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It is the time of the year when we skip out of town and enjoy the beaches, fruit stands and catch up on a stack of books and magazines that have tantalizingly sat idle collecting dust in the past several months. We are back, as the headline says, on August 2nd with the regular columns, news and the daily newsletter.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. Picture: Eric Parazelli
Friday, July 22, 2016
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SOCAN continues to hope that a made-in-Canada solution for reproduction rights will be found sooner rather than later...

CMRRA President Caroline Rioux
Friday, July 22, 2016
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The collection and licensing of mechanical rights for decades has been the sole purview of the CMRRA. Now SOCAN has announced plans to collect for its affiliates, so it seemed fitting to ask CMRRA President Caroline Rioux for a response...

Pictured l-r: Craig Northey, Steven Page, Chris Murphy, Moe Berg
Friday, July 22, 2016
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New quartet The Trans-Canada Highwaymen justifies the supergroup tag. We interview Moe Berg and Craig Northey about the project.

Broken Social Scene jamming on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival
Friday, July 22, 2016
Posted by David Farrell

Celine makes news and a pile more cash, Alanis proves she's not running a grow-op, and a wacky view of how streaming is not quite the be-all and end-all the music biz had promoted it to be. You'll love it all.

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. Picture: Eric Parazelli
CMRRA President Caroline Rioux
Pictured l-r: Craig Northey, Steven Page, Chris Murphy, Moe Berg
Broken Social Scene jamming on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival

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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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Monday, 25/07/16

It is the time of the year when we skip out of town and enjoy the beaches, fruit stands and catch up on a stack of books and magazines that have tantalizingly sat idle collecting dust in the past several months. We are back, as the headline says, on August 2nd with the regular columns, news and the daily newsletter.

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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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Newsletter - July 22nd, 2016

Please note that the FYI Music newsletter and website will not be updated between Monday, July 25 and August 1 as we are taking a vacation. Of course, being workaholics, we will be checking our e-mails, but we can't promise to respond. It's hard to type on a smartphone and swim at the same time.

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SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. Picture: Eric Parazelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada's winning three amigos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coleman Hell makes the cut with three nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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Kiefer with his guitar collection

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

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

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On stage in Seattle

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

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

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

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

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Outside the Chrysler building in NYC yesterday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

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

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Brit band The 1975 is top of the pops in 2016

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

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

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

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Monster Truck band members revved about the Nickelback tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Pawel Tkaczyk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adele wins...again!

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

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Taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Basia Bulat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The newborn Christian edition of Vanity shortly before she died

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

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

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

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

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Robert Ott, co-founder, CEO ole

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

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The Weeknd performing on last night's Grammy show.

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

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

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

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Drake is top of the Pops

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

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Drake receiving Key to the City from Mayor John Tory

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

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

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

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

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Ken Stowar. Picture credit: Bill King Photography

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

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

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

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

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Terry and Mell no more?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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It is the time of the year when we skip out of town and enjoy the beaches, fruit stands and catch up on a stack of books and magazines that have tantalizingly sat idle collecting dust in the past several months. We are back, as the headline says, on August 2nd with the regular columns, news and the daily newsletter.

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CMRRA President Caroline Rioux

The collection and licensing of mechanical rights for decades has been the sole purview of the CMRRA. Now SOCAN has announced plans to collect for its affiliates, so it seemed fitting to ask CMRRA President Caroline Rioux for a response...

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Rogers has its bacon saved by Internet and wireless growth, CTV brews its new morning java team, Yangaroo goes Latino, domestic telcos have a watchful eye on Washington as the FCC decides to further investigate foreign-ownership caps, Shazam becomes a metric for broadcasters, and Earl Jive waxes nostalgic....

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The four inaugural Prize winning albums will be celebrated at a star-studded concert in Toronto on Aug. 3. Pictured here: Polaris topper, Steve Jordan.

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Pictured l-r: Craig Northey, Steven Page, Chris Murphy, Moe Berg

New quartet The Trans-Canada Highwaymen justifies the supergroup tag. We interview Moe Berg and Craig Northey about the project.

