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Google the name Drake and a torrent of headlines and inconsequential facts flood the screen. The guy is bigger than old King Kong with wealth, women, and a car collection that could fill a football field.

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Friday, March 24, 2017
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Jack Starr's home for wandering musicians celebrates its 70th at the corner of Spadina and Queen this year. A new book to be published this fall captures the history, the stories, the legends and the folklore behind the Toronto landmark.

Friday, March 24, 2017
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The multi-faceted musician, songwriter, engineer and record producer has a highly diverse resume. He reflects upon his production philososphy here.

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The frontman of The Breakmen gets mellow and moody on a pedal-steel accented single that is the first release for a new label brought to you by the team behind Riverfest Elora.

Bob and Jan Ezrin. Photo courtesy of MusiCounts.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Posted by Kim Hughes

The superstar record producer and his wife receive the inaugural Inspired Minds Ambassador Award in recognition of their tireless advocacy for music education made accessible to all.

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The multi-faceted musician, songwriter, engineer and record producer has a highly diverse resume. He reflects upon his production philososphy here.

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The superstar record producer and his wife receive the inaugural Inspired Minds Ambassador Award in recognition of their tireless advocacy for music education made accessible to all.

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Google the name Drake and a torrent of headlines and inconsequential facts flood the screen. The guy is bigger than old King Kong with wealth, women, and a car collection that could fill a football field.

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After shining on Toronto’s Indie88, this engaging on-air host was tapped by CBC to head its Radio 2 Morning show. Learn more about her philosophy on music and radio here.

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The multi-faceted musician, songwriter, engineer and record producer has a highly diverse resume. He reflects upon his production philososphy here.

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Friday, 24/03/17

The frontman of The Breakmen gets mellow and moody on a pedal-steel accented single that is the first release for a new label brought to you by the team behind Riverfest Elora.

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Google the name Drake and a torrent of headlines and inconsequential facts flood the screen. The guy is bigger than old King Kong with wealth, women, and a car collection that could fill a football field. All that's missing in his life is the time to enjoy the spoils.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Included today a fond remembrance to the late Gary Miles, Bell Media out front at CMW and how hateful rubbish threatens to cost Google a billion bucks.

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As it was,  photo courtesy of Patrick Cummins

Jack Starr's home for wandering musicians celebrates its 70th at the corner of Spadina and Queen this year. A new book to be published this fall captures the history, the stories, the legends and the folklore behind the Toronto landmark that was was originally a  blacksmith's shop in the horse and carriage days.

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The Strumbellas with OMDC's Karen Thorne-Stone (middle), Mark Sakamoto (left)  and Trinity-Spadina MPP Han Dong (second from right).

In today’s edition, OMDC toasts Ontario Juno nominees including The Strumbellas (pictured), Sarah Slean plays a memorable house concert, non-jazz stars headline the Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Lights Out project raises awareness and funds for Earth Day Canada, and blues-rock will rule at Bluesfest Windsor.

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

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The FYI calendar of new album releases scheduled for the next few months, 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. Happy listening!

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A cocky newcomer on the national scene

The new cock on the block has released a long list of HMV stores it plans to rebrand and reopen in the coming months, including some biggies in the GTA.

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

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The legacy of Stompin' Tom is about to get a reboot from the man who made his boot his trademark. Ole has signed a deal with the estate that is going to give the Skinner's Pond hero a brand new day.

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Gord Downie (Photo - Robert Ogden)

With Juno Week in Ottawa less than a week away, FYI is continuing to preview some of the hotly-contested awards categories. We have been introducing you to some shining new stars in the Canadian music firmament as well as reminding you of the recent achievements of some of our well-established artists.

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In today’s edition, Broken Social Scene (pictured) reveal summer dates, Karen Bliss announces stellar panel for CMW session, Moe Berg collaborates with Todd Rundgren, Port Cities begin East Coast tour, Canada`s Walk of Fame supports emerging artists, and ole Digital helps clients collect YouTube royalties.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read or share with peers, friends and your boss.

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In this weekly FYI feature, we keep you apprised of the deadlines you need to know about for music festival, conference, grant and funding applications. We trust you’ll find this of value.

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After a five-year absence, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) returns with four inductions in a newly cast show set in September at Massey Hall. Vanessa Thomas has the inside dope on the 'who' and the 'what' but she's not sharing, at least not with us right now.

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

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I said, DID YOU VOTE FOR ME?

The nominees are nominated and now it’s time to cast your ballot and get back at all the weasels who failed to take your calls, play your records, book your shows, or kiss your ass at the last convention.

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On the Toronto radio station where she hosted her own daily interview show for 27 years. Pic: Frank Lennon, The Star

She honed her considerable skill as an interviewer with the Ottawa Citizen and went on to an illustrious career as a broadcaster on radio and television. She was also a Member of the Order of Canada and briefly a senator in the Upper House.

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As a young man, from his Instagram page

Dualtone Records has announced the final studio album will be released on June 16, although why the delay hasn't been explained. Chuck's birthday was in October. Other than the fact it's Father's Day in the Seychelles, and Bloomsday in Dublin, the June date has left us hanging. Earlier today, Dualtone popped the first single. It's a ripper and we have it for you to hear.

