Veteran roots-rocker Scott Bradshaw (pictured) draws fresh attention, Renforshort is breaking the mould, and a look back at country music on Queen Street. Others in the headlines include Jake Gold, Manila Grey, Twin Flames, Ruel James, Sony Music, Tencent, UMG, Au Pairs, The Chills, Demi Lovato, Alan Jackson, Madonna, Irving Plaza, Jim Steinman, Alan Jackson, Jayne County, Avicii, and John Hiatt.
Shawn Mendes (pictured) is a star at Timmy's, local composers star at TIFF, and The Highwomen are making moves. Others in the headlines include Casey MQ, John Fogerty, Meek Mill, Avicii, Debbie Harry, AB5, and Billboard.
J. Cole has his second No. 1 album in Canada with KOD, Avicii's death triggers three top 40 re-entries, Shaggy and Sting's irrepressibly buoyant partnership makes the top 20, and Donovan Wood's return lands at 42.
Vinyl relief for small labels, Madonna loses a court battle, and Shania opens up about her long hiatus. Also in the headlines are Slow Leaves, Jim Kerr, queer pop, Kontravoid, Guitar Center, Harry Manx, Camila Cabello, Tronical, Adrian Glynn, Delta Jackson, and Billy Raffoul.
A strong lineup for Estonia Music Week in Toronto, the Francouvertes competition is well underway, and a special reissue from Serena Ryder. Also in our news roundup are Neil Young and Stephen Stills, The Good Brothers, M.I.A. at Hot Docs, Hotel Mira, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elisapie, and a farewell to EDM star Avicii.