Renegade rocker Art Bergmann (pictured) is amongst the new Order of Canada recipients, Jaymz Bee promises NYE fun, and Cindy McLeod wins the John Valenteyn Blues Booster of the Year Award. Also making news are Latin Awards Canada 2020, Keithmas, and Jane Bunnett, and a farewell to Randy Alexander, John Fletcher, Gordon Lapp, Armando Manzanero, Gary 17, and Laurie-Ann Sparling.
Jane Bunnett (pictured) is Cuban music's Canadian connection, Endeavor Group postpones planned IPO, and Billboard's list of top young executives. Others in the headlines include Tegan and Sara, HMV, Begonia, Simply Saucer, Spotify, Bobby Curtola, 2 Chainz, Patti Smith, and Itzhak Perlman.
Mark Howard (pictured) talks about working with the greats, Luminato closes with a flourish, and Jane Bunnett describes visa hassles. Also in the headlines are deaf musicals, Strike!, Syrian musicians, The Heavy, Roy Buchanan, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Clarence Avant.
To celebrate the Raptors win, Drake releases two new tracks (artwork pictured), Les Francofolies lineup is announced, and the MS Sucks benefit brings stars to The Horseshoe. Also in the news are Green Door Studios, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Graham Henderson, Bob Gruen, Grant Hurley, FACTOR, Jim Cuddy, and Kevin Hearn.
Vancouver indie rockers Peach Pit (pictured) are breaking stateside, Renee Fleming voices Julianne Moore, and Scott Storch imparts hip-hop wisdom. Also in the headlines are Jane Bunnett, Michael Buble, Foo Fighters, Matador Ballroom, Sofia Nolin, Marker Starling, Sinead O'Connor, Queen, Spotify, Paul Allen, Robert Plant, Coil, Stax, David Crosby, Kate Bush, Leonard Cohen, Boy George, Barbra Streisand, and Debussy.
A Bieber exhibit is taking Stratford by storm, NME publishes its last print edition, and Record Store Day announces its offerings. Also in the headlines are Spice Girls, Rhye, Memphis music, a code of conduct, Nickelodeon, Canadian stand-up comics, Dwight Yoakam, Frigs, Jane Bunnett, Mo Kenney, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Skaface, and Alice Bags.
Justin Bieber, Alessia Cara, Leonard Cohen, Michael Buble and Sarah McLachlan are the Canadian artists headlined in this week’s Grammy nominations list, but there are others who are in the spotlight and hope to benefit from that, win or not win.