Music News Digest

Music News Digest

City and Colour  Facebook photo
March 13, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Alexisonfire and City and Colour (pictured) head a major new summer festival, D.O.A. celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hardcore 81 with a tour, and Geneviève Nadeau is the recipient of the CFMA’s Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award. Others in the news include Simon Ward, Ronley Teper and the Lipliners, Suzie Ungerleider and Caroline Marie Brooks, Ken Yates, Connie Rouble, Chuck Jackson, and farewell Jimbeau Hinson, Gavin Martin, Bobbie Lee Nelson, and Timmy Thomas.

The current lineup of The Strumbellas. Jimmy Claveau third from right.
March 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Ottawa's RBC Bluesfest returns after two years, The Strumbellas (pictured) name a new frontman, and the Indie awards are accepting nominations. Also in the news are Gala Dynastie, Hugh’s Room Live, Country Music Alberta Awards, Paper Bag Records, Lily Frost and Kate Boothman, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music, Tennyson King, and farewell Ted Jones and Ziggy Sigmund.

Leonard Cohen Facebook photo
March 7, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd will launch his stadium world tour in Toronto, Leonard Cohen (pictured) sells his catalogue to Hipgnosis, and the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards are coming soon. Also in the news are Justin Bieber and Omah Lay, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Balaklava Blues, Music Nova Scotia, Corin Raymond and the Sundowners, Bravo Niagara Festival of the Arts, By Divine Right, and farewell Iwan Edwards, Maud Hudson, and Denroy Morgan.

Walk Off The Earth show poster
March 2, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Sled Island makes an impressive lineup announcement, a big week for Walk Off The Earth (pictured), and the Polaris Music Prize season begins on June 14. Others in the news include Hell or High Water, Country Music Week 2022, Nova Scotia Music Week, LASSO fest, Canzona Chamber Players, With Ukraine benefit, Rick White, Dallas Good, Jay Ferguson, Kendra Kay, APA, Plants and Animals, HOROJO Trio, CMAOntario Awards, and farewell Skibadee.

HER Music Award winner Nuela Charles
February 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Nuela Charles (pictured) and Caveboy win at the Her Music Awards, CIMA is set to launch its Breaking Down Racial Barriers Report, and Bonnie Raitt covers The Bros. Landreth. Others in the news include Sean Jones and Storry, Ken Tizzard, Golden Feather, Dan Hill and Jully Black, BreakOut West, Tome, Music BC, Isabel & The Uncommons, and farewell Nicky Tesco.

Sum 41  Facebook photo
February 24, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Osheaga turns 15 with a high-octane lineup, Sum 41 (pictured) and Simple Plan team up for a major US tour, and the SiriusXM Top of the Country competition returns. Also in the news are Jr. Gone Wild, Mundial Montreal, Long Range Hustle, MusicOntario & Bandcamp, Juno Week, Music Managers Forums, and farewell Gary Brooker and Mark Lanegan.

Sue Foley  Photo: Danny Clinch
February 22, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber cancels a show after a Covid diagnosis, Sue Foley (pictured) earns three Blues Music Awards noms, and Simple Plan and Sum 41’s Derryck Whibley join forces. Also in the news are Winterruption, Hamilton Winterfest, Golden Feather, ShiftChange 2022, Haviah Mighty, Ralph Murphy, Red Bird Live, The Rolling Stones Unzipped, Keith Glass, Vezi Tayeb, Skiifall, and farewell Jamal Edwards, and William Kraft.

February 17, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Hillsburn (pictured) and The Town Heroes lead the ECMAs nominations list, Ram Ranch bugs the occupying truckers, and the CMAO Awards sets a date. Others in the news include Pink Mountaintops, Music NS, Creative Manitoba, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ryland James, Allegories, Thus Owls, Roots North, Linda McRae and Doug Cox, and farewell Kerry Chater, Phil Murphy, Howard Grimes, and Sandy Nelson.

Sounds Interchange studio owner Syd Kessler with Salim Sachedina in happier times.
February 14, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Paper Bag Records (pictured) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in style, Elton John cancels four Canadian shows, and James Gordon takes on the truckers. Also in the news are Nickelback, SXSW, The Road Hammers, Country Music Alberta Awards, AFROWAVETO, Reid Jamieson, Baby G, Madison Violet, and farewell Rose-Ellen Nichols, Salim Sachedina, and Ian McDonald.

Rufus Wainwright tour poster
February 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Rufus Wainwright (pictured) has announced a spring Canadian tour, Nova Scotia Music Week will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Cape Breton, and The Music Cities Convention begins today. Also in the news are Music PEI Week Awards, Side Door, SXSW,  Bad Waitress, CMAOntario Awards, Dream Café,  Laila Biali, Bob Luhtala,   Sweet Alibi, Séan McCann, Bruce Cockburn, Rhythms and Resistance , Terry Gomes MMF Canada, and farewell Michael Jones, George Crumb, and Betty Davis.

WCMA honorees Ray St. Germain, Carole Vivier, and The Watchmen (clockwise from top left)
February 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The WCMAs honour Ray St. Germain, Carole Vivier, and The Watchmen (pictured), Mariposa announces an impressive lineup, and Robbie Robertson sells his catalogue. Also in the news are Troubadour Festival, Blinker the Star, The Barettas, Les Cooper, Mike Waite, Dead Ends Live, Harry Manx, Hugh’s Room, Ian Lake, Blue Frog, Myriad3, and farewell Donny Gerrard, Lata Mangeshkar, and Glenn Wheatley.

Gilles Vigneault  Photo: Music Canada
February 3, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Gilles Vigneault (pictured) and Stephen Fearing  join the Spotify boycott, Gene MacLellan’s version of Snowbird gets fresh exposure, and Music NL’s Mind the Music fundraiser excels. Also in the news are the Picanto Festival, Music Performance Trust Fund, Bopper, The Gertrudes, Salome Bey, Lindsay Ell, ReJigged Festival, Triumph, Thirteen Strings, BPAC, and farewell Sam Lay, Pig Robbins, Norma Waterson, and Jon Zazula.