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Music Biz Headlines: Gordon Lightfoot Honoured, Celine Dion Won't Stop

This week's compendium of stories from across Canada and beyond also includes summer concerts across Canada, the potential U.S. TikTok ban, AI and more.

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

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Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson Reunite to Pay Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall: Watch

The singer and guitarist of the immensely popular Canadian trio joined house band Blue Rodeo for a performance of "The Way I Feel," honouring the iconic singer-songwriter Lightfoot, who died last year at 84. – Rosie Long Decter, Billboard Canada

Star-studded Gordon Lightfoot Tribute Concert at Massey Hall Was a Fitting Homage To a Legend

it is hard to imagine his compositions sounding any better than they did on a night when major and minor chords were struck, familiar melodies hummed and memories celebrated. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail


‘Bigger Than Just Music:’ Canadians Remember Punjabi Rapper Two Years After Killing

Sidhu Moose Wala’s legacy has only grown since he was shot dead in an ambush in India on May 29, 2022. Fans worldwide are expected to remember and honour Moose Wala – for his music and politics – on the second anniversary of his death. – Fakiha Baig, Canadian Press

I Won't Stop,’ Celine Dion Says in Trailer For Upcoming Doc About Her Health Woes

Celine Dion’s fans are getting a first glimpse of the superstar’s struggle with a rare neurological disorder in an emotional trailer for an upcoming documentary about her career and life. – Canadian Press

Let’s Not Allow Toronto To Become a Culturally Shrivelled City

The closure and diminishment of so many arts institutions in our city should concern us all. The significant economic threat aside, it makes life here smaller and duller. – Toronto Star

Ten Concerts and Music Festivals Across the Country to Catch This Summer

Our choices range from Green Day and Metallica to Alvvays. – Josh O'Kane & Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail

The Sheepdogs to Headline Free Canada Day Concert in Surrey, B.C.


This July 1, the Sheepdogs, along with Sass Jordan and Indigenous singer-songwriter Don Amero, will headline Surrey’s Canada Day celebrations at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre. – Vicki Duong, Georgia Straight

Major Performing Arts Centres Putting Video Game Music in the Spotlight

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is forgoing the usual classical staples by the likes of Mozart and Beethoven this weekend for a radically different repertoire drawn from video games “World of Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed.” – Alex Goudge, Canadian Press

Hard To Cheer For the Homeboy in Current Rap Battle

Drake biographer unravels the nuance of Toronto rapper’s battle with Kendrick Lamar: I wanted to flag-wave and be that Canadian nationalist guy rooting for Drake, But this one felt different. – Dalton Higgins, NEXT

In Toronto, Albums, Magazines and DVDs Are Back in Demand — Here’s Where to Find Them

Fight the algorithm: How a yearning for organic discovery is powering a resurgence of physical media. – Toronto Star

Massive FirstOntario Centre Renovation Begins — For Real

Rebuilding of old arena will cost $280 million and take 18 months. – Scott Radley, Hamilton Spectator


The Brutal Reality: Power is Shifting to AI-generated Music and Algorithmic Discovery.

Music rights-holders must wake up to the opportunity, states Stef Van Vugt, the founder of Fruits Music, in this op-ed. – Music Business Worldwide


Most U.S. TikTok Creators Don’t Think a Ban Will Happen

The Chinese-owned app is in serious trouble in Washington, but a survey of US creators suggests TikTok’s influencer economy is carrying on with business as usual. – Wired

2024 Ivor Award Winners List

Since 1956, the Ivor Novello Awards have been awarded annually honouring excellence in Music for songwriting and composing in London. The Ivors are held every May. Winners includes RAYE and KT Tunstall. – Noise11

The Beach Boys Look Back on Years of Harmony and Heartache in Documentary


Both the Beach Boys and “The Beach Boys” — the new documentary dropping Friday on Disney+ — are all about blending a range of voices. – Andrew Dalton The Associated Press

Is Snoop Dogg’s Memorabilia Auction a Model for Cash-hungry Music Stars?

The Dogfather has monetized his celebrity with an auction at a time when artists struggle to make the money they once did. – The Guardian

Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'
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Céline Dion in 'I Am : Céline Dion'

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Céline Dion Calls Prime Video Documentary 'A Love Letter To My Fans' In a Message at Her Montreal Premiere

The Quebec artist is as vulnerable as ever in 'I Am: Céline Dion,' which premiered on June 17 before its official release on June 25. Here's what we learned from the sneak peek of the film, which is raw and vulnerable and sometimes hard to watch.

The Maisonneuve Theatre in Montreal was packed to celebrate Quebec's national treasure, Céline Dion.

Monday evening, June 17, Prime Video organized a handful of previews of Irene Taylor's highly anticipated documentary I Am: Céline Dion. In Montreal, where Billboard Canada was among the guests, many people came to attend the special screening.

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