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In the wake of grim cancer news for Tragically Hip frontman and lyricist Gord Downie, The Hip's catalogue sales have skyrocketed.

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Renowned music journalist/author Nicholas Jennings explains his deep passion for Toronto's music history in this A Conversation With...

Dangerous Woman--Ariana Grande
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Drake maintains his residency at the top of the albums chart for the fourth week and Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton debut in the Top 30.

Whitehorse at the HCMAs.
Monday, May 30, 2016
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Now spread over three days, The Hamilton Music Awards confirmed the depth of the city's talent. Big winners included Monster Truck, Terra Lightfoot, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse and Lee Harvey Osmond. Photo: Whitehorse accepting an HMA.

All star finale at Massey Hall for the Jeff Healey celebration. Photo: Mark Gommer
Monday, May 30, 2016
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Another collection of the absurd, absurdly noteworthy and fittingly appropriate news, views and fabrications. Pictured, the all-star Jeff Healey tribute line-up at Massey Hall.

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Whitehorse at the HCMAs.
All star finale at Massey Hall for the Jeff Healey celebration. Photo: Mark Gommer

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The self-proclaimed “6 God” made a surprise appearance at concert hosted by the Ryerson Student Union.

First day iTunes sales hit 600,000 copies and it is more than possible North American sales will top 1m by end of week...

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Regulator's financial results for the 12-month period ended Aug. 31 show 704 commercial radio stations brought in $1.6 billion in total revenues, down $11.6 million from the previous year.

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Heritage Minister  Mélanie Joly is charged with a mission that promises to up-end the status quo

She has the power and the portfolio to radically alter the cultural landscape in Canada and judging by her mission statement, she's willing to shake up the status quo...

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A successful East Coast Music Week wrapped yesterday in Sydney NS.

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After a 35 year absence, iconic troubadour Gordon Lightfoot returns to the UK and Ireland for an 11-city tour.

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A former President of Capitol Records Canada, Arnold Gosewich now works in the publishing sphere. He's a man with great stories as Bill King learned in this A Conversation With...

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Headed by Geoff Kulawick, the Linus group of companies has expanded in many interesting ways, most recently an art gallery and a music festival.

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Taylor Swift and The Weeknd at this year's Grammy Awards

The financial health of Canada's pre-recorded music market apears to be bouncing back after years of negative growth, according to new data released this morning by trade org Music Canada.

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Canada's winning three amigos

Canada leads the way in this year's nominations list for the Billboard Music Awards, and The Weeknd is in everyone's face with a total of 19 spread between 16 categories.

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The Ottawa-born founder and CEO of The MuseBox artist marketing and branding agency died Thursday at age 56 from cancer in Los Angeles where she lived.

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L-R: Chris Dyer - Marketing Manager Universal Music Australia; Jordan Wiggins - National PR & Media Manager Int. UMA; Jessica Staats - National Artist Relations Mgr UMA; Nathan Thompson (he is with the beard) - Marketing Director UMA; Liam Dennis – Sr. Director - Strategic UMA; Chris May - GM Sales & Ecommerce – UMA; Bryan; Sean Warner - MD - Commercial Australasia; Darren Aboud – MD UMA; Jess Keeley-Carter - Digital Strategy Director UMA.

The globe-trotting Canadian superstar continues to sell out arenas and drive festival audiences wild with a catalogue of hits that continue to sell and sell and sell...

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Canadian music publishing CEO Robert Ott responds to a suggestion his company ole is withdrawing its production music catalogues from ASCAP...

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Number 1 with a bullet for former One Direction singer Zayn Malik

Another grim sales week, but not so for former boy band singer Zayn Malik. His debut solo album for Sony makes history in the US and the UK and sets a record of a sort here in Canada...

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Bob Ezrin, Buffy Sainte-Marie, inductee Burton Cummings and Tom Cochrane. Photo credit: Brandon Wallis

Studio Bell, home of the NMC, took advantage of Juno Week to host a rock star attended soft launch.

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Tom Hickerson with some of the EMI Canada treasure trove. Photo: Riley Brandt

Yesterday Universal Music Canada donated the EMI Music Canada archive to the University of Calgary. The mammoth collection is a genuine treasure trove, as we discover.

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Jann Arden and Jon Montgomery will be the hosts of Sunday's Juno Awards in Calgary

Juno Awards and related events branch out to global audiences using Facebook and live Juno TV portal.

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Surprise, surprise! Rob Farina is back in town after a leisurely sojourn in Palm Springs and the news today is he's joining Bell Media.

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CFRB morning host Wally Crouter's parting words to his audience before retiring 21 years ago were "thank you". Yesterday the legend passed away, and with him the last of a dynastic group of broadcasters who ruled the airwaves back in the day when AM radio was as popular as Google is today.

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Quebec pumped up album sales in the week, but the overall trend is down, down, down. The one exception to the slide is vinyl which continues to sell at a brisk rate.

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Grammy-winning music scholar Rob Bowman discusses his musical passions in this instalment of A Conversation With ...

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The Grits first budget is winning kudos from the arts and culture community for its billion-plus dollar basket of new cash intended to revive flagging institutions and pump up the nation's creative industries, but there are key areas missing in the doc that are in dire need of attention.

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The PM with Finance Minister Bill Morneau holding the budget doc in The House yesterday

There's a lot to be thankful for in the Arts & Culture sectors, including a commitment to fund new versions of the axed Promart and Trade Routes programs.

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Adele is one of a growing number of high profile artists who believe music should be an event and streaming makes it disposable

Tire kickers using free streaming services may be discovering new music, but the dollars generated from vinyl sales suggest discovery and exposure don't necessarily equate to money in the pocket for labels, music publishers or musicians.

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kd lang with her Most Promising Female Vocalist Juno Award back in 1985

Bill King surveyed a few of our readers and asked them to share some of their favourite Juno moments, and a few artists who told how winning the trophy affected their careers...

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Posting on Instagram: Today I had the honour of co-hosting the official federal announcement for the country's celebration of our 150th birthday! In this picture is my co-host Seema from #danielspectrumregentpark and @melaniejoly (middle), the Minister of Canadian Heritage. During the press conference, it was announced that I was named an official ambassador for Canada's sesquicentennial celebration! I'm in good company...

Rapper and UMC exec Kardinal Offishall is one of several ambassadors named to promote Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017.

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After several years out of the limelight the Canadian country star is back and riding a newfound wave of success. Manager Jim Cressman details the Canadian country superstar's return.

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Coleman Hell makes the cut with three nominations

Coleman Hell, Alessia Cara, Whitehorse, and recent Oscar-nominee The Weeknd are among the 19th annual Canadian Radio Music Awards nominees.

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As Juno festivities in Calgary near, we interviewed CARAS President/CEO Allan Reid for a progress report and reflections on the future of Canada's biggest awards show.

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The Eagles in an earlier day: Don Felder, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Glenn Frey.

Don Henley has described the Grammy ceremony tribute to guitarist Glenn Frey last month as the band's "final farewell," thus ending one of the most successful commercial recording and touring unions ever.

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Nelly Furtado will be honoured with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, May 5, during Canadian Music Week in Toronto.

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Kiefer with his guitar collection

Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland is set to release an album of original music, with his "folk-tinged" debut album coming this summer.

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With the Junos fast approaching, Bill King sat down with the TV show's longtime producer, John Brunton, in this A Conversation With...

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On stage in Seattle

Justin Bieber kicked off his world tour in Seattle, winning rave reviews. The Purpose tour includes nine Canadian city stops, including Vancouver tonight.

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 Chris Cowley and Andrew Roach in front of the company's new corporate logo

Andrew Roach and Chris Cowley have been given promotions with the newly named Cadence Music Group, previously known as Maple Music.

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Ray Griff, one of Canadian Country music's most prolific and celebrated stars and one of the few to be honoured with a "star" in Nashville's "Walkway Of Stars," has died at his home in BC at age 75.

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Outside the Chrysler building in NYC yesterday

As is usual, music lawyer and label head Chris Taylor was on the road when it was announced on Tuesday that he had sold Last Gang Records to Entertainment One and taken on a new role there as President, Entertainment One Music. He filed the following Q&A on a flight between NYC and LA yesterday...

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Coleman Hell brings his "2 Heads" to the music annual

Coleman Hell, Dear Rouge, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, and Whitehorse added to the bill already sporting a hot bill featuring The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Dean Brody and others.

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New data from France shows revenues from ad-supported free-streaming sites is in decline, and video services are the worst culprits in this under-performing sector.

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Chris Taylor, eOne Entertainment's Newly Named Music Division President

A week following Canadian entertainment firm Cadence Music Group's expansion plans, entertainment lawyer and Last Gang Records chief Chris Taylor has merged his empire with Entertainment One and become the newly minted President of eOne's music division, tasked with global expansion.

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From 1962 to 1970, Martin produced 13 albums and 22 singles for the Beatles, a compact body of work that adds up to less than 10 hours of music but that revolutionized the popular music world.

Sir George Henry Martin, the world's most famous record producer and oft dubbed the "Fifth Beatle", has died at age 90.

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After years of hand-wringing, action has finally been taken to make available a global database of recordings.

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John Textor: His story is to be told in a CMW keynote Q&A

John Textor's company has secured exclusive rights to the digital likeness of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and his grand vision is to revolutionize event spectacles with space age technology.

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Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

Modern rock faves Metric start their biggest Canadian tour yet on March 19. They're warming up by headlining shows across the US.

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Brit band The 1975 is top of the pops in 2016

New LPs by Brit pop band The 1975, American hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and east-coast bluesman Matt Andersen helped nudge overall weekly sales up 2%, but overall sales suck in 2016.

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Roger Waters has returned to Montreal to support an operatic edition of The Wall,  and explain how the classic Pink Floyd album had its beginning at an ill-fated show at the Big O in the city on July 6, 1977.

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Eminem is re-releasing his 1999 album The Slim Shady LP on cassette, a move that will further boost the already hot market for used cassette players.

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Monster Truck band members revved about the Nickelback tour

With an album that promises to bust 'em wide open, Hamilton bruiser Monster Truck has landed the opening slot on a massive Nickelback tour on the continent later this year.

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Attending last night's party at the Velvet Underground in Toronto (left to right): Tony Tarleton, Kim Cooke, Jeff Nedza, Iain Taylor, Mayor John Tory, Minister Michael Coteau,  Paul Shaver. Photo: Andrew Roach

Canada's leading independent music company MapleMusic has changed its name to Cadence Music Group. The re-branding coincides with the company’s 15th anniversary, a strategic refocusing of its core music businesses, and a launch party the likes of which the biz hasn't seen in a very long time.

