The Weeknd (pictured) leads a strong crop of Canadian nominees for the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, Erin Benjamin is up for an International Folk Music Award, and Daniel Caesar signs to Republic. Also in the news are CMW, Crown Lands, Mariposa, Alison Russell, The Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Cavendish Beach, Music BC, Crank Media, The Royal Conservatory, Tallies, Patrizia, Monique Barry, Mack MacKenzie, James Brown, The Northern Pikes, Sultans of String, and farewell Bob Luhtala and Chris Bailey.
Nav (pictured) delivers a new mixtape tomorrow, a Stones exhibit will roll into Kitchener, and Radio Starmaker launches a new program. Also in the news are AmericanaFest UK, Music PEI, CMW's Virtual Voices, Mariposa, CIMA, Tom Wilson, Tucker Lane, Universal Honey, Brayden Alexander, Mario Romano, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Sacha, and farewell Peter Erdmann and Baron Wolman.
The 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards nominees are named, Ron Hynes will be celebrated at the ECMAs, and Mariposa goes virtual. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Rufus Wainwright, the Senator Restaurant, House of Jazz, Jeff Healey, Amplify BC, Music PEI, Michaela Slinger, Hawksley Workman, Stephan Moccio, Leela Gilday, Chris Bell, Joshua Van Tassel, Shawn Hall, Shuffalo, and Ben Kunder. With video.
Koerner Hall (pictured) is proceeding with its 2020-21 season, but Osheaga and Showcase PEI have cancelled this year’s editions. Others in the news include Brett Kissel, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Constantines, Indie Week, CIVC, Daniela Nardi, Anvil, Mariposa, Taggart and Torrens, Austin, Music•Musique NB, and farewell Bonnie Pointer, James Hand, Frank Bey, and Peter Leo.
A spate of summer folk fest cancellations, Aaron Goodvin (pictured) gets a golden surprise, and new material from High Valley. Also in the news are Chris Birkett, the Blues Music Awards, Carmanah, Music NL, Tami Neilson, Kalsey Kulyk, and farewell Ian Whitcomb and Henry Grimes. With video.
SOCAN members (pictured) and Grammy Award nominees party in LA, Gordon Lightfoot goes solo on a new album, and Neil Young gets his US citizenship. Others in the news include Joel Plaskett, the Up Sh*t Creek fundraiser, Mariposa, Burlington PAC, Music BC, Matt Zaddy, Folk on the Rocks, and farewell Norm Amadio and Ken Pernokis.
A4A Records to host a vinyl pop-up event, U.S. Girls (pictured) announces a tour, and Drake surprises at a Dababy show. Others making news include Andy Kim, Jully Black, Mariposa, Tegan and Sara, Melanie Peterson, Creative Manitoba, Boreal, Toronto Jazz Festival, and farewell Simon Streatfeild. With video.
Sharon and Bram (pictured) celebrate their first book and a new album, LyricMerch teams with eBay, and Pharrell Williams is happy designing Toronto condos. Others in the news include Mariposa, John Prine, Long Winter, Sydanie, CIMA, Hunting, MNS, and Wolfe Island Records. With video.
CMW announces some heavy-hitting performers, including Azealia Banks (pictured), and NAC reveals its lineup. Also in the news are Valley, Bryan Adams, Mariposa, The Julian Taylor Band, CIMA, Nielsen Music, Bangerz Brass, and farewells to Zippy Pinhead, Justin Haynes, and Dick Dale. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Larry Gowan (pictured) takes a nasty fall onstage, Linda Perry participates in CMPA's Women in the Studio, Canadian talent heads to Austin, and a new doco will feature Neil Young at Woodstock. Also in the news are CIMA, Joni Mitchell, Mariposa, Art of Time Ensemble, Steve Earle, Marie Bottrell, Carole Bayer Sager, Bryan Adams, Cirque Éloize, Serge Fiori, Margaret Atwood, Rose Cousins, and farewells to Sidney Sheinberg, Jacques Loussier, and Frank MacKay. Videos added for your enjoyment.
An Ontario date for The Rolling Stones (pictured) is rumoured, Terra Lightfoot's The Longest Road Show tour was a hit last week, rapper Lil Berete is in hot water at home, and Lee Harvey Osmond's hometown album launch. Others in the news include Mariposa, The Clash, Lindsey Buckingham, Early Spirit, Art Bergmann, Manitoba Music, Music Ontario, FAI, and farewell Izzy Young.
The El Mocambo hosts the Live Music Industry Awards, Monster Truck (pictured) returns to the road, and UMC spotlights its domestic roster. Also in the news are the Canadian Music Class Challenge, TD Discovery Series, Big Fun Festival, Radiohead, Edmonton Music Prize, FAI, NYE gigs, Bumbershoot, Music BC, Rock the Joint, Surauchie, The Drake, and Jacob Hoggard. Video added for your enjoyment.