Merck Mercuriadis (pictured) and comrades advocate for songwriters, Nils Lofgren remembers Lou Reed, and CMW highlights. Also in headlines: Toronto Bach Festival, shadow, Art of Time Ensemble, Liz Cooper, rock sidemen, Ed Sheeran, Woodstock, PledgeMusic, Common, R. Kelly, Madonna, Idris Elba, Pras Michel, and Merle Haggard.
Corey Hart (pictured) returns to the fray, the Toronto hardcore scene is celebrated, and Nile Rodgers reflects. Also in the headlines are Dan Mangan, Vancouver festivals, King Princess, Spotify, Pledge Music, Bob Dylan, Nigerian rock, Azealia Banks, Roxy Music, and Deerhunter.
William Shatner (pictured) continues his musical mission, Music Nova Scotia gets nocturnal, and hip-hop poses for the camera. Others in the headlines include Mel Boogie, Barbra Streisand, Nile Rodgers, Sony Music, Oh Carolina, Nick Mason, Chris Thomas King, Joni Mitchell, Britpop, Bob Dylan, Chris Cornell, and Queen.
Trent Reznor (pictured) laments the state of his homeland, Nile Rogers reflects on a turbulent life, and Scott Helman remembers a drunken escapade. Also in the headlines are Simply Saucer, D.O.A., The Flaming Lips, Kilmore, Big Daddy Kane, Rita MacNeil, Massey Hall, Edmonton and Toronto Jazz Festivals, Olafur Arnalds, Boris Brott, and Jack White.
Paul McCartney marches in honour of John Lennon, and digital downloads are on the decline. Those also making news include SOCAN, Juno Week, Nile Rodgers, The Slits, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sinead O'Connor, TassNata, and a farewell to John Crossen. Videos added for your enjoyment.