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54.40 come in from the cold with a pair of inductions and concerts at CMW

Pictured are members of 54.40 in an earlier day. The lads are set to become CMW Hall of Famers and have a pair of concerts during the April marathon, Matt Dusk and friends rip it up with a Juno song mash-up you've just gotta hear, Drake by the numbers, Mel Brown's remembered, the Juno power dinner announces its A-list performers, the Vancouver jazz fest announces a few new names that actually play jazz, and RIP Chuck Barris and Fiora Corradetti Contino.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 40 job 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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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read or share with peers, friends and your boss.

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Drake’s More Life -- which is all but guaranteed to unseat Ed Sheeran's Divide album from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week -- is off to a record-breaking start at Apple Music and Spotify.

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

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The legal hawks at Audiam and SOCAN have uncovered millions sitting in unpaid YouTube royalties and have set up a process for composers, songwriters and music publishers to lay a claim, but the clock's ticking so don't miss out on what might rightfully be yours for the taking.

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Shawn on Instagram with Philipino Mike and his leather drums

Shawn Mendes drives through a bay outside Manila to show us his bud with a set of leather drums, Meisha hangs with royalty, Dylan plots a Canadian invasion and the Cowboy Junkies take over 'the Monarch' to celebrate in style.

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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. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. A track equivalent album is equal to 10 tracks, or 10 songs.

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Sarah Neufeld

With Juno Week in Ottawa two weeks away, FYI is spotlighting some of the hotly-contested awards categories. Today we check out the nominees in the Instrumental Album of the Year category, a musically eclectic grouping including Sarah Neufeld, pictured.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read or share with peers, friends and your boss.

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Notably absent on the eclectic 22-track playlist album are the much ballyhooed and expected collaborations with Jennifer Lopez and The Weeknd; but the expansive sessions don't lack for collaborators.

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

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The history books confirm Elvis Presley as the King of Rock and Roll, but it was Chuck Berry who wrote the songbook and forged the backbeat for a pantheon of bands that included the Stones, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Sex Pistols.

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Montreal electro-pop singer Geoffroy launches his debut album at Space A

Ed Sheeran enjoys his second week at the top of the Albums chart before being bumped by 6 superstar Drake, and (pictured) Montreal's brooding electro-pop singer Geoffroy makes a grand entrance with his debut. Other notable debuts include a couple of Disney soundtracks, the return of The Shins and a 3-disc anthology from Julien Clerc.

 

 

 

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Scott Helman scores another homerun with "Kinda Complicated"

Scott Helman's the big winner at radio in the past week, but Chad Brownlee, Doc Walker, Bobby Bazini and The Heartbroken also earned some respectable nods from broadcasters. Add Drake and The Weeknd into the mix and someone somewhere's going to have the bright idea of grabbing headlines by going 24-hour CanCon for a day or a week.

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Scott Borchetta with his favourite act. Pic: Billboard

CMW adds Scott Borchetta (pictured) as a headline speaker, Bat Out of Hell proves to be a roaring success in the land of the Red Devils, Winnipeg punks hit Sin City with a line-up of sensational badasses, Al Tuck finds himself singing Dylan...in his old U, Mojo touts a seaboard smorgasbord of fossil rock and PEI's East Pointers come up roses in the lands of wallabies and lamb chops.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read or share with peers, friends and your boss.

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Billy Talent among the showstoppers on this year's Juno music extravaganza

A new wave of showstoppers, including Billy Talent pictured, has been announced to perform on the Juno telecast, foreshadowing a game-changing production that looks and sounds like an all-star music variety show. And Exec Producer Lindsay Cox teases that there are more announcements coming!

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

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The High Bar Gang

​With Juno Week in Ottawa less than two weeks away, FYI is continuing to preview some of the hotly-contested awards categories. We will introduce you to some shining new stars in the Canadian music firmament as well as reminding you of the recent achievements of some of our well-established artists. Pictured: The High Bar Gang

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The FYI calendar of new album releases scheduled for the next few months, 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. Happy listening!

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In today’s edition, Bono and JT share late night libations, Ed Sheeran to headline Glastonbury, Coldplay adds Canadian dates, Scott Helman releases a new single, Bat Out Of Hell attracts celebrities, CMW announces nominees for the 2017 Indies, and RIP James Cotton.

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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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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have seemingly unlimited powers of discretion on who they let in the country. A growing number of musicians are finding themselves turned back at the border--and there's not much they can do except be polite and bite the bullet.

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

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Music is good for the soul, right? Well, take it from me, playing "Bangerz" and a playlist of Miley soundalikes ain't gonna make me stick around and spend in your store and that's for sure. New research suggests commercial establishments had best adjust their playlists to fit the clientelle, or widen the exit doors in a hurry.

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The transplanted Scot has built a notable catalogue of songs that have become tightly woven into the malleable fabric of Canadian culture. He has also forged an ongoing career with friends and, as important, found peace of mind.

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Matt Dusk and fellow Juno nominee Florence K

In today’s edition, crooner Matt Dusk (pictured with musical partner Florence K) rounds up his fellow Juno Vocal Jazz nominees for a nifty recording project, Lunch At Allen’s announce their new album, Snoop Dogg takes aim at Trump, and RIP Australian broadcaster John Minson.

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In this weekly FYI feature, we keep you apprised of the deadlines you need to know about for music festival, conference, grant and funding applications. 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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Jeffrey Latimer, Walk of Fame's new CEO

The successful entertainment mogul and consummate networker is now in charge of developing the next generation spectacle for the already successful annual that has become a citywide focus and a gala TV event.

