Entries by Joshua Ostroff from 09/2012

Feist Stronger After 'Metals' Tour, Promises Not to 'Disappear' Again

Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Music

Leslie Feist is eating a bean salad. That may not seem like especially earth-shattering news but, just 48 hours prior, the thought of consuming solid ...

Lebanese Singer Mohamad Eskandar Reportedly Denied Entry Into Canada For Homophobic, Sexist Lyrics

Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Music

A Lebanese singer was reportedly denied entry into Canada last week after a Lebanese-Canadian gay rights group petitioned three venues in Ontario and ...

10 Wackiest Music Award Show Moments

Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Music

Tonight the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards will go down in Los Angeles and it's not hard to predict that something scandalous will happen during the broa...

TIFF 2012: 'Reincarnated' Director Calls Snoop Dogg's Snoop Lion Conversion 'The Real Deal'

Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Music

Last month at Caribana, the rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg made his live debut as the Rastafarian reggae artist Snoop Lion. This week, Reincarnat...

Public Enemy's Chuck D: Hip-Hop A Public Service, 'Not A Hustle'

Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Music

During Public Enemy's recent Toronto show, frontman Chuck D spoke out against the language of modern rap music, calling hip-hop "an art and a craft, n...

TIFF 2012: Anthrax's Frank Bello Goes Punk For 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Music

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello's appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival is going to be a whirlwind. He'll be flying in on Sunday morning, ...

TIFF 2012: Arcade Fire, K'naan Play Star-Studded Film Fest Fundraiser for Haiti

Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Music

Members of Arcade Fire brought the house -- or at least the garden party tent -- down with both their music and their message at the Artists For Peace...

Kathleen Edwards Nearly Dies Of Anaphylactic Shock From Wasp Sting

Posted 09.10.2012 | Canada Music

Singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards is lucky to be alive today after a yellow jacket sting yesterday in Windsor, Ontario sent her into anaphylactic sho...

'Paperboy' Star Macy Gray Says Black Roles Improving: 'You Don't See So Much Of The Slave Movie'

Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Music

Macy Gray doesn’t mind that most of the buzz surrounding her latest film, Lee Daniel’s The Paperboy, which makes its North American debut at the T...

Justin Bieber Offered Minor League ECHL Hockey Contract

Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada Music

With the National Hockey League on the cusp of locking out its players and possibly jeopardizing the start of the NHL season, it's a saving grace for ...

Saturday Night Live: SNL's Best Musical Moments

Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Music

On Saturday, the 38th (!) season of Saturday Night Live premieres, bringing with it the possibility of several musical sketches that we will cherish f...

TIFF 2012: Ice-T On His Pimp-spirational Doc 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp'

Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Music

“Now I’ve heard hos cry ‘bout the winds being high and the law being on they tail. About snow and sleet being asshole deep and the tricks can go...

Bad 25: 11 Lessons From Spike Lee's Silver-Anniversary Doc On Michael Jackson's Classic Album

Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Music

Bad 25, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee’s documentary about the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album -- not to be confused with Bad 25, the CD/DVD ...

Cracker Singer Apologizes To Neil Young After Bandmate's Attack Over HuffPost Piracy Article

Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada Music

Cracker's David Lowery issued an apology yesterday to Neil Young after bandmate Johnny Hickman slammed Young for his stance about music piracy. In ...

Peaches Talks Pussy Riot, Her Protest Song and Fighting On

Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada Music

When news of the arrests of the feminist punk collective riot Pussy Riot hit the mainstream, singer, filmmaker and activist Peaches was less than impr...

Killing In the Stream Of: What Do Webcasts Like The Killers' Werner Herzog-Helmed "Unstaged" Mean?

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Music

Mere hours after The Killers' new album Battle Born arrived on both literal and virtual store shelves, the Las Vegas synth-rock stalwarts themselves split the on- and offline difference by taking to the wondrously baroque stage of the Bronx's 1920s-era Paradise Theatre for a Werner Herzog-directed livestream concert.

Talking Heads: David Byrne + Arcade Fire's Win Butler On Career Suicide, Fashion and Not Becoming Fat Elvis

Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Music

The Pop Montreal Music Festival hosted a conversation between David Byrne and Arcade Fire's Win Butler to discuss Byrne's newest book, How Music Works...

Polaris Prize 2012: Feist Wins $30,000 Award for Best Canadian Album, Besting Drake and Grimes

Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Music

Leslie Feist won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize last night for her fourth album, Metals, and no one was more stunned by the news than the artist hers...

Polaris Prize 2012: Feist Wins $30,000 Award for Best Canadian Album, Besting Drake and Grimes

Posted 09.25.2012 | Entertainment

Leslie Feist won the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize last night for her fourth album, Metals, and no one was more stunned by the news than the artist hers...

Arcade Fire and Celine Dion Team-Up To Fund Raise For Family Of Man Killed In PQ Victory Shooting

Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Music

Arcade Fire and Celine Dion are joining forces. No, it's not a masterplan to destroy hipster minds everywhere. Rather, the pair will be part of a g...

Pussy Riot: Husband of Jailed Member On Futility Of Their Appeal And Importance Of Celeb Support

Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Music

October 1 marks the second day of global action for jailed Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot. It's also the day a judge will rule on the appeal made by ...

Louis C.K., Fatherhood and the Sexism of Lowered Expectations

| Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada Living

Louie isn't nearly the dad Cliff Huxtable was. He's divorced, doesn't own a house and is making it up as he goes. Sometimes his parenting sucks and sometimes it's amazing, but it always feels real, rather than a mere set-up to a punchline. And Louie always does his damnedest, right up to shepherding his daughter's stowaway duckling through a USO tour of Afghanistan.