Music Biz Headlines

Music Biz Headlines

Mustafa  Facebook photo
September 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Mustafa (pictured) and Cadence Weapon reflect upon the Polaris Music Prize, Alessia Cara evolves on her new album, and Elon Musk and Grimes fly to Splitsville.  Also in the headlines are Jr. Gone Wild, Calamine, LXVNDR, ÎleSoniq Redux, The Pack AD, UMG, Brexit, Americana awards, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Don Letts, and the Beatles.

Sir Lucian Grainge  Photo courtesy Universal
September 23, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Universal Music Group and Sir Lucian Grainge (pictured) dominate the news this week, consumers weigh the risk of concerts, and Toronto designates music hubs. Also in the headlines are the Shaw Festival, Stratford, Hopscotch, TIFF, Arkells, Genesis, The Reklaws, RIAA, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Merck Mercuriadis, Twitch, Tracklib, the San Diego Symphony, Eric Clapton, Nirvana, and Guns N Roses.

Barry Avrich  Facebook photo
September 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Barry Avrich (pictured) discusses his Oscar doc, renewed life at the El Mocambo and Silver Dollar, and a deluxe edition of Road Apples is coming. Also in the headlines are Drake, The Weeknd, Come From Away, Gordie MacKeeman, Maestre, David Bowie, Alabama, Portishead, YouTube, Lorde, Nick Cave, Lindsey Buckingham, Pearl Jam, and John Lydon.

Feist  Facebook photo
September 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Feist (pictured) discusses her new project, Bieber shines at VMAs, and the Alanis Morissette doc sparks controversy. Also in the headlines are Yangaroo, UMC, Jim Clayton, Dionne Warwick, TIFF, Ida Nilsen, the Hip, Sir Lucian Grainge, the Stones, The Monkees, and Nicki Minaj.

September 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Oscar Peterson (pictured) and Triumph have docs at TIFF, the era of virtual concerts is here, and word of a Geddy and Ed collaboration. Also in the headlines are Amazing Grave, Kobalt, Apple Music, Pavement, Lindsey Buckingham, Emmylou Harris, The Black Crowes, CMAs, Matthew Fowler, Kacey Musgraves, Rick James, and Gerry Rafferty.

Drake  Facebook photo
September 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake has dominated music news for the past week, Ontario music venues welcome a vaccine mandate, and Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro is in peril. Also in the headlines are Ontario Place, Buffy MacNeil, Chan Centre concerts, Roger Mooking, Glenn Dixon, ESO, Kanye West, AWAL, Jeremy Sirota, ABBA, Charlie Watts, David Crosby, Finneas, The Faces, Anita Baker, and Radiohead.

Measha Brueggergosman  Facebook photo
September 2, 2021
by Kerry Doole

 Measha Brueggergosman (pictured) helps curate a new CBC Gem series, The Royal Conservatory of Music announces a full season, and Pershing Square buys more of UMG. Also in the headlines are the Stratford fest, Tush, BMG, Kanye West, Charlie Watts, ABBA, Tom Morello, the Beatles, the FAIR act, Fawad Andarabi, Adam Levine, Kacey Musgraves, Gene Simmons, and Patti Smith.

Vince Gill  Facebook photo
August 30, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Vince Gill (pictured) loves hockey and Canada, TIFF will screen diverse music docs, and Drake and Kanye reignite their feud. Also in the headlines are R. Murray Schafer, Danko Jones, Ayla Tesler-Mabe, Emmylou Harris, Charlie Watts, vaccine mandates, the Stones tour, Lorde, Lil Tecca, Nirvana, Rhye, ABBA, and Kate Bush.

The Police Picnic  Wikipedia graphic
August 26, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The first Police Picnic (pictured) turns 40, Sarah McLachlan sells her Whistler retreat, and a big honour for Joni Mitchell. Also in the headlines are Drake, Mirvish Productions, Aerosmith, Warner Music Group, TuneCore, mandatory vaccinations, the Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, Sirius XM, Tom T. Hall, Holly Gleason, Pixies, Billie Eilish, Newport Jazz Festival, and Nirvana.

Tate McRae  Facebook photo
August 23, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Tate McRae (pictured) breaks globally, Dallas Green eyes a return to the stage, and the NAC’s new season includes Feist. Also in the headlines are Matt Mays, Boris Brott, Harmonia Orchestra, Spotify, VMAs, The Monkees, Deafheaven, guitar heroes, the Stones, Chick Corea, Village Vanguard, Bon Iver, Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, and Aaliyah.

Cartel Madras  Facebook photo
August 19, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Cartel Madras (pictured) are badass rappers, blinding stats for a Weeknd smash, and Arkells shows raise eyebrows. Also in the headlines are Neil Peart, vax passports, Laila Biali, DistroKid, Reservoir, Madonna, WMG, Downtown, Bernd Dopp, Jo Jo Bennett, Gladys Knight, The Cure, the Beatles, John Coltrane, Charlie Watts, Steve Earle, and Nanci Griffith.

Lee Aaron  Facebook photo
August 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The return of metal queen Lee Aaron (pictured), Canadians crafting K-pop hits, and Arkells rock out in Toronto. Also in the headlines are Dr. Disc, Sled Island, John Lennon, VSO, Ishkōdé Records, Massey Hall, AEG, New Romantics, Garth Brooks, Lorde, Britney Spears, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, the Beatles, Dana Gillespie, Toots Hibbert, and Aretha.