Hill Kourkoutis (pictured) makes Juno history, Jean Grand-Maître says goodbye with a Bowie ballet, and the US record industry reports record revenues. Also in the headlines are the Kubasonics, Brian Auger, Luna Li, Orville Peck, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Shambhala, Alessia Cara, UMG, Kobalt, TikTok, Glass Animals, Ed Sheeran, The Grammys, Madonna, music fests, Dua Lipa, Kanye, Morgan Wallen, Harry Styles, and Mick Fleetwood.
The eclectic grouping of Canadians earning award nominations include a pop superstar, a rising roots music star (pictured), maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Drake, and The Weeknd.
The Halifax Pop Explosion is under fire, Daniel Lanois’ new album (pictured) get a rave review, and there is controversy around the Grammys. Also in the headlines are the Brad Turner Quartet, Lido Pimienta, eOne, Golden Feather, Eddie Van Halen, US covid relief bill, Spotify protests, RIAA, SXSW, Sally Grossman, U2, Aphex Twin, H.E.R., Judee Sill, and CSNY.
The Montreal producer (pictured) led the Canadian contingent with two victories in LA last night. His compatriots did score some notable victories in a wide range of categories announced at a pre-broadcast ceremony.
Ebonnie Rowe (pictured) is placed on the hot seat, Serena Ryder gets candid, and Nasri returns with a solo project. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, The Grammys, David Hart, JP Saxe, My Son The Hurricane, Danko Jones, NFTs, Epidemic Sound, Dinosaur Jr., Bob Dylan, Crowded House, Willie Nelson, and Sam Smith.
Angela Hewitt (pictured) has a beloved new instrument, David Strickland gives props to his peers, and a tribute to Queen West queen Deanne Taylor. Also in the headlines are BC arts grants, vinyl sales, Spotify, Dr. Dre, UMG, Ticketmaster, Lindsey Buckingham, Alibaba, MF DOOM, The Velvet Underground, AI, and the Grammys.
The Dream Serenade Benefit Concert goes virtual (pictured), the NSMW Sessions are launched, and Ring Music closes. Also in the news are Songs For Food And Shelter, Indie Week, The Dill, Melanie Peterson, Tallinn Music Week, Fortunate Ones, Ken Tizzard and Music For Goats, MIDEM, and farewell Hal Ketchum and i_o.
A doco on Teenage Head (pictured) repeats on TVO this weekend, Arcade Fire premieres a new song on US TV, and Emm Gryner turns to jazz. Also in the headlines are Toronto record stores, Shannon Hoon, the Zolas, Hipgnosis, Spotify, TikTok, Discogs, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and The Grammys.
Tami Neilson (pictured) readies a new album, Sled Island announces a guest curator, and the last decade on the Saskatoon scene. Others in the headlines include Roger Waters, Wolf Parade, the Grammys, Angel Bat Dawid, Bif Naked, The Go-Go’s, and SoundExchange.
SOCAN members (pictured) and Grammy Award nominees party in LA, Gordon Lightfoot goes solo on a new album, and Neil Young gets his US citizenship. Others in the news include Joel Plaskett, the Up Sh*t Creek fundraiser, Mariposa, Burlington PAC, Music BC, Matt Zaddy, Folk on the Rocks, and farewell Norm Amadio and Ken Pernokis.
The roots music veteran (pictured here with Keb Mo) was the only Canadian to collect a coveted award last night, although Sam Feldman had reason to be enjoying a bottle of bubbly with his winning client -- Elvis Costello.
Hugh Dillon (pictured) partners with Paramount, Jessie Reyez is profiled, and the Grammys shitstorm rages. Others in the headlines include Castro's, Larry LeBlanc, Roberta Flack, Laurie Anderson, lié, Helen Smith, CMT, BTS, and David Olney.