Drake has dominated music news for the past week, Ontario music venues welcome a vaccine mandate, and Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro is in peril. Also in the headlines are Ontario Place, Buffy MacNeil, Chan Centre concerts, Roger Mooking, Glenn Dixon, ESO, Kanye West, AWAL, Jeremy Sirota, ABBA, Charlie Watts, David Crosby, Finneas, The Faces, Anita Baker, and Radiohead.
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.
Jessie Reyez (pictured) scales the heights for The Raptors, The Weeknd airs his remix of a Lana del Rey cut, and Serena Ryder gets confessional. Also in the headlines are Jazz Bistro, Donovan Woods, Syd Smith, The Empress, TikTok, Concord Music Publishing, AWAL, Tencent Music, Big Hit, Creem, WAP, Bad Religion, Robert Wyatt, Hank Williams Jr, and the Rolling Stones.
Shopé (pictured) wins CBC's Searchlight 2019, Randy Bachman gets profiled, and Unison teams with StayBillety. Also in the news are Squamish Constellation Festival, Tami Neilson, CIMA, Chris Hardy, Come From Away, Mappe Of, Drake, SING!, The Police, Farnaz Ohadi, Carbon Memory, and farewell Robbie Smith and Charlie Panigoniak. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Two takes on a new memoir on The Jeff Healey Band (pictured), rising hip-hop star Lil Berete has a big hometown gig, and remembering Pete Shelley's queer legacy. Also in the headlines are Johannes Debus, Ghost, Rory Gallagher, TSO, Ken Burns, Brexit, tribute bands, AWAL, Marcie Allen, Fleetwood Mac, Meat Puppets, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Keith Richards.