Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 4, 2017

A feature about Canadian places and people that have influenced Neil Young leads off our look at the headlines. Also featured are comedy albums, A Tribe Called Red, Richard Hell, Radiohead, Boland, The Pack a.d., and Ansley Simpson.

Music Biz Headlines, Dec. 4, 2017

By Kerry Doole

Neil Young's Canada

From a town in North Ontario to the Red River Valley, a look at the places, people and sounds that influenced the icon — Colton Eddy & Jesse Kinos-Goodin,

Comedy albums are making a comeback

Vancouver label 604 Records is laughing up the charts with them — Marsha Lederman, The Globe and Mail

Rock ’n’ Roll, between the covers

A look at new biographies of stars including Lou Reed, Stevie Nicks, and Al Green —  Evelyn McDonnell, NYT Review of Books

Punk icon Richard Hell looks back at “Blank Generation” 40 years later

"It’s really like you’re looking at another person, but you know at the same time that it’s actually you” — Nicole DeMarco, Village Voice

The best Toronto concerts happening in December 2017

These are the shows our critics are most looking forward to this month —  NOW


Death of drum technician in Radiohead stage collapse subject of Ontario coroner's inquest

Chief coroner to hold inquest into Scott Johnson's death after parents, band demand answers —  Amara McLaughlin,

For the Pack a.d. there’s more to life than getting Dollhouse likes on Instagram

Their latest album is being partially framed as a commentary on centring oneself in a Trump-era world that seems to get shittier with each passing day —  Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Why Ian Campeau had to leave A Tribe Called Red

"It just felt lonely," he says. The acclaimed Indigenous group is now down to a duo  — Luke Ottenhof, Buzz Feed

St. Michael's Choir School comes together for Messiah

Students aged 10 to 17 are, for the first time in the school's 80-year history, working together on a complete Messiah — William Littler, Toronto Star

Emie R Roussel Trio, Parc X Trio, Daniel Arthur Trio CDs reviewed

Three promising and young piano trios based in Montreal have just put out albums — Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen

Ansley Simpson comes out of her 'hiding place'

The Indigenous artist has recorded her second album, She Fell From The Sky. The 11-song collection will unfold as a story —

Toronto rapper Boland grinds toward greatness and is Your New Favourite Thing

The hip-hop creator did a lot of polishing before his recent burst of beats and rhymes — Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Neil Young + Promise of the Real: The Visitor review – energised, pithily funny protest songs

 On his new album, Young confronts hatred and division with humanity and hope  —  Dave Simpson, The Guardian

The 10 best holiday benefit shows in Toronto

From Teenanger to a giant James Taylor singalong with Choir! Choir! Choir!, here's where you can party while supporting a good cause  —NOW


A mural found in Toronto's Reggae Lane (Eglinton Avenue W/Oakwood Ave), taken on March 23rd, 2021.

A mural found in Toronto's Reggae Lane (Eglinton Avenue W/Oakwood Ave), taken on March 23rd, 2021.


Billboard Canada FYI Bulletin: Preserving the Music History of Toronto's Little Jamaica

The Canada Black Music Archives is arranging walking tours of the important cultural corridor. Also in this week's roundup of music industry news: Dan Mangan revisits his early days, Cold Specks returns, Ian Tyson memorialized in Calgary and more.

Raised on a 20K-acre farm in Saskatchewan, The Hunter Brothers – real-life brothers, Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty– have become country radio staples since releasing their debut single “El Dorado” in 2016. Since then, they’ve earned two gold singles with “Born and Raised” and “Those Were the Nights, and platinum status with “Those Were the Nights” and racked up a cumulative 87M streams and 34M YouTube views.

The group’s signature harmonies, melodies and storybook songs have helped fuel their popularity as a live attraction as well. They have just wrapped a 10-night residency (July 5-14) at the Calgary Stampede, averaging 20K attendance nightly.

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