Drake and DJ Khaled (pictured) collaborate on two new singles, Serena Ryder has a new record label and single, and the Orbit Room announces its closure. Also in the news are IF 2020, Hamilton venues, Music Canada certifications, SiriusXM’s Top of the Country, J.P. Cormier, Canal Bank Shuffle, Morning Music, The Great Canadian Concert Series, Red Bull, Tim & The Glory Boys, and farewell Chi Pig, Emmitt Rhodes, Jamie Oldaker, and Marguerite Knowles Doritty.
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.
The Montreal rap scene is thriving (Tyleen pictured), Drake shows off his pool, and Carly Rae Jepsen discusses quarantine. Others in the headlines include Charles Khabouth, Opera Canada, Band Ladies, Primary Wave, US copyright, Italian concerts, Little Richard, Michael Hutchence, Right Said Fred, Steve Earle, and Bernie Leadon.
A plea for streaming services to aid musicians, Young Canadians’ Hawaii (pictured) gets a reissue, and Bernie Sanders is a Prince fan. Also in the headlines are Corey Hart, Matt Masters, 120 Diner, Dana Beeler, Downtown, Diane Warren, Jason Isbell, the Hollywood Bowl, Perfume Genius, and the Knitting Factory.
Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes debuts at No.
The Guess Who celebrate a milestone anniversary for a signature song (pictured), Drake teases more new music, and Jesse Cook finds global collaborators. Others in the news include Jesse Cook, Brandi Sidoryk, Mike Boguski, Buck 65, French Montana, Tory Lanez, and farewell Bobby Lewis and Greg McLean.
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.
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.
Tory Lanez (pictured) parts ways with his label, Creative BC launches an online music hub, and Drake attracts flak. Others in the news include Franglais rappers, FACTOR, Lady Gaga, Deane Cameron, Skye Wallace, Madeline Merlo, Joel Plaskett, Burton Cummings, RBT, Sunrise Records, The Choir of Women Physicians, H.E.R., Lennon Stella, The Washboard Union, Harrow Fair, and farewell Andy González, Aziz Abdi, and Onaje Allan Gumbs. With video.
Toronto is sitting atop Billboard’s Hot 100 single chart and top 200 album chart this week. Drake’s Toosie Slide single and The Weeknd’s After
The Weeknd’s After Hours spends its third straight week at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, once again picking up the hi
Bob Dylan (pictured) finally gets a Billboard No. 1 hit, Drake shows off his extravagant mansion, and David Clayton Thomas is outspoken on a new album. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, John Prine, Hal Willner, TikTok, Julian Taylor, Bryan Adams, Hellfest, and Lady Gaga.