Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Neon Dreams
August 20, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Neon Dreams (pictured) initiate a fundraiser for victims of sexual violence, Gramatik pays tribute to Aretha, and Ian Tyson's health falters. Others in the news include The Pursuit of Happiness, Smoke Dawg, Prince, Great Lake Swimmers, David Clayton-Thomas, CIMA, Mike Ness, and a farewell to Betty Richardson.

August 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The shortlist for the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class is announced, Polaris Prize names the performers and jurors, and Ottawa urban music gets a playlist. Others in the news include Nova Scotia Music Week, Robert Paquette, CSHF, RPM Live, John and Yoko, HUFF, Lindsay Beaver, MusicNL Week, and a farewell to Randy Rampage. Videos added for your enjoyment.

 

George Canyon
August 15, 2018
by Kerry Doole

George Canyon (pictured) announces a major fall tour, Arkells set a date for their new album and a Foreigner-based musical premieres in Calgary. Others in the news include Jack White, POP Montreal, Focus Wales, CNE, Folk Music Ontario, FAI, Drake Underground, Not Of, and Northern Power Summit. Videos included for your enjoyment.

August 13, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The 2018 MusicNL Awards nominees are announced, Canadian Blast to head to Americana fest, and Lights does Drake. Others in the news include Nathan Ali, Brian's Record Option, Manitoba Music, ArtsFest, Mariah Carey, Tia Brazda, and a farewell to Ken Pickering. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Brett Kissel will play The MMVAs
August 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Brett Kissel (pictured) is amongst those performers added to the MMVAs, Ford signs up for the CCMAs, and Hawksley Workman adopts vinyl. Also in the news are the Slaight Music Residency, Jimmy Rankin, Matt Holubowski, Tweed, Prince, ShoShona Kish, Casa Amadeo, Goin' Steady DJs, Son of Dave, and a farewell to Swiff LaRoc. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Bryan Adams on stage with Taylor Swift performing "Summer of '69"
August 8, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Bryan Adams joins Taylor Swift (pictured) onstage in Toronto, Alfie Zappacosta is the subject of a new documentary, and Jazz Cartier is making moves. Also in the news are Royal Tusk, Music NL, Pink, Road Gold, Boots & Hearts, The Avulsions, Ray Bonneville, Goldilox, and farewells to Lorrie Collins and Brad Daymond. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Shawn Mendes at last year's VMAs
August 3, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes (pictured) will perform at the VMAs in NYC, Honey Jam returns, and CNW showcase applications are now open. Others in the news include Daisy Peterson Sweeney, Music PEI, Ron Mann, Ron Sexsmith, Joe Robertson, Manitoba Music, CNE, Tragedy Ann, and Harrison Brome. Videos added for your enjoyment.

August 1, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Billy Talent and City and Colour headline a benefit for Toronto shooting victims, Drake becomes a TV producer, and Zaki Ibrahim announces a debut headlining tour. Others making news include Charlie Major, Bill King, Modern Sky Festival, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Lee Aaron, Unity Festival, George Semkiw, Samantha Martin, and farewells to Ray Cooper and Tomasz Stańko. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson (left) and Patrick Downie (right) cross the bridge from Breakwater Park to the new Gord Edgar Downie swimming pier.  Photo: Swim Drink Fish
July 30, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Kingston honours Gord Downie with a memorial pier (pictured), B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees are announced, and Justin Bieber teams up again with DJ Khaled. Also in the news are Awkwafina, Northern Power Summit, Alan Doyle, CIMA, Manitoba Music, Jacob Hoggard, Kadooh, Kirk Hammett, and Alberta Music.

Seth Smith at the TIFF premiere of The Crescent
July 27, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Dog Day leader Seth Smith turns to film, Demo Lovato cancels her Toronto show, and Merkules announces a major Canadian tour. Also in the news are Festival of Beer, Empire Rockfest, Bat Out Of Hell, Blues Summit, Rachel Beck, Manitoba Music, Josh Colle, Lantern Tour, and Habari Africa festival. Videos added for your enjoyment.

July 25, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The CCMA announces more performers for its Legends show, The Tenors will tour a holiday show, and Shawn Mendes joins the MMVAs lineup. Also making the news are BreakOut West, DanforthStrong, Folk Alliance, Fucked Up, Prime Boys, MusicOntario, Jeen, Kate Boothman, Willie Nelson, and Cobblestone Live. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Minister of Culture Ricardo Miranda launches Alberta Music Week
July 23, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Alberta Music Week brings extra provincial funding, Massari's new album has star power, and Liquor Donuts comes to Toronto's Kensington Market. Others in the news include Mack MacKenzie, Gregory Charles, The East Pointers, SOCAN, Shawn Mendes, Pretty In Punk fest, Beggars Group, SAC, Turk, and a farewell to Richard Ring. Videos provided for your enjoyment.