The Weeknd, along with XO brand creative director La Mar Taylor and sports and entertainment marketer Ahmed Ismail (pictured), have launched the $6M incubator and accelerator to offer Toronto creatives opportunities he never had back in his hometown.
Terry Wickham (pictured) receives the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award, The Weeknd has his first feature film role, and Scott Helman releases new music. Also in the news are Drake, imagineNATIVE, Bullseye Music Prize, Britney Spears, The Cold Manitoba Project, Barbra Streisand, Monster Truck, and farewell Oli Herbert. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
BC Country Awards winning four-piece Me and Mae crushes the competition this week with "Summerland," an indie release that holds the promise of becoming a summertime staple.
Shawn Mendes announces the release date for his new album, CME presents its first annual Hackathon and The Weeknd scores at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Others making news include Jo Passed, Eazy Mac, Ahi, and the SOCAN Publisher of the Year Award, and a farewell to Charles Neville. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Weeknd gets emotional at Coachella, Mariah Carey reveals her bipolar condition, and Canadians shine at Savannah Music Festival. Also in the headlines are Tinashe, Huey Lewis, classical Junos, London Music Week, Springsteen, Shawn Mendes, Amici, Peggy Lee, and the Canadian Opera Company.
The Weeknd has a hit with his surprise EP, Three Days Grace makes chart history, and the Rock Hall of Fame announces special guests. Also making news are CIMA, Kid Koala, Music Heals, Michael Occhipinti, Bossie, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Telephone Explosion, Phre$h Prince, and a farewell to Dan Preszcator of UIC.
...There is an undeniable uniformity among most of the acts receiving a significant industry co-sign – trap-leaning, downtempo, lyrically repetitive male artists, writing songs primarily about the pursuit of wealth, power and the objectification of women.
The two soulful Canuck superstars had banner years, but it was Ed Sheeran who took the top honour with his blockbuster hit album. Divide.
The Weeknd is again top of the pops. The guy seems to be unshakable and unbeatable. Tethered to Kendrick Lamar, "Pray For Me" is an unassailable home run.
Alessia Cara became the first Canadian to win the coveted Best New Artist Grammy Award and her performance dazzled. Also winning were Leonard Cohen, Abel Tesfaye, Nova Scotian opera star Barbara Hannigan, and engineer Charles Moniz.
Hot young R&B star Daniel Caesar headlines the Halifax Jazz Fest this summer. Also making news today are Justin Timberlake, Bahamas, The Weeknd, the Sam's sign, the Indigenous Music Awards, Beatrice Keeler, Chris Startup, and farewells to Mikio Fujioka, Janice Starodub, and Denise LaSalle.