Douglas Putman. Photo: Lucas Tingle
Monday, February 27, 2017
Posted by Kerry Doole

The Ontario chain is prepping an expansion nationwide, owner Douglas Putman says. The plan is to rebrand 70 mothballed HMV stores.

Coldplay's Chris Martin, in the spotlight
Monday, February 27, 2017
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The Chainsmokers' “Something Just Like This” (Sony) and Virginia To Vegas's “Selfish” (Wax) were radio's top favourite new tracks last week, according to data supplied by B2B digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo.

Future's immediate future looks highly promising
Monday, February 27, 2017
Posted by FYI Staff

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, has his self-titled album debut at the top of the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week -- and there's every chance another album he released on Friday could land in 1st place next week, which would have to be some sort of record of its own.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Posted by External Source

In an era of faked news, transnational corporatism, filtered choices, gerrymandered outcomes and a stack of research pointing to a herd mentality in the cultural space, Canada's artists will need mega-superpowers if they are to be heard in a universe of ever-expanding choice controlled by a diminishing number of platforms offering access to global constituencies...

Charlie Angus announces NDP Leadership bid at the Horseshoe Tavern
Monday, February 27, 2017
Posted by FYI Staff

In today’s edition, Charlie Angus (pictured) announces NDP leadership run, Barenaked Ladies will release two albums this year, dates for Pemberton fest announced, new Blues Hall of Fame inductees, Daniel Lanois plays a hometown show, and Belly makes moves in the US.

Douglas Putman. Photo: Lucas Tingle
Coldplay's Chris Martin, in the spotlight
Future's immediate future looks highly promising
Charlie Angus announces NDP Leadership bid at the Horseshoe Tavern

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Douglas Putman. Photo: Lucas Tingle

The Ontario chain is prepping an expansion nationwide, owner Douglas Putman says. The plan is to rebrand 70 mothballed HMV stores.

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

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Coldplay's Chris Martin, in the spotlight

The Chainsmokers and Coldplay's dance-pop Brit Awards performance killer, “Something Just Like This” (Sony), and Virginia To Vegas's seductive-sounding “Selfish” (Wax) were radio's top favourite new tracks last week, according to data supplied by B2B digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo.

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Future's immediate future looks highly promising

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, known professionally as Future, has his self-titled album debut at the top of the Billboard Canadian Albums chart this week -- and there's every chance another album he released on Friday could land in 1st place next week, which would have to be some sort of record of its own.

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In an era of faked news, transnational corporatism, filtered choices, gerrymandered outcomes and a stack of research pointing to a herd mentality in the cultural space, Canada's artists will need mega-superpowers if they are to be heard in a universe of ever-expanding choice controlled by a diminishing number of platforms offering access to global constituencies...

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Charlie Angus announces NDP Leadership bid at the Horseshoe Tavern

In today’s edition, Charlie Angus (pictured) announces NDP leadership run, Barenaked Ladies will release two albums this year, dates for Pemberton fest announced, new Blues Hall of Fame inductees, Daniel Lanois plays a hometown show, and Belly makes moves in the US.

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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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UMG's best selling artists in 2016

The top revenue-generating artists for the world’s largest record group in 2016 were Drake and Justin Bieber...

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

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The well-known Canadian radio authority is also an accomplished singer/songwriter, clearly evident on his latest album that includes an impressive cast of musicians from the US and Canada...

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The latest Shawn Mendes image, used to promote his world arena tour

In today’s edition, Shawn Mendes announces an international arena tour starting in April, reflections on the Juno Awards, Max Martin dethroned as Sweden’s top pop composer, Sloan set to rock Toronto’s Beer Festival, and Catherine MacLellan pays tribute to dad Gene in a show to run this summer in Charlottetown...

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

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

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Canadian culture in a digital world report

Heritage Minister Joly has approved the release of a report containing findings from consultations with cultural stakeholders and citizens last year. The doc is a prelude to the government unveiling an export strategy this year aimed in part at bolstering cultural sector employment.

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

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Cowboy Junkies, the driving force behind Latent Recordings

To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the label home of Cowboy Junkies (pictured) launches a live music series in Toronto showcasing its roster. Latent head Michael Timmins reflects on its history.

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Drake's Brit Award gives him another reason to smile

In today’s edition, Drake (pictured) picks up a Brit Award, Dine Alone and Buzz Records announce a partnership and SXSW showcase, Jay Z heads to Songwriters Hall of Fame, King Crimson to tour North America, Rick Barker will host a CMW workshop, and Montebello fest will rock out.

