Shawn Mendes (pictured) is honoured with the Junos' International Achievement Award, ElyOtto cashes in on his viral hit, and the ECMAs announces its honorary awards. Also in the news are the CMAOntario Awards, Tebey, Shania Twain, Salome Bey, MacEwan University, Cue-Sheet-Palooza, Outer Range, the TBS, The Tragically Hip, Arlene Bishop, Ian Lane, CBC Searchlight, Randy Bachman, Sophia Bel, The Baby G, Softcult, and farewell Bill Bourne, Jerry Doucette, Pastelle LeBlanc, Art Rupe, DJ Kay Slay, Charnett Moffett, and Ken West.
Danny Michel (pictured) slots into a new activity, Hamilton’s Staircase Theatre is another pandemic casualty, and major label revenue surges. Also in the headlines are NEXT magazine, Gideon Arthurs, Lucian Grainge, Capitol, Africori, Primary Wave, Paul Rodgers, Morgan Wallen, Elvis Costello, Coachella, Poly Styrene, and Allen Toussaint.
The Weeknd attracts pre-Superbowl hype, Justin and Hailey steam up the screen, and Greg Godovitz delivers a second memoir. Others in the headlines include 54-40, Drake, CONTACT fest, Kennedy Rd., Bif Naked, Tencent, UMG, John Branca, Coachella, Marilyn Laverty, Twitter, Live Nation, Big Hit, Aaron Neville, Rod Stewart, and Yma Sumac.
David Collier illustrates the life of Gary Topp (pictured), a look at the arts in Canada post-pandemic, and Bob Dylan opens up. Others in the headlines include Blue Frog Studio, Tencent Music, WMG, BMG, BLM, Lady Antebellum, the Rolling Stones, Peter Jackson, the Grammys, Ted Cockle, the Australasian industry, N.W.A., Seal, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Run the Jewels.
Coachella (pictured) grabs plenty of attention, Nirvana reunites in LA, and 2019's top francophone albums. Also in the headlines are Audrey Ochoa, David Francey, Queen, Concord, David Byrne, Randy Newman, Kylie Minogue, The Police, A. R. Rahman, and streaming services.
Canadian stars endorse a Green New Deal (pictured), suggested CMW musical picks, and Solitair's work with inmates. Also in headlines: Spotify, Jory Nash, Kelly Fraser, PledgeMusic, copyright, Kamasi Washington, Live Nation, Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, and Marina.
Live Nation has a boom year, Vince Staples (pictured) gets confessional, rumours of Record Store Day releases, and Michael Jackson is under scrutiny. Also in the headlines are Foreigner, Shaye Zadravec, Avril Lavigne, VCC, King’s X, Coachella, R. Kelly, Bonnaroo, ASCAP, De La Soul, Lou Reed, Queen, and Drake.
Erin Costelo (pictured) gets the documentary treatment, a tribute to David Sinclair, and R. Kelly's misdeeds are probed. Also in the headlines are The Pursuit Of Happiness, Angel Blue, classic '90s albums, Faith/Void, Joseph Shabason, new music books, TSO, Coachella, album sales, British rap, Universal Music, NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, YouTube, Ed Sheeran, Latin music, and RIAA.
The effect of legal pot on music, the obstacles placed upon black genius, and sexual harassment at Coachella. Also making headlines are Buffy Sainte-Marie, Compact Music, 4/20, Memphis music, The Damned, J Cole, The Olympic Symphonium, Tess Roby, and Ford Pier.
The Boss rules Broadway, Coachella heightens security and a fundraiser for the family of Jason Buie. Also in the news are Armstrong Metalfest, the ECMA, A2IM's Indie Week, Chic, The Silver Dollar, London Music Week, NMC, Jazz Lives, Fred Eaglesmith and Gordie Tentrees, Lawnya Vawnya, Sunrise Records, Canmore Folk Fest, The Stanfields, Rodney DeCroo, and Dany Laj. Videos added for your enjoyment.