Tributes pour in for Ronnie Hawkins and Michael Wrycraft, a Stones gig at The El Mocambo (pictured) had a huge impact, and a TV series boosts a Kate Bush classic. Also in the headlines are Lester Smith, Scotia Festival of Music, Hopscotch Fest, Vancouver punks, Railway Club, UMG, TikTok, Bob Dylan, Russian oligarchs, Eminem, Abba, Mavis and Levon, BTS, Billy Bragg, and The Sex Pistols.
Soulful songsmith AHI (pictured) is profiled, Alan Doyle announces his first live album, and Ed Robertson and Rush go full-tilt on a pinball project. Others in the headlines include Katie Tupper, Def Jam India, Molson Park, COC, Armoury studios, Splinterlands, Billie Eilish, Madonna, BTS, Ronnie Spektor, and Mark Lanegan.
The fascinating career of Emm Gryner (pictured) is profiled, Canadian hip-hop reflects our diversity, and Neil Young gives his fans a Xmas present. Others in the headlines include Robert Michaels, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Gagnon, The Weeknd, Denise Jones, Shawn Mendes, Merkules, Dolly Parton, Bloodshot Records, Taylor Swift, Frank Sinatra, BTS, The Bee Gees, and Jimmy Page.
Two looks at the new posthumous album from Gord Downie (pictured), Windsor's 89X boosted CanRock in Detroit, new songs from Stevie Wonder, and Tunecore shells out the shekels. Also in the headlines are the Cameron House, Darcy James Argue, Garth Brooks, UK festivals, Guy Moot, Stevie Wonder, BTS, Dolly Parton, Dawes, Hal Willner, and T. Rex.
Tributes pour in for Eddie Van Halen (pictured) Johnny Cash is filmed hunting moose in NL, and Bahamas opens up. Also in the headlines are Shawn Mendes, Northcote, Spotify, Aaron Allen, Viola Desmond, Mac Davis, BTS, Pay-for-Play, Led Zeppelin, digital wellness, AC/DC, CMAs, Fleetwood Mac, and song segues.
Polaris Prize short-lister Witch Prophet (pictured) is profiled, Scott Cook's Tangle of Souls is an ambitious triumph, and BTS shatters chart records. Others in the headlines include Stones Place, Napster, Spotify, Justin Townes Earle, CTS Eventim, Tidal, dream-pop, Trump campaign songs, Single Music, Fame, Biggie and Tupac, Van Morrison, and Ross Wilson.
The North Side Hip Hop Archive (pictured) playlists Canadian protest songs, SOCAN’s Encore pays out for live-streams, and a look at #CanadaPerforms. Others in the headlines include Aaron Allen, music therapy, PUP, The Drake Hotel, August Rigo, Bernie LaBarge, UMG, Republic Records, George Floyd, BTS, Warner Music IPO, MMA, Elton John, Abbey Road, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Laurel Canyon, and Geezer Butler.
Emergency funds assist Canadian musicians, the dystopian worldview of The Weeknd (pictured) is timely, and Canadian record stores are under threat. Also in the headlines are COVID-19 stories, Win Butler, Jesse Zubot, Sony, Stage Door, Bob Pittman, StubHub, BTS, Adam Schlesinger, copyright, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Dolly Parton.
A London, ON, exhibit features John Rowlands (pictured), the happy reunion of Alexisonfire, and the lucrative rebirth of the Las Vegas residency. Others in the headlines include Danger!! Death Ray, BARK, Pete Carmichael, TSO Associates, payola, The Grammys, song economy, TikTok, BTS, Judy Collins, Madonna, and Ozzy.
Teenage Head (pictured) keeps rocking, Carly Rae gets destructive, and anti-scalping plans. Also in the headlines: Michael Bublé, Gino Vannelli, Drake, BSS, Nick Mason, iHeartMedia, Robin Thicke, John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, neo-soul, BTS, Mac DeMarco, and Milton Berle.