Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Director X
April 13, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Director X enters the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame, Ottawa adopts its first official music strategy and iLLvibe readies his new album. Also in the news are SOCAN, the ECMAs, Great Lake Swimmers, Halifax Jazz Festival, Pharis & Jason Romero, Sawdust City fest, Quebecois composers, Andie Duquette, and Redstone Winery. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Audiotree will be active at CMW
April 11, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Audiotree North announces a strong presence at CMW, The Washboard Union launches its new album with a YouTube performance, and Civic Theatres Toronto wants you to help change names. Also in the news are Lindsay Ell, Santa Teresa fest,  Haley Blais,  Paul White, Jon Mullane, George Thorogood, Lonely Parade, and farewells to Mark Rye, Vanessa Staples, and Fraser Loveman.

April 9, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Drake scores with a new single and video, Lisa Conway forges ahead, and SOCAN dishes out more No. 1 Song Awards. Also making news today are Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Dire Straits, CHMR-FM, Music BC, Upstream Music Fest, In My Coma, Jill Barber, the Daytime Emmys, Fast Forward, and a farewell to David Kavanagh. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Senator Winebar hosts Elle Madeline's secret tonight and Saturday
April 6, 2018
by FYI Staff

Senator Winebar imports secretly seductive sorcerer Elle Madeline tonight and Saturday, cellist Margaret Maria honours Canadian women, Tory Lanez announces international tour dates, and Nando’s Music Exchange workshop expands to Canada. Also in the news are Long Range Hustle, Mickey Gilley, Beaches Jazz, Hamilton Arts Awards, Merkules, Obey The Brave, and it's farewell Cecil Taylor.

The Weeknd  Photo: Billboard
April 2, 2018
by FYI Staff

The Weeknd has a hit with his surprise EP, Three Days Grace makes chart history, and the Rock Hall of Fame announces special guests. Also making news are CIMA, Kid Koala, Music Heals, Michael Occhipinti, Bossie, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Telephone Explosion, Phre$h Prince, and a farewell to Dan Preszcator of UIC.

March 30, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The Boss rules Broadway, Coachella heightens security and a fundraiser for the family of Jason Buie. Also in the news are Armstrong Metalfest, the ECMA, A2IM's Indie Week, Chic, The Silver Dollar, London Music Week, NMC, Jazz Lives, Fred Eaglesmith and Gordie Tentrees, Lawnya Vawnya, Sunrise Records, Canmore Folk Fest, The Stanfields, Rodney DeCroo, and Dany Laj. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Seen here at the Mill St. Brew Pub in Toronto are performers Dick Rodan, Sam Drysdale and Marlon Chaplin along with key members of the Mill St., WWF Canada and Indie Week teams.
March 28, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Performers at the Lights Out fundraiser for WWF included Sam Drysdale and Juno Fan Choice winner Shawn Mendes is tapped for an iHeartRadio Secret Session. Others in the news include the ECMA, Big Valley Jamboree, Matthew Good, CIMA, CMPA, Global Toronto, Ever After fest, Nashville, Frog Eyes, Music Canada Live, Alzheimer benefit, David Beckingham, Burna Bandz and JNeat, and a farewell to Mike Harrison.

Paul McCartney at March For Our Lives rally
March 26, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Paul McCartney marches in honour of John Lennon, and digital downloads are on the decline. Those also making news include SOCAN, Juno Week, Nile Rodgers, The Slits, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Sinead O'Connor, TassNata, and a farewell to John Crossen. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Geddy Lee
March 23, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Celebrity presenters at The Junos will include Geddy Lee, the Polaris Music Prize announces its key dates, and Jessica Mitchell releases new material. Those also making news include CIMA, Coastal Jazz, Roger Daltrey, Patrik, Jerry Leger, Jess Moskaluke, Common Deer, Les Poules a Colin, and a farewell to Jason Buie and Paul Cram. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Kiefer Sutherland to headline Sirius XM House at CMW
March 21, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Kiefer Sutherland co-headlines Sirius XM House at CMW, the iHeart Radio FanFest announces its lineup, and Classified will perform on the ECMAs. Also making news are Searchlight, Aquakultre, Indigenous Music Awards, Drake, Danielle Bourjeaurd, A3C Festival, Patrick Watson, Sugar Brown, Joe Keithley, Steven Tyler, CMTTF, and Battle of Santiago. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Jay-Z and Belly in the studio (Photo: Instagram)
March 19, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Belly is spied in the studio with his label boss Jay-Z, Stories from the Studio at Juno Week, and the return of Prozzak. Also in the news are James Bryan, Jacob Hoggard, Datsik, Smiling Buddha, Michael Kaeshammer, Skookum fest, Kinnie Starr, Holger Petersen, and the Kitchener Blues Festival. Videos added for your enjoyment.