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Broken Social Scene jamming on stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival

Celine makes news and a pile more cash...again, Alanis proves she's not running a grow-op, and a wacky view of how streaming is not quite the be-all and end-all the music biz had promoted it to be. You'll love it all. And please, don't forget, we are taking holidays from here through Aug. 2 when we return wool-headed and tanned from a week of summer holidaying. We'll be sure to send you all a postcard. Honest! (Pictured here: BSS jammin' at the Pitfork Festival)

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A cover of the trio's Limelight in Cleveland has the band and fans seeing red.

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Gold medal trampolinist Rosie MacLennan to carry Canadian flag in Rio. Pic: Chronicle Herald

The big headline today: How the hell does Bob Lefsetz make money? Of course, there's plenty more to read as well--so link here and have a gander. Heck, you may even find something to light your lightbulb. Oh, and please feel free to roam the web in our absence. We're back in top form on Tuesday, Aug. 2--right after the long weekend. Happy trails!

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The acquisition expands SOCAN's rights collection powers in North America, and raises questions about the future of the CMRRA in Canada.

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Bell Media promises Star Wars, Rogers glum over tennis match, CBS TV offers 24/7 news streaming, CACTUS prickles over CRTC decision, and there's a nifty opportunity for an audio specialist in Shanghai.

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The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Chorus onstage in Stratford

The popular annual Stratford Summer Music Festival was launched this week with an extraordinary performance from The Canadian Arabic Orchestra and Choir.

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Vancouver gospel bluegrass all-star ensemble The High Bar Gang has just released its follow up to the Juno-nominated Lost & Undone, the group's 2014 debut album. The new one's called Someday the Heart Will Trouble the Mind and its available through True North Records.

A convention rousing collection of news and mountainous canards, including a pile of tripe about Jian Ghomeshi. Pictured here, Vancouver gospel bluegrass all-star ensemble The High Bar Gang in a photo-op for the ensemble's latest album collection.

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The eighth annual Closer To The Heart benefit in Toronto has local musicians rallying to support The Regent Park School of Music.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in LA now has a tiny, scary wall around it — thanks to an unknown artist. The 6-inch concrete wall has teeny-tiny barbed wire along the top, as well as miniature American flags and even smaller yellow "keep out" signs.

The daily roundup of news, features, opinions and just plain interesting stuff we found on the web in the past 24 hours.

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The FYI team is seeking a journalism program graduate to work with us in researching stories, transcribing interviews, editing copy, fact-checking material, as well as producing a limited number of short weekly stories.

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In November, Canadian broadcasting veteran Chuck McCoy will be inducted into the OAB Hall of Fame. For this FYI Industry Profile, he took us on this fascinating stroll down memory lane.

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This week the top Careers section in the land has 59 new posts that offer opportunities in broadcasting, entertainment, media, marketing and sales across the nation. Included are three executive positions at the CRTC and at several cultural organizations, plus a chance to whoop it up as an entertainment programming manager at the Calgary Stampede.

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For a generation of aspiring musicians today, where the buck stops in the live music scene is anywhere but in their own pocket. There's a crisis in liveland and something's gotta give...

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment. In the news today, the Torres brothers, Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and Phyllis Jaffe.

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Songwriter Murray Daigle has a large day at the SOCAN office in Don Mills, along with co-writer Jasmine Denham and Cymba Music Publishing's Vince Degiorgio. The occasion? A #1 Award presentation for "Together We Are One" -- the official Pan Am 2015 theme song they wrote with (absent) Bobby John, and performed by Serena Ryder. Picture: Donny Anderson.

Today's edition includes seven new video performances and news of another Swan Song performance by Jimmy Page who, at 72, is clearly wanting to keep his 26 year-old actress and girlfriend, Scarlett Sabet, in comfortable style. Pictured here, a SOCAN soiree.

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Hey, Michelle, it's Melania. Can you shift a little to the left, please! Posted on Instagram yesterday by Saint Hoax.

The daily roundup of news, features, opinions and just plain interesting stuff we found on the web in the past 24 hours.

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The FYI team is seeking a journalism program graduate to work with us in researching stories, transcribing interviews, editing copy, fact-checking material, as well as producing a limited number of short weekly stories.

