Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

Bruce Cockburn  album graphic
December 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

After a 50-year career, Bruce Cockburn is still going strong, Drake’s Grammy snub reflects the times, and Colter Wall turns down a big name. Others in the headlines include Andy Kim, the Beatles, Jason Blaine, Neil Young, ARC Ensemble, UMG, Michael Nesmith, Thundercat, Geoffrey Himes, Vicente Fernández, and Slim 400.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse  Barn album cover
December 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Neil Young’s Barn (pictured) comes out in album and movie form this week, Justin Bieber draws flak for playing Saudi Arabia, and Carl Newman looks back. Others in the headlines include Joni Mitchell, Alan Zweig, Mike Tod, Drake, Kandle, Alice Cooper, Get Back, Live Nation, West Side Story, Jim Peterik, Spotify, Courtney Love, Lana Del Rey, vinyl, Primal Scream, Harry Chapin, Nick Cave, Shonen Knife, and Johnny Cash.

Mustafa  Facebook photo
December 6, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Massey Hall triumph of Mustafa (pictured), a plethora of Seasonal concerts, and the making of the new Blue Rodeo album. Also in the headlines are End X Music, Corb Lund, David James Allen, New Vision, box sets, Spotify, Hipgnosis, UTA, John Lurie, Sly Stone, The Doors, ABBA, and Prince William.

Stewart Goodyear  Photo: Anita Zvonar
December 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Stewart Goodyear (pictured) partners with the RCM, Bryan Adams contributes to the Pirelli calendar, and it is Messiah season again. Also in the headlines are Massey Hall, the Boathouse, Mozart’s Requiem, Billy Bragg, Motley Crue, Believe, Stephen Sondheim, Rihanna, Tony Bennett, Alice Cooper, Virgil Abloh, Kronos Quartet, Neil Young, Let It Be, Trey Songz, and Adele.

Photo: Bill King
November 28, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Massey Hall (pictured) reopens with Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Sainte-Marie speaks out, and insurance rates emperil music venues. Also in the headlines are Genesis, industry awards, Leeroy Stagger, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, The Edge, Adele, Courtney Barnett, and Bob Dylan.

D.O.A. Photo: Colin Smith
November 24, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The shows go on for D.O.A. (pictured), Danko Jones and Monster Truck trade blows, and Caribou expresses optimism. Also in the headlines are The Rex Hotel, Rainbow Bistro, Raine Maida, Grimes, holiday records and concerts, Hipgnosis, NetEase, Levantine Music, the Grammys, Brit awards, Peter Jackson, Leo Nocentelli, and William Orbit.

Simon Ward
November 21, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Strumbellas mainman Simon Ward (pictured) goes solo, a historic backlog at vinyl manufacturers, and Jr. Gone Wild return in style. Also in the headlines are Joel Ivany, Sharon and Bram, Alan Zweig, Shawn Mendes, WMG, Buffy Sainte-Marie, UMG, Mick Rock, Adele, Charles Lloyd, Jimmie Vaughan, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, the Beatles, and Lenny Kaye.

D.O.A. album graphic
November 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

Haviah Mighty
November 14, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Haviah Mighty (pictured) releases a mixtape, Gordon Lightfoot returns to his favourite venue, and The Beaches rock The Elmo. Others in the headlines include the TSO, IronFest, Malcolm Gladwell, Blake Shelton, Roger Daltrey, UMG, Villagers, Canadian Brass, CMAs, Eric Clapton, Bob Gruen, Keb’ Mo, and HYBE.

Ra McGuire and Brian Smith of Trooper.  Facebook photo
November 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Two Troopers (pictured) announce their retirement, Alanis Morissette is developing an autobiographical TV comedy, and the Astrofest tragedy continues to make news. Also in the headlines are the Nova Scotia Music Awards, The Phoenix, Neil Young, Kaya Usher, Justin Bieber, Alex Porat, Cirque du Soleil, The Mayor of Kingstown, Live Nation, Lucian Grainge, Ed Sheeran, Seeco, Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and John Lurie.

Hugh Dillon  Facebook photo
November 7, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Hugh Dillon (pictured) is about to launch his new TV series, Drake helps make History in Toronto, BC’s live music restrictions are dissed, and tragedy at a Travis Scott show. Also in the headlines are JazzYYC fest, SSO, Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, NSMW, Tom Cochrane, Live Nation, Atlantic Records Benelux, Bob Dylan, Lionel Richie, Billy Bragg, Van Morrison, Marilyn Manson, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey.

Lee Aaron  Facebook photo
November 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Michael Wekerle finally officially reopens the El Mocambo, Lee Aaron (pictured) rocks out again, and The Boss eyes blockbuster bucks. Also in the headlines are Leslie Bricusse, Jeffery Straker, Eric Church, Maajja, YouTube, Vevo, UMPG, Grammys, Fetty Wap, Elvis Costello, LL Cool J, Abba, Eva Cassidy, and Asleep At The Wheel.