Gilles Vigneault (pictured) and Stephen Fearing join the Spotify boycott, Gene MacLellan’s version of Snowbird gets fresh exposure, and Music NL’s Mind the Music fundraiser excels. Also in the news are the Picanto Festival, Music Performance Trust Fund, Bopper, The Gertrudes, Salome Bey, Lindsay Ell, ReJigged Festival, Triumph, Thirteen Strings, BPAC, and farewell Sam Lay, Pig Robbins, Norma Waterson, and Jon Zazula.
Each week, Essentials allows Canadian musicians to share the things that have helped them get through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Here are the choices of an acclaimed folk-rock veteran.
The Juno-winning folk troubadour and co-founder of Blackie and The Rodeo Kings talks about the making of his 13th solo album, his artistic evolution, a beloved new guitar, and a nightmare gig at a Taco Bell stand.
In the news today, the genre-jumping sounds of Lemon Bucket Orkestra (pictured), Paper Beat Scissors and the best Canadian songs of the decade. Others in the headlines include Stephen Fearing, Indigo Rose, SSO, StubHub, Michael Stipe, Dr Dre, Dolly, BTS, My Chemical Romance, and Garth and Trisha.
Canadian musicians weigh in on today's election (pictured Jesse Reyez, Shad and Steve Sladowski), three notable artists are chasing seats, and farewell Guess Who manager Don Hunter. Others in the news include Noah '40' Shebib, Maple Blues Awards, Altameda, Taylor Swift, Stephen Fearing, Anthony Gomes, Sina Bathaie, and Nick Tosches. With video.
The veteran folk/roots songsmith teases his 13th solo album with a gentle tune that is a timely plea for empathy in this divisive era.
Robbie Robertson (pictured) releases a Lennon-inspired track, Junkhouse shine at Cactus Festival, and 88GLAM go gold. Also in the news are BreakOut West, Showcase Scotland, Mr. Pharmacist, GrassRoots Regina, Stephen Fearing, Neon Bloom, and Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The resurgence of Snow, a tribute to Joe Hall, and NAV (pictured) hits No. 1. Also in the headlines: Maestro Fresh-Wes, Measha Brueggergosman, Stephen Fearing, Ben Caplan, Damian Marley, Spotify, YouTube, Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Jeff Buckley.
The veteran songsmith and a sibling duo head the 75 nominees just announced for the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa.