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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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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

UPDATE: We've added the brand-new trailer to "True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, an upcoming AOL Originals web series which tells Laura's story as well as those from the transgender community who she meets while on tour.

Against Me! have always been a political punk band, but railing against the...

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