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Montréal recording artist and writer Jaren Cerf has more than 40 million views of her music videos on YouTube, top-of-the-chart Billboard EDM/Trance hits and now she’s in Moscow. Meet Canada’s top unknown star…

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Neko Case, Laura Veirs and k.d. lang have quietly conspired to create a new trio that has a new album and tour set to go in June. Listen to the first single now!

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The Six Shooter Gang. Shauna De Cartier fourth from right. Photo: Heather Pollock

The dynamic president of top Canadian independent label Six Shooter Records, Shauna De Cartier is the subject of this FYI Industry Profile.

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Without a hint the anchor read his final newscast Monday before heading home to post on Facebook that his professional career wasn't done yet...

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Adele does a Rose pose to her Jack prior to Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar win

Music sales are tumbling like skittles, Adele sits triumphant, Monster Truck and Simple Plan debut with top 10 best-sellers, and Rihanna's "Work" is working for her...

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Whitehorse duo Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, part of the Rodeo City jamboree

This year, the Juno Awards have upped their game with the announcement of the inaugural all-star Juno Cup Jam to go along with the annual Juno Cup celebrity hockey match.

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Photo by Pawel Tkaczyk

Toronto-based Heights is a mixer, DJ and hip-hop producer and he's offering to sell his latest 10-track album for $1K...

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The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) has announced the appointment of Mark Sakamoto as its new Chair, succeeding Kevin Shea.

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The weekly FYI Careers roundup from across the nation with the latest job postings in the areas of Broadcasting, Entertainment, Media and Marketing.

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In a wide-ranging speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto on Wednesday, CRTC Chairman and CEO Jean-Pierre Blais had plenty to say, and some of Canada's media heavyweights might take parts of his speech as words of caution.

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Note the picture of Justin Bieber in the background. Photo credit: Danielle Kiebanow

Mayor John Tory goes to Los Angeles and he means business and that means meetings with the power elite!

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The world's largest concert firm reports revenues exceeding US$7B last year, and expands its footprint in Western Canada.

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Adele wins...again!

Saucy, overly long and flavoured with gaffes, the Brit Awards handed Justin Bieber a trophy, and Adele the world last night. We have the video replay and a rundown of some of the colour that makes this annual a night to remember.

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Taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011

Arcade Fire’s good deeds have not gone unnoticed. The Montreal band is to receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award on April 2 in recognition of their work in Haiti and beyond.

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On Monday, Toronto Star columnist Michael Geist was harshly critical of The Ontario Music Fund. We give OMF executives the chance to respond.

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Veteran booking agent Kay White of Trick Or Treat reminisces about four decades in the business she still loves.

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It's a war of words and Kanye hasn't stopped writing his never-ending Twitter stream, hitting back at super-producer Bob Ezrin's recent criticism of the ego-bloated star.

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Earlier loving times with the kids: René-Charles, and twins Nelson and Eddy

Barely a month following the loss of her husband and manager, the world's top selling diva returns to The Colosseum stage in Vegas tonight with a show that can be streamed online.

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Basia Bulat

All formats are showing troubling double digit declines year-on-year, Adele continues to out-sell all competition and Basia Bulat had a good week with her just released Good Advice album.

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Pre-show in Edmonton: Manager Ron Kitchener, Corb and Mr. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen

Corb Lund and former label Stony Plain celebrate the milestone of another Gold selling album, his third for the Edmonton-based roots indie label.

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A never ending sob story starring 'the greatest artist of all time'

Truth is stranger than fiction: Stage managed or just an artist out of control, the Kanye West unending Twitter saga just took another bizarre turn...

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Western Canada’s major festival and concert promoter Union Events has been acquired by Live Nation Canada. The Alberta-based firm’s managing partners, Harvey Cohen and Nhaelean McMillan, and other key members are set to join the global concert firm's home team.
 

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The newborn Christian edition of Vanity shortly before she died

The former Niagara Falls, ON pageant queen became famous with Prince before finding religion. She died this week, aged 57.

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L to R: Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust, Peter J. Moore

Two Toronto music historians were featured in the parcel of Grammy Awards handed out Monday night for a legendary, long lost collection of early Dylan recordings with The Band.

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The latest career postings covering audio, entertainment and marketing from across the land.
 

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Robert Ott, co-founder, CEO ole

The acquisition includes publishing catalogues once owned by Boosey & Hawkes, Rodgers & Hammerstein and the BBC and boosts its production-music library to over 750,000 controlled tracks.

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The Weeknd performing on last night's Grammy show.

The Weeknd and Bieber took home Grammys last night, but Drake came away empty-handed. Joni Mitchell, Jan Haust and Peter Moore were other Canadian winners on the big night.

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Coldplay sales earned a good kick following the band's Super Bowl performance a week ago Sunday.

It was a strong week (again) for Adele and Coldplay, but overall it was another cold week in February for music sales. Oh well, spring is round the corner and presumably the Grammys will add a bit of a bounce to next week's charts.

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Drake is top of the Pops

Canada's batting average on global charts is at an all time high. In the last quarter Canadian artists owned a giant share of the hits played on US radio...

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Drake receiving Key to the City from Mayor John Tory

It’s now official. King of the 6 Drake is given the Key to the City by Toronto Mayor John Tory on Friday. Drizzy's team of celeb dribblers then went out and won at an NBA All-Star Weekend event.

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With Barenaked Ladies now long in his past, Steven Page readies his first solo album in over five years. We interviewed him about his 'odds' for renewed success.

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At Warehouse Studios in Vancouver yesterday, Michael Bublé stepped up to support Premier Christy Clark's big ticket music biz initiative. Photo: Siobhan Ozege, Music Canada

Michael Bublé joined Premier Christy Clark as she announced a $15 million grant to help create a B.C. Music Fund yesterday.

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Ken Stowar. Picture credit: Bill King Photography

U of T campus and community FM CIUT has been successful in capturing an audience with intelligent, compelling, powerful and unique music and spoken word programming. Ken Stowar is the man behind the FM's evolution.

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The CBC is crippled by unrealistic expectations, hobbled by falling revenues and its multiple delivery platforms threaten to capsize the entire ship.

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The consultant engineer was Glyn Johns, the acoustic layout was by Sandy Brown, the electronics and desk provided by Dick Swettenham and his new Helios company with the wiring by Roger Knapp. The box and trailer construction was by Bonnallack Freight Containers of London built onto a 1971 J reg BMC Laird truck.

With seven weeks before Juno Week, the heat is on for the welcoming crew at the National Music Centre in Calgary.

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Terry and Mell no more?

Sudbury radio fans are mad as hell after Rogers fired one-half of Q92's morning show and within a day more than 1400 fans had signed a petition demanding Terry Callaghan's reinstatement.

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Boys Club: ole topper Robert Ott hams it up with Coney Hatch's Carl Dixon.

Canadian music pubbery ole has announced three new deals that further extend its ownership of 50K songs and 60K hours of film and TV music.

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The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) yesterday announced a multi-year $150,000 donation from Slaight Music, marking continued support of the association’s Humanitarian Award.

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We have 26 more new opportunities on offer in the glamorous worlds of broadcasting, entertainment, media, marketing and public relations.

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The A-Bomb wins big in a new report ranking the top global recording artists in 2015, but Canadian acts scored big time as well.

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Rihanna's tops on the Albums chart, One Direction deserter Zayn (Malik) pillowtalks his way to a Hot 100 No. 1 debut, American prog-rock outfit Dream Theater astonishes, and Drake's "Summer Sixteen" earns the 6 booster a new chart achievement.

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In a decision bound to ricochet across the Canadian country music landscape, the CRTC has approved CMT Canada's request to dump its country music format and its commitment to fund country music videos.

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For decades, Canada's governments have used policy to coax investments in the Arts. The programs are increasingly ineffective in a digital world, so is this the dawn of a net-fueled culture?

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Yes, the Careers section is back and this week we have more opportunities on offer in broadcasting, entertainment and the world of media, marketing and public relations.

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Should colour matter to a songwriter? Apparently so, as Pat Holiday explores in his latest column...

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Toronto-born photographer Patrick Harbron made a real mark on the Canadian scene before heading to the US and moving into the advertising and design realm. He remains one of Springsteen’s fave photogs, as Bill King learned in this A Conversation With…

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The Weeknd leads the field of 2016 JUNO Award nominees, and he joins a star-studded line-up of performers which includes Bryan Adams, Alessia Cara, Dean Brody, and Shawn Mendes.

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American collection society SoundExchange paid out a record amount to artists and labels last year, with total year-end royalty distributions reaching US$802.6M.

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Megadeth beat the February blues with another hit album, but for the most part last week's music sales weren't anything to trump Trump in the news department.

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Johnny Reid has been packing houses with love on tour, and on a recent stop the UMC crew decided to show him a little love themselves with a Platinum album presentation...

 

 

 

 

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Corus Entertainment is expanding into the live event business, starting with a two-day, CMT channel-branded country music festival in July.

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The Q trial is about allegations of workplace harassment, male feudalism, misogyny and an immigrant boy who dared to become a media star in a WASP enclave. It's also a story about media, covered by media—and it promises to be a lead news item for the next several weeks.

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In the wake of grim cancer news for Tragically Hip frontman and lyricist Gord Downie, The Hip's catalogue sales have skyrocketed.

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Dangerous Woman--Ariana Grande

Drake maintains his residency at the top of the albums chart for the fourth week and Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton debut in the Top 30.

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Whitehorse at the HCMAs.

Now spread over three days, The Hamilton Music Awards confirmed the depth of the city's talent. Big winners included Monster Truck, Terra Lightfoot, The Dirty Nil, Whitehorse, and Lee Harvey Osmond. Photo: Whitehorse accepting an HMA.

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All star finale at Massey Hall for the Jeff Healey celebration. Photo: Mark Gommer

Another collection of the absurd, absurdly noteworthy and fittingly appropriate news, views and fabrications. Pictured, the all-star Jeff Healey tribute line-up at Massey Hall.

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A collection of news and bytes about the goings on in radio and TV in Canada and abroad...

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David Clayton-Thomas sports his new Audi on Facebook this past Saturday

A collection of news, features and opinions we have discovered around the web and want to share with our readers. In the picture above, David Clayton-Thomas taking pride in his new spinning wheels.

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Brad Rempel (centre) of High Valley receives a SOCAN No. 1 Song Award for “Come On Down,” flanked by SOCAN's Michael McCarty (left) and Rodney Murphy (right). Photo: Kerry Woo Photography

An elite SOCAN team descended on Nashville recently, hosting a party, presenting awards, a keynote address and a showcase and taking meetings. Photo: l-r: Michael McCarty, Brad Rempel, Rodney Morgan.

