Music News Digest

Music News Digest

City View Drive In  Facebook graphic
July 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Toronto’s new CityView Drive-In (pictured) will host concerts, the star-studded Saints And Sinners Tour is rescheduled, and MusiCounts presents a virtual dance party. Others in the headlines include Stompin' Tom Connors and Whiskey Jack, Kiesza, JAZZ.FM91 shows, Montreal venue closures, Anvil, Manitoba Music, Bandcamp, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Mike Shabb, and farewell Johnny Mandel, Benny Mardones, and Milton Glaser. With video.

Alessia Cara
June 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Alessia Cara (pictured) performs on the Junos tonight, Dine Alone and Dallas Green launch a charity raffle, and The SOCAN Foundation announces a new fund. Also in the news are Massey-Harris, the ECMAs, Indie Week 2020, Hamilton’s Canada Day concert, Dennis Ellsworth, drive-in shows, and farewell Graeme Williamson. With video.

June 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards nominees are named, Ron Hynes will be celebrated at the ECMAs, and Mariposa goes virtual. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Rufus Wainwright, the Senator Restaurant, House of Jazz, Jeff Healey, Amplify BC, Music PEI, Michaela Slinger, Hawksley Workman, Stephan Moccio, Leela Gilday, Chris Bell, Joshua Van Tassel, Shawn Hall, Shuffalo, and Ben Kunder. With video.

Dame Vera Lynn. Archival pic
June 22, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Ottawa’s Bluesfest and NAC present a star-studded drive-in music series (pictured), NXNE is forced to cancel, and Arkells postpone a big hometown show. Also in the news are PUP, Dione Taylor, City and Colour, Elisapie, HJF, Roy Woods, Libera Awards, Orville Peck, and farewell Dame Vera Lynn, Victor Feldbrill, and Hux Brown.

Drake  Instagram photo
June 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Drake (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2020 BET Awards, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal goes virtual, and SaskMusic presents a National Indigenous Peoples Day Concert. Also in the news are Music Canada, ABACUS Data, a CBC hip-hop podcast, Canada Day House Party, Ruth B, Creative Manitoba, BTS, Americana Honors & Awards, Judy Collins, Protest the Hero Toronto Songwriting School, Linda McRae, TO Live, Shred Kelly,  Supercrawl, and farewell Hugh Fraser and Keith Tippett.

MacKenzie Porter  Facebook photo
June 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

MacKenzie Porter (pictured) is crossing over big time, Chad Brownlee is axed by his label, and Rush salutes the spirit of radio. Also in the news are Country Connections, Ontario Creates, Colin Hay, Vivienne Wilder, John Prine, Ben Caplan, Wide Mouth Mason, Ramblin' Deano, Eastlink, Mundial Montreal, Allen Baekeland, and farewell Freddy Dixon and Ricky Valance. With video.

Koerner Hall
June 11, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Koerner Hall (pictured) is proceeding with its 2020-21 season, but Osheaga and Showcase PEI have cancelled this year’s editions. Others in the news include Brett Kissel, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Constantines, Indie Week, CIVC, Daniela Nardi, Anvil, Mariposa, Taggart and Torrens, Austin, Music•Musique NB, and farewell Bonnie Pointer, James Hand, Frank Bey, and Peter Leo.

Neil Peart  pic courtesy of Neil Peart Fans FB page
June 8, 2020
by FYI Staff

Neil Peart (pictured) is to be honoured by a hometown pavilion, Amplify BC returns to boost the province’s music industry, and Dean Brody rides high with a new single. Also in the news are Alex Lifeson, Festival of Fathers, Bandcamp, Mint Records, Half Moon Run, Michael Kaeshammer, Hamilton Arts Week, TBS, Q107, and farewell Eddie Colero, Claude Heater, Rupert Hine, and Steve Priest.

Michael Buble  Facebook photo
June 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd and Michael Bublé (pictured) dig deep for worthy causes, Howard Shore and Finding The Secret Path score at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, and Dan Mangan heads a CIMA webinar. Also in the news are The Polaris Music Prize, Bryce Clifford, Donny Anderson, Ori Dagan, Chad Brownlee, Rush, The Lowest Of The Low, T. Thomason, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Mark Miller, Sonny Greenwich, Melissa Bel, The Music Hall, and farewell Majek Fashek, Bob Kulick, and Jimmy Capps.

Selina Martin
June 1, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Black Out Tuesday arrives tomorrow, Selina Martin (pictured) spearheads  #BuyMusicFriday, and Dean Brody gets his own beer. Also making news are Gord Downie, the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class,  Juno TV,  Björn Ulvaeus, CISAC, Julian Taylor, Orville Peck, Together We’re Strong, The Damn Truth, and The Perms.

May 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2021 Maple Blues Awards show will be virtual, this year’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival (pictured) heads online, and James Keast moves on from Exclaim!. Also in the news are Beth Anne Cole, The TD Markham Jazz Festival, CFMAs, Music BC, Canada Media Fund, David Myles, Crystal Shawanda, Haley Blais, Johnny A, and farewell Houdini.

Joey O'Neil  Photo: Nate Jones
May 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Kaelan Roddy wins the final OMA, Joey O’Neil (pictured) starts a virtual tour, and POP Montreal brings Le Funhouse fest. Also in the news are Arthaus, CIMA, MMF, WHOOP-Szo, Martha and The Muffins, Land of Talk, Ken Tizzard, and farewell Jimmy Cobb, Bucky Baxter, and Allan Baekeland.