Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Stompin' Tom
June 22, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Canada's Walk of Fame is giving Stompin’ Tom Connors a permanent star in PEI, the Indigenous Arts Festival comes to Toronto, and a big cheque goes to the family of Dolores O’Riordan. Also in the news are the Canadian Music Cafe, SXSW, ole, Phil Barton, Glass Tiger, Paul McCartney, Double Double Land, Toronto Jazz Festival, Andy Shauf, and Wood & Water. Videos added for your enjoyment.

The Grapes Of Wrath
June 20, 2018
by Kerry Doole

BreakOut West's festival line-up includes Hall of Famers' The Grapes Of Wrath (pictured), Drake adds dates and returns to No. 1 in the US, and a Michael Jackson-themed musical is in the works. Also in the news: Ontario Music Fund, Indigenous Peoples Day, Pearl Jam, Calgary Stampede, Bernice, Festival of Beer, Smithers BC, Rufus John, Notes In The Night, and farewells to XXXTentacion and Jon Hiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Drake and Degrassi comrades  Photo: Huffington Post
June 18, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Drake's new hit video features a Degrassi reunion, Jay and Bey release a surprise joint album, and Murda Beatz gets charitable. Others making news include Loud, RealMind and Ruffsound, Festival of The Sound, CFMA, the Vancouver Mural Festival, Eric Abramovitz, Kultrun, Cadillac Lounge, Harvest Moon Festival, Shipped, Prime Boys, and a farewell to Nick Knox and Matt 'Guitar' Murphy.

Massey Hall
June 15, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Massey Hall Day is celebrated with a star-studded gala concert, the National Arts Centre names a new head, and SOCAN's AGM is approaching. Also in the news are Polaris Cover Sessions, Banksy, the Up and Downtown fest, Carol Welsman, Don Francks, Fortunate Ones, NXNE's Rooftop Riot, Friday Fan Festivals, Songpull, and a farewell to DJ Fontana. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Shawn Mendes
June 13, 2018
by FYI Staff

Shawn Mendes releases a new track, Denis Wolf helps launch Ray-On, and Slaight Music donates $25K to BC's Music Therapy Motorcycle Ride. Also in the news are David Clayton-Thomas, Voivod, Amoeba Music, Alessia Cara, Budweiser's Country Fair, Joni Mitchell, LHM Records, Aaron Pollock, Kim Clarke Champniss, the CCMA, Canadian Music Café, SiriusXM Top of the Country, KD Lang, Amy Cervini, Pavlo, and Grease.

June 11, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes is riding high, topping the US charts and racking up huge steaming numbers, and Toronto rockers The Golden Dogs play their final show. Also in the news are Big Billz, Khatsahlano Street Party, SaskMusic, NXNE, Manitoba Music, ole, Music PEI, and farewells to Danny Kirwan, Lorraine Gordon, and Rocky Wiseman. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Terri Clark
June 8, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Terri Clark to enter the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Koerner Hall announces its 10th anniversary season, and John Mann inspires a new beer. Others in the news include Steven Himmelfarb, TMC, Music Canada certifications, Roncy Rocks, Aurora Illumination, Jeremy Ledbetter, Obia Le Chef, The Andrew Collins Trio, and farewells to Brian Browne and Clarence Fountain. Videos added for your enjoyment.

The Reklaw siblings, Jenna and Stuart Walker
June 6, 2018
by FYI Staff

Sibling act The Reklaws (pictured) included in CFL peformance series, Beaches Jazz announces its schedule, and Hamilton earns a SOCAN first. Also in the news are Lolaa, Brett Gurewitz, Liona Boyd, City Cinema, FrancoFEST Hamilton, Summerteeth, Rock the River, and Music PEI. Videos added for your enjoyment.

June 4, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Casting has begun for the second season of The Launch, Trent Severn attracts stars to a Toronto show, and Drake is urged to stand down on his feud with Pusha-T. Those also making news include MusiCares, Canadian Blast in Australia, Danielle Bourjeaurd, Upper Canada Choristers, Kalle Mattson, Pierre-Philippe Côté, Murray McLauchlan, Kris the $pirit, and a farewell to Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater. Videos added for your enjoyment.

May 31, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Supercrawl expands for its 10th anniversary, famed photographer Mick Rock holds court, and Grammys head Neil Portnow is on the way out. Also in the news are Manitoba Music, Electric Eclectics, Slocan Ramblers, SummerWorks, Sākihiwē fest, Francois Bourassa, Patrik, Stalone, and David Myles. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Vito and Don Ierullo and Greg Malta pose at the May 11 birthday bash.
May 30, 2018
by FYI Staff

Don Ierullo turns 70 in style, Drake returns to No. 1, and a BMG reunion is planned. Also in the news are SOCAN, Canadian Music Publishers Association, Matt Mays, Willie Nelson, Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame, Toronto Jazz Orchestra, Jennie Laws, TBS, Brave Shores, Andy Kim, The Ault Sisters, Animal Parts, The Tenors, Andre Rieu, Cutting Crew and Wang Chung, and a farewell to Stewart Lupton.

Cowboy Junkies
May 28, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Spotify backtracks, Cowboy Junkies concert draws industry heavyweights, and the GG Performing Arts Awards are nearing. Also in today's edition are Manitoba Music, Terra Lightfoot, Amplify BC, Jason Blaine, Manifesto, Speng Squire, Fred Eaglesmith, and The Sadies. Videos added for your enjoyment.