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Imagine, if you can, Béla Fleck and Cold Specks sharing the same body and one starts to have a sense of the extraordinary musical alchemy this 22 year-old Montreal-born woman has conjured from some place deep within. 

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It has been quite a week for the ascendant Canadian pop star. He sold out an ACC show and is now the subject of a revealing major cover profile in the industry bible. Learn more here. 

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RIP: Rudy  Van Gelder is widely regarded as the architect of modern jazz recording techniques. He was 91
Friday, August 26, 2016
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Masterful jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder (pictured here) has died. Also in the column, a colourful stew of news about Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, the Barbers--Matthew and Jill, Alessia Cara, Loreena McKennitt, rapper Pat Sky, Kings of Leon, Roxanne Potvin, Grumpy Cat and Vancouver's music biz going hog wild for a charity.

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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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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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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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Kaia Kater with her best friend. Photo by Polina Mourzina
Friday, 26/08/16

Imagine, if you can, Béla Fleck and Cold Specks sharing the same body and one starts to have a sense of the extraordinary musical alchemy this 22 year-old Montreal-born woman has conjured from some place deep within. 

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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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Friday, 26/08/16

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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Friday, 26/08/16

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

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SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. Picture: Eric Parazelli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada's winning three amigos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coleman Hell makes the cut with three nominations

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

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

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

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

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

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Kiefer with his guitar collection

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

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

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On stage in Seattle

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

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

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

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

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Outside the Chrysler building in NYC yesterday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Brantley Gutierrez

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

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Brit band The 1975 is top of the pops in 2016

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

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

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

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Monster Truck band members revved about the Nickelback tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo by Pawel Tkaczyk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adele wins...again!

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

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Taking home the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Basia Bulat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The newborn Christian edition of Vanity shortly before she died

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

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

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

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

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Robert Ott, co-founder, CEO ole

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

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The Weeknd performing on last night's Grammy show.

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

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

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

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Drake is top of the Pops

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

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Drake receiving Key to the City from Mayor John Tory

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

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

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

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

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Ken Stowar. Picture credit: Bill King Photography

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

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

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

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

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Terry and Mell no more?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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Kaia Kater with her best friend. Photo by Polina Mourzina

Imagine, if you can, Béla Fleck and Cold Specks sharing the same body and one starts to have a sense of the extraordinary musical alchemy this 22 year-old Montreal-born woman has conjured from some place deep within. 

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A collection of news and views about Canada's broadcasters, the regulatory environment and media in general.

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It has been quite a week for the ascendant Canadian pop star. He sold out an ACC show and is now the subject of a revealing major cover profile in the industry bible. Learn more here. 

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It has been a long, hot summer and one that will go down as the summer when music sales shifted from stumble to tumble. It was the summer of change. As one insider put it, "We’re not just talking about a format change, we’re talking a business-model change...”

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His name may not be well known but his imprint has appeared on umpteen records by superstar acts that have cumulatively sold tens of millions of records. This week he made headlines, suing Ariana Grande and her record producer for plagiarizing one of his earlier hits that he co-wrote and produced. He's a Canadian who has largely avoided the headlights, but we found out some more about this mysterious pop music wizard.

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RIP: Rudy  Van Gelder is widely regarded as the architect of modern jazz recording techniques. He was 91

Masterful jazz engineer Rudy Van Gelder (pictured here) has died. Also in the column, a colourful stew of news about Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, the Barbers--Matthew and Jill, Alessia Cara, Loreena McKennitt, rapper Pat Sky, Kings of Leon, Roxanne Potvin, Grumpy Cat and Vancouver's music biz going hog wild for a charity.

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A collection of news, facts, opinions and at least one entertaining feature that can rock your weekend, deftly contained in one single column that prides itself in brevity and timeliness.

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Alex Greggs claims the "Yours Truly" singer and her producer stole the music and lyrics from his song "Takes All Night" and incorporated them in her chart-topping hit, "One Last Time."

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A collection of news, views and features about media in general, Canada's broadcasters, the regulatory environment and stuff you might want to know.

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Loud & proud: Nickelback's latest promo shot taken in advance of tour dates and singing about someone's "Dirty Laundry."

Multitudinous items about fishing along the James Bay coastline, craft beer, the other Gordie--in Bluenose county, romantic dogs, Wilder Penfield and Nickelback giving a shout-out to Don Henley's "Dirty Laundry."

