Music News Digest

Music News Digest

June 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Long List for the Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is announced, and the passing of Tim Thorney elicits eloquent tributes. Also in the news are Top of the Country, CoHo Creative Hub, The Summer House Party, POP Montreal, National Indigenous Peoples Day, Barenaked Ladies, Leif Vollebekk, The Trews, Tom Wilson, MMF, Marc LaFrance, Melanie Doane, BIGLAKE Festival, and Zula. 

June 14, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The 2021 Forest City London Music Awards (pictured) are handed out, Drake teases his new album, and Hugh Dillon films his star-studded new series. Also making news are The Polaris Music Prize Long List, Tami Neilson, Ontario Creates, Indie Weekly,  Mike 'Parkside' Renaud, the Halifax Folklore Centre, Wesli, David Bowie’s painting, and farewell Al Stanwyck and Juan Nelson.

June 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Prism Prize announces its Top 10 (pictured), Global Toronto 2021 gets ready to roll, and a new take on Hall of Fame hit Black Velvet. Also in the news are Savannah Ré, JazzinToronto Live, Canadian Song Conference, Roger Mooking, The Atlantic Presenters Association, MMF Canada, Music Publishers Canada, and The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

JP Saxe
June 8, 2021
by Kerry Doole

New Juno winner JP Saxe announces an international tour (pictured), The International Indigenous Music Summit begins tomorrow, and a Celine-inspired movie goes to Cannes. Also in the news are Bahamas, Jordana Talsky, Global Music Match, CIMA, Halifax Jazz Festival, Keys N Krates, MusicNL, Rube & Rake, and Mike Renaud.

June 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The CFMAs (pictured) is looking for a Slaight Music Unsung Hero, the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival is now under way, and the CIMA Summit: Indie Music Connects event is coming soon. Also in the news are Lily Frost, Girls+ Rock Ottawa, the CCMA, Maybe May, BC live music, David Myles, and farewell Michael Laderoute and Mike O’Reilly.

Christopher Ward  image supplied
May 31, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The CSHF will induct Black Velvet, written by Christopher Ward (pictured) and Dave Tyson, mentors for the Canadian Songwriters Challenge are named, and Allison Russell and Kathleen Edwards are up for Americana Music Awards. Also in the news are the Indigenous Music Accelerator, CMI, Indie Weekly, Fergus Hambleton, and farewell John Davis, Patrick Sky, and B.J. Thomas.

May 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) will play the Junos, The Weeknd and Drake score at the Billboard Music Awards, and an anti-racism pledge for the Canadian music industry. Also making news are Chi Pig, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, CIMA, Music Publishers Canada, Joe Coughlin, Elliott BROOD, Discogs, Reid Zoé, and farewell Kathryn Moses, Frank Wright, James Harman, and Roger Hawkins.

May 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Nominees for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards (pictured) are led by William Prince, Dine Alone signs Canadian DIY metal collective Respire, and Crown Lands are back in action. Also in the news are CIMA, Music Ontario, New Skool Rules, Reliant Music, The Trews, Upper Room Studio, CFMAs, PACKS, MMF Canada, Kinaxis Inconcert, and farewell Patsy Bruce.

James Barker Band  Facebook photo
May 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The James Barker Band (pictured) signs a US record deal, Conor Gains boosts MusiCounts, and Drizzy features on a new Nicki Minaj cut. Also in the news are Michael Bridge and Kornel Wolak, the 2021 Canadian Song Conference, Theo Tams, Ian Janes, Mercantile Records, Chris Magerl, Nap Eyes, and farewell Curtis Fuller, Bob Koester, and Pervis Staples.

Drake  Facebook photo
May 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake (pictured) is named Billboard's Artist of the Decade, the 604 Sessions Song Camp is launched, and Queen Celine returns to Vegas. Also making news are The Rock Hall of Fame, BROS, IRCPA, The Tragically Hip, TikTok, Ken Tizzard, Festival (506), Glenn Chatten, and farewell Pierre Gaudet.

Tyler Bancroft
May 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Said The Whale’s Taylor Bancroft (pictured) launches a new label, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival announces its lineup, and the International Indigenous Music Summit will feature a short docs series. Also in the news are Kevin Hearn, Indie Week, CIMA, Strut Entertainment, 840 CFCW, Blinker the Star, The 456, Rickshaw Theatre, D.O.A., Neon Dreams, Fucked Up , and a farewell to Rob Tustin, Nick Kamen, Tawny Kitaen, and Lloyd Price.

Tegan and Sara  Facebook photo
May 5, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The memoir of Tegan and Sara (pictured) heads to TV, the CCMA has reasons for Pride, and Global Toronto is set for June. Others in the news include Jann Arden, ISC, Radio Starmaker, Art of Time, Leonard Cohen, Flaming Lips, Russell Louder, Kenny Kirkwood, Sidewalk Sounds, and farewell Phil Naro, Ed Ward, and Tommy West.