Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Grammy winner Brandi Carlile will speak at SXSW. Photo: Facebook
February 15, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Grammy winner Brandi Carlile (pictured) will speak at SXSW, Drake's victory is celebrated in the 6ix, and The Sakamoto Agency expands. Also making news are Roxodus Music Fest, Kasador, Music BC, RPM, Jillard Guitars, Sonic Unyon, and SATE. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Bahamas  Photo: Reynard Li
February 13, 2019
by Kerry Doole

q - Live at the Junos in London features Bahamas (pictured), Avril Lavigne teams up with Nicki Minaj, and Joni attends Grammy festivities. Also in the news are UMG, Ingrooves, Hilario Durán,  Cadence Grace, Larry Stanley, Jackie Washington, JV's Boogaloo Squad, and farewells to Joe Hardy, Darryl Weeks, and Phil Western.

February 11, 2019
by Kerry Doole

An Ontario date for The Rolling Stones (pictured) is rumoured, Terra Lightfoot's The Longest Road Show tour was a hit last week, rapper Lil Berete is in hot water at home, and Lee Harvey Osmond's hometown album launch. Others in the news include Mariposa, The Clash, Lindsey Buckingham, Early Spirit, Art Bergmann, Manitoba Music, Music Ontario, FAI, and farewell Izzy Young.

Arkells at MusiCounts event in Calgary  Photo: Rob Loud
February 8, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Arkells celebrate the 2018 MusiCounts Passion Prize recipient (pictured), T. Thomason wins on The Launch, and Royal Mountain Records establishes a mental health fund. Also in the news are Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton Music Prize, Spotify, ole, Al Pedecine, CMA International Awards, Grammy odds, Sharon and Bram, TR/ST, and Said The Whale. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Charlotte Day Wilson
February 6, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Work Film Grant set up by Charlotte Day Wilson (pictured) announces the two winners, and Folk Music Canada gets busy at FAI. Also in the news are CIMA, MEGAPHONO, Ben Caplan, Maroon 5, Shad, Festival of Beer, Yumi Nagashima,  Lisa Weitz, The Dirty Nil, Patti Jannetta, and farewell Dave Ferri. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Tyler Shaw
February 3, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Canadian pop singer-songwriter Tyler Shaw (pictured) goes gold, Bif Naked and K-os join the Canada Winter Games' music lineup, and Michael Bublé returns to NBC. Also in the news are SaskMusic, FAI, Cold Manitoba Project, Koerner Hall, the Breithaupt Brothers, Miranda Mulholland, Music Canada, RecordFund Inc., Grace Lachance, Titans Of Toronto Reggae,and farewell Alex Brown, Harold Bradley, and Ayub Ogada. Videos added for your enjoyment. 

Notifi
February 1, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Céline Dion is the subject of an upcoming biopic, Notifi (pictured) impresses at a T.O. showcase, and Alessia Cara announces a cross-Canada tour. Also in the news are The James Barker Band, the Beatles, The Lonely Hearts, Jan Lisiecki, Music BC, Music PEI, and Sarah McCoy. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Steve Strongman wins in Memphis
January 30, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Bluesman Steve Strongman (pictured) wins in Memphis, Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards nominations open, and a coup for Citadel Theatre. Also in the news are Stompin’ Tom Connors, CMW, Devin Townsend, Pandora, Sirius XM, and farewells to Ray Walsh and James Ingram.

Aaron Godvin a big winner at the Alberta Country Music Awards
January 28, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Alberta Country Music Awards, held in Red Deer last night were hosted by Aaron Godvin who took home the night

John Mann
January 25, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The star-studded The Spirit of John benefit honours John Mann (pictured), and the Alberta Country Music Awards are ready to roll. Also in the news are Richard Gottehrer, Gordon Lightfoot, Whiskey Jack,  Stompin’ Tom Connors, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Roxodus Music Fest, Bryan Adams, Creative Manitoba, and farewell Oliver Mtukudzi. Videos added for your enjoyment.

The Dirty Nil  Photo: Steve Gullick
January 23, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Dirty Nil (pictured) delivers a SNL parody, MusicOntario goes to NewSkool Rules, and Trent Severn goes on hiatus. Also in the news are pipeline protests, CIMA, FAI, Hugh's Room Live, Michael Occhipinti, WNMF, Alexandra Streliski, the Oscars, Northern Touch Music Festival, Scrape Records, Cadence Grace, The Darcys, Ladom Ensemble, Don Brownrigg, The Fretless, and farewell Ted McKenna and Kaye Ballard.

Donna Grantis. Instagram
January 21, 2019
by FYI Staff

The hit Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford inspires a book, R. Kelly is dropped by Sony, Ariana Grande sets a Spotify record, and Donna Grantis (pictured) goes solo. Also in the news are John and Yoko, The Dead South, APTN, Drake, Ian Blurton, Trille Or, Lenny Stoute, Verboden, Monster Truck, Music BC, and a farewell to Reggie Young. Videos added for your enjoyment.