Each week, Essentials allows Canadian music industry figures to share the things that have helped get them through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Here are the choices of an East Coast hip-hop luminary.
The Anne Murray: Full Circle doc (pictured) is now streaming on CBC, Rosalie Trombley makes the New York Times, and big changes for The Dirty Nil. Others in the headlines include Les Emmerson, Molly Johnson, SATE, Classified, SOCAN, Sony Music, Bruce Springsteen, Billie Eilish, Keanu Reeves, BandLab, Nathaniel Rateliff, Alan Vega, and Norah Jones.
Canadian artists pay tribute to the late Paddy Moloney (pictured), the WCMAs will be handed out tomorrow, and Music Nova Scotia announces the All Together Now conference. Also in the news are ADVANCE, the El Mocambo, Our Lady Peace, Coeur de pirate, Molly Johnson, Classified, Alanis Morissette, Chixdiggit, Lyrics and Laughter, the CCMA Awards, Suzie Ungerleider, Jane’s Party, Beth McKenna, and farewell Dee Pop.
Fluent rhymes and guest vocals plus a positive message add up to another winning cut.
The 2019 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Kevan Funk, for his clip for Belle Game’s Low. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos, including this one from the East Coast's biggest hip-hop star.
Two decades after first connecting, two giants of Canadian hip-hop collaborate on a cut featuring fluent lyrical flows and a cool R&B-tinged production.
Classified (pictured) and Jeremy Ducher celebrated multiple wins at the annual staged in Charlottetown, and Stan Rogers was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as was the song "Peter's Dream" by Maritime superstar Lennie Gallant.
On May 13, the biggest prize for Canadian music videos will be handed out in Toronto. We are profiling some of the Top 20 nominees before that, including this clip from a platinum-selling hip-hop artist known for high-quality videos.
Atlantic Canada's most popular hip-hop artist (pictured) heads the pack, closely followed by a folk favourite and the reigning Polaris champ. The East Coast Music Awards are held in Charlottetown, PEI, in May.
A playlist for potheads, Classified is curious about cannabis promotion, and Eminem shows a sense of humour. Others in the headlines include Troye Sivan, Art d'Ecco, Murray McLauchlan, consumer tech spending, Spotify, MMA, Sony's blockchain, Grammy picks, Drake, Elle King, K-pop, Kanye West, Disturbed, and Avril Lavigne.
Notables with new offerings out today include Drake, Florence + The Machine, Milk Carton Kids, Ray Davies, Bullet For My Valentine, Gorillaz, and Guns 'N Roses with a reissue. Classified, Ben Kunder, and Old Man Luedecke feature on the Canadian front.
The Juno-winning rapper recruited his comrade David Myles and an A-list of Nova Scotian talent to join him on this powerful new track addressing the issue of abuse. It is designed to support Halifax's Sea Star Centre in its work with victims of trauma.