The famous pianos of Glenn Gould, more Rock Hall ceremony highlights, (pictured) Mick Jagger takes a pause, plus updates about Devours, IMAs, Ontario fests, IFPI, Phil Lynott, Spotify, Billie Eilish, Eric Clapton, Mott The Hoople, and Wanda Jackson.
Jann Arden (pictured) shines in her new show, the attractions of house concerts, and plenty of Juno-related stories. Also in the headlines are Bry Webb, Robyn, Jesse Parent, Madison Olds, Sook-Yin Lee, The Greatest Showman, Ed Sheeran, Sandstorm, Spotify, Avril Lavigne, Special Olympics, The Sadies, Hal Blaine, K-pop, The Mekons, the 45 RPM single, and The Pixies.
Emmanuel Jal (pictured) gets an assist from Peter Gabriel, the Junos and Drake are at odds, and emo goes retro. Also in the headlines are The Sorority, Ed Bickert, Galt MacDermot, Yola, Michael Jackson, Hank Williams, Hozier, Syd Barrett, Randy Bachman, Booker T, punk rock, The Tubes, and Justin Timberlake.
Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey (pictured) wins an Oscar, The Beaches land on a big tour, and Warner and Spotify trade blows. Others in the news include Arcade Fire, Noah Mintz, The Strumbellas, Curve Music, Joel Kazmi, and farewells to Daniel Di Giacomo, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Phillips, and Mark Hollis.
Arkells deliver in Toronto, the return of Alexisonfire, and opera star Jessye Norman imparts her wisdom. Also in the headlines are Bob Mould, Vancouver vinyl, Leonard Bernstein, the Gallaghers, Nickelback, Lydia Loveless, The Chills, EU copyright, Hozier, Ian Hunter, Spotify, Deadmau5, 21 Savage, and women hitmakers.
Spotify finished 2018 with 96M paying subscribers around the world, up by 25M year-on-year.
Arkells celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipient (pictured), T. Thomason wins on The Launch, and Royal Mountain Records establishes a mental health fund. Also in the news are Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton Music Prize, Spotify, ole, Al Pedecine, CMA International Awards, Grammy odds, Sharon and Bram, TR/ST, and Said The Whale. Videos added for your enjoyment.
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Corey Hart (pictured) returns to the fray, the Toronto hardcore scene is celebrated, and Nile Rodgers reflects. Also in the headlines are Dan Mangan, Vancouver festivals, King Princess, Spotify, Pledge Music, Bob Dylan, Nigerian rock, Azealia Banks, Roxy Music, and Deerhunter.
Star couple Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk (pictured) are profiled in a new documentary, concern over Canada's new Minister of Justice's view of copyright, and Spotify's Preferred Distributors list. Also in the headlines are Dear Evan Hansen, John Werner, PUP, Duke Robillard, Call Me Mildy, Carl Morey, Cory Weeds, Putin, Bitfury, Country Music Critics’ Poll, Chris Cornell, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Drake, Soulja Boy, and Jackie Shane.
Roots-rock ensemble Cuff the Duke (pictured) returns to the fray, vinyl supplier RPM closes down, a Beatles collection is stolen, and the Who announces another farewell tour. Also in the headlines are John Lennon, Lana Del Rey, Dierks Bentley, Spotify, R. Kelly, Total Gadjos, TSO, CES, Asian underground, music videos, The Masked Singer, the 1975, United Sound Systems, and Lou Reed.