Angela Hewitt (pictured) has a beloved new instrument, David Strickland gives props to his peers, and a tribute to Queen West queen Deanne Taylor. Also in the headlines are BC arts grants, vinyl sales, Spotify, Dr. Dre, UMG, Ticketmaster, Lindsey Buckingham, Alibaba, MF DOOM, The Velvet Underground, AI, and the Grammys.
The fascinating career of renaissance man Bill King (pictured), Doug Chappell and Denise Jones are remembered, and The Band’s Stage Fright gets a deluxe reissue. Also in the headlines are Brian Edwards, the Juno statuette, the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge, The Slocan Ramblers, Blinker The Star, Merck Mercuriadis, Tencent, Concord, Bad Bunny, Jose Feliciano, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, Billie Eilish, and Robert Johnson.
Gordon Lightfoot announces a live-stream from the El Mocambo (pictured), Drake and The Weeknd excel on Spotify's 2020 chart, and The Washboard Union wins big at the BCCMAs. Also in the news are Cancer Bats, Arts & Crafts, David Bray, Michael Asante, IRIE festival, Breaking Down Racial Barriers, Perryn Leech, James Clark Institute, Bachman + Bachman, Songistry and MusicNL, Ron Sexsmith, FAOC, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Honeypaw.
Arkells (pictured) take fans on a pub crawl, Pierre Kwenders explores his history, and social media is seen as the music biz’s future. Also in the headlines are Braden Lam, Harpdog Brown, Spotify, Selena, Spinrilla, Shane MacGowan, Dolly Parton, Nick Cave, Blue Oyster Cult, and Elton John.
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.