Joni Mitchell makes a triumphant return to the Newport Folk Fest (pictured), Hammer rockers Monster Truck perform at a hometown fest, and an A-list of Canadian hip-hop and R&B stars play an OVO show tonight. Also in the headlines are Allison Russell, iskwē and Tom Wilson, RATM, Soundcloud, Bramwell Tovey, Vera, Erin Costelo, Lucy Dacus, Dan Mangan, Facebook, Kobalt, sync licensing, Bruce, Ticketmaster, Strange Fruit, Epidemic Sound, CMA, Lady Gaga, George Jones, and NYC punk.
For this new weekly FYI feature, Jason Schneider searches through new releases, books, TV, and more to find gems worthy of your attention. The premiere edition includes a deserved tribute to Joni Mitchell, an in-depth look at a seminal period in Canadian music, and a hip-hop salute to a hockey great.
Joni Mitchell and Alex Cuba (pictured) head the Canadian winners at The Grammys, Allison Russell and Cédric Dind-Lavoie win big at the CFMAs, and Festival d’été de Québec reveals a stellar lineup. Also in the news are CLMA, ECMA, Indie Week, HOROJO Trio, Tom Wilson, Indie101, the 2022 Canadian Sync Awards, Dana Petcoff, Global Toronto, Cue Sheet Palooza Hackathon, Bernie Finkelstein, The HP’s, Dallas Smith, and farewell Boris Brott, Bill Rotari, John Zaritsky, Bobby Rydell, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Roland White, and Andy Wickham.
Joni Mitchell (pictured) receives a MusiCares tribute, Canadian artists rethink their careers in the wake of the pandemic, and Pup takes chances on its new album. Also in the headlines are Plastikman and Chilly Gonzales, the CFMAs, Martha Wainwright, Justin Bieber, Alex Lifeson, the Grammys, Kanye, Rich Aucoin, Leonard Cohen, John Zaritsky, BMG, Universal, Instagram, Audio Up, Ed Sheeran, deaf DJs, Sex Pistols, Birmingham, Foo Fighters, Bad Bunny, Joel Little, and Francisco González.
Gordon Lightfoot attends the world premiere of the documentary film Lightheaded: A Gordon Lightfoot State of Mind (pictured), Will Butler leaves Arcade Fire, and a star-studded lineup will salute Joni Mitchell. Also in the news are Rockin Riverfest 2022, Geneviève Racette, Dallas Green, Roberto Occhipinti, Women in the Studio National Accelerator, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Michelle Willis, NMC, Jens Lindemann, Tebey, CIMA and ADVANCE, and farewell Barbara Morrison.
The return of Fefe Dobson (pictured), Dallas Good is remembered, and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin replaces Putin supporter Valery Gergiev. Others in the headlines include Leonard Cohen, Kanye West, Basia Bulat, Oscar Peterson, Kathleen Edwards, Mitchell Marcus, DijahSB, Sham Family, BlackRock, Ukrainian artists, Francis Ford Coppola, James Brown, movie scoring, and David Bowie.
Famed film composer Mychael Danna (pictured) is honoured, a profile of the Prism Prize, and Jerry Granelli is remembered. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, Halluci Nation, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Trevor Guy, Edmonton Jazz Fest, Reservoir, Slip.stream, Los Lobos, Woodstock 99, Charlotte Day Wilson, Laura Nyro, the Beatles, Shakira, Willie Nelson, and Ritchie Yorke.
A Joni Mitchell classic turns 50 (pictured), a new profile of jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, and Neil Young is working with Crazy Horse again. Also in the headlines are Top5, Paul Pigat, UMG, Songtradr, Sony Music, Endeavor, Twitch, Randall Poster, Marianne Faithfull, Francoise Hardy, MF DOOM, Brian Wilson, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, and Lucy Dacus.
Strumbellas frontman Simon Ward (pictured) reveals his health crisis, Oscar Peterson’s Heritage Minute omits his music, and a major Leonard Cohen exhibition is now free online. Others in the headlines include Joni Mitchell, Duane “D.O.” Gibson, Drake, Pineo & Loeb, No Frills, UMG, Irving Azoff, The Beach Boys, Virgin, Kimye, Marilyn Manson, WMG, Panic! At The Disco, Kat Von D, Dolly Parton, Johnny Pacheco, Bruce Springsteen, the White Stripes, and Meredith Monk.
There are big plans for the Commodore Ballroom (pictured), Ontario live-streams are put on hold, and a Joni Mitchell classic is revisited. Also in the headlines are Donald Trump, EU visas, sea shanties, Michael Buble, Veeps, Live Nation, New Radicals, Zev Feldman, Phil Spector, Brad Paisley, Dr. Dre, Ready Steady Go!, and Van Morrison.
A collection of early Joni Mitchell material attracts attention (pictured), Justin Bieber gets confessional, and punk legend Chi Pig is commemorated. Also in the headlines are Alberta’s music industry, the TSO, Jessy Lanza, The Reklaws, YouTube Music, Elvis Costello, Frank Zappa, Aespa, Herb Alpert, Billie Joe Shaver, Taylor Swift, Midnight Oil, hologram gigs, and Genesis.