Joni Mitchell (pictured) receives a MusiCares tribute, Canadian artists rethink their careers in the wake of the pandemic, and Pup takes chances on its new album. Also in the headlines are Plastikman and Chilly Gonzales, the CFMAs, Martha Wainwright, Justin Bieber, Alex Lifeson, the Grammys, Kanye, Rich Aucoin, Leonard Cohen, John Zaritsky, BMG, Universal, Instagram, Audio Up, Ed Sheeran, deaf DJs, Sex Pistols, Birmingham, Foo Fighters, Bad Bunny, Joel Little, and Francisco González.
The Weeknd will launch his stadium world tour in Toronto, Leonard Cohen (pictured) sells his catalogue to Hipgnosis, and the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards are coming soon. Also in the news are Justin Bieber and Omah Lay, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Balaklava Blues, Music Nova Scotia, Corin Raymond and the Sundowners, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, By Divine Right, and farewell Iwan Edwards, Maud Hudson, and Denroy Morgan.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (pictured) tackle Indigenous issues, the TSO introduces a new music director, and Ontario lifts capacity limits on bars and nightclubs. Others in the headlines include Peter Peter Soumalias, the CPO, Joni Mitchell, Ellen McIlwaine, IronFest, Oscar Peterson, K-Riz, Leonard Cohen, WMG, vinyl, Ye, Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, Dave Gahan, and Billy Bragg.
Ontario club venues have a beef about covid restrictions, Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce a new album (pictured), and Leonard Cohen’s mining of sacred texts. Also in the headlines are Picanto, Gordon Lightfoot, Massey Hall, BadBadNotGood, Elton John, Spotify, UMG, CMW, Drake, Spirit Music Group, SongVest, Adele, the Stones, Flea, Tom Morello, Cher, Manfred Mann, and the Velvet Underground.
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.