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Two seminal BC punk bands team up for a Western Canada tour, entitled Punk Rock Armageddon, nearly four decades after first sharing bills.

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SOCAN winners, left to right : Dylann Miller, Guillaume Campion, Antoine Binette Mercier, Olivier Bibeau, Katerina Gimon, William Kraushaar, Lora Bidner, Taylor Brook, Gabriel Dufour Laperrière, Spencer Creaghan, Benjamin Goldman, Maxime Fillion, Joseph Glaser.

Today's collection of news, views and stuff we found on the web that may or may not be of interest to you or your boss, and pictured here a verse of recent SOCAN winners.

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

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Cartoon by Raeside

Sam Arraj knows something about counting pennies and balancing books. The former President of the Country Music Association of Ontario, and an on-going music fan, is also a certified professional accountant. He offers musicians sage advice, for free, on how to best allocate limited financial resources in career building.

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Frank Ocean is either having a 'Blond' moment or fearful he's off Lucian Grainge's Super Bowl party list this year.

How Frank Ocean juked Universal is the story of the year, and a game-changer that will re-write the book on how the recording biz deals with tech firms, and artist contracts. The unholy alliance between the majors and the tech giants just turned ugly, and the fallout hasn’t even begun to start. Or has it? One theory suggests the whole mess was orchestrated from the get-go.

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A daily wrap on broadcasting, media and regulatory life in Canada and beyond. In today's edition, Shomi fails to show its numbers, Fox is again in the dog house, Kevin O'Leary shows us how to make a buck (or two) and Canada's Walk of Fame inductees to include Al Waxman and Jeanne Beker.

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DVBBS – pronounced ‘dubs – features brothers Chris Chronicles and Alex Andre (van den Hoef).

Canadian electronic music duo DVBBS teamed up with American DJ Borgeous and took the world by storm with a hit that hardly made a dent on homeland radio. The fans dug it none-the-less and it is now a Canadian platinum seller.

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Corey Hart is one of the six new CWOF inductees, bringing the total number of distinguished Canadians to receive the honour to 167. The new list was unveiled at a Toronto press conference yesterday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall traded in his '87 Dodge Coronet for a '93 Cadillac Eldorado once owned by 'Outlaw' Waylon Jennings.

Another harvest of assembled yarns and blarney peppered with famous friends and unknowns, including Premier Brad Wall (pictured here) who traded in a car of dubious distinction for another once owned by an Outlaw.

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Canadian Music Cafe performers The Belle Game

Presented by CIMA and CMPA, this annual showcase features emerging talents performing for industry types attending TIFF. Pictured here: The Belle Game.

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This week's FYI Careers section includes more than 50 new postings from across Canada in the sectors of broadcasting, audio production, music & entertainment, and marketing & media. Please share with friends and peers.

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A collection of news, views and features that caught our eye and hopefully yours too today. Oh, and Frank Ocean is front-and-centre of today's news with his game-changing finger to UMG.

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The fast-rising young country star now has an addition to his trophy case, the prestigious 2016 Allan Slaight Honour awarded by Canada's Walk of Fame.

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

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SWIFFA is a new festival designed to showcase indigenous artists from Canada and around the globe. It is launched in Saskatoon on Wednesday.

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Shawn Mendes gets treated better by hometown media

On Sunday night, the young Toronto pop phenomenon played his biggest hometown show yet, selling out the ACC. At least some of the local media got on board with him.

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Harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans

RIP Lou Pearlman and Toots Thielemans, plus news on Kanye, Ian Thomas and Whitney Rose, a tribute accorded David Bowie by the city of Berlin, and Ottawa's consultations on cultural policy are about to start. Pictured: Toots Thielemans.

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

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A collection of news, views and features we found roaming round the web we thought to share with our FYI readers...

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Hockey-playing comrade of The Tragically Hip Michael Hollett reflects upon the epic final concert of a tour that has gripped an entire nation. He also hints at upcoming new material from Gord Downie.

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The CRTC upholds its decision re Super Bowl ads, Bell Media's Your Morning show debuts, and AM 640 survives a scary situation.

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Only a few months away from his 100th birthday, "Colonel" Harold Kudlats, the man who brought rockabilly and rock 'n roll to Canada and helped Conway Twitty, Ronnie Hawkins and The Band achieve stardom, looks back on his fascinating career.

