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Music Biz Headlines: Bob Marley's Legacy, Nickelback Doc Premieres & More

Our weekly compendium of headlines from across Canada and beyond also includes stories on Pearl Jam, Hollerado, Pussy Riot, Def Jam, Neil Young and Paul McCartney's lost bass.

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Nickelback Sets Two-Night Theatrical Premiere of 'Hate to Love' Documentary

Nickelback is going to the movies via a feature doc that hits cinemas in March. - David Friend, CP

A New Gen of Toronto artists are Building on Bob Marley's Legacy

The city's reggae scene boomed in the 1960s and '70s. As a new Marley movie arrives, a new group of musicians take up the mantle. - David McPherson, Toronto Star

Neil Young's New Album Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at The Rivoli in a secret show last November. - Rosie Long Decter, Billboard Canada


Pearl Jam to Kick Off World Tour With Double-header Concert in Vancouver

Pearl Jam fans, mark your calendars! The legendary grunge-alt rockers are set to take the stage at Rogers Arena not once, but twice, this May in support of their upcoming album, Dark Matter. - Kristi Alexandra, Georgia Straight

Pam Grier On her Love of Canadian Hip-Hop and Her Toronto Black Film Festival Tribute

Many know Pam Grier blazed a trail for female action heroes, but not everyone knows about her affinity for Canadian hip-hop. - Alex Nino Gheciu, The Canadian Press

Canadian Indie Rock Band Hollerado to Reunite for Tokyo Police Club Farewell Shows

After disbanding in 2019, the Ontario group are getting together one last time to say goodbye to fellow indie rockers Tokyo Police Club. - Rosie Long Decter, Billboard Canada

Paying Tribute to Eight Years of Tom Phillips' Honky-Tonk Tuesdays at the Blues Can

It was April 2016 when Tom Phillips and the DTs played their first Honky-tonk Tuesday at the Blues Can, starting an eight-year residency that has attracted a large number of regulars to the Inglewood venue. - Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald


Rebranded Beaumont Music Festival bringing The Beaches, Headstones June 21-22

The Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival is no more — long live the renamed Beaumont Music Festival! The event has just announced its all-Canadian lineup for 2024. - Fish Griwkowsky, Edmonton Journal

Meet the Finalists of 2024 Elevate Music Project

Vancouver’s fiercest battle of the bands is almost ready to crown its winner. Taking place at the Vogue Theatre on March 7, the finale sees rockers BADMNY, sultry Nette, and rapper Temia battle it out for the top spot. - V.S. Wells, Georgia Straight

Canadian Theatre Companies Face a Post-Pandemic Economic Crisis

As Canadian theatres struggle with snowballing economic woes in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns, performing arts associations in two of the country’s largest provinces are asking governments to boost their support. - Josh O'Kane & JK Nestruck, Globe and Mail


Rod Stewart Sells Catalog to Iconic Artists Group For Around $100M

Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group has finalized what it calls a wide-ranging cross-media partnership with legendary artist Rod Stewart to “acquire, develop, and expand his six-decade musical legacy to new generations of fans”.Sources report the deal will bring Stewart around $100M. - Murray Stassen, MBW


Paul McCartney’s Stolen Beatles Bass Guitar Found After 51 Years

The guitar, dubbed the “most iconic lost musical instrument of all time” by the team behind the search, The Lost Bass Project, was used in Beatles singles including 1963 hits “She Loves You” and “All My Loving.” -Reuters

‘When They Cleared the Wreckage, It Was All That Survived’: 10 of History’s Most Irreplaceable Guitars

Paul McCartney is reunited with his violin-shaped Hofner bass, but that is not the only famed guitar.- Ben Beaumont Thomas, The Guardian

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Is Already One of the Top-Grossing Music Biopics


After less than a week, Bob Marley: One Love is already one of the top-grossing biopics of a musician in domestic box-office history. It's grossed $52 million in the U.S. and Canada. - Billboard

‘We Will Not Accept Fake Patois’: Jamaican Linguist on Dialogue in Bob Marley Biopic

Advisers say they were keen to avoid ‘another Cool Runnings’ in portrayal of Jamaicans in One Love. - Lanre Bakare, The Guardian

The Marshall Group Plans to Grow Its Share of the $100B Music Tech Market

One year post-merger, CEO Jeremy de Maillard says the company is looking to step up its game around digital amps and other tools. - Glenn Peoples, Billboard

Pussy Riot Protest Alexei Navalny’s Death Outside Russian Embassy in Berlin

We came with one simple word - 'MURDERERS' He did not just die. He was murdered," Nadya Tolokonnikova says in statement of opposition leader's death. - Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone

Where To Find Jazz Clubs in Los Angeles

Jazz has a long history in L.A. The number of clubs in the area that offer jazz more than once a week has dwindled greatly, but we’ve put together a list of 12 vibrant spots where jazz still reigns in the city. - LA Times

Def Jam Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Digital Timeline And Merchandise To Honor Hip-Hop Legacy

Def Jam was launched in 1984 by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons, so the pioneering record company is now officially 40 years old. The label began its birthday celebrations with a detailed timeline featured on its website. - Black Enterprise

Trump’s Final Hours in Office Were Consumed With Fury at Snoop Dogg

Trump’s rage at Snoop Dogg created “chaos” in his administration’s last moments — and nearly killed clemency for Harry-O. - Asawin Suebsaeng, Rolling Stone


I Am: Celine Dion
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I Am: Celine Dion

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‘I Am: Celine Dion’ Documentary Release Date Revealed: Here’s When It’s Coming

The global icon's new documentary is coming to Prime Video. Get all the details.

Forget “The Power of Love,” the world is going to get an up-close behind-the-scenes look at the power of Céline Dion in her new documentary, which finally received an official release date.

On Tuesday (April 16), via a joint Instagram post on the official pages for Dion and Prime Movies, Amazon MGM Studios announced that I Am: Céline Dion will begin streaming globally on Prime Video on June 25.

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