Drake is reportedly set to release his new album (cover graphic pictured), the Record Store Day Canada Unsigned Competition returns, and Nova Scotia Music Week will take place in Truro. Also in the news are Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Music PEI Awards, Songbird North, TSO, Contact East, Martin Atkins, MMF Canada, Make Music Matter, The Trews, and farewell Ron Bushy, Bill Emerson, Larry Harlow, and Ruth Marx.
Ottawa’s The Long Road Back concert features a covid test requirement, The Slaight Music Residency announces its new class, and Triumph is named Record Store Day Ambassador (pictured). Also in the news are Drake, CIMA, Scott B. Sympathy, Bandzoogle, Pan-Am Indie Summit, Sauga City Music Conference, Oshawa Music Awards, Laila Biali, Eve Egoyan, WOTE, and Bobby Bazini.
Calgary rallies around The Ironwood (pictured), Record Store Day Canada announces a competition, and SOCAN’s Encore rewards online concerts. Also in the news are SCENE, The Beaches, Manifesto, TOBi, Music PEI , CIMA, Kitchener Blues Festival, Lawson Vocal Studios, Haley Blais, Jeremy Drury, Land of Talk, Unleash The Archers, Ronley Teper, and farewell Gerry McGhee and Walter Lure.
Andy Shauf (pictured) makes it onto a presidential playlist, Record Store Day is changing in 2020, and the BC Arts Council heads a new Arts Infrastructure Program. Also in the news are The Dirty Nil, Matt May , Canadian Heritage, Jeen, Fergus Hambleton, The Sheepdogs, MNB, Hot Tramp Records, Cole James, METZ, Donna Lidster, Brooklxn, Acoustic Blend Café, and farewell Todd Nance.
Carter Chiasson (pictured) is the 2020 MusiCounts Teacher of the Year, Marie-Mai is named Canadian ambassador for Record Store Day, and Fallsview Casino Resort opens a new 5,000 seat entertainment centre. Others making news include Pye Dubois, Luke McMaster, Outside Looking In, The Weeknd, Make Music Matter, Evangeline Gentle, Billie Eilish, and Wade O Brown.
High Valley (pictured) announces a May tour, CIMA heads a Mission to AmericanaFest UK, and the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize names the winners. Also in the news are Gordon Lightfoot, Dine Alone, RSD, Pussy Riot, CMW, Maple Blues Awards, and Haviah Mighty.
Ace producer Gavin Brown launches Inside Pocket Music at CMW, classic songs that will enter the public domain, and Buddy Guy helps farewell B.B. King's Blues Club. Also making the news are Westward fest, Dina Alone at RSD, Nyssa, Nick Mason, Aasiva, Jules, Dana Sipos, Tenille Townes, and Byron Stoehr. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Sloan gives up the secrets to longevity, Beyonce rewards black students, and Kardinal Offishall salutes the Raptors with Northern Touch remix. Others in the headlines include Janelle Monáe, Record Store Day, #MeToo, Kanye West, Prince, Johnny Reid, Lo Moon, and London Music Awards.
Bon Jovi stars at Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Ed Sheeran fires back at the tabloids. Also in the news are pot-produced shows in Vancouver, Steven Page, Jess Moskaluke, The Lowest Of The Low, Waterdown ArtsFest, SOCAN, Record Store Day, Wolfe Island Records, and farewells to Milos Forman and Deborah Coleman.