The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) announces its Long List, Emily Steinwall wins the 2022 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and Michael Bublé schedules an extensive Canadian tour. Also in the news are the BCCMA Awards, TBS Blues Summit, Gordon Lightfoot, George Fox, Randall Prescott, NXNE, Maple Blues Awards, Bandcamp, Anya Wilson, The Tragically Hip, NMC, Justin Bieber, Aaron Davis, Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne, Patrizia, and Basia Bulat.
Gordon Lightfoot attends the world premiere of the documentary film Lightheaded: A Gordon Lightfoot State of Mind (pictured), Will Butler leaves Arcade Fire, and a star-studded lineup will salute Joni Mitchell. Also in the news are Rockin Riverfest 2022, Geneviève Racette, Dallas Green, Roberto Occhipinti, Women in the Studio National Accelerator, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Michelle Willis, NMC, Jens Lindemann, Tebey, CIMA and ADVANCE, and farewell Barbara Morrison.
Massey Hall (pictured) reopens with Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie speaks out, and insurance rates emperil music venues. Also in the headlines are Genesis, industry awards, Leeroy Stagger, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, The Edge, Adele, Courtney Barnett, and Bob Dylan.
Haviah Mighty (pictured) releases a mixtape, Gordon Lightfoot returns to his favourite venue, and The Beaches rock The Elmo. Others in the headlines include the TSO, IronFest, Malcolm Gladwell, Blake Shelton, Roger Daltrey, UMG, Villagers, Canadian Brass, CMAs, Eric Clapton, Bob Gruen, Keb’ Mo, and HYBE.
Shawn Austin (pictured) is the flagship signing to new country imprint, Local Hay, Gordon Lightfoot postpones dates, and the CMAO’s Legacy Revival lineup is an impressive one. Also in the news are MUTEK, MMF Canada, Bespoke, Unleash The Archers, Markham Jazz Festival, Music Nova Scotia, Loud Luxury, Kingsville Music Society, and farewell Dee Tee Thomas and Walter Yetnikoff.
Gordon Lightfoot announces a live-stream from the El Mocambo (pictured), Drake and The Weeknd excel on Spotify's 2020 chart, and The Washboard Union wins big at the BCCMAs. Also in the news are Cancer Bats, Arts & Crafts, David Bray, Michael Asante, IRIE festival, Breaking Down Racial Barriers, Perryn Leech, James Clark Institute, Bachman + Bachman, Songistry and MusicNL, Ron Sexsmith, FAOC, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Honeypaw.
True North Records has signed Craig Cardiff (pictured), Brian Hetherman revives the Sonic Envy label, and a new song from Gordon Lightfoot. Also in the news are SoundCloud Creator Forum, Billie Eilish, Lennon Stella, The Golden Ticket, Music PEI, Music BC, and farewell Buzzy Linhart.
The powerhouse sound of Begonia (pictured), an in-depth probe of Gordon Lightfoot’s career, and the New Pornographers censor their name. Others in the headlines include Madison Violet, Julie Doiron, Juno noms, Michael Kiwanuka, Rusty Gaston, Grammy ratings, Live Nation, vinyl, Zach Katz, Bernie Taupin, The 100 Club, and the Chicago scene.
High Valley (pictured) announces a May tour, CIMA heads a Mission to AmericanaFest UK, and the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize names the winners. Also in the news are Gordon Lightfoot, Dine Alone, RSD, Pussy Riot, CMW, Maple Blues Awards, and Haviah Mighty.
The venerable Canadian troubadour is the subject of a new film documentary. FYI interviewed the star and the doc's co-directors at his Toronto mansion.
Gordon Lightfoot meets up with two old pals (pictured), the MVP Project recipients are announced, and Drake is flying in style. Also in the news: LulaWorld, CMW, Justin Timberlake, the Beatles, UK's richest musicians, W3APONS, Tenille Townes, and Anvil. Videos added for your enjoyment.
PUP (pictured) is on a roll, Gordon Lightfoot gets profiled, and the global value of music copyright rises. Also in the headlines: Dirty Radio, Earl Sweatshirt, King Crimson, Buckman Coe, R, Kelly, David Gilmour, Justin Bieber, Jane Siberry, Tanya Tagaq, Lang Lang, and Google Play Music.