Music Biz Headlines, April 16, 2018

The Weeknd gets emotional at Coachella, Mariah Carey reveals her bipolar condition, and Canadians shine at Savannah Music Festival. Also in the headlines are Tinashe, Huey Lewis, classical Junos, London Music Week, Springsteen, Shawn Mendes, Amici, Peggy Lee, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Music Biz Headlines, April 16, 2018

By Kerry Doole

The Weeknd breaks down while performing songs about Selena Gomez

The emotional moments came during his Coachella set in California on Friday – Adam Swimmer, Calgary Herald

Mariah Carey the latest to step forward in fight for bipolar awareness

Carrie Fisher, Demi Lovato, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scott Stapp are just some of those who have walked that road before her – Peter Sblendorio, Winnipeg Free Press

There’s something for everyone at the Savannah Music Festival

Highlights included Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin and the Zukerman Trio, which is two-thirds Canadian – William Littler, Toronto Star

Huey Lewis cancels all 2018 performances due to hearing loss

“Although I can still hear a little, one-on-one, and on the phone, I can’t hear music well enough to sing,” the veteran rocker posted on Twitter – Jackson McHenry,

Tinashe: ‘People are past the point where they think I’m a mindless puppet’

The R&B star has defied bullies, the wrath of Wendy Williams and the insidious music industry. With her new album Joyride, has her moment finally arrived? –The Guardian


Rising stars shine in this playlist of new Toronto music

This week's #NOWplaying features a ton of great rising artists, including Jaunt, iaamSaam, Hard To Kill and Roam. And, sure, also Drake and the Weeknd – NOW

Stop giving classical Junos To European orchestras and choirs

When foreign organizations receive classical Junos, our orchestras and choirs lose an opportunity to be recognized and validated – Greg Jarvis, Huffington Post

Workshops, speakers aim to elevate London musicians

SoundCheck for Success is part of the Jack Richardson London Music Week. Participants include Dave Bidini, Mike McCarty, and Karen Kosowski –Joe Belanger, London Free Press

Springsteen book featuring unreleased photos from his early days     

After shooting the cover art for Bruce Springsteen’s second album, 1973’s The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, late photographer David Gahr trailed the New Jersey native and his E Street Band through 1986, in the run-up to the group’s seminal Born in the U.S.A. Tour – Steven Horowitz, Billboard

Shawn Mendes webchat – post your questions now

The 19-year-old Canadian pop star will answer your questions in a web chat on Tuesday 17 April – The Guardian

 “Amici,” when translated from the Italian, means “friends”. It may be a simple concept, but that idea is at the core of what the Toronto-based Amici Chamber Ensemble does – and has been doing for the last 30 years  – Sara Constant, The Whole Note


Vancouver composer Peggy Lee's attention to detail tips the scales perfectly in Echo Painting

It’s always a treat to hear local cellist Peggy Lee play music for dancers—but her latest CD, Echo Painting, suggests that she’s an accomplished choreographer in her own right  – Alex Varty, Georgia Straight

The Nightingale is musical and visual storytelling at its finest in COC revival

But the Other Short Fables part of the Robert Lepage production showcases the mechanics of theatre without presenting a unified story – John Terauds, Toronto Star

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The Beaches Bring "Blame Brett" to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

The Toronto quartet brought their viral single into their late night TV debut.

Following the viral success of "Blame Brett" in 2023, The Beaches have made their late night TV debut, performing their naming-and-blaming single on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Though the Toronto band has been together for a decade, winning a 2018 Juno for Breakthrough Artist following their debut album, last yearmarked a watershed moment for the quartet. They traded their heavier rock sound for sleek new wave guitar tones and took back control of their career, deciding to release their new album, Blame My Ex, independently. (They co-wrote the album with Canadian artist and songwriter Lowell, who also has a credit on Beyoncé's newest hit.)

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