Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Music impresario Yves-François Blanchet is Bloc Quebecois leader
December 6, 2019
by FYI Staff

There was nothing in yesterday’s Throne Speech that addresses the government’s action plan and commitments to Arts & Culture.

December 4, 2019
by FYI Staff

Alanis Morissette set to tour Jagged Little Pill (pictured), Six Shooter shutters Interstellar Rodeo, and the return of Sarah Harmer. Also making news are the Apple Music Awards, Genius, LyricFind, Winterruption YEG, Walk Off the Earth, and farewells to Joe Smith and Greedy Smith.

 Justin Bieber Facebook photo
December 2, 2019
by FYI Staff

Scooter Braun hints at new music from Justin Bieber (pictured), Gowan discusses Styx, and the Women's Blues Revue is a hit. Also in the news are Rosemary Siemens, Tones and I, Kurt Swinghammer, Creative BC, Jerry Leger, Lindy Vopnfjord, Genevieve Marentette, Don Francks, and farewell Irving Burgie.

High Valley   Facebook photo
November 29, 2019
by Kerry Doole

High Valley (pictured) announces a May tour, CIMA heads a Mission to AmericanaFest UK, and the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize names the winners. Also in the news are Gordon Lightfoot, Dine Alone, RSD, Pussy Riot, CMW,  Maple Blues Awards, and Haviah Mighty.

Canada's Walk of Fame gala included an appearance by David Foster with The Tenors. Credit: George Pimentel
November 27, 2019
by Kerry Doole

David Foster was a surprise guest with The Tenors at Canada's Walk of Fame gala Saturday in Toronto. The trio had some fun with him, too, taking some liberties with the lyrics to The Prayer, the popular song the piano man co-wrote with Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis.

Tay and Shania at last night's AMAs. Pic: Shania Twain, Instagram
November 25, 2019
by FYI Staff

Shania and Taylor (pictured) shine at the AMAs, Michael Wekerle promises the Elmo is getting close, and a confession from David Foster. Also making news are BTS, Bill Wylie, Drake, Gordon Lightfoot, Anyway Gang, Alex Pangman, a McGarrigle tribute, Patrick Harbron, Steven Guilbeault, Saskatchewan Music Awards, Miranda Mulholland, George Seara,  Sheenah Ko, Manitoba Music, MusicNL Awards, and farewell Gerry Atwell and Goo Hara.

Donnie Walsh, Downchild song's author. Pic: The Great Lakes Blues Society
November 22, 2019
by FYI Staff

A big hit by Downchild (pictured Donnie Walsh) is honoured, The Last Waltz heads to Nashville, and Juno tickets go on sale today. Also making news are JFL, Kesha, Anvil, Susan Aglukark, NMC, Said The Whale, the CCMA, Corin Raymond, and Laila Biali. With video.

Dave Gunning
November 20, 2019
by FYI Staff

Dave Gunning (pictured) and The Small Glories head CFMA noms, Shawn Mendes is up for an ARIA Award, and Chris Brown and Drake are big winners at the Soul Train Award. Others in the news include Post Malone, Celine Dion, Dave Bookman, CLMA, The Doobie Bros, Sask Country Showcase, Leonard Cohen, Alexisonfire, Hoffey, Peter Foldy, Surefire Sweat, and Squamish Constellation Festival. With video.

November 18, 2019
by FYI Staff

Jessie Reyez (pictured) is Up Next, ren creates a buzz, and Lindsay Ell tops the US charts. Also in the news are the Indie Week Awards, the Cuddys, Chris Birkett, Pollstar Awards, Andrea Ramolo, Music Canada, Music BC, Indigenous Music Residency, Music PEI, and Creative Manitoba. With video.

Andy Kim
November 15, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Andy Kim (pictured) hosts two star-studded holiday charity concerts, Saskatchewan Music Awards noms are announced, and Sarah Harmer returns with her first album in a decade. Others in the news include Edmonton Arts Council, CSHF, Winterruption, Anders, Indie Week, Del Barber, SOCAN, Michelle Titian, and MusicOntario. With video.

Bayla Facebook photo
November 13, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Bayla (pictured) wins a Canada’s Walk of Fame contest, The Weeknd has a legal setback, and Junofest submissions open. Also in the news are the Manitoba Country Music Awards, Fleetwood Mac, Rob Bowman, Joel Plaskett, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Jackie Washington, Young Spirit, and Saskatchewan Music Awards. With video.

Calpurnia  Facebook photo
November 11, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Finn Wolfhard's band Calpurnia (pictured) breaks up, Michelle Shocked comes to Indie Week, and Ringo returns to the road. Also in the news are David Clayton-Thomas, Royskopp, NACC chart, a guitar hotel, The Dead South, Jazzahead, CIMA, and farewell Larry Shelast. With video.