Shawn Mendes (pictured) heads the Canadians nominated for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, and Paradigm and CODA Agency merge. Others in the news include the Canadian Live Music Association, Corridor, Etsy, Reverb, Big Wreck, Hot Docs, WTFest, FMO, Kelly Jay, and farewell Art Neville. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Kevin Drew (pictured) gets reflective, the Montreal jazz fest turns 40, and Jagger's swagger is back. Also in the headlines are Kelly Jay, Said the Whale, fake bands, L CON, Rockonomics, hip-hop mixtapes, BET Awards, Will.I.Am, O-Town, and Elliot Roberts.
"Kelly was the greatest promotion man I ever met, and I've met many of the greats. He was not afraid to try anything, approach anyone, convince anybody - always with sincere, almost naive, warmth and charm. Kelly befriended Prime Ministers (and their wives), Federal Ministers, Provincial Premiers, CRTC Chairmen (thank you Pierre Juneau), Superstars from Lennon and McCartney to Joe Cocker, Dr. John and Gordon Lightfoot, to Don Francks, Leon Russell and Graham Greene, just as easily as he did everyone he encountered."
Drake and the Raptors party it up in Vegas, Carole Pope does Pride, and Oh Susanna (pictured) reflects upon Johnstown. Also in the headlines are the TSO, Kelly Jay, Sunfest, Céline Dion, DJ Khaled, UMG, bluegrass, Spice Girls, Ronee Blakley, Captain Beefheart, YouTube, Midnight Oil, and AI copyright.