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Friday, September 23, 2016
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Jennifer Mitchell may be one of the most under-stated power brokers in Canada’s music business, and yet she has quietly built an empire that flexes its influence the world over.

Whitehorse duo celebrating their Juno win earlier this year are now up for two CFMAs.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted by Kerry Doole

To illustrate the rich musical talent of the leading nominees for the upcoming CFMAs, we present a video gallery. Pictured: Whitehorse

Ace guitarist and singer Rik Emmett has recorded a R&R album with his band RESolution 9,  that has its global release on Nov. 11. L-R: David Dunlop, Paul Delong, Rik Emmett, and Steve Skingley.  Album features Alex Lifeson, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, and former Triumph mates Mike Levine and Gil Moore. Included at the foot of the column is a teaser video for the LP.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted by David Farrell
In the column today, Rik Emmett and friends (pictured here) have combined to make a R&R album, plus music and videos from Common and Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Shawn Mendes, Eminem and Skylar Grey. 
Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted by Bill King

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.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Posted by Kerry Doole

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

Whitehorse duo celebrating their Juno win earlier this year are now up for two CFMAs.
Ace guitarist and singer Rik Emmett has recorded a R&R album with his band RESolution 9,  that has its global release on Nov. 11. L-R: David Dunlop, Paul Delong, Rik Emmett, and Steve Skingley.  Album features Alex Lifeson, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, and former Triumph mates Mike Levine and Gil Moore. Included at the foot of the column is a teaser video for the LP.

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

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Friday, 23/09/16

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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Friday, 23/09/16

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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Friday, 23/09/16

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

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Friday, 23/09/16

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

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Music Canada Executive VP Amy Terrill has written an overview of a new consumer insight report released by global music industry association IFPI that examines music consumption trends around the world.

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Show host Andrea Collins

Virgin Radio Toronto a.m. drive co-host Andrea Collins (pictured here) is the voice of an all-new weekly iHeartRadio Top 20 countdown of Canada’s chart-topping hits. The magazine format is airing on all nine Virgin Radio stations across the nation, starting this weekend. 

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Polaris victor Kaytranada. Photo: Danny Williams

The Montreal-based producer beat out a strong field of shortlist nominees for the prestigious Prize at a gala evening in Toronto last night.

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The lads are back in fine form with two new concert docs

Bell Media is upping its game in the music arena and the latest move is grabbing first window rights to two spanking new Rolling Stones' docs capturing the band's recent South American concerts and the historic Havana show in February of this year.

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She's top of the pops in Quebec and the nemesis of every Pop Tart in NA.

It is a province unto its own, an island nation surrounded by land--and what goes on there is as under-reported as the GOP and Clintons are over-reported in English Canada. Take a look at who are the top nominees at this year's ADISQ Awards and ask yourself, what does our media tell us about your nation? Photo: Safia Nolin.

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Heritage Minister Melanie Joly leads a drive to modernize Cancon

Canadians have spoken out in great numbers on the topic of revising Canadian content regulations. The government has now produced a consultation paper and further public input is being sought. Pictured here: Heritage Minister Melanie Joly.

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Jean-Pierre Blais praying at a hearing

When it rains it pours. And when it pours the sewers back up. Jean-Pierre Blais aboard his Arc of incoherence has managed to thump-step into a pile of mung. Again! Understanding that the CRTC is in the cross-hairs of everyone save the legally blind, it is almost inconceivable that what has happened has…well, happened.

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SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. Picture: Eric Parazelli

SOCAN continues to hope that a made-in-Canada solution for reproduction rights will be found sooner rather than later...

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A new level of efficiency in royalty distribution, in keeping with international standards, is announced today with CONNECT Music Licensing’s decision to have their nearly 2,700 members receive their public performance and private copying royalties directly from Re:Sound.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada's winning three amigos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coleman Hell makes the cut with three nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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Kiefer with his guitar collection

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

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

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On stage in Seattle

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

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

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

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

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Outside the Chrysler building in NYC yesterday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

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

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Brit band The 1975 is top of the pops in 2016

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

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

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

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Monster Truck band members revved about the Nickelback tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Pawel Tkaczyk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adele wins...again!

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

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Taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Basia Bulat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The newborn Christian edition of Vanity shortly before she died

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

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

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

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

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Robert Ott, co-founder, CEO ole

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

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The Weeknd performing on last night's Grammy show.

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

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

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

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Drake is top of the Pops

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

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Drake receiving Key to the City from Mayor John Tory

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

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

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

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

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Ken Stowar. Picture credit: Bill King Photography

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

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

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

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

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Terry and Mell no more?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Whitehorse duo celebrating their Juno win earlier this year are now up for two CFMAs.

To illustrate the rich musical talent of the leading nominees for the upcoming CFMAs, we present this video gallery. Pictured: Whitehorse

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The deadline for CIMA's Music In Motion survey has been extended to Sept. 23. The trade org has also announced a radio initiative to benefits its members.

