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Reva Seth Says She Was Assaulted By Jian Ghomeshi

(90) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Another woman is going public with allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Author and lawyer Reva Seth has detailed her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog published by The Huffington Post Canada.

Seth recounts meeting the former CBC host in 2002 when she was 26 and...

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Halloween Songs: No Trick, Here's A Spooky Playlist!

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Anyone who's ever watched a horror movie knows that music enhances the thrills and chills. So what would Halloween be without a scary soundtrack to spook your night up?

But nobody wants to hear the Monster Mash again, at least not unless it's the Misfits version. So we've put together...

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Fear Not: Why I Took My Five-Year-Old on a Tour of Parliament

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 3:25 PM

When my son and I stepped onto Parliament Hill Monday morning, he was immediately drawn to the centennial flame and its seemingly miraculous ability to stay lit despite the fire emerging from a water fountain.

Being five, Emile didn't understand that it was intended as a metaphor for the...

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Owen Pallett: Jian Ghomeshi 'Is My Friend.. But There Is No Grey Area Here'

(124) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:57 PM

The Canadian music world has been rocked in recent days by a startling Toronto Star report detailing anonymous allegations against Jian Ghomeshi from three women who say he physically attacked them without their consent.

The Star published their story after the CBC...

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I'm Proud 'Yo Gabba Gabba' Made My Son a Music Nerd

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 12:36 PM

Kids may be young, but kid culture nowadays is old. It's all superheroes from the '40s and '60s, muppets from the '70s and ninja turtles and power rangers from the '80s.

Yo Gabba Gabba is one of the rare pop cultural icons for the knee-high set that actually debuted...

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Becoming A Mom Made Lights A Better Pop Star

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 10:27 PM

In the video for "Up We Go," Canadian pop star Lights is on what could be the greatest elevator ride ever. She just doesn't know it. As she sings her latest single, Lights somehow remains sadly unaware of the excitement behind her, ranging from lovers to lucha libre...

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Kiesza: How Ballet, The Navy And Beauty Pageants Turned Me Into A Pop Star

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Kiesza, an effervescent 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Calgary, danced onto the world stage this past summer when her 90s dance-pop throwback "Hideaway" climbed the international charts, even hitting number one in the UK. Fuelled by a one-shot viral video of her dancing through Brooklyn, shot by her brother for less than...

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The Album Is Dead (But It's Been Bleeding Out Since 1991)

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 12:57 PM

The music industry has been bleating that the end is nigh for years now, but it took on an even more apocalyptic edge with the current media freak-out that 2014 could be the first year ever that not a single artist album has sold over a million copies in the...

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

(22) 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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