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

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Jill Snell, Road Angel Entertainment

In this wide-ranging conversation, the highly respected industry veteran reflects upon a compelling career that has seen her wear many hats.

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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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For the Grammys, “I’m a black artist, I’m apparently a rapper, even though "Hotline Bling" is not a rap song,” Drake said on his weekend show on Apple’s Beats 1 radio.

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

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The Toronto music venue with a colourful century-long career remains shuttered as its owner seeks City Hall’s help in bringing it back to life.

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In the '80s, British-born Canadian rock singer-songwriter Carole Pope promoted a provocative blend of hard-edged new wave rock with explicit homoerotic and BDSM-themed lyrics. She has widened her media gaze since then and for once she just might be in sync with the times.

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The latest promo shot for The Watchmen

In today’s edition, The Watchmen (pictured) will release their first live album, Alex Cuba announces a new record and Canadian tour, Eric Church hits back at scalpers, CD Baby back in action, a winter blues fest in Aurora, and Alysha Brilla shines in Toronto.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 50 job postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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

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Strong like a lion is our Biebs

Forget Bey, Riri, Madge, Adie, Jazzy and Drizzy, if you want to know what fame is you gotta be travelling the world with the Biebs. His matinee looks, tough boy persona and shooby dooby doo songs may be candy floss to some--but to tens of millions round the world our boy is like the Beatles, Elvis and 'whatever' all rolled into one. You just can't get any bigger than that now, can you!

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

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Harrow Fair showcasing at Folk Alliance. Photo: Carly Frey

The FAI conference is the folk music industry's largest annual event. Canadian participants have returned from Kansas City with very positive impressions and results. Pictured: Harrow Fair.

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The capital city superfest has morphed into a 10-day shindig designed to appeal to everyone, from hipsters to mulletheads and even Aunt Matilda. Given the energy in Ottawa in this anniversary year and the $500M fed-funded festivities, barring a biblical rainstorm the events should be a blast.

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Bruce Cockburn, manager Bernie Finkelstein and (centre) Kris Kristofferson

In today’s edition, Bruce Cockburn (pictured) urges his peers to fight for free speech, Neil Young upsets his Aussie fans, Garth Brooks inspires kids in Edmonton, a new song about Louis Riel, and RIP Larry Coryell.

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Here is this week's Nielsen Marketwatch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. 

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

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Trish and Garth taking questions at Friday's media scrum

Late December, Garth Brooks announced his tour was stopping in Alberta's capital city in February. It would be the first time the hat star has played in Edmonton in 21 years when he then sold out three shows and 50,871 tickets at Northland Coliseum, in 1996. This time, he sold over 51,000 tickets at $79.98 (including tax and service charge) in less than an hour... Pictured: Garth and Trisha Yearwood.

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

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Earl Sweatshirt

With less than two months until it launches, the annual fest has announced an eclectic new round of Canadian and US performers, including Earl Sweatshirt who is pictured here.

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Neon Dreams

The following are 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 ending Feb. 17, and the Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams. Pictured, Neon Dreams, the week's big winner with "Find A Way."

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On Thursday Vancouver band Mother Mother opens a 25-date tour that wraps with four shows in the hometown

The Grammy halo hangs mighty over the albums chart this week, but the dizzying theatrics and overwhelming hype did nothing to bolster sales. Mother Mother (pictured) hit a high note with the No. 2 best-selling LP in the week, selling 3,500 copies nationally--and the Fifty Shades sequel (Darker) was the chart-topper with 5,300 sales.

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In today’s edition, Roger Waters (pictured) ponders performing The Wall on the US/Mexico border, professional musician-turned-MP Charlie Angus eyes an NDP leadership run, Palestinian music in the spotlight, Mulroney and David Foster serenade Trump, and RIP Bill Kelly, Junie Morrison, and Clyde Stubblefield.

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

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Australian rock band Midnight Oil announced their upcoming world tour aboard a ship from Australia yesterday. It is the activist group’s first in over two decades and it is to include stops in Toronto, on May 20 at the Danforth Music Hall, and Vancouver, at the Commodore Ballroom on June 2.

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

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Ed Sheeran is now Spotify's top artist

In today’s edition, Ed Sheeran (pictured) dethrones Drake as Spotify’s top artist, Sled Island and Kazoo fests announce lineups, Whitney Rose and Leaving Thomas impress in Toronto, Peter Tosh Museum makes a mark, and Bruce Cockburn talks of the threat to US democracy.

