Music News Digest

Music News Digest

March 18, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Ottawa’s The Long Road Back concert features a covid test requirement, The Slaight Music Residency announces its new class, and Triumph is named Record Store Day Ambassador (pictured). Also in the news are Drake, CIMA, Scott B. Sympathy, Bandzoogle, Pan-Am Indie Summit, Sauga City Music Conference, Oshawa Music Awards, Laila Biali, Eve Egoyan, WOTE, and Bobby Bazini.

City and Colour and Nick Nurse Foundation merch
March 15, 2021
by Kerry Doole

City and Colour supports Nick Nurse Foundation with new merch (pictured), Samsung and UMG For Brands launch Music Galaxy Thursday, and Crown Lands pay homage to Rush. Also in the news are Ariel Posen, Barenaked Ladies, Les Deuxluxes, MusiCounts, Kanata, FACTOR, Indie Weekly, BreakOut West, Scott Helman, Linda McRae, and farewell Ray Campi.

Ava Kobrinsky
March 11, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards announce their performers and name Ava Kobrinsky (pictured) as the recipient of the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award. The Weeknd dazzles with a charts record, and the CLMA’s  #ForTheLoveOfLIVE campaign wants your help. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, NMC, Supercrawl, CMW, Serafin,  Alessia Cara, Music Nova Scotia, TD Sunfest, Reid Jamieson, Brent Mason, Terra Lightfoot, Music NB, and farewell Syd Kessler and Lou Ottens.

Greg Keelor  Facebook photo
March 8, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake releases a new EP and launches a radio channel, Greg Keelor (pictured) announces a new solo album, and Madison Violet host an International Women's Day concert. Others in the news include Minor Empire, Liona Boyd, HRL, Blu Bones, Lil Berete, SING!, Annabelle Chvostek, High Priestess, Sound of Music Festival, Fateh, the Ice Walk, and farewell Jorge Perez, Bhaskar Menon, and Michael Stanley.

Classified  Facebook photo
March 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Classified (pictured) heads the East Coast Music Awards nominees, Credit Union Music PEI Week is forced to postpone, and Music BC lobbies to renew the Amplify BC fund. Also in the news are CIMA, the Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search Tour, Vancouver Music Fund, Jaymz Bee, Kyp Harness, Kandle, TuneTown, International Women’s Day, Music NL, Dead by Daylight, Uma Nota, and farewell Chris Barber, Michael Gudinski, and Bunny Wailer.

Nice Horse  Facebook photo
March 1, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Nice Horse (pictured) were big winners at the Country Music Alberta Awards, The Northern Power Summit goes global, and a boost for female Canadian producers. Also in the news are Justin Bieber, Indie Week, Matt Mays, Winnipeg Crankie Festival,  Le Ren, Joey Moi, Marc LaFrance, Marie Davidson & L'Œil Nu, Locals Only Sound, the Orbit Room, JUST COSTA, The East Pointers, and Angel Baribeau.

Raine Maida  Facebook photo
February 24, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Raine Maida (pictured) is one of the Canadian stars behind the LOOP/POOL pot brand, a major new sports and entertainment complex is planned for Toronto, and CMW, NXNE, and the Junos are forced to go virtual. Others in the news include Polaris Prize, Maple Blues Awards, Jazzahead, Rising, ADVANCE, CARYS, Music Publishers Canada, A2IM Indie Week, Daft Punk, The Carleton, Michael Menegon, and CE Days.

Bobby Bazini  Facebook photo
February 22, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Influencer marketing agency Songfluencer launches the RISING - Black Artist Initiative, Bobby Bazini (pictured) will live-stream from an historic locale, and British prog-rockers honour Neil Peart. Also making news are Corey Hart, Juno Talks, Tyler Joe Miller, Sunfields, Tania Joy, Justyn Thyme, Fuzzed Out, Harrison Kennedy, Mikalyn Hay, Laura Fernandez, Howard Gladstone, and farewell to Prince Markie Dee, Milford Graves, Gene Taylor, and U-Roy.

Colin Linden  Facebook photo
February 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Colin Linden (pictured) is a Maple Blues award winner, the Country Music Alberta Awards names its performers, David Myles launches a new podcast, and early Neil Young footage surfaces. Also in the news are CMAOntario Awards, Top5, Music Nova Scotia , Carol Welsman, FMC, Tokyo Police Club, Mo Kenney, Dean Brody, and farewell Raymond Levesque and Johnny Pacheco.

February 15, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The CLMA launches the #ForTheLoveOfLIVE campaign (pictured), Warner Music Canada dumps Matthew Good, and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees are named. Also making news are Folk Unlocked, Laila Biali, Justin Bieber, Winterfolk, Miesha and The Spanks, MusicNL, Swagger Rite and Roy Woods, Haviah Mighty, HRL, and Wavelength, and farewell Denny Christianson, Skippy Snair, Louis Clark, Chick Corea, Rupert Neve, and Russ Thyret.

Maple Blues Award winner Ken Whiteley
February 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The first rounds of Maple Blues Awards winners include Ken Whiteley (pictured), The PASSPORT: Music Export Summit goes virtual this month, and the Mariposa fest is cancelled for 2021. Others in the news include Stephan Moccio, CCMA Country Music Week, the Light of Day Foundation shows, Shred Kelly, John Rowlands, TSO, The Tragically Hip, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Bet Smith, Chin Injeti, and farewell Elliot Mazer and Mary Wilson.

Rum Ragged   Facebook photo
February 7, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Rum Ragged (pictured) win big at the MusicNL Awards, Jaymz Bee’s Caravan of Music goes virtual this year, and Nagamo Publishing will boost Indigenous music creators. Also in the news are Kevin Breit, FACTOR, SING!, Barrymore’s, Sam Coffey & The Iron Lungs, Nickelback, Indie Week, Stay At Home Festival, and farewell Stefan Cush and Jim Weatherly.