Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest returns after two years, The Strumbellas (pictured) name a new frontman, and the Indie awards are accepting nominations. Also in the news are Gala Dynastie, Hugh’s Room Live, Country Music Alberta Awards, Paper Bag Records, Lily Frost and Kate Boothman, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music, Tennyson King, and farewell Ted Jones and Ziggy Sigmund.
Veteran troubadour Murray McLauchlan (pictured) reflects, The Weeknd delivers another winner, and the creative flexibility of Ralph. Also in the headlines are Michie Mee, dead celebs, Toronto venues, Dayna Manning, The Pumps, Regina Folk Festival, Dee Lippingwell, Martha Wainwright, Live Nation, HYBE, Rihanna, Blue Oyster Cult, and Lollapalooza.
The Juno-winning pop-roots ensemble takes a trek across the country in January, following more international touring. Shows in five different Toronto venues promise to be a highlight.
The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories.
Tyler Shaw (pictured) gets inspired by an astronaut, Celine Dion does Aretha proud, and Dallas Green on the perils of touring. Also in the headlines are Jack Pine and The Fire, the Junos, The Strumbellas, Cat Empire, Fist of Facts, Johni Esho, Pointed Sticks, Danielle Todd, Theatre Calgary, Drake, De La Soul, Johnny Rotten, Ryan Cook, Britney Spears, Mötley Crüe, Martin Phillipps, Lou Pearlman, David Byrne, and Gordon Lightfoot.
The Juno-winning Toronto roots-rockers return with the first single from an upcoming fourth album. It is an upbeat and optimistic song that retains the group's signatures of shifting dynamics and boisterous massed vocals.
The multi-platinum minted Toronto roots-rockers recently teamed up with eOne Music for Canada, and a new single, Salvation, comes out next week.