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Ace guitarist and singer Rik Emmett has recorded a R&R album with his band RESolution 9,  that has its global release on Nov. 11. L-R: David Dunlop, Paul Delong, Rik Emmett, and Steve Skingley.  Album features Alex Lifeson, Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie, and former Triumph mates Mike Levine and Gil Moore. Included at the foot of the column is a teaser video for the LP.

In the column today, Rik Emmett and friends (pictured here) have combined to make a R&R album, plus music and videos from Common and Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Shawn Mendes, Eminem and Skylar Grey. 

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

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Taking a bold step from the law profession into artist management is paying off for the Halifax-based entrepreneur, as we learn in this FYI Industry Profile.

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Shania in the studio, as posted on her Twitter account.

PEI trio Ten Strings and a Goat Skin is the favourite to win at this year's CFMAs, Shania Twain's first studio album in over a decade is in the making, and Canadian dub DJ Dubmatix hits the big time with a Bob Marley remix. Photo: Shania Twain.

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We keep you apprised of all the deadlines you need to know about for applications for various music festivals and conferences as well as grants and funding opportunities. 

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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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Vinyl album sales may have peaked but superstar acts such as Drake will continue to release high-end audio products as a way of satisfying audiophiles and super-fans...

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Youngblood, one of three winners of the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class. Photo: Lauren Zbarsky

Canada’s premier artist development program announces the three acts whose careers will be boosted by industry professionals leading up to the next JUNO Awards. Photo: Youngblood

 

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

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The major national advocacy group for live music in Canada just celebrated its first anniversary. Its AGM on Monday outlined major progress made in a short time.

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A just-released report on music business revenues Stateside for the first six months of 2016 reveals positive growth, especially on the streaming side. 

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Once groovy, the vinyl revival may be running out of time.

The LP has been with us for over 80 years, struggling to survive after the introduction of the CD and then miraculously enjoying a vinyl revival largely sparked by the arrival of the modern day DJ--but fresh data suggests the over-sized disc is waning in popularity...

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Steve Kane shares a few pints with Gerry and Gaye Lacoursierre and Steve Coady. The chummy group came to blows later arguing over Styx, Nazareth, David Bradstreet and Rama tickets. Of course, Gaye won.

A bucket full of bait and a few tall stories to tell, nestled into a gumball of facts, fictions and grandiose nonsense spun in a story-line that's gonna knock the needle off your gramophone player and just to add authenticity to this perilous tale we've added a few facts to-boot! Photo (l-r): Steve Kane, Gerry and Gaye Lacoursiere, and Steve Coady.

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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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Another barn-burner edition of the hottest, most up-to-date Careers section extant. All told we have 73 new prospects to deliver you from hell or share with your boss who makes everyone's life hell. From here to Timbuktu, we have entry-level jobs to the corner office.

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

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Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize nominee Glenn Gould

This much-coveted Prize honours seminal Canadian albums released in the pre-Polaris era. Public voting is now open.

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Brett live

Brett Kissel is red hot these days with his multiple CCMA wins and he has the top download at radio this week with a ballad recorded with Carolyn Dawn Johnson...

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

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

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Ron Sakamoto brought on stage by Keith Urban to loud cheers

Steve Kane joins a cause, Stephen Harper snubs Bono, Ron Sakamoto (pictured here) stars in his own show, Sheepdogs get brotherly, Neil Young roils the pipeline guys--plus a pipe full of more wacky tobacky.

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

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The July Talk ensemble with Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay’

Celine remains top of the pops for the third consecutive week, but it is also a big week for two other Canadian acts--July Talk (pictured here) and Tim Hicks. Chart data and videos included. 

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Serge Fiori today. Photo courtesy of les franco

Considered to be a quintessential Quebec pop album, a new XL edition reunites lead vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Serge Fiori back with band bassist Louis Valois to add sparkle to the original master tapes that were damaged and then lost...

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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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US-based free and fee-based database and online retailer Discogs has crunched the numbers and issued its 6-month, 2016 marketplace report that contains some eye-opening facts about music trends....

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Geddy Lee (left) and Alex Lifeson of Rush were presented with a key to the city by Toronto mayor John Tory this weekend. The two also had an art park named after them at the event on Saturday (September 17) honoring their achievements over forty years in the music industry.

RIP Jerry Corbetta, Billy Bryans and Rush honoured in their hometown, TIFF and TURF fest wrapped, and other bits 'n bytes of interest. Photo: Geddy Lee (l) and Alex Lifeson.

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

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ole CEO Robert Ott presents Kelsea Ballleri with a "Peter Pan" #1 award. VPs John Ozier and Gilles Godard to her right.

Canadian-based music publishing and rights management company ole has announced that it  has secured a US$500-million-dollar credit facility from a consortium of banks that it will use to fund future acquisitions. Photo (l-r): ole CEO Robert Ott, Kelsea Ballleri, John Ozier and Gilles Godard.

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Pat Holiday discovers a lost city in Mexico

Radio consultant Pat Holiday breaks down the numbers for us. "OK, where do we begin? For starters, in most markets it looks like there’s a passing of the baton to a new set of dominant stations. More precisely, it’s already happened. Many of the big iconic stations of the past are taking body blows..."

