The singer-songwriter first rose to national prominence in the ’60s, performing as a cast member on the Canadian television series Singalong Jubilee alongside fellow Maritimer Anne Murray. From there, his star only continued to rise higher: Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers produced his first single, You’re Not Even Going to the Fair, while Montreal’s The Bells took his song Stay Awhile all the way to the No. 7 spot on the Billboard Charts in 1971. Well, all these years later, he’s traded words for a paintbrush and become a bit more famous for it.
Despite major competition with four new albums debut in the top ten this week, American cross-over actress Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour remains at No. 1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the fourth consecutive week, again achieving the highest on-demand streams and digital song sales for the week.
The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez’s Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the prize, including this one from a Toronto psych-pop combo.
Chasing some dollars to fund your next recording or cross-country tour? Hoping to enter your songs into a lucrative competition? Seeking showcase opportunities at festivals and conferences? Check our calendar and get into the groove. Keep in mind that pandemic fears are likely to affect some of the events listed. Submissions to showcase at Mundial Montreal 2021 (pictured) close on June 25.
The finalists in the Jim Beam Virtual National Talent Search are named, two classics by Cano (pictured) enter the CSHF, and Leslie Feist re-emerges. Also in the news are Leonard Sumner, David Owen, Cedric Noel, Slow Leaves, Music PEI, CityView Drive-In, Libera Awards, and farewell Patrick Mokoka.
Medipac Travel Insurance, with endorsements from the Canadian Snowbird Association and the Royal Canadian Legion, has sponsored an hour-long music-video celebrating Father’s Day that features a marquee of Canadian singer-songwriters, including John McDermott (pictured).
The Maritime estate of Rita MacNeil (pictured) is now on Airbnb, Director X is part of the Luminato lineup, and the TSO prepares to return. Also in the headlines are the Stratford Festival, BTS, Bruce Springsteen, Hipgnosis, Island Records, Sparta, Peter Gabriel, the Beatles film, Noel Gallagher, and Foo Fighters.