David Bowie's Return, the Closing of Vancouver's Waldorf and R.I.P. Grade/Somehow Hollow's Kent Abbott in This Week's News Roundup

David Bowie's Return, the Closing of Vancouver's Waldorf and R.I.P. Grade/Somehow Hollow's Kent Abbott in This Week's News Roundup
As the year picks up steam, so too is our news stream. There was a lot to absorb this week, so if you worried you may have missed something, let our news roundup catch you up.

First off, Vancouver concertgoers were hit hard this week, as the city's beloved Waldorf Hotel announced its closure. The facility was sold to real estate developers, and the Waldorf creative team has been forced to cease operations on January 20. However, that didn't sit well with a lot of Canadians, leading musicians such as Grimes, Nardwuar and Geoff Berner to sound off about the announcement, with many more signing a petition to help keep the Waldorf alive. As of press time, it's received over 11,000 signatures, so by the looks of things, the Waldorf at least isn't going down without a fight.

Unfortunately, that was not the only bad news this week, as Grade/Somehow Hollow member Kent Abbott passed away at the age of 32.

For something a bit more positive, music legend David Bowie came out of hiding to announce a new album, Dave Grohl revealed who would be playing in his Sound City Players supergroup, the Men announced a new album, and we finally got all the details on that Mad Season reissue.

Back closer to home, there was a pile of new-album announcements as well. The Besnard lakes revealed a new record, as did Magneta Lane and Steve Adamyk Band. And to put a little more icing on that cake, KEN Mode announced they signed with Season of Mist for their anticipated Entrench LP.