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The CBC has aired straight-ahead documentaries on Anne Murray before. What does one say about Anne Murray: Full Circle, except to mention that it is one more. Those looking for an edgier presentation of the life and times of Canada’s mezzo-soprano sweetheart would be better served by reading 2009′s All of Me, a candid memoir co-written with Michael Posner. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
The continuing evolution of The Dirty Nil. – Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator
As music director for CKLW, a major radio station in the Detroit market, the Canadian furthered the careers of Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, the Temptations and many others. – Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
Mervon Mehta, executive director of performing arts at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, is asking provincial leaders to consider ways to keep capacity at current levels rather than introduce rules that would directly erode ticket sales. – David Friend, CP
In the summer of 1971, Les Emmerson of Five Man Electrical Band received a phone call from an old friend who worked as a disc jockey in Norfolk, Va. Told the band’s single Signs was exploding in the US, Mr. Emmerson was asked if the group could come down to play a big outdoor festival. The development was a shock to Mr. Emmerson and the other band members, who had struggled to find commercial success since moving to LA from Ottawa a few years earlier. – Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail
There are Canadians currently in prominent roles in both of last two shows to win best musical at the Tony Awards – Moulin Rouge! and Hadestown – as well as the best-reviewed new musical of this season, Six, and the best-reviewed revival, Caroline, or Change. – JK Nestruck, Globe and Mail
The Toronto diva showcased her holiday album “It’s a Snow Globe World” in her Massey Hall show Dec. 17. – Nick Krewen., Toronto Star
Carol Doucet, the owner of Le Grenier musique, said she anticipates 2022 will be even harder on the music industry than the prior two years of the pandemic. –.Global News
SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown, along with many of the organization’s Vice Presidents and department heads, addressed more than 100 Anglophone and Francophone music publishers of all kinds for two separate online Town Hall meetings, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 – during which they provided key information and updates on distributions, royalty collections, and the org’s financial situation, and answered questions. – Howard Druckman, Words & Music
Luke Boyd, aka Classified, explores how he went from being a small-town teen to a big name in the music industry. – CBC News
As the daughter of recent Canada Walk of Fame inductee Salome Bey she draws on a musical legacy for inspiration. – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star
The Canadian actor is an all-round nice guy who’s long been regarded as the “internet’s boyfriend”.  Another key facet of Reeves’ persona is how much of a massive music fan he is. His fave artists include Elvis Costello, The Clash, and Joy Division. – Mick McStarkey Far Out
Joni Mitchell once claimed that the only people she would ever willingly describe herself as a ‘groupie’ for were “Picasso and Leonard”. To the young Mitchell, who was 24 when her debut album, Song To A Seagull, was released, Leonard Cohen seemed more like a philosopher than a songwriter. The adulation would wear off. – Sam Kemp, Far Out
Throughout this year, jazz artists crossed time and space to make extraordinary music that rose to the moment. –  JazzFM
There’s been a modicum of debate out there this week over how much money Warner Music Group paid to acquire Kevin Liles’ 300 Entertainment. Now we know for sure: Warner paid $400M, on the nose, to acquire 300…. and paid it out in cash. – Tim Ingham, MBW
Over the last 12 months, as streaming and studio mergers and consolidation milestones crowded the entertainment headlines, the music business has quietly shaken up conventional wisdom with mega-deals for singer-songwriters. – Tom Nunan, Forbes
Bandlab, described as a ‘social music platform’, has just raised $53M, valuing its company at $303M. BandLab is the flagship product of BandLab Technologies, a division of Singapore-based Caldecott Music Group (CMG), which also owns Vista Musical Instruments and NME Networks, which counts publications such as NME, Uncut and amongst its roster of brands. – Murray Stassen, MBW
A divorce and a death and a period of introspection produced hits like “Survivor” and “Love Don’t Treat You Like That.”  – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star 
The two sat down Monday, just a day or so removed from Eilish’s triumphant stand hosting Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Major revelations included the 19-year-old doom-pop singer contracting Covid earlier this year, and that the entire week leading up to her SNL appearance was a nonstop blur of tears and joyful terror. And the occasional bout of vomiting. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight
Posthumous album is first in a planned series of archival releases. – Eric R. Danton, Paste
The best reissues, box sets and archival recordings released in 2021 include a mix of live tracks, session outtakes, alternate versions and long-forgotten songs pulled from the vaults and dusted off. Artists here include Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and the Beatles. – Michael Gallucci, Ultimate Classic Rock
I Dream of Christmas came early, an unexpected gift from the nine-time Grammy winner. – Tom Lanham, Paste
Kanye West has announced that he’ll be turning all of his home into churches. And by churches, we’re not talking opulent worship-palaces like the Vatican, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Instead, think the kind of always-welcoming sanctuaries where the common rabble lines up for free food, drink, and shelter. – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight
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