Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

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.

Martha and the Muffins mural  Facebook photo by Live Music Head
November 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Martha and The Muffins return to the fray (pictured), restrictions are lifted for Ontario music clubs, and Randy Bachman gets reflective. Others in the headlines include Majid Jordan, Romane Bonnier, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Our Lady Peace, Fionn, Bovine Sex Club, Jeff Beck, Classified, UnitedMasters, The Go-Go’s, Billy Bragg, Alejandro Escovedo, Ed Sheeran, and Patti Smith.

KTheChosen  Facebook photo
October 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Calgarian hip-hop artist  KTheChosen (pictured) releases a concept album, the Guess Who will stay shunned by the Rock Hall of Fame, and live concerts return in Vancouver and Toronto. Others in the headlines include the imagineNATIVE fest, The Trews, Spotify, UMG, streaming analytics, Prince, vinyl, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dee Pop, Amy Winehouse, Led Zeppelin, The Posies, the Beatles, and $uicideboy$.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids  Facebook photo
October 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

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.

Laila Biali
October 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Laila Biali (pictured) collaborates with Jodi Proznick, a new documentary profiles Oscar Peterson, and Roy Forbes celebrates a milestone. Others in the headlines include the CPO, Music Express, June Garber, KKR, Kobalt, Bloodshot Records, music bonds, Foo Fighters, Faust, INXS, Elton John, Rod Zombie, and Caroline Polachek.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse  album graphic
October 18, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Ontario club venues have a beef about covid restrictions, Neil Young and Crazy Horse announce a new album (pictured), and Leonard Cohen’s mining of sacred texts. Also in the headlines are Picanto, Gordon Lightfoot, Massey Hall, BadBadNotGood, Elton John, Spotify, UMG, CMW, Drake, Spirit Music Group, SongVest, Adele, the Stones, Flea, Tom Morello, Cher, Manfred Mann, and the Velvet Underground.