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.
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Lil Berete (pictured) is making moves, rumours about the Silver Dollar Room, and the storm around Taylor Swift. Others in the headlines include Moonwake, the TSO, Emily Triggs, FKA Twigs, Spotify, Boomplay, Sony, Shutterstock, Kanye, Paul McCartney, Joe Henry, and Ariana Grande.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pictured) boost Afro-Cuban jazz, climate change impacts festivals, and a monstrous R.E.M. display. Others in the headlines include Prince, Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash, Karina Gauvin, Jeff Lynne, Pandora, Bernie Sanders , Fender, Booker T, Threatin, John Fogerty, Van Morrison, Garth Brooks, Selena Gomez, and Michael Kiwanuka.
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.
Del Barber's new album gets kudos, a look at Drake's monster mansion, and Avril Lavigne's memorable Toronto comeback. Others in the headlines include Bob Dylan, PUP, George Canyon, Lil Def, Jessie Reyez, Apple, Silver Lake, Disney, Silver Lake, iTunes, Gary Glitter, and Taylor Swift.
Lights (pictured) discusses her work with deadmau5, Queen Celine is back in the spotlight, and Avril Lavigne is all grown up. Others in the headlines include Tafelmusik, Devarrow, La Hacienda, Troubadour fest, Spotify, Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Patti Smith, Tanya Tucker, Harry Styles, Tay, David Solomon, and Thom Yorke.