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That Time Robin Williams Sang 'Blame Canada' At The 2000 Oscars (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 11:08 AM

When someone dies a shocking death, like Robin Williams yesterday, it's hard not to be sad. But it's important also to remember their life's accomplishments, and Williams was a most accomplished man.

One of our favourites Robin Williams moments here at HuffPost Canada was back in 2000 when...

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The 'Good Morning Vietnam' Soundtrack Is The Perfect Way To Remember Robin Williams

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 10:26 PM

"Goooooood Mooorning, Vietnaaam!"

The moment I heard that Robin Williams had died of a possible suicide, my thoughts, as they do in such situations, immediately leapt to all the things he'd done that had affected me. There was "Mork & Mindy" from when I was a kid and "The Fisher...

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Petition For 'Weird' Al To Play Super Bowl Halftime Show Is No Joke

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 8:33 AM

First 'Weird' Al Yankovic won the internet by releasing eight music video spoofs in eight days. Then he won the music industry by landing his first number one album and best sales week ever, a remarkable feat for someone who's been making music since 1979.

Now it's time...

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OVO Fest: Drake, We Made It. Now What?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:22 AM

OVO is the kind of festival where Lauryn Hill will not only appear unannounced, but will walk onstage without so much as an introduction.

It took the sold-out Toronto crowd a couple songs to realize they had a legend on the mic, though they sussed it out in time...

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Osheaga 2014 Photos: OutKast, Chromeo And More Rock Montreal Music Fest's First Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Welcome to music festival weekend! While VELD and OVO will be bringing EDM and hip-hop fans to opposite ends of Toronto, Montreal's annual Osheaga kicked off yesterday opposite Chicago's Lollapalooza.

Taking place in Parc Jean-Drapeau, Osheaga started off strong with a diverse day one line-up. Outkast headlined, and will be...

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Jack White Is An Old-Timey Rock Star

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 5:24 PM

The last time I saw Jack White perform, it was in a 6th street saloon in Austin, Texas and Bill Murray was dancing on a bar top with some comely lasses right behind me.

Needless to say, seeing the former White Stripes frontman at the Air Canada Center arena...

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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Is Indeed An 'Awesome' Mix

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:37 PM

When the "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer first blew up the Internets, it was initially in large part thanks to the incongruous "ooga chakas" from the song "Hooked on a Feeling."

Most of us probably thought it was just a creative decision for the trailer to let people know...

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Nine Inch Nails Is The Best Band Of The 90s (And The 2000s, Too)

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 1:18 PM

I can't imagine a more concrete example of the difference between currency and nostalgia than the double-bill of Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden currently rocking sheds across North America.

When it hit Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre recently, a girl in the row in front of me was wearing a Soundgarden Nine...

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Biz Markie Talks 'Just A Friend,' 'Yo Gabba Gabba' and Drake

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 4:00 PM

For old-school rap fans, nobody beats the Biz.

Dubbed "the clown prince of hip-hop," Biz Markie was among the first wave of rappers to hit the mainstream when his 1989 monster single "Just a Friend" cracked the top 10. (Admit it, that off-key chorus is playing in your head...

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Woodstock '99: Riots, Rapes and the Razing of the Alt-Revolution

(4) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:44 AM

It was around 3 a.m. when a moment of surreal beauty unexpectedly burst forth from the grotesque chaos that marked the final day of Woodstock '99, soon to be re-dubbed "the day the music died."

After far too many hours of fiery, rampaging lawlessness, the authorities had finally reentered the...

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Weird Al's 'Mandatory Fun' Is His First Number One Album, Best Sales Week Ever

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:32 PM

"Weird Al" yankovic took over the Internet last week, releasing eight videos over eight days to promote his new album, "Mandatory Fun," and the gambit worked.

Though it was the three-time Grammy-winner's 14th album over the past 35 years, "Mandatory Fun" landed atop the Billboard album chart with 104,000 copies,...

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Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace: Transgender Punk Rocker And Parent (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Against Me! have always been a political punk band, but railing against the system has morphed into railing against systemic prejudice since transgender lead singer Laura Jane Grace came out on a Rolling Stone cover in 2012.

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Weird Al's 'Mission Statement' Video Mocks Corporate Speak Synergizing His 8-Day Value-Added Experience

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:46 PM

Weep with me, readers, for this 'Mission Statement' video marks the end of Weird Al's eight-day pop cultural takeover.

But what better way to conclude what ultimately was a mad-genius marketing strategy than with a video mocking people who say stuff like Weird Al leveraged his core competencies to monetize...

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Weird Al's 'First World Problems' Video Mocks Wealthy Whiners To The Sounds Of The Pixies

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Weird Al's sixth salvo in his Internet invasion is the video for "First World Problems," a song that sets the popular hashtag against the sonic stylings of alt-rock icons The Pixies.

On this track from his now-ubiquitous album "Mandatory Fun," a blonde bewigged "Dbag Al" moans about that "the thread...

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Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:44 AM

2014 is more than half over and it's been quite a year for music already.

Album sales aren't looking so hot, admittedly. The only full-length to crack a million in sales so far in the U.S. is the "Frozen" soundtrack, which hit 2.7 million, while Beyonce's surprise self-titled album...

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ESPYs: Drake Sings 'Let It Go,' Mocks Donald Sterling, Macklemore, Jokes With Chris Brown (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:34 AM

"Degrassi" fans have always known that Drake is comfortable on camera, but the Toronto rapper really sold himself as a comedian with his stellar "Saturday Night Live" host and musical guest gig last year. Last night he followed that up with a high-profile hosting gig for the ESPYs.


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Celine Dion Opens Up About Husband Rene Angelil's Cancer Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Health rumours have been swirling around Celine Dion's 72-year-old husband Rene Angelil since he stepped down as her manager last month, a job he's had since Celine was a teenager, in the wake of undergoing throat cancer surgery in December.

But Celine wants to reassure her fans that Angelil is...

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Polaris Prize Short List: Drake, Arcade Fire, Tanya Tagaq Among Best Canadian Album Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:25 AM

The eighth annual Polaris Prize has revealed it's 2014 short list for the best Canadian album of the past year.

The 10 nominated artists range from international superstars like Drake and Arcade Fire to up-and-comers like Mac DeMarco and Jessy Lanza to previous winner Owen Pallett, previous short-lister Shad...

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The War on Sugar Must Be Fought By Parents

(17) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:33 AM

I often call my four-year-old son "sugar" as a term of endearment. But, as a parent, sugar is not very endearing.

The so-called "War on Sugar" has ramped up recently thanks to the new doc Fed Up-- exec-produced by Katie Couric and An Inconvenient Truth's Laurie David --...

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Robin Thicke's Album 'Paula' Sold LESS Than 54 Copies In Australia

(7) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 11:24 AM

Robin Thicke's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad sales week continues.

After selling 530 copies of new album "Paula" in the UK and then bumping that up to a whole 550 copies here in Canada, the numbers have now come in from fellow Commonwealth country Australia where...

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