Included today: Inuktitut electropop of Riit (pictured), the classic Sugar Sugar turns 50, and the evolution of Canadian metal. Also in the headlines are Shambhala fest, Maestro Fresh Wes, JindaLee, Abbey Road, Woodstock, pot fests, Josh Ritter, cassettes, Garth Brooks, Barry Manilow, Taylor Swift, Ko Jamal, and Iron Maiden.
Famed honkytonk The Matador (pictured) is sold, Dan Boeckner is a true rocker, and a new report on Canadian copyright. Others in the headlines include Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Chris Taylor, Alessia Cara, Lizzo, Gordon Lightfoot, The Persuasions, Eurovision, Don Was, John Prine, and Whitney Houston.
Elizabeth Shepherd (pictured) takes a musical tour of Montreal, the cassette revival continues, and Drake's new $2,2M car is on display. Also in the headlines are Toronto hip-hop artists, 21C Festival, Sharon Van Etten, The Jerry Cans, AGO, Spotify, music licenses, Liberty Media, Rumble, The Who, Alex Lifeson, Stephen King, Van Morrison, R. Kelly, and Bootsy Collins.
Drake (pictured) signs up for a Vegas residency, The Who returns with three Canadian concert dates, and MDM signs Don Amero. Others names in the news include Elton Rohn, Kelowna, A2IM, Manitoba Film and Music, Vivek Shraya, Contact East, Gene MacLellan, Music BC, The PepTides, Jeremy Darby, Brittany Lyseng, and farewells to Bonnie Guitar, Shirley Boone, and Carol Channing. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Roots-rock ensemble Cuff the Duke (pictured) returns to the fray, vinyl supplier RPM closes down, a Beatles collection is stolen, and the Who announces another farewell tour. Also in the headlines are John Lennon, Lana Del Rey, Dierks Bentley, Spotify, R. Kelly, Total Gadjos, TSO, CES, Asian underground, music videos, The Masked Singer, the 1975, United Sound Systems, and Lou Reed.
UK officials raid the offices of concert ticket resellers, while The Paradise Papers implicate song publishers and U2 in offshore tax avoidance schemes. Also included in today's roundup of headlines are transgender metal singer turned politician Danica Roem and The Who setting its sights on a Las Vegas residency.