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Nickelback, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Dean Brody and Ian Tyson have banded together to headline a Fort McMurray benefit concert at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium next month.

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The numbers are in for Hedley's just-completed cross-country tour and they show this was their biggest and best trek yet.

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Quiet please, CBC topper Hubert Lacroix is in the room.

Plans by the federal government to top up the pubcaster's operating purse have three Quebec media bosses nervous, and a speech by the CBC's top boss has them hopping mad...

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Culture on display at the 2010 Juno Awards

Borders become almost irrelevant in a digital universe, and this is a problem for regulators who want to be able to prime the pump for a robust cultural economy in Canada...

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Manager Sal Slaiby with Belly on the road. Picture:  Visionelie

A collection of bits and bytes that aren't part of the usual shuck and jive on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend in the US. For trivia pursuitists, the war memorial day was formerly known as Decoration Day.

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Today's collection of recent news, features and opinions we found on the web that we thought might be of interest to our readers.

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Recorded music leader UMG lost market share in 2015, but WMG, the smallest of the three majors, made the biggest gains, and Sony/ATV remained the leader in terms of corporate publishing control.

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No Canadian band has sold as many albums in Canada as this Kingston, ON crew known affectionately as The Hip, and that's a fact. Their catalogue is deep, the fans rabid, and the tonnage these lads have sold is quite simply ginormous.

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Kiefer Sutherland, aka Jack Bauer, trades in his gun for a guitar as he plays an extensive North American club tour as a country-rocker.

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New music-synching app AmpMe is proving to be a big hit and has just raised US10m in funding.

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Mark Mulligan

Music marketers need to understand who the primary audience is. Midia Research's Mark Mulligan is a shrewd observer of a marketplace best described as fluid. He offers some insights that can help you target music's most influential core group.

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Posted on Jeff Wood's blog yesterday

Today's column offers an exclusive, limited-edition collection of previously unreleased factoids, ephemera, outrageous whoppers, cleverly spun liner notes and is 100% guaranteed free of breaking snooze about Forrest Trump.

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It's Throwback Thursday and Fraser Loveman posts this Mersey Beat era pic on his FB page: the Beatles, Searchers, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, and front & centre is Cilla Black.

A collection of stories from around the web we hope you enjoy and share.

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Celine Dion makes good her promise to return to concert touring, but in her own fashion. A calendar of dates in Quebec this summer could bring in as much as $40m at the box-office.

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A press conference yesterday revealed more details of Gord Downie's brain cancer diagnosis. Undaunted, he and his comrades in The Tragically Hip have announced a final arena tour of 10 Canadian cities.

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SOCAN Song Camp site the Shobac Cottages

SOCAN has entered the world of songwriting camps and has just announced two new such activities in Canada and a partnership with one in Greece.

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Colin James & BB King circa 1995 at Kingswood Amphitheatre. James is to be inducted in to the WCMA Hall of Fame later this year.

Broadcaster Iain Barrie passes on, plus the usual collection of facts and fictions delivered in a gluten-free environment. Pictured here, Hall of Fame inductee Colin James with the late BB King.

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Warner topper Steve Kane pictured in front of his collection in the Globe & Mail yesterday.

A hand-picked collection of news and views from around the web in the past several days, delivered with readers in mind and please feel free to share. Pictured here is Warner Music topper Steve Kane posing with a few of his closest friends.

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This week the Careers section sports 51 new postings from across the nation. If you are seeking out new horizons, this is the place to look. If you know of someone who is looking, please share our listings with them.

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Meaghan Trainor's Thank You returns her to the albums chart

Drake continues to rule the roost, Meghan Trainor returns with Thank You, and Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo debuts at #3 on the album chart with his debut release.

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As a thoughtful young man

Never flashy, somewhat dismissive about lucre in his lyrics, America's unanointed poet laureate has by sheer dint of hard work become a success, and he's not ashamed to sell his talent...

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Gord Downie (2nd from left) with his mates in front of the tour bus

The band announced the grim news earlier today in a statement that, in part, reads: "What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it's magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans. So, we're going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet."

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Celine on stage Sunday evening

Sunday night's Billboard Awards was a performance-packed telecast that veered between extremes, from the ho-hum to the magical. It was also a night when Canada's luminous glow on the world stage shone brightly.

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Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys were the big winners this past weekend in PEI

The weather was fantastic, the crowds came and this year's Music PEI annual was a blast from start to finish...

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Singer/songwriter Desiree Dawson triumphs over more than 2,000 competitors to win the CBC Music Searchlight contest.

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A concise summary of news, views and a heads-up about former Megadeth-drummer Nick Menza who died on stage at The Baked Potato in Studio City this past Saturday.

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 Anne Murray described life as a freshman at the Mount Saint Vincent U in 1962 after receiving an honorary doctorate on Friday. Photo: Christian LaForce

A collection of news, features and opinion we found over the weekend that we found interesting enough to share with you...

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Celine Dion returns with two new songs and an extensive international touring schedule this summer.

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Andy Curran

Six months after being acquired by Canadian-headquartered music rights management firm ole, Anthem Entertainment Group is moving full speed ahead...

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An impressive lineup has been announced for the second annual Unison Jam, set for The Phoenix in Toronto on June 16.

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Music industry veteran Vincent Degiorgio is now enjoying international success with the stable of writers at his music publishing company Cymba. Find out more in this FYI Industry Profile.

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During their world tour stop in Horsens, Denmark on Friday night (April 22), the Dixie Chicks paid tribute the Prince by performing a heartfelt cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

RIP veteran newsman Morley Safer plus our usual assortment of factoids and pointed amusements.

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Original line-up with John Berry second from right.

Guitarist was part of the original punk band the hip-hop outfit sprang from, and coined the group’s name before leaving after the release of their first EP.

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A new collection of features and news about our business and the creative arts that we want to share with our readers who, in turn, may wish to share with friends..

 

 

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Michael must stay 'shush' for a couple of months

On Wednesday, Michael Bublé announced on Twitter that he is cancelling two upcoming appearances due to vocal chord surgery.

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Picture by Karen Bliss at Tuesday night's U of T symposium about preserving our musical heritage, moderated by Denise Donlon and featuring Rush's Alex Lifeson, Martin Melhuish, Rob Bowman and Lorraine Segato.

The list of collections currently held at Media Commons is already more than impressive. Pictured here on stage are Lorraine Segato, Martin Melhuish, Denise Donlon, Rob Bowman and Alex Lifeson.

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Alessia Cara notches seven nominations.

The iHeartRadio Canada MuchMusic Video Awards nominations list has just been unveiled. It shows that Drake and Alessia Cara are tied for the most noms, with seven apiece. Pictured here: Alessia Cara.

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Atari founder Nolan Bushnell enters Future Land

NXNE in Toronto is approaching fast, and new performers and a keynote Future Land speaker have been announced. Pictured here: Nathan Bushnell.

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It's throwback Thursday and so Tom Wilson thought he'd post Sam "the Record Man" Sniderman in leathers on his Facebook page this a.m.

The usual collection of porkers, pronouncements, exaggerations and fawning truths, packaged for speed readers and those too easily impressed...

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Don't leave home without one!

New data show Canada's Telco industry revenue increased 2.3% to $59 billion in the last reporting year and wireless phones still own a chunk of that dough.

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Posted on The Vintage News Facebook page, via Martin Melhuish's posting

A bespoke collection of news and features we found trolling the web that we thought to share with our readers...

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Drake, from his "Hold On We're Going Home" video

From Degrassi High to the pinnacle of success, Drake's career arc is nothing short of phenomenal...

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Guy Clark. Photo credit: Nashville Portraits

The Grammy winning poet and storyteller pushed the literary possibilities of popular song and created a body of work that became mostly popularized by his contemporaries.

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Available to its membership, the tool allows online users to slice and dice data and track income using a powerful database to understand the trends in their royalty earnings...

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Alex Orbison (l) and Gordie Sampson (r) ink the new deal

Now based in Nashville as a writer of country hits, Maritimer Gordie Sampson has just inked a new publishing deal with Still Working Music.

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L-r: Amanda VanDenBrock, Joshua Van Tassel, Miranda Mulholland, Tim Moxam

The creation of highly-regarded singer/songwriter/violinist Miranda Mulholland, Roaring Girl Records has just turned two. The label has much to be proud of. L-r: Amanda VanDenBrock, Joshua Van Tassel, Miranda Mulholland, Tim Moxam.

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This week we have scouted up 60 new positions available across the country for those looking to find new adventures, careers, assignments and opportunities. Please feel free to share the Careers section with other friends who may be looking for their own next adventure.

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Myles Goodwyn posted this picture on his Facebook page of a cove outside Lunenburg. The April Wine frontman has just wrapped an autobiography with Marty Melhuish that will see publication later this year.

The usual motley collection of nose tweaking stories, pure fabrications and unblemished truths...

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Willie Sportello on Facebook: Yes there is an LCBO at the end of the rainbow!!

A collection of news, views and features from across the web that we thought you might like to read and share...

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The Tenors with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

The Tenors and manager Jeffrey Latimer were thrilled to be invited to Windsor Castle (again) as part of Queen Elizabeth's elaborate birthday celebration...

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Colin Linden Photo: Laura Godwin

The just-cancelled US TV series Nashville had a major impact on the careers of some prominent Canadian roots artists.

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Matt on the job @ CMW. Pictured l-r: Been There Done That artist management's Michael Greggs, Cadence Music Group GM Tony Tarleton, and Matt Smallwood.

Canadian independent music stalwart Matt Smallwood launches Flying Colours, a new label and artist services company. Pictured l-r: Mike Greggs, Tony Tarleton, and Matt.

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A collection of news and features that caught our interest and now we want to share them with you...

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The Stratford superstar just can't seem to keep himself out of the news, and out of trouble. Argentina doesn't want him and a Montreal promoter claims he's ruined them in a single tweet.

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Jeff Woods has released a podcast edition of his new book on iTunes. Photo: Matt Barnes

A complete history of everything written with prescience and steeped in false modesty with some information about music and the music biz...

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The national contest is down to the wire with final votes closing on Friday and the telecast airing nationally this Sunday...

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l-r: Kalle Mattson and Prism Prize winner Philip Sportel

The 2016 Prism Prize awards were held in Toronto last night, and they confirmed the wealth of talent working in Canadian music videos. Philip Sportel took home the grand prize for Kalle Mattson's Avalanche clip. L-r: Kalle Mattson and Prism Prize winner Philip Sportel onstage last night.

