The self-assurance of Lyor Cohen, Pride spotlights queer artists like Witch Prophet (pictured), and a memorable dinner with Drake. Also in the headlines are Reeperbahn fest, YouTube, Tim Trombley, XXXTentacion, Indigenous artists, Scottish pop, Coeur de pirate, Eve Hewson, The Cameron House, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
BreakOut West's festival line-up includes Hall of Famers' The Grapes Of Wrath (pictured), Drake adds dates and returns to No. 1 in the US, and a Michael Jackson-themed musical is in the works. Also in the news: Ontario Music Fund, Indigenous Peoples Day, Pearl Jam, Calgary Stampede, Bernice, Festival of Beer, Smithers BC, Rufus John, Notes In The Night, and farewells to XXXTentacion and Jon Hiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Drake's new hit video features a Degrassi reunion, Jay and Bey release a surprise joint album, and Murda Beatz gets charitable. Others making news include Loud, RealMind and Ruffsound, Festival of The Sound, CFMA, the Vancouver Mural Festival, Eric Abramovitz, Kultrun, Cadillac Lounge, Harvest Moon Festival, Shipped, Prime Boys, and a farewell to Nick Knox and Matt 'Guitar' Murphy.
The Toronto native has turned unknowns into millionaires, built an impressive management and recording imprint, consulted the stars and now runs a global music empire that spans management, publishing, event production and master recordings.
Casting has begun for the second season of The Launch, Trent Severn attracts stars to a Toronto show, and Drake is urged to stand down on his feud with Pusha-T. Those also making news include MusiCares, Canadian Blast in Australia, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Upper Canada Choristers, Kalle Mattson, Pierre-Philippe Côté, Murray McLauchlan, Kris the $pirit, and a farewell to Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater. Videos added for your enjoyment.
TPOH celebrates a milestone, Greg Keelor muses on a possible end of touring for Blue Rodeo, and Joan Baez and Slayer are on swansong treks. Others in the headlines include Hall & Oates, Drake, Coleman Hell, Venues, UK drill. NXNE, Postdata, Live Nation, Linda Ronstadt, and Lief Hall.
The topline news this week is that Drake has himself three of the Top 5 hits and he's just beaten Elvis Presley's record in the US of A for having the most Top 10s in a career.
Drake's beef with Pusha T escalates, Grammy chief under fire, and a look at Stones producer Jimmy Miller. Also in the headlines are Amazon, Kpop, SOCAN, Jennifer Castle, Shawn Mendes, Sherry Ryan, Big Shiny Tunes, Stratford musicals, Wynton Marsalis, and Great Escape.
A roundup of news and gossip about musicians, bands, associations and other components that fit under the umbrella of the music business today, and delivered with brevity and elan.
Drake runs afoul of the NBA, Ryan Hemsworth connects with hip-hop, and Scottish bands ranked. Also in the headlines are M.I.A., Beams, Ben Caplan, Kinley, Jessie Ware, Gryphon Trio, Zarin Mehta, music critics, and Rosie & The Riveters.
The odds to win has won, as Cardi B's debut long-play rockets straight to No. 1 in its first week of release. There are a few other new entries, including Canada's favourite-to-win pop band
Sloan, with album '12' breaking into the top 50.