Music News Digest

Music News Digest

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.

June 15, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) announces its Long List, Emily Steinwall wins the 2022 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, and Michael Bublé schedules an extensive Canadian tour. Also in the news are the BCCMA Awards, TBS Blues Summit, Gordon Lightfoot, George Fox, Randall Prescott, NXNE, Maple Blues Awards, Bandcamp, Anya Wilson, The Tragically Hip, NMC, Justin Bieber, Aaron Davis, Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne, Patrizia, and Basia Bulat.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids
June 8, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Snotty Nose Rez Kids (pictured) top the 2022 Western Canadian Music Awards noms, the new inductees into the London Music Hall of Fame are named, and CMW is well under way. Also in the news are Harrison Kennedy, Do West Festival, Zoon, Manifesto, Nashville North, the Tom Patterson Theatre, Music NL, Birdsong, The Onyx Experience, Tom Wilson, AM to FM Live, The Weeknd, Euphoria, David Myles, Raoul and The Big Time, and Cuff The Duke.

Members of Blue Rodeo with Mayor Tory & Councillor Fletcher  Facebook photo
June 1, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Blue Rodeo is honoured with a street name (pictured), the the CMAOntario Festival & Awards Weekend is ready to roll, and finalists for the 2022 SOCAN Songwriting Prize are announced. Also making news are the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class, Tebey, Global Toronto, The Do West Fest, Sloan, NXNE, ArtHaus, CMW, NMC, Buffy Sainte-Marie, TSO, Oscar Peterson Program, Indigenous Grooves, East Pointers, Chemical Club, Bruno Capinan, Nuela Charles, David Leask, and Lunar Bloom.

Alanis Morissette  Photo supplied by CSHF
May 25, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Alanis Morissette (pictured) will enter the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, Tom Wilson heads two star-studded concerts to benefit his Scholarship, and POP Montreal 2022 announces some of its lineup. Also in the news are Bryan Adams, The Metcalf Foundation, Mel Brown, CIMA, MMF,  Indie Week, Music Nova Scotia Leo Spellman, USS, Music in the Barns, The Sheepdogs, Sultans of String, Espanola, Lunch at Allen's, and the Nick Maclean Quartet.

Chuck D
May 18, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Chuck D (pictured) to be honoured by CMW, Make Music Matter's Darcy Ataman receives the Order of Manitoba, and The Color has a big week. Also in the news are the Halifax Jazz Festival, Something Else!, Mixto, Lulaworld, FAI, Ori Dagan, TUNS, Troy Junker, Sweet Alibi, Rip Pop Mutant, Sarah McLachlan, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case, and Amanda Rheaume.

Dallas Green  Photo: Renee Rodenkirchen
May 11, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Dallas Green (pictured) will receive the 2022 MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award, the Toronto Jazz Fest's 35th anniversary edition is a strong one, and Sue Foley wins two major blues awards. Also in the news are The Oshawa Music Awards, Rifflandia, the Brott Music Festival, AFROWAVETO,  Words & Music Downtown Festival, Garth Brooks, Big Rude Jake, Myles Goodwyn, Tomson Highway, Jamie Fine, Hogtown Allstars, Florian Hoefner, Soundstreams, Lunar Bloom, and farewell Mickey Gilley, Judy Henske, Klaus Schulze, and Dennis Waterman.

Felix Cartal  Facebook photo
May 4, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Felix Cartal (pictured) heads the list of INDIE Awards nominees, Drake, The Weeknd, and the Biebs all ink new deals, and Juno events lineups are announced. Also in the news are the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, NXNE, Sled Island, winery concerts, Mission Folk fest, Sam’s Place, OMIF, Music NL, Popguru, Venus Fest, NSMW, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Housewife, Tegan and Sara, David Bray, Early Spirit, The Tea Party, Danny Marks, Lenka Lichtenberg, The Flashing Lights, Richard Beland, Corb Lund, and farewell Walter Rossi, Billy Gaff, Naomi Judd, and Ric Parnell.

Bruce Cockburn being honoured in Ottawa
April 27, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Bruce Cockburn receives a Walk of Fame Hometown Star in Ottawa (pictured), a large group of A-list artists pay tribute to the late Dallas Good, and the Junos announce more performers. Also making news are Allison Russell, the Cape Breton Music Industry Hall of Fame,Halifax Jazz Festival, Exclaim!, Make Music Matter, CIMA,  A2IM Indie Week, Simple Plan, The Henrys, Terry Gomes, Broken Social Scene, Georgia Harmer Yves Léveillé, Steven Lee Olsen, Brett Kissel, and farewell Michael Armstrong, Susan Jacks, Robert Ouimet, Shane Yellowbird, Guitar Shorty, and Teddy Toi.

Shawn Mendes  Photo: Miranda McDonald
April 20, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Shawn Mendes (pictured) is honoured with the Junos' International Achievement Award, ElyOtto cashes in on his viral hit, and the ECMAs announces its honorary awards. Also in the news are the CMAOntario Awards, Tebey, Shania Twain, Salome Bey, MacEwan University, Cue-Sheet-Palooza, Outer Range, the TBS, The Tragically Hip, Arlene Bishop, Ian Lane, CBC Searchlight, Randy Bachman, Sophia Bel, The Baby G, Softcult, and farewell Bill Bourne, Jerry Doucette, Pastelle LeBlanc, Art Rupe, DJ Kay Slay, Charnett Moffett, and Ken West.

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
April 14, 2022
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) leads a strong crop of Canadian nominees for the  2022 Billboard Music Awards, Erin Benjamin is up for an International Folk Music Award, and Daniel Caesar signs to Republic. Also in the news are CMW, Crown Lands, Mariposa, Alison Russell, The Ontario Festival of Small Halls, Cavendish Beach, Music BC, Crank Media, The Royal Conservatory, Tallies, Patrizia, Monique Barry, Mack MacKenzie, James Brown, The Northern Pikes, Sultans of String, and farewell Bob Luhtala and Chris Bailey.

Alex Cuba
April 6, 2022
by Kerry Doole

Joni Mitchell and Alex Cuba (pictured) head the Canadian winners at The Grammys, Allison Russell and Cédric Dind-Lavoie win big at the CFMAs, and Festival d’été de Québec reveals a stellar lineup. Also in the news are CLMA, ECMA, Indie Week, HOROJO Trio, Tom Wilson, Indie101, the 2022 Canadian Sync Awards, Dana Petcoff, Global Toronto, Cue Sheet Palooza Hackathon, Bernie Finkelstein, The HP’s, Dallas Smith, and farewell Boris Brott, Bill Rotari, John Zaritsky, Bobby Rydell, Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson, Roland White, and Andy Wickham.