Lennon Stella (pictured) announces her first solo tour, Ottawa's Bluesfest attracts country stars, and Oh Susanna gets in the holiday spirit. Also in the news are Redeye, the Grammys, The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival, Mariposa, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, the Halifax Jazz Festival, Tipitina's, Breakout West, Creative BC, and farewell Calvin Newborn. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Folk Alliance will honour Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Gordon Lightfoot adds extra shows, and The Boss hits Netflix. Also in the news are the ECMA, Karen Kosowski, Jeremy Dutcher, Stompin' Tom, Parts & Labour, Keithmas, Music Nova Scotia, Music Canada Live, Rubberneck, Music BC, and a farewell to Ustad Imrat Khan. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
CARAS president Allan Reid (2nd from left) was amongst the many recipients of 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards in Kelowna over the weekend.
Drake (pictured) muses about retirement as he tops Spotify's most-streamed list, BreakOut West kicks off, and Halifax Pop Explosion nears. Also making news are Believe, Nuclear Blast, Music New Brunswick Awards, FMO, Folly & The Hunter, the AMAs, Music PEI Awards, Tami Neilson, Table-Turned, Jack de Keyzer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Trews, Jerry Granelli, and a farewell to M. William Krasilovsky.
The VMAs are a ratings bust, BreakOut West achieves gender parity, and stars will sing at Aretha's funeral. Also in the news are Steven Goldmann, the CCMAs, Whitehorse, YouTube Music, Eric Ethridge, Richmond World Festival, Chloe Watkinson, Music BC, VIFF, Michelle Wright, Grossman’s Music Scholarship, and farewells to Craig Zadan, Lazy Lester, and Ed King. Videos added for your enjoyment.
George Canyon (pictured) announces a major fall tour, Arkells set a date for their new album and a Foreigner-based musical premieres in Calgary. Others in the news include Jack White, POP Montreal, Focus Wales, CNE, Folk Music Ontario, FAI, Drake Underground, Not Of, and Northern Power Summit. Videos included for your enjoyment.
The annual Radio & Records Party was a feel-good success, Lights covers Drake, and Babyface heads north. Also in the news are Joel Plaskett, BreakOut West, Contact East, Cadillac Bill, an Annapolis benefit, Folk Alliance, and a farewell to Ken Morris and Henry Butler.
BreakOut West's festival line-up includes Hall of Famers' The Grapes Of Wrath (pictured), Drake adds dates and returns to No. 1 in the US, and a Michael Jackson-themed musical is in the works. Also in the news: Ontario Music Fund, Indigenous Peoples Day, Pearl Jam, Calgary Stampede, Bernice, Festival of Beer, Smithers BC, Rufus John, Notes In The Night, and farewells to XXXTentacion and Jon Hiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Alan Willaert and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are on the warpath to change how music showcases have operated for aeons in Canada and abroad.
Eighty-percent of the artists showcasing at this year’s festival are not members of the American Federation of Musicians union or its Canadian counterpart, organizers say.
A large number of festivals attracting industry professionals are offering bands little more than exposure and a free ticket to the events, and this has the musicians union riled up.