Alex Cuba (pictured) helps trailblaze the future of Canada's live music scene, an exploration of O Canada, and an innovative TikTok concert by The Weeknd. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Sony Music, WMG, UMG, Spotify, Round Hill, live-streams, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Stewart Copeland, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, Alan McGee, and Def Jam Africa.
Montreal concert venue La Vitrola (pictured) is closing, Vancouver clubs are under threat, and an aid package for UK music. Also in the headlines are Rufus Wainwright, maestro Victor Feldbrill, Neil Young, Halifax Pop Explosion, Haviah Mighty, Leonard Cohen, Ernesto Cervini, Sarah Wickett, Hipgnosis, CDs, Kanye West, Roy Ayers, Don Henley, Beyoncé, Suzi Quatro, Ryan Adams, and The Clash.
Neil Young’s legendary lost album gets a release (pictured), singing is banned on Ontario patios, and Montreal’s Canada Day plans. Also in the headlines are Steven Lee Olsen, Kwento, Live Nation, Tencent, Bruce Springsteen, EMI Records, indie power players, Spotify, covid-era concerts, MusiCares, Wave, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Beyonce, and indie record stores.
The art of Joni Mitchell (pictured), Elton John's swansong, and a graphic review of Charli XCX are in the news today. Also in the headlines: SSO, ASCAP, Amazon Music, Ben Cooper, Beyoncé, Lizzo, George Michael, Brandi Carlile, Baby Shark Live, Motorhead, and David Byrne.
Mavis Staples (pictured) is a serious draw at POP Montreal, SESAC has completed a major refinancing, and Latin music is set for another historic year in the US. Others in the headlines include Dwayne Gretzky, Rob Stringer, Jay & Jo, Dolby Atmos, Nick Cave, the Beatles, and Harry Nilsson.
Joni Mitchell (pictured) attends a Blondie concert, a look at failed music fests, and up close with Taylor Swift. Others in the headlines include Laura Barrett, Dan Mangan, Mitchell Cohen, Benny Blanco, Beyonce, David Crosby, Jack Black, Jim Lauderdale, Bon Iver, Austin punk, David Berman, and Wacken.
Sheila E. excels at Interstellar, The Ensemble Made in Canada features star composers, and Meghan Patrick (pictured) takes no prisoners. Others in the headlines include Cosmo Sheldrake, Maggie Rogers, Suzanne Vega, Kirk Hammett, Loreena McKennitt, Lil Nas X, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Live Nation.
The 12th Annual Gord Bamford Foundation Charity Golf Classic takes place Aug. 7-8, at the Cambridge Hotel Resort & Conference
Dan Mangan (pictured) scores on Jimmy Kimmel Live, a tribute to Justin Haynes, and the return of Nile Rodgers' Chic. Also in headlines: Chip Taylor, Tafelmusik, Beyonce, Stevie Nicks, The Pixies, Creation Records, Bob Dylan, and Fyre Fest.
Tom Petty (pictured) is remembered, Moe Berg discusses TPOH, and Wu-Tang Clan deliver the goods. Others in the headlines include The Byrds, Charles Aznavour, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Ensign Broderick, Steve Hill, Deafheaven, Justin Bieber, Kavanugh protests, Nigel Olsson, and Taylor Swift.
Drake's new hit video features a Degrassi reunion, Jay and Bey release a surprise joint album, and Murda Beatz gets charitable. Others making news include Loud, RealMind and Ruffsound, Festival of The Sound, CFMA, the Vancouver Mural Festival, Eric Abramovitz, Kultrun, Cadillac Lounge, Harvest Moon Festival, Shipped, Prime Boys, and a farewell to Nick Knox and Matt 'Guitar' Murphy.
The effect of legal pot on music, the obstacles placed upon black genius, and sexual harassment at Coachella. Also making headlines are Buffy Sainte-Marie, Compact Music, 4/20, Memphis music, The Damned, J Cole, The Olympic Symphonium, Tess Roby, and Ford Pier.