With the 50th running of the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve underway, Artists for Peace and Justice held its inaugural
Arcade Fire (pictured) raise $250K in Montreal, Hot Child in the City enters Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and a celebration of the life of Ralph Murphy is planned in Toronto. Also in the news are Elvis Costello, CIMA’s Road Gold, Supercrawl, Toronto Fringe, Canada’s Walk of Fame, Acoustic Guitar Project, Woodstock 50, The Sadies, and farewell Bushwick Bill. Videos added for your enjoyment.
The Tenors and (pictured) Sean Jones, Boots & Hearts, and SCMA Awards nominees are announced. Also in the news are YYC Music Awards, Broken Social Scene, CIMA, The Great Escape, Selina Martin, James Bryan, Arcade Fire, Michael Davidson and Dan Fortin, Jackie Richardson, Daniel Romano, Sonic Publishing, Dave Sampson, Blue Standard, and farewell Sara Romweber and Keith Flint. Videos added for your enjoyment.
Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey (pictured) wins an Oscar, The Beaches land on a big tour, and Warner and Spotify trade blows. Others in the news include Arcade Fire, Noah Mintz, The Strumbellas, Curve Music, Joel Kazmi, and farewells to Daniel Di Giacomo, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Phillips, and Mark Hollis.
A new film depicts funk star Betty Davis (pictured), John Lydon mouths off, and how Robyn helped transform pop. Also in the headlines are Tupac Shakur, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Yungblud, Birdie Whyte, Tim Williams, Ultra fest, Toronto dance music, Rod Stewart, Queer Songbook Orchestra, Arcade Fire, Giles Martin, and Mavis Staples.
A former Prime Minister, global superstars, and Canadian rock royalty were all in attendance at the highly entertaining Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala in Toronto last night.
Arcade Fire complains about the misunderstanding of their satire, and soul diva Sade makes a welcome return. Others in the headlines include Tami Neilson, Spin, Lorde, Lil Peep, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Annie Lennox, Kacey Musgraves, Jerry Leger, grebo, and Superorganism.
Arcade Fire has waved the Canadian flag globally and earned the respect of fans and rock’s top echelon for their collective spirit, willingness to experiment and ability to fund-raise for worthwhile causes. They are emblematic of everything that is good about this country and this past weekend the band’s members were honoured with two Juno awards.
One of the most exciting live bands around, the Montreal ensemble is a front-runner at this year's annual and has an impressive list of nominations and wins in its history.
The Montreal art-rockers and the fast-rising Toronto singer lead with four nods apiece, closely followed by Arkells, Gord Downie, Hedley and Ruth B. We interviewed some of the nominees for their reactions.
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Those making headlines today include Royalty Exchange, Billy Bragg, Jay-Z, CMA Awards, Kesha, Fufanu, Fats Domino, Robert Plant, Tom Petersson, Arcade Fire, Deep Dark Woods, Tegan and Sara, Gunner and Smith, Morrissey, Rihanna, and Neil Young.