The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories.
Round 2 of First Up with RBCxMusic is announced, power fiddle couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy schedule a virtual Xmas tour (pictured), and CZN win the Jim Beam National Talent Search. Also in the news are The ARC Sound, Kandle, Mississauga Music Awards, The Connected Music Series, Sound + Vision, The Fugitives, Lhasa, TSO, Brett Kissel, Toronto Jazz Festival, Whitney Rose, Mon Doux Saigneur, and Circulart.
Koerner Hall (pictured) is proceeding with its 2020-21 season, but Osheaga and Showcase PEI have cancelled this year’s editions. Others in the news include Brett Kissel, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Constantines, Indie Week, CIVC, Daniela Nardi, Anvil, Mariposa, Taggart and Torrens, Austin, Music•Musique NB, and farewell Bonnie Pointer, James Hand, Frank Bey, and Peter Leo.
The fundraiser for foodbanks includes six announced shows over two days in June with a ticket price of $50 per show and a maximum of 185 cars per, as stipulated by health authorities. Stingray has the audio feed and a TV special is being financed by Invictus Entertainment Group.
All proceeds from the Canadian country star’s show near Edmonton on June 13 will go to Food Banks Alberta.
Brett Kissel (pictured) is playing a tornado relief concert, SXSW falls victim to the coronavirus, and Justin Bieber downscales his tour. Also in the news are Pearl Jam, Skye Wallace, VSO, Zoe Sky Jordan, CIMA, Music BC, Logan and Nathan, Great Lake Swimmers, Picastro, Contact East 2020, and farewell Laura Smith and McCoy Tyner.
The award-winning country star will preside over the prestigious event, set for Saskatoon on March 14. An impressive performance lineup has also been announced.
Brett Kissel, Warner Music and Invictus Entertainment celebrated the album release of the Alberta country superstar's fourth album Now Or Never; the chart-topping success of Drink Of Me on country radio and the fact that both those accomplishments left everyone a little J.P. Wiser.
The Canadian Country Music Association has announced its nominees for the 2019 CCMA Awards presented by TD, with Kissel and JBB earning five noms apiece. The big night is in Calgary on Sept. 8.
Brett Kissel (pictured) announces the second leg of his marathon Canadian tour, a new venue opens in Edmonton, and drug casualties at Escapade fest. Others in the news include Ben Kunder, Music Canada Live, Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Brave fest, Lori Yates, Call The Office, Halifax Jazz Festival, Music PEI, Jr. Gone Wild, and a farewell to The Left Banke's George Cameron. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Alessia Cara learns the price of fame, Finn Wolfhard brings attention to (pictured here) Calpurnia, Brett Kissel talks fatherhood. Others in the headlines include Sons Of The Pioneers, Tower Of Power, the Beatles in Toronto, drill rap, LGBTQ musicians, Sam Tudor, Upstream, Toronto Jazz Festival, BC fests, and The Confusionaires.
Invictus Entertainment is a powerhouse company based in western Canada that will promote 700 shows and sell 180K concert tickets this year. Cressman runs the show and he has a stable of acts he promotes. In the following Q&A, he offers sage advice about how to be a success, and where not to point your career compass.