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

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Spectra Musique superstar Vincent Vallières is one of many affected by DEP closure.

The ripple effect of HMV's bankruptcy in January is starting to spin out, and one of the first obvious victims is Quebec's DEP Distribution which represented a large number of homegrown indie stars, such as Spectra Musique's Vincent Vallières.

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The dominance of global music charts by GTA-based artists is now attracting international media attention. Popular US site observer.com is the latest to investigate.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 65 job 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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  Feist performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR

Feist is back in the news, and so are her former Broken Social Scene bandmates, Quebec City's summer tourism extravaganza is even more extravagant this year, the ECMA is bringing the world to Saint John, and it's a long farewell to the astonishing, astounding studio magician Tommy LiPuma whose producer credits are simply extraordinary.

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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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Tough new screening procedures have many musicians travelling to the US worried and judging from a number of recent documented instances of border interrogations and refusals to cross, the new order is to be taken seriously and musicians must be wise in this knowledge.

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

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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. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. A track equivalent album is equal to 10 tracks, or 10 songs.

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Colin Linden

With Juno Week in Ottawa just two weeks away, FYI is previewing some of the awards categories. We will introduce you to some shining new stars in the Canadian music firmament and remind you of the recent achievements of some well-established artists, including Colin Linden pictured here. 

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A new music tracking system suggests it can boost copyright income by as much as $30-million in the first year of deployment in US venues playing live and pre-recorded music, and provide greater transparency on who and what is getting played.

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Another one bites the dust

The Hard Rock on the Yonge St. strip is set to go the way of Friar's Tavern, Drake sets the date for his next commercial mixtape, Britain's wartime sweetheart is back in the news, James Blonde shakes The Drake, a new group of old-timers calling themselves The Trans-Canada Highwaymen wants to relive their separate pasts and a farewell to Buffalo NY's colourful "Lenny" Silver.

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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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Last week the Juno Awards won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Music Program for last year’s spectacular show. Kim Clarke Champniss has played a part in getting this complex but important live television show to air and he shares a few hair-raising moments he has had in ensuring its two-hour duration airs as seamlessly as humanly possible.

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

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Ed Sheeran is king of the whole wide world. The red-head singer's goofy grin, confessional lyrics and anti-star pose have combined to make the Brit kid a global wunderkind capable of breaking barriers, creating hysteria and having that special potion that pushes his fans to want to stream and own his music. Sheeran is simply put the hottest property in pop today.

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2016 Grand Prize Winner Ayaz V.

Now in its fifth year, this music mentorship initiative has an annual value of $100K. Submissions will be accepted from today through April 30. Pictured: 2016 Winner Ayaz V.

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Leeroy Stagger on set in his new song video

Almost by default, Lorde leads as radio's favourite download in the week but it's 2015 Alberta Peak Performance project winner Leeroy Stagger (pictured) who snags serious homegrown attention with his Dylanesque anthem "I Want It All." The Road Hammers and rising star ensemble The Heartbroken earn plenty of attention with lead tracks from forthcoming albums.

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John Oates is touring again with Daryl Hall and later this month has his memoir published.

In today’s edition, John Oates (pictured) is set to publish his memoir, unreleased Bowie material is coming, Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales team up on Room 29, Jane Siberry launches a salon series, Beyries is making a mark, and RIP Evan Johns and Joni Sledge.

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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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As a vegetarian lesbian from Canadian cattle country, k.d. is also one of the most unlikely artists to make it in the mainstream music business and yet this most famous 'daikon' has earned the respect and admiration of audiences the world over as she's pushed boundaries and crossed borders...

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

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When we disrupt the status quo in a way that attracts more women into our industry, when we are truthful about the shameful double standards that exist and change them, when we challenge the “I just want to hire the best person” notion, then maybe all of us can have the cake and the delicious icing, writes Sharon Taylor in today's edition.When we disrupt the status quo in a way that attracts more women into our industry, when we are truthful about the shameful double standards that exist and then change them, when we challenge “I just want to hire the best person”, then maybe all of us can have both the cake along with the delicious icing, and eat it too.

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Jimmy Buffett looking pleased with life in his later years

There's Warren Buffett and then there's Jimmy the 'Parrothead' who's pictured here as he slips into the retirement home biz at 70; Vancouver Bruce calls into the Junos to replace Mikey with Bry, Sunrise Records goes national, the Azoffs become an even bigger fixture in music, and Countermeasure heads west to sing, ski and eat sushi in that order...

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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 FYI calendar of new album releases scheduled for the next few months, 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. Happy listening!

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In NYC, Glassnote Records' Daniel Glass (centre) presenting The Strumbellas with their US gold single for "Spirits." Joanne Setterington is second from left

It has been a breakthrough year for the alt-rock/roots band. With an iHeartRadio Award under their belt, they're off to perform at The Junos soon. Manager Joanne Setterington explains her role and the global groundswell that is developing.

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

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Redhead Ed returns to North America to play 48 shows starting in Kansas City on June 29. He's plugging his spanking new, chart-topping Divide album.

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Lorraine Klaasen

With Juno Week in Ottawa less than a month away, FYI is previewing some of the awards categories. We will introduce you to some shining new stars in the Canadian music firmament as well as reminding you of the recent achievements of some well-established artists. Pictured: Lorraine Klaasen.

