Sarah McLachlan will headline the 2022 Squamish Constellation Festival, Loud Luxury plays a Boxing Day benefit show, and Hugh Dillon (pictured) and The Headstones earn US exposure. Also in the news are Maple Blues Awards, Folk Alliance, CMAO, Whiskey Jack, and farewell Don Palmer, Billy Conway, Drakeo the Ruler, Kangol Kid, and Carlos Marín.
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. The very important Folk Alliance conference heads to The Big Easy (pictured).
54-40 (pictured) recovers most of its stolen gear, FAI announces its showcase lineup, and Gord Downie's legacy shines brightly. Others in the news are the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, Chris Topping, The Dawson City Music Festival, Boi-1da, Taylor Swift, The Stratford Writers Festival, Radio Starmaker Fund, Lindsay Beaver, Covenant Awards, Monowhales, Ryan Dahle, and farewells to John Wicks, Hamiet Bluiett, and Montserrat Caballe. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The annual Radio & Records Party was a feel-good success, Lights covers Drake, and Babyface heads north. Also in the news are Joel Plaskett, BreakOut West, Contact East, Cadillac Bill, an Annapolis benefit, Folk Alliance, and a farewell to Ken Morris and Henry Butler.
As Executive Director of Folk Alliance International since 2014, the Canadian folk artist and administrator has brought significant change to the organization. In this interview, he discusses the event's return north in 2019 and his belief that folk music now is stronger than ever.
Barenaked Ladies slam-dunk the national anthem, a new wave of African-Canadian pop music emerges, and Neil Young discusses Pono. Also in the headlines are Folk Alliance, women in country, Come From Away, Troker, Enter Sikari, Jon Erickson, Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, John Lydon, and Sarah Harmer.
Jane Siberry is nominated at The IMAs and Folk Alliance honours the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Also in today's news are Migos, John Box, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonya Côté, Terrell Morris & Free n Losh, Soundstreams, Ben Klick, Rhye, Grounders, Winterfolk, Carole Pope, West End Phoenix, Sean Hogan, Attack In Black, Craig Northey, and a farewell to Tom Rapp.
Gord Downie, Lido Pimienta, Ed Sheeran, Hannah Alper, Jacko, and the McGarrigle Sisters all make news today, plus we've included a reel of music videos for your viewing enjoyment.
The Unison Schmoozefest raises $35K, Michael Rapino ups his game (and bank account), Garth Brooks breaks attendance records. Also featured today are Betty Moon, Cold Specks, Brad Paisley, StubHub, Jake Donaldson, Andy Kim, Daniel Caesar, The Balconies and some free swag from Dine Alone. Videos provided for your viewing pleasure.
Amazon Prime Music will launch in Canada on Dec. 5, while the TicketSwap platform is also eyeing expansion into Canada. Other subjects in our news roundup include Barenaked Ladies, Lido Pimienta, Rush, NOW magazine and Indie Week.
News about musicians and the music biz with a Canadian slant.