Music News Monday: Drake does SNL, world swoons, and a recap on Neil Young’s tour

A screenshot from Drake's performance on Saturday Night Live January 18.

Toronto rap-giant Drake was SNL’s musical guest and host for January 18 when he apparently set the bar higher for musical guests and their comedic talents. The former Degrassi star did impersonations of Jay-Z, A-Rod, and Lil Wayne, and nailed the characterizations of a nerdy father, and a teen—complete with a nose ring—stuck in detention.
CNN Entertainment called his effort worthwhile of declaring him “one of Saturday Night Live’s best hosts.”

Drake performs “Hold On, We’re Going Home” and “From Time” with Jhene Aiko on SNL. 
Neil Young wrapped up his last tour stop for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation fundraising tour, Honour the Treaties, last night in Calgary. The seven day, four-city destination tour incited criticism and support from politicians and fans alike. Young received criticism due to his handle on facts about the oilsands, while fellow Canadian musician Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo stood to defend Young in a public statement he released late last week.

Young’s comments in full, the night he played Massey Hall.
Young initially drew criticism on the night of his first stop performing at Toronto’s Massey Hall, in which Young’s pre-concert comments were described as “baseless accusations” by the president of Cenovas Energy, while the hashtag #myhiroshima began popping up on Twitter in response to Young’s comparison of Fort McMurray and the devastating effects of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Young later explained that his use of Fort Mac as comparable to Hiroshima “…is a metaphor. Fort Mac stands for the entire oilsands area. I’m not talking about your house on the street in Fort Mac.”
Blue Rodeo front man Jim Cuddy joined Young in pursuit of curbing the national/provincial oil dependency, calling Young “brave and articulate” and “very well-informed,” saying that Canada will “need to make a very, very brave choice” in reconsidering it’s current dependency on oil.
Leyland Bradley 
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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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