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Detroit rapper Big Sean headlines the iHeartRadio Fest next month in To

Pictured here is Detroit rapper Big Sean who headlines an iHeartRadio Fest during CMW next month, the landmark Sam's neon has a new home on 'the Strip', The Tea Party heads Down Under with strings attached, and folkie Doug McArthur returns to the limelight with an album crafted with a little help from his friends. 

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In this weekly FYI feature, we keep you apprised of the deadlines you need to know about for music festival, conference, grant and funding applications. 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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High rents, gentrification of older neighbourhoods, red tape, meddlesome bylaws, changing demographics, and noise restrictions all play a hand in a culling of live music venues in downtown districts across North America. An advisory council plans to advocate for the nightclub industry and help fight the good fight at city hall...

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

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kd lang

Season 2017-18 has over 50 concerts featuring classical, pop and Broadway stars, and collaborations with visiting orchestras and even a few homegrown headliners like kd lang to help celebrate the nation's sesquicentennial anniversary.

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Bluesman and Juno nominee Sean Pinchin will play JunoFest

With over 40 nominees, including bearded bluesman Sean Pinchin, playing in the capital city during Juno Week, locals and out-of-towners have the opportunity to hear and see some of the biggest, the best and hottest new acts Canada has on offer right now.

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Vancouver punk royalty D.O.A. has its own hymn to America's most famous real-estate developer and Twitter tweeter. As you might guess, the lyrics are suitably rude.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up 80 job postings that offer opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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Charlie A'Court

In today’s edition, Nova Scotian musician Charlie A’Court (pictured) establishes a music bursary, Canadian Country Music Week gets a new sponsor, rock stars join hockey legends in a Stanley Cup tribute, the birth of the Ron Hynes Songwriters Festival, and new Music Canada certifications.

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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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One of the largest donations ever in Canada aimed at Indigenous communities, it will support 15 not-for-profit organizations working to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of their populations.

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

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Comics, cartoonists, late night show hosts and now a short but expanding list of Canadian musicians are having a poke at The Donald. The celebrity property developer is loud, proud, brash, garish and prone to fibbing—all of which makes good fodder for roasting the man who has become America’s 45th President...

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Feist to headline Field Trip

In today’s edition, Toronto’s Field Trip announces a strong lineup for this year's event that is to include Feist, who is pictured here; Fred Penner’s back with a soon-to-be star-studded album, AHI goes viral, Bob Marley’s newly discovered Nova Scotian connection, Midnight Oil in demand, and RIP Bob Higgins.

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Amanda Tosoff

With Juno Week in Ottawa less than a month away, FYI is previewing some of the hotly-contested awards categories. Today we explore a category dominated by female artists. Pictured: Amanda Tosoff.

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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. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. A track equivalent album is equal to 10 tracks, or 10 songs.

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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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Shawn Mendes performing on the show last night

Shawn Mendes performed while Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd and The Strumbellas took home trophies from the awards show last night, marking another strong showing for Canadian acts.

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

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Future's future is looking highly promising

Future makes history this week with 'HNDRXX' topping the Albums chart, the second consecutive back-to-back #1 release in as many weeks for the Atlanta hip-hop star.

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Today’s New Track

The frontman of The Breakmen gets mellow and moody on a pedal-steel accented single that is the first release for a new label brought to you by the team behind Riverfest Elora.

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Three nominees in the Vocal Jazz Album category team up on a medley that gives recent hit songs a thoroughly entertaining and smoothly executed jazz twist.

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The Montreal singer has already made a mark in La Belle Province. This debut country single showcases a powerhouse voice set to a big production sound, a la Shania, and it is grabbing attention.

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This Guelph indie rock quintet comprises members active in other prominent local bands. Included on an imminent second album, this track features ringing guitars, tight harmonies and a melody that'll put a smile on your dial.

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The James Bay quartet follows a breakout album with this melodic ballad that wants to build confidence in those who find themselves adrift or stuck in a place that isn't doing them any good.

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The acclaimed young beatmaker from Toronto is up for a Juno with his recent album Checkpoint Titanium. This compelling instrumental track and video showcases his skills.

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The hard-edged Toronto rockers will release a new album, Opus Mar, on March 31, preceded by this fiery cut. The band is led by former teen popster Skye Sweetnam.

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The acclaimed Montreal dream-pop combo delivers a gently compelling new single with a strong social message.

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The eloquent Toronto-based singer/songwriter will release her new album Suspicious on April 7th. This focus track showcases a sound she terms bedroom electronica.

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Photo: Chantal Africa

The third album from the much-praised Montreal combo doesn't come out until June, but this advance track sure whets the appetite. This is melodic pop executed with finesse.

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Haviah

The Canadian hip-hop scene is undeniably male-dominated, but this 23-year-old from Brampton, ON is determined to make her mark with the release of a seven-track EP that includes a video for the lead single...

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The much-respected Toronto hip-hop artist passed away at 40 last year, but his skills are showcased on this entertaining posthumous new track.

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Vancouver's indie rock supergroup releases a new album next month. This first single reaffirms the enduring appeal of their melodic sound.

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The Montreal duo delivers synth-pop with an edge on this single from an imminent second album.

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The folk-rockers have achieved notable international success over the past year and are now nominated for three Junos awards at home. Look for their momentum to continue with this rousing new track.

