A doco on Teenage Head (pictured) repeats on TVO this weekend, Arcade Fire premieres a new song on US TV, and Emm Gryner turns to jazz. Also in the headlines are Toronto record stores, Shannon Hoon, the Zolas, Hipgnosis, Spotify, TikTok, Discogs, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift, and The Grammys.
Cory Marks (pictured) has a big hit on his hands, Glenn Gould disses Mozart, and a crop of Canadian guitar heroes. Also in the headlines are Neil and Bob Young, Halifax Pop Explosion, Spotify, Amanda Parris, Harm Franklin, Sony, BMG, Tencent, Marc Geiger,, Kanye, NZ concerts, Billie Eilish, Offset, Tool, Shane MacGowan, Danny Elfman, and Brian May.
Two looks back at a milestone Vancouver concert to boost Greenpeace (pictured), a profile of Broken Social Scene’s breakthrough album, and the COC head moves to Paris. Others in the headlines include Electric Circus, the El Mocambo, Justin Bieber, Bill Henderson, Jagged Little Pill, the 519 gala, Laura Fernandez, String Bone, Spotify, Hipgnosis, Billboard Music Awards, BTS, Tom Petty, a yodeling fiasco, Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nashville, Fat White Family, toy pianos, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Tributes pour in for Eddie Van Halen (pictured) Johnny Cash is filmed hunting moose in NL, and Bahamas opens up. Also in the headlines are Shawn Mendes, Northcote, Spotify, Aaron Allen, Viola Desmond, Mac Davis, BTS, Pay-for-Play, Led Zeppelin, digital wellness, AC/DC, CMAs, Fleetwood Mac, and song segues.
Rich Aucoin (pictured) analyses the US, k-os goes supernova, and Tenille Townes is having a breakthrough year. Also in the headlines are Sylvie Courtemanche, Roberta Battaglia, Joni and Neil, Tory Lanez, Blurred Vision, Amplify, Old Man Luedecke, RCM, The Music Hall, Mark Miller, Daniel Ek, Hipgnosis, Amuse, TikTok, A&R, Van Morrison, Mariah Carey, and Bob Mould.
Polaris Prize short-lister Witch Prophet (pictured) is profiled, Scott Cook's Tangle of Souls is an ambitious triumph, and BTS shatters chart records. Others in the headlines include Stones Place, Napster, Spotify, Justin Townes Earle, CTS Eventim, Tidal, dream-pop, Trump campaign songs, Single Music, Fame, Biggie and Tupac, Van Morrison, and Ross Wilson.
Darcy James Argue is a Vancouver-born jazz composer and bandleader now based in New York City.
Alex Cuba (pictured) helps trailblaze the future of Canada's live music scene, an exploration of O Canada, and an innovative TikTok concert by The Weeknd. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Sony Music, WMG, UMG, Spotify, Round Hill, live-streams, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Stewart Copeland, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, Alan McGee, and Def Jam Africa.
Junia-T (pictured) gets a Polaris boost, a time capsule from Neil Young, and Toronto concert venues still face problems. Also in the headlines are Rush, Fergus Hambleton, Elise LeGrow, Salmon Arm fest, UMG, Facebook, TikTok, Tidal, YouTube, U2, SEO, live-streaming, The Go-Go’s, Taylor Swift, Twitch, Madonna, Iggy Pop, and Arlo Guthrie.
A fond farewell to This Ain’t Hollywood (pictured), a new voice for Black members of the music community, and the Calgary Folk Fest goes virtual. Others in the headlines include Gordon Lightfoot, Chi Pig, Peter Hook, Kanye West, Michael Bublé, Ashley MacIsaac, Spotify, DOJ, UMG, TikTok, Shamrock, live-streams, Burger Records, Q, Dolly Parton, and Burt Bacharach.
Neil Young’s legendary lost album gets a release (pictured), singing is banned on Ontario patios, and Montreal’s Canada Day plans. Also in the headlines are Steven Lee Olsen, Kwento, Live Nation, Tencent, Bruce Springsteen, EMI Records, indie power players, Spotify, covid-era concerts, MusiCares, Wave, Black Sabbath, Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Beyonce, and indie record stores.
Joel Plaskett (pictured) delivers a magnum opus, TSO players remain active, a look at Stronger Together, and tips for musicians in the pandemic era. Others in the headlines include Lennon Stella, Spotify, Nick Nurse, copyright claims, TikTok, Bob Geldof, Lizzo, the Dropkick Murphys, Bobi Wine, Kanye, Captain Tom Moore, Nick Cave, and Lucinda Williams.