July 12, 2022
by Bill King

I spoke with the senior director of booking at Evenko, a Québec company that is Canada’s most significant independent producer and promoter. Every year, it produces more than 1,200 shows, musical concerts, and family and sporting events in Québec, the Atlantic provinces and the northeast US. Coming soon, Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts (pictured), now in its 15th year, and set to run July 29 - 31.

Sum 41  Facebook photo
February 24, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Osheaga turns 15 with a high-octane lineup, Sum 41 (pictured) and Simple Plan team up for a major US tour, and the SiriusXM Top of the Country competition returns. Also in the news are Jr. Gone Wild, Mundial Montreal, Long Range Hustle, MusicOntario & Bandcamp, Juno Week, Music Managers Forums, and farewell Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan.

Charlotte Cardin  Facebook photo
July 26, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Charlotte Cardin (pictured) will headline the OSHEAGA Get Together, the 2021 Prism Prize awards show is on tonight, and CCS launches Daytripper Music Publishing and signs Hill Kourkoutis. Also in the news are the Sam Roberts Band, Come Together, Small World Music, Joni Mitchell and Lorne Michaels, Smiley, Drake, Crowsnest Corner, SonReal, Propagandhi, Indigenous Cloud, and The Foole.

Tate McRae  Facebook photo
April 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Osheaga fest is cancelled and the ECMAs go totally virtual, Tate McRae (pictured) has a global smash hit, and a new Stompin’ Tom collection is coming. Also in the news are Drake, FACTOR, CBC Searchlight, Play MPE, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jukebox Books, Virtual Music Fest MS, Village Vinyl, Stephen Stanley, and farewell Shock G and Les McKeown.

Koerner Hall
June 11, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Koerner Hall (pictured) is proceeding with its 2020-21 season, but Osheaga and Showcase PEI have cancelled this year’s editions. Others in the news include Brett Kissel, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Constantines, Indie Week, CIVC, Daniela Nardi, Anvil, Mariposa, Taggart and Torrens, Austin, Music•Musique NB, and farewell Bonnie Pointer, James Hand, Frank Bey, and Peter Leo.

July 29, 2019
by FYI Staff

Kitchener psych-rock ensemble Hawkeyes (pictured) gains traction, the Oshawa scene explored, and Canadian Instagram stars. Also in the headlines are Woodstock 50, Osheaga 2019, Mike Waite, Neve, Leonard Cohen, Sheila E., Kirk Hammett, Iggy Pop, Celine Dion, Rusty Gaston, TOWGE, PledgeMusic, k.d. lang, and Drake.

Photo: drownedmadonna.com
August 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Madonna (pictured) turns 60, a look at Aretha's private life, and Jack White assumes guitar god status. Also in the headlines are Toronto hip-hop, Jacob Hoggard, Osheaga, Jerry Garcia, Cory Weeds, Danny Bonaduce, SOCAN, SODRAC, Alexander Stewart, Sudbury's Up Here fest, Shakey Graves, YOLA, Shortstack records, Pearl Jam, and Camden's The Lock.

August 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

A possible resurgence for the compact disc, science tackles Lennon-McCartney songs, and Joe Elliott strolls down memory lane. Also in the headlines are QOTSA, Brady Bunch, Veld fest, Ludacris, Goldilox, gender equality, Lebanon fests, Brian's Record option, Jon Lovitz, X Avant, and Bear Witness.

August 9, 2017
by FYI Staff

A finely combed collection of news and views about music and the music biz today.

July 17, 2017
by FYI Staff

A collection of news, views and videos about Canada's music biz and musicians.

Michael Wekerle may be good at making money but he loves R&R
April 26, 2017
by FYI Staff

El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle loves R&R and loves to jam on occasion. He's just created El Mocambo Records and signed 54.40