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Photo: Phil Babcock

The acclaimed Toronto folk-rock outfit releases a new album next month. It is preceded by a beguiling track that benefits from a trippy instrumental break.

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Young Toronto pop singer/songwriter Levi Randall continues to make progress in his solo career after fronting bands earlier. This melodic new single features personal and perceptive lyrics.

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The frontman of Juno-winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth takes the solo spotlight with a new EP. This virile title track single will please fans of the band.

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The Edmonton-based pop songstress had a global smash with her debut single Lost Boy, and looks to have another hit on her hands with this well-crafted new track.

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The Grammy-winning DJ/producer teams with the fast-rising young Canadian singer on a hit-bound track that neatly fuses pop and EDM elements.

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The young Toronto jazz artist has just earned a Juno nomination for her current album I'm Still Learning. This new video for one of its tracks captures her engaging personality and adaptive voice.

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Newly-signed to True North, the prolific roots-rocker delivers a virile new single with an uplifting message.

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Photo: LeAnn Mueller

Formerly in The Perpetrators, this songsmith has developed a style that fuses country and soul elements. This is showcased on this mellow track from an imminent album.

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The self-titled track from the acclaimed Toronto songstress's upcoming album pairs her pure voice with rich orchestration.

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The artful ensemble returns with a new track from an album coming in April. It is another example of their stately and melancholy sound and is complemented by an evocative video.

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Photo: Jess Baumung

The multi-platinum selling pop songsmith is back with another hit from his album Summerland. It was recently nominated for a Juno as Pop Album of the Year.

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The fast-rising Halifax band follows up recent hit Marching Bands with a new single from last year's EP To You. It is another melodic track with strong airplay potential.

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This duo comprises blood relatives Kevin Hearn of Barenaked Ladies and noted comic Harland Williams. The title track single from an imminent album is a twisted treat.

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The rootsy Toronto duo puts a fresh spin on Chris Isaak's steamy 1989 signature hit, one featuring neatly contrasting voices.

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The much-praised singer/songwriter returns with a gentle and charming tune perfectly timed for Valentine's Day.

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Photo: Michael Avedon

The acclaimed art-popster is also an accomplished video artist. Both talents are on vivid display in this new clip for a track from Art Angels.

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The acclaimed adult contemporary songsmith returns in top form with a new single that matches perceptive lyrics to his warm vocals.

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The adventurous Vancouver sextet releases a new album on a UK label later this month. This atmospheric yet rhythmic track showcases the group's strengths.

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The animated pop duo returns with a new album soon, preceded by this typically catchy and witty single. National touring to follow.

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The artful Canadian pop songstress is now living in Switzerland, and recently represented that country in the Eurovision Song Contest. Her new single is accompanied by a charming video filmed in the land of chocolate and watches.

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The indie rock supertrio has just put out a charming DIY video to accompany this power pop gem from their acclaimed debut album.

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The Juno-nominated duo beefs up its rootsy sound on this first cut from an impending new disc. Extensive touring begins soon.

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Ahead of a keenly-awaited third album, the Toronto ensemble releases a single that mixes triphop and hiphop in compelling fashion.

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The reunited '90s Canrock band returns with a stirring new track from the vaults. A cross-country tour has just been announced.

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The Toronto-based orch-pop quintet makes a strikingly melodic debut with this single from a just-released EP.

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The roots/psych rock veterans return with another single from imminent new album Northern Passages. It's a no-frills gem, one they may well play as they head out on tour with Blue Rodeo.

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The Toronto-based electro-soul singer is tipped as a rising star. This compelling new video for a focus track from her debut EP will help her ascent.

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A member of Juno winners Chic Gamine, Alexa Dirks is quickly making a splash with her solo project. This soulful track shows why.

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The prolific and dynamic duo return with a bracing new track, one that has a hint of Beck via its depiction of losers.

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The hotly-tipped trio from Montréal released debut album Overnight on Friday. This lead single demonstrates an ability to replicate the '80s Brit post-punk sound with real finesse.

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The highly-rated East Coast singer/songwriter is in top form on this dynamic new track. It is the first single from new album Paradise, coming in March.

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

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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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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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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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Opinion

After shining on Toronto’s Indie88, this engaging on-air host was tapped by CBC to head its Radio 2 Morning show. Learn more about her philosophy on music and radio here.

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On a just-released debut full-length, the Toronto duo mixes '80s Brit synth-pop and psychedelic showmanship. They discuss the record and their mutual love of Australian Rules football here.

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Chuck Berry could be charming and just as easily he could be as prickly as a porcupine up your arse. Bill King recounts a gig with the legend showing his darker side.

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The Barenaked Ladies member teams up with his cousin, noted comic Harland Williams, in a duo that is releasing an eclectic and entertaining new album.

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The prolific honkytonk songstress strips back her sound on a new EP Til The Goin’ Gets Gone. She explains why here.

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The award-winning blues-rocker from Hamilton is now out touring his new album No Time Like Now. Learn more here.

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The Juno-winning singer/songwriter from Newfoundland is back with her eighth album, simply titled Watershed. She has also become an eloquent advocate for mental health.

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The hard rock band from Saskatoon delivers a roaring new single Raging Bull. Learn more from their lead vocalist here.

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The hardworking Vancouver funk octet will release new album Sweat this week, and their vocalist/drummer terms it their tightest yet.

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These early decades of American popular music are filled with a rich range of musical styles, and a new book on the topic makes for a compelling read.

