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The Zolas    Facebook photo
June 22, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Zolas (pictured) and Alexisonfire return in style, the inspirational impact of Avril Lavigne, and Drake's new album drones on. Also in the headlines are Canadian reggae, Charlotte Day Wilson, HJF, VSO, Steve Strongman, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Web3, Reservoir, Paul McCartney, BTS, Beyonce,  Eurovision Song Contest, Kate Bush, Arthur Brown, and Brian Wilson.

Shane Yellowbird  Facebook photo
June 15, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The late country star Shane Yellowbird is remembered, The Onyx Experience salutes black Canadian rock artists, and Jonathan Kawchuk draws inspiration from the Rockies. Also in the headlines are Jacob Hoggard, Buddy Guy, Fatuma Adar, Nickelback, Phoebe Bridgers, Ethan Surman, Charlie Montoyo, Harrison Kennedy, Sidhu Moose Wala, Goldman Sachs, Spotify, the Grammys, the NFT swindle, Tommy Mottola, Kate Bush, Anitta, voguing, Toby Keith, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Sheepdogs
June 8, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Sheepdogs (pictured) are happy living in the past, a milestone anniversary for Avril Lavigne, and Tate McRae thrives on pressure. Others in the headlines include Tami Neilson, Something Else!, Louise Glatt, Vancouver Opera, Hugh’s Room Live, Justin Bieber, Cadence Weapon, Patrick Dexter, The Strokes, Universal Music Group , Virgin, Chris Blackwell, Drive-By Truckers, Post Malone, Ringo Starr, and Johnny Rotten.

Rolling Stones Live at The El Mocambo graphic
June 1, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Tributes pour in for Ronnie Hawkins and Michael Wrycraft, a Stones gig at The El Mocambo (pictured) had a huge impact, and a TV series boosts a Kate Bush classic. Also in the headlines are Lester Smith, Scotia Festival of Music, Hopscotch Fest, Vancouver punks, Railway Club, UMG, TikTok, Bob Dylan, Russian oligarchs, Eminem, Abba, Mavis and Levon, BTS, Billy Bragg, and The Sex Pistols.

Crystal Shawanda  Facebook photo
May 25, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Crystal Shawanda (pictured) moves from country to blues, Josh Ramsay goes solo in grand style, and Ought is reborn as Cola. Also in the headlines are John Derringer, Tess Parks, The Bros. Landreth, Nicole Lizée, Stratford fest, Caribou, Tesher, NAC, J. Cole, Rich Aucoin, Patrick Watson, The Weeknd, Willie Stratton, Elon Musk, Paul McCartney, Tencent Music, tsundoku, Bruce Springsteen, John Doe, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tears for Fears, and Taylor Swift.

Bob Lanois
May 18, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Bob Lanois (pictured) is profiled in a new documentary, new Hall of Famer Deborah Cox gets reflective, and a few suggestions to fix our ailing music industry. Also in the headlines are the Tragically Hip, Ann Wilson, Charlotte Cardin, Don McLean, Loony, Alex Lifeson, The Beaches, Star Collector, Richard Beland, Maisie Peters, TikTok, Snapchat, Bob Dylan, Tori Amos, Ted Nugent, Kendrick Lamar, Eurovision, Yoko Ono, The Clash, John Legend, and Taylor Hawkins.

Three Days Grace
May 11, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Three Days Grace (pictured) assist in tornado relief, Susan Jacks is remembered, and Drake re-signs for mega-bucks. Also in the headlines are Tom Wilson, Jacob Hoggard, Ziggy Sigmund, Lights, Primus, Garth Brooks, Nilüfer Yanya, Akintoye, Destroyer, Jayli Wolf, Spotify, Bob Dylan, Bono, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kendrick Lamar, Rock Hall of Fame, Paul Kelly, Jack Harlow, Jarvis Cocker, the Stones, and Taco Bell.

Tate McRae  Facebook photo
May 3, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Rising star Tate McRae (pictured) is profiled, rocker Jerry Doucette is remembered, and Arcade Fire reflect upon America. Also in the headlines are the ECMAs, Tegan and Sara, Come From Away, Li’l Andy, Vasyl Popadiuk, Toronto hip-hop, Musiio, Spotify, David Israelite, Vinyl Nation, John Legend, Astroworld, DaBaby, Janelle Monae, Patti Smith, The Who, Mal Evans, PSY, and Craig Porteils.

Arcade Fire  Facebook graphic
April 28, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Michael Barclay probes a seminal period in Canadian music, Arcade Fire (pictured) scores a rave review, and Allison Russell rediscovers Montreal. Also in the headlines are The Weekend, Michael Bublé, Allegories, Canadian Opera Company, Tory Lanez, The Dirty Nil, Victoria Anthony, Andrew Smith, N.B. Youth Orchestra, Roblox, Soundful, the cassette revival, T Bone Burnett, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Bonnie Raitt, Logic, The Who, DaBaby, Re Styles, and The B-52's.

Broken Social Scene
April 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Broken Social Scene (pictured) turns 20 with Massey Hall shows, Canadian acts shine at Coachella, and Bruce Cockburn returns to the road. Others in the headlines include Arcade Fire, Prime Video, Tami Neilson, Carole Pope, Pink Mountaintops, ElyOtto, Noah Reid, Matt Mays, Deezer, Harry Styles, Don McGlashan, Shad, Dwight Yoakam, Jack White, BTS, Devo, Mac Miller, and Rick Turner.

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April 13, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Renowned Hamilton conductor Boris Brott (pictured) is remembered, Alex Lifeson is excited about his Envy of None project, and The Weekend replaces Kanye at Coachella. Also in the headlines are the TSO, Sister Swire, Sam the Record Man, Canadian Screen Awards, blockchain, NFTs, Latin music, Elvis Presley, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Ed Sheeran, Bob Mould, Wet Leg, Jack Harlow, El Sistema, Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Prince, Billie Eilish, Dizzee Rascal, and The Clash.

Joni Mitchell with her Grammy  Facebook photo
April 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Joni Mitchell (pictured) receives a MusiCares tribute, Canadian artists rethink their careers in the wake of the pandemic, and Pup takes chances on its new album. Also in the headlines are Plastikman and Chilly Gonzales, the CFMAs, Martha Wainwright, Justin Bieber, Alex Lifeson, the Grammys, Kanye, Rich Aucoin, Leonard Cohen, John Zaritsky, BMG, Universal, Instagram, Audio Up, Ed Sheeran, deaf DJs, Sex Pistols, Birmingham, Foo Fighters, Bad Bunny, Joel Little, and Francisco González.