Music Biz Headlines: The Fate of CP24's Famous Spinning Car at 299 Queen Toronto Headquarters

Also this week: Queen's catalogue sells, The Weeknd makes history, Celine Dion's moving documentary and more.

CP24 Car at 299 Yonge

CP24 Car at 299 Yonge

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CP24 is moving. Here’s what that means for the iconic car on the side of the Queen Street building

The CP24 truck bursting out of the side of 299 Queen Street West has been a staple of Toronto for decades. – Andy Tagaki, Toronto Star

Five Impactful Moments in Celine Dion’s new Documentary

Celine Dion has bared her soul on stage for most of her life, but her new documentary reveals a previously unseen side of the famed Québécois singer. Ahead of its release on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service June 25, here are five impactful and insightful moments from the documentary. – David Friend, Canadian Press


DeMar DeRozan was Drake’s ‘Brother.’ Now He’s Dancing Onstage to Kendrick Lamar’s Diss Track

DeRozan appears to be in a unique situation in that he might have been the only person up there who has — or at least had — a friendship with Drake. – Chuck Schilken Los Angeles Times

The Weeknd Becomes First Canadian Artist With 7 Diamond Certified Singles

Additionally, his "Popular" collaboration with Playboi Carti and Madonna went platinum. – Billboard

Hedley Frontman Jacob Hoggard’s Appeal of Sexual Assault Conviction Heard by Ontario Court

Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard’s appeal of his sexual assault conviction was heard at Ontario’s top court on Wednesday. Hoggard was sentenced to five years behind bars in October 2022 after being found guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm. – Canadian Press

Exploring Toronto’s Forgotten Jazz Landmarks: ‘There is Creative History in This City That Would Blow Your Mind’

Vocalist and songwriter Jacintha tUkU Matthews is determined to preserve the memories of Toronto’s vibrant musical lineage. – Filipa Pajevic, Toronto Star

Early Music Vancouver's Summer Festival is Bach, Better Than Ever

This summer, Early Music Vancouver (EMV) invites music lovers to join in for a week-long celebration of Bach, featuring traditional and interpretive performances of the Baroque composer’s work. – Vicki Duong, Georgia Straight


Village People and War are Sure to Draw Large Crowds at the Festival of Friends

Imagine 20,000 people doing the “Y.M.C.A.” dance in the stately greenery of Gage Park. It’s going to happen when the Festival of Friends returns to the east Hamilton park for the August long weekend. – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

10 Days and 20 Ways to Make the Most of Montreal Jazz Fest

Wade through over 350 concerts at the city’s biggest music event with these top picks. – T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette

.Looking for Summer Festival Fun Not Far From the GTA? Take these Music Road Trips

Orillia, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Guelph and Elora are all hosting multi-artist concerts. – Stuart Berman, Toronto Star

Montreal Jazz Festival: More Than Just Jazz

The 44th edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival takes over the city’s downtown arts neighborhood from June 26 to July 6 this year. There will be 350 performances at 19 different venues, all within walking distance of each other. Two-thirds of the shows will be free to the public. – Geoffrey Himes, Paste


KKR Acquires Live Music Giant Superstruct in $1.6bn Deal


Investment giant KKR has acquired European festival operator Superstruct Entertainment from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. The Financial Times reports that KKR has acquired the company in a deal worth £1.3 billion. – Access All Areas

Queen Sells Its Catalog For Huge Sum

Sony Music Entertainment is set to acquire the catalog of legendary rock band Queen in a landmark deal worthGBP £1 billion. – Music Business Worldwide

Justin Timberlake Breaks Silence on DWI Arrest at Chicago Concert: Here’s What He Said

The singer-actor was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on June 17. Billboard


'Verzuz' Will Return After Swizz Beatz and Timbaland Lock in a New Distribution Deal with XS

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are bringing the “Verzuz” series back with a new major platform for viewers to watch musicians face off in a song-against-song battle. – Associated Press

Major record companies sue Suno, Udio for 'mass infringement' of copyright

Among AI music generators capable of creating entire songs with just a prompt, Suno and Udio are considered by many to have used copyrighted music to train their AI models, without authorization. Now, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is coordinating lawsuits on behalf of major recording companies against the two AI companies. – MBW

War, Disastrous Sex and a Lot of Lawsuits: The Chaotic Aftermath of Motown’s Peak Years

Disenchanted with Motown, star songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland set up a pair of bold new labels: Hot Wax and Invictus. As a new box set is released, its artists remember their personal, political songs – and exhausting battles. – Fraser Morris, The Guardian

Kendrick Lamar Films Video for Drake Diss Track ‘Not Like Us’ in Compton

There's a visual on the way for K. Dot's fourth No. 1 Hot 100 hit. Billboard

Big Boi

Big Boi


CNE Bandshell Gets Big Boi, Sloan, Big Wreck And More For Throwback Summer Concerts

The headliners tie together the Toronto waterfront series' '90s and 2000s revival theme, while contemporary acts like MacKenzie Porter, Ruby Waters, Tynomi Banks and more will keep things current.

Toronto's CNE Bandshell concert series is leaning into big nostalgia this summer, with major '90s and 2000s acts headlining the throwback-themed lineup.

OutKast rapper Big Boi, Canadian-American rock band Big Wreck, and east coasters Sloan are leading the summer music programming at the Canadian National Exhibition, a major entertainment fair that takes over the Exhibition Place grounds every August.

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