Each week, Essentials allows Canadian musicians to share the things that have helped get them through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Here are the choices of Canada’s First Lady of the Classical Guitar.
Blue Peter frontman Paul Humphrey (pictured) is remembered, Canadian summer music fests are forced to cancel, and Keeper E. addresses the climate crisis. Also in the headlines are Nathan Fleet, Music on Main, Encore Records, Dany Laj, Spotify, WMG, AI songs, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Liona Boyd, David Bowie, Diane Warren, the Stones, and Chet Baker.
Choir! Choir! Choir! and Rufus Wainwright will sing across the universe, Liona Boyd offers solace with a new song, and Ariana and Justin join forces. Also in the news are Crown Lands, Big Sugar, The Spoons, Taco Pica, Bob Dylan, Justin Fancy, David Myles, CIMA, and farewell Andre Harrell and Betty Wright.
US-based The National Guitar Museum (NGM), founded to promot
BMG gets new Toronto digs, the smash Justin Bieber exhibit keeps on running, and Liona Boyd (pictured) has a hit concert film. Others in the news include Steve Prendergast, Suzi Kory, Peter Foldy, Terry Draper, Rhapsody in Blue, J.D. Sage, rock star real estate, Dawn Tyler Watson, Sue Foley, Terry Russell, The Magic of Music, Gordon Grdina, and Dodge Fiasco.
Elton John is a fan of The Beaches (pictured), violence at a Toronto Pusha T concert, and Marianas Trench announces a major tour. Also making news are In The Dead of Winter, Jukebox Hero, hit musicals, Loud Luxury, Northern Haze, Megan Bonnell, MusicOntario, ole, Music PEI, Liona Boyd, Music NL, Eliza Pope, JD Era, and farewells to Roy Bailey and Devin Lima.
Sibling act The Reklaws (pictured) included in CFL peformance series, Beaches Jazz announces its schedule, and Hamilton earns a SOCAN first. Also in the news are Lolaa, Brett Gurewitz, Liona Boyd, City Cinema, FrancoFEST Hamilton, Summerteeth, Rock the River, and Music PEI. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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