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.
Everbloom Virtual Music Festival (pictured) is launched, Snotty Nose Rez Kids lead the noms for International Indigenous Hip-Hop Awards, and rapper Connor Price grabs attention. Also in the news are Block Heater, MusicNL Awards, SXSW, Donald Robins, Jacob Hoggard, Andrea Morris, Tami Neilson, goodboy noah, Let’s Hear It! Live, and the Jane LeBlanc Music Award.
Emanuel (pictured) signs to Motown Records, Toronto musicians rally in support of the unhoused, and The Funk Hunters are certified Road Gold. Also in the news are Jon Box, Indie Weekly, The Weeknd, Evergreen Festival, Music BC, Glass Tiger, Cat Clyde, Micah Barnes, Stephan Moccio, Gowan and Stuck On Planet Earth, Kandle, Kaytranada, Tanya Tagaq, and farewell Andre Gagnon, Denise Jones, and Dick Alen.
The 2021 Maple Blues Awards show will be virtual, this year’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival (pictured) heads online, and James Keast moves on from Exclaim!. Also in the news are Beth Anne Cole, The TD Markham Jazz Festival, CFMAs, Music BC, Canada Media Fund, David Myles, Crystal Shawanda, Haley Blais, Johnny A, and farewell Houdini.
The 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge is underway, Melanie Peterson (pictured) has a regular live stream, and Universal Honey’s debut is reissued. Also in the news are A2IM Indie Week, CIMA, Music BC, Evangeline Gentle, The Gord Downie Fund, Sierra Noble, DeeDee7, SaskMusic, Bob Dylan, Alberta Music, and farewell Mory Kanté and Bobby Digital.
True North Records has signed Craig Cardiff (pictured), Brian Hetherman revives the Sonic Envy label, and a new song from Gordon Lightfoot. Also in the news are SoundCloud Creator Forum, Billie Eilish, Lennon Stella, The Golden Ticket, Music PEI, Music BC, and farewell Buzzy Linhart.
Skydiggers (pictured) celebrate a milestone anniversary, Drake gets Caffeinated, and Justin Bieber has good Intentions. Also in the news are Winterfolk, The Backstreet Boys, Adrian Sutherland,The Sam Roberts Band, Music BC, and farewell Lyle Mays and Joseph Shabalala.
Gord Sinclair (pictured) makes a solo debut, Alan Doyle announces a new EP and tour, and The Hawk turns 85. Others in the news include the ACMA, January Music Meeting, Oz fires, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, SaskMusic, Clifford Brewing Co., Ginger St. James, Sina Bathaie, Music BC, and A2IM.
Gord Downie (pictured) has been named Ontario's first poet laureate, Billy Talent release a multi-part short film, and Alberta Music celebrates its 35th anniversary. Also in the news, the Be Kind Festival, Good Lovelies, Skydiggers, Silent Winters, The Dirty Nil, Music BC, Jenn Grant, Mélisande, Manitoba Music, and farewell Gershon Kingsley and Roy Loney.
Choir! Choir! Choir! ( pictured) to perform at the US-Mexico border on Sunday, a CIMA showcase at Folk Alliance 2020, and a Tribute to Gord Downie in Burlington. Also in the news are Music Nova Scotia, TSO, FACTOR, 2020 Music PEI Awards, CCMA Song Camp, Ontario Creates, Music BC, and farewell John McGuirk, Stephen Swid, and Molly Duncan.
imagineNATIVE turns 20, Kardinal Offishall (pictured) hosts TEDxToronto, and a new John Coltrane album with Canadian roots. Also in the news are Mirvish musicals, Dave Bidini, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, ArtsCan Circle, OMF, NSMW, Cœur de pirate, Suzanne Jarvie, The Lifers, and Cavendish Beach Music Festival. With video.
Alexandra Stréliski (pictured) begins international touring, Drake is building fences, and Melissa McClelland joins the Women's Blues Revue. Others in the news include The Polaris Music Prize, CIMA, Jazzahead, ALGMS, Music Canada, Catherine MacLellan, Lost Cousins, Music BC, and farewell Larry Wallis.