Feist (pictured) was a hit on Sesame Street, Massey Hall regains former glory, and Neil Young advocates for immigrant children. Others in the headlines include Dan Boeckner, Fred Fortin, Lisa Bell, Northern Haze, George Canyon, Orville Peck, Martha Argerich, Eminem, Motown, Miles Davis, Aretha, Art Pepper, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and K-pop.
A look at superstar record producer Bob Ezrin (pictured), Drake is dissed for buffoonery, and John and Yoko's bed-in remembered. Others in the headlines include Deane Cameron, Lydia Persaud, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Bookie, Ron Hawkins, Loud, Higher Brothers, Inuit pop, Aretha, Moby, Beastie Boys, Ultra Music Festival, and Rudimental.
Alexisonfire (pictured) adds support bands, Hillside announces lineup, and Aretha honoured. Also making news: VivaFest, J Mascis, On The Grand, ticketing laws, Steven Van Zandt, CD Baby, and farewell Joe Terry. Video added.
Wintersleep (pictured) explores new terrain, Sir Mick recuperates on the beach, a history of The Commodore, and highlights of the Rock Hall's inductions. Also in the headlines: Spotify, Jesse Cook, Toronto concerts, Kiwi jr, Lisa Brokop, TSO, Martin Bandier, indie promoters, Aretha Franklin, Record Store Day, Alessia Cara, Ratso Sloman.
Cold Specks (pictured) gets confessional, Yannick Nézet-Séguin shines, and Toronto's best albums. Also in the headlines are Bison, Stompin' Tom, Childish Gambino, Indarra, YouTube, Spotify, Sony Music, #MeToo, Grammys, Fillmore West, Monterey Pop, Iggy Pop, female rap, Johnny Marr, The Pogues and Aretha Franklin.
Jason Sniderman is reinvented as Ensign Broderick (pictured), Shania hints at a song for Celine and Michael Bublé's new outlook on life. Also in the headlines are Petra Glynt, the El Mocambo, Royal Tusk, A&B Sound, Jeff Goldblum, SonReal, Kirk MacDonald, Eliana Cuevas, K-Tel, clown rock, vinyl, wearable tech, Clean Bandit, Mariah Carey, Aretha, and Alanis Morissette.
The following story, penned by Ritchie Yorke, first appeared in The Globe Magazine in 1969 and it perfectly captures the vibe of Aretha recoding in Miami's Criteria with Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler, arranger Arif Mardin, her four-member vocal backing group the Sweethearts of Soul, and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section.
Aretha Franklin was known for wearing elegant fur coats on stage and then dropping said coats off her shoulders and to the ground during particular
The VMAs are a ratings bust, BreakOut West achieves gender parity, and stars will sing at Aretha's funeral. Also in the news are Steven Goldmann, the CCMAs, Whitehorse, YouTube Music, Eric Ethridge, Richmond World Festival, Chloe Watkinson, Music BC, VIFF, Michelle Wright, Grossman’s Music Scholarship, and farewells to Craig Zadan, Lazy Lester, and Ed King. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Madonna appeared at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Monday night to present the award for Video of the Year and while on stage gave a lengthy speech in honour of the late Aretha Franklin, an oration that was intended to be laudatory but ended up perceived by many as self-indulgent.
The Eagles (pictured) now have the best-selling album ever, Drake's legacy explored, and Kim Cooke discusses his hit Aretha compilation. Also in the headlines are Sony Music, Spotify, VMAs, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Liam Gallagher, 604 Records, Lil Wayne, Wordburglar, Soft Cell, AC/DC, Musical Youth, Chamberfest, Katy Perry, Fake Shark, Nico, and Def Jam.