The francophone SOCAN Awards winners included Jean-Phi Goncalves (pictured), Variety names Sal Slaiby Manager Of The Year, and the CLMA’s new board is announced. Also in the news are Steve Waxman, MusicNL, Suzie LeBlanc, Ronley Teper, MMF Canada, Chilly Gonzales, Make Music Matter, Tara MacLean and Adam Brazier, Raj Ramayya, Rhye, Oh Susanna, Manitoba Music, and farewell Harold Budd.
Top Toronto venue The Mod Club closes its doors, Michael McCarty (pictured) is set to leave SOCAN, and Robert Bennett is named as that org’s CFO. Also in the news are The Weeknd, Sam Roberts Band, John Till and Ken Kalmusky, Serena Ryder, Quartetto Gelato, Chilly Gonzales, The Commodore Ballroom, Colin James, and farewell Ken Hensley, Len Barry, and Bones Hillman.
Drake (pictured) turns 34 and teases a new album, Music NB and Ontario Folk Music Awards are handed out, and the Harmonize: Music Video Mentorship is launched. Also making news are Tannis Slimmon, Dub J, The Washboard Union, Comedy Here Often?, Folk Unlocked, The Weeknd, Corb Lund, Ruby Waters, Chilly Gonzales, The Cold Manitoba Project, Gowan, The Music Hall, SNRK, LOTL, TiKA, and farewell Jerry Jeff Walker, Viola Smith, and Tony Lewis.
Chilly Gonzales (pictured) gets professorial, Cartel Madras deliver bad-ass rap anthems, and City Hall gets blamed for the Matador debacle. Also in the headlines are Morgan Davis, Sina Bathaie, Yola, Def Leppard, Gord Sinclair, Bob Rock, Barry Allen, Saban Music Group, Helen Smith, Selena Gomez, Lloyd Barnes, Michael Stipe, and Nipsey Hussle.
Stars (pictured) gets theatrical, Leonard Cohen's swansong, and the grief of Dallas Green. Others in the headlines include Whipped Cream, Arthur Fogel, Chilly Gonzales, Lyor Cohen, ASAP Rocky, Taylor Swift, Audiam, Lil Nas X, eOne, Amazon Music HD, Black Crowes, Ja Rule, and Phil Lynott.
Chilly Gonzales (pictured) returns to Canadian stages in 2020, the CMPA is transformed as Music Publishers Canada, and Eric Lapointe goes to court. Others in the news include Anthem Entertainment, Allison Hamamura, Jason Collett, Coco Love Alcorn, Gentiane MG, Gillian Snider & Leslie Stanwyck, and Nick Drake. With video.
A Gordon Lightfoot documentary to have its world premiere at Hot Docs, the Gonzervatory returns, and Jane Harbury (pictured) is honoured. Others making news include Courage My Love, Skye Wallace, the ECMAs, Juice WRLD, Fucked Up, SXSW, Contact East, and farewell Hal Blaine. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The iconoclastic Grammy-winning pianist and composer is about to release the ﬁnal album of his Solo Piano trilogy. In this typically entertaining interview, he describes the making of the record, his love of the underdog, and his satisfaction with the current state of the music biz.