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The pennies add up when one is counting the number of streams global hits generated, and artists such as Justin Bieber, Drake and, this week, The Weeknd are racking up millions of them daily, and tens of millions weekly.

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The annual is not all as predictable as one might assume, however; Top Artists by genre offers some surprises, and the Emerging Genres list foreshadows categories some may have yet to hear.

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In today's edition, Metropolis to be reborn as M Telus, major new albums coming out today and next Friday, Crystal Garden starts a Canadian tour, more plaques for Alessia Cara, and a new Elliott Smith tribute album.

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

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

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

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

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The review has found what many in the industry have known, that the Copyright Board has been hamstrung by dwindling resources that prevent it from efficiently carrying out its mandate. An urgent overhaul of its practices and increased federal funding of the agency is seen as a top-line priority sooner than later by the oversight committee.

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

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

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

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The review has found what many in the industry have known, that the Copyright Board has been hamstrung by dwindling resources that prevent it from efficiently carrying out its mandate. An urgent overhaul of its practices and increased federal funding of the agency is seen as a top-line priority sooner than later by the oversight committee.

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

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The pennies add up when one is counting the number of streams global hits generated, and artists such as Justin Bieber, Drake and, this week, The Weeknd are racking up millions of them daily, and tens of millions weekly.

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The report serves up some staggering data points too about pop music's hotshots in 2016. For instance, Drake's success on the platform earns him top dog status with the most streamed album and song. Views was streamed 2.45B times in the calendar year, and "One Dance" has been played 970M times!

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The global trade org's Investing In Music report shows that the amounts spent on breaking a new artist in a major market can be staggeringly high. Justin Bieber is cited as an example of effective market research.

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In today's edition, Metropolis to be reborn as M Telus, major new albums coming out today and next Friday, Crystal Garden starts a Canadian tour, more plaques for Alessia Cara, and a new Elliott Smith tribute album.

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

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After a bang-on, bang-up food fest benefit for the Daily Food Bank in Hog Town, Metallica paused backstage at the Opera House to say 'cheese' with the Warner Music Canada team, and make Trump chumps out of all the selfie-sniffs shouting that no one buys albums anymore

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Today's edition includes Slaight Communications and John Bitove taking control of SiriusXM, Apple Music luring radio's next gen listeners, Netflix upping its game, Steve Faguy, Rain News, Radio Ink, SOWNY, and a feisty editorial appearing in Airchecker skewers private media.

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Bella and The Weeknd in Paris. Getty image

The soulful and recently sheared singer is hotter than chestnuts roasting on an open fire and while his latest album may not be pushing the envelope creatively, it's racking up banger sales and a torrent of music streams in the run-up to the jingle bells season.

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Through smart research and planning, Peter Hollens now grosses seven figures a year, all with a DIY approach.

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

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Gillian Mott with her busking violin students

In today’s edition, Brit youth busk to help a Canadian school purchase music instruments, Joel Plaskett teams with dad on new album, more plaques for Bieber, Neil Young appeals to Obama, The Wooden Sky is in a giving mood, the return of Crybaby, Greg Godovitz leads Dick Clark Five, and Drake heartbreak costs him $250K.

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

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Gordon Lightfoot, Gord Downie, Bryan Adams, Grimes, Michael Bublé, and Blue Rodeo are among 1100 Canadian content creators who are pressing the government to update laws to better protect their rights, and their royalty incomes.

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

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The Focus On Creators campaign prepared the following joint letter to Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and if you are a Canadian creator we have the link for you to add your name to this important appeal.

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Entertainment One has confirmed it will be releasing Chuck Berry's first album of new material in 38 years. Unstated is that it is likely his final one as the guy who wrote the rock & roll playbook turned 90 on October 2.

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Mint Records fixture Nardwuar (middle) helps the gang celebrate

In its 25 years of existence, the Vancouver-based label has accumulated an impressive discography that includes early releases by Neko Case, The New Pornographers, and The Pack A.D.

