Madeline Merlo (pictured) signs to Deluge Music, Arkells pop up at Union Station today, and Drake wins a BET Hip Hop Award. Also in the news are Janet Jackson, Canadian Blast, Ashley MacIsaac, CMTTF, Born Ruffians, Elton John, Shivering Songs, NSMW, Scott Cushnie, Harpdog Brown, and farewell Ian Miles. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Toronto indie-rock faves return with a new single and video, The frisky guitars sound a touch Strokes-like, their trademark of quirky melodicism is to the fore, and there are dark lyrics lurking within the jaunty tune.
Born Ruffians have a big home stand, Nas discusses the state of hip-hop, and a critique of Spotify. Those also in the headlines include Live Nation, the Hammond B3, the Tragically Hip biography, Mac DeMarco, Suzie Vinnick, Spinal Tap, Darby Mills, Jully Black, Kim Wilde, and Los Lobos.
The Toronto ensemble headlines a series of hometown shows following the release of a new album and teasing both is a fine new single that will tickle the fancy of alt and mainstream fans.
The popular Toronto indie-rockers preview an upcoming album with a new single that addresses the theme of mortality. It has an early Bowie sound, while its video clip was co-directed by Leah and Pete of July Talk.
Those making news today include the ADISQ Awards, New Constellations, Shawn Mendes, Big Valley Jamboree, Folk Alliance, The Tea Party, SOCAN, Rob Tardik, Luka, City of St. John's, Born Ruffians, and John French. Videos supplied for your enjoyment.