Drake has dominated music news for the past week, Ontario music venues welcome a vaccine mandate, and Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro is in peril. Also in the headlines are Ontario Place, Buffy MacNeil, Chan Centre concerts, Roger Mooking, Glenn Dixon, ESO, Kanye West, AWAL, Jeremy Sirota, ABBA, Charlie Watts, David Crosby, Finneas, The Faces, Anita Baker, and Radiohead.
Measha Brueggergosman (pictured) helps curate a new CBC Gem series, The Royal Conservatory of Music announces a full season, and Pershing Square buys more of UMG. Also in the headlines are the Stratford fest, Tush, BMG, Kanye West, Charlie Watts, ABBA, Tom Morello, the Beatles, the FAIR act, Fawad Andarabi, Adam Levine, Kacey Musgraves, Gene Simmons, and Patti Smith.
Paul Brandt (pictured) fights human trafficking, baseball nut Geddy Lee speaks out, and Holly Cole discusses her new album. Also in the headlines are The Weeknd, Patti Smith, Soundgarden, Jess Moskaluke, Against the Grain, Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber, Som Livre, Kanye West, Brit Awards, Lorde, Britfunk, Malcolm Cecil, Bhad Bhabie, and Amy Winehouse.
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.
An in-depth profile of Neil Peart (pictured), Todd Kerns interviews his peers, and Angela Hewitt is featured by EMV. Also in the headlines are Luca Fogale, Brian Cherney, Raine Hamilton, Kellarissa, Grimes, Roblox, streaming stats, David Bowie, Nicki Minaj, Jeopardy, and Nick Kent.
Ivan Doroschuk (pictured) reflects upon a Men Without Hats hit, The Weeknd explains his life in quarantine, and a look at Powfu’s international smash. Others in the headlines include WondaGurl, Denis Shapovalov, Bobby Gimby, endangered clubs, Reflector, The Horseshoe, WMG, Paradigm, Enya, Van Morrison, Twisted Sister, Elvis Costello, Kanye West, Steve Earle, Blur, Tyler Childers, and Lady Gaga.
Crazy day at the loft.
A tribute to Stony Plain head Holger Petersen (pictured), streaming is killing micro-labels, and Sony Music is booming. Also in the headlines are Selema Gomez, Kanye West, TobyMac, Morrissey, cover songs, Mare Winningham, Robert Evans, Bob Dylan, Kiss, Coheed and Cambria, David Hood, and John Legend.
An archive of Toronto concert flyers is published (pictured), Neil Young talks about his new album and film, and Chuck D is honoured. Others in the headlines include Elton John, Amazon, Drake, Black Mastiff, Haviah Mighty, Triller, Max Martin, Stop Making Sense, Kanye, Tool, and Prince.
An oral history of Lilith Fair (pictured Sarah McLachlan), Avril Lavigne rocks Chicago, and Gene Simmons’ weed company is written off. Also in the headlines are Jadyn Rylee, Bert Man, Audiomack, Pitbull, AEG, Debbie Harry, Ian Hunter, Kanye West, Green Day, Elton John, and José José.
Guitar genius Ed Bickert (pictured) is remembered, Donna Grantis learned from Prince, and Barbra Streisand sparks outrage. Also featured: Matt Epp, Kanye West, Hailey Baldwin, Debbie Harry, Andre Williams, Phil Collins, Dubmatix, Rosanne Cash, the Stones, and Suzi Quatro.
Snow (pictured) on the comeback trail, musicians fight climate change, and Drake opens a sports bar. Others in the headlines include B.A. Johnston, NAC, Solange, ESO, vinyl stores, Kanye West, Jenny Lewis, Pete Townshend, Keith Flint, Nils Lofgren, Michelle Obama, and Somali disco.