Nominees for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards (pictured) are led by William Prince, Dine Alone signs Canadian DIY metal collective Respire, and Crown Lands are back in action. Also in the news are CIMA, Music Ontario, New Skool Rules, Reliant Music, The Trews, Upper Room Studio, CFMAs, PACKS, MMF Canada, Kinaxis Inconcert, and farewell Patsy Bruce.
The francophone SOCAN Awards winners included Jean-Phi Goncalves (pictured), Variety names Sal Slaiby Manager Of The Year, and the CLMA’s new board is announced. Also in the news are Steve Waxman, MusicNL, Suzie LeBlanc, Ronley Teper, MMF Canada, Chilly Gonzales, Make Music Matter, Tara MacLean and Adam Brazier, Raj Ramayya, Rhye, Oh Susanna, Manitoba Music, and farewell Harold Budd.
Scott Helman (pictured) makes his video directing debut, Indie Week gets the thumbs up, and Amaal stars on Juno TV. Also making news are Byta Internet, Tom Wilson, iskwē, CityFolk, Shaye Zadravec, Dave Young, Jeffery Straker, Lou Molinaro, Colonel Tom and the American Pour, Tom Cochrane, MMF, and farewell Bruce Swedien.
The Dead South (pictured) celebrates a major milestone, the Jim Beam National Talent Search goes virtual, and CMAO resets its performance series. Also making news are Lindsay Ell, Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, Jay Douglas, Bryce Clifford, Metallica, Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Patti Jannetta, The Weeknd, Adrian Sutherland, NOW, The Georgia Straight, MMF, Southern Supper, Regina Folk Festival, Samantha Martin, and farewell Trini Lopez.
Kaelan Roddy wins the final OMA, Joey O’Neil (pictured) starts a virtual tour, and POP Montreal brings Le Funhouse fest. Also in the news are Arthaus, CIMA, MMF, WHOOP-Szo, Martha and The Muffins, Land of Talk, Ken Tizzard, and farewell Jimmy Cobb, Bucky Baxter, and Allan Baekeland.
Jocelyn Alice (pictured) is featured on a charity cover, The Hunter Brothers win big at the SCMA Awards, and Dropkick Murphys play Fenway. Also making news are jazz festivals, TommyGunn, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Oh Susanna, Oshawa Music Awards, Buddy Holly, The Jerry Cans, Neil Young, MMF, and farewell Phil May, Jorge Santana, Astrid Kirchherr, Lucky Peterson, and Denny De Marchi.
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.
David Marsden (pictured) roams down memory lane, Anne Murray sets the record straight, and Eli Rose launches Maison Barclay Canada. Also in the news are Bon Jovi, Schmoozefest, Alessia Cara, Estonian Music Week, The Pretenders, Journey, Drake, Her Music Awards, Polaris Prize, Music Can Heal, and MMF.
Frank Dukes (pictured) and RPSM are shown love by Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes does well at the VMAs, and Tragically Hip Radio plays on Sirius XM. Others in the news include Emily Reid, Big Wreck, Chris Kirby, Ontario Creates, Canadian Brass, CFMAs, MMF, and farewell Dave Richardson and Neal Casal. Video added.