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Music Biz Headlines

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.

Neon Dreams  Facebook photo
March 30, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Neon Dreams (pictured) go platinum in South Africa, Tafelmusik pays tribute to Jeanne Lamon, and Anthem Entertainment is up for sale again. Others in the headlines include Greg Wells, Allie X, Corneille, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Spotify, Firefly, Eric Church, Roxy Music, viral artists, the Grammys, Daryl Hall, Taylor Hawkins, Genesis, BTS, and John Legend.

Cadence Weapon Facebook photo
March 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Cadence Weapon (pictured) turns author, the TSO makes an historic return to Massey Hall, and Cowboy Junkies turn to covers. Also in the headlines are the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Myst Milano, Bravo Niagara, Spotify, Patrick Moxey, SXSW, Don McLean, Freakons, Kanye West, Ultra, and Bob Weir.

The Project WILD Top 3
March 23, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The three finalists in Project WILD (pictured) are set to face off, Toronto’s music city status is under threat, and the IFPI Global Music Report is released. Others in the headlines include Alpha Yaya Diallo, Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Ndidi O, Loud Luxury, Donna Dunn-Albert, ASCAP, Volta, Qanawat Music, Bono, Lollapalooza, Ukraine relief, Devo, Daddy Yankee, Kaskade, Sam Fender, and Willie Nelson.

Bryan Adams  Facebook photo
March 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Geoff Kulawick turns True North/Linus group into a roots music juggernaut, Ishkodé Records is promoting Indigenous artists, and Bryan Adams (pictured) gets reflective. Also in the headlines are the Ukrainian anthem and benefits, Valerie Tryon, Jerry Leger, Canada’s Got Talent, The Kids In the Hall, Amazon, Kanye West, Geddy Lee, Tempo Music, Daniel Ek, TikTok, Mushroom, Ghost, and Russian rappers.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque  Facebook photo
March 16, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Canadian jazz veteran Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (pictured) are making waves in the US, Tyler, the Creator dazzles in Toronto arena show, and Alberta Ballet honours Bowie. Also in the headlines are the ANSMA Awards, Fefe Dobson, Wuji, Believe, RIAA, Sony Music, AWAL, Hi-Fi, Rude Records, Beyond Music, Bob Dylan, Oasis, CMT, Ticketmaster, Pearl Jam, and Dolly Parton.

Balaklava Blues  Facebook photo
March 13, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Ukrainian-Canadian musicians like Balaklava Blues (pictured) fight grief and rage, Matt Andersen keeps it simple, and Bryan Adams will keep playing the hits. Also in the headlines are the Halifax scene, Holger Petersen, Ziggy Sigmund, boycotted Russian artists, Men Without Hats, Sony Music, Warner Music, Kobalt, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, Michael Huppe, Dream Syndicate, RHCP, King Crimson, and Traci Braxton.

Hill Kourkoutis  Facebook photo
March 9, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Hill Kourkoutis (pictured) makes Juno history, Jean Grand-Maître says goodbye with a Bowie ballet, and the US record industry reports record revenues. Also in the headlines are the Kubasonics, Brian Auger, Luna Li, Orville Peck, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Shambhala, Alessia Cara, UMG, Kobalt, TikTok, Glass Animals, Ed Sheeran, The Grammys, Madonna, music fests, Dua Lipa, Kanye, Morgan Wallen, Harry Styles, and Mick Fleetwood.

Peach Pit
March 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Peach Pit (pictured) deliver a new album, Philip Glass has a premiere in Toronto, and Michael Bublé reinforces his Filipino connections. Others in the headlines include Harrison Kennedy, Betty Boo, Toronto venues, Propeller Arcade Bar, Betty Moon, Maylee Todd, the El Mocambo, Nicky 'Dread' Taylor, Daniel Wesley, UMG, Pussy Riot, Bandcamp, Don Letts, and Cary Baker.