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Metallica gives an enormous lift to Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank, Rush donates 40K Allan Slaight Award purse to Gord Downie Fund, Carly Rae Jepsen and Brett Kissel to ring in 2017 on Capitol Hill, Ensemble Vivant tours Ontario, and SiriusXM in the US has to pay out some serious coin to members of The Turtles.

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

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This week we have 52 career options for readers seeking employment in the fields of Audio & Broadcasting, Music & Entertainment and Marketing & Media. Please feel free to share with peers and friends.

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According to CIMA's just-released Music In Motion report - an analysis of the business of exporting independent Canadian music - artist development accounts for 45% of foreign marketing expenditures.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Included, The Crystals stand-alone in 2017, UK radio returns to playing full album premieres, CRTC west-coast approvals, David Bray offers a eulogy to AVR, and CBC posts its Q2 financials.

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Writing and recording his new release involved sessions in Nashville, LA, and London, but the end result on Summer Is Gone justifies the air miles. The soulful Québec star is looking forward to playing the new material on a major Canadian tour starting in February.

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Few Canadian artists work as hard as this rootsy songsmith. A Toronto show on Saturday will mark the end of an eight month tour, and then he'll get back to work on his most ambitious record yet.

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

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In today's edition, CBC proposes an ad-free model, Jessica Mitchell celebrates Christmas, Danny Michel releases a new song written aboard a Russian icebreaker , Block Heater will warm the Calgary winter, Nav teams up with Belly, and Ken Tobias makes a comeback.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might want to know about. Included today, news of Tony Martell's death, Edgar Bronfman bids on Time Inc., Britain celebrates at Artists & Managers Awards, and how AI may affect the music biz.

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More funding and greater flexibility for government programs are two of the mantras that CIMA is espousing in its commissioned Music In Motion report, an analysis of exporting Canadian independent music conducted by Nordicity.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Is Maureen Holloway leaving Q for CHFI? That's the speculation. Other headlines include another federal MP slagging off the CBC, Postmedia execs caught raiding the piggy bank, and a modest proposal from the CMPA for CanCon in the digital age.

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Michael Bublé and Christmas are practically synonymous, and this week he has two seasonal albums in the top 10.

Michael Bublé's name has practically become synonymous with Christmas, and this week the superstar has his Canadian million-selling Christmas album back in the top 10, alongside his latest studio recording. It has also been a better than average sales week for a number of other homegrown artists, and an extraordinary week for Canadian artist who come from Québec.

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A couple of surprising comeback tracks show up this week, including a previously unreleased Prince track recorded 35 years ago, and an almost two-decade old song that the Matthew Good Band recorded for the Juno-winning Beautiful Midnight album. A trio of Slaight Music artists makes a strong showing, as does the re-energized Age of Electric. All and more included with video where available.

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The Dungarees

One of the most lucrative prizes in Canadian music was awarded to this Edmonton country combo on the weekend.

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Since scoring a No. 1 hit with their first seasonal collaboration in 2009, these two talented Toronto vocalists have made recording a holiday song or two together an annual event.

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The Weeknd was the star among stars performing at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at the ACC on Saturday.

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball attracts 20K to the ACC, Tenors with Jessica Mitchell and Jillea star in celebrity fundraiser that pulls in $1.9M for CCF, Johnny Reid and Feldman Agency counter-sue promoter behind The Harvest Picnic, Folk Music Canada ready to take over TO this week, and Shep Gordon comes to town.

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

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Keith Urban coming to Shania country

Keith Urban and a long list of Canada's top draw music artists are coming to this northern Ontario city for an eight-day, $3.5M Canada 150 celebration, in part produced by Ron Sakamoto of Gold & Gold Productions.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Today's edition includes several nifty ad spots that will make you laugh, pause and think.

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The pop hitmaker's annual seasonal charity concerts are so popular they're now held in both Toronto and Montréal. Read a lighthearted Q&A with him here too.

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Today's column takes a turn with a collection of facts, some astonishing, about a Belgian singer-songwriter whose one song became a kind of epic legacy and earned several fortunes for people who made it their own.

