Matt Weidinger is a bit of a throwback these days, someone who, from early on in high school, has doggedly carved out a full-time music career.
Drake reflects upon music during the pandemic, Bif Naked (pictured) gives her convocation speech, and Johnny Reid offers solace to Nova Scotia. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, Bruce Cockburn, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Sonic Boom, Bandcamp, drive-in concerts, streaming royalties, Tony Allen, and War.
Norma MacDonald (pictured) explores her roots, Spotify reports growth, and a look at the Marley family empire. Also in the headlines are Mayworks Halifax, Toronto venues, podcasts, The Elmo, Michael Rapino, vinyl, Sony/ATV, Stephen Sondheim, Eminem, Sonic Youth, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson, and Bohannon.
The Juno-winning pop artist has recorded a new song designed to raise money to help frontline workers during the pandemic. She explains the project here and discusses her self-isolation and possible effects of the coronavirus on the music industry.
cAs a group, the multi-Juno Award nominee Tokyo Police Club has never been averse to its members embarking on extracurricular activities.
Michael Wekerle (pictured) has to postpone the Elmo’s reopening, High Priestess joins the music publishing game, and virtual clubbing via Zoom takes off. Also in the headlines are The Strokes, Vivek Shraya, Bob Dylan, Paradigm, Ed O’Brien, Glastonbury, quarantine pop, Ed Sheeran, Pitbull, and DroppTV.
Rihanna (pictured) digs deep, Drake gets dissed, and ticketing firms change refund policies. Others in the headlines include Live Nation, #CanadaPerforms, Justin Trudeau, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Clegg, Yoko One, Eddie Kramer, Neil Young, Billie Eilish, Hipgnosis, and Apple Music.
More than ever, online platforms are crucial, not just to push out new music and promote the old, but to build on relationships with fans, as well as media through chats, streaming performances, even their own interview shows.
The acclaimed Indigenous singer/songwriter is a Juno Awards nominee this year. From her place of self-isolation, she has launched a Live From My Living Room series that has attracted big-name guests and plenty of attention. Learn more about it here.
Emergency funds assist Canadian musicians, the dystopian worldview of The Weeknd (pictured) is timely, and Canadian record stores are under threat. Also in the headlines are COVID-19 stories, Win Butler, Jesse Zubot, Sony, Stage Door, Bob Pittman, StubHub, BTS, Adam Schlesinger, copyright, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Dolly Parton.