Sass Jordan (pictured) turns to the blues, Kelly Fraser's legacy lives on, and Laurie Anderson holds court in Toronto. Also in the news are Joni Mitchell, the MVP Project, Evangeline Gentle, Kevin Hearn, Joseph Maviglia, CIMA, Folk Alliance, and farewell Terry Jones and Robert Parker. With video.
Music News Digest
Music News Digest
Ren (pictured) is tipped as the next big thing, Corey Hart and Jim Cuddy join forces on First Rodeo, and rumours swirl around a Triumph reunion. Also in the news are Northern Cree, DJ Spex da Boss, Marc Hall, Radiohead, Kris Davis, Alanis Morissette, CMA International Awards, Gordie Tentrees, Phoenix Music Executive Development Program, Queen, Courage My Love, and farewell Jimmy Heath.
Lennie Gallant (pictured) will perform at the CFMAs, Barenaked Ladies announce a major summer tour, and Castro's Lounge is under threat. Others in the news include NLX, Holy Fuck, Jane Siberry, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Rising Insane, CIMA, and farewell David Olney and Chris Darrow.
Matt Minglewood (pictured) enters The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame, Rock HoF inductees are announced, and Canadian talent heads to Jazzahead. Also in the news are Laura Smith, the Be Kind fest, FACTOR, Claire Lynch, Mark Segger Sextet, Music Canada, R Grunwald, MMF Canada, and farewell Steve Martin Caro. With video.
BMG launches a new Toronto branch (staff pictured), fans lobby for a Neil Peart statue, and CBC Music's Searchlight is accepting submissions. Also in the news are Pearl Jam, TD Discovery Series, vinyl sales, Royal Conservatory of Music, Halifax Pop Explosion, Teddy Triebner, Harris Institute, Hugh Dillon, and Creative Manitoba.
Gord Sinclair (pictured) makes a solo debut, Alan Doyle announces a new EP and tour, and The Hawk turns 85. Others in the news include the ACMA, January Music Meeting, Oz fires, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, SaskMusic, Clifford Brewing Co., Ginger St. James, Sina Bathaie, Music BC, and A2IM.
Strumbellas (pictured) postpone a Canadian tour, Wavelength Music turns 20, and Billie Eilish leads the iHeartRadio Music Awards noms. Also in the news are the Shuffle Demons, Impérial Bell, an international Indigenous Music summit, Geary Lane Jazz Series, song contests, AGO, and a farewell to John Dudgeon.
BMG gets new Toronto digs, the smash Justin Bieber exhibit keeps on running, and Liona Boyd (pictured) has a hit concert film. Others in the news include Steve Prendergast, Suzi Kory, Peter Foldy, Terry Draper, Rhapsody in Blue, J.D. Sage, rock star real estate, Dawn Tyler Watson, Sue Foley, Terry Russell, The Magic of Music, Gordon Grdina, and Dodge Fiasco.
Jessie Reyez (pictured) smells of success, Basement Revolver rocks The Casbah, and stars rally to help Oz firefighters. Also in the news are MusicNL, Avkash Mann, ECMAs, Live On The Lake, Steel City Music Awards, Lindsay Ell, and farewell Jack Sheldon, and Ronnie Knowles.
Andre Menard (pictured) is amongst those named to the Order of Canada, Justin Bieber returns to action, and CMW goes Dutch. Also in the news are CIMA, Bar Robo, The Small Glories, Lynn Harrison, the Sapphire Award, and farewells to Kelly Fraser, Bvlly, Allee Willis, Sleepy LaBeef, Roy Lesperance, Marty Grebb, Jerry Herman, and Neil Innes.
BC punk legend turned city councillor Joe Keithley (pictured) leads an instrument drive, Winterfolk changes locales, and Mike Plume signs to Royalty. Also in the news are The Long Winter, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, the Grammys, Something Else, FACTOR, and farewell Kenny Lynch. With video.
Marie-Mai and Quebec students (pictured) celebrate a Band Aid grant, The Poets honour The Hip in Cree, and Mariah Carey tops the charts at Christmas. Also in the news are Jazz Bistro, Jaymz B, Crack of Dawn, ECMAs, Bryan Adams, and farewell Emil Richards.