Music News Digest

Music News Digest

September 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Lowest Of The Low will launch a live album (pictured) with five Toronto shows, CIMA hosts a showcase at the Reeperbahn Festival, and Feist will premiere new music at Meridian Hall. Also in the news are Marc Jordan, Miesha & the Spanks, Paul Brandt, Jay Feelbender, The Upper Canada Choristers and Cantemos, CityXLab, and farewell George Mraz.

Alanis Obomsawin
September 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Dates for Juno Week are announced, Alanis Obomsawin (pictured) is named the 13th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, Nickelback faces a lawsuit, and Lulaworld Records hosts a Toronto festival. Others in the news include CIMA, Ammoye, MMF, The Elmo, Red Sky and TSO, FAI, The Grapes of Wrath, Harvest Home festival, Thomas Stajcer, Paul Jacobs, Festival of Friends, Kurt Swinghammer, and farewell George Wein.

Justin Bieber  Facebook photo
September 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) scores at the VMAs, Oscar Peterson is honoured by the RCM, and Donovan Woods launches a new label. Also in the news are Cassidy Mann, Neil Peart, Dear Rouge, the Polaris Prize, Luminato, OKAN, Music NL, Mustafa, Dayna Manning, CMRRA, VIFF, and farewell Michael Chapman.

Keonte Beals  Facebook photo
September 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Keonté Beals (pictured) leads the Music Nova Scotia Awards nominees, Tenille Townes announces a headlining Canadian tour, and Festival (506) launches next month. Also in the news are Fall BeerFest T.O., MNS Artist in Residence, Hopscotch Festival, The Chris Buck Band, World of Jazz Festival, The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Tricky Woo, Ronley Teper, Virtual Voices Series, Music PEI, CIMA, Lorraine Leckie, June Garber, Christine Petrowska Quilico, and farewell Bennie Pete.

Rumoured cover art of new Drake album
September 2, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake is reportedly set to release his new album (cover graphic pictured), the Record Store Day Canada Unsigned Competition returns, and Nova Scotia Music Week will take place in Truro. Also in the news are Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Music PEI Awards, Songbird North, TSO, Contact East, Martin Atkins, MMF Canada, Make Music Matter, The Trews, and farewell Ron Bushy, Bill Emerson, Larry Harlow, and Ruth Marx.

The Long Winter festival graphic
August 30, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Long Winter festival (pictured) turns 10, Music Nova Scotia launches a new performance series, and dub reggae pioneer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry passes. Also in the news are MusicNL, Fiver, TIFF, Dionne Warwick, Friendly Ghostz, BC grants, El Plaga, Elise LeGrow, Zachary Lucky, IRCPA, and farewell Kenny Malone.

Jann Arden will play Ottawa Bluesfest    Facebook photo
August 26, 2021
by Kerry Doole

RBC Bluesfest’s lineup includes Jann Arden (pictured), the Manifesto festival turns 15, and a British metal band covers Avril. Also in the news are CityFolk, Savannah Ré, Orchestre Métropolitain, Gord Downie, Catherine MacLellan, Supercrawl, Skratch Bastid, Indie Weekly, Carson Koa, Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award, Gregory Oh, Stereos, CMW, Jenie Thai, and farewell Brian Travers.

Don Everly at 2019 induction into Musicians Hall of Fame
August 23, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Don Everly has passed away. Pictured here at the 1986 Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. He was 84 years of age.

artwork for new Belly album
August 19, 2021
by Kerry Doole

POP Montreal will turn 20 with a hybrid fest, Belly announces a new album (pictured), and the SOCAN Foundation names award recipients. Also in the news are Rush, Sue Foley, Cactus Festival, ALIVE series, the Police Picnic, Kintaro, Sean Jones, Opera Atelier, Tim Baker, Shane Cook, Contact East 2021, Creative Manitoba, and Neeraj Prem. With video.

Justin Bieber  Facebook photo
August 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, The Music Pro Summit announces more speakers, and The Grammy Museum features Alex Cuba. Others in the news include CIMA, AmericanaFest UK, Chairmen Of The Boards, Gordie Tentrees, Elora Festival, Martin Verrall, Big Wreck, and farewell R. Murray Schafer, and Nanci Griffith.

Shawn Austin
August 12, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Austin (pictured) is the flagship signing to new country imprint, Local Hay, Gordon Lightfoot postpones dates, and the CMAO’s Legacy Revival lineup is an impressive one. Also in the news are MUTEK, MMF Canada, Bespoke, Unleash The Archers, Markham Jazz Festival, Music Nova Scotia, Loud Luxury, Kingsville Music Society, and farewell Dee Tee Thomas and Walter Yetnikoff.

Jo Jo Bennett in action at The BamBoo  Photo courtesy Blair Moody
August 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd is back in the headlines, a new concert series launches in The Laurentians, and Bachman Cummings cancel US dates. Also in the news are Golden Cinema, Mariposa, Matchedash Parish, Belvedere, Linda Perry, VIFF, deadmau5, Westdale Theatre, Skydiggers, and farewell Toronto reggae legend Jo Jo Bennett (pictured).