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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The most important date on the calendar of the Canadian blues scene is fast approaching in Toronto. This year, the awards show is supplemented by the Blues Summit 8 conference and showcase event. Pictured: executive producer Derek Andrews.

 CBC Searchlight 2016 winner Desirée Dawson
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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This year’s grand prize will include an original song commission for Canada’s 150th-anniversary celebration and a two-week songwriting residency with a celebrity mentor from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
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In today's edition, Prozzäk returns with a new album and tour, crowdfunding for Jake Thomas, Canadian Screen Awards and Music PEI Awards nominations announced, Bublé bows out of Brits, and Tuff Gong returns to vinyl.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The hard-working MonkeyJunk member and in-demand harmonica player has won his share of Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday he takes on the prestigious role of show host.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The East Coast father and son team return with another cut from their album Solidarity. Perceptive lyrics are framed in an appealingly strong melody.

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 CBC Searchlight 2016 winner Desirée Dawson
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In this weekly FYI feature we keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for music festivals and conferences, grants and funding opportunities. We trust you’ll find this of value.

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Thursday, 19/01/17

The hard-working MonkeyJunk member and in-demand harmonica player has won his share of Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday he takes on the prestigious role of show host.

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Derek Andrews at Koerner Hall
Thursday, 19/01/17

The most important date on the calendar of the Canadian blues scene is fast approaching in Toronto. This year, the awards show is supplemented by the Blues Summit 8 conference and showcase event. Pictured: executive producer Derek Andrews.

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Thursday, 19/01/17

The hard-working MonkeyJunk member and in-demand harmonica player has won his share of Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday he takes on the prestigious role of show host.

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Thursday, 19/01/17

Most people think of me as an arts administrator/agent/grant writer/artist manager but at heart, I'm a musician. It pains me when people say "oh, I didn't know that you play" (and it is never said in an unkind way) ...

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Thursday, 19/01/17

The East Coast father and son team return with another cut from their album Solidarity. Perceptive lyrics are framed in an appealingly strong melody.

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Derek Andrews at Koerner Hall

The most important date on the calendar of the Canadian blues scene is fast approaching in Toronto. This year, the awards show is supplemented by the Blues Summit 8 conference and showcase event. Pictured: executive producer Derek Andrews.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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 CBC Searchlight 2016 winner Desirée Dawson

This year’s grand prize will include an original song commission for Canada’s 150th-anniversary celebration and a two-week songwriting residency with a celebrity mentor from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

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In today's edition, Prozzäk returns with a new album and tour, crowdfunding for Jake Thomas, Canadian Screen Awards and Music PEI Awards nominations announced, Bublé bows out of Brits, and Tuff Gong returns to vinyl.

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In this weekly FYI feature we keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for music festivals and conferences, grants and funding opportunities. We trust you’ll find this of value.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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Ben, Neil and Pegi in happier times. Photo from Neil Young blog

The Canadian-born singer-songwriter is many things to many people and his songs have become part of the fabric of life for people young and old the world over, but there's another aspect of his life that he hasn't talked much about -- his relationship with his three children and in particular his middle-child, Ben...

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Music Canada Executive V-P Amy Terrill

The following is the third in a series of forecasts and reflections about the music business in Canada that readers can expect to see in FYI in the coming weeks. Today we feature a submission from Amy Terrill, Executive V-P of Music Canada.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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Photo credit: Matt Barnes

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced that Buffy Sainte-Marie will be the recipient of the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Junos in Ottawa this spring.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up close to 70 new postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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The Children's Charity of BC recruits a cast of the province's finest to add voice to a stirring new anthem, "Follow Your Heart."

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Dan Davidson heads list of Alberta Country Music Awards nominees

In today's lineup, Dan Davidson (pictured) heads nominees list for Alberta Country Music Awards, a new Timber Timbre album is announced, Tara MacLean is planning a new solo record, Radiohead will tour US, and Anita Baker says she is happily retired.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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Nominations for the 2017 Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards are now open.

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Canadian Music Week and the liquor giant partner to present a new national radio-driven artist discovery competition.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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The veteran media consultant reflects upon the health of radio in Canada’s smaller markets.

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This too, can be yours, for only $38.5M U.S.

If she ever stops singing for her supper, Céline Dion can keep living in the luxury to which she's accustomed with the proceeds from her Titanic real estate fortune.

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Juno-winning songstress Rose Cousins previewed new album in Toronto last night. Photo: Vanessa Heins

In today's edition, Juno-winner Rose Cousins (pictured) premieres new material, a new album is coming from Buckingham McVie, a tribute to a Canadian killed in Mexican nightclub shooting, the Bluebird North and Discoveries showcases, and RIP top UK producer Bill Price.

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Here is this week's Nielsen Marketwatch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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The latest end of year analysis of the Canadian industry features a fine-grained and deep approach to data research and comes up with some fascinating findings.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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It's all relative, since a "distant one" ponied up a sizeable donation to JAZZ.FM91 to change the name of its broadcast studio to the Allan Slaight Studio, in tribute to the jazz lover and Canadian radio pioneer.

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Ed Sheeran leaps to the top with two new singles

The Weeknd and Bruno Mars still occupy the top slots on the Canadian Albums chart, despite softer numbers. The big story of the week is the triumphant return of Ed Sheeran (pictured here), whose two new singles debut at numbers one and two on both the Streaming and Digital songs charts.

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Ria Mae is off to a strong start with her new single

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories. Pictured: Ria Mae

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In today’s edition, Leonard Cohen receives his first BRIT Award nomination, Yangaroo renews deal with the ACM, Michael Lynton resigns from Sony, Measha explores spirituals on her new album, and the Railway Club to be turned into a pub by new owners.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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A small but growing number of notable live music clubs across the country have shut down of late, creating anxiety amongst agents and artist managers. We interviewed some industry insiders for their take on the club situation.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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Drake may have ruled the roost when it came to many of the stats in Nielsen Music's 2016 Year-ender Canadian report, but the Chainsmokers dominated total on-demand audio and video streams combined, snatching the top two spots of the Top 10.

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The FYI calendar of new album releases scheduled for the first quarter, plus a mention of big name artists we expect to hear from later in the year. Keep in mind that release dates are always subject to change.

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In today’s package, word of an upcoming album from Arcade Fire (pictured here), Pandora financial news, the Railway Club may rebound, the Music Express Awards, a winter jazz series in Toronto, and RIP Larry Steinbachek of Bronski Beat.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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And then there were three. Photo: Tom Sandler

Canadian vocal group The Tenors has performed everywhere from the White House to the Vatican and now will be teaming up with Cirque du Soleil for the fifth anniversary of One Night for One Drop, a single-night experience supporting safe water access programs worldwide.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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Gerry McGhee. Pic: Andrew Francis Wallace, The Star

The keenly awaited new vinyl pressing plant in Burlington, ON, is getting ready to stamp out its first platter, reports company head Gerry McGhee.

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The Coalition for Music Education commissioned Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas to write a new Music Monday anthem to commemorate our musical heritage in the year of the Canada 150 celebrations.

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The Smoothie King Center is located in New Orleans, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

In today's edition, offbeat stadium names, a renamed Juno category, NAC Presents schedule announced, The Weeknd to headline Bonnaroo, and honkytonk hero Handsome Ned is celebrated.

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In this weekly FYI feature we keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for music festivals and conferences, grants and funding opportunities. We trust you’ll find this of value.

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Headlines, news, and features include Prince, estate paydays, Livingston Taylor, Drake, Anne Murray, Colin Linden, the B Street Band, Jeezy, Kurt Cobain, and Irving Azoff...

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Music Canada Live Executive Director Erin Benjamin

The following is the second in a series of forecasts and reflections about the music business in Canada that readers can expect to see in FYI in the coming weeks. Today we feature a submission from Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live.

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Today's column veers from its regular format to offer a look into the future of media.

