The Alberta Country Music Awards, held in Red Deer last night were hosted by Aaron Godvin who took home the night
Music News Digest
Music News Digest
The star-studded The Spirit of John benefit honours John Mann (pictured), and the Alberta Country Music Awards are ready to roll. Also in the news are Richard Gottehrer, Gordon Lightfoot, Whiskey Jack, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Roxodus Music Fest, Bryan Adams, Creative Manitoba, and farewell Oliver Mtukudzi. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Dirty Nil (pictured) delivers a SNL parody, MusicOntario goes to NewSkool Rules, and Trent Severn goes on hiatus. Also in the news are pipeline protests, CIMA, FAI, Hugh's Room Live, Michael Occhipinti, WNMF, Alexandra Streliski, the Oscars, Northern Touch Music Festival, Scrape Records, Cadence Grace, The Darcys, Ladom Ensemble, Don Brownrigg, The Fretless, and farewell Ted McKenna and Kaye Ballard.
The hit Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford inspires a book, R. Kelly is dropped by Sony, Ariana Grande sets a Spotify record, and Donna Grantis (pictured) goes solo. Also in the news are John and Yoko, The Dead South, APTN, Drake, Ian Blurton, Trille Or, Lenny Stoute, Verboden, Monster Truck, Music BC, and a farewell to Reggie Young. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Music Canada's 2018 certifications include Loud Luxury (pictured), CBC Music’s Searchlight contest returns, and CMW conference passes are now on sale. Also in the news are Voivod, Music PEI Week, Rusty, Alicia Keys, Coeur de pirate, Creative Manitoba, Jordan Davis, Sound of Pop, Tomato/Tomato, and a farewell to Lorna Doom. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Drake (pictured) signs up for a Vegas residency, The Who returns with three Canadian concert dates, and MDM signs Don Amero. Others names in the news include Elton Rohn, Kelowna, A2IM, Manitoba Film and Music, Vivek Shraya, Contact East, Gene MacLellan, Music BC, The PepTides, Jeremy Darby, Brittany Lyseng, and farewells to Bonnie Guitar, Shirley Boone, and Carol Channing. Videos added for your enjoyment.
An all-star in-concert Joni Mitchell tribute hits cinemas next month. But tickets will go faster than a Backstreet Boys reunion as the show date is only one date, on Feb. 7.
Shawn Mendes and Alessia Cara join an Elvis All-Star Tribute, the inaugural CCMA Song Camp attracts top talent, and three Canadians, including Lindsay Beaver (pictured) are nominated for the Blues Music Awards. Also in the news are CIMA, Westway LAB, Allison Outhit, Music PEI, Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, ShiftChange Conference, Def Leppard, and a farewell to Phil Mattson.
Today's column includes Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor (pictured) receiving a star-studded celebration of life, Canadian nominees in the International Folk Music Awards, and disquieting reports that Adele may well not be touring again. Others in the news: Music BC, Pickathon, Steve Strongman, Mr! Mouray, Mad Ones, Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, Tallies, NSCC, and farewells to Artie Irwin and Alan R. Pearlman. Videos added for your enjoyment.
MusiCounts honours the legacy of Mike Taylor, Chad Brownlee has a new single, and the Hornby Island Blues Society is 2019's Blues Booster of the Year. Also in the news are Carole Pope (pictured), Sound of Music, Dissident Mindset, Jon Brooks, Guitar Wars, David Francey, Lady Gaga, Eliza Doyle, and farewells to Steven Ripley, and Christine McGuire. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Myles Goodwyn reunites with a beloved guitar (pictured), Alan Doyle hosts Juno Songwriters’ Circle, and the VSO celebrates its centennial. Also in the news are Meghan Patrick, Jason Plumb, Neil Young. Tune Up Toronto, Bedtracks, Brian May, a Clash exhibit, Ron Wood, John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, Dave McEathron, and farewells to Daryl Dragon, Pegi Young, and Dean Ford. Videos provided for your enjoyment.
Jacob Hoggard gets hitched on NYE, Sass Jordan (pictured) launches a wine line, HMV faces a possible demise, and CIMA hosts a mission from Eastern Europe. Also in the news are Music Canada Live, Travis Pangburn, Jean-Michel Blais, Manitoba Music, Coherency, Hamilton Arts Awards, and farewells to Ray Sawyer, James Calvin Wilsey, David Sinclair, Honey Lantree, and Norman Gimbel. Videos added for your enjoyment.