 

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The Suicide Squad s/t spends its 2nd week in 1st place on the consumption chart

The Suicide Squad soundtrack keeps a grip on the top of the Charts this week. The Hip rise again, Drake remains strong and his protege, Partynextdoor, has the highest debut.

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One was hard-pressed Saturday night to find a pub, bar or public space NOT featuring the broadcast. For Canadians 35 and over, this was THE show to catch, the moment to capture, the event that gave context to a lifetime of being a 'Canajun...'

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Michael Bublé is the No. 1 most added this past week with the title track of his forthcoming album, "Nobody But Me."

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

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Gord Downie: The Man who captured the imagination of a nation

A collection of news, views and features we found roaming round the web we thought to share with our FYI readers...

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Blue Rodeo’s Manager, Susan de Cartier, has been managing artists and developing talent since 1990. Top Country and Smart Band Management's Jamie Johnson caught up with this engaging and successful mainstay in the music business for an interview that is peppered with surprises.

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Farewell to Arthur Hiller and Bill Rogers, Bell is dropping a round of popular channels, the new ownership team behind Broadcast Dialogue now managing SparksNetworks, and the column has a few words to say about the ailing health of Canada's news media. 

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Come From Away, the Canadian musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on September 11, 2001, will arrive on Broadway February 18.

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Blue Rodeo's pedal steel guitarist Bob Egan plays his last show with the band in Toronto on Saturday. We look back at a fascinating career that includes a stint in Wilco.

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Here's the cover of Michael Buble's Nobody But Me album, due out on Oct. 21.

New music from Michael Bublé (pictured here), plus reissues from Pink Floyd and Miles Davis and a jukebox of other mentions about popular names in the news--new and old...

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Today's collection of news, features and interesting stuff we found around the web in the past 24 hours that caught our interest and hopefully yours too.

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The trans man has earned a reputation in music as a musician, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist and recently provided Samaritan.com with a lively and enlightening interview.

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Operating revenues for the private radio broadcasters were down almost $8M from 2014 but prudent cost-cutting enabled the sector to squeeze out a small increase profit margins. 

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The Peak Vancouver was one of the first and may be the last of the Triple A experiments north of the border. The station has succumbed to ratings pressure and flipped to a Modern Rock format. Congrats to Indie 88, Brian Master and Lisa Garber, and the voice behind Milkman Unlimited is featured in a podcast.

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Musicians are going to get gonged by an incoming bong crowd setting up shop at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in April for O' CannaBiz, a three-day confab that promises to become the nation's  leading B2B cannabis industry event.

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The Canadian delegation at the first CIMA Mission to NYC

Major benefits were reported from the first CIMA Mission to Manhattan at the start of the year. Canadian companies can now apply for the second in November. Pictured here: The first Canadian delegation.

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A collection of news, views and reviews from around the web in the past short while that caught our eye and, hopefully, catch yours too, including the WSJ calling out Adele for being a chatterbox on stage.

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The virtual reality of doing work: Sarah French posted this picture with "trusty assistant Miss Emily" on Facebook yesterday. She's addressing envelopes as part of her regular CD mailings to media. And she's darned good at her job plugging the blues as a publicist.

Drake is pulling down some serious dosh from streaming platforms, Macca re--signs with Capitol, no Bono organizers of Global Citizen Concert confirm, Yvonne Matsell is queen for a day, and Tanya Tagaq is fighting the system on her latest, entitled Retribution. Pictured here: Publicist Sarah French at work.

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In this regular FYI feature, we'll keep you informed of upcoming deadlines for festival, conference, and funding applications plus other business opportunities.

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Doug Thompson in CBMF archives

Canada's radio and television history is being preserved by the Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation (CBMF) and its Aireum initiative, but their invaluable work still needs your help. Pictured here: CBMF chair Doug Thompson.

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It's farewell to former CKNW news reader David Cassady, eOne's most recent hire is former Amazon Studios exec Carolyn Newman, Newfoundland Capital's Newcap Radio division turns in sterling Q2 results, Dawg FM is expected to flip its format at week's end, Evanov expands its footprint, capital city's New Country 94 shuffles the deck, and Kerry Doole calls out the national pubcaster for significant gaffes in Rio.

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The campaign is an original collaboration between the lifestyle brand, eight artists and five major record labels.