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The universally well-regarded SiriusXM Canada Director and show host passed away on Monday. She is being remembered as a passionate champion of Canadian artists.

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Pondering in the studio. Photo: Daniel Keebler

The People's Voice Award recognizes his career fighting the good fight for environmental issues, human rights and offering trenchant political commentary in his creatively successful craft as a songwriter and performer.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 60 new postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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Here is this week's Nielsen Marketwatch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. 

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Happier days at Hugh's Room, and may they return.

In today’s package, Hugh’s Room weighs options, ole acquires Red Vinyl IP rights, Simple Plan to revisit their past on a US tour, Fifth Harmony re-signs, a branding and merchandise deal for Prince, the Guardian lauds Canadian acts, and madcap John Otway entertains in Toronto.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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The following is the first in a series of forecasts and reflections about the music business in Canada that readers can expect to see in FYI in the coming weeks. Starting off today is a submission from Margaret McGuffin, Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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L -- R: Charlie Angus with Andrew Cash performing with L'Etranger circa 1983. Pic: Luis Maremlo

In a TV interview from MuchMusic back in 1983, members of the punk band L’Etranger talk earnestly, on the front porch of a downtown Toronto house, about the left-wing causes they champion in their songs. Bass player Charlie Angus, then a 21-year-old punk proselytizer, is now a 54-year-old MP who may be running for the leadership of the NDP...

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L--R: Barry Sookman, Michael Geist

Two copyright specialists with polarized views have been known to duel before, but in the following treatise IP specialist Sookman picks apart Professor Geist's assertions and just plain calls them wrong.

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Sophia Chang

A growing number of female artists are speaking out loudly about the sexism and racism they have encountered. Sophia Chang (pictured here) made waves with her recent lecture at Berklee on the topic.

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CBV's Dean Reid during happier days. Pic: Calgary Herald

Farewell to SiriusXM's Andréanne Sasseville, Bill King intros "The Black Rose of New Orleans," Fleetwood Mac say they will..., the Stampede has The Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber says 'phew!', Opus 11 closing sheet music store after 30 years, Blue Rodeo set to open massive winter tour in Thunder Bay, Harris Institute earns kudos, and Canada Boy Vinyl responds to email.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today...

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Following a spate of club closures in 2016, Hugh's Room has shut its doors, at least for now. Rising overheads and fickle audiences make small showrooms promoting mid-line acts and burgeoning newcomers a difficult financial proposition.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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Submissions can now be made for the annual event celebrating outstanding industry professionals. The deadline is Jan. 31.

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It looks as if Ed Sheeran is going to have another big year

The following are tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories. This feature includes videos. Pictured here: Ed Sheeran

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La La Land is a certified hit at the box-office and as a s/t

Starboy holds steady at the top of the Albums chart, while Metallica and The Stones gain ground. The Chainsmokers retain top spot on the Songs chart, while three soundtrack albums fare well.

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In today's edition, the problems facing small music clubs, U2 announces Canadian dates, ECMA resolution with musician's union likely, Ed Sheeran returns with a bang, Luke Doucet sets up shop in the NMC, a new Bowie EP, and RIP to Peter Sarstedt and Nat Hentoff.

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A collection of news, features and opinion pieces from around the web that caught our eye...

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Nielsen Music has issued its 2016 Canada year-end report and domestic acts fared particularly well, especially when it comes to that one guy dangling his feet over the edge of the CN Tower....

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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The loss of Canada Boy Vinyl will be felt, but this major new production facility in Burlington is poised to open.

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The "nasty" news that darkened the US election and emboldened hidden prejudices in American society continue to resonate, and now they are spilling into corporate life.

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A young Anne Murray, part of Nova Scotia's musical heritage

In today’s edition, Molson Amphitheatre gets a name change, impressive stats for Nova Scotian artists like Anne Murray (pictured), one last Sam’s still standing, 2016 album sales by province, new music from Rose Cousins, Electric City Underground and Said The Whale, music makes you fitter, and RIP Harry Paine.

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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.

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Brill Building, NYC

Forget the adage, 'sold for a song'. Songs are blue chip assets in today's digital economy, and if the trickle-down to the songwriters and the music publishers hasn't already occurred--get ready because a change is gonna come. And when it does, with it comes transparency, micro-payments and enough dough to have the creative class dancing in the streets singing "Pennies from Heaven."

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Included, stories about the Grateful Dead, rebellious youth, the Georgia Straight, Trojan condoms, and a man who wants to curl across Canada.

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Randy Lennox pulled back the curtain on what he's been doing at Bell Media in a James Bradshaw-penned feature appearing in the Globe & Mail's ROB section. It makes for a fascinating read, but you will need a subscription to get it all.

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This Toronto company has been manufacturing CDs and DVDs and now sees potential in the addition of vinyl to its package of services.

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As music coverage in traditional print media outlets continues to narrow, exposure on blogs for all artists has never been more important. But the fact remains that blogs are labours of love by fans, whose primary reward is spreading the word about music that deserves more attention. They deserve more attention as well, so if you’re looking to get ahead of the curve on Canadian music in 2017, here’s a dozen blogs you should be following… along with FYI Music News of course!

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A cartoon by @eflakeagogo. #TNYcartoons, via Instagram

The usual kettle of fish mixing up facts, fictions, oddball malarkey, a nod or two about the Dunce Diva of Times Square and a few videos planted for your amusement. Err, that should be 'engagement'.

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In this weekly FYI feature we keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for music festivals and conferences, grants and funding opportunities. We trust you’ll find this of value.

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A collection of news, features and opinion pieces from around the web that caught our eye...In the news today: SESAC, US market shares for Warner, Sony, Universal, Google, SoundCloud, Beats, CES, cord-snipping, Brit music trumps, women in the biz, Kesha controversy and more.

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A fresh year of music listening lies before us. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of new albums scheduled for the first three months of 2017. As ever, release dates are subject to change.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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After opening its doors in Calgary a little over a year ago with the promise of offering fast, affordable delivery of locally pressed vinyl albums, it now appears that Canada Boy Vinyl is no more. What happened remains a mystery, and customers with deposits are becoming increasingly agitated without answers.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 60 new postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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Left-right: Irish Rover Will Millar and one-time manager Les Weinstein

In today's edition, Irish Rover Will Millar (pictured) celebrates a milestone, a list of 2016's top grossing tours, fascinating BuzzAngle stats, the return of Walk Off The Earth, two Canadian country artists seduce US critics, Brian Eno gets philosophical, and the Coachella lineup is revealed.

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Here is this week's Nielsen Marketwatch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year.

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A collection of news, features and opinion pieces from around the web that caught our eye...

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Barrett Strong had it right when he sang "The best things in life are free. But you can give then to the birds and bees. I need money (that's what I want)." The sentiment, that not all the best things in life are free, lives on and in 2017 the trends, conversations and disagreements will be about money: Tech has the cash and the creative class wants a bigger taste of the wealth. Call it showdown at showtime.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

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The Canadian superstar returns to the top of the Down Under chart with his phenomenally successful Christmas album. It is the best-selling holiday album ever there.

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Billy Talent, not always afraid of heights when it comes to chart positions

Digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo delivers tracks to Canadian radio. Here are the company's two Top 10 lists for 2016. They include Billy Talent (pictured here). 

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There's no silent whisper reaction from fans hearing the news of George Michael's death. The singer whammed the charts with a catalogue of hit songs and a best-of collection in short-order following the Dec. 25th announcement; meantime, The Weeknd and Drake continued their hot streaks.

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Call it a simple twist of fate:  'Lady Day' could have her hallmark song heard loud and clear at the Trump inauguration?

In today's edition, Rebecca Ferguson wants to sing a classic by Billie Holiday (pictured here) at the Trump inauguration, new Order of Canada appointees announced, Yangaroo reports good news for independent artists, new Canadian album certifications, Mariah's NYE fiasco, and RIP Bill Marshall, Allan Williams, and Stuart Hamilton.

