Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Tenille Townes  Facebook photo
September 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The 2022 CCMA Awards on Sunday feature Tenille Townes (pictured) leading the noms list, the Supercrawl fest begins with a $250K federal grant, and Taylor Swift, Buffy, and Honey Jam star at TIFF. Also in the news are The Weeknd, Estonian Music Week, Lexsoul Dancemachine, Music Cities Forum, CMRRA, CIMA, Patsy Cline Tribute concert, Reliant Music, The Damn Truth, Joe Coughlin, and Canzona Chamber Players.

The Sheepdogs
August 31, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weekend wins at the VMAs,The Sheepdogs (pictured) announce a major US tour, and Emily Reid earns a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award. Also in the news are the Intersection Festival, A More Beautiful Journey, Anne Murray, Music NL, CIMA's Canada House,  Reeperbahn Festival, West End Phoenix, Bywater Call, PUP, Jess Moskaluke, Jessie Reyez, Dan Edmonds, Tia Brazda, and Melanie Peterson.

Alex Lifeson (l) and reps from Monroe Carell, Gibson Brands, and Nashville Predators
August 24, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The lineup for the 2022 CCMA Awards is set, Alex Lifeson (pictured) boosts Nashville music therapy programs, and punk legend Art Bergmann is the subject of a new biography. Also in the news are Small World Music, MNS Artist in Residence, Cheech & Chong, RHCP, MMF Canada, London Local Series, Teon Gibbs, Linda McLean, Barenaked Ladies, Art d'Ecco, Lido Pimienta, Tanya Tagaq, Jadea Kelly, Allison Russell, Michael Kaeshammer, and Kyp Harness.

Alessia Cara  Facebook photo
August 16, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Alessia Cara (pictured) performs at the CSHF Gala and is joining the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, Canadian Country Music Week announces lineups, and Drake keeps breaking records. Also in the news are Olivia Rodrigo, Alanis Morissette, POP Montreal, Muskoka Music Festival, Havelock Country Jamboree, Canadian Heritage, Oscar Peterson, Contact East, NSMW Bursary, Rush, bbno$, Julian Taylor, Sloan, Universal Honey, and Silverstein.

Sue Foley  Photo: Danny Clinch
August 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

 The finalists of the 2022 Slaight Music Emerging Songwriter Award are announced, Sue Foley (pictured) will record live at The Elmo, and the Junos change a date. Also in the news are Drake, DJ Khaled, NSMW, Ever After, Boots and Hearts, CIMA, Americanafest, Carleton Stone, Keychange, Oscar Peterson, Andrea Ramolo, and Darcy James Argue.

dvsn  Facebook photo
August 4, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Manifesto fest adds dvsn (pictured), Serena Ryder shines at Festival of Friends, and a posthumous release from Graeme Williamson. Also in the news are the Harvest Home Festival, Golden Feather, Habari Africa Festival, Unison Fund, MMF Canada, Music NL, Dream Serenade, Music Pro Summit 2022, ALGMS,  Hugh's Room Live, Tommy Lefroy, Olivia Lunny, and Lesley Mitchell-Clarke.

Hill Kourkoutis
July 26, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Hill Kourkoutis wins a prestigious industry award (pictured), Shawn Mendes and Stars cancel tours, and Drake and The Weeknd each receive multiple VMA noms. Also in the news are the CCMAs, MacKenzie Porter, CIMA's Canada House, EMV, The SOCAN Foundation, VIFF AMP, Radio & Records party, Dave Bookman, Big Rude Jake, Allegories, NMC, Music Nova Scotia, Dean Brody, Wilfred N And The Grown Men, and James Favron.

Daniel Lavoie  Facebook photo
July 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Daniel Lavoie (pictured) and David Foster will be inducted into The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, YYC Music Awards has announced its 2022 nominees, and The MVP Project has reached a notable milestone. Also in the news are LASSO In The City, Markham Jazz Festival, Hagersville Rocks, South Coast Jazz, Honey Jam, Hugh's Room Live, Aengus Finnan, Creative Manitoba, Drake, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Corin Raymond, C.Ross, John Borra, Gunner & Smith, and Tim Baker.

Laura Niquay  Photo SOCAN
July 14, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Laura Niquay (pictured) wins the TD Indigenous Songwriter Award, the Polaris Prize announces its Shortlist today, and  BreakOut West 2022 has multiple partnerships this year. Also in the news are the Oshawa Music Awards, CIMA, Global Music Match, Unity Fest, Tegan and Sara, The Weeknd, CNE, Folk Alliance, Shawn Mendes, Michelle McAdorey, Jess Moskaluke, Toronto International Samba Reggae Festival, Bernie Finkelstein, Alicia Toner, and Sharon, Lois & Bram.

Daniel Lanois  Photo: Marthe Vannebo
July 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Sonic auteur Daniel Lanois (pictured) signs to BMG, Hamilton's Supercrawl sports a stellar lineup, and Graham Scott Fleming joins Open Road Recordings and RGK Ent. Also in the news are Jeremy Dutcher, Music Nova Scotia, Sunfest, the North Music Festival, Mixto Festival, NMC, CIMA, MMF, Jessica Sole, Tegan and Sara, Michael Boguski, Thomas Stajcer, Susan Aglukark, and Stephen Lambke. 

Ranee Lee
June 30, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Jazz star Ranee Lee (pictured) launches her debut art exhibition, The Weeknd wins a BET Award, and Boris Brott is honoured by Hamilton. Also in the news are the Forest City London Music Awards, Harvest Home Festival, Nick Nurse, TBS Talent Search, Festival of Friends, Searchlight, Chad Price, Women in the Studio National Accelerator, Mundial Montreal, OHSOTO’KINO Music Incubator, Mauvey, Ori Dagan, Julian Taylor, The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Kliffs, and Big Rude Jake.

June 23, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Kyle McKearney (pictured) wins of the first ever Henry Armstrong Award, Alanis Morissette cancels her Down Under tour, and Tom Treumuth launches a podcast. Also in the news are HUFF, MusicNL, Decimate Metal Fest, Harbourfront Centre, Tami Neilson, Dream in High Park, True Myth, Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, JoJo Bennett, Symphonic Distribution, Jerry Leger, Storry, and Tara MacLean.