The Saskatchewan Music Awards winners are named, D.O.A. reprise a landmark hardcore album, and the Speak Music Be Kind Festival is announced. Also in the news are Adele, The Weeknd, Blue Rodeo, Bob Marley, Jay Douglas, SOCAN, the TRANZAC, Jacob Hoggard, and farewell Meat Loaf (pictured), Fred Parris, Badal Roy, Elza Soares, and Don Wilson.
The AFROWAVETO fest announces its lineup (founder Lexxicon pictured), Torquil Campbell can write you a song, and Kevin Howes’ Voluntary In Nature expands its reach. Also in the news are Saskatchewan Music Awards, Music BC, Capitol Hill Block Party, Jaffa Road, Big Winter Classic, Scott Parsons, and farewell Harpdog Brown, Koady Chaisson, Pierre Jobin, Marilyn Bergman, Michael Lang, and Francisco Serra.
Choir! Choir! Choir!, Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 singers create an epic video (pictured), Sarah Harmer boosts Care Not Profits campaign, and Drake sets a monumental new record. Also in the news are Barenaked Ladies, Rough Trade, CES, Wavelength 800, Scott Helman, Tory Lanez, SaskMusic, Jesse Wente, Selci, DJ Agile, Create Music Group, Sarah Slean, CityFolk, Shania Twain, Jenny Mitchell, OKAN, Justin Bieber, Duo Concertante, and farewell Denise Johnson.
Drake (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2020 BET Awards, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal goes virtual, and SaskMusic presents a National Indigenous Peoples Day Concert. Also in the news are Music Canada, ABACUS Data, a CBC hip-hop podcast, Canada Day House Party, Ruth B, Creative Manitoba, BTS, Americana Honors & Awards, Judy Collins, Protest the Hero Toronto Songwriting School, Linda McRae, TO Live, Shred Kelly, Supercrawl, and farewell Hugh Fraser and Keith Tippett.
SaskMusic sets up a fund in the wake of COVID-19. Lennon Stella (pictured) releases a new single, and Bill King publishes a book of his insightful interviews. Others in the news include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Austin scene, Ellen Davidson, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lou Canon, and farewell Genesis P-Orridge.
STORRY (pictured) dazzles at her album launch, High Priestess roster includes Zaki Ibrahim and Witch Prophet, and We Are The Stronghold supports Wet'suwet'en. Also in the news are CIMA, Clinton's, Bachman Cummings, IMR, Manitoba Music, Twin Kennedy, SHINE! Music Bursary, SaskMusic, and The Wild!.
Gord Sinclair (pictured) makes a solo debut, Alan Doyle announces a new EP and tour, and The Hawk turns 85. Others in the news include the ACMA, January Music Meeting, Oz fires, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, SaskMusic, Clifford Brewing Co., Ginger St. James, Sina Bathaie, Music BC, and A2IM.
Creative Export Canada's funding recipients include SING! (pictured), Canada's Music Incubator is open for registration, and Three Days Grace sets a record. Also in the news are Stars, NSMW, Outlaw Divas, David Newland, Music PEI, Danny Goldberg, Fleetwood Mac, and Johnnie Lovesin.
No one act or artist hogged the spotlight but familiar names such as The Sheepdogs, Jess Moskaluke, the Hunter Brothers, and Megan Nash earned honours at Sunday night's event in Regina.
Podcast faves Taggart & Torrens (pictured) sign to Dine Alone, Grossman's turns 75, and SaskMusic presents the Very Prairie summit. Also in the news are Tragedy Ann, Drake, Kiss, Edmonton Music Prize, Wolf Alice, Run Coyote, and farewells to Joseph Hoo Kim and Chas Hodges. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Shawn Mendes is riding high, topping the US charts and racking up huge steaming numbers, and Toronto rockers The Golden Dogs play their final show. Also in the news are Big Billz, Khatsahlano Street Party, SaskMusic, NXNE, Manitoba Music, ole, Music PEI, and farewells to Danny Kirwan, Lorraine Gordon, and Rocky Wiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.