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Music analytics company BuzzAngle Music has compiled an analysis of US consumer habits and trends in 2016, and promises to have a similar report based on Canadian music sales and streaming data within the next couple of days.

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A collection of news, features and opinion pieces from around the web that caught our eye...

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On behalf of us all, we extend our best wishes to you, your family and friends over the holiday period and the year ahead.

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RIP: George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou), an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!, died of heart failure on Dec. 25 at his home at Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, aged 53.

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The annual roundup of seasonal songs submitted by our readers with one final addition that has become a tradition...

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Included today, a farewell to broadcaster and Roman Records co-founder Dan Roman...

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Consistently one of the most viewed pages on FYI in the past year was a review and video clip of the theme music for Versailles, an extravagant costume drama TV-series that shortly enters into its third season...

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The pied piper of Aleppo

Rami Adham, a 44-year-old Finnish-Syrian father of six, originally from Aleppo and living in Finland since 1989, believes that it's everyone's right to provide and receive help whenever it's needed and he's practicing what he preaches...

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Skydiggers

Our look at releases of the past year we believe deserved greater recognition. Hopefully you'll agree the list includes some buried treasures. Pictured: Skydiggers

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Today’s New Track

Photo: Lindsay Duncan

The East Coast father and son team return with another cut from their album Solidarity. Perceptive lyrics are framed in an appealingly strong melody.

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This is the first single from Voyager, the imminent second album by the Montreal indie-rockers. It merges inventive musicianship with an attractive melodicism.

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Photo: Matt Barnes

The Juno-winning guitar-slinger releases the title track from an imminent album as a single. The fiery blues-rock cut has real airplay potential.

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The sibling vocal duo has guested on some notable tracks and are now stepping out with their own eclectic sound. This vibrant new single adds EDM to the mix.

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The fourth single off the hit debut album from the East Coast songstress features a guest appearance by Classified. The result is another inspiring and emotionally expressive track.

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The fires in Fort Mac inspired this intense yet dynamic new track from the acclaimed roots-rock combo.

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Photo: Jen Squires

Taken from the well-received second album by the roots-inflected songstress, this track is now given the Southern Souls live performance video treatment. 

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The Maritime folk-pop combo features three talented singer/songwriters, and this charming debut single spotlights their warm creative chemistry and tight vocal harmonies.

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Photo: Raina + Wilson

Look for the steady upward career ascent of this Vancouver modern rock band to continue with the imminent release of a new album. This advance single is both polished and suitably addictive.

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The Toronto indie-popsters got such a positive reaction to the video for this track that they're now taking it to commercial radio. An infectious love song for their hometown, it deserves a shot there.

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The husband and wife country-pop duo from Victoria harmonizes sweetly on this new single, one with a positive message.

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The 20-year-old R&B singer had a momentous 2016, capped off with the release of new EP Nocturnal at Christmas. This sparse and seductive cut name-checks The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Recently signed to legendary NZ label Flying Nun, the Vancouver femme-pop trio deliver a charming new track and video ahead of a second album due in February.

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For a feisty and fun cut to add to your Christmas playlist, check out this offering from the Vancouver hard rock duo. Available as a free download too.

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It is over five years since the eclectic songstress' last album, but people are still interested in what she'll come up with next. This advance track from an upcoming record fuels the anticipation.

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This is the brainchild of Montréal vocalist/songwriter Mike Meighu. He and his comrades come up with a gently soulful tune on the first single from an upcoming debut album.

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The roots rock veterans team up with American pal Kurt Vile on this first single from an upcoming album. The result is a psychedelia-tinged treat.

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The young modern rockers are gaining attention with their debut EP. This dynamic and melodic new single should fuel the buzz.

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Photo credit: Jen Squires

One half of Scarlett Jane, she goes solo with a confessional new album coming soon. This first single is a powerful evocation of obsession.

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Photo: Le Petit Russe

With a new record deal under their belt and an album ready to roll, 2017 looks promising for the scrappy Montreal rock 'n rollers. This focus track shows off their riffing skills.

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The roots music dynamo releases a super-fun new track from her acclaimed current album Don't Be Afraid. This gal's a star.

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The veteran rock 'n roll troubadour revisits material from 1999 hit album Beautiful Midnight on a new EP. This lead track confirms his skills remain sharp.

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The youthful rhythmic pop songwriter is being tipped as a potential major Canadian star. This strong cut shows why.

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The debut album from the Toronto electro-pop duo has been grabbing attention, and that will be heightened by this strong second single from the disc.

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The platinum-selling '90s rockers are back and in fine fettle. This dynamic cut is a tasty appetiser from their upcoming fifth full-length.

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Photo: Justin Broadbent

This new single and video from Shad's side project has a sound and image with a real '80s vibe. Janet Jackson is cited as an influence.

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The internationally-acclaimed Toronto synth-pop outfit tackles the dysfunctional politics of the day on an imminent third album. The title track and new video is both thought-provoking and melodic.

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Photo: Matt Barnes

The highly-praised trio delivers an eye-catching video for this cut from current album We Are The Halluci Nation. Spoken word star Saul Williams makes a potent contribution.

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A Maritime musical hero teams up with his father for an upcoming folk-rooted collaborative album. This charming title track sure whets the appetite.

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This Toronto modern rock band name-check the rapidly approaching new year with a well-constructed and surging single that sounds rock radio friendly.

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Photo: Brooks Reynolds

The hard rockin' road warriors from Hamilton continue to make fans in Europe. To complement the announcement of a headlining tour they've released an animated video clip for this righteously retro cut.

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The Toronto trio is attracting attention and has scored support slots on major tours. This powerful modern rock cut has definite airplay potential. 

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

The highly-rated singer/songwriter has just released a new single and video from her current album For Evelyn. The song is strong and the clip will hold your attention.

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After selling platinum on his very first single, this electronica artist (real name Derik Baker) lights it up with a strong new cut that mixes pulsing beats and affecting vocals. A debut full-length album comes out next week.

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Photo: Taras Kovaliv

A new posthumous release by the blues-rocker is a companion piece to the recent Heal My Soul album. It includes this live track, a timely reminder of Healey's potency.

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The warm and sunny vibe of tropicalia helps dispel any winter blues. This new track from Toronto's leading proponents of the genre will do just that.

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This inventive remix of an earlier well-received track showcases the talent of the Montreal-based electronica artist.

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The talented r 'n b songstress has recently been a successful TV host. This new track has strong production values and hit potential.

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Ahead of a new album produced with Murray Lightburn, this Montreal rocker releases a track that contrasts dark subject matter and a strong up-tempo melody.

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The Toronto quartet fuses electro, punk and glam to catchy and fresh effect on this track that'll appear on an upcoming debut full-length.

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Photo: Ben Ohayon

The hot electronica duo recruits vocalist Sara Diamond for this dynamic track, an advance single from their impending full-length debut album.

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The follow-up to her massive international "Lost Boy" hit, this new track also has the potential to be a smash for the fast-rising young pop artist.

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Photo: Lok NG

The classical singing star turns her prodigious voice to spirituals on her upcoming album. This fresh take on a universally loved tune certainly whets the appetite.

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The Edmonton-based pop/soul songstress digs deep on this focus track on her just-released second album, The Grand Hustle.

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This new superduo comprises Thomas D'Arcy and Hawksley Workman. Their debut EP arrives next week, preceded by this well-crafted and melodic first single.

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Photo: Claire Harvie

This new signing to Arts & Crafts impresses with a debut single that takes an adventurous approach to R & B.

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Photo: Ty Snaden

Look for the currently very hot Toronto rock band to sustain their momentum with this forceful track, now accompanied by an eye-catching video clip.

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This much-lauded Montreal folk-rocker has a new album in the can. This first single is a mellow and reflective gem.

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The acclaimed songsmith veers in a folk direction on his new album, as showcased by this heartwarming single.

