Music Biz Headlines, May 4, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Drake’s courtside antics at Raptors games are firing up the wrong team

On Tuesday night, Drake used his power to make himself look ridiculous. The only way he could have looked like a bigger fool was if he had showed up for the game in a potato sack and propeller beanie – Vinay Menon, Toronto Star

It ain't tea, babe: Bob Dylan embraces Tennessee whiskey

A distillery is partnering with Dylan to distill whiskey at a 140-year-old Tennessee church and bottle it under the name Heaven's Door. Media outlets reported Dylan partnered with Angel's Envy Bourbon co-founder Marc Bushala in the venture –  AP

Kanye West slavery comments spark backlash: 'He's putting targets on our backs'

Black cultural figures from Ava DuVernay to and Spike Lee have condemned Kanye West for saying ‘slavery for 400 years ... that sounds like a choice’ –  Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian


M.I.A. enters Canada after border ordeal

The British-Tamil musician encountered a few hiccups en route to her Hot Docs appearance in Toronto  – Radheyan Simonpillai, NOW

Rich Aucoin bike blog #4: Tucumcari, NM to Elk City,

Wind is the mountain you cannot see. At least that’s what it feels like as a cyclist going against it. You’re pedalling non-stop all day, no coasting –  Rich Aucoin, The Coast

Montreal’s anglo rappers are ready for their breakthrough

Montreal has produced lots of international talent, but our English rap scene has yet to yield a superstar. Why is that? – Erik Leijon, Montreal Gazette

Red Truck Beer announces Coleman Hell and Allen Stone as headliners for Truck Stop Concert Series

Genre-blurring Thunder Bay songwriter Coleman Hell anchors the June 16 kickoff show, with Seattle indie-rock darlings Pickwick, 2017 Truck Stop Talent Search winner Sam the Astronaut, and Vancouver up-and-comers Aviator Shades on the undercard – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Why should Mike Watt slow down, when he's got so much to learn?

It took decades for the US punk hero to make it to Edmonton, and he’s not planning on letting it go now that he knows about us – Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal

Look who made the jump to the Air Canada Centre

Russ? Kygo? Nick Cave? A hot market and a lack of mid-sized concert scene are pushing some surprising acts to play the Toronto arena when they come to town –  Ben Rayner, Toronto Star


Opera festival's Russian repertoire a new experience for Quebec diva

Canadian soprano star Karina Gauvin is also featured in the fest's second edition  DG Duke, Vancouver Sun

Leonard Bernstein shaped American music. Here’s how to celebrate him around D.C.

Some upcoming highlights as Washington fetes the lionized American composer for his centennial – Washington Post

Contemporary album of the month: Brian Eno – Music for Installations

Despite his mainstream pop collaborations, Eno has never stopped making interesting ambient music, as is evident on this six-disc set  – John Lewis, The Guardian

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

The Beaches performing at Billboard Canada's Women in Music Launch on June 5, 2024


The Beaches, Charlotte Cardin, Allison Russell Make the 2024 Polaris Music Prize Long List

The 40-album long list for the Polaris Prize, which awards $50,000 to the best Canadian record of the year features up-and-comers like punk group NOBRO and producer Bambii, plus rapper TOBi, and legends like Quebec group Karkwa and previous Heritage Prize winner Beverly Glenn-Copeland.

Some of the country's biggest breakthrough artists are in contention for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

The 40-album long list was revealed today (June 11) at Sonic Boom record store in downtown Toronto. It features some of the buzziest names in Canadian music, from The Beaches — who were recently awarded Billboard Canada Women in Music's inaugural Group of the Year award — to Grammy-winner Allison Russell, to Canadian Hot 100 charting acts like Charlotte Cardin and Talk, to underground mainstays like Cindy Lee, who had an organic breakthrough this year with Diamond Jubilee.

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