The Canadian music industry says goodbye to Ralph Murphy (pictured), the return of OVO Fest, and Serena Ryder's ArtHaus. Also in the news are Andy Kim, We Are Busy Bodies, Win Butler, Jacob Hoggard, Sawdust City Music Festival, Creative Manitoba, and farewell Gary LeMel, Johnny Kitagawa, and João Gilberto. Videos added for your enjoyment.
A celebration of the life of Ralph Murphy is approaching, Kiefer Sutherland is touring Canada, and Ed Sheeran pops up in Toronto. Also in the news are In the Dead of Winter, Music BC, Venus Fest, Summer Mardi Gras, Hugh's Room Live, Alberta Music, Alexandra Stréliski, Sherry Ryan, Music BC, Stingray Rising Stars, and Canadian Songwriter Challenge. Videos added for your enjoyment.
In today's column we bid farewell to Dr. John, a true legend of New Orleans music and an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He leaves behind hundreds of friends who trusted his advice, laughed at his jokes, relished his company. He was, for songwriters, a beacon of hope, a fount of inspiration, a source of encouragement, a connector of people — Murphy, one instinctively knew, could connect you with almost anyone in Nashville.
Rapper Haviah Mighty (pictured) delivers an inspiring new album, the fascinating life of maestro Andrew Balfour, and the Drake curse examined. Also in the headlines: Bhad Bhabie, Lennie Gallant, Vampire Weekend, Filthy Friends, Madonna, Ticketmaster, breakbeats Todd Rundgren, Imogen Heap, Ani DiFranco, and Evan Dando.
The Northern Pikes (pictured) to release new music, Sawdust City fest returns, and RIP The Matador and The Borderline. Others in the news include Alexisonfire, Lights, Pink, CHAOS AB, Ralph Murphy, Music Nova Scotia, and farewell Doris Day.
Now in his '70s, he remains optimistic about life — and about music. “The industry will survive,” he insists. “Music is still on the street — it’s still a vehicle for poor kids to get heard and get ahead, the same as it always was.”