Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Robbie Robertson. Instagram account
August 19, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Robbie Robertson (pictured) releases a Lennon-inspired track, Junkhouse shine at Cactus Festival, and 88GLAM go gold. Also in the news are BreakOut West, Showcase Scotland, Mr. Pharmacist, GrassRoots Regina, Stephen Fearing, Neon Bloom, and Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Haviah Mighty is set to play Parkjam
August 16, 2019
by Kerry Doole

London, ON's ambitious new fest Parkjam includes Haviah Mighty (pictured), NSMW announces its performers, and the CNE kicks off. Also in the news are Shawn Mendes, Greig Nori, NMC, Plácido Domingo, Alae, Justin Gray, Director X, Lyric Dubee, David Berman, Creative Manitoba, Daddy Cool, and TD Creative Entrepreneur Incubator. Videos added for your enjoyment.

August 14, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Polaris Music Prize adds performers and names jury, the CCMA Awards sets its lineup, and Drake smashes more records. Also making news are Duane Allman's guitar, Art Bergmann, She's Listening Country, Noble Oak, Missy Elliott, Hello Delaware, Music Gallery, Reay, Matt Dusk, MusicOntario, and Brad Saunders.

Daniel Caesar  Facebook photo
August 12, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Daniel Caesar (pictured) makes international moves, a Drake-produced film comes to TIFF, and Summerfolk boasts a strong lineup. Others in the news include The Last Waltz, Junkhouse, United by Song, MusicOntario, Mimico, NSO, Arts Abroad, and farewell Paul Grace. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Vangelis and Liona Boyd in Paris. Pic: Liona Boyd
August 9, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Liona Boyd compares notes with Vangelis (pictured), Simone Schmidt adapts her album for the stage, and lawn bowling for MusiCounts. Also in the news are Wolfe Island Music Festival, Rebecca Binnendyk, a Winnipeg benefit, The Beaches, OVO, Dwight Yoakam, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Graham Powers, ECMA,  Habari Africa Festival, VIFF, NSMW, and farewell Henri Belolo and David Berman.

Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus   Photo: Global
August 7, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Dallas Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus (pictured) are co-hosting the 2019 CCMA Awards. Smith is up for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year.

Chris Hadfield   Website photo
August 2, 2019
by FYI Staff

Chris Hadfield (pictured) to be honoured in Sarnia, Sappyfest and Sawdust Cty Festival begin today, and a celebration of life for Bernie Solomon. Also in the news are Rock the River, Monkey House, Woodstock 50, Sophia Chang, The Dirty Nil, SOCAN Song House, Brian May, Sony Music Masterworks, Erin Benjamin, Shotgun Jimmie,  MusicOntario, and farewell Hal Prince. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Drake and LeBron James  Photo: Reddit
July 31, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Drake partners with LeBron on a new venture (pictured), Polaris Prize performers are announced, and Mattyfest features music and food. Also in the news are LyricFind, Molly Johnson, Unison, CMAOntario, Sass Jordan, CD Baby, CIMA, Bruce Cockburn, Charlie Angus, Alberta Music, Laura Barrett, Rachel Cousins, Manitoba Music, and Alex Pangman. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Susan Aglukark
July 29, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Susan Aglukark (pictured) is the 2019 Western Canadian Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, the YYC Music Awards nominees are announced, and the COC's Alexander Neef will become head of Opéra de Paris. Others making news include Valdy, Woodstock 50, Eamon McGrath, Tegan and Sara, Nikki’s Wives, Sarah McLachlan, CIMA, Midnight Desires, and MusicNL. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Northern Power Summit keynote speaker Michael Wansley
July 26, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Northern Power Summit features rapper Wanz (pictured), Tegan and Sara announce a major North American tour and Robbie Robertson teams with Van the Man. Others in the news include 46 for 46, Loud Luxury, the Maple Blues Awards, Gordie Tentrees, Music BC, Corb Lund, Rocketman, Dave Sampson, Mississauga Music Awards, and Lennon Stella. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Shawn Mendes, from his Instagram page
July 24, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes (pictured) heads the Canadians nominated for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, and Paradigm and CODA Agency merge. Others in the news include the Canadian Live Music Association, Corridor, Etsy, Reverb, Big Wreck, Hot Docs, WTFest, FMO, Kelly Jay, and farewell Art Neville. Videos added for your enjoyment.

The Raconteurs at Neptoon Records. FB photo
July 22, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Raconteurs rock a Vancouver record store (pictured), Across The Board is making progress, and a look at today's highest-paid musicians. Also in the news are MonkeyHouse, Jaap Nico Hamburger, Truc Ho, Music BC, OssFest, TD Niagara Jazz Festival, CCS Rights Management, Laurent Bourque, and Folk Music Ontario. Videos added for our enjoyment.