Hill Kourkoutis wins a prestigious industry award (pictured), Shawn Mendes and Stars cancel tours, and Drake and The Weeknd each receive multiple VMA noms. Also in the news are the CCMAs, MacKenzie Porter, CIMA's Canada House, EMV, The SOCAN Foundation, VIFF AMP, Radio & Records party, Dave Bookman, Big Rude Jake, Allegories, NMC, Music Nova Scotia, Dean Brody, Wilfred N And The Grown Men, and James Favron.
Laura Niquay (pictured) wins the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award, the Polaris Prize announces its Shortlist today, and BreakOut West 2022 has multiple partnerships this year. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, CIMA, Global Music Match, Unity Fest, Tegan and Sara, The Weeknd, CNE, Folk Alliance, Shawn Mendes, Michelle McAdorey, Jess Moskaluke, Toronto International Samba Reggae Festival, Bernie Finkelstein, Alicia Toner, and Sharon, Lois & Bram.
Shawn Mendes (pictured) takes a mental health break, outrage after the Rogers outage nixes The Weeknd's big hometown show, and Tami Neilson returns home. Others in the headlines include Metric, Boris Brott, Field Trip, Gene Champagne, Max Martin, Kim Mitchell, Colin Clarke, Mariposa, Leonard Cohen, Sondra Radvanovsky, Mdundo, the vinyl shortage, Bob Dylan, Nipsey Hussle, and Pussy Riot.
Strumbellas mainman Simon Ward (pictured) goes solo, a historic backlog at vinyl manufacturers, and Jr. Gone Wild return in style. Also in the headlines are Joel Ivany, Sharon and Bram, Alan Zweig, Shawn Mendes, WMG, Buffy Sainte-Marie, UMG, Mick Rock, Adele, Charles Lloyd, Jimmie Vaughan, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, the Beatles, and Lenny Kaye.
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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.