Music News Digest

Music News Digest

October 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The winner of the  Polaris Music Prize (pictured) is named today, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival announces its lineup, and Alanis Obomsawin is the 13th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. Others in the news include Teenage Head, Music NL, FACTOR, Gord Downie, the Canadian Online Jazz Festival, CARAS, Plants and Animals, Music PEI Awards, METZ, Elephants and Stars, Tenille Townes, Veda Hille, Greg Wells, and farewell Bob Biggs and Johnny Bush.

Shawn Mendes
October 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

A new documentary about Shawn Mendes (pictured) is coming to Netflix, Tom Wilson is arrested at a protest near Hamilton, and the CIMA/Music Ontario AGM takes place today. Also in the headlines are The Hope State, Jim Beam National Talent Search , Music NB, Tom Jackson, Darcy James Argue, Witch Prophet, BreakOut West: Home Edition, Amanda Hagel, John Cody and Perla Batalla, Indie Week, Mariposa, Joni Mitchell, Nick Cordero, Al Qawha Ensemble, Jordyn Pollard, and Something Else.

Tory Lanez  Instagram photo
October 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Tory Lanez (pictured) is facing felony charges, We Are The City break up, and the results of the Niagara Music Awards are in. Others in the news include Unison, Indie Week, Downchild, OKAN, Terra Lightfoot, Madisyn Gifford, Samian, John Lennon, Gord Sinclair, the Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, #MondoNYC, Bahamas, Paul Hyde, and farewell Erin Wall, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, and Zoe Chilco.

CARAS CEO Allan Reid with Kim Cooke holding his Juno trophy.
October 8, 2020
by FYI Staff

Popular music industry veteran Kim Cooke receives a special Juno from Allan Reid (pictured), a Finger Eleven hit reaches a milestone, and rumours of a Justin and Shawn collaboration. Also in the news are TBS, Juno judges, Monowhales, Indie Week, MusicNL, William Prince, Karl Wolf, Polaris Music Prize, David Vertesi, Play MPE, Jazz Bistro, Interactive Ontario , Audrey Ochoa, Henriette Sennenvaldt, and farewell to Eddie Van Halen, Johnny Nash, Bunny Lee, and John Valentyn.

Louis-Jean Cormier  Facebook photo
October 5, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Louis-Jean Cormier (pictured) is amongst the leading Félix Awards nominees, the MVP Project announces its new recipients, and Music Canada & CONNECT launch a new series. Others in the news include Slocan Ramblers, the Junos, SOCAN, Crack of Dawn, Melba Moore, Cœur de Pirate, Rhonda Tulk-Lane, Sinéad O'Connor, Polaris Music Prize, Barbra Lica, Ben Kunder, Halifax Jazz Festival, and farewell Rocco Prestia and Cookie Monsta.

Alex Cuba  Facebook photo
October 1, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2020 Latin Grammy nominations feature Alex Cuba (pictured) and Lido Pimienta, Juno Award submissions are now open, and Louis O’Reilly reboots On Ramp. Others in the news include Cory Marks, Kiwi Jr., The Chesterfield, Bandzoogle, TSO, The Corral, CIMA, Eamon McGrath, Michael Kaeshammer, Purity Ring, MMF Canada, Hugh Syme, Plants and Animals, and farewell to Helen Reddy, Mac Davis, and Max Merritt.

William Prince  Facebook photo
September 28, 2020
by Kerry Doole

William Prince (pictured) wins big at the WCMAs, Neon Dreams and Chantal Kreviazuk resume touring, and Rez Bluez turns 25. Also in the news are CIMA, Tucker Lane, Tory Lanez, the CCMA, Festival of Small Halls Ontario, Hot Docs, Downchild, Music PEI,  Michael Kiwanuka, Measha Brueggergosman, Jackie Washington, Steel River, Anthony Gomes, and farewell WS Holland and SP Balasubrahmanyam.

September 24, 2020
by Kerry Doole

There’s a strong Canadian connection to the upcoming John Lennon tribute concert (pictured), Post Malone heads the Billboard Music Awards noms, and CARAS names four new Board members. Also in the news are CIMA, Lori Yates, BreakOut West, TBS Talent Search, Leahy, Amanda Martinez, Sultans of String, Contact(less) East 2020, Laila Biali, Drake, Carla Collins, Victoria Anthony, Izabelle, and farewell Tommy DeVito, Juliette Greco, and Roy Head.

The Sheepdogs at Lake House
September 21, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Tenille Townes shines at the ACM Awards, The Sheepdogs (pictured) help Live Nation open Lake House, Gerry Atwell is posthumously honoured with the WCMA’s Heritage Award, and the semi-finalists for the Top of the Country Showcase are named. Also in the news are Canada’s Walk of Fame, MacKenzie Porter, the TSO, Shakura S’Aida, CIMA, Indie Week, Do Well By Hamilton, Ellis, U2, Honey Jam, Festival Franco-Ontarien, UIC, Edge, Reza Manbachi, Rebel, Music Canada, and farewell Stanley Crouch and Peter Starkie.

Jann Arden  website photo
September 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jann Arden (pictured) returns to TV and releases another album, a Tragically Hip doco double bill hits screens, and bluesman Steve Strongman signs with Linus. Also in the news are the Jim Beam National Talent Search, BPAC, the SOCAN Foundation, The Chefs Table, Remember The Music, drive-in shows, John Lennon, Sing Leaf, Alec Fraser Jr, Elliott BROOD, Manitoba Music, Roveena, Terra Lightfoot, Discogs, Keith Brown, Andrea Morris, and farewell Bruce Murray.

Toots Hibbert pic courtesy of punk.street.punk via Instagram
September 14, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Celine Dion reschedules North American dates, a tribute to Neil Peart, and London Music Week is under way. Also in the news are Joni Mitchell, the Cobalt Prize, Ann Vriend, Buildings and Food, Johnny Orlando, CIMA, X Avant XV, Country Connections Live, Big Screen Harvest Party, and farewell Toots Hibbert (pictured).

Carole Pope and Kevan Staples of Rough Trade  Photo courtesy of CSHF
September 10, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The biggest hit by Rough Trade (pictured) enters the CSHF, Shawn Mendes partners with TIFF, and the Kensington Market Jazz Festival goes virtual. Also in the news are US visa fee increases, Unsigned Only, Play The Parks: Calgary, Sam Roberts Band, The Dirty Nil, Ever New, CIMA, Edgar Breau, Storry, Brian Blain, MMF Canada, Music Nova Scotia, David Dacks, and farewell Ronald Bell and Simeon Coxe.