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Music Biz Headlines: Tegan and Sara's Graphic Novel, Joni Mitchell at the Grammys and More

Our weekly compendium of interesting headlines from Canada and around the globe also includes stories on Alvvays, Paul James, Wintersleep, vinyl sales and Lenny Kravitz.

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Joni Mitchell to Make Grammy Performance Debut at 2024 Grammy Awards

The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter is likely to win her 10th Grammy for best folk album for Joni Mitchell at Newport [Live] - Paul Grein, Billboard

Tegan and Sara Are Putting Out Their Second Graphic Novel

The local sister duo best known for their sweet brand of indie pop, Tegan and Sara are in the midst of releasing their second graphic novel. They are currently prepping for their upcoming Not Tonight tour, which kicks off in March. - Kristi Alexandra, Georgia Straight

It's My City': Paul James on Making a Half-Century of Music in Toronto


Paul James has done what he always wanted to do: make a living playing music in his hometown. He celebrates with his annual Birthday Bash on Jan. 27 at the Phoenix. - Nick Krewen, Toronto Star

Molly Rankin Didn't Consider Alvvays a Grammys Band. They Now Have a Nomination

Something about being called a first-time Grammy nominee makes Molly Rankin a little itchy. - David Friend , CP

Canadian Country Singer Lindsay Ell Opens Up About Being Diagnosed With an Eating Disorder at 33

"I do not want to live like this like. I do not want to live like this where something else has control over me with how I how I operate," Ell said. -Yahoo Style

Customer Service’s New Video for “Grad Day” is a Punk Rock Triumph

The Halifax band’s first official music video is a welcome trip back to the best of the genre’s 2000s era. - Martin Bauman, The Coast

The Whistling Egg Man Has Arrived

Ageless entertainer Al Simmons releases first album in 25 years. - Alan Small, Winnipeg Free Press

Wintersleep Returns to Marquee Ballroom this May

The Halifax band is coming back to its old stomping grounds, with an opening set from Burnt Black. - Martin Bauman, The Coast


Album, Concert Tour Shares Indigenous Artists' Songs and Stories

Two and a half years ago, Shannon Thunderbird woke up in the middle of a summer’s night and wrote the song “Lost and Found” on her phone. - Peter Hendra, Kingston Whig-Standard


Rise in Vinyl Sales at Concerts Gives Indie Artists a Vital Lifeline

Musicians are finding that selling their records at gigs is no longer an afterthought, but is providing a crucial revenue stream. - James Tapper, The Guardian

Confirmed: All of Universal Music Group's Music Will Be Removed by TikTok in The Coming Days

MBW has confirmed that fact via sources close to the digital service, following the news that licensing talks between the two parties recently broke down. - MBW

Indie Rocker Ty Segall Loves Being Loud and Prolific. But He's Trying To Be Less of Both

Although the indie musician doesn’t make a habit of talking during his shows, that muted posture shifts when he steps onstage with his electric guitar and facilitates the kind of religious experience that can only come from basking in music that is really loud. - Krysta Fauria,AP

‘I’d Take a Mediocre Album Rather Than Nothing': The New Music Readers Want to Hear in 2024

Our readers are longing for returns by artists from Ariana Grande to Archie Shepp –and even possibly Kate Bush? -The Guardian


The Hot Young Thing? At 71, John Leventhal Has Made a Debut Album

It's a little late for John Leventhal to be considered a hot young thing in music. - David Bauder, AP

Regional Mexican Music is Crossing Borders and Going Global. Here’s How it Happened

Regional Mexican music – a catchall term that encompasses mariachi, banda, corridos, norteno, sierreno and other genres – has become a global phenomenon, topping music charts and reaching new audiences as it crosses borders. - Maria Sherman & Berenice Bautista, AP

Lenny Kravitz to Accept the Music Icon Honor at the People's Choice Awards


Whether he's writing and performing his own hit songs or working behind the scenes writing for other industry greats, Lenny's musical gifts have long been in evidence. - Yahoo Movies Canada

Nashville DA Drops Charges Against Country Star Chris Young Following Arrest at Bar

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has dismissed charges against country singer Chris Young after he was arrested earlier this week. “Regarding the Chris Young incident – After a review of all the evidence in this case, the Office of the District Attorney has determined that these charges will be dismissed,” Hollywood Reporter

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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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