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.
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.
The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories.