Music News Digest

Music News Digest

The Small Glories  Photo: Arron Ives
January 29, 2020
by FYI Staff

The Small Glories (pictured) win big, Palaye Royale announces a 26-city tour, and the Maple Blues Awards near. Also making news are Lee Aaron, Peter Jackson, the Juno Hall of Fame, Wyclef Jean, Jon Mullane, Nick Krewen, NMC, Philip Sayce, Steve Kroeger & Skye Holland, and Music PEI.

SOCAN's LA Grammy party attendees -  Left to right: Tyler Henry, Jenius, WondaGurl, London Cyr, and SOCAN’s Rodney Murphy.
January 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

SOCAN members (pictured) and Grammy Award nominees party in LA, Gordon Lightfoot goes solo on a new album, and Neil Young gets his US citizenship. Others in the news include Joel Plaskett, the Up Sh*t Creek fundraiser, Mariposa, Burlington PAC, Music BC, Matt Zaddy, Folk on the Rocks, and farewell Norm Amadio and Ken Pernokis.

Sass Jordan  Photo: Derek Sharp
January 24, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Sass Jordan (pictured) turns to the blues, Kelly Fraser's legacy lives on, and Laurie Anderson holds court in Toronto. Also in the news are Joni Mitchell, the MVP Project, Evangeline Gentle, Kevin Hearn, Joseph Maviglia, CIMA, Folk Alliance, and farewell Terry Jones and Robert Parker. With video.

January 22, 2020
by FYI Staff

Ren (pictured) is tipped as the next big thing, Corey Hart and Jim Cuddy  join forces on First Rodeo, and rumours swirl around a Triumph reunion. Also in the news are Northern Cree,  DJ Spex da Boss, Marc Hall, Radiohead, Kris Davis, Alanis Morissette, CMA International Awards, Gordie Tentrees, Phoenix Music Executive Development Program, Queen, Courage My Love, and farewell Jimmy Heath.

Lennie Gallant to appear at CFMAs
January 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Lennie Gallant (pictured) will perform at the CFMAs, Barenaked Ladies announce a major summer tour, and Castro's Lounge is under threat. Others in the news include NLX, Holy Fuck, Jane Siberry, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Rising Insane, CIMA, and farewell David Olney and Chris Darrow.

Matt Minglewood
January 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Matt Minglewood (pictured) enters The Casino Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame, Rock HoF inductees are announced, and Canadian talent heads to Jazzahead. Also in the news are Laura Smith, the Be Kind fest, FACTOR, Claire Lynch, Mark Segger Sextet, Music Canada, R Grunwald, MMF Canada, and farewell Steve Martin Caro. With video.

The BMG team: (l-r) Philippe Hamelin, Andreas Katsambas, Bethany Ward and Matt Smallwood
January 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

BMG launches a new Toronto branch (staff pictured), fans lobby for a Neil Peart statue, and CBC Music's Searchlight is accepting submissions. Also in the news are Pearl Jam, TD Discovery Series, vinyl sales, Royal Conservatory of Music, Halifax Pop Explosion, Teddy Triebner, Harris Institute, Hugh Dillon, and  Creative Manitoba.

Gord Sinclair
January 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Gord Sinclair (pictured) makes a solo debut, Alan Doyle announces a new EP and tour, and The Hawk turns 85. Others in the news include the ACMA, January Music Meeting, Oz fires, Ayla Brook & The Sound Men, SaskMusic, Clifford Brewing Co., Ginger St. James, Sina Bathaie, Music BC, and A2IM.

January 10, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Strumbellas (pictured)  postpone a Canadian tour, Wavelength Music turns 20, and Billie Eilish leads the iHeartRadio Music Awards noms. Also in the news are the Shuffle Demons, Impérial Bell, an international Indigenous Music summit, Geary Lane Jazz Series, song contests, AGO, and a farewell to John Dudgeon.

Liona Boyd
January 8, 2020
by FYI Staff

BMG gets new Toronto digs, the smash Justin Bieber exhibit keeps on running, and Liona Boyd (pictured) has a hit concert film. Others in the news include Steve Prendergast, Suzi Kory, Peter Foldy, Terry Draper, Rhapsody in Blue, J.D. Sage, rock star real estate, Dawn Tyler Watson, Sue Foley, Terry Russell, The Magic of Music, Gordon Grdina, and Dodge Fiasco.

Jesse Reyez  Facebook photo
January 6, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jessie Reyez (pictured) smells of success, Basement Revolver rocks The Casbah, and stars rally to help Oz firefighters. Also in the news are MusicNL, Avkash Mann, ECMAs, Live On The Lake, Steel City Music Awards, Lindsay Ell, and farewell Jack Sheldon, and Ronnie Knowles.

Andre Menard
January 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Andre Menard (pictured) is amongst those named to the Order of Canada, Justin Bieber returns to action, and CMW goes Dutch. Also in the news are CIMA, Bar Robo, The Small Glories, Lynn Harrison, the Sapphire Award, and farewells to Kelly Fraser, Bvlly, Allee Willis, Sleepy LaBeef, Roy Lesperance, Marty Grebb, Jerry Herman, and Neil Innes.