Drake partners with LeBron on a new venture (pictured), Polaris Prize performers are announced, and Mattyfest features music and food. Also in the news are LyricFind, Molly Johnson, Unison, CMAOntario, Sass Jordan, CD Baby, CIMA, Bruce Cockburn, Charlie Angus, Alberta Music, Laura Barrett, Rachel Cousins, Manitoba Music, and Alex Pangman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Kitchener psych-rock ensemble Hawkeyes (pictured) gains traction, the Oshawa scene explored, and Canadian Instagram stars. Also in the headlines are Woodstock 50, Osheaga 2019, Mike Waite, Neve, Leonard Cohen, Sheila E., Kirk Hammett, Iggy Pop, Celine Dion, Rusty Gaston, TOWGE, PledgeMusic, k.d. lang, and Drake.
The last thing Ticketmaster Canada needs right now is another black eye.
Mark Howard (pictured) talks about working with the greats, Luminato closes with a flourish, and Jane Bunnett describes visa hassles. Also in the headlines are deaf musicals, Strike!, Syrian musicians, The Heavy, Roy Buchanan, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Clarence Avant.
Drake - arguably the biggest star on the planet - and the rest of the OVO gang is teaming up with Canadian banking institution RBC to stage the first public OVO Summit on Aug. 2 in Toronto. The event was teased by a series of billboards erected throughout the downtown core of Toronto on June 3.
A world class opera singer awaits emergency surgery that pre-empts her returning home to attend her father's funeral; Drake revives OVOfest for 2019, the Wolfe Island Fest announces its lineup, The Toronto Blues Society reveal their finalists and the Arkells extend their Rally Cry tour dates to cover Halifax and Ontario are among the items for today.
To celebrate the Raptors win, Drake releases two new tracks (artwork pictured), Les Francofolies lineup is announced, and the MS Sucks benefit brings stars to The Horseshoe. Also in the news are Green Door Studios, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Graham Henderson, Bob Gruen, Grant Hurley, FACTOR, Jim Cuddy, and Kevin Hearn.
Dears frontman Murray Lightburn (pictured) goes solo, Ralph Murphy is remembered, and contrasting takes on Raptors fan Drake. Also in the headlines are Elton John, TSO, Dave Stewart, Spice Girls, Duff McKagan, Will Smith, metadata, Willie Nelson, and Moby.
Montreal Jazz fest legend André Ménard (pictured) discusses 40 years, Drake attracts more flak, and Rosalie Trombley boosted Elton's career. Others in the headlines include Leanne Hoffman, Carrie Underwood, copyright policy, hard drum, Nick Lowe, Gregg Allman, Russian rap, summer songs, biopics, Dido, Neil Young, and ByteDance.
A look at superstar record producer Bob Ezrin (pictured), Drake is dissed for buffoonery, and John and Yoko's bed-in remembered. Others in the headlines include Deane Cameron, Lydia Persaud, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Bookie, Ron Hawkins, Loud, Higher Brothers, Inuit pop, Aretha, Moby, Beastie Boys, Ultra Music Festival, and Rudimental.
Rapper Haviah Mighty (pictured) delivers an inspiring new album, the fascinating life of maestro Andrew Balfour, and the Drake curse examined. Also in the headlines: Bhad Bhabie, Lennie Gallant, Vampire Weekend, Filthy Friends, Madonna, Ticketmaster, breakbeats Todd Rundgren, Imogen Heap, Ani DiFranco, and Evan Dando.