Gord Bamford (pictured) hosts a star-studded holiday special, Unison’s fundraising live-stream is on Friday, and Justin Bieber partners with a choir of London medical staff for a charity single. Also in the news are the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards, Mariposa, John Prine, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Ramolo, Matt Mays, RSDC Unsigned, BIPOC Fest, ArtsCan Circle, David Bowie, and farewell Don Zimmermann.
MacKenzie Porter (pictured) is crossing over big time, Chad Brownlee is axed by his label, and Rush salutes the spirit of radio. Also in the news are Country Connections, Ontario Creates, Colin Hay, Vivienne Wilder, John Prine, Ben Caplan, Wide Mouth Mason, Ramblin' Deano, Eastlink, Mundial Montreal, Allen Baekeland, and farewell Freddy Dixon and Ricky Valance. With video.
Paul Brandt (pictured) chairs a human trafficking task force, Sydney features on Unsinkable Youth, and the Homebody Music Festival starts tomorrow. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Barenaked Ladies, The Coalition for Music Education, Torquil Campbell, Creative Manitoba, One Earth Live, DT Concert Series, Ontario Creates, Caveboy, Pleasure Craft, August Rigo, and farewell John Cumming. With video.
Billy Talent (pictured) releases a new episode of its multi-part short film, Canada's Great Kitchen Party attracts stars, and more major summer fests are cancelled. Others in the news include CIMA, CMRRA, Neil Young, Ontario Creates, The Spoons, Storry, The Independent Music Awards, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Manitoba Music, and dvsn. With video.
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.
The Ontario Government released its annual Budget last week, and it has profound impacts on the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).
The Ontario PC government proposes to streamline the administration for its cultural media tax credit and certification programs, and to cut red tape for video game developers. Pictured here: Premier Doug Ford and Finance Minister Vic Fedeli tabling the budget in Queen's Park yesterday
Last night, provincial agency Ontario Creates hosted a celebration to honour the Ontario nominees for the upcoming Juno Awards ceremony and their appreciation was palpable.
New life for the Victory Burlesque, Shad hosts an art exhibition, and new Rock Hall of Fame inductees are announced. Also in the news are CIMA, the Junos, Jessie Reyez, FACTOR, Taylor Swift, Doug Paisley, Serena Ryder, Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, and Matt Dusk. Videos added for your enjoyment.