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.
The making of Born To Be Wild, the explorations of Brian Eno, and the rise of computer-generated celebrities. Also in the headlines are Jazz Cartier, The Beat Goes On, Lollapalooza, Jacob Hoggard, Foo Fighters, Bigsound, Masta Killa, Phish, Kanye West, Mike Plume, Current, and the Mill Race Festival.
Gordon Lightfoot bids a temporary farewell to Massey Hall, members of The Hip still mourn their Gord, and Arthur Fogel reflects on the concert business. Others in the headlines include James Blake, Kanye West, Shania Twain, D.O.A., Joe Jackson, streaming, Kensington Market, Friar's Music Museum, Vance Joy, Jesse Zubot, and Jiants.