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The NCRA campaign banner promoting the NextRadio app platform

Campus and Community Radio broadcasters are jump-starting a campaign urging the CRTC to mandate Telcos to activate a chip in most smartphones that will allow users to listen to FM radio using WiFi...

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The 32 year-old worth more than $50b wants to be the white knight taking on YouTube

Warner Music is first on-board with Facebook in testing a new platform called Slideshow that allows licensed music to be synced to user-generated content...

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Earlier this year, Drake was presented with the symbolic key to the city by Toronto Mayor John Tory at an NBA Celebrity All-Star game.

Drake holds his No. 1 status with Views now selling well in excess of 100,000 copies in a two week period. New releases by a couple of country stars and Radiohead also contributed to a bullish week for the trade.

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Drake's return as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live met with a generally positive response to his comedic chops.

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More news, tall stories and humorous anecdotes from the outback, delivered with panache and zeal.

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Posted to Facebook by Vinylman

A collection of news and features we found online over the weekend that we thought you may wish to read and share...

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SOCAN has purchased MediaNet, a company whose software will allow them to more thoroughly monitor music played online and in public and get more royalties to its members faster.

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Drake enjoying the good life in his jammies

 As big releases like Views prove, fans will still purchase a highly anticipated album, but streaming is taking an increasing share of time and wallet for young music fans.

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Death From Above 1979 are up for the Prism Prize.

With the Prism Prize Gala set for Sunday, we reprise the ten music video nominees for the big prize.

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Photo: Hollie Pocsai

Hamilton's electro-R&B songstress Jessy Lanza is already grabbing attention with her second album Oh No, released today.

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A collection of news from here there and everywhere about the music biz here and abroad. Pictured here is Jimmy Waters presenting J. Robert Wood with his legacy award at CMW.

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Matt at the top of his game

Getting axed is never a pleasant experience and it came as a jolt to Matt Hayes who spent the better part of his career at CHCH in Hamilton...

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Harris Institute prof Bob Roper goes digging for treasures at the Interstate Antique Mall in North East, PA. But did he find that rare Frank Schacksfield album? -- Picture posted to Bob's Facebook page.

A collection of news, views and features we discovered on the Internet we thought you might like to know about.

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Rob Oakie Photo: Alanna Jankov

PEI will come alive next week with the May Run Festival and the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference. We get the scoop from the head of Music PEI.

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Doug Spence with US cohort Chris Muratore, Chief Business Development Officer at the CMW exhibition hall last week.

Canada's chart reporting system starts a new chapter effective Monday, May 16 when US-based Border City Media goes live online with a beta edition of its BuzzAngle metrics for music sales and streaming.

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Drake's No. 1 best-seller gets some promotion at Yonge & Dundas in T.O.

Drake's Views became an instant hit with Nielsen SoundScan reporting Canadian download sales that exceeded 90,000 in the first week of release.

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Neill Dixon of CMW will receive The Brian Chater Leadership Award

Four heroes of the Canadian independent music industry will be honoured at the 2016 CIMA Celebration & Awards Gala in Toronto on June 13.

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Throwback Thursday: Howie Cogan, Jim Jj Johnston, Cher, and a youthful Pat Cardinal when he was APD at LG73.

RIP: Japanese music composer Isao Tomita; Jian Ghomeshi offers a humbled courtroom apology to a former female colleague; plus much, much more in today's column. Throwback Thursday picture: (l-r) Howie Cogan, Jim Jj Johnston, Cher, and a youthful Pat Cardinal.

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Pink as she appears in the official video release for "Just Give Me A Reason."

Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason" leads the latest round of BDS Spin count achievers, racking up 100,000 plays on Canadian radio since its release in 2012.

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Posted to Facebook by Rob Robson

A collection of news, views and features we discovered on the Internet we thought you might like to know about.

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Popular Canadian music industry veteran Paul Shaver has just been named Head of Nielsen Music Canada.

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A recent inductee into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame, Alain Simard has long been a titan of the Quebec music industry. We explore his fascinating career in this FYI Industry Profile.

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Six Shooter's roots-rockers The Strumbellas go Gold here and top a US chart.

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CRMA winners Cold Creek County

The Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMAs) were handed out at CMW in Toronto. Here are the video clips for these radio hits.

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OK, so you didn't win the lottery and your boss isn't giving you any satisfaction so you are getting itchy to find a new gig. Guess what? We've found 45 new positions that have become available in the past week and we're offering them to you for free. Feel free to share this collection with friends and colleagues.

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Another successful edition of Canadian Music Week is in the books. Here's CMW's informative official overview of the event.

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We surfed the net and came up with a collection of news stories and features we hope you find of interest.

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Green Jelly at Cherry Cola's

Our man about town's view of CMW from the barstool.

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Young Rival

Our usual miscellany of relevant news, gossip, and assorted bits and bytes.

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It appears that Jian Ghomeshi's 16 month fight with the criminal justice system is about to end with a final charge against him being dropped by the Crown Prosecutor.

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Music Canada’s Executive Vice President Amy Terrill

Hosted by Music Canada’s Executive Vice President Amy Terrill, the confab attracted an all-star cast to discuss new ways to promote the economic benefits of live music in urban settings.

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The great J. Robert Wood. Picture: Jonathan van Bilsen

J. Robert Wood was, unarguably, one of the most brilliant broadcast alchemists pop radio has seen in North America and last Friday the quiet, private man who transformed CHUM AM, CHUM FM and the CHUM Radio network into unbeatable brands was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. 

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Joel Carriere (l) sharing a laugh with UTA's Rob Zifarelli at the Live Music Industry Awards at CMW.

Fresh off two wins at CMW industry awards, Dine Alone head Joel Carriere updates us on the impressive expansion of his multi-faceted companies.

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According to Capitol CEO Steve Barnett, the future of the international music industry and Canada's role in it is very bright. 

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Irish Punk/HC posted this on their website and we thought it original and witty.

The morning's grab bag of this, that and the others delivered with brevity and bravado!

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Brooklyn-based roots rockers Alberta Cross are led by Swedish singer/songwriter Petter Ericson Stakee. They're signed to Dine Alone and you can learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Opinion

Photo: A Kaiser

A relatively new Canadian ensemble, the band recently became the first female-fronted act to sign with L.A.-based Alive Naturalsound Records.

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Photo: Bill King

Bill King revisits old haunts and memories in NYC and comes away highly impressed.

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1969's famed Toronto Rock ‘N Roll Revival nearly never happened, as Bill King learned from the event's promoter John Brower recently. It's one fascinating story.

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Drizzy cheers for his home team Raptors

Drake tops the charts, The Raptors are winning (mostly), and the rainbow colors of Toronto shine brightly. Bill King serves up a dose of civic pride.

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FYI's Bill King has a close personal connection to late soul great Billy Paul and his signature hit Me and Mrs. Jones.

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CKUA was Canada's first public broadcaster. It is now a thriving network, as we learn from head Carol Ann Murray in this A Conversation With...

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Bill King discusses the chaotic state of the music business and global politics.

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The issue for the radio industry in social and digital arenas has never been a lack of quality material. It’s a lack of awareness in promoting original content in a meaningful way...

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When I first landed in Canada 46 years back I was confused by the uncertainty – the hyper-sensitivity to everything American. It didn’t quite register those first few years.

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The music biz has been bashed, bruised and beaten up. Last night was a celebration of what we are and where we are headed and it felt good to stand in a room full of electricity and creativity.

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Bob with Canada's own K'Naan

Bob Ezrin has fought egos, won awards and helped bring out the very best in an extraordinary range of acts that have gone on to sell umpteen millions of albums. When it comes to Kanye's shenanigans, this patient producer just wrings his hands and goes 'WTF'...

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The cast from the incredible WKRP TV show

In sorting through his archives, veteran broadcaster Pat Holiday reflects on radio then and now.

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Without a funding model, newsrooms are destined to become even louder mouthpieces for private interest groups and sports and entertainment shills.

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With February being Black History Month, Bill King took the opportunity to ask eight talented Afro-Canadian artists what this means to them.

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There's no one else quite like her. Bigger than life, an achiever with vision and new ideas. Unaware of Sari? then read on. You'll be impressed...

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Veteran vocal star Roch Voisine is again scoring international success, via the Rat Pack-inspired project Forever Gentlemen. He’s the latest subject of Jason Schneider’s Five Questions With… series.

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FYI’s Bill King discusses matters of black and white and the Oscars controversy and questions the dubious choice of Sting as entertainment for the NBA All-Star Game.

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...The moment David Bowie ceased, millions shared every connective memory of Bowie and patched him into their lives – the same for Glenn Frey. 

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I believe deeply in the power of music. As a music therapist, I use music to communicate with my patients...

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Mainstream media are facing a crisis as costs soar and audiences decline. The recipe for reversing these trends is best viewed from beyond rather than within, but power is too often resistant to real change.

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The seamless integration of the past, present and future has made The Besnard Lakes one of Canada’s most vital bands, and Olga Goreas shares some thoughts on how they have managed to once again capture this on A Coliseum Complex Museum.

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Danko Jones knows how to rawk, and is an adept promoter and articulate when he sees fit. Jason Schneider caught up with the frontman on tour for today's bi-weekly 5 Questions with feature...

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These are strange times in the music business, as anyone employed in it will tell you...

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Neil Osborne, frontman of veteran Vancouver rockers 54.40, is today’s participant in our Five Questions with… series.

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Bluesman Paul Reddick is Jason Schneider's first subject of the new year in our on-going series, Five Questions with...

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Maclean's asks 'What Canadian Pop Moment?'...

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"What a difference a year makes. What a difference Taylor Swift makes. What a difference Adele makes..."

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"Writing songs has never been a challenge for us, but it took us some time to really hone in on the kind of songs and record that we wanted to make..."

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When you manage to pull off an idea as audacious as doing a country/bluegrass version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, it’s certainly a hard act to follow. But Luther Wright hasn’t let that stand in ambition's way...

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A couple of letters, the first increases the Canadian Grammy nominations count to 33, the second suggests musicians are getting short-changed by some club owners who are leeching off their work...

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'Our country is so big and cold and the population is so small and spread out, so touring can be really tough and expensive...'

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Scott Weiland's ex-wife has penned a candid essay on the deceased Stone Temple Pilots singer on behalf of his two children...

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A clutch of opinions shared by readers on features that have appeared in FYI in the past week...

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The former Crash Vegas singer is a huge fan of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, referring to them as "touchstones" for her latest album.