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Photo: Meghan Tansey Whitton

The acclaimed East Coast folk songstress previews an upcoming album with this first single. Sparse and haunting, it showcases her pure voice and eloquently reflective lyrics.

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Photo: Lindsey Rewuski

The focus track from the third album by this Saskatchewan rock band features surging guitar, authoritative vocals and strong production values.

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The first single from the Toronto hard rock band's fifth album is a sizzling rocker with multiple meanings.

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The young BC country singer is seeking his fourth consecutive Top 10 single, and we expect this warm and catchy love song to do the trick.

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Stevie Jewel - "Bad Habit" (Crown 26): This Canadian country/pop singer/songwriter is based in Nashville now, and is deservedly grabbing some attention.

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The Toronto modern rock combo has just released a new album and a cross-country tour is set. This forceful yet melodic title track showcases their sound nicely.

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Rising young bilingual Quebec singer impresses with this soulful track, one suggestive of Amy Winehouse.

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This new video by the powerhouse Canadian/Kiwi roots songstress shows that there are few current artists as convincing on a classic country ballad.

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The Halifax psych-pop combo previews an imminent new album with a catchy focus track that reminds us of The Jesus And Mary Chain.

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A colourful new video for a track from the eloquent songsmith's Polaris-nominated The Party is directed by Chad VanGaalen.

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The pop-punk combo explores the trials of adolescence on this haunting emo-tinged track and evocative video.

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The emerging Toronto pop/soul songstress impresses with this melodic track that brings a very positive message.

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The acclaimed Vancouver rock songstress is readying an album for release in the New Year. This surging focus track will fuel interest in it.

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Look for this fresh and accessible cut from the star DJ duo's album Northern Lights to help fuel a crossover to the commercial mainstream.

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The acclaimed Montreal singer/songwriter previews upcoming sixth album Goodnight City with a track showcasing her rich voice and sense of humour.

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The BC-based country singer/songwriter likely has another hit on his hands with this dynamic and well-produced new single. It is taken from his recent EP Hearts On Fire.

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Led by fiery singer Colleen Rennison, the blues-rock band is winning plenty of fans over in Europe. This cut is a highlight of their sophomore album, and they've just released a video for it.

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Hamilton rockers remain on a roll with this strong new single and eye-catching video clip.

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The hard-hitting Hamilton punk trio deliver a new video with a witty intro to a fiery sonic blast. The lads are off to Europe and Australia soon.

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The Toronto pop artist seemingly has another hit on his hands here. The upbeat and radio-friendly cut will definitely bring Michael Jackson to mind.

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This Edmonton indie rock trio delivers a striking new cut just ahead of their debut full-length. It is lyrically intriguing and musically compelling.

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The Juno-winning artist has another hit on his hands here. He brings a melodic touch to an intense subject, one evocatively complemented by a new video.

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After a long absence, the big-voiced troubadour returns with a sparkling new album. This focus cut is a great introduction to it.

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Just ahead of their first album in five years, the veteran punks deliver a new track and video that prove they're back in top fighting form.

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With the help of Young Guv, the much buzzed-about young r 'n b producer delivers a charming and laidback cut with a neatly complementary video.

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The East Coast roots rocker is making waves with his debut full-length album. This strong cut shows why.

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A member of Milk & Bone, Camille Poliquin now makes her debut as a solo singer/writer with new album Scavenger. This lead track showcases her talent nicely.

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The keenly-anticipated second album from the Toronto-based roots-rockers is out on Oct. 21. Produced by Serena Ryder, this advance track has serious airplay potential.

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An upcoming album from the popular singer will feature English versions of some French favourites. The exception is this charming remake in French of one of his biggest hits.

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Just turned 82, this international treasure is at the top of his game on this haunting title track. The album arrives Oct. 21.

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Reunited '90s college radio faves reunite for their first album in 15 years. This catchy lead single is a very promising preview.

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A vibrant new original track with a classic ska vibe, this is the title cut from a just-released second album from a Bill King-led group of all-stars.

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Imaginary Cities vocalist Marti Sarbit premieres her new project with this track, and it's a winner.

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Now based in Austin, this Canadian honkytonker dazzles with this foot-tapper of a new track.

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The acclaimed folk-based singer/songwriter previews a new EP with this new track, one that again showcases his mellow vocals.

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The Toronto-based trio hope to head to the top with this tasty melodic new track, out in advance of a new EP.

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In advance of a new album, the charming BC pianist/singer releases a warm and melodic single featuring contributions from a couple of Canadian notables.

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This cut from the Australian singer/songwriter qualifies as CanCon, and it is now charting here. He has shows in Toronto this week.

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Hard-hitting Ottawa rockers pay tribute to their hero Lemmy with this super-charged live take on a Motorhead classic.

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The country songsmith was big back in the '90s with his band Wayward. Now flying solo, he delivers a soulful gem with this new ballad.

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The Quebec electro-punk veterans preview their upcoming fifth album with a strong track that shows a mix of melody and muscle.

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The catchy title track single of his imminent EP suggests this young country artist may have a meteoric rise to fame.

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There is growing international interest in this folk-rock songsmith. This melodic and well-crafted new single shows why.

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The acclaimed duo will release a new album next week, and whet our appetite with this mesmerising advance track.

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This Toronto songstress took time away from Fast Romantics to record a second solo album. This lovely track whets our interest.

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The highly regarded MC makes a welcome return with this winning new track, one that fuses classic soul and hiphop.

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Led by the charismatic Laura Hermiston, this Toronto band is attracting serious Stateside love for debut album Spectral. This focus track shows why.

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Hit Vancouver pop-rockers preview their imminent second album Badu with an affecting track co-written with Nelly Furtado.

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The seminal '90s Scottish rockers return after a long absence with a new album and tour soon. Their melodic power-pop charms are back in place on this new cut.

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Her imminent debut EP will place the spotlight upon this highly promising young contemporary r 'n b singer. This compelling new cut suggests she'll rise to the occasion.

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The acclaimed vocal stylist returns with a new album of songs written for her by Ron Sexsmith and Kurt Swinghammer. This track is a sweet taste of what is to come.

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The hard-working MonkeyJunk member and in-demand harmonica player has won his share of Maple Blues Awards, and on Monday he takes on the prestigious role of show host.

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After earlier recording in the tropics, the prolific tunesmith headed to the Arctic for inspiration for his adventurous new album Khlebnikov.

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As dramatic change and potential chaos comes to the White House, will the music community respond with new protest songs to match the times?

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The melodic post-punk sound of Montreal band Heat has impressed the UK press and brought high-profile supporting slots. We learn more from their singer/guitarist.

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The co-founder of Stony Plain Records and veteran roots music broadcaster and promoter is putting out a second book featuring interviews with some of the blues, folk and country legends he has interviewed over the years.

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Those first train rides to Brooklyn were salvation compared to those creep-zones linking Hollywood and Vine and along Sunset Boulevard. Brooklyn was all about families –Jews and the Italians.

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The award-winning Toronto singer/songwriter is making a real splash on the Canadian folk scene with new album Hide Nor Hair. Learn more here.

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The closing of famed Toronto institution Honest Ed's and major changes on Mirvish Street prompt fond recollections of the Village matriarch.

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Music and the holiday season are inextricably linked. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Christmas albums and songs and Hanukkah songs of all time.

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A very long time ago in the 1980’s, a brilliant article by Harvey Mednick appeared in the trade paper Radio & Records (may it RIP). That same piece was reprinted in R&R on January 1, 1999 with an intro by Cyndee Maxwell. I copied the article and have carried it around since...

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What is rock 'n roll in 2016? One fan of the genre offers his thoughts, selecting some favourite albums from the year to reinforce his points.

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Quebec's platinum-selling gypsy jazz combo has just delivered a toe-tapping holiday album, Christmas Caravan. Hop on board here.

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A NYE gig used to be a musician's biggest annual payday. Times have changed, as Bill King observes.