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Canadian music's most prestigious Prize is handed out on Monday night. We recap the ten contenders via a video gallery.

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Another Mississauga Walk of fame recipient this year. Our good friend Joey Cee!

A reel of fascinating, informative and a few even melodic music videos to fun up your day, plus a tapeworm of facts, fictions and fanciful insider stuff for your weekend reading, brought to you by the keyboard guys. Photo: Joey Cee

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While you've been working this is what we've been reading. More news, views and provocative nonsense we found on the web and kindly decided to share with our readers. 

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Rogers CEO Guy Laurence speaking at the Canadian Club yesterday

"The government should cultivate a creative identity that the cultural sector, government, and diplomats can sell. It should redirect its focus from selling Canadian content to Canadians to selling Canadian content to the world..." Photo: Rogers CEO Guy Laurence

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Radio consultant Pat Holiday looking quite dapper off the golf green

Radio consultant Pat Holiday breaks down the numbers for us. "OK, where do we begin? For starters, in most markets it looks like there’s a passing of the baton to a new set of dominant stations. More precisely, it’s already happened. Many of the big iconic stations of the past are taking body blows..."

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Cliff Hunt, co-founder and COO of Yangaroo, has been inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and his star was unveiled on Sept 11 as a part of the Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival in Port Credit that attracted over 70,000 people. Others in the HoF include Oscar Peterson, Jeff Healey, Neill Dixon, and Tommy Hunter. Pictured here with Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Family, and Cliff's almost 96 year-old mother.

A collection of news bytes, stuff you need to know and a wee bit of video to spice your day. Pictured here: Cliff Hunt

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Deadlines you need to know about for applications for various music festivals and conferences as well as grants and funding opportunities.

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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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Privately held Ottawa app platform developer has raised $21M and now has relationships with some of the largest media firms in North America.

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

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Pictured at The CCMAs: Mike Stevens (l) with Michelle Wright and Murray McLauchlan. Photo: Denise Donlon

Mike Stevens is dedicated to the cause of improving the lives of indigenous youth through the power of the arts. His work was recognised by a prestigious honour presented on the weekend. Photo (l-r) Mike Stevens, Michelle Wright and Murray McLauchlan at CCMAs.

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The veteran music publisher and hit songwriter assumes the top position, replacing Jodie Ferneyhough, who had 13 years in that role.

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Your one-stop guide to the top career posts and entry-level positions spanning the entertainment world of radio and television, music and entertainment, and marketing and media. The FYI Careers section is our way to enable people to achieve their goals and find solace in this mixed-up crazy world. Please feel free to share with peers, friends and people you would dearly love to see movin’ on. This week we present 50+ hot job prospects ready for engagement.

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Gloria Martin turns the table on celeb photog Tom Sandler aka "F-stop Fitzgerald" and her lovin' buddy producer Gene Mascardelli. And why is this picture here? Because we found it on Facebook and thought, 'why not!'

A collection of insider stuff and a few notable retractions, corrections blended with a bushel of misleading facts and carefully wrapped in Macdonald Export aquafuge. Pictured here: A couple of cads spotted by media maven Gloria Martin.

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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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It was meant to be the counter-attack by musicians and for musicians raging against the machine; instead, the music streaming company heralded by Jay Z and offering lossless audio and hi-def video is awash in red ink and hungry for cash. 

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Coleman Hell scores triple platinum with "2 Heads"

Over 50 new Single certifications are named in the first round. Laudably, 10 artists have now received their first Canadian certifications and Dean Brody is one of six to earn distinction with a Platinum Award. Coleman Hell (pictured here) fronts the homegrown list, however; "2 Heads" is now a certified Triple Platinum hit.

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Canada's new news organization receives a $200K grant, CanadaLand maps the nation's media landscape, ACTRA campaigns for diversity, and Raj Shoan continues to haunt the Commission's ongoing nightmares.

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This month the Montreal-based independent record label turns 10. The fact that it is celebrating with events in Paris, London, Reyjkavik, and Montreal shows how far it has come. Learn more in this interview with its founder.

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Robert Ott (centre) holds ole's CCMA Award, surrounded by his team

The company won an unprecedented tenth straight CCMA Award as Music Publishing Company of the Year. It continues to rack up hits in North America and sign new writers. Pictured: The ole team at CCMAs.

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SOCAN Montreal Award winners last night: L-R, top: Safia Nolin (Breakout) Alain Chartrand (Special Achievement) Ariane Moffatt (Songwriter of the Year), Richard Séguin (Lifetime Achievement) QC Culture & Communications Minister Luc Fortin, Stéphane Venne (Cultural Impact ); (from L-R front to right) SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, Geneviève Côté, SOCAN's Chief Quebec Affairs Officer, Luc Plamondon (two SOCAN Classics), Photo: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin-SOCAN)

Dean Brody walks proud from the London CCMA Awards, Bryan Potvin teams up with Kevin Kane on a new album, Warner Canada celebrates Stetson-style, and SOCAN celebrates success in Montreal, as you can see in the accompanying pic.

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We have the Nielsen Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year.

