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.
Hillsburn (pictured) and The Town Heroes lead the ECMAs nominations list, Ram Ranch bugs the occupying truckers, and the CMAO Awards sets a date. Others in the news include Pink Mountaintops, Music NS, Creative Manitoba, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ryland James, Allegories, Thus Owls, Roots North, Linda McRae and Doug Cox, and farewell Kerry Chater, Phil Murphy, Howard Grimes, and Sandy Nelson.
Academy Award-winning songwriter, musician and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie has struck a deal with newly-minted Cameron Strang’s Howe Sound Music Pu
Strumbellas mainman Simon Ward (pictured) goes solo, a historic backlog at vinyl manufacturers, and Jr. Gone Wild return in style. Also in the headlines are Joel Ivany, Sharon and Bram, Alan Zweig, Shawn Mendes, WMG, Buffy Sainte-Marie, UMG, Mick Rock, Adele, Charles Lloyd, Jimmie Vaughan, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, the Beatles, and Lenny Kaye.
Richard Tichelman wins the 2021 Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search, Gord Downie (pictured) gets the deluxe reissue treatment, and the FME fest readies a return. Others in the news include Opera Atelier, Measha Brueggergosman, Lindsay Ell, Said The Whale, Alex Cuba, Lina Allemano, Laura Dreyfuss, Young Voices Toronto, and farewell Jerry Granelli, George Higton, and Robby Steinhardt.
The renowned and charismatic music executive turned broadcast chief is starting a new career chapter and shares a few of his next steps, telling us that he has accepted the position of Executive Chairman with Elevate, the not-for-profit Canadian company best known for its annual Innovation, Tech & Media festival, and filling us in on several music projects that he has in production and ready for delivery in 2022.
Edgar Breau reaches into the vault, Buffy Sainte-Marie (Pictured) is receiving renewed attention, and Christopher Ward discusses Black Velvet. Also in the headlines are the ECMAs, Century Egg, Shania, The Halluci Nation, Paul Brandt, Bruce Springsteen, kd lang, Liberty Silver, Bachman Cummings, Sony Music, Fanhouse, Bob Dylan, SoundScan, Bat for Lashes, The Linda Lindas, Moby, and Neil Young.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured) reflects upon a classic interview, the impact of Northern Touch is recalled, and Dan Hill gets emotional. Others in the headlines include Missy D, Stompin’ Tom, Big Hit, UMG, Vivendi, Merck Mercuriadis, Triton Digital ,TikTok, Vevo, X, Justin Timberlake, Alice Cooper, Archie Roach, Midnight Oil, ACM Awards, and Chick Corea.
Groundbreaking Canadian albums by Beverly Glenn-Copeland (pictured), Main Source, and Buffy Sainte-Marie have been named as this year’s recipients of a Prize that can be viewed as a Hall of Fame equivalent for releases in the pre-Polaris era.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured) delivers a powerful poem during the Stronger Together benefit, Facebook plans to let creators charge for live streaming, and more pandemic-forced cancellations. Also in the headlines are Massey Hall, Tami Neilson, Somm, Toni Watson, Spotify, The Pack A.D., Live Nation, Merck Mercuriadis, Simbals, XTC, and Halsey.
The prestigious honour will be presented to the legendary and groundbreaking artist and activist at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala at CMW in May.
The story behind the new album by Miranda Mulholland (pictured), Paul Hyde gets surreal, and a fresh look at a Buffy Sainte-Marie classic. Others in the headlines include Drake, the Elmo, William Prince, Frazey Ford, Spotify, CD Baby, Roddy Ricch, TIDAL, Kesha, Cousin Brucie, Green Day, Aretha, Slade, and Huey Lewis.