Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer win is welcomed, ECMAs focus on mental health, and hip-hop's impact on New York City. Others in the headlines include Emm Gryner, Steve Jobs, Kiran Ahluwalia, Tee Krispel, early music shows, Stars, David Bowie, Tom McBride, and Steve Dawson
Kiefer Sutherland co-headlines Sirius XM House at CMW, the iHeart Radio FanFest announces its lineup, and Classified will perform on the ECMAs. Also making news are Searchlight, Aquakultre, Indigenous Music Awards, Drake, Danielle Bourjeaurd, A3C Festival, Patrick Watson, Sugar Brown, Joe Keithley, Steven Tyler, CMTTF, and Battle of Santiago. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The just-announced lineup for the blockbuster Quebec City Summer Festival includes The Weeknd, CBC's Searchlight names the ten finalists, and Field Trip ditches Nestle. Also in the news are SXSW, CMPA, MerleFest, BreakOut West, Music Moves Me, Fred Turner, Vans Warped Tour, Bender, and Andrew Rathbun, plus farewells to Craig Mack, Nokie Edwards, and Ken Dodd.
Canadian hip-hop anthem "Northern Touch" turns 20, and Drake hits the top Down Under. Also in the news are Feist, the BC Music Fund, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Music Moves Me, Ellevator, Best Buy, and farewells to Leon Chancler and Dennis Edwards (pictured).
The folk star has eight, while Jenn Grant, Ria Mae, Kinley and Joel Plaskett also figure prominently. The 30th annual award show is in Halifax on May 3rd.
Canadians play pre-Grammy parties in NYC, and a Toronto Leonard Cohen tribute attracts star singers and writers. Those also in the news include Whitney Rose, Colter Wall, the ECMA, Blue Note, Nils Frahm, Boys Do Girls, Miesha & The Spanks, and a farewell to Tommy Banks and Mark E. Smith.
The Olympic Symphonium's Shivering Songs fest warms up Fredericton, the ECMAs attract big names, and Rufus Wainwright returns to the world of opera. Also making the news are Kandle, the Indigenous Music Residency, a Guinness record in Stouffville, Hey Ocean!, Music Manitoba, Folk Alliance, and Brenda Navarrete. Videos included for your entertainment.
Joel Plaskett heads the first wave of ECMA performers to be announced, Edmonton's Needle Vinyl Tavern closes indefinitely, and it's farewell to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Pete Moore, Wayne Cochran, Jon Hendricks, and George Avakian.
Alan Willaert and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) are on the warpath to change how music showcases have operated for aeons in Canada and abroad.
Shawn Mendes, Jonathan Torrens, the ECMAs, Cold Specks, Danko Jones, Michael Louis Johnson, the International Blues Challenge, Music BC, Jann Arden, Florian Hoefner and Charles Bradley make the news today. We have included videos for your viewing pleasure.
The 2017 East Coast Music Awards wrapped yesterday, with three artists taking home two trophies each. The host city of Saint John, NB, was also a winner.