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Innovation comes from those who are happy to embark on a course of action without quite knowing where it will lead, without doing a feasibility study, without fear of failure or too much hope of reward.

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DAWG-FM has the CRTC greenlight to abandon its jazz and blues heritage in Ottawa, Vista delivers 'Juice' to the Niagara region, Taylor Swift is ordered to submit a deposition over her allegation that a DJ groped her, Radio India's Singh Gill is free on bail, and Bell Media is alleged to be involved in fishy business with Marineland.

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Cole pledging to be a good lad at the Cadence Music Group headquarters.

The impressive Toronto boutique label has struck a new deal with the entertainment group Cadence Music, giving both a firmer footprint in the electro-dance market. Roster includes global star Felix Cartal. Pictured here is Physical boss Cole Stephenson.

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The Nielsen Marketwatch report features Canadian music stats for the current week and YTD with comparisons to last year.

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It looks as if Jessica Mitchell has herself a hit in the making with "Workin' On Whiskey"

We count down the hottest new tracks delivered to radio in the past week by the DMDS/Yangaroo digital platform. Among them - pictured here - is Jessica Mitchell's "Workin' On Whiskey".

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Leonard Cohen and collaborator Philip Glass

For its 375th anniversary next year, Montreal will honour its bard Leonard Cohen with an exhibition of works inspired by his eloquence. Photo: Leonard Cohen and collaborator Philip Glass.

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Seventies funk star Sly Stone, who has been living in a campervan for years, has just been awarded US$5m in damages. The 71-year-old R&R Hall of Fame musician sued his former manager and lawyer over unpaid royalties, according to Stone's attorney. As frontman of Sly And The Family Stone, the band behind the hits "Everyday People"and "Dance To The Music", Stone had earlier sued former manager Jerry Goldstein for $50m. The two had fallen out over alleged debts incurred by the singer.

The latest and greatest collection of news, views and shaggy stories from across Canada and the globe, served with fresh baked croissants, French press coffee and an updated pic of Sly Stone who just earned himself a big cheque after six years of legal scrapping with his former manager.

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A Vancouver man is sick of people trespassing on his property for the Pokémon game so he posted this on his fence. Courtesy of Ocean 98.5.

The daily roundup of news, features, opinions and just plain interesting stuff we found on the web in the past 24 hours.

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

 

  • In a decision with wide-reaching impact, the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday ruled 6 to 3 in a case that gives non-unionized employees of federally regulated businesses similar protections against dismissal as those granted to unionized employees. This, of course, includes the Broadcasting industries.

  • Also in the news today, Podcasting takes a hit, YouTube inks deals to live stream the NRP and DNP conventions, Twitter offers brands bait, free VR headsets from Canadian company Tek Gear, and an obit for former Standard/Astral producer Merv Williams.

 

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Apple has made a move to quell the uproar over the pennies artists receive from streaming companies by tendering a new payment formula that will be put before the US Copyright Board. From an optics viewpoint, it’s a good move, but due to circumstances related below, there’s a catch...

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Schoolboy Q has the hottest new album entry of the week with 'Blank Face'

Schoolboy Q has the hottest new album entry with 'Blank Face' in an otherwise soft week for sell-through sales.

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Derrick Ross had a great cottage weekend with Heather Giffen, Clyde and friends.

A motley fool collection of Monday morning muses that includes a scorching hot video performance from Robert Charlebois with Diane Dufresne. Pictured here is Derrick Ross with a boatful of friends enjoying a weekend cruise.

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In this new FYI feature, we'll keep you informed of upcoming deadlines for festival, conference, and funding applications.

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Her Short List nomination brought Carly Rae Jepsen plenty of media attention.

Last week's announcement of the 2016 Polaris Prize Short List nominations drew plenty of media coverage, including from major international outlets.

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Caught in the act: Rob Braide serving up BLTs with gazpacho shooters along side Justice' jerk chicken, rice and peas "and the best spicy patties you've ever tasted." The stage show was at Buffons, part of The comedy festivals at the corner of Clarke and St. Poutine. Usually known at st. Catherine Street. Posted by RB on Facebook this weekend.