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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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Brett Kissel kisses his Male Artist of the Year award

Brett Kissel and Jess Moskaluke took home the top awards at the 40th annual Canadian Country Music Awards in London, Ont. on Sunday night in front of 8,000 loud and enthusiastic fans at Budweiser Gardens.  Kissel (pictured here) also captured the coveted Fans’ Choice Award.

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

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Murray McLauchlan receives an extra honour from wife Denise at his CCMA induction on Saturday. Photo: Wayne Newton

Murray McLauchlan was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Association's Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the 40th annual CCMA Awards in London, ON. PIctured here, Murray with his proud wife, Denise Donlon, who births her autobiography on House of Anansi on Nov. 5.

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Just three weeks after the triumphant conclusion of The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour, Gord Downie has announced a new solo record and graphic novel. It is inspired by the truly heartbreaking 50-year-old story of young Chanie Wenjack.

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Prince Buster in action on stage

A collection of hooey, some factual and important and other bits and bytes even more so and all laced with a credibility of facts and a wink that's as good as a nod. Included in this is mention of the sad loss of ska king Cecil "Prince Buster" Campbell whose influence on acts such as The Specials and The Selecter is obvious and acknowledged.

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Celine Dion

Celine Dion's Encore Un Soir (“Another Night”) remains at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart for the 2nd straight week, selling about 20K copies in the survey period and certified Double Platinum by Music Canada on Sept. 8.

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Virginia To Vegas

A collection of Top 10 tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories: Top Downloads represents the most copied tracks in the week, and the Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams. Pictured: Virginia To Vegas

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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 Stratford superstar performed in the Icelandic capital city last night and broke attendance records for live events and also attracted an astonishing percentage of the island nation's population...

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

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L-r: Vincent Levesque / Alexander Ortiz / Pierre-Luc Bégin

Post-punk/electronica trio are preparing to release their fifth album, WRONG. They reflect on the sacrifices made to sustain a career on the fringes.

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A Music 360 Canada Nielsen report on the demographics of country music lovers here makes interesting reading.

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Colonel Harold Kudlats, the Hamilton agent who helped Conway Twitty find stardom, convinced Ronnie Hawkins to come to Canada and helped The Band become legends, has died a few months short of turning 100.

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Murray McLauchlan set for CCMA Hall of Fame induction. Photo by Kevin Kelly

Murray McLauchlan is at Centennial Hall tonight on a big ticket show that includes Doc Walker, George Canyon, Michelle Wright, Jessica  Mitchell, Bobby Wills, The Western Swing Authority and the night following he will be inducted into the CCMA Hall of Fame.

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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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Home to the Memorial Cup champion London Knights, London is welcoming Canadian country music stars and fans at noon on Thursday with a quick game of ball hockey outside Budweiser Gardens... but the real action is a sandwich shop that hopes to predict the Fans Choice Award winner.

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

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Bob Carpenter left a small legacy of songs, and fewer pictures for us to remember him by

This is an extraordinary story about how a little known Canadian songwriter inspired two novels and changed the life of an American journalist who has seen and heard it all before.

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Blackie and The Rodeo Kings

Today’s edition features BARK (pictured here) grabbing star guests, WondaGurl tipped by The Guardian, The Hammer preparing for Supercrawl, plus other bits ‘n bytes we hope you find of interest.

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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 timetable you need to keep on top of approaching deadlines for festival, conference, contest, and funding applications.

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This week the FYI Careers section has found 71 new postings from across the country, offering a range of possibilities for the senior executive to new job entrants seeking internships or entry-level positions.

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Jarre with Snowden. Photo: The Guardian

French pop composer Jean-Michel Jarre travelled to Moscow to record with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and he tells us why. The recording is available through Sony Music (with video).

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Mr. Kudlats turns 100 in a couple of months and we have it on good authority he continues to enjoy life at his home in Hamilton at Shalom Village.

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Peter Mansbridge makes news and is reportedly seeking a new contract with the CBC following his July 2, 2017 departure as anchor of The National, and the CRTC is in hot water for a growing list of decisions that have the appearance of back-firing on the government agency...

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Since moving to Canada over four decades ago, Joanne Smale has excelled in a large number of roles in the music and film industries. She reflects upon a highly memorable career in this FYI Industry Profile.

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A collection of Top 10 tracks delivered to radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in Canada and broken down into two categories: Top Downloads represents the most copied tracks in the week, and the Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams. Pictured here, the members of Jimmy Eat World who are top of the pops this week with a new single from the Oct. 29 album release, Integrity Blues.

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Lubbock Texas will honour their hometown hero with a new performing arts centre. It has been designed by Canadian firm Diamond Schmitt Architects.

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Celine Dion returns with a whopping first-week sale on her new album, and it's all in French; Broken Social Scene earns kudos for a festival show in the UK, and Larry LeBlanc informs us that the CBC is re-broadcasting an informative radio show he put together about three wise guys from Canada who managed to re-shape the music biz and make it a better place for artists everywhere.

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We have the Nielsen Market Watch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year.

