Alessia Cara (pictured) helps bring smiles to ill kids, Fantavious Fritz and Charlotte Day Wilson launch a new film grant, and Thriller gets the IMAX treatment. Also in the news are GrassRoots Regina, the Cobalt Prize, CityFolk, Shad, the Wall-To-Wall Mural + Culture Festival, Colin Devlin, Brownman Ali, $keleton Club, and a farewell to Eli Kassner. Video provided for your enjoyment.
Boy George reconvenes Culture Club (pictured), Michael Jackson songs may be fake, and a Temptations-themed musical heads for Broadway. Others making headlines include Justin Bieber, CCMAs, Silver Dollar Room, Dakota Bear, Prince, Placido Domingo, Martin Popoff, Dog Day, Randy Rampage, The Band, and Aretha Franklin.
With total international sales of 47 million, Michael Jackson's blockbuster is placed at No. 1 in a new survey. Three Canadian female artists make the Top 25, led by Shania Twain at No, 4, with Come On Over.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) inspires a novel, Michael Jackson stars at a London art exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, and Canadian stars reminisce about Massey Hall. Others in the headlines include Nick Lowe, Masters of the Telecaster, ticket scalping, Amy Winehouse, the UK summer of love, Dauphin Countryfest, Styx, Beethoven, Imagine Dragons, and Jon Hassell.
BreakOut West's festival line-up includes Hall of Famers' The Grapes Of Wrath (pictured), Drake adds dates and returns to No. 1 in the US, and a Michael Jackson-themed musical is in the works. Also in the news: Ontario Music Fund, Indigenous Peoples Day, Pearl Jam, Calgary Stampede, Bernice, Festival of Beer, Smithers BC, Rufus John, Notes In The Night, and farewells to XXXTentacion and Jon Hiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Those featured in today's roundup include Michael Jackson, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Hillside Festival, The Georgia Straight, Charlotte Cardin, New Order, Bruce Cockburn, David Myles, Dan Wilson, and LA session musicians.