Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Michael Buble  Facebook photo
June 3, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd and Michael Bublé (pictured) dig deep for worthy causes, Howard Shore and Finding The Secret Path score at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards, and Dan Mangan heads a CIMA webinar. Also in the news are The Polaris Music Prize, Bryce Clifford, Donny Anderson, Ori Dagan, Chad Brownlee, Rush, The Lowest Of The Low, T. Thomason, Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival, Mark Miller, Sonny Greenwich, Melissa Bel, The Music Hall, and farewell Majek Fashek, Bob Kulick, and Jimmy Capps.

Selina Martin
June 1, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Black Out Tuesday arrives tomorrow, Selina Martin (pictured) spearheads  #BuyMusicFriday, and Dean Brody gets his own beer. Also making news are Gord Downie, the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class,  Juno TV,  Björn Ulvaeus, CISAC, Julian Taylor, Orville Peck, Together We’re Strong, The Damn Truth, and The Perms.

May 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2021 Maple Blues Awards show will be virtual, this year’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival (pictured) heads online, and James Keast moves on from Exclaim!. Also in the news are Beth Anne Cole, The TD Markham Jazz Festival, CFMAs, Music BC, Canada Media Fund, David Myles, Crystal Shawanda, Haley Blais, Johnny A, and farewell Houdini.

Joey O'Neil  Photo: Nate Jones
May 27, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Kaelan Roddy wins the final OMA, Joey O’Neil (pictured) starts a virtual tour, and POP Montreal brings Le Funhouse fest. Also in the news are Arthaus, CIMA, MMF, WHOOP-Szo, Martha and The Muffins, Land of Talk, Ken Tizzard, and farewell Jimmy Cobb, Bucky Baxter, and Allan Baekeland.

Melanie Peterson Facebook photo
May 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2020 Canadian Songwriter Challenge is underway, Melanie Peterson (pictured) has a regular live stream, and Universal Honey’s debut is reissued. Also in the news are A2IM Indie Week, CIMA, Music BC, Evangeline Gentle, The Gord Downie Fund, Sierra Noble, DeeDee7, SaskMusic, Bob Dylan, Alberta Music, and farewell Mory Kanté and Bobby Digital.

Paul Brandt  Facebook photo
May 22, 2020
by FYI Staff

Paul Brandt (pictured) chairs a human trafficking task force, Sydney features on Unsinkable Youth, and the Homebody Music Festival starts tomorrow. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters’ Circle, Barenaked Ladies, The Coalition for Music Education, Torquil Campbell, Creative Manitoba, One Earth Live, DT Concert Series, Ontario Creates, Caveboy, Pleasure Craft, August Rigo, and farewell John Cumming. With video.

Jocelyn Alice   Facebook photo
May 20, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jocelyn Alice (pictured) is featured on a charity cover, The Hunter Brothers win big at the SCMA Awards, and Dropkick Murphys play Fenway. Also making news are jazz festivals, TommyGunn, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Oh Susanna, Oshawa Music Awards, Buddy Holly, The Jerry Cans, Neil Young, MMF, and farewell Phil May, Jorge Santana, Astrid Kirchherr, Lucky Peterson, and Denny De Marchi.

Alejandra Ribera
May 14, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Alejandra Ribera (pictured) displays her courage, possible help for Toronto music venues, and the CMTF assists frontline healthcare workers and their families. Also in the news are ⁠Junos 365 Songwriters Circle, Hannah Georgas, Truths & Rights, Garth Brooks, TBS, MusicOntario, Gordie Tentrees, Alex Cuba, and farewell Moon Martin.

May 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Corey Hart (pictured) will remake an early hit,  the 2020 Canadian Song Conference is announced, and MacKenzie Porter goes gold. Others in the news include Justin and Ariana, Music PEI, Red Cat Records, Monster Truck, Corb Lund, Colter Wall, CNE, Pressa, MMF Canada, Jess Knights, and Virginia to Vegas. With video.

May 11, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Choir! Choir! Choir! and Rufus Wainwright will sing across the universe, Liona Boyd offers solace with a new song, and Ariana and Justin join forces. Also in the news are Crown Lands, Big Sugar, The Spoons, Taco Pica, Bob Dylan, Justin Fancy, David Myles, CIMA, and farewell Andre Harrell and Betty Wright.

The Tenors  Facebook photo
May 8, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Tenors release a new video for Mother’s Day, James Barker Band has live streamed 50 shows, and 120 Diner closes down. Also in the news are Junos 365 Songwriters Circle, Gordon Lightfoot, Midem, Uptune, Contact East 2020, Halifax Pop Explosion 2020, The Royal Foundry, Mississauga'sConcert of Hope, TOBi, and farewell Millie Small, Florian Schneider, Sweet Pea Atkinson, and Brian Howe.

This Ain't Hollywood  Facebook photo
May 6, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Sue Foley wins a 2020 Blues Music Award, This Ain’t Hollywood (pictured) calls it a day, and CFMA submissions are open. Also in the news are Bruce Cockburn, URGNT, Yorkville Sound, Killy, Joe Walsh, Oshawa Music Awards, Destroyer, Lindy Vopnfjörð, and farewell Dave Greenfield, Bob Garcia, and Richie Cole.