The 2021 Forest City London Music Awards (pictured) are handed out, Drake teases his new album, and Hugh Dillon films his star-studded new series. Also making news are The Polaris Music Prize Long List, Tami Neilson, Ontario Creates, Indie Weekly, Mike 'Parkside' Renaud, the Halifax Folklore Centre, Wesli, David Bowie’s painting, and farewell Al Stanwyck and Juan Nelson.
The ECMAs were handed out via two virtual shows, on Thursday and Sunday night. The spoils were divided quite equally, with East Coast mainstays Classified, Les Hay Babies, Maxim Cormier, Rich Aucoin, and Rose Cousins winning two trophies apiece.
Edgar Breau reaches into the vault, Buffy Sainte-Marie (Pictured) is receiving renewed attention, and Christopher Ward discusses Black Velvet. Also in the headlines are the ECMAs, Century Egg, Shania, The Halluci Nation, Paul Brandt, Bruce Springsteen, kd lang, Liberty Silver, Bachman Cummings, Sony Music, Fanhouse, Bob Dylan, SoundScan, Bat for Lashes, The Linda Lindas, Moby, and Neil Young.
The Osheaga fest is cancelled and the ECMAs go totally virtual, Tate McRae (pictured) has a global smash hit, and a new Stompin’ Tom collection is coming. Also in the news are Drake, FACTOR, CBC Searchlight, Play MPE, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jukebox Books, Virtual Music Fest MS, Village Vinyl, Stephen Stanley, and farewell Shock G and Les McKeown.
A classic by 54-40 (pictured) enters The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Music PEI Awards winners are named, and the ECMAs head to Sydney in May. Also making news are the TSO, METZ. The Horseshoe Tavern, Julianna Jones, TBS, Ford Pier, Owen Barney, and farewell Malcolm Cecil and Don Heffington.
Chasing some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Hoping to enter your songs into a lucrative competition? Seeking showcase opportunities at festivals and conferences? Check our calendar and get into the groove. Keep in mind that pandemic fears are likely to affect some of the events listed. Dates for the 2021 East Coast Music Awards (pictured) have now been set.
The Halifax modern rock favourites took home four trophies over the weekend. Forced to move online, the show honoured Atlantic Canada’s best, and included the induction of Ron Hynes into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
BreakOut West 2020 (pictured) announces a Home Edition, Dine Alone and Dallas Green raise big bucks for BLM charities, and CIMA and Music Publishers conduct an important survey. Others making news include Spotify, Emanuel, This Ain't Hollywood, John Cody, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Rivoli, Purity Ring, The Bros. Landreth, Kathleen Edwards, Steve Waxman, Graeme Williamson, Julien Corriveau, Lindsay Ell, the Senator Restaurant, Comedy Records, and farewell Ennio Morricone, Nick Cordero, and Charlie Daniels. With video.
Alessia Cara (pictured) performs on the Junos tonight, Dine Alone and Dallas Green launch a charity raffle, and The SOCAN Foundation announces a new fund. Also in the news are Massey-Harris, the ECMAs, Indie Week 2020, Hamilton’s Canada Day concert, Dennis Ellsworth, drive-in shows, and farewell Graeme Williamson. With video.
The 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards nominees are named, Ron Hynes will be celebrated at the ECMAs, and Mariposa goes virtual. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Rufus Wainwright, the Senator Restaurant, House of Jazz, Jeff Healey, Amplify BC, Music PEI, Michaela Slinger, Hawksley Workman, Stephan Moccio, Leela Gilday, Chris Bell, Joshua Van Tassel, Shawn Hall, Shuffalo, and Ben Kunder. With video.
The East Coast Music Awards festival and conference is the latest casualty of the Coronavirus epidemic. The cancelled event had been slated to run April 29-May 03.
Don Brownrigg (pictured) and AQUASOCKS lead the Music Nova Scotia Award noms, KMJF starts today, and Monster Truck heads back to Europe. Also in the news are YYC Music Awards, Neil Crory, Downtown Yonge BIA, Polaris Music Prize, Boi-1da, ECMAs, the Rolling Stones, and farewell Daniel Johnston.