Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Dan Davidson Facebook photo
January 30, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Nice Horse and Dan Davidson (pictured) head Country Music Alberta Awards nominees, MVP Labs is launched, and more Canadian artists are abandoning Spotify. Also in the news are ScreenxScreen, Brian Hetherman, Terry Sawchuk, Carson Janik, BadBadNotGood, Music Nova Scotia, Hillside Festival, NMC, Colin Clarke, Oscar Peterson Program, Director X, Begonia, Alex Patton, Beyries, and farewell Andy Ross.

The Elwins  Facebook photo
January 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Indie rockers The Elwins (pictured) are breaking up, Block Heater returns to Calgary, and Winterfolk will proceed virtually. Also in the news are The HP’s, SOCAN Foundation, Her Music Awards, Haviah Mighty, Juno noms, Julian Taylor, SaskMusic, Church of Trees, CMW, and farewell Bob Yeomans and Dick Halligan.

Meat Loaf  Photo: Patrick Harbron/Rock And Roll Icons © 1978/2022
January 24, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Saskatchewan Music Awards winners are named, D.O.A. reprise a landmark hardcore album, and the Speak Music Be Kind Festival is announced. Also in the news are Adele, The Weeknd, Blue Rodeo, Bob Marley, Jay Douglas, SOCAN, the TRANZAC, Jacob Hoggard, and farewell Meat Loaf (pictured), Fred Parris, Badal Roy, Elza Soares, and Don Wilson.

Roveena pic credit: Chetwynd Rodrigo.
January 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Music PEI has announced details of PEI Music Week (featured), Celine Dion cancels North American dates, and Music NL hosts a fundraiser for music and mental health. Also in the news are Alicia Toner, Sled Island, Sudan Archives, Eleanor Collins, The Riot Police, Pleasure Craft, Roveena, APA, ShiftChange 2022, Hyghly Alleyne, Michael Posner, and farewell Karim Ouellet, Gérard Drouot, and Rachel Nagy.

January 17, 2022
by Kerry Doole

NXNE (pictured) returns to Toronto this summer, Aengus Finnan is stepping away from Folk Alliance International, and the TSO has a new CEO. Also in the news are the Winnipeg New Music Festival, Jadea Kelly, Forest City London Music Hall of Fame, The Dead South, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Shannon Josdal and Maylee Todd, and farewell to Tyrone Gabriel, R. Dean Taylor, Jerry Crutchfield, Ralph Emery, Dallas Frazier, Jon Lind, and James Mtume.

Envy Of None  Facebook photo
January 13, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Alex Lifeson’s new band Envy Of None (pictured) is launched, BreakOut West is forced to go virtual, and the Blue Jay Sessions return to Calgary. Also in the news are Toronto Songwriting School, Indie Weekly, Opera Atelier, Karl Wolf, and the CFMA, and farewell to Vince Fontaine, Burke Shelley, and Ronnie Spector.

Lexxicon  Facebook photo
January 10, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The AFROWAVETO fest announces its lineup (founder Lexxicon pictured), Torquil Campbell can write you a song, and Kevin Howes’ Voluntary In Nature  expands its reach. Also in the news are Saskatchewan Music Awards, Music BC, Capitol Hill Block Party, Jaffa Road, Big Winter Classic, Scott Parsons, and farewell Harpdog Brown, Koady Chaisson, Pierre Jobin, Marilyn Bergman, Michael Lang, and Francisco Serra.

The Weeknd album cover artwork
January 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) releases his new album tomorrow, omicron forces the Grammys to postpone, and ArtHaus serenades air travellers. Also in the news are the Maple Blues Awards, Claude Cloutier, Terry Parsons, Jacob Hoggard, Duane ‘D.O’ Gibson, Black 365, Markham Jazz Festival, Screen X Screen, Music Nova Scotia, Bernie Senensky, and farewell Sandra Jaffe.

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
January 3, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) teases a new album, Allison Russell receives critical love Stateside, and another record for Justin Bieber. Also in the news are the Maple Blues Awards, Music NL, Jason Cull, CIMVAs, and farewell Bobby Herriot, Terry McManus, Mikey Chung, J.D. Crowe, and Stephen J. Lawrence.

Hugh Dillon  Facebook photo
December 23, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Sarah McLachlan will headline the 2022 Squamish Constellation Festival, Loud Luxury plays a Boxing Day benefit show, and Hugh Dillon (pictured) and The Headstones earn US exposure. Also in the news are Maple Blues Awards, Folk Alliance, CMAO, Whiskey Jack, and farewell Don Palmer, Billy Conway, Drakeo the Ruler, Kangol Kid, and Carlos Marín.

December 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

A stellar cast will salute Joni Mitchell (pictured), omicron sinks Bryan Adams’ NYE show, and Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar head back on the road. Also in the news are Jaymz Bee, Unison, Anne Murray, Yukon Blonde, Canzona Chamber Players, and farewell Renée Martel, Ian Worang, Phil Chen, Leonard Hubbard, and Wanda Young.

December 16, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Canadian stars rally to support flood victims (pictured), the BC government expands grants to fests and fairs, and SING! announces a big name headliner. Also in the news are Triumph, Kellylee Evans, Brownman, Sultans of String, MMF Canada, JazzInToronto, and farewell Garth Dennis, Ken Kragen, and Joe Simon.