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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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On its 40th anniversary, the Bat Out Of Hell album will be given a lavish musical treatment thanks to a collaboration between Bell Media and Iconic Entertainment Studios. Pictured here is the man who made the original come to life: Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday.

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

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Barbra Streisand maybe Queen in America and her latest album crowned the chart in its first week of release, but here in Canada Babs can't hold a candle to Celine. The Montreal singer's latest studio affair may be en francaise, but her fans took to it in droves and took it to the top in its first week of release.

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Jerry Heller and Eazy-E

It's farewell to Jerry Heller, Fred Hellerman, and Bob Bissonnette; Bryan Adams continues his global conquest, Justin Bieber and Drake take the heat from quasi-Canuck reggae star Sean Paul--plus much, much more...Pictured here: Jerry Heller and Eazy-E.

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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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Aside from expressing disappointment at the CRTC decision to deny Radio 2 and ICI Musique further advertising, the CBC said the short notice of the cut-off date makes it impossible for the stations to immediately halt their advertising commitments

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Power returns in a Big way in Winnipeg...92.9 goes Classic in Caledonia...and Apple has more than enough liquid cash to pay 15 Irish tax penalties...plus pertinent social media notes.

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Invictus head Jim Cressman

This very successful country music entrepreneur heads a booming concert promotions company, while his management and record label acts are also having a great 2016.

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Canada's music education charity heads into the schools, presenting a competition for music classes across the country with a major potential payoff.

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John Cale to star at POP Montreal

The POP Montreal and Walk of Fame fests have news, great free weekend shows, the return of The Black Eyed Peas and more. Pictured: John Cale

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Our list of deadlines you need to know about for applications for various music festivals and conferences as well as grants, funding and other business opportunities.

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National Music Centre

Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might like to read today. Pictured: National Music Centre

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Opinion

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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Photo: Don Dixon

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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Photo: Arden Wray

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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Photo: Cory Johnn

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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Photo: Shauna Greyerbiehl

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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Photo: Bowen Stead & Daniel Barkley

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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Photo: Pierre Arsenault

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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Photo: Daria Marchik

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

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

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

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

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

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Lee Fields at TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2016. Photo Bill King

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

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Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Che Kothari

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Justin Morabito

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

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Photo: A Kaiser

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

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Photo: Bill King

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

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

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Drizzy cheers for his home team Raptors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob with Canada's own K'Naan

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

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The cast from the incredible WKRP TV show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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patholiday

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

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

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

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Trevor Noah

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

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Julian Taylor

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

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

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The Trews

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

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

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

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Jaco Pastorius

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

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

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

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Jeff Price, Audiam

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

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

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Little Big Town

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

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

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

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Quoted

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

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

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Josh Strawn

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

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

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

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

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Paul Williams today

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

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

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

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Photo: Danny Clinch

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

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Documentarian Kevin McMahon

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

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

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

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Beach Boy Mike Love today

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

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

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On the eve of her Canadian shows, the country music icon reflects upon love and her new album.

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Judging on American Idol has brought the jazz singer/pianist and actor wider recognition. Bill King encountered him several times in the '90s, and the result is this revealing A Conversation With.

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Frank Ocean

An extensive recent feature in Billboard addressed the hot theme of the day, streaming exclusives. We excerpt some of the piece here. Photo: Frank Ocean.

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Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings

The Canadian Music Hall Of Fame member is lauded by plenty of his peers for Just Between You And Me, his upcoming autobiography, out October 18, 2016.

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Beyonce

The MTV Video Music Awards kicked off for the first time at New York’s Madison Square Garden for a night of ups and (mostly) downs that shone a light on the good and bad of pop.

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Summer 2016 looks destined to be remembered as the season when nothing stuck. No definitive tune rang out in the lidos, no consensus spread across social media, and no song embedded itself deeply enough in collective memory to be swooned over….

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Herbie Hancock with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. Photo: Bill King

This titan of contemporary music has had a huge influence on fellow keyboardist/composer Bill King. Two decades ago the pair connected for this fascinating A Conversation With.. Pictured: Herbie Hancock with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. 

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Bill King dug into the vaults for this fascinating interview with the six-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, one of the major figures in contemporary jazz.

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Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek launched the company in 2008 and has amassed a personal wealth estimated at US$400M from a company that has yet to earn a profit.

"If the songwriter experience with Spotify is any guide, you can’t trust these people to run what is essentially a glorified record club unless they are under the watchful eye of a magistrate judge..."

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Your Morning team

The best way to describe Your Morning in one sentence would be “The Social as a morning show.”

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"In our vast, sparsely populated country, a land with such variation in experience, geography – even language – we have not outgrown our need for an instrument that can – at crucial times – knit us together. CBC is that vehicle..."

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The Hip frontman took advantage of his huge national platform on Saturday to endorse the Prime Minister and pledge his support in addressing the problems facing those in the North.

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On the eve of his final show with the band he's called home for 17 years, the pedal steel ace penned this eloquent letter for his comrades.

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Canada's celebrity PM is proving himself to be a media magnet like his father, but his hipster image doesn't always engage the public in the same way. His visit to Kingston has stirred some to wonder 'why?'