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Boys and their toys: Tales of a vinyl junkie who still, on occasion, feels the pangs of withdrawls for the needle, those big playback speakers, and albums with artsy covers.

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"The biggest challenge for myself has been juggling the success we have had with living a normal life. At first it seemed as though I could only have one or the other...."

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Conveyor Canada released the infamous and celebrated Klaatu album 3:47 E.S.T. in Canada last Friday. Owner Peter Piasecki weighs in about his own love affair with the album, and plugs a few new releases he has licenced from the vaults.

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There is nothing simple about the Klaatu story, then or now as you will find in reading today's letters. Still unwritten is how Capitol in the UK intentionally ignored the first album, uncomfortable in the knowledge that the real Beatles were signed to the label.

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Perry Goldberg writes in to set the record straight about Klaatu, John Parikhal suggests David Farrell's editorial about Adele and music streaming is all hooey, and Carol Ann Murray gives 'thumbs up' to the same story.

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patholiday

Aren’t listeners over 35 pretty much the only demos that are still into radio? Teens and 20’s checked out in mass years ago. Maybe it’s not so hard to grab older listeners, too

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The election campaign and who won, the Blue Jays, terrorist attacks in Paris, and Syrian Refugees....These were hot, hot, hot button issues tailor made for talk radio...

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Before Netflix, before Blockbuster, there were neighbourhood movie rental stores staffed by people who dazzled customers with newfound discoveries and undiscovered gems. Bill King walks down memory lane to the dinosaur days of VHS and the video disc.

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Trevor Noah

The Daily Show's new host, Trevor Noah, on being black in America.

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Julian Taylor

It has been a long and winding career path for former Staggered Crossing frontman Julian Taylor and he's learned a few important lessons along the way. He shares a few of them with Jason Schneider on the eve of launching his newest effort, Desert Star, at The Horseshoe Tavern on Saturday night.

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Has popular music been co-opted by brands, sex and nihilism? Is there hope that a new generation of firecrackers will shake the populace from a state of torpid denial and make pop culture relevant again?

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The Trews

It has been 20 years since Colin and John-Angus MacDonald and Jack Syperek started playing together in Antigonish, NS. John-Angus looks back and into the future with Jason Schneider in today's feature.

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Do recording artists need record labels? Do the major labels need anymore new artists? Is the future of the business in streaming? A thousand questions and the fact is no one knows for sure but George Howard has a few thoughts worth mulling over.

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Antoine Leiris lost his wife Helene in the Bataclan theatre in Paris. The letter he wrote to her assassins is a song within itself and says everything about the savagery that took place at 9:21 on 11.13.15.

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Jaco Pastorius

I’ve been waiting years for this and now Jaco (the documentary) is ready to roll. It is a true story of bassist Pastorius's all-too-brief life, his music, and heartbreaking end.

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We lived in downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana, totally unaware of when the rolling caravan of Pentecostals would arrive. They’d pitch their tent and squeeze their bibles and plead with dad to let them camp a few days, all for a promised fee. America was laden with these traveling religious nomads, many left over from the dust bowl depression....

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The Big Wreck bandleader has been going through a lot of lifestyle changes and it shows up in the lyrics embedded in his new album, and perhaps in his name change from just being Ian to making himself known as Ian Fletcher Thornley.

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Jeff Price, Audiam

Users of music, from tech giants to fans, need more incentive to fix a broken market.

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A new research report issued by MIDIA research shows consumer spending on digital music fell in 2014. Does the ubiquity of music mean only a few feel motivated to pay to listen?

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Little Big Town

When you are this good as Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake you get to break all the songwriting rules. Justin Bieber gets it right too when he tells the world he's "Sorry"....

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There has been a great deal of anger, fear, frustration and discussion about Bell Media's latest round of firings. There is another side to this story, as Steve Kowch explains.

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Apple may not have destroyed Spotify yet, but by creating a competing streaming music service that can survive while operating at a loss, it’s given Spotify just enough rope to hang itself.

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NRBQ

NRBQ's music is a blend of styles from rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. Only two of the original four are still alive, but the American band's legacy remains, as Bill King affectionately acknowledges.

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Technology is creating opportunities for rights holders and creators to make a ton of money; unfortunately, the system for obtaining rights clearances is as pro-active as a simple servant at ten-to-five.

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FYI reaches out to Canada's music industry associations, governance bodies and societies for help in understanding the perils, pitfalls and potential benefits embedded in the TPP. We welcome submissions from any and all that care enough about Canada's future, our copyrights, ownership and my own self-interest in understanding whether Michael Geist has it all right or, as per usual, he has his own platform alone to proffer wisdoms without criticism or rebuttal.

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Colin Linden

Musician, songwriter and record producer, Colin (Kendall) Linden has worked with the best, including Bruce Cockburn, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Colin James, Rita Chiarelli and Bob Dylan. Today he sits for Five Questions with...

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Young Galaxy

Stephen Ramsay is enjoying life in the band. He talks to Jason Schneider about having a new baby, a new sound, a new album and a new outlook about performing with Young Galaxy and how they have come to share a new sense of purpose.

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Martin Forbes, Marty's Musings

Radio broadcaster-turned-media-consultant Martin Forbes recently expanded on a column written for FYI by Pat Holiday about Canada's next-gen radio announcers. His thoughts are a must-read for the blue suits and those just starting out in the industry today.

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Randy Kabrich

Contrarian American radio consultant Randy Kabrich has his own thoughts about the Nielsen/Numeris vs Voltair ping-pong discussion. He argues that PPM pundits lack the foundation of having full supporting data available to them...

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Lori Yates, Sweetheart Of The Valley

It has been eight years since Lori Yates last released an album, on Saturday night she held a launch party for her return album, in Hamilton, and fans turned out in force for their honky tonk heroine.

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Bill King asked people on Facebook what they were listening to in the moment last Sunday. The responses were numerous, and the variety astonishing. Put the selections altogether and we'd have old time FM radio.

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Straggler comments on our reader survey of all-time great instrumental breaks that turned songs into killer hits, and a reader writes to tear a final strip off our (almost) dearly departed...PM.

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Music charts used to be simple affairs that gave one a snapshot of what was hot and what was bubbling under. This is no longer the case.

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Richard Flohil writes in to add a clarification about an extension of copyright included in the pendng Trans-Pacific Pact...

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Santa Credit card

Christmas has arrived early this year with a number of retail stores hustling the Prince of Peace before the ghouls have been swept back into the crypt. Keeping with the times, a special treat for one and all.

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Motown: The Musical

After a Broadway run of more than 700 performances, Motown: The Musical opened last night at the Princess Of Wales Theatre in Toronto to a packed house and earned the cast a well deserved standing ovation.

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Viet Cong

Viet Cong's set was BORING! No introduction, no announcement of a new name, no connection with the audience in front, online, abroad. Veni, vidi, qui curae!

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Feist Polaris Win

FYI reached out to a few friends in the know about the favoured odds on who is going to win the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Here's the report card. Care to wager a bet?

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Little Stevie Wonder

This coming Saturday, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Kiesza and Sinbad appear on a bill as part of the David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens in Toronto. Bill King has a ticket to this big ticket fundraising event and he takes us down memory lane to a time when the headliner was known as 'Little Stevie' and the then-12 year-old 'genius of soul' opened his eyes and ears to the possibilities of bridging funk with soul and jazz.

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Janis was Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters; a true white blues singer of the first order. Sadly her biopic is little more than tapioca pudding with a dollop of vanilla poured on top....

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Jessi Cruickshank, CCMA Awards

The big winner of last night's televised Canadian Country Music Awards on the CBC network was unquestionably host Jessi Cruickshank who managed to look, sound and act fabulous on a show that  otherwise was about as exciting as watching moths hatch.

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Sharon Jones

Veteran documentarian Barbara Kopple serves up another portrait of female strength and resilience with Miss Sharon Jones! a documentary about the funk-soul singer who fronts The Dap-Kings and faced the living hell of knowing she had cancer. Bill King calls this TIFF premiere powerful and dramatic and never maudlin. Sadly, there is an unwanted surprise that surfaces at the end of the doc as it premieres in Toronto.

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Beach Boys

The Beach Boys and Bessie Smith docudramas fall short for different reasons, but at least the Brian Wilson story comes across as a convincing account of a real-life drama that has played out in our time.

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Streaming has become a Trojan Horse for the music business as sales tank and consumers stream billions of music files and most for free.

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Hazel Scott

Never mind the dross on the VMAs, watch these two videos showcasing skills beyond comprehension. Real musicians who could kick butt out the door and down the street.

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"So Lefsetz thinks Keef should 'move to Nashville and cut a record with someone who could actually sing, with someone who knows how to make hits'? What crap. Next he'll be suggesting Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan take singing lessons..."

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Chuck McCoy

"...it's comforting knowing that in 2015, 42 minutes of every hour of music listening is done on AM/FM radio, while Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube occupy only 10 minutes of listening time."

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A range of issues dealing with Canada's cultural support apparatus are quite possibly under attack, yet there appears to be no debate about culture in the current federal election. Where are the Neil Youngs of this world when we need them?

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Talking Heads

You wouldn’t know it to earwig most modern label conversations, but physical album sales alone actually accounted for 53% of 2014’s total sales/on-demand streaming cash haul.

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Steve Gordon, Digital Music News

Digital Music News has been running a series of informative 'how to' contract guides written by attorney and legal author Steve Gordon. We have included this one on sync contracts, and provide links to the ongoing series.

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Margaret McGuffin

Tuesday's FYI included a guest column by Annie Lin discussing the difficulties in identifying song owners in the US as no single comprehensive database of song ownership metadata exists. The same is not true in Canada, however, as Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency VP Margaret McGuffin clearly points out. We thank her for this insight.

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Charles Adler

Adler's departure is framed as his decision. Adler said he is moving to BC to be closer to his family, but the announcement comes close on the heels of a raft of departures from Corus owned stations in the past week as the Shaw Media controlled company seeks to do damage control after reporting an $8.1 million splash of red ink in its Q3.

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If the industry hopes to restore growth and fix the problems with today’s streaming models, it needs to confront its evolution: how have ecosystem revenues – from albums sales to concerts, radio plays, digital downloads and streams – changed and been redistributed? And, what is the underlying value of music?

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Music promotion, Musicgoat.com

How to make yourself heard in the right sorts of places: All you need to do is to stop making all the time-sucking mistakes and spend quality time focusing on the few things that really matter.

