The Weeknd may have been snubbed, sparking a furore, but Canadian names appear in the categories of many different genres. Heading that list are two established superstars, an acclaimed engineer, and a fast-rising DJ/producer. Pictured: Kaytranada
Drake (pictured) turns 34 and teases a new album, Music NB and Ontario Folk Music Awards are handed out, and the Harmonize: Music Video Mentorship is launched. Also making news are Tannis Slimmon, Dub J, The Washboard Union, Comedy Here Often?, Folk Unlocked, The Weeknd, Corb Lund, Ruby Waters, Chilly Gonzales, The Cold Manitoba Project, Gowan, The Music Hall, SNRK, LOTL, TiKA, and farewell Jerry Jeff Walker, Viola Smith, and Tony Lewis.
Justin Bieber stars in a video for a hit by DJ Khaled and Drake (pictured), a rooftop concert series comes to The Hammer, and Jann Arden’s hit show returns. Also making news are George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett, HUFF, Dean Brody, Evangeline Gentle, Corb Lund, Half Moon Run, The Rex, Alan Doyle, Melanie Brulée, Kaytranada, The Darcys, URGNT, and farewell Lucille Starr and Gary Peacock.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) is at the heart of a renaming debate in Montreal, Drake’s new single is based on his love of sports, and Warner Music Group buys IMGN. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Brott Music Festival, The OBGMs, Tencent Music, Dvsn, Beggars Group, Mickey Guyton, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr, Dolly Parton, Janelle Monáe, and Katy Perry.
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.