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In these terrifying times, we need all the light relief we can get. That means you, James Corden.

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Now living in Los Angeles, this sibling duo mixes inventive soundscapes and pure vocals on acclaimed new album Do Easy. Learn more in this interview.

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The Toronto-based sextet draws upon many different styles for their take on tropicália. They stretch out both lyrically and musically on new album The Soil. Dig for more here.

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The highway remains home for the octogenarian country star, and for that we should all be very grateful. 

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Two leading figures in '90s Canadian rock have joined forces as a duo. Their eponymous debut is winning over fans of their earlier groups, The Northern Pikes and The Grapes Of Wrath.

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Formerly with first-generation Toronto punks Stark Naked & The Fleshtones, the rejuvenated rock 'n roller delivers a fiery new album, Love Kills Slow. Learn more here.

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Featuring more than 160 original interviews with some of the most celebrated recording artists, producers, and music industry pioneers of all time, Soundbreaking charts a century’s worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.

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The prolific Toronto tunesmith takes a stylistic detour with new project The Bop Fi's, an intriguing mix of spoken word and cool jazz. Learn more here.

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The Toronto rock duo ups the ante by recording new album Admission at Dave Grohl's studio. Learn more from the charismatic vocalist.

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Jaymz Bee at JAZZ.FM91 recalls his first encounter with Cohen and the attraction of his songs for jazz artists. His station will soon host a tribute that exemplifies that.

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Seasonal leisure time offers the chance for some serious reading. FYI subscribers offer up their suggestions, with music-themed autobiographies topping many lists.

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The 20th anniversary of their most successful album has spurred '90s rock faves AoE to reunite. Learn more from singer/guitarist Todd Kerns.

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Well known radio executive Sharon Taylor is now a media strategist with Byrnes Media. In this opinion piece she offers up some thoughts gleaned from her career in radio and they are points that are transferable to all youthful media types and points we may all wish to be mindful of.

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On their new album Home On Native Land, the indie pop provocateurs take a stylistic detour into Canadiana, with intriguing results. Learn more from their leader here.

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Sixty is a terribly young age to exit this world, especially when you’re internationally admired and loved soul singer Sharon Jones; someone who fought enormous odds to play and stay among the living.

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After earning stardom in Triumph, the guitarist explored various genres in his solo work and has returned to his rock roots with a new album that has him plugged in with some eminent friends.

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The veteran yet eternally youthful blues-rocker has just released Blue Highways, an album that pays homage to his roots. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Her club sandwich-sized memoir deserves to be a blockbuster success and top of list when purchasing holiday gifts in the upcoming season because it is one of those rare reflections in the looking glass where the author has a story worth the telling and offers inspiration to us all in telling it.

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On this day in which we respectfully remember, we present a moving reading of the best-loved war memorial poem. 

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The Moist frontman is also a prolific solo artist. His new album, Let It Play, is based on a fascinating creative concept. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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The eloquent Montréal songstress returns with a new album featuring some notable collaborators. She's also writing her memoir, as she explains in these Five Questions With...

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The large roots music ensemble from Peterborough revisites its back catalogue on Golden Favourites, Silver Heart's first new album in a decade. Learn more in these Five Questions With..

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The roots group from Nunavut aren't afraid to tackle regional themes in their songs. They've taken their sound around the globe and have just released a new album. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Locating charts for your fave bass lines can present a problem, but Bill King has a solution. He also looks at some of the greatest players of the instrument ever. Pictured here: John Entwistle

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As a producer, music director and musician, Bill King has worked with many of the best voices of our time. Here he reflects on this creative relationship. Pictured: Elizabeth Rodriguez

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The poet laureate of rock 'n roll has just made headlines by winning the Nobel Prize. Here, Bill King reflects on an artist who changed his life.

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The acclaimed roots troubadour takes a fresh direction on new album EAST. He discusses this and his deep connection to The Tragically Hip in these Five Questions With..

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The creator of triple-platinum hit single 2 Heads is back with a new album. In these Five Questions With, he reflects on touring, reincarnation and the record.

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We are indeed living in a crazy Trump-ian era, as Bill King explores here. Thankfully his beloved Blue Jays are offering respite from the madness. 

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The indigenous singing star incorporates soul, blues and country on her new album Fish Out Of Water. She discusses that record and her big personal news in these Five Questions With...

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The artist formerly known as Miss Emily Brown returns with a striking new album that blends poetry and folk. Learn more in these Five Questions With..

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This feisty roots songstress from New Brunswick has just released a new album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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This rootsy singer/songwriter is the grandson of a Canadian country pioneer. He is scoring kudos for his own accomplished work and new album Everywhere A Man Can Be is his best yet. Learn more from these Five Questions With..

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Bill King has had a lifelong and life-changing love affair with radio. He continues to host radio shows as well as having his music played on it, and he explains his passion for the medium here.

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Travelling through the American South as a youngster brought Bill King face to face with overt racism. In this piece he reflects on that era and the continued racial tensions south of the border.

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The former Dears guitarist branches out as a solo artist with the simultaneous release of two deeply personal and musically expansive albums. Learn more in these Five Questions With..

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This eloquent and rootsy young singer/songwriter has taken major strides on his second album Huntsville, produced by Jim Bryson. Learn more in these Five Questions With..

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A new documentary on the band's historic and lucrative tour of Latin America received its world premiere at TIFF recently. FYI's Bill King checked it out and reports back for us.

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He's a double threat, as a piano virtuoso and a mature singer/songwriter. New album No Filter has just come out, and you can learn more in these Five Questions With..

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The biggest recent winner at the CCMAs returns with a brand new album. He discusses it, Merle Haggard, his loud rock past and more in these Five Questions With...

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The long love affair between virtuoso keyboardist Bill King and Roland instruments continues, as you'll learn here.

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This highly respected musician and producer has launched a new project, Communism, delivering high-energy alt-pop with a political edge. Find out more in these Five Questions With..

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League of Rock founder Terry Moshenberg

League of Rock Canada offers adults a chance to rock their rock chops in a amiable setting, play in a band and just live that unfilled dream. Now celebrating ten years, Bill King catches up with the League founder...

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The award-winning rockers are gearing up for their third album and a showcase in Germany. The tight-knit combo now share a house, as you'll learn in these Five Questions With...

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The enigmatic Toronto songstress is prepping a new release after a five year absence. She discusses it in these Five Questions With...

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The approaching long weekend elicits nostalgia in Bill King as he recalls both fun and smelly experiences at the Ex and other carnivals.

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The multi-talented bard of Huntsville remains as prolific as ever. His thoughts now turn to Christmas, as you'll discover in this instalment of Five Questions With...

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Hard-hitting Haligonian punk rockers Like A Motorcycle rev it up on debut full-length High Hopes. Jason Schneider hops on board for these Five Questions With...

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Signed to Madonna's Maverick label at age 15 with the band Lillix, Louise Burns has matured into an acclaimed solo artist and broadcaster. Discover more in these Five Questions With..

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The leader of the acclaimed Montreal rockers believes that psychedelic songs can be short and tuneful, as on their new album Ship Of Fools. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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In this career retrospective, Bill King pays eloquent homage to one of his crucial musical influences and a man who has had a massive impact on popular music.

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Bill King has the lowdown on The Get Down, a new big-budget Netflix series rooted in the early days of New York city hip-hop and directed by the splashy Baz Luhrmann.

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This eloquent Vancouver-based songsmith fuses gilded European elegance and small-town noir on new album The Heavy Wait. Learn more in these Five Questions With. 

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Leader of acclaimed Montreal rock band The Luyas, Jessie Stein discusses their upcoming EP Says You in these Five Questions With...

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The dog days of summer are here, and they cause Bill King to reflect on a very turbulent year to date.

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Long-time music magazine reader and publisher Bill King checks out the newsstands and finds the results rather dispiriting. 

