MacKenzie Porter (pictured) is crossing over big time, Chad Brownlee is axed by his label, and Rush salutes the spirit of radio. Also in the news are Country Connections, Ontario Creates, Colin Hay, Vivienne Wilder, John Prine, Ben Caplan, Wide Mouth Mason, Ramblin' Deano, Eastlink, Mundial Montreal, Allen Baekeland, and farewell Freddy Dixon and Ricky Valance. With video.
The Weeknd’s After Hours spends its third straight week at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, once again picking up the hi
Bob Dylan (pictured) finally gets a Billboard No. 1 hit, Drake shows off his extravagant mansion, and David Clayton Thomas is outspoken on a new album. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, John Prine, Hal Willner, TikTok, Julian Taylor, Bryan Adams, Hellfest, and Lady Gaga.
Shawn Mendes (pictured) and Jules McCools win Oshawa Music Awards, the SING! Fest is postponed, and Lady Gaga raises big bucks to fight the coronavirus. Also in the news are Black Hen, Bruce Springsteen, Tenille Townes, FAI, eOne, Corb Lund, Dolly Parton, and farewell John Prine, Hal Willner, and Neil Lasher.
Emergency funds assist Canadian musicians, the dystopian worldview of The Weeknd (pictured) is timely, and Canadian record stores are under threat. Also in the headlines are COVID-19 stories, Win Butler, Jesse Zubot, Sony, Stage Door, Bob Pittman, StubHub, BTS, Adam Schlesinger, copyright, John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Dolly Parton.
The 2020 CMAOntario Awards announce a new date, Reuben Bullock (pictured) boosts social distancing, and Deborah Holland and Dana Gavanski release new albums. Also in the news are Luminato, SaskMusic, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Anthony Gomes, and farewell Joe Diffie, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alan Merrill, and Bob Andy.
Sharon Van Etten (pictured) dazzles, Sting sails into Toronto, and Lee Aaron is back on the road. Also in the headlines are Winter Blues Festival, noise bylaws, Blackpink, Duff Roman, Poppy, Avril Lavigne, John Prine, Grammys, Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy, and Fugazi.
Cannabis sponsorship of music events raises eyebrows, festivals are pressed to combat groping, and the Elvis Presley Foundation is broke. Others in the headlines are Nap Eyes, Android, Britney Spears, Jennifer Castle, Billy Talent, Vancouver rap, Sumner Redstone, Tash Sultana, Neil Finn, Sass Jordan, Prime Boys, Mamma Mia!, Paul Reddick, and Ry Cooder.
The inside story of the demise of NME, Toronto's top 100 songs, and criticism of contemporary hip-hop for ignoring its roots. Also in the headlines are Rachel Beck, ageing rockers, Lindi Ortega, Rory Gallagher, John Prine, music biz sexism, The Mekons, Juno Songwriting Circle, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Gobsmacked!
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