Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Azealia Banks  FB photo
March 18, 2019
by Kerry Doole

CMW announces some heavy-hitting performers, including Azealia Banks (pictured), and NAC reveals its lineup. Also in the news are Valley, Bryan Adams, Mariposa, The Julian Taylor Band, CIMA, Nielsen Music, Bangerz Brass, and farewells to Zippy Pinhead, Justin Haynes, and Dick Dale. Videos provided for your enjoyment.

Michael Buble
March 15, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Michael Buble (pictured) releases his TV special on audio, Rock Hall of Fame announces an impressive lineup, and a Juno power scare in London. Also in the news are Roxodus Music Fest, FACTOR programs, Rolling Stones, Thymeless, Christina Martin, Stephen Stohn,  Grimes, grandson, Taste Of The 6ix, Radio-Canada, Music BC, Soleil Sound, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and farewell Danny Kustow and JoAnn Brooks. Videos provided for your enjoyment.

Eric Fefferman captures Jane hosting one of her Discoveries nights at Hugh's Room Live
March 13, 2019
by Kerry Doole

A Gordon Lightfoot documentary to have its world premiere at Hot Docs, the Gonzervatory returns, and Jane Harbury (pictured) is honoured. Others making news include Courage My Love, Skye Wallace, the ECMAs, Juice WRLD,  Fucked Up, SXSW, Contact East, and farewell Hal Blaine. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Gowan keeps on going. Pick credited to Claude Dufresne on Facebook
March 11, 2019
by FYI Staff

Larry Gowan (pictured) takes a nasty fall onstage, Linda Perry participates in CMPA's Women in the Studio, Canadian talent heads to Austin, and a new doco will feature Neil Young at Woodstock. Also in the news are CIMA, Joni Mitchell, Mariposa, Art of Time Ensemble, Steve Earle, Marie Bottrell, Carole Bayer Sager, Bryan Adams, Cirque Éloize, Serge Fiori, Margaret Atwood, Rose Cousins, and farewells to Sidney Sheinberg, Jacques Loussier, and Frank MacKay. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Searchlight winner Shopé from his Instagram page
March 8, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Shopé (pictured) wins CBC's Searchlight 2019, Randy Bachman gets profiled, and Unison teams with StayBillety. Also in the news are Squamish Constellation Festival, Tami Neilson, CIMA, Chris Hardy, Come From Away, Mappe Of,  Drake, SING!, The Police, Farnaz Ohadi, Carbon Memory, and farewell Robbie Smith and Charlie Panigoniak. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Sean Jones. Pic credit: GregPaupst.com
March 6, 2019
by FYI Staff

The Tenors and (pictured) Sean Jones,  Boots & Hearts, and SCMA Awards nominees are announced. Also in the news are YYC Music Awards, Broken Social Scene, CIMA, The Great Escape, Selina Martin, James Bryan, Arcade Fire, Michael Davidson and Dan Fortin, Jackie Richardson, Daniel Romano, Sonic Publishing, Dave Sampson, Blue Standard, and farewell Sara Romweber and Keith Flint. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Gordon Lightfoot
March 4, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Gordon Lightfoot (pictured) is working on a new album, the Toronto hip-hop scene gets a library exhibit, and submissions are now open for the SOCAN Song House. Also making the news are Metro Metro, Jerry Lee Lewis, Michael Jackson, Matt Andersen, Jim Cuddy, Twitch, Evil Ebenezer and JYAY, Indigenous musicians, Michael Wrycraft, Johnnie Lovesin, and farewell Tom Goodkind. Videos included for your enjoyment.

The Dirty Nil will have a Blast at SXSW
March 1, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Junos run back to Saskatoon, The Dirty Nil (pictured) join Canadian Blast at SXSW, and competing bids for Universal Music. Also in the news are Bryan Adams, Facebook, Emm Gryner, Justin West, Talking Stick, Music Manitoba, The Barr Brothers, Paul Reddick, Music Nova Scotia, Darryl Hurs, Michael Jerome Browne, Blues Hall of Fame, MusicOntario and farewell Ross Lowell. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Paul Massey  Photo: IMDb
February 27, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey (pictured) wins an Oscar, The Beaches land on a big tour, and Warner and Spotify trade blows. Others in the news include Arcade Fire, Noah Mintz, The Strumbellas, Curve Music, Joel Kazmi, and farewells to Daniel Di Giacomo, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Phillips, and Mark Hollis.

Andy and Josh of Skydiggers at Unison house concert.  Photo: Cassandra Popescu
February 25, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Skydiggers (pictured) play a house concert to benefit Unison, Alessia Cara joins Shawn Mendes' world tour, and Scott Long departs Music Nova Scotia. Others in the news include the New Colossus Festival, Music Canada certifications, Norah Jones, Houdini, Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival, SHINE concert, CLMA, SaskMusic, and farewells to Fred Foster and Johnnie Lovesin. Videos provided for your enjoyment.

February 22, 2019
by Kerry Doole

 Lindsay Ell (pictured) gets a career boost with her ACM Awards nomination, Drake wins at The Brits, and Erin Costelo launches her record label. Also making the news are the Polaris Music Prize, Queen, William Prince, Six Shooter, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Carl Schilde, Donovan Woods, Precision Record Pressing, Play For The Cat, IBMA, and farewell Peter Tork. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Hollerado  Photo: Vanessa Heins
February 20, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Indie rock favourite Hollerado (pictured) is calling it a day, NXNE dates are set, and the Junos showcase art in London. Also in the news are Matt Andersen, Kim Clarke Champniss, IDMA, Zaki Ibrahim,  Ron Sexsmith, Kyp Harness, Phil Nimmons, LyricFind, Jack Pine and The Fire, Amanda Rheaume, and farewell Kofi Burbridge. Videos added for your enjoyment.