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Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip have led Canadians deep into the mysteries of their national identity. Now they’re saying goodbye...

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Now a jolly 60 years of age, John Lydon still likes to think of himself as a little rotten and says he hasn't mellowed an iota.

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Pat Boone, a cast member in the Christian drama sequel

"How can our beloved country have deteriorated so drastically?" "I’ll tell you how. God has lifted His hand of protection from the United States of America."

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Birthday gal Andrea Morris

This hard working (mostly) Canadian independent record promoter sent out her weekly bulletin yesterday afternoon, and in it she mentioned it was her birthday. Her words made us smile; maybe they'll have the same effect on you too. As you can see from her Twitter picture, she looks like someone who knows how to enjoy life... and that's a good thing.

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Andrew Matheson today

With only a guitar, a tatty copy of Melody Maker, and his template for the perfect band, Canadian-born Andrew Matheson set out, in 1971, to make music history...

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Buffalo News scribbler says the city's latest news anchor, former CTV news reporter Ashley Rowe, needs to work on the all-important attitude actors and anchors do so well -- faking sincerity.

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Vanessa Beecroft. Image by designutrust.com

"I wanted the people to look poor. Poverty and elegance were the key words. Poverty and elegance..."

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Vinyl album sales continue to flourish, but Michael Nelson says its success is too dependent on Record Store Day, and the phenomenal growth curve is abating.

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Eclectic platinum-selling songstress Norah Jones visited Toronto recently to promote upcoming new album Day Breaks. She sat down with our Bill King for this enlightening A Conversation With...

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Don Breithaupt is a multi-faceted talent, as a songwriter, keyboardist, composer and bandleader. His work with Monkey House and The Breithaupt Brothers has scored major peer respect. Learn more in this A Conversation With...

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"I want to go to Cuba, but I don’t want to go down there and just do a concert, and then nothing comes from it. When [we] go down there, we want a deal in place so there’s a ripple effect—like open up schools, open up parks for the communities...."

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There's a deeper weirdness happing at the RNC convention in Cleveland and its dragging the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians into its messy vortex.

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Social media has changed the way we present ourselves. What was formerly considered taboo is becoming the norm!

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Are we importing American beliefs and ideology and embedding them in the TV shows we create? And if so, what impact does this have in colouring or distorting the viewpoints of Canadians living at home?

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Toronto music industry veteran Joey Cee has been a recording artist, radio programmer, magazine publisher and event producer. He looks back on a fascinating career with comrade Bill King in this a Conversation With...

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Arizona State U has pioneered the technological know-how that allows one person to control a swarm of robotic drones, merely by thinking about the distinctive tasks...

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Semantics are everything when dealing with the Law, and when it comes to Copyright Law the lingo is as thick as a Glaswegian's brogue and almost as precise as an atomic clock, as David Basskin illuminates for us all.

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Benom Plumb. Pic by Evan Shelton.

If a catalog of music is not managed by a professional pursuing lucrative licensing deals and aggressive royalty collections – the copyrights can degrade in value.

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A study makes recommendations for the CRTC, Canada Revenue Agency and Department of Finance to hold foreign-owned OTTs to the same rules as other major Canadian media companies when it comes to online broadcasting in order to help develop a true level playing field.

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The Songs In the Key of Life singer preached his mission of peace and understanding at a concert in London on Sunday, and the audience cheered his words.

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Renata Hesse

Songwriters of North America co-executive director Kay Hanley pulls no punches in a blistering attack on the consent decrees ruling that she suggests favour companies such as Google.

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Pianist/composer David Braid is receiving kudos for both his soundtrack to the Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue and his own adventurous work. He outlines his approach in this A Conversation With...

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America's killing spree has reached epic proportion and this Toronto singer joins Beyoncé, Drake and many more in denouncing intolerance and calling for an end to a distinctly uncivil war.

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Tech companies wield a big stick using lobbyists to get their way when it comes to navigating the corridors of power. Songwriters need to stand up and be heard, because they are being beaten down by billionaire bullies.

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Mired in a profound depression, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels explains how the Vancouver singer became a ‘life preserver.’

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Two years ago, the world’s smartest man said that ungoverned AI could well end humanity. Since then, most of the work in the field has been limited to a handful of extremely powerful for-profit companies locked in a competitive arms race...

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Radio could be great again, if good programmers were allowed free rein to do their jobs and personalities were allowed to show their true talents.

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Like pixies, but able to inject thoughtfulness into their lyrics, the twin sisters are ambassadors for their causes, and for Canada...

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His Excellency David Johnston

...As vastly different as we are, we also have much in common: above all else, we are Canadians.

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Hit Nashville-based songwriter Tebey is about to release a new solo album, accompanied by Canadian shows. Learn more in this A Conversation With...

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Gordon Lightfoot was recently posed a question about covers of his songs that have surprised him. His response in itself is something of a surprise...

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Famed singer/songwriter Ian Thomas has just released a career retrospective featuring lush orchestrations of his classic tunes. He discusses his life in song in this A Conversation With.

