Under normal circumstances, Darryl Hurs would be gearing up for Indie Week, live in Toronto, booking fligh
David Desrosiers exits Simple Plan (pictured) under a cloud, Indie Week presents a timely webinar, and more festivals and concert series go virtual. Also in the news are Bernard Adamus, Sheila Jordan , Canadian Brass, INXS, Chelle, Tory Lanez, Matthew Good, Jesse Cook, HJF, Rik Emmett, Mattie Leon, and farewell Judy Dyble, Fiona Adams, and Rich Priske.
The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) goes virtual, Tenille Townes raises big bucks for two charities, and Indie Week begins hosting online events. Also making news are Alexandra Stréliski, Roots Music Canada, the Drake,Toronto hip-hop violence, Kestrels, Blakdenim, ArtHaus, Adria Kain, The Beat Club, Holger Petersen, Paul Reddick, and farewell Freddy Cole, Sean Tyla, and Ida Hendel.
Koerner Hall (pictured) is proceeding with its 2020-21 season, but Osheaga and Showcase PEI have cancelled this year’s editions. Others in the news include Brett Kissel, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Constantines, Indie Week, CIVC, Daniela Nardi, Anvil, Mariposa, Taggart and Torrens, Austin, Music•Musique NB, and farewell Bonnie Pointer, James Hand, Frank Bey, and Peter Leo.
Andy Kim (pictured) hosts two star-studded holiday charity concerts, Saskatchewan Music Awards noms are announced, and Sarah Harmer returns with her first album in a decade. Others in the news include Edmonton Arts Council, CSHF, Winterruption, Anders, Indie Week, Del Barber, SOCAN, Michelle Titian, and MusicOntario. With video.
Since its inception 17 years ago, founder Darryl Hurs' Indie Week Music Festival has grown from 40 acts performing at six venues to 240 spread over
Finn Wolfhard's band Calpurnia (pictured) breaks up, Michelle Shocked comes to Indie Week, and Ringo returns to the road. Also in the news are David Clayton-Thomas, Royskopp, NACC chart, a guitar hotel, The Dead South, Jazzahead, CIMA, and farewell Larry Shelast. With video.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) and D.O.A. earn the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation, ren signs to Geffen, and Johnny Orlando and Shawn Mendes earn EMAs. Also making news are CMTF, Bill King, SATE, Brad Machry, Neil Young, Indie Week, Gord Bamford, Aphrose, Hilario Duran, and farewell Kelley Looney. With video.
Shawn Mendes (pictured) and Drake earn multiple AMA noms, Neil Young set to become American, and Eurythmics to reunite for Sting. Also in the news: Indie Week, Reykjavik Calling, CIMA, Prairie Sound Records, Edmonton Music Prize, and farewell Paul Barrere and Ted Triebner. With video.
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Matt Boudreau (pictured) and Tomato/Tomato lead the MNB Awards noms, Harmonium to enter the CSHF, and Ellis shines at Supercrawl. Others in the news include HMV, Shawn Mendes, ZipDJ, Dundurn Press, Rod Stewart, Esthero, Indie Week, Miloš, Grimes, Music PEI, Jean-Paul De Roover, and farewell to Ric Ocasek, Hossam Ramzy, and Eddie Money.
An all-star in-concert Joni Mitchell tribute hits cinemas next month. But tickets will go faster than a Backstreet Boys reunion as the show date is only one date, on Feb. 7.
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.