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Hits magazine has spun a new chart that tells us who has today's hits, and how much cash they are potentially earning from streams and audio sales. It's what we've all been waiting for forever, and forever takes the mumbo jumbo about consumption and projects. It's a chart about the dosh and the US trade publication really has hit on something new. See for yourself.

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Tim Minchin has another smash hit on his hands with the music comedy, Groundhog Day

The column acknowledges the passings of musicians Glenn Yarbrough, Bobby Hutcherson, DJ Official and west-coast broadcaster David Cassady, plus mentions of Rush, Alex Lifeson, Terry Brown, Jim McCarty, strange days for Levon Helm, Melissa Etheridge in Memphis, and (pictured here) Tim Minchin takes Groundhog Day to London's Old Vic and can't hear himself for praises.

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Last year's PMP winner was Buffy Sainte-Marie

Seven of the ten hopefuls will perform at the Sept. 19th Gala in Toronto. Here's a picture of Buffy Sainte-Marie who won the Prize in 2015.

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This week the FYI Careers section rounds up another 40 new postings offering opportunities in the fields of broadcast, audio production, music, entertainment, media and marketing. 

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Activist Dixie Chick Natalie Maines has poked George Bush and Ted Cruz and now she's calling out Country musicians for supporting Trump.

A collection of news, views and reviews from around the web in the past short while that caught our eye and, hopefully, catch yours too. In the picture is activist Dixie Chick Natalie Maines who is calling out the Country music community for supporting Trump.

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The Arkells, pictured here, are one of Entertainment One's topline music acts.

Toronto-based media empire eOne is attracting serious potential takeover action from top line investors and it looks as if it's a matter of when rather than if one of Canada's topline integrated entertainment firms becomes less Canadian and more international.

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Bono headed for Montreal

Montreal's Bell Centre is the hot spot for a global worthy concert headlined by the PM, Bill Gates and the likely addition of Bono---plus a stellar cast of Canada's best. The focus for this is a benefit that puts the spotlight on some of the toughest issues facing medicine today.

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CBC reinvents Q...again, Stingray continues to expand, and the wrecking ball levels 1331 Yonge Street and there's nary a word from the Waters boys--Jimmy or Ron.

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Winner Ayaz Virani

Ayaz Virani has won the coveted 2016 Grand Prize in the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program sponsored by Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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

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For sure Drake wasn't humming "That Don't Impress Me Much" when Shania Twain visited him backstage at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday night. Twain is currently recording her next album in the Country music capital. Photo via Instagram

Shakira teams up with Canada's "Rude" boys to add some Magic! to her next recording, Eric Clapton goes salmon fishing in Iceland and lands himself a whopper, Bon Iver loses his marbles, Hawksley Workman wants us to get worked up about Christmas, and Toronto media are gaga over a concert that took place in front of 16,000 screaming teenagers a half-century ago.

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Goofy pop star Justin Bieber

A collection of news, views and reviews from around the web in the past short while that caught our eye and, hopefully, catch yours too--and in case we didn't, how about this goofy shot of one of Canada's biggest gifts to pop music today. Eh!

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The final show on the Hip's Man Machine Poem tour is destined to become the most watched concert in Canada, and there are also agreements in place for viewers abroad to catch the excitement--including Tower Hill in the UK.

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Many are mourning the loss of the popular Errol Bruce (Knapp)  who led a colourful life and was a staple on Canadian radio for many years. Also in the news: CKSL, CBC, the legacy left behind in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal, and a Floridian pastor gets busted for radio piracy.

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This rock 'n roller turned author and former Canadian resident has a hit memoir, Sick On You, on his hands. Look for a movie version to follow, plus the reunion of the now-legendary the Hollywood Brats.

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Radio Caroline South DJs Errol Bruce, Mike Allen & Paul Noble in the winter sunshine.

Many are mourning the loss of the popular Errol Bruce (Knapp)  -- pictured here aboard Radio Caroline South with two pals in the day --who was a staple on Canadian radio for many years. We also have a taste of the title track from Leonard Cohen's upcoming album, and a bundle of other facts and fictions making news in the past several days.

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Green Day today

This week's hot tracks include a bundle of predictable hits from such heavy hitters as Bon Jovi, One Republic and (out-of-retirement) Green Day--plus a fair representation of  Canadian singer-songwriters, and Moncton's Motorleague that holds the promise of becoming Canada's next arena rock extravaganza.

