Billy Raffoul (pictured) wins the SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Dine Alone signs teen popster Aviv, and Drake backs a documentary on Black hockey players. Also in the news are Our Lady Peace, Music PEI, Marianas Trench, CIMA, The Pumps, Danko Jones, The East Pointers, Joey Landreth, Kadooh, Barney Bentall and Geoffrey Kelly, The Trews, Anna Tom, Habari Africa fest, and farewell Charles Connor and Chris Wall.
The Long List for the Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is announced, and the passing of Tim Thorney elicits eloquent tributes. Also in the news are Top of the Country, CoHo Creative Hub, The Summer House Party, POP Montreal, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Barenaked Ladies, Leif Vollebekk, The Trews, Tom Wilson, MMF, Marc LaFrance, Melanie Doane, BIGLAKE Festival, and Zula.
The Trews deliver an anthem for the pandemic, Cirque du Soleil returns to action, and Lowell gets cinematic. Also in the headlines are Ottawa Arts Awards, Downtown Defrost, Jenn Grant, Drake, Linda Dawe, G.R. Gritt, UMG, Viberate, Vivendi, Marianne Faithfull, Jim Steinman, Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Numan, Dr. Luke, The Ramones, and Ezra Furman.
Jann Arden (pictured) returns to TV and releases another album, a Tragically Hip doco double bill hits screens, and bluesman Steve Strongman signs with Linus. Also in the news are the Jim Beam National Talent Search, BPAC, the SOCAN Foundation, The Chefs Table, Remember The Music, drive-in shows, John Lennon, Sing Leaf, Alec Fraser Jr, Elliott BROOD, Manitoba Music, Roveena, Terra Lightfoot, Discogs, Keith Brown, Andrea Morris, and farewell Bruce Murray.
Canadian rock band The Trews, all safely self-isolating “during this strange and unusual time,” released an at-home music video a week ahead of the
Two major Montreal summer fests are cancelled, Choir! Choir! Choir! (pictured) partners with the Canadian Cancer Society, and changes for the Prism Prize. Also in the news are 8 Til Faint, Hamilton Artists Relief Fund, Tory Lanez, The Trews, John Lennon, and farewell Bill Withers and Barry Allen.
Leela Gilday (pictured) digs deep on her new album, Raffi pays tribute to Greta Thunberg, and diversity rules at the VMAs. Also in the headlines are Mitch Podolak, Regina Folk Festival, The Trews, Nicholas Britell, Ron Sexsmith, David Byrne, the B-52's, Willie Nelson, Mel B, Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta, and Boz Scaggs.
Billie Eilish (pictured) is changing pop, Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise, and more on the UMG fire. Others in the headlines include the CMAO, Reid Jamieson, The Trews, Echo in the Canyon, SKOOKUM, Jay-Z, Joy Division, Madonna, Stereolab, John Prine, Bob Harris, and DJ Khaled.
The CFC/Slaight Music Residency Showcase (pictured) is approaching, the 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalists are announced, and a new book on Massey Hall seeks your input. Also in the news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Paul McCartney, Emma Stevens, Taylor Knox, Laurie Brown, The Trews, CFMAs, Adam Levine, and Audrey Ochoa. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Alanis Morissette (pictured) has her musical headed to Broadway, The Trews and Jack de Keyzer win a prestigious contest, and a new gig for Faye Perkins. Others in the news: Little Steven, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Hall, Colin Linden, Marty Melhuish, Transmit Festival, Wide Cut Weekend, Tin Pan North fest, Jim Cuddy, Sharon & Bram, Music Monday, David Francey, and farewell John Starling. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Kandle (pictured) lights up Lula Lounge, Canadian acts showcase Down Under, and The Trews deliver a vintage video. Also in the news are Mint Records, CMI, Frank Walker, Mike Plume, Made in Sauga, Rondeau The Musical, Lori Yates, Lost Cousins, and farewell Glenn Schwartz. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Drake (pictured) muses about retirement as he tops Spotify's most-streamed list, BreakOut West kicks off, and Halifax Pop Explosion nears. Also making news are Believe, Nuclear Blast, Music New Brunswick Awards, FMO, Folly & The Hunter, the AMAs, Music PEI Awards, Tami Neilson, Table-Turned, Jack de Keyzer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Trews, Jerry Granelli, and a farewell to M. William Krasilovsky.