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Fiery rock duo the Pack A.D. are back with a hook-heavy new album, Positive Thinking. Drummer Maya Miller discusses its creation in these Five Questions With...

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Now based in New York City, acclaimed Canadian jazz bassist/composer Brandi Disterheft has just released a strikingly accomplished new trio album, Blue Canvas. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Modern rockers LITEYEARS are readying the release of debut EP American Towns. Frontman Brent Wirth discusses his new approach in these Five Questions With...

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Electro-punk provocateur and Polaris Heritage Prize-winner, Peaches, lays herself bare on new album Rub. Learn more in these Five Questions With..

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In this celebrity-obsessed culture, there is still great music being made, Bill King observes. He also asks industry experts how things could be improved.

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Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Tom Barlow survived personal trauma to complete his strong new album The Fire. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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The Peak Project-winning electro-pop songstress Rykka recently entered the famed Eurovision Song Contest. Learn about that and more in these Five Questions With...

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Country songstress Lindsay Broughton considers her new single We Don't Mix the best song she's written to date. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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A Macy Gray-approved cover of her hit "I Try" has boosted the career of Montreal electro-soul combo Busty and the Bass. Learn more from the group's Eric Haynes in these Five Questions With...

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Racial tension and police oppression in the US reminds Bill King of the Sixties as he takes a stroll down memory lane.

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Halifax band Neon Dreams brings live instrumentation to their fresh electro-pop sound. Learn more about them as DJ Corey LeRue answers Five Questions With...

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Acclaimed alt-pop songstress Hannah Georgas has just released new album For Evelyn. Find out the identity of Evelyn and more in these Five Questions With..

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Bill King has both photographed and performed extensively at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Here he takes a fond look back at the fest's 30 years.

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In between gigs with Mounties and Age of Electric, Ryan Dahle is in action with reunited '90s faves Limblifter. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Fiercely independent Montreal rockers Your Favorite Enemies are seizing international success on their own terms. Find out more from singer Alex Foster in these Five Questions With...

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Montreal songsmith JF Robitaille has just published a book of lyrics and poems to accompany his new album Palace Blues. Find out why in these Five Questions With...

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14-piece brass-heavy behemoth My Son The Hurricane are a fest fave via a fiery live show. Learn more from the group's Danno O'Shea in these Five Questions With..

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Recent JUNO-nominated R&B singer DRU is excited about his new single "Don't Be Afraid (DBA). Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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The lore of the “Irish rover” has long been part of the cultural makeup of the Emerald Isle, and it’s been ingrained in singer/songwriter BD Harrington since his birth.

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Fiery Toronto funk rocker SATE delivers her much-anticipated full-length debut album on Friday. To learn more, check out these Five Questions With...

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He was undoubtedly The Greatest. The news of Muhammad Ali's death had musical stars quickly citing him as an inspirational figure.

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A posthumous new album, American Tunes, is a reminder of the musical genius of legendary New Orleans pianist/songwriter/producer Allen Toussaint.

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Kitchener-Waterloo's Eric Charles Band delivers gritty yet melodic rock 'n roll. Read more about them in these Five Questions With...

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Someone has to offer an explanation for how such a well planned-out tour has so vexed fans simply trying to spend big bucks and buy tickets to the shows.

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Montreal-based singer/songwriter Jenny Berkel is earning rave notices for second album Pale Moon Kid. She discusses her creative approach in these Five Questions With...

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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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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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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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Quoted

Most people think of me as an arts administrator/agent/grant writer/artist manager but at heart, I'm a musician. It pains me when people say "oh, I didn't know that you play" (and it is never said in an unkind way) ...

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Life with the Sex Pistols had its glories and its tragic consequences and one of its glories was an indispensable, even classic first album that captured the teen spirit that once was the driving force of rock 'n' roll...

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Like a lot of 20-somethings, Amara Pope spent a good chunk of 2016 watching Drake music videos. For her, it was research. Unlike most, she wrote a university thesis about him, his early success and ability to connect with multiple communities and places.

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This young jazz artist is quickly making a real impact on the Toronto scene as a saxophonist/composer/arranger of formidable talent. Her Socialist Night School big band has just released a new album.

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“We're citizens of the world. It's good to have two passports, that's all I have to say... " The Montréal-based songstress reflects on having options in these dangerous times.

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Bella? Schmella - The Weeknd only needs to hear a great song to get his rocks off.

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...Generally speaking, artists who have an older following do a more lucrative posthumous business because their fans are more likely to purchase an album or song rather than stream their music.

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From its beginnings, broadcasting has caused political and cultural trouble in Canada. A new book takes us back to another era when radio and newspapers were all that we had connecting us, as Robert Fulford explains.

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It was a period when there was a lot of unrest. Thatcher was in the throes of trying to put down the miners' strike; there was all kinds of shenanigans going on in Central America. It feels like we're right back there in a way...

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Canadian songwriter and musician Devin Townsend has made a name for himself by making the outrageous seem, well...almost normal. In a recent interview he offers some spirited words about the economics of being a touring musician and what it takes to do 'meet-and-greets'...

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TuneFind is a tracking resource of music used in films and television and it now boasts a huge database. Learn more about its mandate and methods, and pictured here Kaleo

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David Byrne has never been one to walk away from experimenting with new media. It turns out he is also not afraid to walk away from success, even if it could enrich him financially. The future, not the past, is where his compass points him...

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"Women in music are allowed to be singer songwriters singing about their boyfriends. if they change the subject matter to atoms, galaxies, activism, nerdy math beat editing or anything else than being performers singing about their loved ones they get criticized: journalists feel there is just something missing ... as if our only lingo is emo ..."

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He's as bland as supermarket bread and yet the American media personality has become the biggest media brand in the land. How does he do it?

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman, and "Rolling Stone" magazine editor and publisher, Jann Wenner

Just like the U.S. Presidential election, the votes were rigged and Jann Wenner has decided who will be the next inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame...

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Starting Tuesday, Jan. 10, on A&E we’ll get a weekly look inside the lives of several families headed by members of the Ku Klux Klan called “Generation KKK.” Giving racism a platform, even under the guise of increasing the public’s awareness of its existence...

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In 2017, the foundation will fall out from under Canada’s so-called legacy media organizations. Postmedia will go belly up, leaving more than 150 newspapers, including 44 dailies of Canada’s remaining 100, to be bought for cheap by local interests

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There are men with guns and there are men with guns. Whether they are 'bad guys' or so-called good guys, the power is in the pistol and one has to think fast to survive or be gunned down. This award-winning musician/producer stayed calm in the moment when a wrong move would have been his last move......

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There’s certain white music, that in New York that for me represents growing up. You know, your Billy Joel, Steely Dan and Sting...

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Love it or hate it, or love it and hate it, it's that Christmas music time of year again, and Paul McCartney abides.

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 As many of you know, I was diagnosed with melanoma a year ago. At the time we figured the treatment would be swift. What can I say … things don’t always go exactly as planned.

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Since 1995, the final nominations in the Big Four categories -- Album, Record, Song of the Year and Best New Artist -- have been determined by a committee of Grammy insiders. It's time to change the system, veteran music biz journalist Paul Grein asserts.

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Bob Dylan was not in attendance at the 2016 Nobel Prize banquet in Stockholm on Saturday. A statement released by the Swedish Academy said that while the songwriter was “very honored indeed” for the prize, due to a prior commitment he was not able to travel to the event. Instead, he offered a prepared speech that was given at the gala by the US Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji.

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The Toronto politician is intensely proud of his city's musical history. He has acted upon that with the Music City initiative and the much-praised Reggae Lane project.

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“I’ve never really had any insecurity or doubt about who I am or what I’ve contributed, or the recognition I deserve…I mean, I’m a DJ in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and you don’t get put in there if you suck.”

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In 1967,  Pat Holiday "naively" wrote to Dan Ingram at WABC and asked if he and a friend could come visit during his show. He wrote back and said, "Sure, anytime." It was an experience and Ingram's act of kindness that left a lasting impression on the young buck broadcaster.

