Each week, Essentials allows Canadian musicians to share the things that have helped get them get through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Here are the choices of the column's curator.
The notorious Teenage Head (pictured) riot remembered, YouTube spends big bucks on music, and Believe launches its IPO. Also in the headlines are Gary Beals, Vancouver venues, TikTok, Canadian Screen Awards, Netflix, BMG, Twitch, Coachella, Hollywood Bowl, Vince Neil, Lil Loaded, and Hole.
David Wilcox (pictured) is shown some love, the Mod Club closes, and MacKenzie Porter is making moves. Also in the headlines are SNRK, Teenage Head, The Fugitives, Round Hill, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, WMG, music metadata, Megaphone, Lil Nas X, Roblox, Foo Fighters, Madame Gandhi, AI, Jon Landau, and Lady A.
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.
Jack de Keyzer (pictured) leads the Maple Blues Awards nominations list, Alex Cuba to play on the Latin Grammys, and Fran Herman is remembered with a special fund. Also in the news are Teenage Head, John Orpheus, the Canadian Music Class Challenge, Glass Tiger, Noble Son, Dan Mangan, the Colonial Tavern, F.Scott and The Nighthawks, Princess Century, and farewell Jose Padilla, Bishop Rance Allen, and Lou Pallo.
The winner of the Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is named today, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival announces its lineup, and Alanis Obomsawin is the 13th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. Others in the news include Teenage Head, Music NL, FACTOR, Gord Downie, the Canadian Online Jazz Festival, CARAS, Plants and Animals, Music PEI Awards, METZ, Elephants and Stars, Tenille Townes, Veda Hille, Greg Wells, and farewell Bob Biggs and Johnny Bush.
The Kings (pictured) celebrate two milestone anniversaries, Toronto music venues get a boost, and Tory Lanez is in hot water. Others making news include The Dead South, The Tragically Hip, Unison, Michael Owen, RUShfest, Arkells, Cory Marks, Kaia Kater, Love Mansuy, Alberta Music, Colter Wall, Holly Woods, and farewell Jack Sherman, Frankie Banali, Ron Gaskin, and Justin Townes Earle.
The enduring power of Teenage Head (pictured), Roger Waters gets operatic, and historical Toronto music venues. Also in the headlines: Bruce Cockburn, Drake, Louise Burns, Warner Records, music holograms, Gene Clark, Club Passim, Booker T. Jones, Katy Perry, and the Learjet.
Cœur de pirate (pictured) is amongst the Quebec SOCAN Award winners, the inaugural Canadian Music Hall of Fame Ceremony is coming to Studio Bell, and Ed and Justin have the Brit song of the summer. Also in the news are Paul Reddick, Patrick Watson, the Saint John String Quartet, and farewells to Kerry Stratton, and LaShawn Daniels.
A 1983 mini-album by the proto-punk Hamilton rockers is given the deluxe reissue treatment by Universal Music Canada.
Teenage Head (pictured) keeps rocking, Carly Rae gets destructive, and anti-scalping plans. Also in the headlines: Michael Bublé, Gino Vannelli, Drake, BSS, Nick Mason, iHeartMedia, Robin Thicke, John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, neo-soul, BTS, Mac DeMarco, and Milton Berle.
Lindsay Ell (pictured) and Tenille Townes to tour Down Under via a CMA series, Teenage Head hosts a vinyl pressing session, and a Tegan and Sara memoir is coming. Others in the news include Shotty Horroh, Jeremy Dutcher, Pigeon Row, The Elwins, Shawn Mendes, Bernice, Sound Central, and farewell to Anca Pop and Joe Osborn.