London, ON: It was Corey's night.
Doug Putman, Sting (pictured) revisits an old haunt, a Ramones-themed play comes to Toronto, and Drake and Meek Mill pal around. Also in the headlines are Kirk Brandon, Michael Jackson, T Bone Burnett, Mavis Staples, Tina Turner, inMusic Brands, Sondheim, Buddy Guy, Kobalt, Morrissey, The Breunion Boys, jukebox musicals, and Royal Trux.
Moscow Apartment (pictured) makes major moves, the new Foreigner musical gets dissed, and the noble mission of Ace of Wands. Also in the headlines are Sting, Ray Walsh, Billie Holiday, Michael Chugg, Peter Frampton, Las Vegas, Slipknot, Creem, British blues-rock, Celine Dion, Neil Young, Roger Waters, Kelly Clarkson, and Ariana Grande.
Sharon Van Etten (pictured) dazzles, Sting sails into Toronto, and Lee Aaron is back on the road. Also in the headlines are Winter Blues Festival, noise bylaws, Blackpink, Duff Roman, Poppy, Avril Lavigne, John Prine, Grammys, Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy, and Fugazi.
Sting and the cast of his musical The Last Ship will travel from Toronto, where the musical is currently playing at the Princess of Wales Theatre,
Terra Lightfoot (pictured) heads up an all-female road show, a Shawn Mendes hit is dissected, and advice for HMV and Sunrise. Also in the headlines are Jessie Reyez, Sting, Emily King, Hamilton, COC, 21 Savage, The Clash, OBEY, R. Kelly, Al Green, Salif Keita, Sam Cooke, Scooter Braun, Dolly Parton, and Ringo Starr.
A new film depicts funk star Betty Davis (pictured), John Lydon mouths off, and how Robyn helped transform pop. Also in the headlines are Tupac Shakur, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Yungblud, Birdie Whyte, Tim Williams, Ultra fest, Toronto dance music, Rod Stewart, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Arcade Fire, Giles Martin, and Mavis Staples.
Tim Hicks (pictured) announces a major winter tour, Cardi B tops the MTV Video Musi Awards noms, and Sting sets sail for Toronto. Others in the news include Robert Harris, the CCMA, Home County fest, Emie R Roussel Trio, ArtsFest Waterdown, The Pack A.D., CIMA, and Edwards Summer Music. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Reggae hitmaker Shaggy has taken time off work with Sting to join Canadian singer Massari on a breezy and catchy single. Given that Caribbean-tinged pop tracks are hot these days, this one might blow up.
Pop music is in a state of flux. How else does one explain a hit parade featuring Kelly Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Drake, Matthew Good and Sting with Shaggy?
In today's roundup, a pioneering digital currency scheme allows fans to purchase a piece of a song. Other topics include a rating of singing drummers, a chorister's Leonard Cohen adventure, Johnny Hallyday's mass funeral, and Neil Young's massive archives.
Monday night in Montreal, on the eve of the first anniversary of his death, his presence was keenly felt by the 17,000 people who attended a sold out, three-hour, star-studded concert in his memory.