Joni Mitchell makes a triumphant return to the Newport Folk Fest (pictured), Hammer rockers Monster Truck perform at a hometown fest, and an A-list of Canadian hip-hop and R&B stars play an OVO show tonight. Also in the headlines are Allison Russell, iskwē and Tom Wilson, RATM, Soundcloud, Bramwell Tovey, Vera, Erin Costelo, Lucy Dacus, Dan Mangan, Facebook, Kobalt, sync licensing, Bruce, Ticketmaster, Strange Fruit, Epidemic Sound, CMA, Lady Gaga, George Jones, and NYC punk.
A tribute to Raymond Lévesque, Mo Kenney (pictured) releases a covers album, and Canadian Black music’s early struggle. Also in the headlines are Bell Media cuts, Kaytranada, Jann Arden, Celine, John Beckwith, Strippers Union, Neil Young, Toronto hip-hop, Nice Horse, Soundcloud, Pete Townshend, ACM Awards, Maestro, David Crosby, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, and Dolly Parton.
The Grammys snub of The Weeknd sparks major controversy, Avril Lavigne goes to Malibu (pictured), and Anne Murray is happy staying in the Maritimes. Also in the headlines are Bob Moses, Call the Office, Staircase Theatre, SoundCloud, Def Jam, The Killers, Warner, the AMAs, Blood, Sweat & Tears, John Belushi, Frank Zappa, Courtney Barnett, Elton John, Trevor Noah, Taylor Swift, and drinking songs.
Rheostatics (pictured) attract devoted fans, Drake draws boos, and Neil Young's plans may go to pot. Others in the headlines include Ostrea Lake, BMG, Facebook, Spotify, the Austin scene, SoundCloud, Tencent, Astroworld, ASCAP, The Clash, Tool, Bernie Taupin, and Pete Townshend.
Colter Wall (pictured) impresses, the TSO posts a healthy surplus, and opera stars embrace social media. Also in the headlines are Passenger, Aasiva, Anemone, Rihanna, YouTube, cover songs, SoundCloud, BMG, Spotify, Giles Martin, CD Baby, Rush, Usher, the Beatles, Michael Buble, Paul McCartney, and Elton John.
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