The countdown for the Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is on, WCMA Awards details are announced, and the SOCAN Foundation names five award winners. Also in the news are Julie Title, FMO Awards, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Sultans of String, The Washboard Union, Lou Molinaro, Rainbow Bistro, The Weather Station, Michael Kaeshammer, and farewell Commander Cody, Pee Wee Ellis, Alan Lancaster, and Steve Strange.
The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) goes virtual, Tenille Townes raises big bucks for two charities, and Indie Week begins hosting online events. Also making news are Alexandra Stréliski, Roots Music Canada, the Drake,Toronto hip-hop violence, Kestrels, Blakdenim, ArtHaus, Adria Kain, The Beat Club, Holger Petersen, Paul Reddick, and farewell Freddy Cole, Sean Tyla, and Ida Hendel.
Hard rockers Sumo Cyco (pictured) sign a deal, Polaris Prize dates announced, and Neil Peart is to be honoured. Also in the news are Supercrawl , Wavelength Winter Festival, The Hidden Cameras , Music Canada, Jessie Reyez, Bad Child, Christos Hatzis, Billie Eilish, Kendra Kay, and farewell Bob Shane and Reed Mullin.
The remarkable career of Buffy Sainte-Marie (pictured), Drake's extravagant Toronto mansion, and Ticketmaster’s ‘TradeDesk’ scalper tool explained. Others in the headlines include Borns. the Beatles, Elton John, Polaris Prize, Venus Fest, Planets suite, Metric, Keith Urban, La Force, Prince, Regina Symphony Orchestra, WSO, Alejandro Escovedo, and Gordon Bintner.
The shortlist for the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class is announced, Polaris Prize names the performers and jurors, and Ottawa urban music gets a playlist. Others in the news include Nova Scotia Music Week, Robert Paquette, CSHF, RPM Live, John and Yoko, HUFF, Lindsay Beaver, MusicNL Week, and a farewell to Randy Rampage. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Radiohead feels betrayed by the Ontario justice system, Roger McGuinn reflects upon a seminal album, and Merck Mercuriadis wants to raise a billion dollars. Also in the headlines are Jonelle Monae, The Go-Go's, Cliff Richard, Cowboy Junkies, Joey Stylez, Judges, Cher, Lauryn Hill, London rock clubs, Chaka Khan, the Polaris shortlist, Psyche, Ryan Cook, and Element fest.
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.
Massey Hall Day is celebrated with a star-studded gala concert, the National Arts Centre names a new head, and SOCAN's AGM is approaching. Also in the news are Polaris Cover Sessions, Banksy, the Up and Downtown fest, Carol Welsman, Don Francks, Fortunate Ones, NXNE's Rooftop Riot, Friday Fan Festivals, Songpull, and a farewell to DJ Fontana. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Celebrity presenters at The Junos will include Geddy Lee, the Polaris Music Prize announces its key dates, and Jessica Mitchell releases new material. Those also making news include CIMA, Coastal Jazz, Roger Daltrey, Patrik, Jerry Leger, Jess Moskaluke, Common Deer, Les Poules a Colin, and a farewell to Jason Buie and Paul Cram. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Jessie Reyez takes a bite out of The Big Apple and the Into The Night fest will warm up Halifax. Also in the news are the Polaris Prize, Netflix, SCMA, The Velvet Underground, Manitoba Music, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Measha Brueggergosman, SaskMusic, Birds of Bellwoods, and a farewell to John Morris.
The Polaris-winning Montreal art-rocker breaks a period of silence with this beguiling one-off that fuses Watson's understated but convincing vocals and an atmospheric soundscape.