The finalists of the 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award are announced, Sue Foley (pictured) will record live at The Elmo, and the Junos change a date. Also in the news are Drake, DJ Khaled, NSMW, Ever After, Boots and Hearts, CIMA, Americanafest, Carleton Stone, Keychange, Oscar Peterson, Andrea Ramolo, and Darcy James Argue.
A documentary portrait of Shania Twain (pictured) is now out, Drizzy honours Canadian hip-hop pioneers, and concert cancellations hurt fans. Also in the headlines are Mother Mother, Vancouver concerts, One Republic, Beyonce, TikTok, Cecilia Concerts, LJ Tyson, Sony Music, Bob Dylan, car radios, Shakira, Shopify, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra.
Daniel Lavoie (pictured) and David Foster will be inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, YYC Music Awards has announced its 2022 nominees, and The MVP Project has reached a notable milestone. Also in the news are LASSO In The City, Markham Jazz Festival, Hagersville Rocks, South Coast Jazz, Honey Jam, Hugh's Room Live, Aengus Finnan, Creative Manitoba, Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Corin Raymond, C.Ross, John Borra, Gunner & Smith, and Tim Baker.
Arkells (pictured) rally their fans and discuss their new album, Tami Neilson scores a prestigious rave review, and Drake sells his LA party compound. Also in the headlines are Alexisonfire, Rory Dodd, gas prices, Diljit Dosanjh, Garth Brooks, Graham Brown, stars vs SCOTUS, Mel Warner Day, TikTok, CAA, MANifesto, Stephen Stills, Steve Cooper, Paul McCartney, John Williams, Elvis, and BTS.
The Zolas (pictured) and Alexisonfire return in style, the inspirational impact of Avril Lavigne, and Drake's new album drones on. Also in the headlines are Canadian reggae, Charlotte Day Wilson, HJF, VSO, Steve Strongman, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Web3, Reservoir, Paul McCartney, BTS, Beyonce, Eurovision Song Contest, Kate Bush, Arthur Brown, and Brian Wilson.
The return of Fefe Dobson (pictured), Dallas Good is remembered, and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin replaces Putin supporter Valery Gergiev. Others in the headlines include Leonard Cohen, Kanye West, Basia Bulat, Oscar Peterson, Kathleen Edwards, Mitchell Marcus, DijahSB, Sham Family, BlackRock, Ukrainian artists, Francis Ford Coppola, James Brown, movie scoring, and David Bowie.
An offbeat film inspired by Celine (pictured) grabs attention, DJ Shub launches War Club, and Tears for Fears recall Toronto memories. Others in the headlines include Donny Gerrard, Stingray, Pretty Archie, Orville Peck, the Superbowl, Drake, Spotify, Sting, UMG, Reservoir, Snoop Dogg, Fleetwood Mac, and James Blunt.
Drake snubs the Grammys, Haviah Mighty (pictured) boosts Black-owned businesses, and The Tragically Hip pay tribute to Montreal femicide victims. Also in the news are BreakOut West, Michael Bublé, Crown Lands, Dan Mangan, I Mother Earth, Jann Arden, Amber Moyle, cleopatrick, Third Side Music, Jingle Punks, Dale Morningstar, Make Music Matter, The Baby G, and farewell Michael Laucke, John Miles, Robbie Shakespeare, and Greg Tate.
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.