Music News Digest

Music News Digest

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
November 23, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) and Justin Bieber dazzle at The American Music Awards, Shawn Mendes has a film documentary premiering today, and Radiohead’s Toronto tragedy is back in the spotlight. Also making news are Lil Berete, Jimmy Rankin, Pretty, Aluna, Kaytranada, MPC, Wade MacNeil, Larnell Lewis, AGH, and farewell Tony Hooper.

Scott Helman
November 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Scott Helman (pictured) makes his video directing debut, Indie Week gets the thumbs up, and Amaal stars on Juno TV. Also making news are Byta Internet, Tom Wilson, iskwē, CityFolk, Shaye Zadravec, Dave Young, Jeffery Straker, Lou Molinaro, Colonel Tom and the American Pour, Tom Cochrane, MMF, and farewell Bruce Swedien.

The Weeknd   Facebook graphic
November 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) is set to play the Super Bowl halftime show next year, Johnny Orlando wins a  MTV Europe Music Award, and Justin Bieber gets festive for Amazon Music. Others in the news include Kathleen Edwards, CIMA, Crown Lands, FACTOR, &C Record Club, Grimes, Dan Fortin, Tami Neilson, Sheenah Ko, and farewell Des O’Connor and Doug Supernaw.

November 11, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Round 2 of First Up with RBCxMusic is announced, power fiddle couple Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy schedule a virtual Xmas tour (pictured), and CZN win the Jim Beam National Talent Search. Also in the news are The ARC Sound, Kandle, Mississauga Music Awards, The Connected Music Series, Sound + Vision, The Fugitives, Lhasa, TSO, Brett Kissel, Toronto Jazz Festival, Whitney Rose, Mon Doux Saigneur, and Circulart.

Michael McCarty  Photo: Steve Carty
November 9, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Top Toronto venue The Mod Club closes its doors, Michael McCarty (pictured) is set to leave SOCAN, and Robert Bennett is named as that org’s CFO. Also in the news are The Weeknd, Sam Roberts Band, John Till and Ken Kalmusky, Serena Ryder, Quartetto Gelato, Chilly Gonzales, The Commodore Ballroom, Colin James, and farewell Ken Hensley, Len Barry, and Bones Hillman.

Nav  Facebook photo
November 4, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Nav (pictured) delivers a new mixtape tomorrow, a Stones exhibit will roll into Kitchener, and Radio Starmaker launches a new program. Also in the news are AmericanaFest UK, Music PEI, CMW's Virtual Voices, Mariposa, CIMA, Tom Wilson, Tucker Lane, Universal Honey, Brayden Alexander, Mario Romano, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Sacha, and farewell Peter Erdmann and Baron Wolman.

Jack de Keyzer  Photo: David McDonald photography
November 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jack de Keyzer (pictured) leads the Maple Blues Awards nominations list, Alex Cuba to play on the Latin Grammys, and Fran Herman is remembered with a special fund. Also in the news are Teenage Head, John Orpheus, the Canadian Music Class Challenge, Glass Tiger, Noble Son, Dan Mangan, the Colonial Tavern, F.Scott and The Nighthawks, Princess Century, and farewell Jose Padilla, Bishop Rance Allen, and Lou Pallo.

The Kings   Photo supplied by CSHF
October 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Kings’ hit This Beat Goes On/Switchin’ to Glide enters the CSHF (pictured), The Weeknd shines in the American Music Awards noms list, and Art Bergmann takes on American fascism. Also in the news are Mav Karlo, Indie Week, Alan Doyle, Emanuel, Éric Lapointe, BluesReel, Celine Dion, Emerge, Mississauga Music Awards, Anthony Gomes, Music PEI, Mother Mother, Potatohead People, and farewell Billy Joe Shaver.

Drake  Instagram photo
October 26, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Drake (pictured) turns 34 and teases a new album, Music NB and Ontario Folk Music Awards are handed out, and the Harmonize: Music Video Mentorship is launched. Also making news are Tannis Slimmon, Dub J, The Washboard Union, Comedy Here Often?, Folk Unlocked, The Weeknd, Corb Lund, Ruby Waters, Chilly Gonzales, The Cold Manitoba Project, Gowan, The Music Hall, SNRK, LOTL, TiKA, and farewell Jerry Jeff Walker, Viola Smith, and Tony Lewis.

Bob Moses  video still
October 22, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Bob Moses (pictured) teams up with Twitch, a Kiwi collaboration for Kacy & Clayton, and BreakOut West partners with two international festivals. Others making news include Braids, Michael Posner, Bell Orchestre, Carroll Baker, Jill Barber, Music Publishers Canada, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Shawn Hook, Stan Rogers, George Canyon, Elaine Bomberry, and farewell Spencer Davis and Gordon Haskell.

October 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The winner of the  Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is named today, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival announces its lineup, and Alanis Obomsawin is the 13th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. Others in the news include Teenage Head, Music NL, FACTOR, Gord Downie, the Canadian Online Jazz Festival, CARAS, Plants and Animals, Music PEI Awards, METZ, Elephants and Stars, Tenille Townes, Veda Hille, Greg Wells, and farewell Bob Biggs and Johnny Bush.

Shawn Mendes
October 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

A new documentary about Shawn Mendes (pictured) is coming to Netflix, Tom Wilson is arrested at a protest near Hamilton, and the CIMA/Music Ontario AGM takes place today. Also in the headlines are The Hope State, Jim Beam National Talent Search , Music NB, Tom Jackson, Darcy James Argue, Witch Prophet, BreakOut West: Home Edition, Amanda Hagel, John Cody and Perla Batalla, Indie Week, Mariposa, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cordero, Al Qawha Ensemble, Jordyn Pollard, and Something Else.