A collection of early Joni Mitchell material attracts attention (pictured), Justin Bieber gets confessional, and punk legend Chi Pig is commemorated. Also in the headlines are Alberta’s music industry, the TSO, Jessy Lanza, The Reklaws, YouTube Music, Elvis Costello, Frank Zappa, Aespa, Herb Alpert, Billie Joe Shaver, Taylor Swift, Midnight Oil, hologram gigs, and Genesis.
Jim Cuddy (pictured) helps launch a new partnership of the NAC National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada, The Weeknd breaks a record, and Measha Brueggergosman has livestreamed all week. Also in the news are The Young Canadians, Luck Reunion, The Blues Foundation, and Music PEI. With video.
The tasty return of Justin Bieber, Canadian stars set for Coachella, and Sir Rod finds trouble. Others in the headlines include T. Thomason, Capitol, Tim Potocic, Rhapsody in Blue, Jimmy Iovine, K-pop, Taj Farrant, Willie Nelson, Meat Loaf, Guided by Voices, Carol Kaye, Barack Obama, and Graceland.
Leela Gilday (pictured) digs deep on her new album, Raffi pays tribute to Greta Thunberg, and diversity rules at the VMAs. Also in the headlines are Mitch Podolak, Regina Folk Festival, The Trews, Nicholas Britell, Ron Sexsmith, David Byrne, the B-52's, Willie Nelson, Mel B, Taylor Swift, Scott Borchetta, and Boz Scaggs.
David Clayton-Thomas (pictured) reflects on his appearance at Woodstock, Six Shooter dynamo Shauna de Cartier is profiled, and backstage at the Edmonton Folk Fest. Also in the headlines: We Will Rock You, Blinded By The Light, Willie Nelson, Teenage Fanclub, Spotify, Khalid, Garth Brooks, concept albums, Chuck Berry, and Haim Saban.
Dears frontman Murray Lightburn (pictured) goes solo, Ralph Murphy is remembered, and contrasting takes on Raptors fan Drake. Also in the headlines are Elton John, TSO, Dave Stewart, Spice Girls, Duff McKagan, Will Smith, metadata, Willie Nelson, and Moby.
Creative Export Canada's funding recipients include SING! (pictured), Canada's Music Incubator is open for registration, and Three Days Grace sets a record. Also in the news are Stars, NSMW, Outlaw Divas, David Newland, Music PEI, Danny Goldberg, Fleetwood Mac, and Johnnie Lovesin.
The CCMA announces more performers for its Legends show, The Tenors will tour a holiday show, and Shawn Mendes joins the MMVAs lineup. Also making the news are BreakOut West, DanforthStrong, Folk Alliance, Fucked Up, Prime Boys, MusicOntario, Jeen, Kate Boothman, Willie Nelson, and Cobblestone Live. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Don Ierullo turns 70 in style, Drake returns to No. 1, and a BMG reunion is planned. Also in the news are SOCAN, Canadian Music Publishers Association, Matt Mays, Willie Nelson, Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame, Toronto Jazz Orchestra, Jennie Laws, TBS, Brave Shores, Andy Kim, The Ault Sisters, Animal Parts, The Tenors, Andre Rieu, Cutting Crew and Wang Chung, and a farewell to Stewart Lupton.
Barenaked Ladies slam-dunk the national anthem, a new wave of African-Canadian pop music emerges, and Neil Young discusses Pono. Also in the headlines are Folk Alliance, women in country, Come From Away, Troker, Enter Sikari, Jon Erickson, Yoko Ono, Willie Nelson, John Lydon, and Sarah Harmer.
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