Joshua Ostroff
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Joshua Ostroff is a senior editor at Huffington Post Canada where he runs music sites like Spinner and HuffPost Music. Raised on the west coast and based in Toronto, he's been covering pop culture for over a decade and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star and numerous and sundry magazines. He is also a sweet husband, devoted dad and flash dancer.

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Letter To Editor: 'The World Is Crucifying Justin Bieber'

(4) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Back when I started working at a newspaper in the late-90s, one of my favourite things was receiving handwritten hate mail. As we all know, it's easy — too easy — to get angry via email or comments, but it takes great vengeance and furious anger to write it down...

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Nirvana Fronted By Lorde, Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Kim Gordon At Rock Hall Reunion (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Kurt Cobain died twenty years ago this week. A couple years after that, Lorde was born, and last night she was one of four women who replaced Nirvana's late singer as the Seattle band reunited for their Rock Hall of Fame induction.

Cobain's widow Courtney Love made nice with...

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What Singers Could Front Nirvana At The Rock Hall Of Fame Induction?

(1) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 4:20 PM

The question of who might front Nirvana when the legendary Seattle rock band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 has been on fans' minds for months.

Kurt Cobain is not an easy act to follow — Dave Grohl has said, "It's sacred...

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How Being a Father Has Changed How I Listen to Nirvana

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:13 PM

I was driving my four-year-old home from his Saturday karate class and flipping stations on the radio when Nirvana's "Come As You Are" came on. I turned it up so he could rock out in his car seat. But then Kurt Cobain started screaming "And I swear that I don't...

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Celine Dion Drops Florida 'Water Park' Mansion Price To *Only* $62.5 Million

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Celine Dion's bank account will go on, but it may have to do so with $10 million less than she expected after the Quebecois superstar was forced to lower the price on her Florida mansion.

Originally listed last year for $72.5 million, the mansion on Florida's Jupiter Island

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Miley Can't Stop, Won't Stop (So Don't Hold Your Breath)

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:44 PM

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Miley Cyrus' BANGERZ tour rolled into Toronto last night, less like a wrecking ball than a d-lysergic call to arms, replete with dancers of all shapes and sizes, including a little person and veritable giant, a gold-plated, cash-spewing car, her famed space kitten,...

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Justin Bieber Booed At 2014 Junos

(18) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 10:55 PM

Justin Bieber may not have showed up at the Junos, but his presence was felt after his fourth consecutive Juno Fan Choice Award win was met with a loud chorus of boos in Winnipeg's MTS Centre.

Co-host Serena Ryder came to Bieber's defence during her own acceptance speech for

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Junos 2014 Winners: Tegan And Sara Beloved, Justin Bieber Booed

(15) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 9:59 PM

The Junos have been around for 43 years, and for much of that time they barely earned the moniker "the Canadian Grammys" as they awarded Canadian acts with little, if any, influence outside of our borders. That changed during the past decade as Canadian singers, rappers and bands became international...

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Teens React To Nirvana, Restore Faith In Their Generation (VIDEO)

(13) Comments | Posted March 29, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Every generation like to rag on the one that follows for having terrible taste, but just because kids today apparently like Imagine Dragons, doesn't mean they can't recognize the good stuff when they hear it.

Usually this sort of viral video sees senior citizens reacting to, say, Skrillex, but playing...

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Tegan And Sara On Ellen Page's 'Incredibly Brave' Speech And Their Own Coming Out (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Tegan and Sara may be hoping to hear their names at the Junos this weekend, where they're up for four awards, but the pop duo got an even more meaningful namecheck last month when Ellen Page mentioned the twin sisters in her coming out speech.

"There is courage...

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DeAndre Tatum, 18, Is Fourth Victim To Die After Drunk Driver Hit Crowd At SXSW Music Fest

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 9:51 PM

The fatal car crash that caused so much chaos and destruction at the recent SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas has claimed a fourth victim, 18-year-old DeAndre Tatum.

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Best Gwar Videos: Killing Bieber, Reading 'Goodnight Moon,' Visiting Fox News (14 Times!)

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:28 PM

We're all used to being shocked by Gwar's Dave Brockie, better known as the demonic alien creature Oderus Orungus, but it was a different kind of shock when the music world woke up to the news that Brockie was found dead in his home.

Only 50 years old, the Ottawa-born...

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Prism Prize: Arcade Fire's Afterlife Named Best Canadian Music Video

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Arcade Fire's stunning "Afterlife" video, which we declared last fall was "better than most 2013 movies," was named the the best Canadian music video in the second annual Prism Prize.

The $5000 award went to the music video's director Emily Kai Bock, who was also nominated for another...

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Best Muppets Songs And Musical Numbers Ever (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 11:01 AM

The Muppets are back again in a new movie, "Muppets Most Wanted," which means more Muppet songs and musical numbers to add to their sprawling back catalogue.

Ever since Jim Henson first launched "The Muppet Show" back in 1976, his fuzzy friends were joined by music's biggest stars, ranging...

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New Photos From Kurt Cobain Death Investigation Found: Report

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Seattle TV station KIRO 7 reports that police have found new photos from the investigation into the death of Kurt Cobain, two decades after the Nirvana singer was found dead in his Seattle home, but the authorities say they have found nothing new.

In an exclusive, KIRO reports...

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Mick Jagger On L'Wren Scott Suicide: 'I Am Still Struggling To Understand'

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:39 PM

Still reeling from the suicide of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger broke his silence on Facebook with a heart-wrenching post that expressed his feelings for his "lover and best friend."

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SXSW Photos: Stars And Sights At South By Southwest Festival

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:57 PM

SXSW, the 10-day annual music, film and tech festival that has become the crossroads of modern culture, has finally closed up shop for another year.

It was once again bigger than its ever been, with hundreds of thousands crowding the Texan capital's streets along with the 60,000 official attendees, and...

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Babies And Toddlers React To Music With All The Feelings (And All The Dancing)

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Music is known to soothe the savage beast, but it's pretty good at soothing savage babies, too.

When my son was still crawling, the first piano chords of "Silvia" by Miike Snow (the guys who wrote Britney's "Toxic") would immediately stop his tears and when he was a bit bigger...

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SXSW Transcends Tragedy With Music

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 7:41 PM

SXSW 2014 will forever be marked by tragedy -- the senseless deaths of two festival goers and 23 injured by a drunk driver now facing the death penalty won't soon be forgotten, nor will Tyler the Creator's arrest for inciting a riot.

But the silver...

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Rapper Tyler The Creator Arrested For Inciting SXSW Riot

(13) Comments | Posted March 15, 2014 | 7:21 PM

Tyler the Creator, the controversial rapper from L.A. group Odd Future, was arrested Saturday for inciting a riot on Thursday during SXSW, an annual music, film and technology festival in Austin, Texas.

TMZ reports Tyler was arrested Saturday afternoon at the Austin, TX airport after Austin police...

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