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BitTorrent CEO Jeremy Johnson

BitTorrent has launced a new ad-supported mobile streaming service tailor made for Indie artists. Pictured here, CEO Jeremy Johnson

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Carly Rae Jepsen, queen of Japanese shampoo commercials.

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Sales are a dead metric, like counting the number of landlines in a mobile world, it's all about streams. But how do you get people to stream if they don't know what playlist to check out?

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'No I don't like the fucking chuck wagon races- no I don't like animals being hurt or abused or mistreated... I am appearing in a parade that I have personally been going to with my ENTIRE family for over fifty years.....'

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Eloquent singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell is busy writing in Nashville and now touring with Kiefer Sutherland. Learn more in this a Conversation With...

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'Simplicity is not stupidity; making language easy to apprehend is intrinsic to making it appealing...'

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BC country star Aaron Pritchett recently got to open for one of his idols Garth Brooks. He discusses that and other inspirations in this A Conversation With..

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DISC JOCKEYS AROUND THE WORLD all have one thing to thank for having their jobs, especially in this age of endless entertainment options. It’s not their listeners they should be thanking—it’s their listeners’ cars.

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The old rules intended to boost CanCon spins on the radio are just that. Old rules. Now we live in an online world and the rule book needs an overhaul, or tossing out...

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The bassist has joined a chorus of musicians and music biz execs demanding that Google rethink its payment policy for the use of music on it's YouTube service. The very public outcry may have just worked...

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Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

He supports Bernie Sanders and says he doesn't "endorse hate, bigotry, childish name calling, the superficiality of celebrity or ignorance..."

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Award-winning Canadian country star Jason Blaine reflects upon family, Nashville and golf with Bill King in this A Conversation With...

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Veteran promoter/publicist/scribe Richard Flohil is the deserving recipient of the 2016 CIMA Unsung Hero Award. He is a man of many great stories, as you'll see in this A Conversation With...

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"The music industry has never been more powerful and popular and we as an industry have never done a shittier job of rallying together as one industry. We should work together to solve the root of the problem -- fair compensation..."

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The 2016 CIMA Builder Award will be presented to Al Mair in Toronto on Monday night. Bill King delves into his illustrious career in this A Conversation With...

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The Country star gets personal in supporting a cause close to her heart...

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It's a pretty simple rule: Don't follow the pack; instead, stand out and be unique...

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"Country music today is so slick and programmed, I wonder if the Nashville today would be on board for someone like Merle..."

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On her third album, Love & Lust, Toronto singer/songwriter Jadea Kelly explores these themes in a very intimate and candid fashion. Learn more in this A Conversation With...

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Graphic courtesy of Todd Alcott

The raspy singer seemingly shows greater respect and affection for a canon of songs not of his own making...

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The math's all wrong for music streaming to work under the current regime. The labels need to ask themselves whether that is the streaming future they want…

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Glyn Johns recently released Sound Man, a book about his life and times as one.

On the rooftop at Apple the group had become dysfunctional as friends, but as musicians...well, Let It Be proved just how creative and musical this team was together even in bad times.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gord Downie giving it his all on stage

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

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Photo: Jeffrey Bosdet

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

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In nomine patris et filii et Bob, amen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Today’s New Track

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Drake's first signing to his OVO Sound label has a serious hit on his hands here. A moody slice of modern r 'n b, it features Drizzy as a guest.

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This powerful new track and eye-catching video features guest appearances from Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Narcy and Black Bear. It helps whet the appetite for the group's upcoming third album.

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The much-loved Weakerthans are no more, but mainman Samson previews an upcoming second solo album with this new track, a gentle treat.

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Arcade Fire guitarist plays quirky, witty and melodic rock 'n roll as a solo artist. This new single is a fine example.

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Young Toronto pop-rock songsmith with great potential releases a strong falsetto-inflected new single.

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The versatile vocalist and her ace group deliver a vibrant tune deserving of airplay. News that they'll release a new single every month is welcome.

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Ahead of a new album, these melodic pop-rockers from Winnipeg deliver a dynamic and radio-friendly single, complemented by an original video concept.

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Fast-rising US country star recruits ace Canadian producer Joey Moi (Nickelback) on this surefire new hit single.

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The Juno-winning country singer comes up with another hit with this rousing romp celebrating a rural summer tradition. Fun video too.

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The Toronto singer reworks a '60s pop classic in genuinely creative fashion, injecting a beautiful melancholia.

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Steeltown rock faves namecheck Drake's father on a killer new single and video sure to help kickstart their North American tour.

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This young Manitoban country singer is up for a CCMA Rising Star Award soon, and this new single shows why.

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This rootsy Ontario songsmith will release second album Huntsville on Sept. 30. It is produced by Jim Bryson, whose subtle touches help make this new track an appealing winner.

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Photo: Jaclyn Campanaro

The musically adventurous alt-rock sextet from Winnipeg preview an imminent new album with this rhythmic single.

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The leaders of acclaimed former group Thought Beneath Film re-emerge with a new band and a different yet still dynamic sound. This new single has real hit potential.

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A string of hit singles for country star Tim Hicks is continuing with this track, and a strong new video will help the cause.

