Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Chuck D
May 18, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Chuck D (pictured) to be honoured by CMW, Make Music Matter's Darcy Ataman receives the Order of Manitoba, and The Color has a big week. Also in the news are the Halifax Jazz Festival, Something Else!, Mixto, Lulaworld, FAI, Ori Dagan, TUNS, Troy Junker, Sweet Alibi, Rip Pop Mutant, Sarah McLachlan, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, and Amanda Rheaume.

Dallas Green  Photo: Renee Rodenkirchen
May 11, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Dallas Green (pictured) will receive the 2022 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, the Toronto Jazz Fest's 35th anniversary edition is a strong one, and Sue Foley wins two major blues awards. Also in the news are The Oshawa Music Awards, Rifflandia, the Brott Music Festival, AFROWAVETO,  Words & Music Downtown Festival, Garth Brooks, Big Rude Jake, Myles Goodwyn, Tomson Highway, Jamie Fine, Hogtown Allstars, Florian Hoefner, Soundstreams, Lunar Bloom, and farewell Mickey Gilley, Judy Henske, Klaus Schulze, and Dennis Waterman.

Felix Cartal  Facebook photo
May 4, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Felix Cartal (pictured) heads the list of INDIE Awards nominees, Drake, The Weeknd, and the Biebs all ink new deals, and Juno events lineups are announced. Also in the news are the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, NXNE, Sled Island, winery concerts, Mission Folk fest, Sam’s Place, OMIF, Music NL, Popguru, Venus Fest, NSMW, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Housewife, Tegan and Sara, David Bray, Early Spirit, The Tea Party, Danny Marks, Lenka Lichtenberg, The Flashing Lights, Richard Beland, Corb Lund, and farewell Walter Rossi, Billy Gaff, Naomi Judd, and Ric Parnell.

Bruce Cockburn being honoured in Ottawa
April 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Bruce Cockburn receives a Walk of Fame Hometown Star in Ottawa (pictured), a large group of A-list artists pay tribute to the late Dallas Good, and the Junos announce more performers. Also making news are Allison Russell, the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame,Halifax Jazz Festival, Exclaim!, Make Music Matter, CIMA,  A2IM Indie Week, Simple Plan, The Henrys, Terry Gomes, Broken Social Scene, Georgia Harmer Yves Léveillé, Steven Lee Olsen, Brett Kissel, and farewell Michael Armstrong, Susan Jacks, Robert Ouimet, Shane Yellowbird, Guitar Shorty, and Teddy Toi.

Shawn Mendes  Photo: Miranda McDonald
April 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes (pictured) is honoured with the Junos' International Achievement Award, ElyOtto cashes in on his viral hit, and the ECMAs announces its honorary awards. Also in the news are the CMAOntario Awards, Tebey, Shania Twain, Salome Bey, MacEwan University, Cue-Sheet-Palooza, Outer Range, the TBS, The Tragically Hip, Arlene Bishop, Ian Lane, CBC Searchlight, Randy Bachman, Sophia Bel, The Baby G, Softcult, and farewell Bill Bourne, Jerry Doucette, Pastelle LeBlanc, Art Rupe, DJ Kay Slay, Charnett Moffett, and Ken West.

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
April 14, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) leads a strong crop of Canadian nominees for the  2022 Billboard Music Awards, Erin Benjamin is up for an International Folk Music Award, and Daniel Caesar signs to Republic. Also in the news are CMW, Crown Lands, Mariposa, Alison Russell, The Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Cavendish Beach, Music BC, Crank Media, The Royal Conservatory, Tallies, Patrizia, Monique Barry, Mack MacKenzie, James Brown, The Northern Pikes, Sultans of String, and farewell Bob Luhtala and Chris Bailey.

Alex Cuba
April 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Joni Mitchell and Alex Cuba (pictured) head the Canadian winners at The Grammys, Allison Russell and Cédric Dind-Lavoie win big at the CFMAs, and Festival d’été de Québec reveals a stellar lineup. Also in the news are CLMA, ECMA, Indie Week, HOROJO Trio, Tom Wilson, Indie101, the 2022 Canadian Sync Awards, Dana Petcoff, Global Toronto, Cue Sheet Palooza Hackathon, Bernie Finkelstein, The HP’s, Dallas Smith, and farewell Boris Brott, Bill Rotari, John Zaritsky, Bobby Rydell, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Roland White, and Andy Wickham.

Sam Roberts Band  Facebook photo
March 30, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Sam Roberts Band (pictured) is profiled in a new documentary, MDM Recordings launches the Henry Armstrong Award, and Michael Fonfara is remembered at a star-studded memorial concert. Also making news are the TSO, Martha Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, Michael Barclay, Voivod, Nick Cave, the CFMAs, Patrick Watson, Music Nova Scotia, The Metcalf Foundation, and farewell Tabby Shaw.

Charlotte Day Wilson  Facebook photo
March 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Charlotte Day Wilson (pictured) will perform at  the Juno Songwriters Circle, the Stones will release Live At The El Mocambo in May, and Roberto Occhipinti launches The Next Step. Others in the news include Tami Neilson, Banx & Ranx, Art d‘Ecco, Jerry Leger, Shaela Miller, Charlotte Cornfield, Aviv, Theo Tams, Maria Muldaur, Heavyweights Brass Band, Danny Michel, and farewell Jeff Carson and Taylor Hawkins.

Triple Country Music Alberta Award winners Nice Horse
March 24, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Nice Horse (pictured) top the winners list at the Country Music Alberta Awards, the final 3 in the lucrative Project WILD face off on Saturday, and Toronto summer fest Field Trip returns. Also in the news are the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards, Arcade Fire, the Junos, NXNE, Justin Bieber, YouTube, RealestK, SiriusXM Top of the Country, Pretty Archie, and the Surrey Music Strategy.

Graphic for new Gordon Lightfoot-themed documentary
March 21, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Gordon Lightfoot attends the world premiere of the documentary film Lightheaded: A Gordon Lightfoot State of Mind (pictured), Will Butler leaves Arcade Fire, and a star-studded lineup will salute Joni Mitchell. Also in the news are Rockin Riverfest 2022, Geneviève Racette, Dallas Green, Roberto Occhipinti, Women in the Studio National Accelerator, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Michelle Willis, NMC, Jens Lindemann, Tebey, CIMA and ADVANCE, and farewell Barbara Morrison.

Arcade Fire  Facebook photo
March 17, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Arcade Fire (pictured) releases a new single today, Alex Lifeson has written a song in tribute to Neil Peart, and Tenille Arts grabs two CMT Awards noms. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, a Cape Breton Music Hall of Fame, Laketown Ranch, Folk Alliance, NSMW, MMF Canada, 604 INFINITE, Geoffroy, Rory Taillon, and farewell Donald Coakley and Barry Bailey.