Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Jann Arden  website photo
September 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jann Arden (pictured) returns to TV and releases another album, a Tragically Hip doco double bill hits screens, and bluesman Steve Strongman signs with Linus. Also in the news are the Jim Beam National Talent Search, BPAC, the SOCAN Foundation, The Chefs Table, Remember The Music, drive-in shows, John Lennon, Sing Leaf, Alec Fraser Jr, Elliott BROOD, Manitoba Music, Roveena, Terra Lightfoot, Discogs, Keith Brown, Andrea Morris, and farewell Bruce Murray.

Toots Hibbert pic courtesy of punk.street.punk via Instagram
September 14, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Celine Dion reschedules North American dates, a tribute to Neil Peart, and London Music Week is under way. Also in the news are Joni Mitchell, the Cobalt Prize, Ann Vriend, Buildings and Food, Johnny Orlando, CIMA, X Avant XV, Country Connections Live, Big Screen Harvest Party, and farewell Toots Hibbert (pictured).

Carole Pope and Kevan Staples of Rough Trade  Photo courtesy of CSHF
September 10, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The biggest hit by Rough Trade (pictured) enters the CSHF, Shawn Mendes partners with TIFF, and the Kensington Market Jazz Festival goes virtual. Also in the news are US visa fee increases, Unsigned Only, Play The Parks: Calgary, Sam Roberts Band, The Dirty Nil, Ever New, CIMA, Edgar Breau, Storry, Brian Blain, MMF Canada, Music Nova Scotia, David Dacks, and farewell Ronald Bell and Simeon Coxe.

DJ Khaled and Drake  Facebook photo
September 8, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber stars in a video for a hit by DJ Khaled and Drake (pictured), a rooftop concert series comes to The Hammer, and Jann Arden’s hit show returns. Also making news are George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett, HUFF, Dean Brody, Evangeline Gentle, Corb Lund, Half Moon Run, The Rex, Alan Doyle, Melanie Brulée, Kaytranada, The Darcys, URGNT, and farewell Lucille Starr and Gary Peacock.

Marianas Trench  Photo: Live Nation
September 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Marianas Trench (pictured) join the Live From Inside live-stream series, the SOCAN Foundation launches the Black Canadian Music Awards, and Festival (506) continues virtually. Also in the news are Corb Lund, Steven Guilbeault, the TU Jazz Fest, Dylan Menzie, Barenaked Ladies, Columbia Artists Management, Satellite and The Harpoonist, Screamin' Deal, The Trews, and farewell Ian Mitchell and Erick Morillo.

Big Wreck, Instagram
August 31, 2020
by Kerry Doole

POP Montreal (pictured) is forging ahead with a hybrid festival, The Weeknd comes up big at The VMAs, and Big Wreck will help relaunch The El Mocambo. Others in the news include Leonard Cohen, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, the New Rebel Westerners, T. Thomason, SUUNS, The Orchard, Madisyn Whajne, MusicNL, ECMA podcast, and farewell Riley Gale.

Ironwood   Photo: Pinterest
August 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Calgary rallies around The Ironwood (pictured), Record Store Day Canada announces a competition, and SOCAN’s Encore rewards online concerts. Also in the news are SCENE, The Beaches, Manifesto, TOBi, Music PEI , CIMA, Kitchener Blues Festival, Lawson Vocal Studios, Haley Blais, Jeremy Drury, Land of Talk, Unleash The Archers, Ronley Teper, and farewell Gerry McGhee and Walter Lure.

The Kings  Photo supplied
August 24, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Kings (pictured) celebrate two milestone anniversaries, Toronto music venues get a boost, and Tory Lanez is in hot water. Others making news include The Dead South, The Tragically Hip, Unison, Michael Owen, RUShfest, Arkells, Cory Marks, Kaia Kater, Love Mansuy, Alberta Music, Colter Wall, Holly Woods, and farewell Jack Sherman, Frankie Banali, Ron Gaskin, and Justin Townes Earle.

Andy Shauf Facebook pic
August 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Andy Shauf (pictured) makes it onto a presidential playlist, Record Store Day is changing in 2020, and the BC Arts Council heads a new Arts Infrastructure Program. Also in the news are The Dirty Nil, Matt May , Canadian Heritage, Jeen, Fergus Hambleton, The Sheepdogs, MNB, Hot Tramp Records, Cole James, METZ, Donna Lidster, Brooklxn, Acoustic Blend Café, and farewell Todd Nance.

The Sadies  Illustration by Jeremy Bruneel
August 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd digs deep once more, The Sadies (pictured) bring music back to The Horseshoe stage, and Jayward Artist Group signs PunkWithAnF. Also in the news are Storry, FACTOR, the Dirty Nil, Indie Weekly, the CMF covid fund, Roxanne Potvin, Partner, Matt Mays, MMF, Paul Banwatt, Slocan Ramblers, CIMA, and farewell Julian Bream and Pete Way.

The Dead South  Facebook photo
August 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Dead South (pictured) celebrates a major milestone, the Jim Beam National Talent Search goes virtual, and CMAO resets its performance series. Also making news are Lindsay Ell, Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, Jay Douglas, Bryce Clifford, Metallica, Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Patti Jannetta, The Weeknd, Adrian Sutherland, NOW, The Georgia Straight, MMF, Southern Supper, Regina Folk Festival, Samantha Martin, and farewell Trini Lopez.

Jessie Reyez  Facebook photo
August 10, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jessie Reyez (pictured) releases a new video from her hit album, Terra Lightfoot announces a new record, and Matthew Grimson’s famous friends boost his legacy. Also in the news are Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, Fast Romantics, the CFMAs, The Nursery, The Paddock, Music PEI, Jazz Bistro, and farewell Brent Carver, Martin Birch, and Wayne Fontana.