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In April of this year Mme. Joly launched a root-and-branch review of Canadian cultural policy to bring it into the digital age. Creators in Canada shouldn't assume she can or will deliver, so make yourself heard in the corridors of power and make your views known.

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Reflecting on some of the material drawn from life and used in a set of songs he's recorded on a new album, the man who is known for being prickly with the press has turned a new page and is now talking about his life, his past, and his influences...

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Internationally recognised as a virtuoso on the blues harmonica, the Cuban-born Canadian recording artist is earning kudos for a recent collaboration with Jimmy Bowskill. Learn more here.

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Abel Tesfaye’s tortured, genre-bending R&B has brought him millions of fans, a triple platinum album and collaborations with Daft Punk and Beyoncé. Will mainstream success make him happy?

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Over-worked, under-staffed and given a portfolio that has an expanding number of stakeholders with conflicting interests, the government has delivered its report on the agency's performance and determined more resources, tools and personnel are needed for it to do its work efficiently.

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The 'C' in CSNY still has fire in his belly and opinions about weighty matters, and there's no reading between the lines about his views on America's most famous real-estate menace...

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Journey, REO Speedwagon, Kansas, and Styx can be just as annoying, but CanRock superstar band Nickelback seems forever to be at the butt-end of someone's sense of humour, and this time it's a small police detachment in PEI having a bit of fun at the band's expense.

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The Canadian troubadour travels relentlessly and shares stories from the road in an on-going series of blog essays that say so much about the man behind the songs. Today we have a vignette he shared with his readers about a man who just couldn't shut up.

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The veteran freelance music scribe brings passion and clarity to his writing. He has some great stories about his early interviews, as you'll learn in this chat with Bill King.

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A veteran Canadian music director offers us this fond reminiscence of the departed bard.

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Colin behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S

A veteran driver and motorcycle enthusiast, Colin James recently had the chance to test drive a McLaren 570s and he was grinning all the way as he booted it down Vancouver's North Shore en route to Lions Bay.

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"...There are only 27,000 of us. I’m traveling and singing and creating a representation, but it’s not something I want to carry at all..."

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When he found out, at the age of 70, that he had been bilked of his life’s savings by a former manager and he was broke, his response was that it “put a dent in [my] mood.”

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The Toronto-based entrepreneur has carved out a thriving business in the field of lyrics searches. He reveals the secrets of this success in his chat with Bill King.

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Shakespeare he may not be but the guy from the '6' has mastered the ability to connect with his audience using language and imagery that conjure a vivid hi-def return to the garden of Eden after the apples have all fallen from the tree.

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"Those in the cultural sector who believe that we will be able to build a great protective wall around Canada, so we only tell narratives by Canadians to 36 million Canadians divided into two linguistic markets, are bound to be sorely disappointed. The future, as I have said before, lies in promotion, not protection..."

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The term legend is bandied around too much for its own good these days, but Seymour Stein for sure is one; just for starters, he was the first to sign Madonna, The Ramones, and Talking Heads...

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After selling more than a million records with The Rankins, Heather’s debut solo record includes an avant-garde gem called “Titanically” with Heather’s confident vocals sung from a reclaimed Titanic violin’s POV: “I’m just a violin/Why pick on me/Some lowly instrument/Abducted by an angry sea...”

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He defeated all his Republican challengers. Brexit told us that the elites were out of touch with the rank and file. The disconnect is not only about economics, but attitudes, education, identity...

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John Prine has very definite ideas about what it is to be a songwriter, and his legacy of songs proves that his craft is bathed in sunlight and perhaps even sprinkled with a pinch of magic.

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Before the band became The Band, Robbie Robertson had earned a rep for himself as a better than average guitar player on 'the Strip' as Yonge Street was then called. He's written a memoir about his life and times, and we have pulled a short passage in today's Quoted section...

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Canada desperately needs an update to its cultural policies and entertainment czar Richard Stursberg has a few good ideas of his own that government would be wise to consider...

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The leader of veteran jazz ensemble Manteca discusses the group's new album and the challenges facing artists today in this A Conversation With...

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The colourfully-dressed and witty Toronto radio personality reflects on his fascinating life in showbiz in this A Conversation With...

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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (nicknamed Nadya Tolokno), behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow. The three member all-woman band was detained on Feb. 21, 2012, after they stormed into Moscow's main cathedral to sing a protest song against Vladimir Putin and criticised the Russian Orthodox Church's support for Putin.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova doesn't mince her words in an Esquire interview where she describes Donald Trump as a misogynist pig, offers some extraordinary hearsay about Vladimir Putin, and a reminder to the West that musicians elsewhere continue to languish in fetid jails for songs of protest...

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The lead writer and singer behind April Wine has had a sometimes topsy-turvy life filled with riches and pain and he shares much of it in his new memoir. He now scoots between homes in Nova Scotia, Quebec and the Dominican Republic when he isn't on the road playing with his band.

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Music Canada President & CEO Graham Henderson gave a speech in Toronto yesterday, entitled A New Golden Age, a Broken Promise: How creators got squeezed out in the digital era, and what can be done to restore their rights. We have an excerpt from it here that is a must read.

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The social media platform would be wise to befriend songwriters and publishers as partners now -- not pursue the path taken by other digital services who now find themselves at odds with the creative community, NMPA CEO David Israelite ventures.

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The noted radio consultant and statistics guru is also an eloquent singer/songwriter and composer. Learn more in this A Conversation With..

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In interviews over the years, the famously unpredictable Dylan has been by turns combative, amiable, taciturn, philosophical, charismatic, caustic and cryptic. Former USA Today pop critic Edna Gundersen caught up with the Nobel Prize winner in her first interview with him in a quarter century. He proved to be both open and abstruse...

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'These vehicles will free billions of hours of time from drivers’ hands, one of the few examples of how innovation can actually grow the pie of available media consumption time—and advertising space,' music tech storyteller Cherrie Hu enthuses.

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Now slimmed down to a duo, these former art-rockers have dramatically changed their sound to polished '80s-inflected pop. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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Kesha is someone whose image was built on a decidedly unchaperoned ferality, a spontaneity and a streak of rebellion and a lack of self-consciousness, but today she is bound up in litigation and has her career in suspended animation...

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Before Tom's career became red hot he composed, produced, and played nearly all the instruments for the soundtrack to Xaviera (The Happy Hooker) Hollander’s My Pleasure is My Business.  That was almost another lifetime ago, years on he looks back on the project with a degree of humour.

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Now 82, Cohen has a new album, You Want It Darker, with songs that wrestle with mortality, question God and long for transcendence. What follows is an excerpt from an NPR interview he gave recently.

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On new album Frozen In Time, the acclaimed folk-rock songsmith broadens his lyrical range. He reflects on this, parenthood, playing Massey Hall and more in these Five Questions With...

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Stories about groping presidential candidates, egregiously wasted public money and the Kardashians make for good news ratings, along with self-promotional sports and entertainment infotainment...

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Retribution is an album about assault and violation; on the planet, on subsequent generations, on traditional ways of living, on native peoples and, ultimately, on women, Stuart Derdeyn writes in his review...

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Exclusive includes unique features such as setting his own price in a no-singles contract with the world's biggest online superstore.

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Many of Canada’s biggest arts institutions are now run by foreigners. Is that so bad?

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A month ago the imported CEO was trumpeting Canada's greatness in the world when Rogers' board of directors must have been quietly preparing to throw him overboard.

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... From tech’s prodigies to a new American life aided by a wonder of innovation, it felt good, especially in the lamentable political environment we confront daily, to be reminded what a great country we live in....

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The American jazz guitarist and composer has been a towering figure in the genre for nearly four decades. As this chat from 1990 shows, he is also an eloquent interviewee.

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Ever the cheery one, Floyd's nemesis guitarist argues that there's a business model fashioned out of killing and incarcerating people. It's a good model, he says, "for emotionally dead people like Donald Trump...."

