Music News Digest

Music News Digest

DJ Khaled and Drake  Facebook photo
September 8, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber stars in a video for a hit by DJ Khaled and Drake (pictured), a rooftop concert series comes to The Hammer, and Jann Arden’s hit show returns. Also making news are George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett, HUFF, Dean Brody, Evangeline Gentle, Corb Lund, Half Moon Run, The Rex, Alan Doyle, Melanie Brulée, Kaytranada, The Darcys, URGNT, and farewell Lucille Starr and Gary Peacock.

Marianas Trench  Photo: Live Nation
September 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Marianas Trench (pictured) join the Live From Inside live-stream series, the SOCAN Foundation launches the Black Canadian Music Awards, and Festival (506) continues virtually. Also in the news are Corb Lund, Steven Guilbeault, the TU Jazz Fest, Dylan Menzie, Barenaked Ladies, Columbia Artists Management, Satellite and The Harpoonist, Screamin' Deal, The Trews, and farewell Ian Mitchell and Erick Morillo.

Big Wreck, Instagram
August 31, 2020
by Kerry Doole

POP Montreal (pictured) is forging ahead with a hybrid festival, The Weeknd comes up big at The VMAs, and Big Wreck will help relaunch The El Mocambo. Others in the news include Leonard Cohen, Madeline Merlo, Meghan Patrick, the New Rebel Westerners, T. Thomason, SUUNS, The Orchard, Madisyn Whajne, MusicNL, ECMA podcast, and farewell Riley Gale.

Ironwood   Photo: Pinterest
August 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Calgary rallies around The Ironwood (pictured), Record Store Day Canada announces a competition, and SOCAN’s Encore rewards online concerts. Also in the news are SCENE, The Beaches, Manifesto, TOBi, Music PEI , CIMA, Kitchener Blues Festival, Lawson Vocal Studios, Haley Blais, Jeremy Drury, Land of Talk, Unleash The Archers, Ronley Teper, and farewell Gerry McGhee and Walter Lure.

The Kings  Photo supplied
August 24, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Kings (pictured) celebrate two milestone anniversaries, Toronto music venues get a boost, and Tory Lanez is in hot water. Others making news include The Dead South, The Tragically Hip, Unison, Michael Owen, RUShfest, Arkells, Cory Marks, Kaia Kater, Love Mansuy, Alberta Music, Colter Wall, Holly Woods, and farewell Jack Sherman, Frankie Banali, Ron Gaskin, and Justin Townes Earle.

Andy Shauf Facebook pic
August 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Andy Shauf (pictured) makes it onto a presidential playlist, Record Store Day is changing in 2020, and the BC Arts Council heads a new Arts Infrastructure Program. Also in the news are The Dirty Nil, Matt May , Canadian Heritage, Jeen, Fergus Hambleton, The Sheepdogs, MNB, Hot Tramp Records, Cole James, METZ, Donna Lidster, Brooklxn, Acoustic Blend Café, and farewell Todd Nance.

The Sadies  Illustration by Jeremy Bruneel
August 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd digs deep once more, The Sadies (pictured) bring music back to The Horseshoe stage, and Jayward Artist Group signs PunkWithAnF. Also in the news are Storry, FACTOR, the Dirty Nil, Indie Weekly, the CMF covid fund, Roxanne Potvin, Partner, Matt Mays, MMF, Paul Banwatt, Slocan Ramblers, CIMA, and farewell Julian Bream and Pete Way.

The Dead South  Facebook photo
August 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Dead South (pictured) celebrates a major milestone, the Jim Beam National Talent Search goes virtual, and CMAO resets its performance series. Also making news are Lindsay Ell, Oh Susanna, Kathleen Edwards, Jay Douglas, Bryce Clifford, Metallica, Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Patti Jannetta, The Weeknd, Adrian Sutherland, NOW, The Georgia Straight, MMF, Southern Supper, Regina Folk Festival, Samantha Martin, and farewell Trini Lopez.

Jessie Reyez  Facebook photo
August 10, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jessie Reyez (pictured) releases a new video from her hit album, Terra Lightfoot announces a new record, and Matthew Grimson’s famous friends boost his legacy. Also in the news are Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, Fast Romantics, the CFMAs, The Nursery, The Paddock, Music PEI, Jazz Bistro, and farewell Brent Carver, Martin Birch, and Wayne Fontana.

William Prince   Facebook photo
August 6, 2020
by Kerry Doole

William Prince (pictured) has won the 2020 English SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Arcade Fire releases a new video, and the deadline to apply for the CMF Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund has been extended. Others in the news include Bad Child, Michael Bublé, Halifax Jazz Festival, Samantha Wilson, MusicWorks, CIMA, Guess Who, Habari Africa Festival, the Stones, Ghosts of the Royal Alex, Care Not Profits, Inna Modja, Warren P. Sonoda, FabCollab, and farewell Michael P. Smith.

Tate McRae    Facebook photo
August 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Tate McRae (pictured) is one of the Canadians to earn a VMA nomination, CIMA and ADVANCE partner on an important anti-racism initiative, and Frank Dukes recruits David Bendeth for a Kingsway Collaboration. Others in the news include Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, Oshawa Music Hall, Cellar Music Group, Chemical Dreams, Peaches, Djooky Music Awards, Studio Bell, Sam Tudor, Harrow Fair, Dear-God, The Washboard Union, Doubleheader, and farewell Alan Parker and Steve Holland.

July 30, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Choir! Choir! Choir!, Rufus Wainwright and 1,500 singers create an epic video (pictured), Sarah Harmer boosts Care Not Profits campaign, and Drake sets a monumental new record. Also in the news are Barenaked Ladies, Rough Trade, CES, Wavelength 800, Scott Helman, Tory Lanez, SaskMusic, Jesse Wente, Selci, DJ Agile, Create Music Group, Sarah Slean, CityFolk, Shania Twain, Jenny Mitchell, OKAN, Justin Bieber, Duo Concertante, and farewell Denise Johnson.