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Current news and features we unearthed from around the web we thought you might want to know about. Names included today: Kanye, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, The Weeknd, Tim Cook, and Donald Trump.

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With his familiar baseball hat, Chris Taylor is rarely home these days as he expands eOne Music's business worldwide

Canada's largest entertainment content and distribution firm is on a roll, expanding on all fronts--and its revenues are popping as well. With Chris Taylor installed as head of the music division, eOne now has its feet firmly on the ground in the UK and the US, and further expansion is anticipated shortly.

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

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The US royalties agency has become an increasingly important revenue source for Canadian record labels as mechanical income has taken a massive drop due to anemic download and CD sales.

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Now well-established as a major star in Quebec, the soulful songsmith is looking further afield with his new album, Summer Is Gone.

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

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

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In today's edition, Alejandra Ribera (pictured here) describes her adventurous new disc, Joanna Klauke-Labelle is honoured by the GG, Terra Lightfoot's striking new video, big numbers for Adele and The Weeknd, and Colin James wows them in London.

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eOne CEO Darren Throop runs Canada's largest integrated entertainment firm. He was in London, England, yesterday to talk with stock analysts about the firm's near-future, and offered a few chuckles about America's President-elect.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Included: Ottawa offers bold words about Canada's digital future, CBC's CEO punches back at media criticisms, Norway has second thoughts about scuttling FM signals, NextRadio ups its game, BBC host smacked down for chuckles made at the expense of the Royal anatomy, and Breitbart suggests Trump could divert NPR funding to the defense budget.

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The Juno-winning bassist/composer will promote her new album via a seven-city Canadian trek starting this week. Her trio includes famed jazz pianist Harold Mabern.

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This is the Toronto music industry's best annual seasonal soiree, and tickets are now on sale.

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Bruce Cockburn will host and perform at the 2017 Juno Songwriters' Circle in Ottawa. Photo: Kevin Kelly

In today's package, Bruce Cockburn to host Juno Songwriters' Circle, Deadmau5 disses his own album, Mundial Montréal wraps a successful edition, and a MTV special spotlights the recent WE Day event.

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Today's collection of recent news, features and opinions we found on the web that we thought might be of interest to our readers. Included: the Stones reviewed, an oral history of 45 hits that mattered, Music Canada's Graham Henderson pitches for Canada's creative class, and deadmau5 pans his next album.

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This week we have 60 career options for readers seeking employment in the fields of Audio & Broadcasting, Music & Entertainment and Marketing & Media. Please feel free to share with peers and friends.

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Sol Guy is feeling on top of the world with his new Bell Media deal.

Bell Media has entered into a partnership with DAIS, a multi-discipline-and-platform incubator, headed by music industry veteran Sol Guy.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. The package today includes CRTC terms and conditions for the pick-and-pay options TV providers must offer customers by Dec. 1, a shake-up at CJAD, a CMF celebration on Capitol Hill, and an announcement of the world's biggest one-day film fest set to tie-in with the nation's sesquicentennial celebrations.

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The 10-CD collection has sold 134K copies in its first week in the US and ranks as the No. 1 best-seller on Buzz Angle - but it won't appear this week on the Billboard chart because it doesn't comply with the trade publication's rule on pricing.

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The Canadian Music Publishers Association held its first 'Create' event in Los Angeles. The mission provided the opportunity for associated publishers to meet with record labels, film and TV music supervisors, and the chance for their songwriters to collaborate with American writers during a three day work camp.

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

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Gabrielle Goulet won the SOCAN Song of the Year Award at the 2016 Gala Country show. (Photo: Eric Parazelli)

In today's edition, Gabrielle Goulet (pictured here) is a winner at Québec's Gala Country awards, "Hello Hooray" enters Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, a Metallica charity gig in Toronto, the Courtneys sign to Flying Nun, and a blues calendar for a great cause.

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Today's collection of recent news, features and opinions we found on the web that we thought might be of interest to our readers. Included names are Kanye, Chris Taylor, Drake, Gordon Lightfoot and a story about a Montréal hip-hop artist who took Topdawg Entertainment Inc., Interscope Records and Universal Music Group to court and won.