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Child prodigies are a dime a dozen in the world of social network sharing. Mozart, Einstein and a fretwork of violinists are about as commonplace as a daisies in a field of dreams today. At least, that's what YouTube would have us believe and what sets Bill King off in his latest column

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Rob Braide, Ted Southam

Re: Tom Williams & FACTOR

A bit more information on point. It was Duff Roman who was the progenitor of Musicaction.

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Pat Holiday

As commercial radio becomes increasingly automated, and formats sound the same most everywhere, Apple Music steps forward in allowing DJs to play unfettered by restrictions and format regs. It's a step back as much as a step forward in time.

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Event promoters are busy turning Toronto into a music city, writes Bill King. Now it's time for City Hall to get serious about cutting the excessive bureaucracy that snarls entrepreneurs in red tape. For starters, get rid of onerous fees for permits and stop fining people for postering in public spaces.

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Earl Rosen from Marquis Classics offers further reminiscing about the history of FACTOR, while Andrew Forsyth offers two cents on the Voltair radio controversy.

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typewriter

Tom Williams rolls back the years and explains the genesis of FACTOR, John Parikhal wonders about the accuracy of technology used to measure audience rankings and Michelle Summers Henderson sends a note of gratitude for all who remembered "Bubba."

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JP Guilbert, Gary Slaight

J.P. Guilbert, a storied record promoter who was with A&M Records and famously chained himself to the lobby of Q-107 during Gary’s Slaight's reign as GM at the FM, was in town recently from St. Maarten where he now lives. Gary threw a party and the gang reconnected.

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Gordon Burnett

David Farrell looks at unsung CHOW legend Gordon Burnett and examines the way in which we sometimes pass over the memories of those most worth remembering.

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Longtime Toronto music promoter Richard Flohil was the first to bring in B.B. King to Toronto for a concert. The two stories about ‘the King’ below are taken from Richard’s forthcoming book, ‘Louis Armstrong’s Laxative and 100 Mostly True Stories About A Life In Music’.

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American Idol cast

Bill King writes from the heart about Simon Cowell's multi-million dollar reality show that made much ado about not much at all and now finds itself in the final stages of coming to an inglorious end.

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Kiesza at the CRMAs

Award shows — such as the Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMAs) — play an important role in showing respect to the artists and team of people behind them. Getting one’s name out front to an audience in a crowded market is near impossible these days, so why not pause and reach out?

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Kevin Walters

Once in awhile it becomes exceedingly clear why being an artist is so important. It’s easy to forget when you are forced to face the reality that maybe you aren’t saving the world one person at a time as doctors and firemen do. It raises the question “are musicians truly lifesavers?”

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Quoted

Renowned music journalist/author Nicholas Jennings explains his deep passion for Toronto's music history in this A Conversation With...

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...People who sing together experience a release of the chemical oxytocin; and oxytocin causes feelings of trust to be increased and causes you to feel more socially bonded to the people you’re around.

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Soul veteran Billy Vera has had a fascinating career. Learn more in this A Conversation With...

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You can't please all the people all of the time morning man Stu Jeffries finds out but, hey, he's a big guy and he can take it.

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Since the anti-war movement the Doobie Brothers have been trying to do the right thing, and they haven't stopped all these years later...

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"You cannot replace good planning with anything else. There is no substitute for good planning - luck might come and go… but that's serendipitous. You can't count on it. Proper planning? Yes, you can rely on it..."

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Gord Downie giving it his all on stage

The man and his band have become part of Canada's cultural fabric, and those songs he wailed have become part of a generational soundtrack. Here's what a few had to say about the man and his music on Facebook yesterday...

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Photo: Jeffrey Bosdet

Singer/songwriter Sam Weber captures the '70s California sound on his new album. Learn more via these Five Questions With...

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In nomine patris et filii et Bob, amen

Well, he exaggerates, but what's new? Bob does in fact watch the TV show and in his inimitable, comedic, curmudgeonly way provides deep analysis of it all...

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Singer/songwriter Jane Siberry is a true original. She remains in demand for intimate performances (even birthday parties) around the globe, as Bill King learns in this A Conversation With...

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If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off... and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration.

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Veteran roots rockers Skydiggers pay tribute to a country-rock pioneer on their new album. Singer Andy Maize tells Jason Schneider why in these Five Questions With...

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"I did not necessarily have a supportive group of intimates around me. Cancer is very polarizing socially..."

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If you look at what’s topped the charts so far in 2016, this hasn’t been a cheerful pop year...

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Fast-rising young country star Leah Daniels is up for five CMAO Awards later this month. Find out more about her in these Five Questions With...

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OK lads, let's warm up with "Time Waits For No One"

Pop culture has been firmly overtaken by corporations. Instead of a natural rotation of power, we now have lifetime dictators such as the Rolling Stones,

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Jian Ghomeshi's day in court may be over but some hard questions are in need of answering about the code of conduct allowed at the CBC...

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Book retailer and Canadian Musician publisher Jim Norris knows that print is alive and well. Learn more in this A Conversation With...

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Robert MacBain.  Teresa Miller Photography.

MacBain has different memories and recollections of the CHUM years than those shared by J. Robert Wood, and he sets them out in detail...

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Toronto pop-rockers Jane's Party enlist some name help for their brand new album, Tunnel Visions, out on Friday. Learn more in this Five Questions With...

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Canadian novelist and poet John Degen wrote a no-nonsense piece debunking the five lazy lies routinely deployed by "copyleftists".

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Artists’ manager Irving Azoff says Taylor Swift “should be able to opt out of YouTube."

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Craig Horton

Nettwerk Music's Director of Biz Affairs and Royalty Admin is an advocate for writers and composers and offers some sage advice about succeeding in complex times...

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Music industry veteran Kathy Hahn is the International Marketplace Director for CMW. She talks with Bill King about her role in this A Conversation With.

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Avrich next to a poster for his 2005 documentary about MCA chairman Lew Wasserman.

A filmmaker’s saga: Harvey Weinstein’s 'outrageous battle to sabotage my movie about him.'

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Nelly

Nelly Furtado joins Debbie Harry and Nikki Sixx in calling for YouTube to increase its payments to musicians.

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Renee Couture and Jonny Fox, otherwise known as The Standstills

Things are moving fast for fiery blues-rock duo The Standstills, thanks to their current EP From The Devil's Porch. Find out more in these Five Questions With...

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Despite the billions of views music generates, the average YouTube user spends just one hour watching music on YouTube a month. Compare that to the 55 hours a month the average Spotify subscriber consumes.

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Heaven & Earth with Toronto R&B legend Ricky James Matthews, later to become known simply as Rick James, flanked by Denny Gerrard on the left and Stan Endersby on the right.

In this A Conversation With.., Bill King chats with Toronto lawyer Stan Weisman about his volatile times with funk great Rick James.

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Ronnie Cutrone looking straight-faced

The Sixties weren't all they were cracked up to be and the post WW11 generation were straighter than you might think...

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Canada Council CEO Simon Brault

Public funding of the arts must contribute to building the society we want to live in.

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After a four-year absence, Polaris shortlisters Plants and Animals return with their third album. Learn more via frontman Warren Spicer in these Five Questions With...

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Former Conservative heritage minister James Moore

“There are some very difficult and divisive issues that will come to the fore very quickly..."

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Tom Moon provides a concise and thoughtful insight into the magic that was Prince on the stage, in the studio and on TV...

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Internet buzz artist Lucas DiPasquale has recently scored UK success with a sound drawing upon dancehall and hiphop. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Most gold-based FM radio stations are running away from '60s music, while major media companies are cutting big deals to bring this music to audiences...

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On tour with The Who in Canada, the tireless peacock singer sounds a tad nervous about having one of his peers suddenly replaced and can one blame him?

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Have we now turned the corner on podcasting?

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A cake so rich nobody can even tell it’s vegan, Photograph by Matthew Niederhauser

Popular Village Voice column Recipe for Disaster matched kitchen secrets with album reviews and this week Meredith Graves dished out her final column with a recipe for fudge avocado cheescake...

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A guy who knows a lot about lawyers.

What the industry needs are more innovators and fewer lawyers...

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“Grace Jones is a question mark followed by an exclamation point.” Even now, her transgressive charisma remains bold. She still feels outré.

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Don Oates, unknown person, Arnold Gosewich, Zon vocalist Denton Young, Don Lorusso, Graham Powers and Brad Weir.

Arnold Gosewich dispels the notion that Canada was a backwater branch-plant for the major labels. But the dynamic shifted...

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I remember when Otis by Kanye and Jay Z came out and my dad was so mad. “They’ve just taken that one bit from Try A Little Tenderness and looped the soul out.

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The music industry added 27M net new streaming subscribers in 2015, according to IFPI, raising the global total to 68M people paying for services like Spotify and Apple Music...

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Labels should be able to operate in a fair functioning market place, not with one hand tied behind their back when they are negotiating licences for music....

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The ever youthful Bobby Gale at the mic during one of his Sunday Glide radio shows that are broadcast weekly on 99.3 County FM

Radio and industry veteran Bobby Gale is back on the air, with his own fresh-sounding show Sunday Glide in Prince Edward County.

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David Lowery wants tech companies to act responsibly

If one guy like me can bring down a Goldman Sachs-backed firm valued at $8 billion, then, trust me, it’s not my fuck-up....

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Too much free music will curtail the opportunity for paid subscriptions, but too little could consign music culture to the margins...

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Bruce on stage with autoharp

Much-loved on the country scene as a member of the legendary The Good Brothers, Bruce Good has been a driving force in the CMAO. In this A Conversation With..., Bill King gets the scoop on both The Goods and the upcoming CMAO Awards show.

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Tony Visconti. Photo: Marilyn Kingwill

People don’t want to pay for music, because of sites like Spotify. Users will pay a monthly fee for a downloading service instead of for actual music.

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Crying in Manhattan Supreme Court on learning she is not free from her contract

A New York judge’s dismissal of rape allegations cites statutes of limitations and other issues unrelated to Dr. Luke’s guilt or innocence.

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....Bryan Adams sang a defiant song with the chorus, "If I'm gonna go down / I'm gonna go down rocking." Which, if you count Summer of '69, means he has now written at least two songs that might well be about oral sex.

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Prototype being tested at Viryl plant in Etobicoke, ON

With nine years of consecutive growth, the vinyl LP has returned with a vengeance and companies are ramping up production to meet the growing demand...

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There was a time in music when relationships meant everything. One met in person and sized the competition up. Maybe it's still this way, but there was a time when texts and e-mails didn't exist....

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Woodpigeon aka Mark Andrew Hamilton. Photo credit: Greg Gillespie

Personal turmoil encouraged Woodpigeon to shake up the sound of his new album, as Jason Schneider learned in this Five Questions With...

