Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Men Without Hats  Facebook photo
February 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd announces a massive global tour and a new compilation, Men Without Hats (pictured) sign with Sonic Envy and Cerberus Management, and MVP Project recipients are named. Others in the news include Neon Dreams, the Denis Parker Industry Builder Award, CIMA, Maple Blues Awards, Margaret Atwood, Jon Mullane, CMW, the ANSMA Awards, and farewell Rude van Steenes, and Tom Stevens.

Maestro  Facebook photo
January 31, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Maestro Fresh Wes (pictured) is featured in Black 365, the Canadian crucial to Morgan Wallen’s success, and the Blues Music Awards nominees are announced. Also in the news are the SOCAN Foundation, AGCO, Raine Hamilton, Rene-Charles,  Moist, The Dead South, Sun Records, Paragon Cause, Indie Weekly, Amplified Opera, Corin Raymond, and farewell Grady Gaines, Sophie, and Hilton Valentine.

January 27, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Everbloom Virtual Music Festival (pictured) is launched, Snotty Nose Rez Kids lead the noms for International Indigenous Hip-Hop Awards, and rapper Connor Price grabs attention. Also in the news are Block Heater, MusicNL Awards, SXSW, Donald Robins, Jacob Hoggard, Andrea Morris, Tami Neilson, goodboy noah, Let’s Hear It! Live, and the Jane LeBlanc Music Award.

Yonge St.  Artist rendering by Norm Li
January 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

YongeTOmorrow aims to reimagine Yonge Street (pictured), South African Music Week has a strong Canadian presence, and Bandzoogle merch helps Unison. Also in the news are Drake, Be Kind Festival, SOCAN Foundation, Saskatchewan Music Awards, Ralph Alfonso, Kaytranada, Jerry Leger, Bob Rock, LB SPIFFY, Markham Jazz Festival, and farewell James Purify and Jimmie Rodgers.

Madeline Merlo  photo supplied
January 20, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Madeline Merlo (pictured) lands a US record deal, MusicNL Week 2021 goes virtual, and Ontario live-streams are put on hold. Also in the news are The Besnard Lakes, The Great Escape, IRCPA, Strippers Union, WCMA, Byta, Paul James, MNB, David Bendeth, Hamilton Winterfest, Illitry, James Bryan, Gabriel Vargas, MMF Canada, and Sultans of String.

Coeur de pirate (Béatrice Martin) Facebook photo
January 17, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Drake sets a new record, Hard Rock announces a new hotel in London, ON, Coeur de pirate (pictured) buys Dare To Care Records, Corb Lund and Paul Brandt protest Albertan coal mining, and a new Montreal jazz series is launched. Also in the news are TiKA, MNS, Church of Trees, Carole Pope, Neil Young, Cartel Madras, Tyler Shaw, Soran, Bruce Guthro, Justin Nozuka, and farewell Duke Bootee, Phil Spector, Chris Murphy, and Syl Sylvain.

Geddy Lee  Facebook photo
January 13, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Geddy Lee (pictured) is part of a star-studded VSO benefit event, registration for ShiftChange 2021 is open, and Music Canada is surveying artists. Also in the news are the Raise Your Voice Concert Series, The Tragically Hip, Unison, SOCAN, Silverstein, Creative Manitoba, CIMA, MusicOntario, Small Sins, Tokyo Police Club, k-os, and farewell Shingoose, Tim Bogert, and Howard Johnson.

Lido Pimienta  Facebook photo
January 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Lido Pimienta (pictured) launches the City Hall Live Spotlight series, Early Music Vancouver announces a strong program, and Rafael Payare is named the new music director of OSM. Also in the news are CMI, Rhye, Jacob Hoggard,  Country Music Alberta Awards, USS, Cam Blake, and farewell Michael Apted and Jamie O’Hara.

Neil Young  Facebook photo
January 6, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Neil Young (pictured) signs a blockbuster deal with Hipgnosis, Linus takes over the Borealis Records roster, and the Northern Power Summit goes virtual. Also in the news are The Weeknd, Maple Blues Awards, Canadian Independent Music Awards, the Rolling Stones, vinyl sales, The Toronto Arts Foundation, Dropout Entertainment, MMF, Soul Nation Radio, Ontario Creates, and farewell Steve Brown, Phyllis McGuire, and Alexi Laiho.

Justin Bieber  Facebook graphic
January 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Open Waters Festival begins this week, Justin Bieber (pictured) goes tats-less in his new video, and Tenille Arts wins for best Saskatchewan album. Also in the news are Indigenous Music,  the Bovine Sex Club, Music PEI Awards, David Browning, and farewell to Gerry Marsden, MF DOOM, Claude Bolling, and Alto Reed.

Art Bergmann  Facebook photo: Sherri Decembri
December 30, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Renegade rocker Art Bergmann (pictured) is amongst the new Order of Canada recipients, Jaymz Bee promises NYE fun, and Cindy McLeod wins the John Valenteyn Blues Booster of the Year Award. Also making news are Latin Awards Canada 2020, Keithmas, and Jane Bunnett, and a farewell to Randy Alexander, John Fletcher, Gordon Lapp, Armando Manzanero, Gary 17, and Laurie-Ann Sparling.

Gord Bamford Facebook photo
December 17, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Gord Bamford (pictured) hosts a star-studded holiday special, Unison’s fundraising live-stream is on Friday, and Justin Bieber partners with a choir of London medical staff for a charity single. Also in the news are the 2020 Saskatchewan Music Awards, Mariposa, John Prine, Barenaked Ladies, Andrea Ramolo, Matt Mays, RSDC Unsigned, BIPOC Fest, ArtsCan Circle, David Bowie, and farewell Don Zimmermann.