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They call it the American Music Awards but last night two of Canada's youthful new millennium stars stole the most trophies.

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News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders. Today's edition offers insights about millennials in-car listening, podcasting and SK broadcaster Lorne Harasen's long view of his career in broadcasting.

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After lengthy discussions with the music biz, Nielsen today is launching a new online dashboard that offers clients options to customize and blend data to create specific reports from streaming, airplay, sales and social media intel for artists, albums and songs.

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Leah Daniels' "We Got Snow" has the sniff of becoming a runaway hit this season.

Another very strong week for Canadian acts at radio, and a sprinkling of seasonal songs celebrating the arrival of snow--and in particular Leah Daniels' indie release that comes pre-loaded with tinsel and sleigh bells that suggest it is going to be a runaway hit.

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Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen in an earlier time together.

Lenny's legacy is remembered with eight catalogue and best-of collections making the albums chart, and his most recent studio album holding 1st place for the third week. Even Jennifer Warnes' almost 30 year-old song collection Famous Blue Raincoat sees its return as a best-seller. It was also a strong week for fellow Montrealer Bobby Bazini, who earns his third top-five release with Summer Is Gone.

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Kardinal Offishall at the MusiCounts celebration in Toronto on Friday. Photo: Barry Roden

IIn today's edition, Kardinal Offishall helps MusiCounts celebrate, PJ Perry is named to the Order of Canada, Bobby Bazini is off to a very strong start with his third LP, Alan Doyle is honoured for his generosity of spirit, and Robbie Robertson plugs his past as Garth Hudson revisits The Last Waltz.

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Israel Sruki Switzer, Canadian telecommunications pioneer. Photo: Dan Coogan.com

Switzer is credited with greatly advancing the Canadian cable TV industry and inspiring others such as Moses Znaimer and Ted Rogers, who led a boom in the telecommunications sector through the ’70s and ’80s.

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

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The famed American record label headquartered in a building shaped like a stack of records in the City of Angels celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and you gotta believe the history is gonna have a lotta people singing "happy birthday!" and for good reason too.

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

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Jonathan Emile, (pictured via Wikipedia) won a small claims court victory against three labels

Jonathan Emile has successfully sued three labels in a Quebec small claims court after receiving three takedown notices and the removal of a song from YouTube and Soundcloud for two months.

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The trade org is thinking internationally in its promotion of our artists. A recent successful business mission to NYC will be followed by a foray into the LA television world.

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In today's edition, El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle fires up Indie Week, a new music immersion app, Lily Frost makes a musical pitch, updated Sue Foley news, and more.

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

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Jean-Pierre Blais defends his agenda as head of the CRTC and throws a few jabs at Shaw, Rogers and the nation's top TV News executives in a speech delivered in Ottawa yesterday. It is part a self-laudatory profile of a man readying his own departure and an insider's view of where media is headed.  We offer the complete text from his address in today's edition.

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The CRTC Chair talks tough, Universal Music teams up with Shed Creative and CHFI for an all-star Massey Hall festive holiday concert, plus a wealth of headline news from Canada and beyond.

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Photo: James Saint-Laurent

The veteran Québec City-born blues singer, guitarist and harp player died earlier this week and his passing was mourned by many across the province, including the premier. In Montréal, the mayor ordered the flag lowered to half-mast.

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Sarah McLachlan headlines an all-star Christmas concert at Massey Hall next month. Picture: Darryl Dyck

In today's edition, a star-studded holiday charity concert in TO includes Sarah McLachlan, Indie Week gets off to a strong start, Jerry Cans uncork in the mainstream, Rihanna has Vancouver psyched up about Psycho, and it's farewell to Milt Okun and Billy Miller...

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

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

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Bernie Madoff lampooned, courtesy of FreakingNews.com

Artists by nature are not good business people; that’s why they get business managers and lawyers to manage the non-creative sides of their careers.  However, it’s not very realistic for most independent artists to have those types of resources available.  For that reason, schemers know they can con them for their own profits. One musician has them nailed down and offers his own advice on how to avoid getting conned by the con men.

