Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Classified  Facebook photo
March 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Classified (pictured) heads the East Coast Music Awards nominees, Credit Union Music PEI Week is forced to postpone, and Music BC lobbies to renew the Amplify BC fund. Also in the news are CIMA, the Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search Tour, Vancouver Music Fund, Jaymz Bee, Kyp Harness, Kandle, TuneTown, International Women’s Day, Music NL, Dead by Daylight, Uma Nota, and farewell Chris Barber, Michael Gudinski, and Bunny Wailer.

Nice Horse  Facebook photo
March 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Nice Horse (pictured) were big winners at the Country Music Alberta Awards, The Northern Power Summit goes global, and a boost for female Canadian producers. Also in the news are Justin Bieber, Indie Week, Matt Mays, Winnipeg Crankie Festival,  Le Ren, Joey Moi, Marc LaFrance, Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu, Locals Only Sound, the Orbit Room, JUST COSTA, The East Pointers, and Angel Baribeau.

Raine Maida  Facebook photo
February 24, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Raine Maida (pictured) is one of the Canadian stars behind the LOOP/POOL pot brand, a major new sports and entertainment complex is planned for Toronto, and CMW, NXNE, and the Junos are forced to go virtual. Others in the news include Polaris Prize, Maple Blues Awards, Jazzahead, Rising, ADVANCE, CARYS, Music Publishers Canada, A2IM Indie Week, Daft Punk, The Carleton, Michael Menegon, and CE Days.

Bobby Bazini  Facebook photo
February 22, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Influencer marketing agency Songfluencer launches the RISING - Black Artist Initiative, Bobby Bazini (pictured) will live-stream from an historic locale, and British prog-rockers honour Neil Peart. Also making news are Corey Hart, Juno Talks, Tyler Joe Miller, Sunfields, Tania Joy, Justyn Thyme, Fuzzed Out, Harrison Kennedy, Mikalyn Hay, Laura Fernandez, Howard Gladstone, and farewell to Prince Markie Dee, Milford Graves, Gene Taylor, and U-Roy.

Colin Linden  Facebook photo
February 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Colin Linden (pictured) is a Maple Blues award winner, the Country Music Alberta Awards names its performers, David Myles launches a new podcast, and early Neil Young footage surfaces. Also in the news are CMAOntario Awards, Top5, Music Nova Scotia , Carol Welsman, FMC, Tokyo Police Club, Mo Kenney, Dean Brody, and farewell Raymond Levesque and Johnny Pacheco.

February 15, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The CLMA launches the #ForTheLoveOfLIVE campaign (pictured), Warner Music Canada dumps Matthew Good, and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees are named. Also making news are Folk Unlocked, Laila Biali, Justin Bieber, Winterfolk, Miesha and The Spanks, MusicNL, Swagger Rite and Roy Woods, Haviah Mighty, HRL, and Wavelength, and farewell Denny Christianson, Skippy Snair, Louis Clark, Chick Corea, Rupert Neve, and Russ Thyret.

Maple Blues Award winner Ken Whiteley
February 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The first rounds of Maple Blues Awards winners include Ken Whiteley (pictured), The PASSPORT: Music Export Summit goes virtual this month, and the Mariposa fest is cancelled for 2021. Others in the news include Stephan Moccio, CCMA Country Music Week, the Light of Day Foundation shows, Shred Kelly, John Rowlands, TSO, The Tragically Hip, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Bet Smith, Chin Injeti, and farewell Elliot Mazer and Mary Wilson.

Rum Ragged   Facebook photo
February 7, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Rum Ragged (pictured) win big at the MusicNL Awards, Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music goes virtual this year, and Nagamo Publishing will boost Indigenous music creators. Also in the news are Kevin Breit, FACTOR, SING!, Barrymore’s, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Nickelback, Indie Week, Stay At Home Festival, and farewell Stefan Cush and Jim Weatherly.

Men Without Hats  Facebook photo
February 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd announces a massive global tour and a new compilation, Men Without Hats (pictured) sign with Sonic Envy and Cerberus Management, and MVP Project recipients are named. Others in the news include Neon Dreams, the Denis Parker Industry Builder Award, CIMA, Maple Blues Awards, Margaret Atwood, Jon Mullane, CMW, the ANSMA Awards, and farewell Rude van Steenes, and Tom Stevens.

Maestro  Facebook photo
January 31, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Maestro Fresh Wes (pictured) is featured in Black 365, the Canadian crucial to Morgan Wallen’s success, and the Blues Music Awards nominees are announced. Also in the news are the SOCAN Foundation, AGCO, Raine Hamilton, Rene-Charles,  Moist, The Dead South, Sun Records, Paragon Cause, Indie Weekly, Amplified Opera, Corin Raymond, and farewell Grady Gaines, Sophie, and Hilton Valentine.

January 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Everbloom Virtual Music Festival (pictured) is launched, Snotty Nose Rez Kids lead the noms for International Indigenous Hip-Hop Awards, and rapper Connor Price grabs attention. Also in the news are Block Heater, MusicNL Awards, SXSW, Donald Robins, Jacob Hoggard, Andrea Morris, Tami Neilson, goodboy noah, Let’s Hear It! Live, and the Jane LeBlanc Music Award.

Yonge St.  Artist rendering by Norm Li
January 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

YongeTOmorrow aims to reimagine Yonge Street (pictured), South African Music Week has a strong Canadian presence, and Bandzoogle merch helps Unison. Also in the news are Drake, Be Kind Festival, SOCAN Foundation, Saskatchewan Music Awards, Ralph Alfonso, Kaytranada, Jerry Leger, Bob Rock, LB SPIFFY, Markham Jazz Festival, and farewell James Purify and Jimmie Rodgers.