Brian Allen and Sheron Alton (pictured) and Jim Vallance will be honoured by the CSHF for writing a smash Heart hit, The Reklaws top the CCMA noms list, M for Montreal returns, and Ben Kunder launches his Songs On Fire streaming series. Also in the news are Venus Fest, Sam Roberts Band, Music Nova Scotia, NewsAid, Donovan Woods, IRCPA, Opera Atelier, Make Music Matter, Free Times Café, Shipyards Festival, Unplugged North, and farewell Marilynne Caswell, Harry Coombs, Sarah Dash, and Richard H. Kirk.
POP Montreal will turn 20 with a hybrid fest, Belly announces a new album (pictured), and the SOCAN Foundation names award recipients. Also in the news are Rush, Sue Foley, Cactus Festival, ALIVE series, the Police Picnic, Kintaro, Sean Jones, Opera Atelier, Tim Baker, Shane Cook, Contact East 2021, Creative Manitoba, and Neeraj Prem. With video.
Hamilton troubadour Lindy Vopnfjord (pictured) is profiled, Indigenous artists address the trauma of residential schools, and Gowan rejoices in the return of live music. Also in the headlines are young classical musicians, Bob Dylan, Indigifest 2021, Alessia Cara, Opera Atelier, Vivendi, Spotify, Warner Music Spain, Amy Winehouse, Billie Eilish, Pink, Jackson Browne, Wu-Tang Clan, Willie Nelson, and Roy Brooks.
Richard Tichelman wins the 2021 Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search, Gord Downie (pictured) gets the deluxe reissue treatment, and the FME fest readies a return. Others in the news include Opera Atelier, Measha Brueggergosman, Lindsay Ell, Said The Whale, Alex Cuba, Lina Allemano, Laura Dreyfuss, Young Voices Toronto, and farewell Jerry Granelli, George Higton, and Robby Steinhardt.
Nile Rodgers (pictured) and Chris Blackwell will star at CMW, Hot Docs offers some prime music-themed films, and Sakamoto Agency helps launch GPS Promotion. Also in the news are Blue Rodeo, New Skool Rules, International Jazz Day, Hugh’s Room Live, Jazz Niagara, Primus, NWC, Indie101, Opera Atelier, Dvsn, Bryce Clifford, Gary Kendall, Elephants and Stars, and farewell Markus Klinke, Denny Freeman, and Al Schmitt.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pictured) boost Afro-Cuban jazz, climate change impacts festivals, and a monstrous R.E.M. display. Others in the headlines include Prince, Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash, Karina Gauvin, Jeff Lynne, Pandora, Bernie Sanders , Fender, Booker T, Threatin, John Fogerty, Van Morrison, Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez, and Michael Kiwanuka.
Making the news today are Music NL, the Women in Music Conference, Gord Bamford, Mariposa, Melody Makers, Opera Atelier, Bryan Adams, Caliban Arts Theatre, Jadea Kelly, Sweet Alibi, Bunny Sigler, and Jerry Ross. Videos included for your pleasure.