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Frank Dukes (pictured) is helping to revolutionise sampling, a new Celine Dion biopic is coming, and the 10 best Canadian music video directors are named. Also in the headlines are Drake, Jody Glenham, Van Morrison, London Symphonia, TikTok, live-streams, The Weeknd, LA clubs, BTS, Stevie Wonder, Mark Mothersbaugh, the CMAs, New York Philharmonic, and Bill & Ted.
POP Montreal (pictured) is forging ahead with a hybrid festival, The Weeknd comes up big at The VMAs, and Big Wreck will help relaunch The El Mocambo. Others in the news include Leonard Cohen, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, the New Rebel Westerners, T. Thomason, SUUNS, The Orchard, Madisyn Whajne, MusicNL, ECMA podcast, and farewell Riley Gale.
The Dead South (pictured) celebrates a major milestone, the Jim Beam National Talent Search goes virtual, and CMAO resets its performance series. Also making news are Lindsay Ell, Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, Jay Douglas, Bryce Clifford, Metallica, Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Patti Jannetta, The Weeknd, Adrian Sutherland, NOW, The Georgia Straight, MMF, Southern Supper, Regina Folk Festival, Samantha Martin, and farewell Trini Lopez.
Jessie Reyez (pictured) releases a new video from her hit album, Terra Lightfoot announces a new record, and Matthew Grimson’s famous friends boost his legacy. Also in the news are Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, Fast Romantics, the CFMAs, The Nursery, The Paddock, Music PEI, Jazz Bistro, and farewell Brent Carver, Martin Birch, and Wayne Fontana.
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.
Tate McRae (pictured) is one of the Canadians to earn a VMA nomination, CIMA and ADVANCE partner on an important anti-racism initiative, and Frank Dukes recruits David Bendeth for a Kingsway Collaboration. Others in the news include Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, Oshawa Music Hall, Cellar Music Group, Chemical Dreams, Peaches, Djooky Music Awards, Studio Bell, Sam Tudor, Harrow Fair, Dear-God, The Washboard Union, Doubleheader, and farewell Alan Parker and Steve Holland.
Justin Bieber (pictured) announces his 2021 world tour, The Weeknd showcases his hometown, and a new deadline for a Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund. Others in the news include The Flowers Of Hell, Langston Francis, Aldo Nova, The Ropes, Indie Week, Rolly, FAI, Voivod, Evangeline Gentle, Alyssa Reid, Jarrel the Young, ShazamFest, and farewell Peter Green.
Abel Tesfaye’s charitable side shines brightly during the pandemic via his lavish gifts to a range of charities, including one in his hometown.
Musician and writer Dave Bidini (pictured) reflects upon the pandemic, The Weekend settles a copyright battle, and WMG’s IPO is a hit. Also in the headlines are David Hayman, Alex Lifeson, live streams, Owen Pallett, Steve’s Music, Midnight Shine, Jon Platt, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Hipgnosis, AFM, Facebook, CeeLo Green, NWA, CDs, and Monte Warden.
The Weeknd and Michael Bublé (pictured) dig deep for worthy causes, Howard Shore and Finding The Secret Path score at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, and Dan Mangan heads a CIMA webinar. Also in the news are The Polaris Music Prize, Bryce Clifford, Donny Anderson, Ori Dagan, Chad Brownlee, Rush, The Lowest Of The Low, T. Thomason, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Mark Miller, Sonny Greenwich, Melissa Bel, The Music Hall, and farewell Majek Fashek, Bob Kulick, and Jimmy Capps.
Drake reflects upon music during the pandemic, Bif Naked (pictured) gives her convocation speech, and Johnny Reid offers solace to Nova Scotia. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, Bruce Cockburn, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Sonic Boom, Bandcamp, drive-in concerts, streaming royalties, Tony Allen, and War.