Said The Whale’s Taylor Bancroft (pictured) launches a new label, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival announces its lineup, and the International Indigenous Music Summit will feature a short docs series. Also in the news are Kevin Hearn, Indie Week, CIMA, Strut Entertainment, 840 CFCW, Blinker the Star, The 456, Rickshaw Theatre, D.O.A., Neon Dreams, Fucked Up , and a farewell to Rob Tustin, Nick Kamen, Tawny Kitaen, and Lloyd Price.
Presented by Slaight Music and launching next week, the virtual SxS Conference focuses on the digital market for music. It is the creation of the folks behind Indie Week, and its founder discusses both events and his gig at CD Baby here.
Rum Ragged (pictured) win big at the MusicNL Awards, Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music goes virtual this year, and Nagamo Publishing will boost Indigenous music creators. Also in the news are Kevin Breit, FACTOR, SING!, Barrymore’s, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Nickelback, Indie Week, Stay At Home Festival, and farewell Stefan Cush and Jim Weatherly.
Scott Helman (pictured) makes his video directing debut, Indie Week gets the thumbs up, and Amaal stars on Juno TV. Also making news are Byta Internet, Tom Wilson, iskwē, CityFolk, Shaye Zadravec, Dave Young, Jeffery Straker, Lou Molinaro, Colonel Tom and the American Pour, Tom Cochrane, MMF, and farewell Bruce Swedien.
The annual conference for the indie sector is proceeding this week, but in virtual form. An anticipated highlight is an address by DIY punk entrepreneur Martin Atkins (pictured).
The Kings’ hit This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide enters the CSHF (pictured), The Weeknd shines in the American Music Awards noms list, and Art Bergmann takes on American fascism. Also in the news are Mav Karlo, Indie Week, Alan Doyle, Emanuel, Éric Lapointe, BluesReel, Celine Dion, Emerge, Mississauga Music Awards, Anthony Gomes, Music PEI, Mother Mother, Potatohead People, and farewell Billy Joe Shaver.
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.