A celebration of the life of Ralph Murphy is approaching, Kiefer Sutherland is touring Canada, and Ed Sheeran pops up in Toronto. Also in the news are In the Dead of Winter, Music BC, Venus Fest, Summer Mardi Gras, Hugh's Room Live, Alberta Music, Alexandra Stréliski, Sherry Ryan, Music BC, Stingray Rising Stars, and Canadian Songwriter Challenge. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Earlier this week, Corey Hart joined MusiCounts, Canada's leading music education charity, to surprise the students of Juniper Ridge Intermediate in Torbay, NL with a special performance, and $10K in new instruments from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program.
Universal Music France has quickly released an album to support the rebuilding of Notre-Dame (pictured), Madonna is back in the news, and the ECMAs and CSHF honour Stan Rogers and Lennie Gallant. Others in the headlines include MMF, TJO, Music BC, Music Nova Scotia, Erin Benjamin, ECMA survey, Tucker Lane, Blues Music Awards, Junos, and TBS.
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Grammy winner Brandi Carlile (pictured) will speak at SXSW, Drake's victory is celebrated in the 6ix, and The Sakamoto Agency expands. Also making news are Roxodus Music Fest, Kasador, Music BC, RPM, Jillard Guitars, Sonic Unyon, and SATE. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Céline Dion is the subject of an upcoming biopic, Notifi (pictured) impresses at a T.O. showcase, and Alessia Cara announces a cross-Canada tour. Also in the news are The James Barker Band, the Beatles, The Lonely Hearts, Jan Lisiecki, Music BC, Music PEI, and Sarah McCoy. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The hit Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford inspires a book, R. Kelly is dropped by Sony, Ariana Grande sets a Spotify record, and Donna Grantis (pictured) goes solo. Also in the news are John and Yoko, The Dead South, APTN, Drake, Ian Blurton, Trille Or, Lenny Stoute, Verboden, Monster Truck, Music BC, and a farewell to Reggie Young. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Today's column includes Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor (pictured) receiving a star-studded celebration of life, Canadian nominees in the International Folk Music Awards, and disquieting reports that Adele may well not be touring again. Others in the news: Music BC, Pickathon, Steve Strongman, Mr! Mouray, Mad Ones, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Tallies, NSCC, and farewells to Artie Irwin and Alan R. Pearlman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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.
Folk Alliance will honour Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Gordon Lightfoot adds extra shows, and The Boss hits Netflix. Also in the news are the ECMA, Karen Kosowski, Jeremy Dutcher, Stompin' Tom, Parts & Labour, Keithmas, Music Nova Scotia, Music Canada Live, Rubberneck, Music BC, and a farewell to Ustad Imrat Khan. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
The Washboard Union (pictured) win big at the BCCMAs, Nash The Slash featured in a new doc, Joe Keithley of D.O.A. elected to office, and k.d. lang is honoured with the Alberta Order of Excellence. Also in the news are Supporting Cast, Music BC, Drake, The Barr Brothers, Turboprop, Loud As Hell, Wacken Metal Battle, Darrell Millar, PEI Arts Grants, Thelonious Hank, TD Jazz, Contact, and a farewell to Jon James McMurray. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The VMAs are a ratings bust, BreakOut West achieves gender parity, and stars will sing at Aretha's funeral. Also in the news are Steven Goldmann, the CCMAs, Whitehorse, YouTube Music, Eric Ethridge, Richmond World Festival, Chloe Watkinson, Music BC, VIFF, Michelle Wright, Grossman’s Music Scholarship, and farewells to Craig Zadan, Lazy Lester, and Ed King. Videos added for your enjoyment.