A classic collection of news, features and viewpoints we found on the web this weekend and wished to share with our readers today. And just for fun, here's a pic of Rob Braide peddling hot patties with gaspacho shooters.

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The kid is hot and getting hotter all the time. Following the MSG show he has an arena tour that brings him to the Air Canada Centre and high-profile global concert dates in Manila and Sydney.

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The 2016 Polaris Prize Shortlist was announced yesterday. The eclectic grouping features a majority of female artists.

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Alt fave, Broken Social Scene, reunites for summer gigs, and news of a new album has elicited excitement--but details remain vague for now.

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment. Today's edition includes leads on a couple of well paying gigs at the CRTC, not so sporty news about CKOC, a smart iHeartRadio play, holiday plans for badboy Maninder Singh Gill, and more nuttiness from Don Cherry who goes bonkers on Tenor, Remigio Pereira, for his All-Star performance.

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Magdelys Savigne. Photo: Bill King

Latin music has made huge inroads in Canada over the past three decades. Bill King has observed the fascinating phenomenon up close. Photo: Magdelys Savigne

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We may have the order wrong here but taken by Bill King at the SoCME annual yesterday: Big Town Boy Tommy Graham, Jeff Cutler from John Lee & The Checkmates with fellow band mate George Semkiw, Doug Chappell and David "Mars Bar" Marsden with Nipper and a Grammy Award belonging to either Jan Haust or Peter Moore.

The daily includes several hot new videos and sounds, a 24-pack of chilled news--and a blurry recollection of a patio party where the best of the rest swapped tall tales and war stories at the Cadillac Lounge with some of the lads pictured here.

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Another collection of oddities, news, features and just generally good stuff we wanted to share with our readers...

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The BDC is actively scouting to find start-ups that have the potential to put Canadian entrepreneurs with innovative platforms on the global map.

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The Tenors won't be taking Remigio Pereira out to a ball game any time soon as his Canadian cohorts stand strong in criticizing his action within the group in publicly stating that 'all lives matter'.

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Dean Brody (l) and Brett Kissel. Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

The 2016 CCMA Award nominations have been announced, and they show that Dean Brody and Brett Kissel are riding highest in the saddle.

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Last year, Canadian cable, IPTV and satellite firms reported slight declines in revenue and increased costs. The result is smaller profits but margins remain strong at 19 percent.

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Photo: Murray Lightburn

Pop Montreal is gearing up for its 15th annual edition of innovative, left of centre programming. We get the lowdown from co-founder and creative director Dan Seligman.

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment. In today's edition it's farewell to Canadian broadcasters Jeff Cogswell and Bert Gordon who have died. Also in the column, Corus Ent. reports strong earnings, Facebook punishes publishers, YouTube beats out radio as a leading source for music discovery, and CKUA teams up with TD to do live festival remotes in Edmonton and Calgary.

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Jack Ohman, Sacramento Bee

Another collection of oddities, news, features and just generally good stuff we wanted to share with you, our readers...

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The Washboard Union's Aaron Grain, David Roberts and Chris (Dunner) Duncombe were pleasantly suprised to find they were news with four CCMA noms yesterday when they visited Global News in Vancouver. Congrats! lads, we say.

Did you know it's Fuck Google Day? Continue reading to find out more--and while you are at it, check out today's collection of music videos, news, hyperbole and not-so extraordinary facts and fallacies. Oh, and good morning to you all as well. Photo: Washboard Union at Global TV.

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MusiCounts Leadership Circle benefactors Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler

Boosted by the generous donations of Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler, music education charity MusiCounts has launched a major new gifts initiative, the MusiCounts Leadership Circle.

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The Golf4Good Committee pose with the 2016 Canadian Entertainment Charity Gold Classic tournament winners: Chris Gardner, Justin Vanderburg, Brian Wylie and PJ Yedon. Photo by Barry Roden

The Unison Benevolent Fund supports Canadian music industry professionals in times of crisis. Two fundraising events in June brought in $75k for a great cause.  Photo: Canadian Entertainment Charity Gold Classic tournament winners.

