Famed photographer John Rowlands (pictured) seeks support, female Canadian producers discuss their dream gigs, and Bryan Adams shows love to a Vancouver hospital. Others in the headlines include Sheldon James, Leonard Cohen, Cadillac Bill, Festival de la Voix, John Stetch, Stayoutlate, Live Nation, Allen Ginsberg, Alice Cooper, Sylvain Sylvain, Paul McCartney, and Nick Cave.
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.
Dan Hill (pictured) delivers an eloquent essay, everybody is talking about The Weeknd’s SB show, and the COC’s Alexander Neef creates a controversy. Also in the headlines are Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Triller, UMG, TikTok, Bruce Springsteen, New York Philharmonic, Lyte, Rihanna, Britney Spears, SNL, Six60, and music therapy.
The Weeknd may have been snubbed, sparking a furore, but Canadian names appear in the categories of many different genres. Heading that list are two established superstars, an acclaimed engineer, and a fast-rising DJ/producer. Pictured: Kaytranada
Shawn Mendes profiled in a new doco, Splash ‘N Boots (pictured) lure Alice Cooper into children’s music, and Celine Dion talks about a lost lawsuit. Others in the headlines include Tom Wilson, Tencent, APG, Dave Martone, Cousin Harley, Rafael Energía Dominicana, Eddie Kramer, Leonard Cohen, Savannah Ré, Music Week, Patty Wilson Aden, Andy Ma, Bones Hillman, Irving Azoff, Crowded House, William S Burroughs, Nirvana, and Jan Morris.
Four years ago, “The Godfather of Gloom", Leonard Cohen left us on Nov. 7th. Accomplished Montreal-based artist Lyne Tremblay honours the bard with this video-song version of the Cohen composition Dance Me to the End of Love from her upcoming indie CD Get to It to be released on Feb. 12.
POP Montreal (pictured) is forging ahead with a hybrid festival, The Weeknd comes up big at The VMAs, and Big Wreck will help relaunch The El Mocambo. Others in the news include Leonard Cohen, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, the New Rebel Westerners, T. Thomason, SUUNS, The Orchard, Madisyn Whajne, MusicNL, ECMA podcast, and farewell Riley Gale.
The Trump campaigns runs afoul of Leonard Cohen (pictured), a detailed obituary of Cathy Smith, and the songwriting of The Band. Others in the headlines include Gerry McGhee, Jill Barber, The Whole Note, NAC, Steven Page, Triller, TikTok, Hipgnosis, Beatchain, Cribs, Kendrick Lamar, Dolly Parton, Charlie Parker, and Chadwick Boseman.
Joel Plaskett (pictured) performs for the Globe and Mail, Drake’s Toosie Slide sparks a TikTok craze, and a tribute to Wray Downes. Others in the headlines include Fiver, Leonard Cohen, Sass Jordan, Banff Centre for Arts, Cadence Weapon, Missi Gallimore, Jason Isbell, Lil Nas X, and Marianne Faithfull.
Manitoba Music launches an emergency COVID-19 relief fund, URGNT live streams concerts in Toronto, and Jessie Reyez earns a glowing review. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, Leonard Cohen, Home Routes, The Casbah, Garth Brooks, Sean Cunnington, Corb Lund, Randy and Tal Bachman, Jewel, and farewell Kenny Rogers (pictured), Wray Downes, Ted Moses, Marcelo Peralta, and Aurlus Mabélé.
Justin Bieber (pictured) breaks an Elvis record, The CFMAs announce programming, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse will tour. Also in the news are New Order and Pet Shop Boys, Six Shooter, CIMA, Leonard Cohen, The Shuffle Demons, Rocks the Park, Bloodshot Bill, We Are The Stronghold, Land of Talk, Festival of Beer, and 5X Festival.
The accolades flow for Triumph (pictured), Blowup turns 25, and a new song from Grimes. Others in the headlines include Tencent, Leonard Cohen, Matt Mays, Drake, green tours, Boney M, Taylor Swift, Billboard, music royalties, The Clash, Rod Stewart, Dr. Dre, CMJ, and Carol Kaye.