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The Juno-nominated East Coast songbird collaborated closely with husband Daniel Ledwell on new album Paradise. Learn more about the project here.

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Recently, a client asked what I thought would happen to radio in 2017. Given recent events (Trump) I just couldn’t bring myself to even try to predict the future. Instead, I’ve come up with some resolutions...

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On new album Where The Galleon Sank, the Toronto group’s leader infuses its infectious Caribbean-rooted sound with incisive socially-conscious lyrics.

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The show is playing to a theoretical audience that doesn’t exist. One in which we love everybody and everybody’s deserving of a trophy...

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Awards season is in full swing, and, as per usual, all the big ones have their share of controversy. Pictured: Larnell Lewis of Grammy winners Snarky Puppy.

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The Montreal-based singer/songwriter is releasing a debut album that is both a personal and musical triumph.

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The Hamilton roots-rocker has just earned a CIMA Road Gold certification and released a live album matching her eloquent songs with the National Academy Orchestra. Learn more here.

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The versatile Toronto soul singer and rapper returns to his Trinidadian roots with BACCHANAL, a new mixtape steeped in Caribbean slang and West African rhythms.

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This Toronto quintet has a sound that fuses classical, folk, pop and EDM elements in original fashion. A debut EP is now out and the group's co-vocalist tells us more.

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The Academy Awards and the public just love the new hit musical, but real musicians aren't impressed. Learn why here.

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The frontman of the Winnipeg alt-rockers discusses life on the road and the making of the band's imminent debut full-length album.

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The adventurous and nomadic songstress retreated to rural Ontario in the winter to find the right ambience to record new album This Island.

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Attendance at the conference in Toronto last weekend confirmed that the future of the genre is in good hands.

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A member of Juno-winning roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth, he takes a convincing solo detour with a new EP.

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This Toronto folk-rocker has just released his debut album Breath, Blood & Tempo. It showcases his dynamic songwriting and performing abilities.

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The well-received memoir from The Band's guitarist/singer certainly took our columnist on a trip down memory lane. The book neatly complements that of Band-mate Levon Helm.

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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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Quoted

The multi-faceted musician, songwriter, engineer and record producer has a highly diverse resume. He reflects upon his production philososphy here.

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Come From Away, the musical, pushes so many emotional buttons that you wind up feeling like an accordion but that does not mean that you’ll leave thinking you have been played, the NYT swoons.

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Poverty, addiction, violence and fear do strange and awful things to human souls and fragile spirits. Penitentiaries are overflowing with victims of violence and sexual abuse and they offer refuge from neither.

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The International Federation of Musicians has published a 3-tiered rating system – based on how accommodating airlines’ cabin policies are for musicians travelling with instruments and Air Canada earns the highest ranking.

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I can’t sing above him so I would naturally harmonize below. Which is often the relationship of Lennon and McCartney’s harmonization. That would draw some comparison. Hey, I sing through my nose some of the time. What can I do?

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The impending closure of the chain’s Toronto location suggests that it cannot sustain nostalgia as a business any longer. Perhaps it just needed to get with the times and attract today's audiences.

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Thirty-two million people attend music festivals in the United States each year and Amazon wants to hire a project manager to make sure it can get in on the action.

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Recording engineers are often the unsung heroes of the music business. The owner of Toronto's Canterbury Music Co. is a veteran who has worked with many superstars and has fascinating stories.

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Once you die, you become an icon: a dead icon. Like Mozart. But what would he actually say to you if you could play his music for him?

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The Music City initiative in Toronto has led to a lot of jawing and navel gazing and it's high time the politicians and the simple servants got with the program and initiated initiatives or simply got back to what they do best, which is handing out parking tickets and taxing residents for lacklustre services...

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If fans knew that a subscription counted more towards a music chart than a free stream, it would send a very important message to consumers about perceived worth.

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Paul McGuinness had strong words to say about YouTube and Google at a recent convention in MIDEM and emphasised that the only investment in music these days is coming from record companies...

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The original keyboardist in Blue Rodeo, he is a multi-faceted talent as a singer/songwriter, producer, composer for film, and educator. He has fascinating stories to tell.

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Alison Krauss' voice can seem like an entity unto itself: a holy spirit wafting through the pop world, melting away musical categories. Of course, that's not what it is at all. It is the instrument of an astute musician who began pursuing her craft in bluegrass as a child and who's logged in hours of work learning that genre as well as country, folk and pop ...

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The popular broadcaster has shone in radio, television and as an actor. She is now based in Edmonton after a long stint at Q-107 in Toronto, and here she reflects on a fascinating and nomadic career.

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'If you see a woman wearing hijab, niqab, a very short skirt, a very low top, natural hair, etc., companionably ignore their clothing and personal style choices like you ignore men's clothing and style choices all day every day and don't ask anyone when International Men's Day is, because a quick google will reveal to you that it's November 19, you lazy fuck...'

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A bizarre story of how two lawyers got busted after scamming $6M by threatening copyright lawsuits against individuals in a ruse that was as novel as it was fraudulent...

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Hubby Murray McLauchlan has just released a new album entitled Love Can't Tell Time. In the cause of plugging her memoir, Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances), his celebrity spouse speaks out for the plight of songwriters in an era when CDs are about as fashionable as pleated skirts and plug spitoons.