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The popular Toronto alt-rock band has trimmed down to a duo and unveiled a dramatically different sound, as can be heard on this new synth-pop driven single.

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Photo: Ari D

The internationally acclaimed synth-popsters preview an imminent fourth album with a single confirming they remain in top form.

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This Manitoba-born, US-based singer/songwriter will release her seventh album soon. Her pure voice and lyrical chops are showcased on this strong new single.

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The rich and soulful voice of Michael Dunston shines on this fresh version of a classic by New Orleans music legend Allen Toussaint.

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The Canadian country star has another winner on his hands with a new single extolling the joys of morning-after imbibing. We have the fun new video for you.

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Just nominated as Roots Artist of the Year at the CCMAs, this eloquent singer/songwriter is making moves with a strong new single.

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The creative evolution of this year's It's Your Shot winner is showcased in this epic production showcasing the singer's passionate vocals.

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Photo: Brooks Reynolds

Hamilton hard rock heroes release a live video shot at a European festival. They return there soon to open an arena tour for Nickelback.

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Young Toronto singer/songwriter displays real promise on this new r 'n b-inflected pop track.

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Retro-styled blues-rockers from Montreal release a new album today, and this single showcases their sound nicely.

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The first song to be promoted via Newcap Radio's new program for emerging artists, In The Dark introduces promising young talent Brandon Bizior.

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Hit Halifax rapper unveils a new single and video with a powerful message addressing 'no snitch' culture.

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Doc Walker is back with a smart uptown ballad, taken from a best-of album that is set for release later in the year and after the summer tour season.

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The multiple Juno-nominated singer/songwriter previews upcoming album The Fire with a brassy upbeat single evocative of early Springsteen.

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The Broken Social Scene co-founder returns to the fray with a propulsive and psychedelia-tinged new single that we dig a lot.

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Hamilton heartland rockers deliver another strong single from upcoming album Morning Report.

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The Montreal ensemble’s ethos is to change the world one song at a time and although this is an unlikely candidate in an era when pop music has been hijacked by sex, brands, smugness, smuttiness and plastic production techniques, the word is spreading...

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Recent big winners at the iHeartRadio MMVAs, Fifth Harmony are topping the charts with this new single. The hot video is helmed by Toronto's Director X.

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The expressive and popular Maritime rocker uploaded this tribute of sorts to the Tragically Hip frontman on SoundCloud yesterday.

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On this new single and video from her debut solo album, Heather Rankin pays touching tribute to her family roots.

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Jacob and band never cease to amaze on stage

Abbotsford's best slayed with this song on the iHeart MMVAs. The label is re-servicing it now as a follow-up to the gold-selling "Hello" spinner, and in front of some high profile shows that are all but guaranteed sell-outs.

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Edmonton country artist Dan Davidson is on a real roll at radio with this infectious track.

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The Juno-winning singer/songwriter has just released a surprise EP, Unmake, and this highlight track mixes social commentary and a surging melody.

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The acclaimed Toronto jazzniks preview a new album with a killer instrumental cut, one featuring hot young producer Kaytranada.

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The Winnipeg trio makes up for poor judgement in choosing its name with a zesty shot of larky music buffed to a sheen with a jukebox of licks and riffs snipped from some of our fave hit songs and classic albums.

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Not to be confused with the Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland hit, this track has already proven itself to have legs and now the record label has released a "super clean" edited version to radio. It's from a forthcoming album.

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Brampton's finest pop/r 'n b singer reprises her hit Wild Things with a top-notch remix featuring G-Eazy.

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

This Montreal jazz/hiphop/soul combo preview a new EP with a horn-fuelled treat of a new single. They're playing festivals across Canada soon.

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With four gold singles and a stage rep that can't be beat, Tim Hicks is ready to roll this summer. He's at the Unison Jam 2 concert at the Phoenix on June 16 where it's expected he will deliver a live edition of his latest hitbound track.

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Peterborough five-piece kicks out the jams on the latest Country single that adds bristle and riffing to a genre that more than not is slicker than hair gel.

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Acclaimed songstress previews imminent album For Evelyn with this haunting new track.

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A Fort Mac singer with a pure voice and an open heart...

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The Montreal hockey player shifted his gaze to music and caught the attention of Corey Hart. He's already had a run up the chart with his debut single and this follow-up promises to be an even bigger hit.

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Ahead of a keenly-awaited new album, Juno-winning Arkells deliver a  new hit single.

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A Weeknd track gets a melodic pop-rock twist on this fresh cover by Jane's Party.

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Written before the Alberta wildfires, this track by Classified and David Myles has become part of a wildly successful fundraising campaign for the victims.

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Photo: Jeff Cooke

Nova Scotian rocker Adam Baldwin, a member of Matt Mays' band, previews a new solo album with this strong Springsteen-inflected track.

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

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

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

 

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

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

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The Washboard Union on tour

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

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

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

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

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

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Ken McCoy in action on stage

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

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Julian on stage and lovin' every minute of it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And she keeps on having fun...

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

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Kesha with Zedd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brett Kissel holds one of his many trophies

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

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