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.
Albums and concerts to watch for in 2019, hip-hop dominates US streaming, and the Harlem Hellfighters brought jazz to Europe. Also in the headlines are Jann Arden, Pro Coro, Taylor Swift, Japanese copyright, Memphis power pop, Barack Obama, Kanye West, and Hootie and the Blowfish.
Jennifer Castle (pictured) is finding an audience, Kanye and Drake are at odds, and Calpurnia discusses their influences. Also in the headlines are Christmas albums, Alessia Cara, TTC video, Rich Hope, ticket brokers, Putin, music royalties, industry predictions, Best Songs lists, Queen, and Geddy Lee.
Soft Cell (pictured) wave goodbye, Kanye West shocks on SNL, and I'm With Her makes feminist folk. Also in the headlines are an October playlist, Believe, Invisible City, Journey, the Ryman Auditorium, Kenny Wheeler, ESO, Kyp Harness, Cardi B, Sigur Ros, and Yo-Yo Ma.