October 10, 2020
by Nick Krewen

With Toronto music venues threatened with extinction from the double whammy of the pandemic and insurance underwriters' refusal to renew liability insurance policies, the Canadian Live Music Association has commissioned a Nordicity report that offers eight recommendations to help elevate the live music industry out from its current state of crisis. Pictured: Assoc'n president Erin Benjamin.

September 23, 2020
by Nick Krewen

As if dealing with the pandemic isn’t enough, Canadian live music venues are encountering an unexpected adversary that’s threatening their survival

Micah Barnes and Jackie Richardson  Photo: Bill King
September 17, 2020
by Bill King

The dynamo behind SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival discusses this year’s virtual edition, the challenges in putting it together, the ongoing support of sponsors, and Jackie Richardson (pictured with Micah Barnes), winner of the Slaight Music Sing! Toronto Legacy Award.

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August 5, 2020
by David Farrell

Toronto and LA-based New Metric Media has created a new content development company with

Shaun Bowring, The Garrison. Photo: Kat Angus
July 29, 2020
by Cam Carpenter

With virtually all of Ontario about to enter phase 3 tomorrow, indoor music venues will be allowed to reopen. Severe restrictions in the province and across Canada means it will not be business as usual, however, as our man in the clubs, Cam Carpenter, discovered.

Tom Stephen from the Jeff Healey Band at Halifax's Seahorse Tavern. Pic: Victor Syperek
July 1, 2020
by Cam Carpenter

There are no live performances in Toronto but other cities are starting to see stirrings of life return in pubs and clubs. Cam Carpenter explains.

June 22, 2020
by Jason Schneider

As the live music industry continues to adapt to pandemic restrictions, Rob Cyrynowski, president of Livestar Entertainment Canada, recently announ

Pic courtesy of Calgary Homes
May 29, 2020
by David Farrell

Could the covid crisis wipe out Canada's $2B+ live music industry and push thousands of musicians, actors and those employed in sector infrastructure into permanent retirement from their chosen careers?

May 27, 2020
by David Farrell

The fundraiser for foodbanks includes six announced shows over two days in June with a ticket price of $50 per show and a maximum of 185 cars per, as stipulated by health authorities. Stingray has the audio feed and a TV special is being financed by Invictus Entertainment Group.

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May 25, 2020
by FYI Staff

Budweiser Stage At Home kicks off May 30, with The Black Crowes and The Trews, then Blue Rodeo and Alan Doyle on June 6.  The acts for two more Saturday broadcasts will be confirmed shortly.

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May 20, 2020
by External Source

Despite a genuine desire to return to live music events, to experience them in small and big venues, many Canadians are hesitant and reluctant to return.

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May 15, 2020
by FYI Staff

The nation’s promoters and venue operators are in a perilous state resulting from the Covid lockdown that has resulted in a combination of zero rev