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.
Caracol (pictured) treads new paths on Symbolism, garage rockers UIC are rejuvenated, and the Stones' "She's A Rainbow" is a synch smash. Also in the headlines are Sharon and Bram, The Steadies, Travis Scott, Kiss, Top albums lists, Cardi B, Jackie Fuchs, pay to play, Kate Bush, Robbie Williams, Kacey Musgraves, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie.