The Weeknd and Justin Bieber did not bounce into the media Zoom Sunday night to talk about their Juno wins, but many other winners and performers, from The Tragically Hip and Feist to JP Saxe and Jann Arden, did log in to chat about a range of subjects.
Each week, Essentials allows Canadian musicians to share the things that have helped them get through the pandemic, and why they still can’t live without them. Leading off the series is the acclaimed roots singer/songwriter formerly known as Oh Susanna.
Bahamas to headline Meridian Centre, artists pile on to announce tours and high profile shows in the US, latest MRC data have vinyl sales spinning higher, and Canada takes a bow in Billboard’s latest influencer list. With video.
Covid-19 has impacted many facets of the music biz, but new releases and reissues continue apace. Notables include The Shins, Migos, Jim Ward, The Scientists, AFI, Lukas Nelson, Crypta, Dennis DeYoung, Mark Lanegan, K-Flay, Tune-Yards, and Def Leppard. Canadian releases includes albums by Ruth B. (pictured), Courtney Wolfe, Dany Laj and the Looks, The Hello Darlins, and Islands.
The Prism Prize announces its Top 10 (pictured), Global Toronto 2021 gets ready to roll, and a new take on Hall of Fame hit Black Velvet. Also in the news are Savannah Ré, JazzinToronto Live, Canadian Song Conference, Roger Mooking, The Atlantic Presenters Association, MMF Canada, Music Publishers Canada, and The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Powfu (pictured) reaches an impressive milestone, more takes on the Junos, and a rare Stan Klees interview. Others in the headlines include Grimes, the ECMAs, Global Toronto, The International Indigenous Music Summit, Hipgnosis, UMG, Roblox, YouTube, Bravado, mobile gaming, meditative music, and Metallica.