Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Christina Petrowska Quilico  Website photo
November 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Christina Petrowska Quilico (pictured), Lara St. John, and Robert Godin are amongst the Order of Canada appointees, Music Publishers Canada co-hosts a songwriting camp, and this year’s Gala SOCAN goes virtual. Also in the news are NMC, Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, MMF Canada, The Huron Carole, Voivod, Saga, Ali & Theo, Ryland James, Michele Mele, Phil Nimmons, Andrea Morris , SNRK, and IRCPA.

Dream Serenade Finale  Photo: Jag Gundu
November 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Dream Serenade Benefit Concert goes virtual (pictured), the NSMW Sessions are launched, and Ring Music closes. Also in the news are Songs For Food And Shelter, Indie Week, The Dill, Melanie Peterson, Tallinn Music Week, Fortunate Ones,  Ken Tizzard and Music For Goats, MIDEM, and farewell Hal Ketchum and i_o.

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.