Music News Digest

Music News Digest

Fashion Santa Paul Mason with happy Schmoozefesters  Photo: Barry Roden
December 15, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

December 13, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

Forbes names Drake one of world's top earning musicians. Pic: Caitlin Cronenberg
December 11, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

Ronnie Hawkins takes in the view from his just sold Hawkstone Manor in the Kawarthas
December 8, 2017
by Kerry Doole

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.

December 6, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

December 4, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

Emily Haines resumes her role in The Soft Skeleton
December 1, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

Is this the site of Neil Young's Dec. 1 concert?
November 29, 2017
by FYI Staff

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 making her grand entrance at Ottawa's Grey Cup game yesterday
November 27, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

November 24, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

Johnny Reid adds 2nd show at Burton Cummings' Theatre
November 22, 2017
by FYI Staff

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.

November 20, 2017
by FYI Staff

The Tragically Hip, Eddie Schwartz, Bell Media, Theory Of A Deadman, Manitoba Music make headlines today, and the column acknowledges the passing of Malcolm Young, Mel Tillis and Michael ‘DikMik’ Davies.