James Corden and Céline Dion (pictured) clown around in Vegas, a tough month for Toronto music venues, and Woodstock 50 attracts a new investor. Also in the news are Frank Dukes, Sultans of String, Peak to Shore, CIMA, Squamish Constellation Festival, Tom Avis, Music PEI, Home Routes, Festival of Friends, and farewell Mike Wilhelm.
Lennie Gallant (pictured) is amongst the new ECMA honorees, Bronson Centre partners with The Phoenix, and CIMA is on a mission to NYC. Others in the news: Music BC, Justin Bieber, David Wilcox, Indie Week, Sylvia Rhone, Gord Downie, Ingrid Veninger, and farewell Tony Bird. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Ontario Government released its annual Budget last week, and it has profound impacts on the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).
The Live Music Industry Awards move from the El Mocambo (pictured), Jann is a legit hit, and The Hunter Brothers score at the SCMAs. Also making news: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, CMW's Pitch & Get Paid, Halifax Jazz Festival, CFMU, Americana fest, Creative Manitoba, Morrissey, TJFF, Montreal metal, and farewells to Gary Stewart and Paul Raymond.
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.
The fifth annual in Toronto on June 10 honours four stalwarts of Canada's independent music sector, while three nominees compete for the Marketing Award.
Artists Against Racism launches its Eagles Rising campaign (pictured), PUP sells out a Canadian tour, and celebs rally around Radio 3. Others in the news: Lenny Stoute, Danielle Knibbe, Streetheart, Ekelle, Rita Chiarelli, Kimye, and Johnnie Lovesin. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Toronto’s main HMV store (pictured) goes to pot, CMAOntario Awards announces more performers, and CIMA heads to Reeperbahn 2019 in Germany. Also in the news are Neena Rose, The Indies, Mustafa The Poet, Music Nova Scotia, Kristjan Randalu, Now Hear This Festival, Aaron Campbell, OMF, TBS, Bryan Adams, and Sonic Boom fest. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Shopé (pictured) wins CBC's Searchlight 2019, Randy Bachman gets profiled, and Unison teams with StayBillety. Also in the news are Squamish Constellation Festival, Tami Neilson, CIMA, Chris Hardy, Come From Away, Mappe Of, Drake, SING!, The Police, Farnaz Ohadi, Carbon Memory, and farewell Robbie Smith and Charlie Panigoniak. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Tenors and (pictured) Sean Jones, Boots & Hearts, and SCMA Awards nominees are announced. Also in the news are YYC Music Awards, Broken Social Scene, CIMA, The Great Escape, Selina Martin, James Bryan, Arcade Fire, Michael Davidson and Dan Fortin, Jackie Richardson, Daniel Romano, Sonic Publishing, Dave Sampson, Blue Standard, and farewell Sara Romweber and Keith Flint. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Work Film Grant set up by Charlotte Day Wilson (pictured) announces the two winners, and Folk Music Canada gets busy at FAI. Also in the news are CIMA, MEGAPHONO, Ben Caplan, Maroon 5, Shad, Festival of Beer, Yumi Nagashima, Lisa Weitz, The Dirty Nil, Patti Jannetta, and farewell Dave Ferri. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Nil (pictured) delivers a SNL parody, MusicOntario goes to NewSkool Rules, and Trent Severn goes on hiatus. Also in the news are pipeline protests, CIMA, FAI, Hugh's Room Live, Michael Occhipinti, WNMF, Alexandra Streliski, the Oscars, Northern Touch Music Festival, Scrape Records, Cadence Grace, The Darcys, Ladom Ensemble, Don Brownrigg, The Fretless, and farewell Ted McKenna and Kaye Ballard.