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

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

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The Bell Media-backed organization has contributed this monumental sum to the production of music videos by domestic artists over the past 33 years.

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

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Stuart McLean in Prince George to celebrate the city's 100th birthday in 2015

(Andrew) Stuart McLean, the Montreal-born bestselling author, humourist and, for more than 20 years, host of CBC Radio's The Vinyl Cafe, died Wednesday, February 15 at the age of 68, just over a year after a skin cancer diagnosis.

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Vinyl Cafe regular Reid Jamieson has many happy memories of working and travelling with the show's late radio host and storyteller and has a song that celebrates those times, which he posted on social media yesterday.

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Rita Chiarelli. Photo: Denise Grant

In today’s edition, Rita Chiarelli (pictured) is honoured at Folk Alliance, Daniel Lanois will help celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, kd lang to tour Australia, Midnight Oil set to reunite, and a new song from Tami Neilson to coincide with her tour with Colin James.

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

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

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CRTC vice-chair Peter Menzies. Photo: Howard Solomon

In a speech yesterday, CRTC vice-chair Peter Menzies states "We’re aiming high and planning long term because broadband is as essential today as electricity was to the industrial revolution. Fixed and mobile wireless broadband Internet services are catalysts for innovation in today’s connected, interactive world. They are crucial to Canada’s economic prosperity, global competitiveness, social development and democratic discourse..."

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Photo credit: Gordon Hawkins

Steve Osti is co-producing with Hugh Dillon and, starting tonight, fans will be offered an opportunity to virtually observe the creative process as sessions evolve in three separate studios in Canada and the US...

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

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Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Melanie Joly, at a Canada 150 music event

With the nation's sesquicentennial year now under way, we preview some of the music events funded by the feds and ask industry insiders for their take. Pictured: Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly

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Members of Arkells receive gold plaques at hometown show

In today’s edition, Arkells (pictured) earns a gold single, Arcade Fire to play a Montreal fundraiser for Haiti, Juno Cup teams are announced, Leeroy Stagger signs to True North, Jimmy Bowskill keeps busy, The Julian Taylor Band tours Ontario, and RIP Trish Doan of Kittie.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up more than 50 job postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. Please share with peers, friends and associates.

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Facebook isn't wasting time or money in courting the music biz and is making it known it wants exclusives and is willing to pay to further fixate social media crawlers with music videos as the draw. The biz isn't exactly happy with Google, but is Facebook a white knight or just another tech trader?

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A new report indicates boom times for ad spend on US radio, and there's every reason to believe that the rush of dollars to the ubiquitous medium will follow here...

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

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Two decades in, the music education charity has awarded more than $9M in grants to school music programs. That total has just been boosted by a large donation from Eleanor McCain.

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

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Katy Perry on stage at the Grammy Awards

The following are 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 ending Feb. 10, and the Most Active Indies blends downloads and streams. Pictured is Katy Perry who won the day with her new dance track, "Chained To The Rhythm."

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Tegan and Sara are part of a strong Canadian contingent at WayHome.

In today’s edition, the WayHome lineup is announced (Pictured: Tegan and Sara), Folk Alliance is ready to roll, Drake toasts Chance The Rapper, Gordon Lightfoot attends Stompin’ Tom tribute, ECMA Songwriters Tour, and the return of Boston.

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Here is this week's Nielsen Marketwatch report which features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year. This chart is published every Tuesday. The abbreviation "TEA" is a term used to describe the sale of music downloads or singles. A track equivalent album is equal to 10 tracks, or 10 songs.

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

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Drake won two out of eight nominations, but many of his fellow Canadians were shut out of the Grammy hardware at last night's ceremony.

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

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The funding drive for the rejuvenation of the grand old dame of Toronto concert venues gets a major $8.3K boost from the feds.

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Graphic for Big Wreck's Grace Street album

Big Sean's I Decided album debuts at #1 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart with the top streams and overall consumption units, but Canada's own Big Wreck steals the day with Grace Street coming home with 4K sales to rank as the week's best-selling album.

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The Toronto-based music publishing company now has a strong global presence, racking up an impressive number of international synch licenses. Pictured: Vince Degiorgio and Ari Rhodes.

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In today’s edition, Crash Vegas reunite to play a show in support of reissued Red Earth (pictured), a pre-Grammy Canadian showcase attracts big names, a Joni Mitchell sighting, turmoil at SoundCloud, Canadians up for American Music Prize, and RIP Al Jarreau.

