Entries by Joshua Ostroff from 12/2012

Bryan Adams 'Exposed' Chosen As Part Of Oprah's Book Finder List

Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Music

With his music career still chugging along and his photography career continuing to blossom, rocker Bryan Adams can now add another feather in his cap...

Pop Power Rankings: Jay-Z Goes #1, Justin Bieber Drops Hard

Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada Music

Power Rankings have been rating sports teams mid-season for years, based on statistical analysis, momentum and gut feelings. But there's just as much ...

Simple Plan Talk Turning Ten, Battling Bullies, Singing In French And Raising $1 Million For Charity

Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Music

Montreal pop-punks Simple Plan are celebrating 10 years together with the release of Simple Plan: The Official Story, a coffee table book and biograph...

Corey Hart & Bonnie Tyler Together? Hart Wants '80s Mega-Star Duet

Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Music

Canadian pop heartthrob Corey Hart turned down some pretty lucrative offers at the height of his fame in the '80s. After Steven Spielberg himself s...

Stars' Torquil Campbell: Harper's Spokesman Should Stop Listening To Us, PM A 'Sociopath' (TWITTER)

Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Music

Editor's note: some of the language used in the following tweets is profane. Stars singer Torquil Campbell has rarely passed up an opportunity to c...

Stream 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief On Spinner

Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Music

On Wednesday, December 12th, Spinner Canada will proudly host the live-stream of 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief from Madison Square Garden. ...

Morrissey vs. Kate Middleton: Brit Rocker Blames Princess, Royal Family For Nurse's Suicide

Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Music

Noted monarchy hater Morrissey wasted no time to place blame for the death of Jacintha Saldanha -- the British nurse who killed herself after being tr...

Justin Bieber, Drake Are Google's Most Searched Canadian Musicians, But Both Bested By One Direction

Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Music

He might not have any Grammy nominations but pop star Justin Bieber is still the talk of Google in Canada, albeit behind boy band One Direction. Ac...

Three Days Grace Don't Hate Everything About Hometown

Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Music

There's a line by Thomas Wolfe that goes "you can't go back home again," but for Norwood, Ontario's Three Days Grace they're doing exactly that for go...

Top 15 Musician Cameos On Teen TV, From '90210' and 'The O.C.' To 'My So-Called Life' and 'Buffy'

Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Music

This week, Tegan and Sara appeared on the holiday episode of 90210, performing the glittery electro-pop single "Closer" from their forthcoming seventh...

A Deadly Reminder to Be Skeptical of Toy Guns

| Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada

Just shortly after the news that 20 small children were killed in Connecticut, the White House Press Secretary said "today is not the day" to engage in a policy debate over gun control. But it hardly matters if we all agree that shooting schoolchildren is terrible if we don't do anything to prevent it in the future -- and that is difficult to do in a society that promotes gun culture to even its youngest members.

Afrojack: Bleep Right And Work With Michael Jackson And Chris Brown

Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Music

When I call Afrojack the 6'10 gentle giant is the studio with David Guetta, Akon and Shermanology working on new tunes during our call. But his physic...

Pop Power Rankings: Beyonce Hits #1, Psy Drops... Gangnam Style

Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Music

Power Rankings have been rating sports teams mid-season for years, based on statistical analysis, momentum and gut feelings. But there's just as much ...

Bif Naked On Beating Cancer, Getting Divorced And Staying Strong

Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Music

Bif Naked has made a career out of being a badass chick. Initially, it was by way of the late-'90s CanRock boys club, prowling Edgefest stages, infilt...

Best Music Videos Of 2012: How Psy, Gotye and Carly Rae Brought Videos Back From the Brink

Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Music

One of the year's biggest music successes wasn't defined by millions of record sales, arena tours or even a controversial headline. He simply released...

Pop Power Rankings: Adele Rules All, Waka Flocka Flames Out

Posted 12.21.2012 | Canada Music

Power Rankings have been rating sports teams mid-season for years, based on statistical analysis, momentum and gut feelings. But there's just as much...

Best Cover Songs Of 2012

Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Music

It's been a great year for music. But what's been even greater is how musicians have been paying tribute to each other's work, as well as creating ...

Solange Knowles Endorses Toronto Viral Dancing In The Street Video

Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Music

Internet phenomenon Dancing Phil has struck again. The web sensation known for shaking his hips in public posted a video to his Youtube channe...

Should My Child Believe in Christmas If I Don't?

| Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living

We're a proud Chrismukkah family, but neither myself nor my lapsed-Catholic wife are religious. We love the culture and traditions that our families bestowed upon us, many of which are, yes, tied to religion. But unlike our toddler, we're both rationalists who believe in science, not magic or miracles. I'm fine with the great Santa deception because it's temporary and is about delight without the threat of damnation -- a lump of coal hardly compares to hellfire. But it's my job as a parent to teach Emile morality, regardless of supernatural opinions on the matter.

I'll Take Disney on Ice, But Hold the Firearms

| Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living

As a parent who has been trying to keep my three-year-old son, Emile, away from "shooters," I'm not particularly impressed with the presence of army men at Disney on Ice: World of Fantasy. We're barely a week beyond Newtown and removing guns from kids entertainment should be a first step in reducing the our society's fetishization of firearms.

20 Best Justin Bieber Moments Of 2012

Posted 12.27.2012 | Canada Music

n 2010, a fresh-faced kid named Justin Bieber took the world by storm with his chart-topping hits "Baby," "Never Let You Go" and "U Smile." In 2011, t...

How Sarah McLachlan Pulled Bill Clinton From The Election Race

Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Music

Animal lovers and anyone with half a heart aren't the only people who have been traumatized by Sarah McLachlan's devastating ads for the SPCA. Des...

Adele Tops Pop Power Rankings For Second Week In A Row

Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Music

Power Rankings have been rating sports teams mid-season for years, based on statistical analysis, momentum and gut feelings. But there's just as much...

Best Fan Videos Of 2012

Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Music

You've seen lists of the best covers, the best YouTube videos, and even the best songs and albums. But when will you finally get a little credit? T...

9 Best Canadian Albums Of 2012

Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Music

It's almost time to turn the page and welcome another 365 days of the good, the bad and the ugly of music, but we can't let 2012 pass without a round-...