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Innovator Beth Matthews embraces change

"...My goal for ASCAP is to turn it into a 100-year-old startup, a startup environment that's really focused on innovation and experimentation and going fast and breaking things because that's where you see progress. ..."

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Canadian music industry legend and founder of True North Records, Bernie Finkelstein discusses his autobiography and good times in NYC in this A Conversation With...

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"...I see everyone from voice pathology perspectives where they’ve had radical head/neck surgery. I had a patient today who had half the tongue removed and a number of muscles from the neck – to a lawyer who is a professional speaker to an opera singer. .."

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Performing in Hell's Kitchen

Village Voice reviewer Gabrielle Noone describes Carly Rae as a powerful performer, a huge dork, and suggests that she brings out the teen in all of us...

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Dr. Rob on site

The idea of the Rolling Stones playing Havana for the first time was something I simply was not going to miss...

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Photo credit: Christi Greyerbiehl

Folk rock troubadour Hayden is reissuing his 20 year old classic album Everything I Long For. He explains why in Five Questions With...

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The single biggest revenue stream in the single biggest recorded music market is wholly dependent on music streaming companies that are all hemorrhaging cash...

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Danny in a classic bluesman pose. Photo credit: Don Dixon

Formerly in Edward Bear, musician/broadcaster Danny Marks is now recognised as an authority on the blues. He talks about that passion in Jason Schneider's Five Questions With... series.

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Nick working from his mobile office

The competition is fierce but Evenko knows its market and Farkas knows what to pay to please the fans...

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The gun-toting Charlton Heston of R&R has a prescription for curing the lunatic fringe and unsurprisingly it is not a pretty one.

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Before algorithms became part of music discovery there were humans who loved and knew about music. David Marsden was one of those people, and he's still doing what he loves...

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The late great Jeff Healey would have turned 50 today. A lost album, Heal My Soul, comes out on the day and Bill King chats with the project's driving force Roger Costa.

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Erin takes a walk in the wild. Photo credit: Shelley Mansel

The Halifax native painstakingly made the album working with a top-line cast. Jason Schneider describes it as a 'thought-provoking, songwriting tour de force.'

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Despite what people might tell you, Vancouver’s hip-hop scene is alive and well.

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Reality TV News superstar Donald Trump explains how he can solve everything everywhere with one finger

The bellicose presidential candidate with the thatched roof head of hair and Froot Loops-shaped mouth is masterful in selecting music to rally the rebellious and the disaffected...

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The cast from the TV series Vinyl speaks to an era when the DJ was god

Automated choices work for some, but there's an under-served market that yearns for intelligent DJs who know their stuff and have libraries of music that capture our ears and imaginations...

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Canada's corporate elite entrusted with licenses to operate TV are corporate bums operating as slum landlords is the opinion of John Doyle at the Globe & Mail. More than a few viewers might assume him right.

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At 76, folk matriarch Judy Collins is still going strong and has released a star-studded album Strangers Again. She discusses it in A Conversation With... Bill King.

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Proof of the pudding: Punks chowing down on pizza fresh out of the box

Pizza is delicious, everyone loves pizza, even punks who hate everything.

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Max Martin

The number one hit maker today is worth upwards of $250M, but his legacy of songs may well be as forgettable as just another day.

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Composer, conductor and one-time enfant terrible who became Master of the Queen’s Music

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Podcasts and the real-talk, conversational appeal of the new radio.

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Tim D'Eon, Paul Murphy, and Loel Campbell on the bridge connecting Halifax with Dartmouth.

Modern rock favorites Wintersleep are back on the road, promoting a strong new album. Paul Murphy took time out to answer Jason Schneider's Five Questions With...

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“Discovery” has become to music what “engagement” has become to brands — a buzzword that means absolutely nothing. The arms race for shares on socials has gotten so out of control in the brand world that it almost doesn’t matter whether or not people are spending money on the brand — as long as the identity is strong, and people are talking...

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A Canadian Industry Broadcast Hall of Famer, highly-respected radio veteran John Donabie is excited about his new CIUT show, as you'll learn in this A Conversation With...

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Victoriah Bech's double-barrelled brand of lipstick feminism

Some clods might think Danish pop tart Victoriah Bech's latest video is fluffy soft porn, but she wants us all to know it's a rallying call for lipstick feminism.

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Wayne and Herbie

Jazz greats Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock share their thoughts how the next generation of artists can respond to today's global tragedies.

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"I am a singer, listen to me sing. I am not here to be easy on your eyes. I am here to sing my songs..."

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Apparently the puck stops here

More women need to be trained to provide colour commentary in sporting events. Montreal media blogger Steve Faguy says the job doesn't automatically require the person have a penis...

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With 500 movie credits, legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone finally landed Oscar gold at this year's Academy Awards with his score for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

One of the world’s most successful film music composers, Hans Zimmer, reflects on what makes Ennio Morricone the greatest.

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CMW's Neill Dixon

Veteran music journalist Larry LeBlanc sits down with Neill Dixon, president, Canadian Music Week, for an in-depth interview.

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The good Samaritan, Karen Bliss

Award-winning music scribbler and Samaritan publisher Karen Bliss is not one to take no for an answer or accept a smug response as the quote she's taking with her—and her charm, nose for a story and hard work have won her a lot of fans.

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To be covered by Simone was something for another artist both to revere and to fear: almost any song she recorded became thereafter her own.

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Marianas Trench is set to kick off an 18-date Canadian tour on March 9 and Jason Schneider caught up with Josh Ramsay and guitarist Matt Webb from the band for this feature before they buckled down for rehearsals...

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In my day, once I heard folk music, I was less into the Beatles or Elvis Presley, but much more into Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen.

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Thomas Edison with his revolutionary phonograph

...Bands, in their traditional form, are slowly losing their cultural relevance.

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Photo: Scott Doubt

As the old adage goes, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Quebec blues-rock artist Steve Hill has seen the benefits of sticking to that notion by building a fierce reputation as a one-man band, even in an age when two-piece combos are more popular than ever.

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The sensual balladeer as a young man

Well, O.K., it’s mostly about really liking a girl, and there are no fully explicit references to intercourse. But it’s pretty plain that the barely subtextual subject of the song is, in fact, the having of sex.

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Trumpet and flugelhorn virtuoso Guido Basso is a Juno-winning legend of Canadian jazz. In this A Conversation With.. Bill King reprises an informative interview with the gentle musical giant.

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RCA may have developed pioneering technologies, much like Apple today, but it was a music company at its heart....

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Bill King is frothing at the mouth over Kanye's silliness on line. He may think he's king, but Bill knows better and defends Bob Ezrin to boot.https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif

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In 1993, Bill King got to interview one of his comedy heroes, Steve Allen of The Tonight Show fame. Read the results in this A Conversation With...

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Heroes: David Bowie with pal Gary Oldman

Actor, musician Gary Oldman offered a fond reminisce to his longstanding friend David Bowie at the Brit Awards last night.

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Bruce Cockburn has worried less about what people think of him and a great deal more about following his muse and going places where criticism is often silenced with bombs, mortars and the cruelty of starvation...

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A thoughtful Randy Newman

Sure, you know of the Oscar-winning composer behind Toy Story and his endearingly offbeat songwriting, but Newman, 72, is also the patriarch of a clan that has helped shape movie music since the talkies.

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Today’s New Track

As a friend and fan, Feist pays eloquent homage to Gord Downie with this sparse and poignant version of a Tragically Hip song.

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The Sheepdogs mellow out with a reverential take on an old Lead Belly favourite.

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The hatless American country star has had an incredible run on the charts for over a decade and this track ain't gonna interrupt that any...

 

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

New indie rock supergroup TUNS deliver a power-pop gem as the first track off an upcoming debut album.

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The Washboard Union on tour

The Vancouver sextet has won wide acclaim and follows up two hits with a third single that holds the promise of becoming a summertime home-run favourite...

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Hard-working Toronto punk rockers PUP preview a new album with this ferocious yet dynamic cut.

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The 16-track collection has all the hits, plus a few surprises and comes out on Friday in front of an extensive US tour with Howard Jones and OMD.

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Third single from the pensive minded and hugely popular Brit art-rock band's acclaimed and possibly last album, Head Full of Dreams.

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Vancouver's Jessica Maros is back with hubbie Tyler James with a track backed by his band, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The Wall Street Journal no less premiered the song on its blog.

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Ken McCoy in action on stage

This west-coast country singer first released the song as a fundraiser for people left homeless after a wildfire torched more than 100 homes in Kelowna 13 years ago. He's released it again to raise some money for a Fort McMurray relief fund.

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Julian on stage and lovin' every minute of it

The song is driving people barking mad with joy from Texas to Dusseldorf and he needs an American label to coordinate the song's growing international success via Spotify and other Internet connections.

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The strong bluesy voice of No Sinner's Colleen Rennison is nicely showcased on this new cut from their imminent album.

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A sparkling new cut from the rootsy supergroup case/lang/veirs.

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Much-praised art-pop songstress Grimes directed the vivid video that complements a track from her Art Angels album.

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Newfoundland quartet has built a strong rep nationally from a series of never-ending promotional tours and now is doing it all over again to promote a sparkling sounding sophomore album with major label support behind them.

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Jack Bauer turns to Americana on this strong first single from a debut album coming soon.

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And she keeps on having fun...

Cyndi Lauper is back with a new album that includes a blue-chip cast of friends helping her out, not that this irrepressible spirit needs anyone but herself to gather attention...

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Kesha with Zedd

After performing together at Coachella, Zedd and Kesha went in the studio and recorded this song for commercial release without objection from her contractual label/producer, Dr. Luke...

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The title track from this hit singer/songwriter is a potential smash.

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The charms of this East Coast songstress are on display on this Canada AM performance.

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In a universe where boobs, bootai and nebbish lyrics get one on the charts, it's a blast of fresh air to hear a band kick out the jams with the enthusiasm of toughs rearranging Gran's Hummel collection.

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The video is going to sell the spirit of what he's saying even if his words don't quite match the plot, plus his rhythmic sensibility spells pure, unadulterated summertime fun.

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Opening his Brooklyn, New York, show awash in purple light, Springsteen and his E Street Band performed a six-minute  "Purple Rain" tribute to Prince at Barclay Center on Saturday night.

The Boss paid tribute to Prince in a concert on Saturday night. The result was poignant, mournful and utterly compelling.

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Brett Kissel holds one of his many trophies

With seven Top 10s comes the third single from Flat Lake, AB's biggest star on the hat circuit's most recent album--and it promises to be another hit for him...

