Intensely private, frighteningly smart and a fearsome warrior at the bargaining table, Music Canada's longstanding CEO leaves the org next month to enjoy sunny summer days with wife Margo Timmins at his lakefront cottage.
Despite a genuine desire to return to live music events, to experience them in small and big venues, many Canadians are hesitant and reluctant to return.
Yowzers, there is a god in heaven!
And those in need can offer 'thanks' to Music Canada and the three major labels.
Drake releases two surprise new tracks, Curve Music signs The Western Swing Authority (pictured), and a name change for Director X. Also in the news are Canadian Blast, Mikhail Laxton, Forge Fest, Music Canada certifications, Loud Luxury, Music BC, FIMPRO, and MusicNL.
The award-winning country star will preside over the prestigious event, set for Saskatoon on March 14. An impressive performance lineup has also been announced.
Scooter Braun hints at new music from Justin Bieber (pictured), Gowan discusses Styx, and the Women's Blues Revue is a hit. Also in the news are Rosemary Siemens, Tones and I, Kurt Swinghammer, Creative BC, Jerry Leger, Lindy Vopnfjord, Genevieve Marentette, Don Francks, and farewell Irving Burgie.
Jessie Reyez (pictured) is Up Next, ren creates a buzz, and Lindsay Ell tops the US charts. Also in the news are the Indie Week Awards, the Cuddys, Chris Birkett, Pollstar Awards, Andrea Ramolo, Music Canada, Music BC, Indigenous Music Residency, Music PEI, and Creative Manitoba. With video.
Hawksley Workman (pictured) gets heavy, Michael Buble to get waxed, and the cautionary tale of Lil Peep. Others in the headlines include Daniel Caesar, Chris Frolic, Drake, Avril Lavigne, Alex Cuba, Music Canada, payola, Miss Pat, vinyl, Taylor Swift, Harry Nilsson, and Katy Perry.
The Beaches (pictured) announce a national tour, Goddo reissues three classics, and Allan Slaight Juno Master Class graduates impress. Also making news are Snow, Frank Marino, Prix MNB Awards, The Sorority, Drake, Andy Shauf, Sauga City Music Fest, Madonna, and TD Jazz. With video.
On Wednesday, at The Great Hall in Toronto, the trade org honoured a round of notable music advocates, announced a new scholarship honouring Deane Cameron, and reaffirmed its goal of having tech industries better compensate creators.
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.
Cœur de pirate (pictured) is amongst the Quebec SOCAN Award winners, the inaugural Canadian Music Hall of Fame Ceremony is coming to Studio Bell, and Ed and Justin have the Brit song of the summer. Also in the news are Paul Reddick, Patrick Watson, the Saint John String Quartet, and farewells to Kerry Stratton, and LaShawn Daniels.