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.
AEG has again postponed Celine Dion’s Nor
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.
The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has announced that Arkells have received Road Gold certification, in recognition of exceeding 100
A world class opera singer awaits emergency surgery that pre-empts her returning home to attend her father's funeral; Drake revives OVOfest for 2019, the Wolfe Island Fest announces its lineup, The Toronto Blues Society reveal their finalists and the Arkells extend their Rally Cry tour dates to cover Halifax and Ontario are among the items for today.