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News Story

Mark Kozelek
September 23, 2015
by Jason Schneider

Notoriously grumpy Ohio-born singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek has a habit for annoyance and his latest outburst includes a musical ditty called "The Ottawa Blues Fest Is Run By Inbreds" that's set to Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police". Take a listen.

Willie Thrasher
September 23, 2015
by Jason Schneider

Canada's First Nations' artists are growing in stature as their music finds new audiences in global markets. Willie Thrasher's Spirit Child was originally released through CBC Northern Services, and the song “Silent Inuit” became popular in northern communities. A new reissue builds on that success.

Brett Kissel
September 23, 2015
by David Farrell

Canadian country star Brett Kissel’s Pick Me Up album debuts at No. 7. It's the Flat Lake, AB singer's first top ten album and coincides with his “Airwaves” single hitting No. 1 on the Country airplay chart and jettisoning Keith Urban's "John Cougar's John Deere, John 3:16" into the next best place.

September 23, 2015
by David Farrell

Canadian Music Week 2016 (CMW) will host the first annual Live Music Industry Awards on the second of the music conference's two-day Live Music Summit at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, on May 7th.

September 23, 2015
by FYI Staff

Like many music business Dads, Toronto singer/songwriter Luke Nicholson doesn’t get to spend as much time with his kids as he would like... so he wrote a song for his daughter Maggie before hitting the road.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Fred Penner
September 22, 2015
by Kerry Doole

And the winner is ....Power In The Blood by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Judging by the loud roar (and standing ovation) that greeted this announcement at the 2015 Polaris Music Prize at The Carlu in downtown Toronto last night, the decision of the Polaris grand jury was a popular one.

WKRP
September 22, 2015
by David Farrell

Media buyers are rooting for the medium and woeful about its current state of inertia. And guess who they blame? Big radio!

Neil Young, Farm Aid, Promise + The Real
September 22, 2015
by Jason Schneider

Neil Young’s battle against agriculture business titan Monsanto rages on, and the Canadian icon makes that message clear in a new song called “I Won’t Quit,” which he debuted this past Sunday at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago.

AOF Riot Fest
September 22, 2015
by Jason Schneider

It's official, at least according to guitarist Wade MacNeil who made the announcement at Riot Fest in Toronto over the weekend. The fly in the ointment is Dallas Green, City and Colour and the release of C&C's new album...

September 22, 2015
by FYI Staff

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s Power In the Blood was declared the Canadian Album of the Year at the 2015 Polaris Music Awards at The Carlu in Toronto last night.

Drake Future
September 22, 2015
by FYI Staff

For the second time this year, Drake is making headlines for releasing a full album without any advance warning...and it’s already on track to be one of the biggest records of the year.

Colin Cripps, Maple Leaf Forever guitars
September 22, 2015
by FYI Staff

A felled tree that is said to have inspired Alexander Muir to compose "The Maple Leaf Forever" in 1867 lives on in the form of two guitars today thanks to the fast thinking of Blue Rodeo guitarist Colin Cripps.