POP Montreal (pictured) is forging ahead with a hybrid festival, The Weeknd comes up big at The VMAs, and Big Wreck will help relaunch The El Mocambo. Others in the news include Leonard Cohen, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, the New Rebel Westerners, T. Thomason, SUUNS, The Orchard, Madisyn Whajne, MusicNL, ECMA podcast, and farewell Riley Gale.
There was nothing in yesterday’s Throne Speech that addresses the government’s action plan and commitments to Arts & Culture.
Liona Boyd compares notes with Vangelis (pictured), Simone Schmidt adapts her album for the stage, and lawn bowling for MusiCounts. Also in the news are Wolfe Island Music Festival, Rebecca Binnendyk, a Winnipeg benefit, The Beaches, OVO, Dwight Yoakam, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Graham Powers, ECMA, Habari Africa Festival, VIFF, NSMW, and farewell Henri Belolo and David Berman.
Lennie Gallant (pictured) is amongst the new ECMA honorees, Bronson Centre partners with The Phoenix, and CIMA is on a mission to NYC. Others in the news: Music BC, Justin Bieber, David Wilcox, Indie Week, Sylvia Rhone, Gord Downie, Ingrid Veninger, and farewell Tony Bird. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Folk Alliance will honour Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Gordon Lightfoot adds extra shows, and The Boss hits Netflix. Also in the news are the ECMA, Karen Kosowski, Jeremy Dutcher, Stompin' Tom, Parts & Labour, Keithmas, Music Nova Scotia, Music Canada Live, Rubberneck, Music BC, and a farewell to Ustad Imrat Khan. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Director X enters the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame, Ottawa adopts its first official music strategy and iLLvibe readies his new album. Also in the news are SOCAN, the ECMAs, Great Lake Swimmers, Halifax Jazz Festival, Pharis & Jason Romero, Sawdust City fest, Quebecois composers, Andie Duquette, and Redstone Winery. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Performers at the Lights Out fundraiser for WWF included Sam Drysdale and Juno Fan Choice winner Shawn Mendes is tapped for an iHeartRadio Secret Session. Others in the news include the ECMA, Big Valley Jamboree, Matthew Good, CIMA, CMPA, Global Toronto, Ever After fest, Nashville, Frog Eyes, Music Canada Live, Alzheimer benefit, David Beckingham, Burna Bandz and JNeat, and a farewell to Mike Harrison.
A new report acknowledges that the deep pool of musical talent residing in Atlantic Canada has never been in question, but the lack of music industry infrastructure has hampered the ability of area artists to reach their full potential. The road map to the future sets out a strategy to turn an asset into a bonanza.