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Us humans have been moving around this planet for a long time. Sometimes for adventure, but more often than not, in search of better opportunity and hope. It's a complex subject, but one in which there is no room for racism.

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Trump just put into words what the Republicans have been putting into practice and law for at least a decade. All manner of evil and hypocrisy has been done in the guise of preserving the women, the children, and the god fearing, from any hint of wrongdoing...

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Jamie Vernon (l) with Skip Prokop of Lighthouse. The pair are currently working on a Prokop biography.

In this chat with Bill King, the veteran record label head, music scribe and archivist (pictured here with drummer Skip Prokop) tells the story behind The Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia.

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This virtuoso guitar player has now become an internationally in-demand painter with a striking style. His former musical comrade Bill King sat him down for this fascinating A Conversation With...

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“I think we recognize that — I think we knew this all along, but certainly now we really get it — we can make each other better." - Tegan Quin

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Hey look who's up for the official Toronto Maple Leafs P.A. announcer gig ? I know, eh? Wish me luck. I've been told they're down to a final few. But do I want this gig ? Do I want to sit for several hrs. on a Tuesday night watching the Leafs and the Minnesota Wild ? 

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The narrative shows that both Apple and Zapple were vanity projects, seemingly thought up at the spur of the moment. The main label would make the money, but any of the offshoots would always spend it.

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"I started playing when I was 8 because I had this rare opportunity. In my grammar school there was a music-appreciation class, which we don’t have much anymore, and I picked up the trumpet..."

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Chris Willman reports on a Grammy Museum Q&A with the legendary singer/songwriter..

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"...Hearing records then by artists such as Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Joni taught me quite a bit about women before I knew much about them. And unlike many rock artists, their voices tended to be crystal clear, allowing you to appreciate their lyrics...."

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A youthful Orson Welles

More and more Americans, and particularly young people, don’t tune into radio stations at all anymore. But is that the end for radio, the medium that’s survived existential threats from TV (and MTV), CD players and iPods?

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At home with his old faithful. Photo:  Chris Young/The Canadian Press

In a short but curiously interesting interview published by Vanity Fair, Gordie fesses up to writing a song he came to have regret.s about...

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Ted Nugent

"Do I believe everybody should have equal rights? Of course I do. That includes gays, lesbians and transgenders, and everybody else regardless of color, creed, religion, way of life and choices..."

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Best known as a member of hit comedy troupe The Frantics, Peter Wildman is now a creative director for Corus. He still performs live and podcasts and remains a very funny guy, as you'll learn in this A Conversation With...

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Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III

"... Many of the tools we use in the studio for recording- microphones and limiters and equalizers and all that- were developed for the military. It is our privilege to beat those swords into plowshares...."

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Jennifer Mitchell may be one of the most under-stated power brokers in Canada’s music business, and yet she has quietly built an empire that flexes its influence the world over.

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What would be your top five attributes for a television announcer/host/play-by-play guy? Sports reporter Doug Smith has some ideas, and wants yours.

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Josh Strawn

You’d think that after more than fifteen years of nonstop turbulence in the music industry, we’d have it more figured out...

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Big media have failed to understand that paywalls work on the assumption readers want to purchase a newspaper or magazine when in fact most want specific specific news and stories and a micro-payment system that satisfies this demand is catching on...

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By playing with the content rules for Canadian programming the CRTC may be in violation of the Broadcast Act, legal columnist Samantha Gold warns...

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Saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins is a true legend of jazz. Two decades ago, Bill King caught up with him for this A Conversation With.., and it makes for an enlightening read.

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Paul Williams today

A fierce battle in the US between songsmiths and music publishers over the use of their content took a turn for the good late last week, as ASCAP President and noted songwriter Paul Williams (pictured here) writes in an editorial on Sunday...

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"Too often in Canada, tax breaks, funding and other programs intended to help small startups and innovators like ourselves get hijacked by legacy players. It’s a trivial matter for a newspaper to launch a digital lab or project for the sole purpose of tapping these funds, leveraging their brand and status to take the lion’s share of the subsidies..."

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The former HNIC host and respected broadcaster is a huge roots music fan. He is also a key player in the annual T.U.R.F. festival that hits Toronto this weekend. Learn more in these Five Questions With...

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"I grew up in a very small town in northeast Texas. The population when I was growing up was about 2,500, maybe 2,600. And it has shrunk now to 1,900. Like a lot of small towns, it’s drying up and dying. So I just wanted to pay tribute to my home turf and to the memories of growing up, and listening to country music with my father on the radio in his car..." 

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Documentarian Kevin McMahon

"The Globe and Mail critic John Doyle has written that the two great skills of Canadian media executives are negotiating profitable purchases of American products and lying about that to the CRTC," and therein lies the rub with the nation's dream of investing in its own culture....

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Dead flowers they are not, midnight ramblers at least one of them continues to be, but does the world really need another doc of Mick and the lads prancing, dancing and careening about on stage? The answer, surprisingly, is 'yes' for these flashy, ancient jumpin' Jacks.

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Popular rockers The Trews are releasing a Best Of collection with new material, including a collaboration with Serena Ryder. Learn about this and more in A Conversation With...

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Beach Boy Mike Love today

Beach Boy Mike Love says he never gets over the thrill of performing in foreign countries and in particular countries where English is not the native tongue. 

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Springsteen’s new autobiography, to be published this month by Simon & Schuster, is also called Born to Run and Vanity Fair beat Rolling Stone to the punch in reaching The Boss and talking about his new tome.

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The Kingston Frontenacs' special Tragically Hip-themed jerseys

The Kingston Frontenacs will honour their hometown's rock 'n' roll heroes with a special fundraising game on Jan. 28. They will wear custom-themed jerseys to mark the occasion.

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The award-winning country group is supporting the cause of music education in US schools by sharing their experiences with students at a Disney workshop.

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Lorraine Segato (centre) with Woody Cormier and Maryanne Epp, both featured in the Lowdown Tracks documentary and CD — photo courtesy of Songs From The Lowdown.

The Parachute Club singer and activist has compiled a soundtrack to an acclaimed documentary on homeless musicians.

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Upon exiting Havana, the rock legends left equipment behind to benefit local players, Keith Richards reveals to Samaritanmag.

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Huron Carole with Tom Jackson (centre). Photo: Bill Borgwardt

Few actors and singers have a heart as big as Tom Jackson, who has dedicated his life to philanthropy and raised over $200M in combined cash/in-kind donations staging events such as the annual Huron Carole.

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Veteran indie rockers to play a benefit show to assist an animal rescue charity.

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The giants of thrash metal will play a fundraising show for The Daily Bread Food Bank on Tuesday at a comparatively small venue. They've performed at similar benefits in the US and UK.

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SSHH

British duo SSHH recruits such stars as Eddie Vedder and members of The Sex Pistols and Marilyn Manson for a new covers album. Proceeds will go to organisations combating teen cancer.

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Over the years countless musicians across numerous genres have composed thoughtful and often moving songs connected to Remembrance Day. Samaritan Mag has collected some of them...

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The World Vision table at I Mother Earth, Our Lady Peace and The Standstills show, at Massey Hall, Toronto, Oct. 24 — photo credit: Karen Bliss.

The renowned rock singer is dedicated to helping fight the problem of unsafe drinking water. Learn more in this Samaritan feature.

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Singer Tom Cochrane addresses the crowd at World Vision’s tribute to his 25 years as ambassador — photo credit: Amanda Cupido.

At an event earlier this week, the Canadian icon was deservedly honoured by the charity he has been so committed to. Learn more in this feature from the Samaritan site.

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Celebrated Canadian Country singer has a generous spirit and a sensitive soul. Learn more about him in this Samaritan feature.

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The West Coast hiphop artist has overcome grief and substance abuse issues to deliver a positive and motivating message. Lean more in this Samaritan feature.

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