The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into three categories.
Indigenous music star William Prince (pictured) reflects upon his career choice, Calgary musicians rose above Covid, and a profile of Polaris winner Haviah Mighty. Also in the headlines are NYE concert options, Amazon Music, lost Toronto venues, Shawn Mendes, holiday songs, the Beatles, the year in dance music, Led Zeppelin, and Peter Jackson.
The Weeknd (pictured) and Justin Bieber dazzle at The American Music Awards, Shawn Mendes has a film documentary premiering today, and Radiohead’s Toronto tragedy is back in the spotlight. Also making news are Lil Berete, Jimmy Rankin, Pretty, Aluna, Kaytranada, MPC, Wade MacNeil, Larnell Lewis, AGH, and farewell Tony Hooper.
Shawn Mendes profiled in a new doco, Splash ‘N Boots (pictured) lure Alice Cooper into children’s music, and Celine Dion talks about a lost lawsuit. Others in the headlines include Tom Wilson, Tencent, APG, Dave Martone, Cousin Harley, Rafael Energía Dominicana, Eddie Kramer, Leonard Cohen, Savannah Ré, Music Week, Patty Wilson Aden, Andy Ma, Bones Hillman, Irving Azoff, Crowded House, William S Burroughs, Nirvana, and Jan Morris.
A new documentary about Shawn Mendes (pictured) is coming to Netflix, Tom Wilson is arrested at a protest near Hamilton, and the CIMA/Music Ontario AGM takes place today. Also in the headlines are The Hope State, Jim Beam National Talent Search , Music NB, Tom Jackson, Darcy James Argue, Witch Prophet, BreakOut West: Home Edition, Amanda Hagel, John Cody and Perla Batalla, Indie Week, Mariposa, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cordero, Al Qawha Ensemble, Jordyn Pollard, and Something Else.
The international success of the pop superstar (pictured) is recognised, while many of Canada’s top songwriters, producers and composers share in the honours. The CSHF celebrates Lowell with The Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award.
The philanthropic pop star’s Foundation makes another hefty donation, this time to support a leadership experience for high school graduates. In addition, Mendes will serve as Global Youth Chair for the Academy, tasked with amplifying recruitment worldwide.
Through his charitable foundation, the Canadian pop star made the hefty donation to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.The money will assist in the purchase of equipment and supplies for coronavirus preparedness.
Shania and Taylor (pictured) shine at the AMAs, Michael Wekerle promises the Elmo is getting close, and a confession from David Foster. Also making news are BTS, Bill Wylie, Drake, Gordon Lightfoot, Anyway Gang, Alex Pangman, a McGarrigle tribute, Patrick Harbron, Steven Guilbeault, Saskatchewan Music Awards, Miranda Mulholland, George Seara, Sheenah Ko, Manitoba Music, MusicNL Awards, and farewell Gerry Atwell and Goo Hara.
Dave Gunning (pictured) and The Small Glories head CFMA noms, Shawn Mendes is up for an ARIA Award, and Chris Brown and Drake are big winners at the Soul Train Award. Others in the news include Post Malone, Celine Dion, Dave Bookman, CLMA, The Doobie Bros, Sask Country Showcase, Leonard Cohen, Alexisonfire, Hoffey, Peter Foldy, Surefire Sweat, and Squamish Constellation Festival. With video.
Margo Timmins (pictured) calls out sexism, Chi Pig gets reflective, and Shawn Mendes cheers the Raptors. Also in the headlines are Rob Stoner, concert deals, Fender, Brian Setzer, Iceland Airwaves, Ken Burns, Tencent, Dolly Parton, CMA Awards, Nik Powell, John Legend, LP, and Crime.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) and D.O.A. earn the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize designation, ren signs to Geffen, and Johnny Orlando and Shawn Mendes earn EMAs. Also making news are CMTF, Bill King, SATE, Brad Machry, Neil Young, Indie Week, Gord Bamford, Aphrose, Hilario Duran, and farewell Kelley Looney. With video.