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.  In today's column broadcaster Chuck McCoy reports on the recent Podcast Movement convention in Chicago and delivers a column chock full of insights and surprising facts.

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The criticism is growing louder over the US Department of Justice's decision to handicap music publishers, composers and songwriters by disallowing their ability to negotiate best-rate practices with broadcasters, and in particular digital platforms.

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Sam Roberts had a good week with his latest song that's included on his 6th studio album set for release later this year.

Sam Roberts Band's latest "If You Want It" is an out-of-the-box hit. We count down the hottest new tracks delivered to radio in the past week by the DMDS/Yangaroo digital platform.

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The Tenors find themselves in hot water after changing the lyric to the national anthem at Petco Park during a pre-game warm-up for the 87th All-Star game last night. Replacing the lines "With glowing hearts we see thee rise. The True North strong and free," the Canadian quartet sang: "We're all brothers and sisters. All lives matter to the great." On the surface it sounds righteous, but armchair critics are climbing the walls with indignation. Sometimes you can't win for trying.

The Tenors find themselves in the dog house, Jeff Beck gets weird on his latest release, Breakout West announces its performer line-up, Janis Joplin hits the road this fall, and Digging Roots want to change the world. It's been that kind of a day.

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This week we have found 80 new Career postings from across the country. Please feel free to share with friends, peers and on social media sites.

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A collection of news, features and opinion pieces we found on the web and wanted to share with our readers. Today's collection includes news about Canadian cord-cutters, Beyoncé standing up for something other than brands, some interesting data about how Amazon is leading the music streaming race--and more shocking discoveries about how badboy Google, again, has hoodwinked the music biz.

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Blink-182, this week's chart-topper

Blink-182 tops the Albums chart, Magic! debuts with new album, and Canadian R&B act Roy Woods has himself a Top 30 hit in week one...

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

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Catalogue is beating out new artist CDs, and on-demand streaming shows rock and country genres are under-performing in an analysis of Nielsen's mid-year report stats...

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Toronto indie-rockers Fast Romantics have just won the prestigious 11th annual English SOCAN Songwriting Prize for their song "Julia".

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(left to right): Doug Murphy, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment; Wendi Campbell, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region; Berry Vrabanovic, Mayor of Kitchener.    Photo: Corus Entertainment

The CMT Music Fest near Kitchener on the weekend was hampered by bad weather on the first of its two nights. At least a local food bank came away smiling.  Photo (l-r): Doug Murphy, Wendi Campbell, and Berry Vrabanovic.

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The Curtola family are hosting a tribute for Bobby at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in T.O. on Aug. 4. Ten bucks gets you in the door for a mix and mingle, video presentation and "Bobby stories and performances." A sister event is to be held Aug. 2 at the Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton.

A collection of bits, bites and bruisers from the past 24 hours. Pictured here is the late Bobby Curtola who is to be commemorated with events in Toronto and Edmonton next month.

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Another collection of oddities, news, features and just generally good stuff we wanted to share with our readers...

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Formerly with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, she has held executive posts with Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden, Nederlander Concerts and House of Blues.

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A new Ontario study commissioned by Business for the Arts confirms the belief that a vibrant arts and culture scene helps attract skilled talent.

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The Justice decision leaves outdated consent decrees as they are and adds its own interpretations that are clearly punitive for small and indie music publishers and songwriters...

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Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings backstage at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival this weekend. Others on the bill for the three-day event included Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Serena Ryder, Colin James, David Gogo, and Downchild Blues Band. Pic posted to Facebook by Daniel O'Dowd.

A piquant collection of news, views and outlandish fibs delivered gratis to your in-box. Mix with coffee and a croissant and your day is good to go. Pictured here are Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings backstage at the Thunder Bay Blues Fest this past weekend.

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

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Spotify champ and CEO Daniel Ek

US music sales are predicted to rise nearly 25% to $8.7 billion in 2021, with paid on-demand music streaming almost doubling in the same period.

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Jonathan Bachman's image from Baton Rouge has been widely shared on social media.

Another collection of oddities, news, features and just generally good stuff we wanted to share with our readers...