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Today's renaissance man, Rufus Wainwright

The coquettish bi-border renaissance citizen gives a few sonnets attributed to the great bard William Shakespeare a contemporary Caitlyn Jenner spin.

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This new track from the supertrio of case/lang/veirs showcases the gorgeously rich voice of kd lang.

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Fast-rising BC country singer/songwriter Madeline Merlo previews imminent debut album with this vibrant new track.

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Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf previews a new album via this advance cut that is melancholy chamber-pop at its best.

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Platinum-selling Montreal rockers Simple Plan are still touring the globe. They've just put out a video to accompany this catchy new cut.

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Cover of Luka's upcoming album.

Melancholy Toronto tunesmith Luka previews his upcoming second album with this gently seductive track.

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Much buzzed-about Toronto post-punk band Weaves preview a new album with this searing yet slightly sweet new cut.

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New album art

The Tragically Hip release a new album in June, and this advance cut confirms they're still a potent unit.

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Highly-touted producer/vocalist River Tiber teams with Kaytranada on this cool electro meets r 'n b cut.

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Draw a line between the Allmans, Grand Funk and The Sheepdogs and what you end up with is Mudslingers, Canada's next power-rock country trio...

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Drake preps View From the 6

As Drake preps his long-awaited Views From The 6, the OVO kid has decided to release a couple of new songs to amp up the hype...

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Free-wheeling prog meets jazz combo Bart release their debut full-length on Friday and this cut is a bracing preview.

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This track from new album Stranger Places showcases the spirited newgrass sound of The Unseen Strangers.

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Talented singer/songwriter siblings Matthew and Jill Barber join forces on a brand new duo record The Family Album. This track showcases their sweet vocal harmonies.

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Tringa Rexhepi postures sweet innocence in her new PR shot

Former Kosovo refugee Tringa Rexhepi now calls Halifax home, and is an emerging singer/songwriter of great promise.

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Sonita Alizadeh finds reason to smile...as she battles to free girls trapped at an early age

At 10 her mother tried to sell her into slavery, and again when she turned 16. She fought for her freedom, and is now using rap to communicate to other young girls her age. A documentary about her march to freedom is scheduled to screen in Toronto in the coming days and weeks.

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 Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres

With Tiësto championing them, the Canadian electro-house production and DJ duo is simmering to burn with a road-map of high profile shows in the offing...

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Never rude, always magic!

The Canadian "Rude" boys return with the magic formula intact, adding Jamaican dancehall champ Sean Paul to doubly authenticate the Caribbean lilt of this breezy mainstream update on a worldwide hit.

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Tomorrow's best bad power trio

The Ottawa power-trio reinvents a genre that's been on a treadmill to hell since elasticized waistbands became de rigueur in control rooms at Classic Rock stations.

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The gal is no shrinking violet

Wanna hear a stone cold hit? Read on because it would take a rockfall to stop this one from running up the chart and sticking...

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

Montreal indie rockers Foreign Diplomats release a melodic new track ahead of touring in Quebec and Ontario.

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Folk-rock faves Skydiggers reinterpret the songs of Gene Clark of The Byrds, beginning with this remake of a psychedelic classic.

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BC band Black Mountain set to promote new album and tour

Masterful BC psych-rockers Black Mountain makes a welcome return from a long absence with this fast-paced new track.

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Toronto folk songsmith Tim Moxam previews upcoming debut album with a gently seductive new track.

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Classic and catchy rock 'n roll is delivered by sibling trio Ferraro on this title track from their upcoming debut album.

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Eclectic Montreal songstress Roxanne Potvin impresses with this focus track from an imminent new album.

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Highly-touted Toronto songstress Megan Bonnell has signed to Cadence and just released a fine new single entitled "Can't Have You".

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Feisty Toronto roots-rockers Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs preview second album with "Act Like We're In Love".

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Highly-regarded Montreal band Plants and Animals delivers a strong new cut, "No Worries Gonna Find Us", ahead of a new album.

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Photo: Joe Cornfield

Toronto singer/songwriter/club operator Charlotte Cornfield dazzles on new album Future Snowbird and advance track Mercury.

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Alex with a guitar and a song

The small-town Saskatchewan country singer-songwriter has himself a hit in the making featuring a playful storyline and a hook that is instantly memorable.

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Regina-based indie folkster Poor Nameless Boy caught our ear with Atlantic Ocean, a standout cut on his second album, Bravery.

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Photo: Joannie Grenier

Montreal singer/songwriter Jesse Mac Cormack has signed to Secret City and is earning rave reviews in Europe. New track After The Glow shows why. 

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The Canadian guitarist is making a name for himself on the Smooth Jazz charts in America with his fifth album and in particular this breezy sounding, finger pickin' track.

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Photo: Kendall Green

Formerly known as Miss Emily Brown, art-folk songstress Emily Millard re-emerges with a haunting new track, Paradise.

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A face that matches the voice-sultry and sweet!

A song that threatens to get preachy and instead proves to be a stand-out track with the promise of becoming an anthem for knuckleheads the world over.

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Forget the pop tarts, retro rockers, second-fiddle crooners and studio inventions and give Erin Costelo one listen. She's what makes music exciting. She's nothing if not the real deal...

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Toronto folk-pop chanteuse Melanie Peterson previews her new full-length with bright new single Fallback Plan.

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Trans-Atlantic avant-pop trio SheLoom have just released a fine second album. First single "America On Fire" showcases their sound nicely.

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The ever-prolific Ron Hawkins (Lowest Of The Low) previews a new solo album with charming cut "Beautiful Girl."

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Acclaimed Montreal songsmith Chris Velan previews upcoming sixth album with the strong social comment of new track un-American Gothic.

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Sometimes blunt force just doesn't result in a positive outcome, as this Canadian rapper sets out in a plea that is as soft and smooth as a tulip petal.

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The six piece Cuban ensemble Cubanos Acapella delight with their take on Hotel California.

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Montreal duo Radio Radio have a new (fifth) album, Light The Sky, out today. "My Dance Floor” is a fun example of their fusion of electro and hip-hop.

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It's a monster track with a video that absolutely nails the spirit of this sledgehammer-swinging rocker and it's from the Steel Town band's new album - Sittin' Pretty - that comes out on Friday.

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Without flaunting flesh, flash or brands, this Canadian singer defies simple categorization, but she sure can sing and write and just maybe that's still enough to be noticed in this day and age.

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It's a cocktail of summer sounds, for sure, but man, he mixes his ingredients well and makes us feel as if we've arrived at a party we never want to end.

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Regina-based indie-pop faves Library Voices impress with the feisty sound of new single "Slacker."

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Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson were booked for a Piano Guys show in Hawaii and just couldn't resist the urge to do something extraordinary...

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DreamSpeed is a new project pairing the talents of Lily Frost and Slakah the Beatchild. They come up with a real winner on “Settle,” the FYI Track of the Day.

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Listen to "Santa Fe", the second track from The Great Detachment, Wintersleep's March 4 Dine Alone album release.

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Beyoncé has class and talent, and today she's on top of the world after a game-winning touchdown at Super Bowl 50 that served as a global platform to launch her powerful new single and matching video...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"D’Hora" is the delightful opening track on Pocket Symphronica, the tenth recording by acclaimed Toronto pianist/composer/bandleader Ron Davis.

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American indie rock singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger first made a mark alongside her brother in Fiery Furnaces, then went solo. "He Didn't Mention His Mother" is a killer cut on her new album.

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Dean Brody's summer hit is one of those songs that keeps earning a new life and the latest mix promises to add another chapter to a song that has helped earn him a JUNO Fans Choice award nomination.

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The Montreal duo's latest song performance puts the spotlight on singer Audrey Ann and it's a breathlessly imaginative evocation about finding oneself in a vulnerable spot.

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"Work" is a big shiny example of how little work it takes to make a hit when your name is Rihanna.

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Calgary's Mark Andrew Hamilton may be a Woodpigeon but he sings like a lark. There is a bit of distress in his delivery, but sometimes reflection is the antidote to a jukebox stocked with bump and grind routines.

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CBC Music recently hosted an in-studio party to celebrate the launch of Enfield rapper Classified's new album. We have a shimmering, simmering video from that event.

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Acclaimed Victoria singer/songwriter Aidan Knight released his new album Each Other on Outside Music last week. Listen to a highlight track, "All Clear."

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Canada’s honkytonk hero Corb Lund dishes up another witty bar-room romp with new single “Washed Up Rock Star Factory Blues."

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Energetic yet melodic guitar-rock is delivered by Montreal’s Reversing Falls on the sizzling “This Is Why," the lead cut on their new second album

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 This is the title cut off the recently-released second album from hard-working folk/roots troubadour Ben Caplan.

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Warm and mellow vocals and wistfully philosophical lyrics make Donovan Woods' new track, "The First Time,” a low-key winner.

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There's nothing fancy here, just a great song and a great melody matched with a voice that is as warm and inviting as a bowl of peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate in winter.

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Lori Nuic's latest single is a smash hit waiting to be discovered and there is no question she is destined to become a huge star.

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There's nothing fancy, innovative or profane here, just good--time blues-rock performed by a crack band with an ebulient singer with an engaging storyline.

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A Danish singer with a storybook song about life that's as sweet as plum pudding and not at all fattening...

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If you were fond of the Bonzos or Roy “Wizzard” Wood’s masterful pop pastiche Eddy & The Falcons, then this is your cup of joy...

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Eva Cassidy's untimely demise has only helped fuel her legend as a singer of extraordinary ability and next week a 'best of' collection reminds us again of just how great a singer she was.

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One of the most riveting serials on TV is the $30-million Franco-Canadian historical production Versailles, about Louis X1V and his famed chateau outside of Paris. The opening music, composed by Montrealer Eduardo Noya, is spellbinding...

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Luke Boyd returns from a three-year recording hiatus with a miniature masterpiece of 16 songs that vary from introspection to celebration to declarative anthems...

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About a dozen years back, Rush decided to have a little fun with the music they grew up with and covered eight songs by fave acts such as The Who and Buffalo Springfield.  A week this Friday it's set for reissue on vinyl. 

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The Weeknd passes the pipe to Belly on a track that promises to linger like the smell of a freshly lit bud in a confined space...

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Folk-rocker JF Robitaille and Julie Doiron shine on the haunting new track, "Missing You"...

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Miranda Mulholland has to be one of the most versatile and busy violinists around. Her debut solo album that had its Canadian release in 2014 has just come out in the US. Listen to the title track if you are not familiar with it or her...

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