Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Nile Rodgers  Facebook photo
April 28, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Nile Rodgers (pictured) and Chris Blackwell will star at CMW, Hot Docs offers some prime music-themed films, and Sakamoto Agency helps launch GPS Promotion. Also in the news are Blue Rodeo, New Skool Rules, International Jazz Day, Hugh’s Room Live, Jazz Niagara, Primus, NWC, Indie101, Opera Atelier, Dvsn, Bryce Clifford, Gary Kendall, Elephants and Stars, and farewell Markus Klinke, Denny Freeman, and Al Schmitt.

Tate McRae  Facebook photo
April 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Osheaga fest is cancelled and the ECMAs go totally virtual, Tate McRae (pictured) has a global smash hit, and a new Stompin’ Tom collection is coming. Also in the news are Drake, FACTOR, CBC Searchlight, Play MPE, Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Jukebox Books, Virtual Music Fest MS, Village Vinyl, Stephen Stanley, and farewell Shock G and Les McKeown.

Shaun Frank  Facebook photo
April 21, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Kilometre Music Group partners with hit songwriter Shaun Frank (pictured), Heal the Earth features CanCon notables, and  Boots and Hearts is cancelled. Also in the news are the CMAOntario Festival and Awards, Amplify BC, LyricFind, Zack Werner, Lyne Tremblay, Six Shooter Records, Wavelength, The Fringe, Jesse Cook, and farewell Bob Lanois and Jim Steinman.

Serena Ryder
April 19, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Serena Ryder (pictured) recruits Steve Earle for a new duet, Kardinal Offishall wins the first Canada Listens contest, and Music Declares Emergency tackles the climate crisis. Also making news are Miriam Baghdassarian, Klô Pelgag, Ken Tizzard, INDIE 101, Greg Keelor, eMusic Live, BAD CHILD, SOCAN, LTtheMonk, POP Montreal, MusicNL, APA, Jay Ferguson, and farewell Micky Erbe, Black Rob, and Rusty Young.

UMC's new digital marketing director Fraser MacKenzie. Pic provided.
April 15, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Juno Awards are postponed to June 6, Fraser MacKenzie (pictured) is promoted at UMC, BreakOut West festival and conference details are announced, and more summer festivals are covid casualties. Also in the news are The Weeknd, the ECMAs, Earth Day,  Alex Henry Foster, Michael Perlmutter, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory and Koerner Hall, Honey Jam Sessions, MNB Awards, Downtown Yonge BIA, Cathy Young, Something Else, André Ethier, APA, and the Betty Webster Award.

Lindsay Hyslop
April 12, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Canadians fare well in the iHeartRadio Music Awards nominations, Lindsay Hyslop (pictured) is promoted at Anthem Records, and another Hall of Fame honour for Kim Mitchell. Also in the news are Sultans of String, RBC Bluesfest, Forest City London Music Hall of Fame, Lara St. John, Horseshoe Hootenanny, Junos stamp, AFROWAVETO, Lowell, The International Indigenous Music Summit, The Dead South, Gene Champagne, Jazz Congress, and farewell DMX.

Wassim 'Sal' Slaiby  Wikimedia photo
April 8, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Wassim “SAL” Slaiby (pictured) heads the new Universal Arabic Music label, Justin Bieber sets an unusual chart record, and Six Shooter Records signs Boy Golden. Also in the news are POP Montréal, Martha Wainwright, Century Egg, Soundstreams, Emma Fowler, Brian Blain, Lance Anderson, and farewell Paul Humphrey.

April 5, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Moist (pictured) announce a new album, The Weeknd boards the NFT bandwagon, and Justin Bieber delivers an Easter surprise. Also in the news are Bonsound, Great Lake Swimmers, Soundscapes, Global Music Match, Horseshoe Hootenanny, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, Madison Violet, Chris Murphy, Over the Bridge, Barrie’s Live Music Show, Genevieve Fisher, and François Bourassa.

April 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (pictured) announce details of next week’s events, Blue Rodeo presents a live-stream on April 30, and a CMW session goes to pot. Also in the news are Radio Starmaker, Gene Champagne, Tim Westergren, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Creative Manitoba, Shambhala, Festival (506), Dean Brody and Mickey Guyton, Tegan and Sara, Dezza, Reid Jamieson, MMF, and Fresh AIR.

54-40  Photo courtesy of CSHF
March 29, 2021
by Kerry Doole

A classic by 54-40 (pictured) enters The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Music PEI Awards winners are named, and the ECMAs head to Sydney in May. Also making news are the TSO, METZ. The Horseshoe Tavern, Julianna Jones, TBS,  Ford Pier, Owen Barney, and farewell Malcolm Cecil and Don Heffington.

Johnny Orlando
March 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Johnny Orlando (pictured) shines on a new track with DVBBS, Credit Union Music PEI Week 2021 launches tomorrow, and the CLMA continues to lobby. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, Maple Blues Awards, Moneka Arabic Jazz, The MVP Project, Justin Rutledge, Women in Music Canada,  CityView Drive-In, Suzie Ungerleider, Mike Field, The Discarded, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Beams, CBC Music, and farewell Connie Bradley and Freddie Redd.

Justin Bieber  album graphic
March 22, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber releases a new album (pictured) but runs into legal trouble, Music Canada announces new gold and platinum certifications, and Brett Kissel’s hit now has a video. Others in the news include Just John, Gig Life Pro, Andy Maize and Michael Timmins, Willie Dunn, Small Sins, Teddy Hawkins, Linda Maruta Kronbergs, Holly Cole, and farewell James Levine.