POP Montreal will turn 20 with a hybrid fest, Belly announces a new album (pictured), and the SOCAN Foundation names award recipients. Also in the news are Rush, Sue Foley, Cactus Festival, ALIVE series, the Police Picnic, Kintaro, Sean Jones, Opera Atelier, Tim Baker, Shane Cook, Contact East 2021, Creative Manitoba, and Neeraj Prem. With video.
Quebec country duo Five Roses (pictured) signs to MDM, Walk Off The Earth to live up to its name, and Alex Henry Foster buys a hotel in Tangier. Also in the news are METZ, City and Colour, The MOMI Conference, Lytton benefit, Crow’s Theatre, Mills Hardware, Ken Yates, Creative Manitoba, Metalworks, and farewell Paul Cotton and Alan Lewis.
Raine Maida (pictured) is one of the Canadian stars behind the LOOP/POOL pot brand, a major new sports and entertainment complex is planned for Toronto, and CMW, NXNE, and the Junos are forced to go virtual. Others in the news include Polaris Prize, Maple Blues Awards, Jazzahead, Rising, ADVANCE, CARYS, Music Publishers Canada, A2IM Indie Week, Daft Punk, The Carleton, Michael Menegon, and CE Days.
Geddy Lee (pictured) is part of a star-studded VSO benefit event, registration for ShiftChange 2021 is open, and Music Canada is surveying artists. Also in the news are the Raise Your Voice Concert Series, The Tragically Hip, Unison, SOCAN, Silverstein, Creative Manitoba, CIMA, MusicOntario, Small Sins, Tokyo Police Club, k-os, and farewell Shingoose, Tim Bogert, and Howard Johnson.
Drake (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2020 BET Awards, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal goes virtual, and SaskMusic presents a National Indigenous Peoples Day Concert. Also in the news are Music Canada, ABACUS Data, a CBC hip-hop podcast, Canada Day House Party, Ruth B, Creative Manitoba, BTS, Americana Honors & Awards, Judy Collins, Protest the Hero Toronto Songwriting School, Linda McRae, TO Live, Shred Kelly, Supercrawl, and farewell Hugh Fraser and Keith Tippett.
Paul Brandt (pictured) chairs a human trafficking task force, Sydney features on Unsinkable Youth, and the Homebody Music Festival starts tomorrow. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Barenaked Ladies, The Coalition for Music Education, Torquil Campbell, Creative Manitoba, One Earth Live, DT Concert Series, Ontario Creates, Caveboy, Pleasure Craft, August Rigo, and farewell John Cumming. With video.
Johnny Reid (pictured) offers comfort and a song to Nova Scotia, Blue Rodeo’s anthem is selected for the Great Canadian Singalong, and We Are One makes an impact. Also in the news are Creative Manitoba, Corb Lund, Whitney Rose, Leonard Cohen, Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, A3 Merch, Mike Love, and Adrian Sutherland. With video.
A4A Records to host a vinyl pop-up event, U.S. Girls (pictured) announces a tour, and Drake surprises at a Dababy show. Others making news include Andy Kim, Jully Black, Mariposa, Tegan and Sara, Melanie Peterson, Creative Manitoba, Boreal, Toronto Jazz Festival, and farewell Simon Streatfeild. With video.
There was nothing in yesterday’s Throne Speech that addresses the government’s action plan and commitments to Arts & Culture.
The 2019 MusiCounts TD Community Music Program recipients include Strings Across the Sky (pictured), Serena Ryder and Jim Cuddy announce tours, and Amazon has launched a hi-def music streaming subscription service. Others in the news include Gordie Sampson, NSMW, Studio Bell, The Strumbellas, CIMA, Music PEI, The Chills, Creative Manitoba, and farewells to Clark Figenshau, Vic Vogel, and John Cohen.
London, ON's ambitious new fest Parkjam includes Haviah Mighty (pictured), NSMW announces its performers, and the CNE kicks off. Also in the news are Shawn Mendes, Greig Nori, NMC, Plácido Domingo, Alae, Justin Gray, Director X, Lyric Dubee, David Berman, Creative Manitoba, Daddy Cool, and TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Raconteurs rock a Vancouver record store (pictured), Across The Board is making progress, and a look at today's highest-paid musicians. Also in the news are MonkeyHouse, Jaap Nico Hamburger, Truc Ho, Music BC, OssFest, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, CCS Rights Management, Laurent Bourque, and Folk Music Ontario. Videos added for our enjoyment.