Cannabis sponsorship of music events raises eyebrows, festivals are pressed to combat groping, and the Elvis Presley Foundation is broke. Others in the headlines are Nap Eyes, Android, Britney Spears, Jennifer Castle, Billy Talent, Vancouver rap, Sumner Redstone, Tash Sultana, Neil Finn, Sass Jordan, Prime Boys, Mamma Mia!, Paul Reddick, and Ry Cooder.
Following a rogue shooter killing two people and injuring 13 in the Danforth Village district of Toronto, Billy Talent is hosting a benefit concert on August 11 with proceeds going to a support fund for the victims and their families.
Billy Talent and City and Colour headline a benefit for Toronto shooting victims, Drake becomes a TV producer, and Zaki Ibrahim announces a debut headlining tour. Others making news include Charlie Major, Bill King, Modern Sky Festival, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Lee Aaron, Unity Festival, George Semkiw, Samantha Martin, and farewells to Ray Cooper and Tomasz Stańko. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Denise Ross, Rob Zifarelli, Ashley Poitevin, Daniel Caesar and Billy Talent all came up big at the 3rd annual Live Music Industry Awards on Friday
Celebrating its 25th year together, Billy Talent has launched an innovative trust as a means of giving back to various organizations the band members wish to support.
Since the release of their self-titled debut in 2003, Billy Talent has sold nearly four million albums in Canada and around the world and on May 11 the quintet receives an achievement award recognizing their successes on the road and on record.
Shania Twain teams up with Nick Jonas on a festive Christmas song, and Alvvays returns with another silken pop confection driven by Molly Rankin's layered vocal track. Also popular in the week is Billy Talent's cover of a Neil Young song.
Music biz history is forever fascinating, chock full of oversized characters and extraordinary individuals. Here's our history of the Bunny company in Canada.