Strumbellas mainman Simon Ward (pictured) goes solo, a historic backlog at vinyl manufacturers, and Jr. Gone Wild return in style. Also in the headlines are Joel Ivany, Sharon and Bram, Alan Zweig, Shawn Mendes, WMG, Buffy Sainte-Marie, UMG, Mick Rock, Adele, Charles Lloyd, Jimmie Vaughan, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, the Beatles, and Lenny Kaye.
D.O.A.’s breakthrough album (pictured) turns 40, Covid tests are costly for Canadian bands, and Alan Doyle hits the road. Others in the headlines include Cluttered, Seven O'Clock Cheer, Drake, Crow’s Theatre, WMG, Universal, David Bowie, Sony Music, TIDAL, Dogleg, the Stones, Taylor Swift, Gene Howard, Dave Grohl, and Adele.
Catalogue is king and continues to show growth in all formats (streaming, downloads, CD and vinyl sales), the fascination with 12-inch vinyl continues to increase, but physical sales overall are miniscule and the paid digital download format is all but dead.
Ontario locks live-streams down again, Justin Bieber (pictured) delivers an Easter surprise, and D.O.A. reflects upon touring life. Others in the headlines include Kim Harris, the ACM Awards, BMG, KKR, Tina Turner, Linda Dawe, dancehall, Anghami, Amoeba Music, Cathal Coughlan, DMX, Paul Simon, Keith Urban, John Lennon, Ryley Walker, Richard Thompson, and Pino Palladino.
Juno winner Dominique Fils-Aimé (pictured) completes her trilogy, a look back at Canadian R&B stars, and the controversy around Morgan Wallen continues. Others in the headlines include Merck Mercuriadis, Brian Vollmer, Phoebe Bridgers, Smoke Wagon Blues Band, MSO, Bryan Adams, Rough Trade, Willie Dunn, WMG, Vivendi, Lil Uzi Vert, Todd Rundgren, New Order, Dwight Yoakam, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Oscar songs.
Polaris winner Backxwash (pictured) discusses witchcraft, controversy swirls around funding for Grimes, and a legal setback for Celine Dion. Also in the headlines are Wentworth Music, Sylvia Massy, Harry Styles, Big Hit, Taylor Swift, YouTube, UTA, Bandcamp, Shazam, Dolly Parton, Prince, Morrissey, Todd Snider, Dave Alvin, and Lil Wayne.
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.
William Prince (pictured) is getting noticed Stateside, Rufus Wainwright remains ambitious, and Shred Kelly launches a new album. Also in the headlines are Pacific Opera Victoria, UK music relief, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, David Mitchell, Pop Smoke, The Chicks, Ringo Starr, Talking Heads, the rave scene, David Johansen, The Clash, Taylor Swift, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and Ennio Morricone
Juno nominee Lauren Spencer-Smith (pictured) is featured on American Idol, Polaris Music Prize is critiqued, and a musical homage to Tina Turner. Others in the headlines include Doug and the Slugs, Loverboy, Tafelmusik, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, streaming revenues, Woody Guthrie, hip-hop producers, David Roback, Green Day, and Miranda Lambert.
Angela Hewitt (pictured) suffers a major loss, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien debuts in Toronto, and Billie Eilish defends Drake. Others in the headlines include William Prince, Tencent, Cheapies, Taylor Swift, SoundCloud, Oscars, vinyl, and Bob Marley.
The accolades flow for Triumph (pictured), Blowup turns 25, and a new song from Grimes. Others in the headlines include Tencent, Leonard Cohen, Matt Mays, Drake, green tours, Boney M, Taylor Swift, Billboard, music royalties, The Clash, Rod Stewart, Dr. Dre, CMJ, and Carol Kaye.