Universal Music Group and Sir Lucian Grainge (pictured) dominate the news this week, consumers weigh the risk of concerts, and Toronto designates music hubs. Also in the headlines are the Shaw Festival, Stratford, Hopscotch, TIFF, Arkells, Genesis, The Reklaws, RIAA, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Merck Mercuriadis, Twitch, Tracklib, the San Diego Symphony, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, and Guns N Roses.
A Joni Mitchell classic turns 50 (pictured), a new profile of jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, and Neil Young is working with Crazy Horse again. Also in the headlines are Top5, Paul Pigat, UMG, Songtradr, Sony Music, Endeavor, Twitch, Randall Poster, Marianne Faithfull, Francoise Hardy, MF DOOM, Brian Wilson, Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots, and Lucy Dacus.
Kardinal Offishall (pictured) offers up life lessons, DJs entertain vaccine seekers in Toronto, and Canadian vinyl sales are booming. Also in the headlines are TikTok, Kandle Osborne, Money Musik, Rockin' River fest, Julia Michaels, UMG, Brit Awards, Chris Blackwell, Blackie Dammett, Death Row Records, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Weller.
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.
Two American expats, Meg Remy (pictured) and Bill King, publish memoirs, Reggae Lane celebrates Jamaican culture in Toronto, and Paul Simon sells his catalog. Also in the headlines are UMG, Cream, Iggy Pop, Apple, Pharoah Sanders, Lil Nas X, classical music, The Sex Pistols, Devo, Rob Bowman, Malaco, MLC, and Ariana Grande.
A new collection showcases Willie Dunn (pictured), Andy Shauf evades the spotlight, and The Weeknd teases a new NFT song. Also in the headlines are Emmanuelle Gattuso, Streetheart, Larnell Lewis, Deadmau5's cat, DFA 1979, Celine, Tegan & Sara, UMG, streaming stats, Grammy numbers, TuneIn, Elvis Costello, SXSW, and Miriam Linna.
Dan Hill (pictured) delivers an eloquent essay, everybody is talking about The Weeknd’s SB show, and the COC’s Alexander Neef creates a controversy. Also in the headlines are Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Triller, UMG, TikTok, Bruce Springsteen, New York Philharmonic, Lyte, Rihanna, Britney Spears, SNL, Six60, and music therapy.
Jill Barber (pictured) will live-stream on Valentine’s Day, Rhye is inspired by California, and Crowbar classic Bad Manors turns 50. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, Vivian Barclay, Stephen Hamm, Kayla Diamond, Rob Baker, Hipgnosis, Triller, Marilyn Manson, Sparks, Morgan Wallen, Queen Latifah, Carole King, Tom Moulton, Steve Lillywhite, Dave Grohl, Sia, Brian Eno, Bob Marley, and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
Alex Cuba (pictured) helps trailblaze the future of Canada's live music scene, an exploration of O Canada, and an innovative TikTok concert by The Weeknd. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Sony Music, WMG, UMG, Spotify, Round Hill, live-streams, Paul McCartney, Beyonce, Stewart Copeland, David Byrne, Melissa Etheridge, Alan McGee, and Def Jam Africa.
A fond farewell to This Ain’t Hollywood (pictured), a new voice for Black members of the music community, and the Calgary Folk Fest goes virtual. Others in the headlines include Gordon Lightfoot, Chi Pig, Peter Hook, Kanye West, Michael Bublé, Ashley MacIsaac, Spotify, DOJ, UMG, TikTok, Shamrock, live-streams, Burger Records, Q, Dolly Parton, and Burt Bacharach.
The North Side Hip Hop Archive (pictured) playlists Canadian protest songs, SOCAN’s Encore pays out for live-streams, and a look at #CanadaPerforms. Others in the headlines include Aaron Allen, music therapy, PUP, The Drake Hotel, August Rigo, Bernie LaBarge, UMG, Republic Records, George Floyd, BTS, Warner Music IPO, MMA, Elton John, Abbey Road, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Laurel Canyon, and Geezer Butler.
Scott Nolan (pictured) is amongst those offering musical condolences to Nova Scotia, The Hideout is remembered, and Glenn Gould still resonates. Others in the headlines include Jason McCoy, Philip Rambow, UMG, Taylor Swift, Steve Stoute. Mark Ronson, Hipgnosis, X, Fiona Apple, online DJ sets, New Jersey benefit, Richard Branson, Marianne Faithfull, Tones & I, and Talking Heads.