Music News Digest

Music News Digest

January 17, 2022
by Kerry Doole

NXNE (pictured) returns to Toronto this summer, Aengus Finnan is stepping away from Folk Alliance International, and the TSO has a new CEO. Also in the news are the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Jadea Kelly, Forest City London Music Hall of Fame, The Dead South, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Shannon Josdal and Maylee Todd, and farewell to Tyrone Gabriel, R. Dean Taylor, Jerry Crutchfield, Ralph Emery, Dallas Frazier, Jon Lind, and James Mtume.

Envy Of None  Facebook photo
January 13, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Alex Lifeson’s new band Envy Of None (pictured) is launched, BreakOut West is forced to go virtual, and the Blue Jay Sessions return to Calgary. Also in the news are Toronto Songwriting School, Indie Weekly, Opera Atelier, Karl Wolf, and the CFMA, and farewell to Vince Fontaine, Burke Shelley, and Ronnie Spector.

Lexxicon  Facebook photo
January 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The AFROWAVETO fest announces its lineup (founder Lexxicon pictured), Torquil Campbell can write you a song, and Kevin Howes’ Voluntary In Nature  expands its reach. Also in the news are Saskatchewan Music Awards, Music BC, Capitol Hill Block Party, Jaffa Road, Big Winter Classic, Scott Parsons, and farewell Harpdog Brown, Koady Chaisson, Pierre Jobin, Marilyn Bergman, Michael Lang, and Francisco Serra.

The Weeknd album cover artwork
January 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) releases his new album tomorrow, omicron forces the Grammys to postpone, and ArtHaus serenades air travellers. Also in the news are the Maple Blues Awards, Claude Cloutier, Terry Parsons, Jacob Hoggard, Duane ‘D.O’ Gibson, Black 365, Markham Jazz Festival, Screen X Screen, Music Nova Scotia, Bernie Senensky, and farewell Sandra Jaffe.

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
January 3, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) teases a new album, Allison Russell receives critical love Stateside, and another record for Justin Bieber. Also in the news are the Maple Blues Awards, Music NL, Jason Cull, CIMVAs, and farewell Bobby Herriot, Terry McManus, Mikey Chung, J.D. Crowe, and Stephen J. Lawrence.

Hugh Dillon  Facebook photo
December 23, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Sarah McLachlan will headline the 2022 Squamish Constellation Festival, Loud Luxury plays a Boxing Day benefit show, and Hugh Dillon (pictured) and The Headstones earn US exposure. Also in the news are Maple Blues Awards, Folk Alliance, CMAO, Whiskey Jack, and farewell Don Palmer, Billy Conway, Drakeo the Ruler, Kangol Kid, and Carlos Marín.

December 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

A stellar cast will salute Joni Mitchell (pictured), omicron sinks Bryan Adams’ NYE show, and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar head back on the road. Also in the news are Jaymz Bee, Unison, Anne Murray, Yukon Blonde, Canzona Chamber Players, and farewell Renée Martel, Ian Worang, Phil Chen, Leonard Hubbard, and Wanda Young.

December 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Canadian stars rally to support flood victims (pictured), the BC government expands grants to fests and fairs, and SING! announces a big name headliner. Also in the news are Triumph, Kellylee Evans, Brownman, Sultans of String, MMF Canada, JazzInToronto, and farewell Garth Dennis, Ken Kragen, and Joe Simon.

Les Emmerson  2015 Facebook photo
December 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Toronto's Glenn Gould School joins the new Sir Elton John Global Exchange Programme, Alicia Toner leads the 2022 Music PEI Award nominees, and the CP Holiday Train goes online. Also in the news are Arkells, Greg Godovitz, Air Canada, Frank Davies, Sakamoto Agency, River Town Saints, Art Napoleon, Cue-Sheet-Palooza Hackathon, FAI, Aline Morales, Bryan Adams, and farewell Les Emmerson (pictured), Peter Mann, David Bigham, Steve Bronski, Barry Harris, David Lasley, Mensi, Mike Nesmith, and Ralph Tavares.

Haviah Mighty   Facebook photo
December 9, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake snubs the Grammys, Haviah Mighty (pictured) boosts Black-owned businesses, and The Tragically Hip pay tribute to Montreal femicide victims. Also in the news are BreakOut West, Michael Bublé, Crown Lands, Dan Mangan, I Mother Earth, Jann Arden, Amber Moyle, cleopatrick, Third Side Music, Jingle Punks, Dale Morningstar, Make Music Matter, The Baby G, and farewell Michael Laucke, John Miles, Robbie Shakespeare, and Greg Tate.

David Clayton-Thomas  Facebook photo: Marie Byers
December 6, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Hall of Famer David Clayton-Thomas (pictured) retires from performing, covid forces City and Colour to postpone or cancel shows, and the MusicNL Awards winners are named. Also making news are A2IM, Lets Get Digital, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Blues Summit 10, Juice WRLD,  Justin Bieber, Joni Mitchell, MMF Canada, and farewell Neil Flanz and Stonewall Jackson.

Mother Mother
December 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Mother Mother (pictured) will go deluxe to coincide with international touring, The Damn Truth is writing a success story, and Canadian artists raise the alarm of a climate emergency. Also in the news are Apple Music, The Weeknd, Anne Murray, AM to FM Promotions, Cotton Factory, MusicNL, Jim Payne, Andy Kim Day, CIMA, Jeffrey Remedios, Suzie Ungerleider, and MMF Canada.