Drake has dominated music news for the past week, Ontario music venues welcome a vaccine mandate, and Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro is in peril. Also in the headlines are Ontario Place, Buffy MacNeil, Chan Centre concerts, Roger Mooking, Glenn Dixon, ESO, Kanye West, AWAL, Jeremy Sirota, ABBA, Charlie Watts, David Crosby, Finneas, The Faces, Anita Baker, and Radiohead.
Drake is reportedly set to release his new album (cover graphic pictured), the Record Store Day Canada Unsigned Competition returns, and Nova Scotia Music Week will take place in Truro. Also in the news are Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Music PEI Awards, Songbird North, TSO, Contact East, Martin Atkins, MMF Canada, Make Music Matter, The Trews, and farewell Ron Bushy, Bill Emerson, Larry Harlow, and Ruth Marx.
Billy Raffoul (pictured) wins the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Dine Alone signs teen popster Aviv, and Drake backs a documentary on Black hockey players. Also in the news are Our Lady Peace, Music PEI, Marianas Trench, CIMA, The Pumps, Danko Jones, The East Pointers, Joey Landreth, Kadooh, Barney Bentall and Geoffrey Kelly, The Trews, Anna Tom, Habari Africa fest, and farewell Charles Connor and Chris Wall.
Justin Bieber (pictured) will play the Junos, The Weeknd and Drake score at the Billboard Music Awards, and an anti-racism pledge for the Canadian music industry. Also making news are Chi Pig, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CIMA, Music Publishers Canada, Joe Coughlin, Elliott BROOD, Discogs, Reid Zoé, and farewell Kathryn Moses, Frank Wright, James Harman, and Roger Hawkins.
The James Barker Band (pictured) signs a US record deal, Conor Gains boosts MusiCounts, and Drizzy features on a new Nicki Minaj cut. Also in the news are Michael Bridge and Kornel Wolak, the 2021 Canadian Song Conference, Theo Tams, Ian Janes, Mercantile Records, Chris Magerl, Nap Eyes, and farewell Curtis Fuller, Bob Koester, and Pervis Staples.
Drake (pictured) is named Billboard's Artist of the Decade, the 604 Sessions Song Camp is launched, and Queen Celine returns to Vegas. Also making news are The Rock Hall of Fame, BROS, IRCPA, The Tragically Hip, TikTok, Ken Tizzard, Festival (506), Glenn Chatten, and farewell Pierre Gaudet.
The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this blockbuster clip featuring two hip-hop superstars.
Drake releases a new EP and launches a radio channel, Greg Keelor (pictured) announces a new solo album, and Madison Violet host an International Women's Day concert. Others in the news include Minor Empire, Liona Boyd, HRL, Blu Bones, Lil Berete, SING!, Annabelle Chvostek, High Priestess, Sound of Music Festival, Fateh, the Ice Walk, and farewell Jorge Perez, Bhaskar Menon, and Michael Stanley.
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Drake (pictured) releases a surprise EP, tips on releasing an album in a pandemic, and Toronto artists to watch for. Also in the headlines are Our Lady Peace, NFTs, TIDAL, Grimes, Walk Off The Earth, Christa Couture, Michael Gudinski, Lenny Williams, The Dictators, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Bunny Wailer, Kings of Leon, Bob Ezrin, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, and the birth of reggae.
The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from an international music superstar that features a young American R&B singer.
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.