Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Sir Elton greets Toronto fans Photo supplied by UMC: Ben Gibson, © HST Global Limited, courtesy of Rocket Entertainment
October 23, 2019
by FYI Staff

Elton John pops-up in Toronto (pictured), Jessica Mitchell is on a tear, and Warner signs Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Also in the news are Alan Doyle, Charlie Angus, Microforum Vinyl, Jesse Cook, Union Duke, NSMW, Jesse Parent, and farewell Ed Cherney and Sonny Curtis. With video.

Jessie Reyez (left), Shad (centre) and Pup's Steve Sladkowski  Photo courtesy CBC
October 21, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Canadian musicians weigh in on today's election (pictured Jesse Reyez, Shad and Steve Sladowski), three notable artists are chasing seats, and farewell Guess Who manager Don Hunter. Others in the news include Noah '40' Shebib, Maple Blues Awards, Altameda, Taylor Swift, Stephen Fearing, Anthony Gomes, Sina Bathaie, and Nick Tosches. With video.

Rufus Wainwright, Facebook image
October 18, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Rufus Wainwright (pictured) lands a new record deal, pot plants get musical for the first time, and (Sandy) Alex G  covers Shania. Also in the news are Ronley Teper, We Were Sharks,  Anthem Entertainment, Diane Roblin, Matt Mays, London Music Census, and Canal Bank Shuffle. With video.

Michael and Raquel Wekerle, Instagram
October 16, 2019
by FYI Staff

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have a new album and film coming, Stephen Harper advises Beatdapp, and Corin Raymond's next record includes a book. Also in the news are Schmoozefest, Myles Goodwyn,(pictured) Michael Wekerle's Elmo, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, Marcia Chum, AJungi, Zachary Lucky , Rich Aucoin, and farewell Steve Cash, Pops Chambers, and Jay Frank.

Choir! Choir! Choir!
October 11, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Choir! Choir! Choir! ( pictured) to perform at the US-Mexico border on Sunday, a CIMA showcase at Folk Alliance 2020, and a Tribute to Gord Downie in Burlington. Also in the news are Music Nova Scotia, TSO, FACTOR, 2020 Music PEI Awards, CCMA Song Camp, Ontario Creates, Music BC, and farewell John McGuirk, Stephen Swid, and Molly Duncan.

Shawn Mendes Facebook photo
October 9, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes (pictured) has set a new chart record; Mundial Montreal announces its lineup, and the return of Caribou. Also in the news are Canadian Blast, NSMW,  La Bohème, Discogs, Clark Drive Studios, Michael Stipe, Alberta Music, and Ginger St. James.

 Jason McCoy
October 7, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Tickets are on sale soon for the 2020 CMAOntario Awards hosted by Jason McCoy (pictured),  the CSHF will induct classic Toronto songs, and The Violins of Hope head to Montreal. Also in the news are SRC Vinyl, Winnipeg Public Library, Indie Week, JazzAhead, Wolf Den, and farewell to Larry Willis, Larry Junstrom, Diahann Carroll, and Ginger Baker.

October 4, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Sloan (pictured) gives Navy Blues a deluxe reissue, voting opens for the 2019 Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, and the Junos revamp the Indigenous music category. Also in the news are The Garrison, the Cobalt Prize, Ed Roman, Royal Wood, Don Breithaupt, and farewell Barrie Masters and Kim Shattuck.

Susan Aglukark  Picture supplied
October 2, 2019
by FYI Staff

Susan Aglukark (pictured) is honoured at BreakOut West, M for Montreal announces notable names, and Concord acquires Victory Records. Also in the news are Sultans of String, Mississauga Music Awards, Arts & Crafts, Dave Sampson, Ontario Creates, SING!, Orbit Room, John P. Allen, Jimi Hendrix, and farewell Walter Rathie and Jessye Norman. With video.

September 30, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Johnny Reid (pictured) gets in the holiday spirit, Dream Serenade announces a star-studded lineup, and Canadian acts feature in recent Music Canada certifications. Also in the news are MusiCounts, the climate strike, SaskMusic, HMAT, Project WILD, and farewell José José, Busbee, and Jim Huff. With video.

Kardinal Offishall  Facebook photo
September 27, 2019
by FYI Staff

imagineNATIVE turns 20, Kardinal Offishall (pictured) hosts TEDxToronto, and a new John Coltrane album with Canadian roots. Also in the news are Mirvish musicals, Dave Bidini, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, ArtsCan Circle, OMF, NSMW, Cœur de pirate, Suzanne Jarvie, The Lifers, and Cavendish Beach Music Festival. With video.

Duncan Sinclair, head of Jazz Yukon Photo: Peter Long
September 25, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Duncan Sinclair (pictured) and Hank Karr are honoured by the WCMA, the Junos head home to Toronto in 2021, and the YYC Music Awards are handed out. Also in the news are the NMC, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, Berry Gordy, music memoirs, Triumph, Concord, Dan Pitt, Dear Youth, Searson, and farewell Robert Hunter.