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The Weeknd at Manchester Arena. Photo: Matthew McNulty/Redferns

It’s hard to know if Tesfaye is the bragging “motherfucking Starboy”, or the product of a single-parent family who “ran out of tears when I was 18” and tells interviewers he wants to please his mum.

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Jenie Thai (l) and Danae Olano

Two highly talented young female pianists from very different backgrounds reflect on their approaches to the instrument and their key musical inspirations.

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Steve Lippman

Women including Rosanne Cash, Carly Simon and Bridget Everett read Coretta Scott King's letter on Jeff Sessions in solidarity with Elizabeth Warren.

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Ted Woloshyn (l) with David Marsden

The popular veteran of Toronto radio reflects upon a near half-century career and the success of his weekly show on NewsTalk1010.

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Darryl Hurs

It’s the City’s job to promote and help develop the culture of Toronto, Indie Week CEO Darry Hurs opines, and it should be working with neighbourhoods to promote what’s special about them and not having to decide what action to take on club closures...

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Terra Lightfoot. Pic: Lisa MacIntosh

Last year, Boris Brott and the National Academy Orchestra joined Terra Lightfoot on stage to fiddle and fret with songs from her sophomore album, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild. The experience for her was humbling, to say the least.

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William Grant Still rediscovered

A single note incorrectly transposed in the transcription of a score left audiences with a very different impression of what the composer originally had in mind when he wrote it, and it stayed that way for 50 years before the mistake was discovered.

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Only over the past few decades have organizations begun formalizing the interplay among economic expansion, community development. and the arts. Getting it right takes time, it turns out...

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The popular Toronto broadcaster now co-hosts a podcast entitled No Fun Intended. She has fun reminiscing about her career in this interview.

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Barenaked Ladies have plans for a pair of new releases this year, with the main effort placed on the group's 15th studio album, which drummer Tyler Stewart describes "as a bit of a departure," and "a little bit different."

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Larry Wanagas

With almost 40 years experience as a manager, Larry Wanagas has spotted and developed his fair share of unpolished gems, including kd lang, Colin James, Moe Berg and The Trews...

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You Can Click But You Can't Hide by Thomas Hawk

The International Intellectual Property Alliance is really nothing more than a Mickey Mouse affair that uses a cattle prod to push for advantages using the US government as its bully boy, but Canada is tired of the BS and is scorning its bellicose flatulence...

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"I got into Rock and Roll at age ten. I was collecting records — Rock and Roll records. Not rock; this was Rock and Roll. The roll designates a swing — there’s a swing in the roll. It’s a music that was created by black people, given its name by a white DJ named Alan Freed, along with Sam Phillips; in music, they saw it as a conspiracy to get black music on white popular radio. And when Sam found Elvis he called Alan and said, “We’re ready to roll..."

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There has never been a more obvious snub in Grammy history for album of the year than awarding Adele’s 25 over Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Hear me out. I’m not part of Beyoncé’s so-called “Beyhive” and I’m not about to whine...

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The acclaimed trumpeter/composer/bandleader has been a member of Lighthouse, the Boss Brass, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, and can look back upon a fascinating career that includes two decades of work in South Africa.

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Not so far back the Canadian radio broadcasters were governed by a dizzying set of rules about what could or couldn't be said, played or inferred over the public airwaves. More than a few of the owner dictates bordered on idiocy, but the boss is the boss--right?

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Midnight Oil aboard the Mari Nawi for a global reunion tour announcement press conference. Pic Jenny Evans

Peter Garrett on his band's global tour: 'There's no way we won't say what we think.'

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The argument to continue subsidizing Canadian cultural endeavor persists, but has anyone stopped to ask, 'What is Canadian culture in a multi-ethnic society?'  ACTRA is ringside, making the argument that Canadians need juice to compete against US corporate titans--but do taxpayers care anymore?

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Your band is your business, and like any successful business, you need to create a plan for your album launch.

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Adele celebrating at this year's Grammy Awards

Whether the Grammy Awards have become "cultural embarrassing," as Jimmy Fallon put it post-show, is debatable; what's not is Adele's on-stage gush about Beyoncé following the announcement that her album, 25, had beat out Bey's Lemonade--a work some have called a celebration of black female spiritualism.

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The prolific pianist and singer/songwriter from Victoria is currently touring the country in support of his latest album No Filter. He reflects upon a fascinating career.

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The rapper doesn't mince words: "Perhaps whoever made up this story should spend more time learning about other cultures and less time trying to divide us..."

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With her big soul pipes, sharp wit, and polished stage presence, this multi-faceted talent can do it all.

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Andrew Coyne, one of Peter Mansbridge's crony insiders and a lifelong fiscal conservative, argues it's time to save taxpayer dollars and kill the CBC networks.

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How do you ignore a record of this obvious quality and historic importance? Canada’s finest musicians honouring Canada’s best-loved songwriters on the 150th birthday of our country.

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"Now as we go to celebrate in the nation’s capital our 150 years of Confederation, as we look at what is going on on the world stage right now, I think Canada’s light has never shone more brightly. We should be proud of the role Canadian music and Canadian artists play in our nation’s identity."

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The late Ritchie Yorke looks back on a lifetime of memorable moments in pop music where for years he was at the centre of the pop music universe and informing his readers around the world through his syndicated features, and regular appearances in Billboard and Rolling Stone magazines.