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Canadian music rights holders gain enhanced royalty distributions through efficiencies and data improvements.

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"It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was decades ago. No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues...

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A column about Canadian broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

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Sony Music CEO Doug Morris and CTK Management CEO Danny Nozell have a Dollygood idea. Sony Nashville has a new joint venture for Dolly's new Pure & Simple album that comes out on Aug. 19.

We're brown nosing today with a picture of Dolly, manager Danny Nozell and (L)  Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. Now if this doesn't win us free tickets to her show we don't know what will. Of course we've added even more pandering licks and sticks to the daily, so grab your coffee and have a giggle. PS: Enjoy the weekend. And that's from us all here at FYI and Slaight Music.

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Shawn Mendes (pictured with Universal Music Canada head Jeffrey Remedios) collects his platinum album award for Handwritten.

A list of albums and singles certified by Music Canada as going gold or platinum this year reveals an interesting mix of newcomers and global stars. Photo (l-r) Shawn Mendes and Jeff Remedios.

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Back cover shot of Jeff's book Radio, Records & Rockstars. Pic credit: Matt Barnes

Popular rock radio personality Jeff Woods has just published a book, Radio, Records & Rockstars. He discusses it and his career with Karen Bliss.

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Another collection of oddities, news, features and just generally good stuff we wanted to share with our readers...

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The Canada mid-year report from Nielsen delivers no surprises but lots of data: We purchased fewer music formats, digital album sales are declining at a faster rate  than CDs, on-demand streaming is on the rise, vinyl sales continue to show increases and, with the lone exception of Coleman Hell, our listening habits favour Canadian artists with global hits.

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Greg Quill (left) and Kerryn Tolhurst at 2003 album release show in Toronto. Photo Bill Taylor

The seminal country-rock songs of Canadian arts journalist/musician Greg Quill are covered by Australian stars on the posthumous tribute album, Some Lonesome Picker.

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"Hands," a new song/tribute to the 49 victims of June 12th's massacre at Orlando nightclub, Pulse, has been put together by Interscope Records, with a roster of acts the likes of which we haven’t seen before.

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 Left to right: SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, A&R Director Rodney Murphy, Chief Membership and Business Development Officer Michael McCarty, Mountie, and SOCAN Award-winning screen composer Clinton Shorter.

There was a large industry turnout for SOCAN's Canada Day party in LA, and a couple of SOCAN Awards were handed out.

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A coffee shop has opened in Cardiff for people who hate mornings. Grumpy Fuckers’ Coffee Shop opened its door this week and was overwhelmed by demand. Manager Clive GrimGrits told WalesOnCraic: “I had to get up at 5am to get the bastard shop open. I hated it. Most people are still sleeping at that time. We opened the shop at 6am and by 7am, we’d already sold out of ‘Fuck You Frappuccinos’ as well as our ‘Piss Poor Tea’."

Today's column acknowledges the passing of noted Canadian songwriter and poet William Hawkins, reports on the Terry Carson wake held yesterday--plus other notable comings and goings in the past 24 hours...or so. Oh, we've also included a saucy picture to help get your day started on a cheery note.

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A column about broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

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A collection of news and features we found and thought to share with our readers...

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

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King of the hill in the first half of 2016 is Drake, whose Views ranks as the top album while his “One Dance” is the most consumed song of the year in a six-month survey of US music trends.

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The US ruling muzzles free market forces, undermines the incomes for songwriters and has the potential to limit revenues flowing outside the US to composers and music publishers in Canada and elsewhere.

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Photo courtesy Music Canada

Young country star Brett Kissel is on a real roll, notching a gold single and making inroads in Nashville.

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A column about broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

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Dancers and singers from across North America converge at Chiefswood Tent & Trailer Park, July 22-24, for the annual "Powwow" championships. The site is on the grounds of the former Estate of the Mohawk Poetess E. Pauline Johnson, at the Six Nations of the Grand River Community.

A bouquet of random news and opinion and accented with several must-see videos...

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Stingray is one of the few digital music companies making a profit. A new mobile music app is a hit and international acquisitions are continuing.

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This week the Careers section swells to 78 new postings across the country. Please feel free to share the information with colleagues and friends.

