Arkells (pictured) rally their fans and discuss their new album, Tami Neilson scores a prestigious rave review, and Drake sells his LA party compound. Also in the headlines are Alexisonfire, Rory Dodd, gas prices, Diljit Dosanjh, Garth Brooks, Graham Brown, stars vs SCOTUS, Mel Warner Day, TikTok, CAA, MANifesto, Stephen Stills, Steve Cooper, Paul McCartney, John Williams, Elvis, and BTS.
Hit producer/songwriter Cirkut (pictured) signs a major publishing deal, Johnny Orlando bests the Biebs at the MTV EMAs, and Alessia Cara collaborates with Allen Stone. Also in the news are Drake, Arkells, West End Phoenix, RBT, Beth Ann Cole, KellyLee Evans, The Great Escape, Music PEI, and farewell Doug Dombrowski, Graeme Edge, John Goodsall, and Jeff Wald.
Arkells (pictured) announce a national tour, voting for the 2021 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize has opened, and M for Montreal finalizes its lineup. Also in the news are the CCMA Awards, John Finley, a Unison fundraiser, Prix MNB Awards, David Myles, Catherine MacLellan, the Junos, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, CMRRA, William Prince, Darryl Kissick, Rudy Blair, Johnny Orlando, Winterfest, MMF Canada, and farewell Pat Fish.
Universal Music Group and Sir Lucian Grainge (pictured) dominate the news this week, consumers weigh the risk of concerts, and Toronto designates music hubs. Also in the headlines are the Shaw Festival, Stratford, Hopscotch, TIFF, Arkells, Genesis, The Reklaws, RIAA, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Merck Mercuriadis, Twitch, Tracklib, the San Diego Symphony, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, and Guns N Roses.
Cartel Madras (pictured) are badass rappers, blinding stats for a Weeknd smash, and Arkells shows raise eyebrows. Also in the headlines are Neil Peart, vax passports, Laila Biali, DistroKid, Reservoir, Madonna, WMG, Downtown, Bernd Dopp, Jo Jo Bennett, Gladys Knight, The Cure, the Beatles, John Coltrane, Charlie Watts, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith.
The return of metal queen Lee Aaron (pictured), Canadians crafting K-pop hits, and Arkells rock out in Toronto. Also in the headlines are Dr. Disc, Sled Island, John Lennon, VSO, Ishkōdé Records, Massey Hall, AEG, New Romantics, Garth Brooks, Lorde, Britney Spears, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, the Beatles, Dana Gillespie, Toots Hibbert, and Aretha.
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Arkells (pictured) take fans on a pub crawl, Pierre Kwenders explores his history, and social media is seen as the music biz’s future. Also in the headlines are Braden Lam, Harpdog Brown, Spotify, Selena, Spinrilla, Shane MacGowan, Dolly Parton, Nick Cave, Blue Oyster Cult, and Elton John.
Pop Smoke’s Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon holds at No. 1 for the second straight week but the big hit of the week is Hamilton's celebrated band Arkells' Campfire Chords (pictured), a stripped-down collection of fan and band favourites that marks the first album for the band since directly signing with UMC.
One of Canada’s biggest bands hunkered down in the pandemic and created a stripped-down new album, Campfire Chords. Here the group’s frontman explains the mandate and method behind the quarantine record, the song selection process, their use of social media, and thoughts about a return to the road.
Nick Nurse (pictured) boosts a school’s music program, Unison Benevolent Fund’s #WithoutMusic project grabs attention, and David Byrne’s American Utopia will open TIFF. Also making news are MusiCounts, Alex Henry Foster, the Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Starlight Social Club, N'Awlins Jazz Bar, LyricFind, Anyway Gang, Array Space, and farewell Annie Ross.
Ottawa’s Bluesfest and NAC present a star-studded drive-in music series (pictured), NXNE is forced to cancel, and Arkells postpone a big hometown show. Also in the news are PUP, Dione Taylor, City and Colour, Elisapie, HJF, Roy Woods, Libera Awards, Orville Peck, and farewell Dame Vera Lynn, Victor Feldbrill, and Hux Brown.