Meghan Patrick and Tim Hicks (pictured) lead the CMAO Awards nominations, Drake earns 17 Billboard Music Awards noms, and Carly Rae Jepsen announces a new album. Also in the news: Red Bull Music Academy, Aerosmith, Spotify, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, A2IM Indie Week, CIMA, Mötley Crüe, Anne Murray, Drowned In Sound, and farewells to Kim English, Lou Natale, and Billy Adams.
Caracol (pictured) treads new paths on Symbolism, garage rockers UIC are rejuvenated, and the Stones' "She's A Rainbow" is a synch smash. Also in the headlines are Sharon and Bram, The Steadies, Travis Scott, Kiss, Top albums lists, Cardi B, Jackie Fuchs, pay to play, Kate Bush, Robbie Williams, Kacey Musgraves, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.
A day in the life of Jessie Reyez (pictured), Toronto's next big pop star, Roy Orbison is brought back to life, and Gord Downie's brothers reminisce. Also in the headlines are Dear Rouge, Jay Aymar, Wide Cut Weekend, Cat Power, Leonard Cohen, MMA, The Palomino, AMAs, the Internet Archive, Alessia Cara, Steve Perry, and Lindsey Buckingham.
Robots are influencing the music industry, Macca plays a secret show at Grand Central Station, and Nicki Minaj and Cardi B duke it out. Others in the headlines include Avril Lavigne, Terra Lightfoot, Justin Trudeau, Haim, Ron Mann, Steve Perry, Courtney Barnett, Mutek Montreal, Eminem, and Elizabeth Fraser.
The odds to win has won, as Cardi B's debut long-play rockets straight to No. 1 in its first week of release. There are a few other new entries, including Canada's favourite-to-win pop band
Sloan, with album '12' breaking into the top 50.
A Yoko Ono art exhibit is burgled in Toronto, Cardi B's star is in the ascendant, and Linda McRae teaches songwriting to inmates. Those also in the headlines include Jeff Dalziel, Vivienne Westwood, drill music, Slow, Elk Run & Riot, Jesse Cook, Rich Aucoin, tribute albums, music cities, Mitch Melnick, and Itzhak Perlman.