I'm an optimist though, so I hope that through initiatives like Music City, there will be a new focus on the importance of the small music venue as a building block for a vibrant music and cultural scene. Songwriters, bands, artists... they don't just fall out of the sky into Massey Hall, they need lots of places to grow.
This Canadian indie rocker is still best remembered as a co-founder of Lowest Of The Low, but he is now forging his own path. His new album, Jimmy & The Moon, is an eloquent love letter to his Toronto hometown.
Joel Plaskett heads the first wave of ECMA performers to be announced, Edmonton's Needle Vinyl Tavern closes indefinitely, and it's farewell to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Pete Moore, Wayne Cochran, Jon Hendricks, and George Avakian.
Scooter Braun makes a passionate plea for the music biz to shine a light on the issue of sexual harassment, while others included in our wrap of the headlines include Barbra Streisand, Chromeo, and Mayday, termed the Beatles of Asia.