Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Alex Henry Foster
March 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Alex Henry Foster (pictured) releases a short film today, #CanadaPerforms continues to attract stars, and a Rush reissue is delayed. Also in the news are Mathew V and Jocelyn Alice, Drake’s sneakers, Kenny Rogers, The Monowhales, TBS Talent Search, coronavirus relief, Soft Plastics, and farewell Bill Rieflin and Jean Leber.

Silverstein Facebook photo
March 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

CanadaPerforms attracts big names, Silverstein (pictured) has rush-released a COVID-19-themed T-shirt, and Sick Festivals lets you track postponed or cancelled gatherings. Also in the news are Crystal Shawanda, APAC, Beatport, Jon Bon Jovi, and farewell Manu Dibango and Eric Weissberg.

Kenny Rogers   Photo: Patrick Harbron
March 23, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Manitoba Music launches an emergency COVID-19 relief fund, URGNT live streams concerts in Toronto, and Jessie Reyez earns a glowing review. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, Leonard Cohen, Home Routes, The Casbah, Garth Brooks, Sean Cunnington, Corb Lund, Randy and Tal Bachman, Jewel, and farewell Kenny Rogers (pictured), Wray Downes, Ted Moses, Marcelo Peralta, and Aurlus Mabélé.

Jim Cuddy
March 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jim Cuddy (pictured) helps launch a new partnership of the NAC National Arts Centre and Facebook Canada, The Weeknd breaks a record, and Measha Brueggergosman has livestreamed all week. Also in the news are The Young Canadians, Luck Reunion, The Blues Foundation, and Music PEI. With video.

Jason Blaine
March 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

eOne signs Canadian country star Jason Blaine (pictured), CIMA launches a COVID-19 survey, and Neil Young turns to live streaming. Others in the news include Project WILD, Music Alberta, Kristen Olson, Bob Ezrin,  Deep Purple, and The Sadies.

Lennon Stella  Facebook photo
March 16, 2020
by Kerry Doole

SaskMusic sets up a fund in the wake of COVID-19. Lennon Stella (pictured) releases a new single, and Bill King publishes a book of his insightful interviews. Others in the news include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Austin scene, Ellen Davidson, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Lou Canon, and farewell Genesis P-Orridge.

Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award winner Donnie Campbell
March 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Donnie Campbell (pictured) receives the CFMAs Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award for the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Tegan and Sara announce an extensive tour, and Toronto’s Wheatsheaf is given new musical life. Others in the news include The Pack AD, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Chris Birkett, and Chalk Circle. With video.

March 11, 2020
by Kerry Doole

More presenters for the Junos are announced, Burton and Randy (pictured) add US dates, and Dan Mangan headlines the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival free concert series. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, Pearl Jam, Music March for Music Therapy, Shirley Gnome, Split Enz, Nas, Festival of Beer, Coachella, The Treble, and farewell Keith Olsen and Charlie Baty.

Brett Kissel  Facebook photo
March 9, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Brett Kissel (pictured) is playing a tornado relief concert, SXSW falls victim to the coronavirus, and Justin Bieber downscales his tour. Also in the news are Pearl Jam, Skye Wallace, VSO, Zoe Sky Jordan, CIMA, Music BC, Logan and Nathan, Great Lake Swimmers, Picastro, Contact East 2020, and farewell Laura Smith and McCoy Tyner.

David Clayton-Thomas
March 6, 2020
by Kerry Doole

David Clayton Thomas (pictured) heads up the Caravan of Music fundraiser, Steve Jordan farewelled by Polaris, and coronavirus fears impact SXSW. Also in the news are the CBC Music Festival, Ultra, The Lumineers, Lady Gaga, Jane Siberry, Mini Pop Kids, Hugh's Room Live, Jully Black, Alissa Faratro, TBS, Jean-Paul De Roover, and The Pairs.

Ron Hynes  Photo courtesy SOCAN
March 4, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Ron Hynes (pictured) to be celebrated at the ECMAs, Michael Kaeshammer premieres a concert film, and another hometown show for The Weeknd. Others in the news include Ernesto Cervini, Sarah Harmer, IFPI stats, Cancer Bats, Public Enemy, Serena Ryder, The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, and farewell Rhéal Lanthier, 

The Western Swing Authority
March 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Drake releases two surprise new tracks, Curve Music signs The Western Swing Authority (pictured), and a name change for Director X. Also in the news are Canadian Blast, Mikhail Laxton, Forge Fest, Music Canada certifications, Loud Luxury, Music BC, FIMPRO, and MusicNL.