February 17, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Hillsburn (pictured) and The Town Heroes lead the ECMAs nominations list, Ram Ranch bugs the occupying truckers, and the CMAO Awards sets a date. Others in the news include Pink Mountaintops, Music NS, Creative Manitoba, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ryland James, Allegories, Thus Owls, Roots North, Linda McRae and Doug Cox, and farewell Kerry Chater, Phil Murphy, Howard Grimes, and Sandy Nelson.

June 14, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

June 13, 2021
by FYI Staff

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. 

Buffy Sainte-Marie Wikipedia photo
May 31, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

Tate McRae  Facebook photo
April 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

54-40  Photo courtesy of CSHF
March 29, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

October 4, 2020
by Kerry Doole

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.

July 13, 2020
by FYI Staff

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.

July 9, 2020
by Kerry Doole

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
June 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

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.

June 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

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.

St. John's, NL
March 17, 2020
by External Source

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.