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Gord Downie (right) visited Pearl Wenjack at her home in Marten Falls First Nation in September in advance of the launch of his Secret Path project, devoted to Pearl's brother Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack. (Alvin Fiddler/Twitter)

The Hip singer brings his haunting tale about the death of a 12 year-old Ojibwe boy back to life in a manner of speaking, adding the port city to a very exclusive set of shows promoting his Secret Path. Pictured here: Gord Downie and Pearl Wenjack.

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

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The 15th edition of the popular annual fundraising event brought the total funds raised past that milestone figure. BC's music and radio industries have been key to its success.

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Festival founder Sebastien Nasra Photo: Bruno Destombes

The 11th annual edition of the influential and internationally recognised festival and conference runs from today through Saturday. Pictured here: Founder Sebastien Nasra

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Joel Zimmerman takes students behind his Deadmau5 facade

In today's edition, Joel Zimmerman's Master Class (pictured here), Indie Week launched in Toronto, NXNE announces dates, Joe Keithley back on the campaign trail, RIP Mose Allison, and more.

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

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up another 46 new postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. 

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All campus and community radio stations with a valid CRTC license are eligible for this round of funding to a maximum of $50,000.

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Justin with manager Scooter Braun

"...Adele is phenomenal, but we all love Adele. Her latest album had 900k pre-orders before we even heard a song. It’s sacrilegious to say anything bad about Beyoncé; we love her. People didn’t love Justin Bieber. They trashed-talked him, despised him. Big executives who are supposed to be on his team told me his career was over...."

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 In 2011, Yvan Dufresne was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame with a Legacy Award. Pictured here, with Quebec actress and singer Chantal Renaud, at that event in Montreal.

One of the founding fathers of Quebec's pop music industry, he was honoured with a special Felix Award last month for his immeasurable contribution to the development of a homegrown music scene he helped kick-start in the '50s and '60s. Pictured here with Chantal Renaud.

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

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Lorraine Segato

The singer/songwriter and activist wasn't planning on issuing the Songs From the Lowdown CD, but the material from the 2015 documentary Lowdown Tracks stirred public interest and a flurry of requests for the music.

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From humble beginnings, the festival has expanded with films, a conference and now a craft beer component. On the eve of its launch tonight, we learn more from founder Darryl Hurs.

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Dallas Smith: No. 1 on the Country charts this week

In today’s edition, Dallas Smith (pictured here) goes No. 1, Mundial Montreal kicks off its 6th year, Robert Ott at CMW, Tony Tarleton announces he is leaving Cadence, Leonard Cohen sales and streams spike, and more.

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

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

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Today’s New Track

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

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

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Photo: Brooks Reynolds

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

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

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

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

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

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Photo: Taras Kovaliv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Ben Ohayon

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

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

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Photo: Lok NG

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

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

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

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Photo: Claire Harvie

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

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Photo: Ty Snaden

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

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

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

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Photo: Meghan Tansey Whitton

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

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Photo: Lindsey Rewuski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Tony McKay

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

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Photo: Carolyn Hirtle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Carl Lessard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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League of Rock founder Terry Moshenberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Quoted

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colin behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A youthful Orson Welles

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

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

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

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Ted Nugent

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

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

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Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III

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

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

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

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Josh Strawn

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

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

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

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

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Paul Williams today

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

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

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

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Photo: Danny Clinch

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

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Documentarian Kevin McMahon

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

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

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

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Beach Boy Mike Love today

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

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

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

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

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Frank Ocean

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

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Myles Goodwyn and Burton Cummings

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

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Beyonce

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

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

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Herbie Hancock with bassist Tal Wilkenfeld. Photo: Bill King

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

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

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

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

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Your Morning team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pat Boone, a cast member in the Christian drama sequel

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

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Birthday gal Andrea Morris

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

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Andrew Matheson today

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

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

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Vanessa Beecroft. Image by designutrust.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Tess Park

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

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

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SSHH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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