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North America's number one movie spawns the number-one selling soundtrack album with Suicide Squad  (pictured here) selling an underwhelming 11,000 copies in the week. No matter, it was a good week for CanCon with Drake, Arkells, and The Tragically Hip all making it in to the Top 10.

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A collection of news, views and reviews from around the web in the past short while that caught our eye and, hopefully, catch yours too. Included today, a landmark ruling in the US that puts ISPs on notice that safe harbor is no protection when it is known that customers are using a service to illegally download.

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This marks the first major agreement for reproduction rights between the global video-sharing platform and CMRRA in the Canadian territory.

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In the news today: Alexander Graham Bell, Numeris, Corus Ent., Rogers Media, Now Magazine, the CRTC, Rob Ford, Maxime Rémillard, Tarzan Dan, Verizon, John Oliver, and Peter Mansbridge.

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The Weeknd announced a significant donation to the Black Lives movement Wednesday, days following the Grammy-winning 26 year-old gifting C$50k to the U of Toronto to establish an Ethiopian studies program.

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Bryan Adams was the first Canadian to earn Diamond sales in Canada. Earlier this year he was awarded a similar award in Australia for his best of collection, So Far So Good.

24 Canadian albums make the cut, with three of the four certified Double-Diamond attributable to Shania Twain. Celine Dion has the most Diamond certifications, with six. Pictured here is Bryan Adams--the first Canadian to receive the award that (then) acknowledged sales of 1M albums in the home market.

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Today's edition includes farewells to Clannad co-founder Pádraig Duggan and Dean Martin's youngest son, Ricci, plus news and views about musicians near and far, and several videos for your viewing entertainment.

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Peter Mansbridge is a donkey. Graphic: Disney // BuzzFeed Canada / via Wikimedia

Your collection of daily news, facts and opinions found on the web and delivered in a tailored package for a quick perusal or longer reads...

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

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On the golf course, for the first time ever at this tournament, a guest made a hole in one at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club which landed Robert Gardiner a $10,000 cash prize.

The hat country star from Lacombe pulled in some favours, a few big stars and gave the prairie gofers a run for their money with his annual swing and putt, raising more than $300k for charities.

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A bandwidth of late breaking news and traffic stoppers that includes name dropping Bell Media, Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, Florida Georgia Line, Entertainment One, Nielsen and all 12 disciples attending the Last Supper.

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The Alix Goolden Hall at the Victoria Conservatory of Music

The Canadian Music Centre and Victoria Conservatory of Music have conjoined to allow students access to a huge data base of music repertoire, sheet music and historical research materials about Canada's music and composers....

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Canada's indigenous musicians are the target of Bull's Eye, a new talent search created by Slaight Music and the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

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Belle Game

Orchestral popsters Belle Game and dance/r'nb artist and producer Jacques Greene have just been signed to Arts & Crafts. Learn more here.

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Downchild's Donnie Walsh plays the CNE this year so he has some extra cash to goof off fishing....again.

A farewell to sportscaster John Saunders, more Hip news, the CNE musical lineup, Brad Fillatre creates sparks, Michelle Wright goes on safari, (pictured here) Donnie Walsh goes fishing, plus a barrow of other miscellaneous items that are bound to pique your  interest.

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America's top jocks when it comes to cashing in

More original stories than a 24-hour CNN/680 news cycle, and carefully spun with a keen eye to following the triumphs and travails of broadcasters, the media and regulators both in and outside of Canada.

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The President & CEO of Music Canada wrote about his thoughts following a recent speech by Heritage Minister Joly on his website, and we felt his eloquent observations were worthy of further exposure.

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News about broadcasting, media and the regulatory process within and beyond Canada's borders.

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The capital city with a view of the South Saskatchewan River

The 14th annual BreakOut West Festival announced a line-up of almost 60 names set to perform in the Saskatchewan capital city mid-October with Brett Kissel set to perform and host the annual Awards on the final night at Casino Regina.

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English music industry veteran Stuart Watson has just published a memoir full of interesting anecdotes. As we learn in this FYI Industry Profile, Canadian artists figure prominently.

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Six Shooter Records' Shauna de Cartier celebrates, on Facebook, yesterday.

A collection of surprising and otherwise facts and announcements featuring people known and to-be-known in the crazy world of pop culture, including Six Shooter Records' Shauna de Cartier who was celebrating an annual yesterday.

