Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Justin Bieber  Facebook photo
July 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Justin Bieber (pictured) announces his 2021 world tour, The Weeknd showcases his hometown, and a new deadline for a Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund. Others in the news include The Flowers Of Hell, Langston Francis, Aldo Nova, The Ropes, Indie Week, Rolly, FAI, Voivod, Evangeline Gentle, Alyssa Reid, Jarrel the Young, ShazamFest, and farewell Peter Green.

Nick Nurse  Photo: Nick Nurse Foundation
July 23, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Nick Nurse (pictured) boosts a school’s music program, Unison Benevolent Fund’s #WithoutMusic project grabs attention, and David Byrne’s American Utopia will open TIFF.  Also making news are MusiCounts, Alex Henry Foster, the Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival, Shambhala Music Festival, Starlight Social Club, N'Awlins Jazz Bar, LyricFind, Anyway Gang, Array Space, and farewell Annie Ross.

Drake and DJ Khaled  Facebook photo
July 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Drake and DJ Khaled (pictured) collaborate on two new singles, Serena Ryder has a new record label and single, and the Orbit Room announces its closure. Also in the news are IF 2020, Hamilton venues, Music Canada certifications, SiriusXM’s Top of the Country, J.P. Cormier, Canal Bank Shuffle, Morning Music, The Great Canadian Concert Series, Red Bull, Tim & The Glory Boys, and farewell Chi Pig, Emmitt Rhodes, Jamie Oldaker, and Marguerite Knowles Doritty.

July Talk
July 16, 2020
by Kerry Doole

July Talk (pictured) outlines its drive-in concerts, new non-profit org Advance moves forward, and Music Nova Scotia creates two new investment programs. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, Audiam, Toronto Shines, John Finley, Bob Wiseman, Melissa Payne, Lawson Vocal Studios, Owen Barney, Jay Douglas, Kyle Meagher, Nikko DeTranquilli, and farewell Lil Marlo.

Simple Plan  Facebook photo
July 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

David Desrosiers exits Simple Plan (pictured) under a cloud, Indie Week presents a timely webinar, and more festivals and concert series go virtual. Also in the news are Bernard Adamus, Sheila Jordan , Canadian Brass, INXS, Chelle, Tory Lanez, Matthew Good, Jesse Cook, HJF, Rik Emmett, Mattie Leon, and farewell Judy Dyble, Fiona Adams, and Rich Priske.

July 9, 2020
by Kerry Doole

BreakOut West 2020 (pictured) announces a Home Edition, Dine Alone and Dallas Green raise big bucks for BLM charities, and CIMA and Music Publishers conduct an important survey. Others making news include Spotify, Emanuel, This Ain't Hollywood, John Cody, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, The Rivoli, Purity Ring, The Bros. Landreth, Kathleen Edwards, Steve Waxman, Graeme Williamson, Julien Corriveau, Lindsay Ell, the Senator Restaurant, Comedy Records, and farewell Ennio Morricone, Nick Cordero, and Charlie Daniels. With video.

July 5, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Polaris Music Prize (pictured) goes virtual, Tenille Townes raises big bucks for two charities, and Indie Week begins hosting online events. Also making news are Alexandra Stréliski, Roots Music Canada, the Drake,Toronto hip-hop violence, Kestrels, Blakdenim, ArtHaus, Adria Kain, The Beat Club, Holger Petersen, Paul Reddick, and farewell Freddy Cole, Sean Tyla, and Ida Hendel.

City View Drive In  Facebook graphic
July 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Toronto’s new CityView Drive-In (pictured) will host concerts, the star-studded Saints And Sinners Tour is rescheduled, and MusiCounts presents a virtual dance party. Others in the headlines include Stompin' Tom Connors and Whiskey Jack, Kiesza, JAZZ.FM91 shows, Montreal venue closures, Anvil, Manitoba Music, Bandcamp, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Mike Shabb, and farewell Johnny Mandel, Benny Mardones, and Milton Glaser. With video.

Alessia Cara
June 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Alessia Cara (pictured) performs on the Junos tonight, Dine Alone and Dallas Green launch a charity raffle, and The SOCAN Foundation announces a new fund. Also in the news are Massey-Harris, the ECMAs, Indie Week 2020, Hamilton’s Canada Day concert, Dennis Ellsworth, drive-in shows, and farewell Graeme Williamson. With video.

June 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards nominees are named, Ron Hynes will be celebrated at the ECMAs, and Mariposa goes virtual. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Rufus Wainwright, the Senator Restaurant, House of Jazz, Jeff Healey, Amplify BC, Music PEI, Michaela Slinger, Hawksley Workman, Stephan Moccio, Leela Gilday, Chris Bell, Joshua Van Tassel, Shawn Hall, Shuffalo, and Ben Kunder. With video.

Dame Vera Lynn. Archival pic
June 22, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Ottawa’s Bluesfest and NAC present a star-studded drive-in music series (pictured), NXNE is forced to cancel, and Arkells postpone a big hometown show. Also in the news are PUP, Dione Taylor, City and Colour, Elisapie, HJF, Roy Woods, Libera Awards, Orville Peck, and farewell Dame Vera Lynn, Victor Feldbrill, and Hux Brown.

Drake  Instagram photo
June 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Drake (pictured) leads the nominees for the 2020 BET Awards, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal goes virtual, and SaskMusic presents a National Indigenous Peoples Day Concert. Also in the news are Music Canada, ABACUS Data, a CBC hip-hop podcast, Canada Day House Party, Ruth B, Creative Manitoba, BTS, Americana Honors & Awards, Judy Collins, Protest the Hero Toronto Songwriting School, Linda McRae, TO Live, Shred Kelly,  Supercrawl, and farewell Hugh Fraser and Keith Tippett.