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.
Drake sets a new record, Hard Rock announces a new hotel in London, ON, Coeur de pirate (pictured) buys Dare To Care Records, Corb Lund and Paul Brandt protest Albertan coal mining, and a new Montreal jazz series is launched. Also in the news are TiKA, MNS, Church of Trees, Carole Pope, Neil Young, Cartel Madras, Tyler Shaw, Soran, Bruce Guthro, Justin Nozuka, and farewell Duke Bootee, Phil Spector, Chris Murphy, and Syl Sylvain.
The humble origins of The Reklaws (pictured), advice on the Grammys for The Weeknd, and a rave review for TV Freaks. Also in the headlines are Jann Arden, The Clash, Keithmas, David Bowie, Sam Wilson, Drake, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Lorde, Toots Hibbert, Alice in Chains, Dizzy Gillespie, and Liam Gallagher.
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.