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Today's collection of news, views and items of interest we found on the web that we wanted to share.

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Once called elevator music, the licensing of background music may lack sizzle but it generates dollars and is widely employed as a psychological tool to boost consumer spends and lull rowdy crowds into passive submissiveness...

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This week the FYI Careers section has found 73 new postings from across the country, offering a range of possibilities for the senior executive to new job entrants seeking internships or entry-level positions. Whether you live in the far North, in the rural midwest or in urban centres, we've got you covered.

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Brought to you by The Juno Awards and Slaight Music, the annual Master Class is a career development program for emerging acts. This morning, the ten finalists for the coveted Class are unveiled.

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A bandwidth of news that names AM640, Twitter, James Cridland, Howard Stern, Pandora, Postmedia, BCE, Netflix and Twitter in the daily roundup about media in Canada and abroad.

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Another duff sales week but a good 'un for Billy Talent, the Mississauga band with golden ears and a penchant for platinum sales. Afraid of Heights, the spanking new album, tracks straight to No.1--the band's fourth top of the chart debut.

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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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As improbable as it may sound, concert promoter John Brower had booked a festival in the rural community with a bill that included the Brit quartet, along with Grand Funk Railroad, Leonard Cohen, and Sly & The Family Stone. And then politics reared its ugly head, but the PM of the day came to the rescue... sort of.

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Figgy Duff co-founder Pamela Morgan received a Lifetime Achievement Award in St. John's on Aug. 6th.

In the news today, jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain and jazz-funk saxophonist Allan Barnes leave this world, The Weeknd makes a generous donation to the U of T, Pamela Morgan (pictured here) is honoured with a lifetime achievement award, the Barr Brothers star in a new doc about the musical history of the Gaspé, Stompin' Tom continues to make headlines, and a hit parade of other names to capture your attention.

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Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trevor Noah

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

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Julian Taylor

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

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

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The Trews

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

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

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

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Jaco Pastorius

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

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

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

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Jeff Price, Audiam

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

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

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Little Big Town

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

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

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

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NRBQ

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

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

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

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Colin Linden

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

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Young Galaxy

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

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Martin Forbes, Marty's Musings

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

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Randy Kabrich

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

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Lori Yates, Sweetheart Of The Valley

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

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

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

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

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Quoted

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

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

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

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Your Morning team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pat Boone, a cast member in the Christian drama sequel

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

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Birthday gal Andrea Morris

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

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Andrew Matheson today

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

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

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Vanessa Beecroft. Image by designutrust.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Benom Plumb. Pic by Evan Shelton.

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

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

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

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Renata Hesse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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His Excellency David Johnston

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

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

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

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

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BitTorrent CEO Jeremy Johnson

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

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Carly Rae Jepsen, queen of Japanese shampoo commercials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photograph: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Graphic courtesy of Todd Alcott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gord Downie giving it his all on stage

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

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Photo: Jeffrey Bosdet

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

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In nomine patris et filii et Bob, amen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert MacBain.  Teresa Miller Photography.

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

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

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

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

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Craig Horton

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

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

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

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

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Nelly

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

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Renee Couture and Jonny Fox, otherwise known as The Standstills

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

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

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

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

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Ronnie Cutrone looking straight-faced

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

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Canada Council CEO Simon Brault

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

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

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Former Conservative heritage minister James Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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Have we now turned the corner on podcasting?

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

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

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Today’s New Track

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Jaclyn Campanaro

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Ari D

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Brooks Reynolds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jacob and band never cease to amaze on stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Kelly Jacob

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo: Jeff Cooke

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

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

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

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

 

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Photo: Vanessa Heins

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

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The Washboard Union on tour

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

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

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

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

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

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Ken McCoy in action on stage

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

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Julian on stage and lovin' every minute of it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And she keeps on having fun...

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

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Kesha with Zedd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brett Kissel holds one of his many trophies

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

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Today's renaissance man, Rufus Wainwright

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

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

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

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

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

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Cover of Luka's upcoming album.

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

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

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New album art

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

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

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

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Drake preps View From the 6

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

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

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

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

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Tringa Rexhepi postures sweet innocence in her new PR shot

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

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

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

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 Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres

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

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Never rude, always magic!

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

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Tomorrow's best bad power trio

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

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