The first concert I ever attended was at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in the summer of 1998. Hanson was making their Toronto debut as part of the band's inaugural Albertane tour. I proudly memorized every song on that neon orange Middle of Nowhere CD. Fast forward two decades. Hanson is currently gearing up to embark on their 13th tour.
King Eddy Hotel,
National Music Centre,
Canada Alberta News
The NMC should enhance the musical landscape in Calgary by becoming a focal point for activity, and create a bridge to the music industry across the country. It will be a hub for community events and activities in Calgary's East Village, a key part of that area's redevelopment. It will spur cultural tourism and likely be a catalyst for employment in commercial music and related sectors.
The problem with this particular group of guys isn't that they invoked the Vietnam War at all, it's that they did it for a really shitty reason. To suggest that any subject matter be restricted to any artist is a low-key expression of censorship and should be resisted. Politically sensitive, controversial imagery needs to be available; to declare it off-limits infantilizes the role of music and art, and our expectations from it.
As the summer draws to a close, we look forward only to the rigidity of back-to-school bro-fests organized by student unions. The life of a touring musician is far from glamorous, summer festivals or winter club shows. But at the end of the day that adrenaline rush of playing a show -- any show -- makes it all worthwhile.
I used to watch award shows when a lot of the hype was about which artist won and who performed the best. Some of the most buzz-worthy parts of the show would include an artist doing something pretty impressive. This year's MTV Video Music Awards were a little different. I'm not sure if I saw anything impressive, but I did have at least five moments where I was thinking "WTF?"
Canada British Columbia News
"The thing I really loved about it was that at Shambhala, it doesn't matter how you look, what you wear and who you are. Everyone's there to have a good time and to dance the way they want to dance."
Tegan And Sara,
Canada Business News
The CBC is suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country's music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it's already happening.
Beloved Canadian children's singer Raffi is touring Canada with a new album after having taken time away to focus on and develop the Centre for Child Honouring. While he was in Saskatoon, we sat down to discuss music and the making of a healthy society.
OVO Fest 2015,
OVO Fest Drake,
Drake Festival Toronto,
Drake Meek Mill,
Canada Living News
Drake handily won the re-election as hip-hop's prime minister after a recent scandal threatened to derail his rule.
It's that time of year again, when thousands of music lovers try on unicorn outfits, clean out onesie retailers, dig up ID cards, re-jig work schedules and frantically seek rideshares. Shambhala 2015 is just around the corner and activity on the music festival's 23,000+ strong Facebook...
"No Pop" is about changing this self-imposed, self-perpetuating wheel of regulation and can do so without condescension toward the pursuit of monetary success. All that would need to, and should, change, is the perception of what makes music "commercial."
Best Video Nomination,
Nicki Minaj Anaconda,
Taylor Swift Bad Blood,
Canada Living News
Nicki Minaj identified an industry preference for what is seen as attractive, acceptable and what should be rewarded. It shouldn't be surprising that black artists feel some type of way when their cultural influence is undeniable but remains unrecognized. It is, however, surprising that the industry that still makes money off the backs of black artists still doesn't take them seriously.
Kim and Kanye are accused of having no talent. Part of this is class-based, in that people think they are better than reality stars and rappers, have no respect for what they do and resent their success at doing it. (See also the people threatening to cancel their Vogue subscriptions when they appeared as the mag's first interracial cover couple.)
What could be more magical than seeing a musical under the stars?
If you missed Bestival a few weeks back on Toronto Island, then you missed out on a lot. Including a stupidly amazing performance by Canada's own, Grandtheft. I caught up with the much-talked-about-DJ via email shortly after the festival to get his reflections on the event....
In June of 2009, I wrote a small article about a woman in her fifties named Frances Eby. Fran makes YouTube videos of herself strumming and singing Morrissey songs. The videos caught my attention because they were performed with a kindness and passion that, to me,...
Hours later, after testing various knots, my first swing was born. I remember the joy I felt when I first swung on my living room swing -- it was therapeutic. Stressful thoughts shed with each swing, and I knew this was the beginning of something more.
I love to listen to all kinds of music. Previously I wrote a blog on "The Top Ten Reasons Why The Symphony Is Cool." Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Gail Suderman, Artistic Director, Good Noise...
CMW's music component is massive (hundreds of bands and more than 60 venues) but the schedule spans more than a week and more than just music. But the festival also squeezes in award shows, comedy and film festivals, trade shows and a comprehensive lineup of industry conferences.
Canada Impact News
Anthony Van Zant is a homeless musician we've been filming for a year for a documentary film called Lowdown Tracks. We recorded the songs and stories of homeless musicians, but the process of making this film lead to even deeper revelations about my own prejudices and fears.