's Room Live, Alberta Music, Alexandra Stréliski, Sherry Ryan, Music BC, Stingray Rising Stars, and Canadian Songwriter Challenge. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Nil (pictured) delivers a SNL parody, MusicOntario goes to NewSkool Rules, and Trent Severn goes on hiatus. Also in the news are pipeline protests, CIMA, FAI, Hugh's Room Live, Michael Occhipinti, WNMF, Alexandra Streliski, the Oscars, Northern Touch Music Festival, Scrape Records, Cadence Grace, The Darcys, Ladom Ensemble, Don Brownrigg, The Fretless, and farewell Ted McKenna and Kaye Ballard.