The fascinating career of renaissance man Bill King (pictured), Doug Chappell and Denise Jones are remembered, and The Band’s Stage Fright gets a deluxe reissue. Also in the headlines are Brian Edwards, the Juno statuette, the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge, The Slocan Ramblers, Blinker The Star, Merck Mercuriadis, Tencent, Concord, Bad Bunny, Jose Feliciano, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Billie Eilish, and Robert Johnson.
Alex Cuba (pictured) helps trailblaze the future of Canada's live music scene, an exploration of O Canada, and an innovative TikTok concert by The Weeknd. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Sony Music, WMG, UMG, Spotify, Round Hill, live-streams, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Stewart Copeland, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, Alan McGee, and Def Jam Africa.
Lil Berete (pictured) is making moves, rumours about the Silver Dollar Room, and the storm around Taylor Swift. Others in the headlines include Moonwake, the TSO, Emily Triggs, FKA Twigs, Spotify, Boomplay, Sony, Shutterstock, Kanye, Paul McCartney, Joe Henry, and Ariana Grande.
Steven Page (pictured) is working with the Stratford Festival, songs for the Toronto summer, and Buffy Sainte-Marie on the value of masters. Others in the headlines include Bad Child, Sheila E., The Kinks, Ed Sheeran, Linda Perry, Apollo 11 music, Burning Man, David Bromberg, Ringo, kd lang, and The Deviants.
Colter Wall (pictured) impresses, the TSO posts a healthy surplus, and opera stars embrace social media. Also in the headlines are Passenger, Aasiva, Anemone, Rihanna, YouTube, cover songs, SoundCloud, BMG, Spotify, Giles Martin, CD Baby, Rush, Usher, the Beatles, Michael Buble, Paul McCartney, and Elton John.
Robots are influencing the music industry, Macca plays a secret show at Grand Central Station, and Nicki Minaj and Cardi B duke it out. Others in the headlines include Avril Lavigne, Terra Lightfoot, Justin Trudeau, Haim, Ron Mann, Steve Perry, Courtney Barnett, Mutek Montreal, Eminem, and Elizabeth Fraser.
Nick Cave (pictured) gets bronzed, Morrissey gets roasted, and Saul Williams explains poetry's growing popularity. Also making headlines are Gilles Vigneault, Sloan, Stephin Merritt, Kevin Breit, Kamasi Washington, SLAV, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Vancouver Jazz Fest, and Dean Brody.
James Corden's Karaoke Car Pool segment with Paul McCartney, broadcast by CBS on Friday night, has gone viral and is closing in on 100-million views on Facebook and YouTube. A fascination with all things Beatles remains strong, and their song catalogue seemingly timeless.
Canada's Walk of Fame is giving Stompin’ Tom Connors a permanent star in PEI, the Indigenous Arts Festival comes to Toronto, and a big cheque goes to the family of Dolores O’Riordan. Also in the news are the Canadian Music Cafe, SXSW, ole, Phil Barton, Glass Tiger, Paul McCartney, Double Double Land, Toronto Jazz Festival, Andy Shauf, and Wood & Water. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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.
Ian Tyson opens up to fellow cowboy poet Corb Lund, and notorious rock critic Lester Bangs inspires a play. Also in the headlines are Paul McCartney, Whitney Rose, Moog, opera singers, female rockers, and British reggae.
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