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Nickelback's Chad Kroeger: Your Hate Only Makes Us Stronger

(21) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 11:41 AM

The first time I interviewed Chad Kroeger was in 1999, when Nickelback were at that point beginning to gain popularity outside Vancouver, and he almost immediately got angry at me.

"I hate being called grunge. Grunge! Grunge! Grunge!," he yelled after I dared to use the genre...

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Spotify Wants To Canadify Your Music Streaming

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 5:38 PM

"Canada is a big important music market that's way larger than its actual population," says Spotify's managing director and content chief Ken Parks of our land of Drake, Celine and Arcade Fire. "So it's a very important centre for music."

Still, it took Spotify what felt like forever to...

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Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace 'True Trans' Show Is Her Reality, But Not A Reality Show

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:14 PM

Laura Jane Grace, singer for political punk rockers Against Me!, has always been outspoken, but for much of her life she felt forced to hide her true nature.

That all changed in 2012 when she came out as transgender on the cover of Rolling Stone, inadvertently turning herself into...

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DWTS' Alfonso Ribeiro Has Been A Dancing Star Since 1983 (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 1:23 PM

"Hi, you know I wasn't born a dancer, I learned to do it with a lot of help."

So said Alfonso Ribeiro, the greatest dancing star in the history of "Dancing With The Stars," back in 1985 in an amazing commercial for "Alphonso's Breakin' and Poppin' Book" which taught...

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Cover Songs Are The New Originals: Best Covers By Aretha, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire, Miley And More

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Today's media requires a constant stream of content -- which is an issue if you're in music since songwriting can be a lengthy process. Perhaps this is why covers have achieved such cultural currency as of late.

Last week alone, Aretha Franklin wowed the kids with a cover of Adele's...

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Drake's Had More Billboard Hit Singles Than The Beatles, But You Won't Believe Who's Had The Most

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Drake makes records, and he breaks records. The Toronto rapper just landed on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 72nd time (yes, you read that right) thanks to his feature on new OVO signee iLoveMakonnen's single "Tuesday."

That pushes Drake over The Beatles' 71 chart hits, and gives him...

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Leonard Cohen, 80, Tops Canadian Album Chart. Tony Bennett, 88, Number One In U.S.

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Canadians are hardly slouches in the international music world. Much like Sweden and Jamaica, we punch well above our weight. But mostly one hears about the successes of younger artists like Drake, Bieber, Deadmau5 and Arcade Fire.

Well, there's a new Canadian superstar in town -- or rather a very...

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Sad Songs: Our Readers Pick The Tunes That Make Them Cry

(17) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 9:45 AM

We recently ran a story about the 21 most epic sad songs of all time. Fittingly, our list made people sad, partly because of the songs we chose and partly because of the ones we didn't.

See, the thing about sad songs is that they can be incredibly...

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Happy Cassette Store Day! These Awesome Stock Photos Of Tapes Will Make You Pine For The Past

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 10:20 AM

First there was Record Store Day, an international celebration of all things vinyl. Now it's time to meet the next level of music nerd nostalgia: Cassette Store Day.

Though hardly as fetishized, there are still many of us -- myself included -- who look fondly back on the cassette...

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jacksoul's 'Got To Have It' Studio Session Got Us Missing Haydain Neale (VIDEO PREMIERE)

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Canada lost one of its most beloved musical sons in late 2009 when R&B singer Haydain Neale died of lung cancer at the age of 39.

But the jacksoul frontman left behind some unreleased demo tracks, including this single "Got To Have It," written and with vocals recorded in...

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The Biggest Band in the World: Reflektions on Arcade Fire

(2) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 9:23 AM

The end of summer has also brought about the end of the Arcade Fire tour, which concluded its 74-date run this past weekend with a sold-out Molson Amphitheatre show in Toronto before a hometown finale at Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau.

To call it an unequivocal success would be an understatement, not...

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Why Your Kids Love Super Heroes (And Why You Should Take Them To Comic-Cons )

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Kid culture, as any parent can tell you, is an ever-evolving beast -- what's popular on the playground today may be a forgotten figment by tomorrow, though admittedly it may also come back in 20 years. But since the late 1930s there has been one constant: superheroes.

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Beyonce's Feminist Silhouette At VMAs Acts As Rebuke To Women Against Feminism

(9) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:06 PM

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Award shows like the MTV VMAs are ephemeral beasts, good fodder for a day or so of social media snark but there's often one enduring moment with lasting impact on the culture at large. Last year, it was Miley's twerk that launched a thousand thinkpieces on...

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Miley Cyrus Wins MTV VMA Video Of The Year, Speech Of The Eternity And Didn't Even Deliver It Herself (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:58 PM

Once again, Miley Cyrus left the MTV VMAs with an indelible moment, but it couldn;t have been further from last year's twerkathon.

When Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball," she declined to go onstage herself and instead sent a formerly homeless runaway Jesse, from the organization My...

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MTV VMA Recap: Women Dominate The Winners And Performances (Again)

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2014 | 11:22 PM

The female stars of "Orange is the New Black" perfectly summarized the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards when they noted "this years VMAs are a lot like our prison show, there are a bunch of badass women all crammed in the same place trying to get one over on each...

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Miley, Robin And The Double-Edged Danger Of MTV VMA Outrage

(6) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Thirty-somethings aren't supposed to be outrageous anymore, which is why MTV has always seemed like the real world (pun intended) version of Logan's Run, that '70s sci-fi film where everyone is killed upon turning 30.

(Not counting Madonna, of course, who received a lifetime pass after her wedding dress...

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MTV VMAs' Most Outrageous Video Music Award Moments Ever

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:02 AM

It's no secret what keeps us watching the MTV VMAs given it's been years since the channel stopped airing music videos. As last year's 30th anniversary Video Music Awards made crystal clear, it's because when it comes to award shows, the VMAs still hold the potential for controversy and outrage.

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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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