Music News Digest

Music News Digest

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.

1976 gold record presentation (l-r): RCA president Ed Preston, Charley Pride, Tommy Hunter and Tee Vee Records' founder Ed LaBuick.
December 13, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Screen X Screen online conference launches shortly, Music NL announces its awards nominees, and the APA presents  ShiftChange 2021. Others in the news include Alanis Morissette, The Glenn Gould Foundation, Petula Clark, FACTOR, Liona Boyd, Mike Carr, PoLe featuring NLX, Neil Peart, Madisyn Whajne, and farewell Charley Pride (pictured) and Mojo Morganfield.

SOCAN Award winner Jean-Phi Goncalves  SOCAN photo
December 8, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The francophone SOCAN Awards winners included Jean-Phi Goncalves (pictured), Variety names Sal Slaiby Manager Of The Year, and the CLMA’s new board is announced. Also in the news are Steve Waxman, MusicNL, Suzie LeBlanc, Ronley Teper, MMF Canada, Chilly Gonzales, Make Music Matter, Tara MacLean and Adam Brazier, Raj Ramayya, Rhye, Oh Susanna, Manitoba Music, and farewell Harold Budd.

Emanuel  Photo: Matt Barnes
December 6, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Emanuel (pictured) signs to Motown Records, Toronto musicians rally in support of the unhoused, and The Funk Hunters are certified Road Gold. Also in the news are Jon Box, Indie Weekly, The Weeknd, Evergreen Festival, Music BC, Glass Tiger, Cat Clyde, Micah Barnes, Stephan Moccio, Gowan and Stuck On Planet Earth, Kandle, Kaytranada, Tanya Tagaq, and farewell Andre Gagnon, Denise Jones, and Dick Alen.

Gordon Lightfoot  graphic for El Mocambo live-stream
December 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Gordon Lightfoot announces a live-stream from the El Mocambo (pictured), Drake and The Weeknd excel on Spotify's 2020 chart, and The Washboard Union wins big at the BCCMAs. Also in the news are Cancer Bats, Arts & Crafts, David Bray, Michael Asante, IRIE festival, Breaking Down Racial Barriers, Perryn Leech, James Clark Institute, Bachman + Bachman, Songistry and MusicNL, Ron Sexsmith, FAOC, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Honeypaw.

Christina Petrowska Quilico  Website photo
November 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Christina Petrowska Quilico (pictured), Lara St. John, and Robert Godin are amongst the Order of Canada appointees, Music Publishers Canada co-hosts a songwriting camp, and this year’s Gala SOCAN goes virtual. Also in the news are NMC, Ladybird Animal Sanctuary, MMF Canada, The Huron Carole, Voivod, Saga, Ali & Theo, Ryland James, Michele Mele, Phil Nimmons, Andrea Morris , SNRK, and IRCPA.

Dream Serenade Finale  Photo: Jag Gundu
November 25, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Dream Serenade Benefit Concert goes virtual (pictured), the NSMW Sessions are launched, and Ring Music closes. Also in the news are Songs For Food And Shelter, Indie Week, The Dill, Melanie Peterson, Tallinn Music Week, Fortunate Ones,  Ken Tizzard and Music For Goats, MIDEM, and farewell Hal Ketchum and i_o.

The Weeknd  Facebook photo
November 23, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) and Justin Bieber dazzle at The American Music Awards, Shawn Mendes has a film documentary premiering today, and Radiohead’s Toronto tragedy is back in the spotlight. Also making news are Lil Berete, Jimmy Rankin, Pretty, Aluna, Kaytranada, MPC, Wade MacNeil, Larnell Lewis, AGH, and farewell Tony Hooper.

Scott Helman
November 18, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Scott Helman (pictured) makes his video directing debut, Indie Week gets the thumbs up, and Amaal stars on Juno TV. Also making news are Byta Internet, Tom Wilson, iskwē, CityFolk, Shaye Zadravec, Dave Young, Jeffery Straker, Lou Molinaro, Colonel Tom and the American Pour, Tom Cochrane, MMF, and farewell Bruce Swedien.

The Weeknd   Facebook graphic
November 15, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd (pictured) is set to play the Super Bowl halftime show next year, Johnny Orlando wins a  MTV Europe Music Award, and Justin Bieber gets festive for Amazon Music. Others in the news include Kathleen Edwards, CIMA, Crown Lands, FACTOR, &C Record Club, Grimes, Dan Fortin, Tami Neilson, Sheenah Ko, and farewell Des O’Connor and Doug Supernaw.