Music Biz Headlines, Sept. 18, 2017


The inevitability of Taylor Swift. Ready for it?

In the game of 2017 fame, Taylor Swift is already miles ahead. “…Ready for It?” was the second single Swift dropped in a little more than a week, and she could still release another before the Nov. 3 debut of Reputation —  Kelsey McKinney, Village Voice 

How Alex 'Kid Twist' Larsen went from rap battle legend to 'bodied' screenwriter

Former Toronto games designer is the screenwriter behind the satirical battle rap film Bodied, produced by Eminem  —  Karen Bliss, Billboard 

Life of Pi score goes live at TSO season opener

Mychael Danna reworks film music for new symphonic composition in world premiere at Toronto Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 19 — Trish Crawford, Toronto Star

Editor of British GQ finds the man behind the alien in David Bowie: A Life

Dylan Jones interviewed more than 150 people for biography on iconic star David Bowie  — Sue Carter, Metro

Why a country music act will never win the Polaris

Canada’s narrow cultural taxonomy excludes some of our best artists, with Corb Lund and Dean Brody as examples —  Anthony Easton, The Walrus

The two voices of Whitney Houston

The documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me?” takes as its subject the destruction of Whitney Houston’s singing voice, and obliquely examines her anxiety about the public spectacle of her race — Doreen St. Félix, Village Voice

Why the Toronto Film Festival felt smaller than ever

In 2017, the market wasn’t just frosty. It was more like an arctic blizzard had suddenly swept through Roy Thomson Hall — Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang, Variety

Shania Twain walked out on top. Now she wants back in

She is set to release “Now,” her first album in 15 years, on Sept. 29  —  Jon Caramanica, NY Times

Eddie Vedder, buskers give free concert outside Wrigley Field

As night fell on Friday, Vedder grabbed a guitar and began jamming with a few musicians after a Cubs game —  Dan Cahill, Chicago Sun-Times

The time has come for Elisa Citterio to take the reins of Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Learn more about the Italian violinist set to take charge of the famed orchestra Robert Rowat —

53 live music events in Halifax to satisfy your fall concert cravings 

Plan your live music playlist with festivals, big ticket shows and smaller music events and get a good mix going  — Morgan Mullin, The Coast

Amy Helm aims to capture the sound of a spontaneous musical community

The singer/songwriter most treasures her memories of a funky barn on her dad Levon’s upstate New York property — Alex Varty, Georga Straight


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