Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Jessie Reyez
January 29, 2018
by FYI Staff

Jessie Reyez takes a bite out of The Big Apple and the Into The Night fest will warm up Halifax. Also in the news are the Polaris Prize, Netflix, SCMA, The Velvet Underground, Manitoba Music, Thompson Egbo-Egbo, Measha Brueggergosman, SaskMusic, Birds of Bellwoods, and a farewell to John Morris.


Alessia Cara
January 26, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Canadians play pre-Grammy parties in NYC, and a Toronto Leonard Cohen tribute attracts star singers and writers. Those also in the news include Whitney Rose, Colter Wall, the ECMA, Blue Note, Nils Frahm, Boys Do Girls, Miesha & The Spanks, and a farewell to Tommy Banks and Mark E. Smith.

Apple's Tim Cook and Daniel Caesar at Revolution Recording in Toronto earlier this week
January 24, 2018
by FYI Staff

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets Daniel Caesar in Toronto, Drake delivers two new tracks, and Matt Mays headlines Massey Hall. Also making news are Allison Brock, Band Of Rascals, JJ Lin, Waterfront Fire, Jessica Mitchell, Johnny Reid, Matt Zimbel, Terra Lightfoot, Graffiti's, and a farewell to Lari White and Hugh Masekela.

Joan Jett
January 22, 2018
by FYI Staff

Joan Jett launches a biopic at Sundance, Toronto singer Neil Donell joins Chicago, and Ed Sheeran stays top of the pops Down Under. Others in today's news include Megaphono, Neil Young, Upstream, Ronley Teper, Corey Gulkin, and a farewell to Jim Rodford. Videos are featured for your enjoyment.

The Olympic Symphonium has organized another Shivering Songs Festival
January 19, 2018
by Kerry Doole

The Olympic Symphonium's Shivering Songs fest warms up Fredericton, the ECMAs attract big names, and Rufus Wainwright returns to the world of opera. Also making the news are Kandle, the Indigenous Music Residency, a Guinness record in Stouffville, Hey Ocean!, Music Manitoba, Folk Alliance, and Brenda Navarrete. Videos included for your entertainment.

Jann Arden and Bob Rock to co-host 2018 Juno Songwriters' Circle
January 17, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Jann Arden and Bob Rock will co-host and perform at the Junos Songwriters Circle, and the very funny Jessi Cruickshank returns as host of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards. Also in the news are Canadian acts heading to SXSW, a Juno sold for charity, Chris Blackwell, Bob Marley songs, ImprovLab, and farewells to Edwin Hawkins, Myles Hunter, and Dolores O'Riordan.

January 14, 2018
by FYI Staff

 Choir! Choir! Choir! were joined by fan David Byrne in NYC on Saturday night, and Alessia and Justin make the Grammy nominees album. Those also in the news include Manitoba Music, Clairmont the Second, Make Music Matter, Heavy Bell, Focus Wales, Alex Lifeson, Language Arts, and a farewell to Danny Woods. Videos applied for your entertainment.

Drake and Chubbs are seen at Dwyane Wade's birthday bash at the restaurant. (The 5th Column PR)
January 12, 2018
by FYI Staff

Drake launches a new eatery and soon an IPO to promote a branded whiskey, Alessia Cara is set for the Grammys, and Justin Bieber is a front-runner in the US iHeartRadio Awards' nominees list. Also in the news are Motorhead, John Williams, Northern Pikes, Joe Walsh, Bon Jovi, CIMA, Post Malone, Kenny James, Dave Chesney, Seaway, Reid Jamieson, and a farewell to Fast Eddie Clarke.

Daniel Caesar headlining Halifax Jazz Fest
January 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Hot young R&B star Daniel Caesar headlines the Halifax Jazz Fest this summer. Also making news today are Justin Timberlake, Bahamas, The Weeknd, the Sam's sign, the Indigenous Music Awards, Beatrice Keeler, Chris Startup, and farewells to Mikio Fujioka, Janice Starodub, and Denise LaSalle.

Julian Taylor's sister lets everyone know her bro had a birthday
January 8, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Julian Taylor has a birthday, Inuit singer-songwriter Charlie Panigoniak finds friends, Pemberton Fest bites Ticketfly...hard, Edmonton Music Prize announces winners, Lindi Ortega goes on tour,  and it's a sad farewell to France Gall, Ray Thomas, and Chris Tsangarides.

An eight-year-old Biebs hamming it up behind the skins. File photo/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network
January 5, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber to be celebrated in his hometown, Toronto Blues Society ups its game, flooding brings the best out of customers at a Peterborough record shop and a farewell to maverick Brit music impresario Tony Calder.

January 3, 2018
by FYI Staff

Celine takes in more than US$100M at the box-office, Barack Obama digs Daniel Caesar, CBC airs the Leonard Cohen tribute tonight, Robert Thiessen has a viral hit with a satirical play on Toto's Africa, the Stray Cats reunite, plus it's farewell to Muscle Shoals' Rick Hall and Casablanca Records' Larry Harris.