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Billy Talent. Photo: Dustin Rabin

Three of Canada's best hard rock bands team up for a big cross-country trek starting next week. After touring Europe together recently, they're seriously primed for action. Pictured: Billy Talent.

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

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David Horodezky, right, during his younger years

Longtime promoter David Horodezky, founder of Calgary-based Brimstone Productions, has passed at the age of 77. He is pictured on the right.

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In today's edition, new CIMA Road Gold recipients include Terra Lightfoot (pictured), Prince’s musical legacy is in good hands, UTA protests Trump travel ban, Blondie and Garbage to tour together, and another Toronto music venue will close shortly.

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

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

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An impressive 8B-plus streams transforms Toronto's Drake into IFPI's top-selling artist of the year.

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

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Live Nation continues to be a dominant player in the concert business, with its overall revenues in 2016 beating those of the top two record companies combined.

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The "Spinal Tap" lawsuit is "turning it up to 11" as remaining band members and director Rob Reiner join Harry Shearer in a lawsuit against Vivendi alleging suspect accounting practices.

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Buddy and Al in 1957.

Here on Throwback Thursday we have a photo of Al Mair with Buddy Holly, Danko Jones and Jane’s Party announce national tours, Mac DeMarco signs to Royal Mountain, Eric Alper launches a Q&A series on Twitter, and HMV cancels its Pure loyalty program.

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

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

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Three solo male artists, Drake, the Weeknd, and Shawn Mendes, top the list with five nominations apiece.

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

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A new label specializing in vintage vinyl releases from Canadian acts is already pressing. An impressive list of upcoming titles has been announced.

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2016 Juno Award winners Whitehorse

From multiple winners to first-timers, all those named at the press conference yesterday were thrilled at the recognition. Here are some of their comments. Pictured: Whitehorse

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Kiefer Sutherland will play Boots and Hearts fest

In today’s edition, Boots and Hearts beefs up (pictured: Kiefer Sutherland), the New Creations of TSO, Helen Creighton is honoured by Folk Alliance, Tim Hicks scores platinum, James Teej is up for a Grammy, and Denielle Bassels launches her debut album tonight.

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

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With Yoko and his wife Minnie

It is odd how an Australian came to Canada and helped create a homegrown music industry, and played a pivotal part in bending the government's ear to establish CanCon regs. He went on to conquer the world. Sadly he died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Feb. 6. He was 73. Pictured: Ritchie Yorke, Yoko Ono, his wife Minnie.

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Caroline Rioux

CMRRA represents close to 60,000 music publishing catalogues and has been expanding its purview in collecting rights incomes from new clients that include YouTube. It's a business that requires great patience in dealing with the tariff board, a high investment in tech and a lot of smarts to understand the changing music rights landscape and future income opportunities...

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

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Ritchie Yorke, courtesy the Brisbane Courier Mail

The Australian-born author, broadcaster, historian and music journalist arrived in Canada in Centennial Year and used his seat first at The Telegram, and later the Globe & Mail, to fight the general apathy about homegrown talent. He went on to befriend some of pop music's greatest names and travelled the world promoting peace at the behest of John and Yoko.

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The annual award recognizes outstanding artistry in Canadian music videos and is now the largest cash prize in the world for the format. The longlist of nominees has just been announced, along with the return of Slaight Music as Lead Sponsor.

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Today’s New Track

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

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

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

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Photo: LeAnn Mueller

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

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

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

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Photo: Jess Baumung

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Michael Avedon

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

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

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Photo: Jodie Ponto

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

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

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Photo: Alicia Atout

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

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

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Painting: Jeremy Bruneel

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

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Photo: Jasper Lam

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Lindsay Duncan

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

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

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Photo: Matt Barnes

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Jen Squires

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

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

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Photo: Raina + Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit: Jen Squires

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

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Photo: Le Petit Russe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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League of Rock founder Terry Moshenberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Quoted

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

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

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Larry Wanagas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adele celebrating at this year's Grammy Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best-selling author Linwood Barclay

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

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The Strumbellas appearing on the Baeble Music YouTube channel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kaleo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Allston Pudding

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

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

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In a jolly mood, but can she deliver?

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

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

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

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Photograph: Steve Schofield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colin behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Annie Leibovitz

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

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The Kingston Frontenacs' special Tragically Hip-themed jerseys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Tess Park

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

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

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SSHH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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