Rihanna (pictured) digs deep, Drake gets dissed, and ticketing firms change refund policies. Others in the headlines include Live Nation, #CanadaPerforms, Justin Trudeau, Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Clegg, Yoko One, Eddie Kramer, Neil Young, Billie Eilish, Hipgnosis, and Apple Music.
Jerry Leger (pictured) is amongst the Toronto artists harmed by COVID-19, online concerts multiply, and the Calgary Philharmonic lays off the entire orchestra. Also in the headlines are Paradigm, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Stratford, SXSW, Ben Gibbard, John Loeffler, Tony Allen, Elvis, and Toots and The Maytals.
Guitar wizard Domenic Troiano (pictured) is profiled, Sarah Harmer reflects upon spring, and the streaming boom continues. Also in the headlines are Grimes, Jagged Little Pill, Mark Cohon, VSO, Justin Haynes, Paul Rosenberg, Sega, Rihanna, TikTok, Miles Davis, Bushfire Relief, Plácido Domingo, and Kraftwerk.
Andrew Loog Oldham (pictured) teaches at a BC uni, Rihanna biopic sells to Amazon, and Aussie stars raise hay. Others in the headlines include Ward Cabaret, Cartel Madras, UVic, Atlantic UK, Michael Jackson, Best Of lists, Jonas Brothers, Bauhaus, and Chance the Rapper.
Royal Wood (pictured) fulfils a dream, James Bryan McCollum farewells Prozzak, and Moist reflects upon 25 years. Others in the headlines include Drake, Leonard Cohen, Stars, Kobalt, Burton Cummings, Christina Martin, Metric, Gowan, bundling, valuable vinyl, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Eric Carmen, Melanie C, Clive Davis, and Navajo country.
A feud with Trump boosts Nickelback (pictured), Drake at odds with his dad, and Canadian musicians discuss the election. Others in the headlines include Aaron Carter, Rihanna, POP Montreal, Black Keys, Audius, HMV, Aurora, Vulfpeck, Iceland, the business of celebrity, and Michael Jackson.
Michael Buble is honoured by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rascalz (pictured) celebrate the anniversary of Northern Touch, and Ottawa's After The Storm benefit is a hit. Others in the news include Memorial University, Music PEI, Joe Perry, Shawn Mendes, Clayton Bellamy & The Congregation, Blonde Diamond, Rihanna, ole, SB21, WCMA, Women's Blues Revue, and a farewell to Francis Lai. Videos included for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Nil (pictured) give it their all, the Roy Orbison hologram show bores, and Fleetwood Mac goes its own way. Others in the headlines include Jack White, Sandro Perri, Christine and the Queens, Drake, LA punks, Bohemian Rhapsody, the Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Axl Rose, Damon Albarn, Spice Girls, Mac Miller, Spotify, Sam Smith, Rihanna, Marianne Faithfull, Greta Van Fleet, and A Star Is Born.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (pictured) fuel an Indigenous resurgence, pot, Otis Williams discusses the new Temptations musical, and the fiery rock of Urvah Khan. Also in the headlines are the Hip, Jeffery Straker, David Gogo, Opera Philadelphia, the streaming boom, Eventbrite, YouTube, Lovelytheband, Tina Turner, John Lennon, Megative, Rihanna, David Byrne, Ariana Grande, and Jessie Reyez.
Rheostatic Dave Bidini (pictured) earns a rave review for his new book, Rufus Wainwright's opera draws mixed notices, and Tragically Hip tribute bands keep Gord Downie's legacy alive. Also in the headlines are Annie Leibovitz, The Town Heroes, Cub Sports, Lefsetz vs Flom, Tom DeLonge, Chinese hip-hop, Spotify, IFPI report, Tencent, The Orchard, MMA, Richard Branson, Chris Stein, Thom Yorke, Drake, Colter Wall, XTC, Prince, Bob Dylan, and Rihanna.
Rihanna (pictured) praises education, ticket gouging explored, and the Music Modernization Act passes. Others in the headlines include William Prince, Quebec's music industry, Martin Bandier, Michael Ford, Bob Marley, The Mercury Prize, luthiers, Hubert Lenoir, Prince, and Rifflandia.