D.O.A.’s breakthrough album (pictured) turns 40, Covid tests are costly for Canadian bands, and Alan Doyle hits the road. Others in the headlines include Cluttered, Seven O'Clock Cheer, Drake, Crow’s Theatre, WMG, Universal, David Bowie, Sony Music, TIDAL, Dogleg, the Stones, Taylor Swift, Gene Howard, Dave Grohl, and Adele.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids (pictured) tackle Indigenous issues, the TSO introduces a new music director, and Ontario lifts capacity limits on bars and nightclubs. Others in the headlines include Peter Peter Soumalias, the CPO, Joni Mitchell, Ellen McIlwaine, IronFest, Oscar Peterson, K-Riz, Leonard Cohen, WMG, vinyl, Ye, Duran Duran, Trent Reznor, Dave Gahan, and Billy Bragg.
Polaris winner Cadence Weapon (pictured) gets political, Fucked Up rock out at The Long Winter, and a planned CAA and ICM merger grabs attention. Others in the headlines include Wine Lips, Arlo Parks, Bob Dylan, Ja Rule, John Lennon, Calgary Opera, Kaleb Hikele, Roblox, TikTok, WMG, Twitch, Britney, Believe, R. Kelly, and the Stones.
Hamilton troubadour Lindy Vopnfjord (pictured) is profiled, Indigenous artists address the trauma of residential schools, and Gowan rejoices in the return of live music. Also in the headlines are young classical musicians, Bob Dylan, Indigifest 2021, Alessia Cara, Opera Atelier, Vivendi, Spotify, Warner Music Spain, Amy Winehouse, Billie Eilish, Pink, Jackson Browne, Wu-Tang Clan, Willie Nelson, and Roy Brooks.
Drake and Ryan Reynolds invest in Wealthsimple, Americana queen Lucinda Williams (pictured) recovers from a stroke, and the Kitchener Blues Festival is forced to cancel. Also in the headlines are Paul Pigat, Bonny Brent, Tidal, Jack Dorsey, Hipgnosis, Billie Eilish, WMG, Wave, PROs, YouTube, Bright, Bruce Springsteen, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Scroll, Don Cherry, and Robert Palmer.
Tegan and Sara (pictured) feature at the Vancouver Writers Fest, SNL has a Canadian-themed sketch, and Joey Moi makes a noise in Nashville. Also in the headlines are The Weeknd, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Hamilton Music Collective, Jann Arden, Backxwash, Gord Downie, UMG, Apple Music TV, WMG, L.A. Reid, BMG, Mike Love, Beastie Boys, Bob Mould, and Steve Winwood.
Oscar Peterson (pictured) is at the heart of a renaming debate in Montreal, Drake’s new single is based on his love of sports, and Warner Music Group buys IMGN. Others in the headlines include Neil Young, Buffy Sainte-Marie, the Brott Music Festival, The OBGMs, Tencent Music, Dvsn, Beggars Group, Mickey Guyton, Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr, Dolly Parton, Janelle Monáe, and Katy Perry.
David Collier illustrates the life of Gary Topp (pictured), a look at the arts in Canada post-pandemic, and Bob Dylan opens up. Others in the headlines include Blue Frog Studio, Tencent Music, WMG, BMG, BLM, Lady Antebellum, the Rolling Stones, Peter Jackson, the Grammys, Ted Cockle, the Australasian industry, N.W.A., Seal, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, and Run the Jewels.
The North Side Hip Hop Archive (pictured) playlists Canadian protest songs, SOCAN’s Encore pays out for live-streams, and a look at #CanadaPerforms. Others in the headlines include Aaron Allen, music therapy, PUP, The Drake Hotel, August Rigo, Bernie LaBarge, UMG, Republic Records, George Floyd, BTS, Warner Music IPO, MMA, Elton John, Abbey Road, Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Laurel Canyon, and Geezer Butler.
Aquakultre (pictured) delivers the goods, Jake Gold deals with the pandemic positively, and rumours swirl around Warner Music Group. Also in the headlines are Live Nation, music venues, concert plans, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Don McLean, and Prince’s guitar.
Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey (pictured) wins an Oscar, The Beaches land on a big tour, and Warner and Spotify trade blows. Others in the news include Arcade Fire, Noah Mintz, The Strumbellas, Curve Music, Joel Kazmi, and farewells to Daniel Di Giacomo, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Phillips, and Mark Hollis.
Daniel Caesar (pictured) and Greg Wells win their first Grammys, Everest scales new heights, and Heart regroups. Also in the headlines are NOV3L, Harpdog Brown, Kaia Kater, Drake, Alex Chilton, Nicki Minaj, and Michael Lynton.