The Sheepdogs (pictured) are happy living in the past, a milestone anniversary for Avril Lavigne, and Tate McRae thrives on pressure. Others in the headlines include Tami Neilson, Something Else!, Louise Glatt, Vancouver Opera, Hugh’s Room Live, Justin Bieber, Cadence Weapon, Patrick Dexter, The Strokes, Universal Music Group , Virgin, Chris Blackwell, Drive-By Truckers, Post Malone, Ringo Starr, and Johnny Rotten.
Neil Young's Spotify boycott continues to reverberate, Jann Arden (pictured) is out promoting her new album, and Mel Shaw is remembered. Others in the headlines include Rihanna, Drake, Sony Music, Aline, P.J. Perry, Maylee Todd, Bobby Herriot, heritage artists, one of, Roblox, Troy Carter, Chris Strachwitz, Kanye West, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After a 50-year career, Bruce Cockburn is still going strong, Drake’s Grammy snub reflects the times, and Colter Wall turns down a big name. Others in the headlines include Andy Kim, the Beatles, Jason Blaine, Neil Young, ARC Ensemble, UMG, Michael Nesmith, Thundercat, Geoffrey Himes, Vicente Fernández, and Slim 400.
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.