Blue Rodeo is honoured with a street name (pictured), the the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend is ready to roll, and finalists for the 2022 SOCAN Songwriting Prize are announced. Also making news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Tebey, Global Toronto, The Do West Fest, Sloan, NXNE, ArtHaus, CMW, NMC, Buffy Sainte-Marie, TSO, Oscar Peterson Program, Indigenous Grooves, East Pointers, Chemical Club, Bruno Capinan, Nuela Charles, David Leask, and Lunar Bloom.
The Weeknd (pictured) leads a strong crop of Canadian nominees for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, Erin Benjamin is up for an International Folk Music Award, and Daniel Caesar signs to Republic. Also in the news are CMW, Crown Lands, Mariposa, Alison Russell, The Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Cavendish Beach, Music BC, Crank Media, The Royal Conservatory, Tallies, Patrizia, Monique Barry, Mack MacKenzie, James Brown, The Northern Pikes, Sultans of String, and farewell Bob Luhtala and Chris Bailey.
The Saskatchewan Music Awards winners are named, D.O.A. reprise a landmark hardcore album, and the Speak Music Be Kind Festival is announced. Also in the news are Adele, The Weeknd, Blue Rodeo, Bob Marley, Jay Douglas, SOCAN, the TRANZAC, Jacob Hoggard, and farewell Meat Loaf (pictured), Fred Parris, Badal Roy, Elza Soares, and Don Wilson.
The Massey Hall triumph of Mustafa (pictured), a plethora of Seasonal concerts, and the making of the new Blue Rodeo album. Also in the headlines are End X Music, Corb Lund, David James Allen, New Vision, box sets, Spotify, Hipgnosis, UTA, John Lurie, Sly Stone, The Doors, ABBA, and Prince William.
The Allan Slaight Juno Master Class program’s selected artists are named, Blue Rodeo helps The Cameron House turn 40 (pictured), and the ISC adds an award for Canadians. Also in the news are the Juno Submissions Access Program, the Downie-Wenjack Fund, Make Music Matter, Grievous Angels, Estonian Music Week, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music, Kelly Prescott, and farewell Everett Morton.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards (pictured) announce details of next week’s events, Blue Rodeo presents a live-stream on April 30, and a CMW session goes to pot. Also in the news are Radio Starmaker, Gene Champagne, Tim Westergren, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Creative Manitoba, Shambhala, Festival (506), Dean Brody and Mickey Guyton, Tegan and Sara, Dezza, Reid Jamieson, MMF, and Fresh AIR.
Johnny Reid (pictured) offers comfort and a song to Nova Scotia, Blue Rodeo’s anthem is selected for the Great Canadian Singalong, and We Are One makes an impact. Also in the news are Creative Manitoba, Corb Lund, Whitney Rose, Leonard Cohen, Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, A3 Merch, Mike Love, and Adrian Sutherland. With video.
Walk Off the Earth (pictured) releases a new single, Lisa MacLeod angers Billy Talent, and Ian and Sylvia Tyson are to be honoured. Also in the news are Jacob Hoggard, Michael Moore, HPX, Kiesza, Castro's, Manitoba Music, Kresnt, and VIFF Soundoff. Video added.
Since the amphitheatre opened in 1995, 8 million fans have come through the gates for some 850 concerts. Live Nation plans to celebrate the anniversary with some site investments and, of course, a load of hot talent.
Blue Rodeo’s keyboardist for the past decade, he is branching out with a solo instrumental album. Here he describes its creation, his openness to free improvization, and his hope for the subsidization of live music.
TPOH celebrates a milestone, Greg Keelor muses on a possible end of touring for Blue Rodeo, and Joan Baez and Slayer are on swansong treks. Others in the headlines include Hall & Oates, Drake, Coleman Hell, Venues, UK drill. NXNE, Postdata, Live Nation, Linda Ronstadt, and Lief Hall.