The Unison Schmoozefest raises $35K, Michael Rapino ups his game (and bank account), Garth Brooks breaks attendance records. Also featured today are Betty Moon, Cold Specks, Brad Paisley, StubHub, Jake Donaldson, Andy Kim, Daniel Caesar, The Balconies and some free swag from Dine Alone. Videos provided for your viewing pleasure.
Music News Digest
Music News Digest
Making the news today: Gordon Lightfoot donates canoes, Unison's smashing Schmoozefest, new Rock Hall of Fame inductees, Manitoba Music's Bonspiel, Junos launch BC live program, Quincy launches his own Qwest TV channel, Sam's sign lights up, and farewells to Carl Horton and Pat DiNizio.
In the column today: Drake and the Weeknd named in Forbes wealthiest musicians' list, YouTube 2017 Canada faves, plus a whole lot more news and videos.
The Hawk's legendary nest in the Kawarthas has been sold. Also in today's news, a major new Live Nation venue for Toronto, Hedley boosts MusiCounts and Depeche Mode's record-breaking tour, plus items on Curve Music, Rumble, Feist, The Eagles, Steven Taetz, and Dan Burke.
Neil Young goes live on the CTV Network this Sunday, Rufus Wainwright creates a fuss in Minneapolis, and The Horseshoe Tavern officially turns 70. Others in the news include WondaGurl, MusiCounts, Ruth B., Peter Rowan, The Urban Renewal Project, Piper Hayes, and Mundell Lowe.
The famed Sam the Record Man sign is brought back to life in Toronto. Also in the news today: Gordon Lightfoot, the Passport Music Summit, Hey Ocean!'s David Beckingham, the Cobalt Prize, Jocelyn Alice, Winterruption, and a farewell to Frank Levin.
The countdown is on for Neil Young's secret concert somewhere in Canada tonight. Others in the news include Emily Haines, Kevin Drew, Andy Hines, Patricia Conroy, the UK vinyl boom, Music PEI Awards, Sarah Slean, and the Dirty Dishes.
The rumours are flying that Neil Young's secret Canadian show on Friday will be in his former hometown of Omemee. In other news, we have Jagged Little Pill being adapted for a musical in the US, Malcolm Young's funeral, a boost for the Prism Prize, the apparent demise of Divan Orange, a prog rock fest, and farewell to Eric Irwin.
Shania Twain shone in the snow with her half-time show at a memorable Grey Cup in Ottawa last night. Also in the news is a US startup, United Masters, out to take on the major labels, and we farewell Patrick Bourgeois, John Francis Coates Jr, and Tommy Keene.
Joel Plaskett heads the first wave of ECMA performers to be announced, Edmonton's Needle Vinyl Tavern closes indefinitely, and it's farewell to Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Pete Moore, Wayne Cochran, Jon Hendricks, and George Avakian.
Fan fever leads to more shows on Johnny Reid's spring tour, the CMAO Awards will return to London, ON, next year with Jason McCoy back as host. Banger Films scores in New York, Whitney Rose and The Wooden Sky announce new tours, and we farewell David Cassidy, Della Reese, and John Preston.