The Weeknd (pictured) leads a strong crop of Canadian nominees for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, Erin Benjamin is up for an International Folk Music Award, and Daniel Caesar signs to Republic. Also in the news are CMW, Crown Lands, Mariposa, Alison Russell, The Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Cavendish Beach, Music BC, Crank Media, The Royal Conservatory, Tallies, Patrizia, Monique Barry, Mack MacKenzie, James Brown, The Northern Pikes, Sultans of String, and farewell Bob Luhtala and Chris Bailey.
NXNE (pictured) returns to Toronto this summer, Aengus Finnan is stepping away from Folk Alliance International, and the TSO has a new CEO. Also in the news are the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Jadea Kelly, Forest City London Music Hall of Fame, The Dead South, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Shannon Josdal and Maylee Todd, and farewell to Tyrone Gabriel, R. Dean Taylor, Jerry Crutchfield, Ralph Emery, Dallas Frazier, Jon Lind, and James Mtume.
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 ongoing pandemic fears may affect some of the events listed. The deadline for showcase applications for next year's Folk Alliance International conference (pictured) is Sept. 30.
Drake (pictured) turns 34 and teases a new album, Music NB and Ontario Folk Music Awards are handed out, and the Harmonize: Music Video Mentorship is launched. Also making news are Tannis Slimmon, Dub J, The Washboard Union, Comedy Here Often?, Folk Unlocked, The Weeknd, Corb Lund, Ruby Waters, Chilly Gonzales, The Cold Manitoba Project, Gowan, The Music Hall, SNRK, LOTL, TiKA, and farewell Jerry Jeff Walker, Viola Smith, and Tony Lewis.
The Dead South (pictured) celebrates a major milestone, the Jim Beam National Talent Search goes virtual, and CMAO resets its performance series. Also making news are Lindsay Ell, Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, Jay Douglas, Bryce Clifford, Metallica, Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Patti Jannetta, The Weeknd, Adrian Sutherland, NOW, The Georgia Straight, MMF, Southern Supper, Regina Folk Festival, Samantha Martin, and farewell Trini Lopez.
Shawn Mendes (pictured) and Jules McCools win Oshawa Music Awards, the SING! Fest is postponed, and Lady Gaga raises big bucks to fight the coronavirus. Also in the news are Black Hen, Bruce Springsteen, Tenille Townes, FAI, eOne, Corb Lund, Dolly Parton, and farewell John Prine, Hal Willner, and Neil Lasher.
During Folk Alliance International in Montreal, every showcase room, stairwells, and the nooks and crannies of the main lobby of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth were crammed with musicians and singers and writers working out new and old songs. Pictured: Colina Phillips and Edgar Breau
The Work Film Grant set up by Charlotte Day Wilson (pictured) announces the two winners, and Folk Music Canada gets busy at FAI. Also in the news are CIMA, MEGAPHONO, Ben Caplan, Maroon 5, Shad, Festival of Beer, Yumi Nagashima, Lisa Weitz, The Dirty Nil, Patti Jannetta, and farewell Dave Ferri. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Canadian pop singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw (pictured) goes gold, Bif Naked and K-os join the Canada Winter Games' music lineup, and Michael Bublé returns to NBC. Also in the news are SaskMusic, FAI, Cold Manitoba Project, Koerner Hall, the Breithaupt Brothers, Miranda Mulholland, Music Canada, RecordFund Inc., Grace Lachance, Titans Of Toronto Reggae,and farewell Alex Brown, Harold Bradley, and Ayub Ogada. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Eyes can glaze over when Folk Alliance International (FAI) is mentioned. But not for long.
The star-studded The Spirit of John benefit honours John Mann (pictured), and the Alberta Country Music Awards are ready to roll. Also in the news are Richard Gottehrer, Gordon Lightfoot, Whiskey Jack, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Roxodus Music Fest, Bryan Adams, Creative Manitoba, and farewell Oliver Mtukudzi. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Nil (pictured) delivers a SNL parody, MusicOntario goes to NewSkool Rules, and Trent Severn goes on hiatus. Also in the news are pipeline protests, CIMA, FAI, Hugh's Room Live, Michael Occhipinti, WNMF, Alexandra Streliski, the Oscars, Northern Touch Music Festival, Scrape Records, Cadence Grace, The Darcys, Ladom Ensemble, Don Brownrigg, The Fretless, and farewell Ted McKenna and Kaye Ballard.