The Weeknd (pictured) will receive the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award, the FME fest launches a sister event in Montreal, and Canadian Music T-Shirt Day debuts. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, Peterborough Folk Festival, Greg Keelor, The Standstills, Jade Eagleson, Dean Brody, Burt Block Party, Muskoka Music Festival, Noelle Frances (The Pears), and farewell Rob Heaney, Joey Jordison, and Dusty Hill.
Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour holds at No.
In a very quiet week for new releases, Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour remains No.
Frank Marino (pictured) retires from touring, The Weeknd moves into TV, and Indigenous label Ishkōdé Records launches. Also in the news are Claire Dagenais, Indie Week, Rick Barker, Calgary Blues Festival, Theo Tams, Halifax Jazz Festival, Music PEI, Southside Shuffle, Julianna Jones, the Shuffle Demons, and farewell Ruth Budd.
Despite major competition with four new albums debut in the top ten this week, American cross-over actress Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour remains
The 32nd edition of the annual event celebrating Canada's most successful songwriters, composers and music publishers was held online for the second year. Notable winners included one Abel Tesfaye and hit songwriter Eddie Schwartz (pictured).
Justin Bieber (pictured) will play the Junos, The Weeknd and Drake score at the Billboard Music Awards, and an anti-racism pledge for the Canadian music industry. Also making news are Chi Pig, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CIMA, Music Publishers Canada, Joe Coughlin, Elliott BROOD, Discogs, Reid Zoé, and farewell Kathryn Moses, Frank Wright, James Harman, and Roger Hawkins.
The Juno Awards are postponed to June 6, Fraser MacKenzie (pictured) is promoted at UMC, BreakOut West festival and conference details are announced, and more summer festivals are covid casualties. Also in the news are The Weeknd, the ECMAs, Earth Day, Alex Henry Foster, Michael Perlmutter, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory and Koerner Hall, Honey Jam Sessions, MNB Awards, Downtown Yonge BIA, Cathy Young, Something Else, André Ethier, APA, and the Betty Webster Award.
Paul Brandt (pictured) fights human trafficking, baseball nut Geddy Lee speaks out, and Holly Cole discusses her new album. Also in the headlines are The Weeknd, Patti Smith, Soundgarden, Jess Moskaluke, Against the Grain, Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber, Som Livre, Kanye West, Brit Awards, Lorde, Britfunk, Malcolm Cecil, Bhad Bhabie, and Amy Winehouse.
Moist (pictured) announce a new album, The Weeknd boards the NFT bandwagon, and Justin Bieber delivers an Easter surprise. Also in the news are Bonsound, Great Lake Swimmers, Soundscapes, Global Music Match, Horseshoe Hootenanny, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, Madison Violet, Chris Murphy, Over the Bridge, Barrie’s Live Music Show, Genevieve Fisher, and François Bourassa.
Justin Rutledge (pictured) finally releases a fan favourite, Toronto club owners are hoping for better, and a look at the Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club. Also in the headlines are Mo Kenney, Aretha Franklin, Jean Yoon, Matt Masters, The Weeknd, SNFU, Alex Pangman, Warner, Tencent Music, BMG, Paradigm, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, the cassette revival, Fanny, and Ringo Starr.
Ebonnie Rowe (pictured) is placed on the hot seat, Serena Ryder gets candid, and Nasri returns with a solo project. Others in the headlines include The Weeknd, The Grammys, David Hart, JP Saxe, My Son The Hurricane, Danko Jones, NFTs, Epidemic Sound, Dinosaur Jr., Bob Dylan, Crowded House, Willie Nelson, and Sam Smith.