Blue Rodeo is honoured with a street name (pictured), the the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend is ready to roll, and finalists for the 2022 SOCAN Songwriting Prize are announced. Also making news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Tebey, Global Toronto, The Do West Fest, Sloan, NXNE, ArtHaus, CMW, NMC, Buffy Sainte-Marie, TSO, Oscar Peterson Program, Indigenous Grooves, East Pointers, Chemical Club, Bruno Capinan, Nuela Charles, David Leask, and Lunar Bloom.
Haviah Mighty (pictured) releases a mixtape, Gordon Lightfoot returns to his favourite venue, and The Beaches rock The Elmo. Others in the headlines include the TSO, IronFest, Malcolm Gladwell, Blake Shelton, Roger Daltrey, UMG, Villagers, Canadian Brass, CMAs, Eric Clapton, Bob Gruen, Keb’ Mo, and HYBE.
Dates for Juno Week are announced, Alanis Obomsawin (pictured) is named the 13th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, Nickelback faces a lawsuit, and Lulaworld Records hosts a Toronto festival. Others in the news include CIMA, Ammoye, MMF, The Elmo, Red Sky and TSO, FAI, The Grapes of Wrath, Harvest Home festival, Thomas Stajcer, Paul Jacobs, Festival of Friends, Kurt Swinghammer, and farewell George Wein.
Drake is reportedly set to release his new album (cover graphic pictured), the Record Store Day Canada Unsigned Competition returns, and Nova Scotia Music Week will take place in Truro. Also in the news are Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Music PEI Awards, Songbird North, TSO, Contact East, Martin Atkins, MMF Canada, Make Music Matter, The Trews, and farewell Ron Bushy, Bill Emerson, Larry Harlow, and Ruth Marx.
SiriusXM Canada has announced the Top of the Country finalists, soul man Luke McMaster (pictured) returns to the stage, and The Beaches have scheduled a cross-Canada tour. Also in the news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Republic Live, Matthew Loden, TSO, London Music Club, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, MMF Canada, LyricFind, Wax Mannequin, and farewell Sanford Clark.
The Maritime estate of Rita MacNeil (pictured) is now on Airbnb, Director X is part of the Luminato lineup, and the TSO prepares to return. Also in the headlines are the Stratford Festival, BTS, Bruce Springsteen, Hipgnosis, Island Records, Sparta, Peter Gabriel, the Beatles film, Noel Gallagher, and Foo Fighters.
TikTok pays dividends for Canadian artists, Gordon Lightfoot will reopen Massey Hall, and the TSO announces a new season. Also in the headlines are the Junos, Broadway, Justin Bieber, Michael Laderoute, Sony Music, Celogen, music discovery, video games, Rick James, Kim Salmon, The Go-Go’s, a-ha, and Sinead O’Connor.
The first rounds of Maple Blues Awards winners include Ken Whiteley (pictured), The PASSPORT: Music Export Summit goes virtual this month, and the Mariposa fest is cancelled for 2021. Others in the news include Stephan Moccio, CCMA Country Music Week, the Light of Day Foundation shows, Shred Kelly, John Rowlands, TSO, The Tragically Hip, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Bet Smith, Chin Injeti, and farewell Elliot Mazer and Mary Wilson.
Tenille Townes shines at the ACM Awards, The Sheepdogs (pictured) help Live Nation open Lake House, Gerry Atwell is posthumously honoured with the WCMA’s Heritage Award, and the semi-finalists for the Top of the Country Showcase are named. Also in the news are Canada’s Walk of Fame, MacKenzie Porter, the TSO, Shakura S’Aida, CIMA, Indie Week, Do Well By Hamilton, Ellis, U2, Honey Jam, Festival Franco-Ontarien, UIC, Edge, Reza Manbachi, Rebel, Music Canada, and farewell Stanley Crouch and Peter Starkie.
Joel Plaskett (pictured) delivers a magnum opus, TSO players remain active, a look at Stronger Together, and tips for musicians in the pandemic era. Others in the headlines include Lennon Stella, Spotify, Nick Nurse, copyright claims, TikTok, Bob Geldof, Lizzo, the Dropkick Murphys, Bobi Wine, Kanye, Captain Tom Moore, Nick Cave, and Lucinda Williams.
The TSO cancels the rest of its 2019-2020 season, Randy and Tal Bachman (pictured) and David Foster headline a Vancouver Island benefit, and The Boss and Jon Bon Jovi help pandemic relief in New Jersey. Also in the news are Bob Dylan, Stephen Colbert, This Storm, Lindy Vopnfjörd, Jesse Cook, Lily Frost, the Music Gallery, and farewell Lee Konitz and John Fenton.
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.