Felix Cartal (pictured) heads the list of INDIE Awards nominees, Drake, The Weeknd, and the Biebs all ink new deals, and Juno events lineups are announced. Also in the news are the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, NXNE, Sled Island, winery concerts, Mission Folk fest, Sam’s Place, OMIF, Music NL, Popguru, Venus Fest, NSMW, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Housewife, Tegan and Sara, David Bray, Early Spirit, The Tea Party, Danny Marks, Lenka Lichtenberg, The Flashing Lights, Richard Beland, Corb Lund, and farewell Walter Rossi, Billy Gaff, Naomi Judd, and Ric Parnell.
The Weeknd will launch his stadium world tour in Toronto, Leonard Cohen (pictured) sells his catalogue to Hipgnosis, and the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards are coming soon. Also in the news are Justin Bieber and Omah Lay, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Balaklava Blues, Music Nova Scotia, Corin Raymond and the Sundowners, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, By Divine Right, and farewell Iwan Edwards, Maud Hudson, and Denroy Morgan.
The Weeknd (pictured) teases a new album, Allison Russell receives critical love Stateside, and another record for Justin Bieber. Also in the news are the Maple Blues Awards, Music NL, Jason Cull, CIMVAs, and farewell Bobby Herriot, Terry McManus, Mikey Chung, J.D. Crowe, and Stephen J. Lawrence.
Neil Young’s Barn (pictured) comes out in album and movie form this week, Justin Bieber draws flak for playing Saudi Arabia, and Carl Newman looks back. Others in the headlines include Joni Mitchell, Alan Zweig, Mike Tod, Drake, Kandle, Alice Cooper, Get Back, Live Nation, West Side Story, Jim Peterik, Spotify, Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey, vinyl, Primal Scream, Harry Chapin, Nick Cave, Shonen Knife, and Johnny Cash.
Hall of Famer David Clayton-Thomas (pictured) retires from performing, covid forces City and Colour to postpone or cancel shows, and the MusicNL Awards winners are named. Also making news are A2IM, Lets Get Digital, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Blues Summit 10, Juice WRLD, Justin Bieber, Joni Mitchell, MMF Canada, and farewell Neil Flanz and Stonewall Jackson.
The eclectic grouping of Canadians earning award nominations include a pop superstar, a rising roots music star (pictured), maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Drake, and The Weeknd.
Justin Bieber (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, The Music Pro Summit announces more speakers, and The Grammy Museum features Alex Cuba. Others in the news include CIMA, AmericanaFest UK, Chairmen Of The Boards, Gordie Tentrees, Elora Festival, Martin Verrall, Big Wreck, and farewell R. Murray Schafer, and Nanci Griffith.
The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories.
The Polaris Music Prize’s Short List programming is announced, Justin Bieber and The Kid Laroi (pictured) team up, and the premiere of Mint Simon. Also in the news are Charlotte Cardin, Breaking Down Racial Barriers, Groovin in the Park, The Luvmenauts, Aquakultre, SaskMusic, Crystal Shawanda, Alexander Saint, Harrison Kennedy, Indigenous Music, and farewell Jivan Gasparyan.
In a very quiet week for new releases, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour remains No.
Despite major competition with four new albums debut in the top ten this week, American cross-over actress Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour remains
Justin Bieber (pictured) will play the Junos, The Weeknd and Drake score at the Billboard Music Awards, and an anti-racism pledge for the Canadian music industry. Also making news are Chi Pig, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CIMA, Music Publishers Canada, Joe Coughlin, Elliott BROOD, Discogs, Reid Zoé, and farewell Kathryn Moses, Frank Wright, James Harman, and Roger Hawkins.