Each week, Essentials allows Canadian musicians to share the things that have helped get through through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Here are the picks of an acclaimed singer/songwriter with a new EP out.
The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from an acclaimed pop-folk singer/songwriter.
The synth-pop star is earning kudos for her fourth album All That Emotion. Here she describes the evolution represented by the record, the experience of working with The National’s Aaron Dessner, and her upcoming live-streamed shows.
Hannah Georgas (pictured) impresses The Guardian, Salome Bey is remembered in the NYT, and a look back at Arcade Fire’s breakthrough album. Also in the headlines are Lenny Breau, WMG, Ruth B, the impact of covid, TikTok, Live Nation, Jason Derulo, The Copyright Alliance, Marc Bolan, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, David Byrne, BTS, Seiji Ozawa, John Cage, Eric Burdon, and Helen Reddy.
The reflective tune features a gently repetitive beat, atop which her pristine voice shines brightly.
Alejandra Ribera (pictured) displays her courage, possible help for Toronto music venues, and the CMTF assists frontline healthcare workers and their families. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters Circle, Hannah Georgas, Truths & Rights, Garth Brooks, TBS, MusicOntario, Gordie Tentrees, Alex Cuba, and farewell Moon Martin.
The El Mocambo hosts the Live Music Industry Awards, Monster Truck (pictured) returns to the road, and UMC spotlights its domestic roster. Also in the news are the Canadian Music Class Challenge, TD Discovery Series, Big Fun Festival, Radiohead, Edmonton Music Prize, FAI, NYE gigs, Bumbershoot, Music BC, Rock the Joint, Surauchie, The Drake, and Jacob Hoggard. Video added for your 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.