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The Jamaican-born guitarist and sound engineer is a crucial figure on the Toronto ska and reggae scene. He is a member of Bill King's Rhythm Express and The Arsenals, and is in demand in the studio.

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“The time was right for us, too. It was like a big crane just dropped us down right at the start of the bubbling part of the ’60s.”

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Here he talks to city councillor and White Rock Sun publisher/editor Dave Chesney and reflects on 37 years of overseeing the music beat and some of his more memorable moments.

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The jazz singer finds inspiration in many places, and a library of internal voices drawn from a wildly eclectic chorus of artists, many of whom don't sing...

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There are few more savvy, worldly and more powerful individuals in the concert business globally than this guy. After all, he's done deals with Prince, Celine Dion and... well, you get the picture. Meglen's always been a bit of a reluctant act when it comes to speaking his mind ... in public, but he's broken silence now.

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Best-selling author Linwood Barclay

American-born Canadian novelist Linwood Barclay cancelled a book tour rather than enter the US where 'Trump’s America feels akin to patronizing a golf course that excludes blacks' or 'a health club that refuses membership to Jews...'

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The Strumbellas appearing on the Baeble Music YouTube channel

NYC-based Baeble Music is a global platform and its ownership is clearly rankled by the new regime's political manoeuvres and has decided to define itself with its own statement of values... .Pictured: The Strumbellas.

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The Toronto lawyer, broadcaster and jazz buff has been closely involved in copyright issues for many decades.

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After Donald Trump's surprise executive order bars citizens of certain Middle East countries from US entry, creating immediate havoc and mass demonstrations at US airports, John Legend denounces the President's stance at the Producer Guild Awards.

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After incendiary remarks made at a rally in Washington, DC, Madge realizes careless words can have consequences. The Secret Service has apparently opened a file on her and, in Texas, a radio station is making hay by banishing her music from its playlist.

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Content streaming continues to be an evolving business, but the value gap in the ad-supported model needs fixing. In India, for example, you’d have to watch user-generated videos for more than a month straight without sleep to earn $1 for rights-holders. That’s a lot of squirrels on water skis...

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“Actually, in retrospect, I’ve started to think I’m pleased about Trump and I’m pleased about Brexit because it gives us a kick up the arse and we needed it because we weren’t going to change anything."

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The Vancouver singer thanks the lads for their support in the Women's March but finds there is an underlying patronizing tone that may be unintentional... and she offers them some hardcore advice.

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The keyboardist/composer/arranger known as Dr. Music was a towering figure on the Toronto scene for four decades prior to his death in 2007. Here is an informative interview from the vaults.

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With several millions marching around the world in protest for newly-minted President Trump's seeming contempt for women's rights, Bruce Springsteen took to the stage in Perth to voice his support.

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Media have spun a world of human endeavour into a narrowing spotlight focused on a few aberrant, abrasive, avaricious, quite possibly amoral and abhorrent white men offering prescriptive remedies once the domain of carnival barkers and evangelical nutbars...

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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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Photo courtesy of Amara Pope

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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Kaleo

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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Stuart with a brave face. Photo: Scott Blackburn, CBC

 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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Dylan pictured giving his acceptance speech as 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year

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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Photo: Allston Pudding

“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 a jolly mood, but can she deliver?

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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Photograph: Steve Schofield

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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Photo: Henry Diltz

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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Photo: Jessica Rinaldi

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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Bob and Jan Ezrin. Photo courtesy of MusiCounts.

The superstar record producer and his wife receive the inaugural Inspired Minds Ambassador Award in recognition of their tireless advocacy for music education made accessible to all.

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Hard Core Logo Live cast — photo credit: Jason Bolduc.

A stage production version of the classic Canadian punk novel and film is now running at The Cave in Toronto. Proceeds will go to CAMH.

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Staff at Snoeshoe Sam's in Kelowna, BC support A Night Out For Music Heals — photo via Music Heals Instagram page

Vancouver’s Music Heals Charitable Foundation Music Heals has donated more than $900k to music therapy programs across Canada. It is especially active in raising funds and awareness this month.

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The American star has become an eloquent advocate on the sometimes-deadly issue of bulimia and anorexia and is promoting education and awareness on the subject.

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1000 Days, 1000 Songs — graphic via 30 Days, 30 Songs Facebook page

If nothing else good comes out of the Trump term, at least it will have a great musical soundtrack. A pair of projects provide a playlist of songs for the resistance against the regime.

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The Vinyl Cafe host Stuart McLean died Feb. 15 of melanoma — photo credit: Vinyl Cafe Facebook page

The life of the late great radio host was changed by his experiences at the YMCA camp. His family is now suggesting his fans help support it.

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 Live shot of The Tragically Hip 2016 — photo credit: David Bastedo

The Tragically Hip frontman celebrated a birthday earlier this week. You can honour him by contributing to his worthy causes.

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The Idan Raichel Project has featured more than 95 artists from all over the world on recordings and in concert — photo from FB

A major star in his homeland, Idan Raichel promotes tolerance via his cross-cultural musical collaborations.

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The soul legend and the Montreal rock heroes collaborate on a new protest song to assist the ACLU.

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Photo: Annie Leibovitz

CARAS announced this week that the legendary folk singer and activist will be the recipient of the 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Junos in Ottawa this spring. Here's an interview from the 2015 vault of Samaritanmag.

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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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Photo: Tess Park

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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