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Set to start stamping vinyl next month, the Precision Record Pressing plant in Burlington will be one of the largest in North America. We get the lowdown here.

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The following are songs delivered to Canadian radio by digital distributor DMDS/Yangaroo in the past week and categorized into two charts representing actual downloads for broadcast purposes--and an alternative countdown that blends streams and downloads.

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A column about broadcasting, media and the regulatory environment.

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The recent Triumph reunion in Studio 2 at the Metalworks Studios in Mississauga for a Rik Emmett album project.

Today’s edition synchronises a chorus of verbosity with a blather of news, facts and opinions. Photo: Triumph.

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Opinion

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Che Kothari

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Justin Morabito

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

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Photo: A Kaiser

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

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Photo: Bill King

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

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

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Drizzy cheers for his home team Raptors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob with Canada's own K'Naan

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

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The cast from the incredible WKRP TV show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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patholiday

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

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

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

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Trevor Noah

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

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Julian Taylor

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

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

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The Trews

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

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

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

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Jaco Pastorius

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

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

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

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Jeff Price, Audiam

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

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

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Little Big Town

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

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

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

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NRBQ

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

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

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

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Colin Linden

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

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Young Galaxy

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

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Martin Forbes, Marty's Musings

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

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Randy Kabrich

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

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Lori Yates, Sweetheart Of The Valley

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

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

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

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

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

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Santa Credit card

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

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Motown: The Musical

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

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Viet Cong

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

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Feist Polaris Win

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

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Little Stevie Wonder

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

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

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Jessi Cruickshank, CCMA Awards

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

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Sharon Jones

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

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Beach Boys

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

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

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Hazel Scott

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

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Quoted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Benom Plumb. Pic by Evan Shelton.

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

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

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

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Renata Hesse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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His Excellency David Johnston

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

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

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

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

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BitTorrent CEO Jeremy Johnson

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

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Carly Rae Jepsen, queen of Japanese shampoo commercials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graphic courtesy of Todd Alcott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gord Downie giving it his all on stage

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

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Photo: Jeffrey Bosdet

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

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In nomine patris et filii et Bob, amen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert MacBain.  Teresa Miller Photography.

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

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

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

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

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Craig Horton

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

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

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

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

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Nelly

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

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Renee Couture and Jonny Fox, otherwise known as The Standstills

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

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

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

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

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Ronnie Cutrone looking straight-faced

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

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Canada Council CEO Simon Brault

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

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

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Former Conservative heritage minister James Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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Have we now turned the corner on podcasting?

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

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

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A guy who knows a lot about lawyers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Lowery wants tech companies to act responsibly

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

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

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Bruce on stage with autoharp

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

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Tony Visconti. Photo: Marilyn Kingwill

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

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

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

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

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Prototype being tested at Viryl plant in Etobicoke, ON

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

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

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Woodpigeon aka Mark Andrew Hamilton. Photo credit: Greg Gillespie

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

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Innovator Beth Matthews embraces change

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

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

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Today’s New Track

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

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

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Photo: Ari D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Brooks Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacob and band never cease to amaze on stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Jeff Cooke

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

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

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

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

 

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

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

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The Washboard Union on tour

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

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

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

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

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

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Ken McCoy in action on stage

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

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Julian on stage and lovin' every minute of it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And she keeps on having fun...

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

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Kesha with Zedd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brett Kissel holds one of his many trophies

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

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Today's renaissance man, Rufus Wainwright

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

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

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

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

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

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Cover of Luka's upcoming album.

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

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

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New album art

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

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

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

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Drake preps View From the 6

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

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

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

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

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Tringa Rexhepi postures sweet innocence in her new PR shot

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

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

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

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 Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres

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

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Never rude, always magic!

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

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Tomorrow's best bad power trio

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

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The gal is no shrinking violet

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

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

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

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

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BC band Black Mountain set to promote new album and tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Joe Cornfield

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

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Alex with a guitar and a song

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

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

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Photo: Joannie Grenier

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

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

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Photo: Kendall Green

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

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A face that matches the voice-sultry and sweet!

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

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

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

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