Joshua Ostroff

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End Vaccine Exemptions Now (Even In Your Precious Alternative School)

(70) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 9:28 AM

I got a measles vaccine booster shot this week because I needed to be sure I couldn't bring harm to my community. And I mean that literally, as measles has now arrived in my Toronto neighbourhood.

An infected parent dropped their kid off at a nearby YMCA daycare in...

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Max Martin Just Won His First Grammy After 54 Top 10 Songs (20 More Than The Beatles)

(18) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 2:57 PM

"My first one," said reclusive producer and songwriter Max Martin as he collected his gold gramophone for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical at the 2015 Grammys pre-telecast ceremony. A fact that's, well, kind of shocking.

We say this because just as John Lennon once proffered that, popularity-wise, his band...

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Bieber Video Apology: 'I'm Not Who I Was Pretending To Be"

(17) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 12:46 PM

With a seemingly endless list of antics, court cases and lawsuits in recent years leaving many shaking their heads, Justin Bieber might be finally turning a corner if a new video he posted is any indication.

TMZ reports Bieber posted the roughly 100-second video after an...

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Junos 2015: Leonard Cohen, Deadmau5, Kiesza And Magic! Among Juno Awards Nominees

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 12:35 PM

The 2015 Juno nominees were announced this morning with a mix of legends, stalwarts and newcomers that once again represent the vast diversity and quality of Canada's music scene.

This is perhaps best symbolized by the Juno Awards Artist of the Year category, which mixed together the likes of Leonard...

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Oscars 2015: Best Song Nominees Include 'Awesome' Lego Theme And 'Selma' Civil Rights Anthem 'Glory'

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:09 AM

After being snubbed by the Golden Globes but recognized by the Grammys, the "Lego Movie" earworm "Everything Is Awesome!!!" can now claim an Oscar nomination.

The much-loved theme song by Canadian sisters Tegan & Sara with Andy Samberg's comedy-rap trio The Lonely Island and Devo's Mark...

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Taylor Swift Helps Fan Pay Off Student Loan With $1,989 Cheque (VIDEO)

(6) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 4:31 PM

Taylor Swift has been sending her fans care packages for some time now, but this latest Swiftmas gift really takes the cake. That is, if you mean "cake" in the hip-hop slang sense, which is money.

Rebekah Bortnicker received a package,

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This David Bowie GIF Illustrates 50 Years Of Stylistic Ch-Ch-Changes

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 2:07 PM

David Bowie turned 68 last week, and he's probably had nearly as many stylistic reinventions over his 50-year career. I say probably because this amazing GIF here, by illustrator Helen Green, moves too fast to count. But its speed makes the sheer number of transformations even more impressive.

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Macklemore Opens 'Thrift Shop' On Sesame Street, Raps In Trashcan With Oscar The Grouch

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 11:50 AM


"I'm gonna pop some trash. Only got seven bags in my trash can. I-I-I'm shopping, looking for some rubbish, this is gross and awesome."

Macklemore is that latest music star to find out how to get, how to get to Sesame Street. The Grammy-winning Seattle...

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Chris Brown Concert Shooting Injures Five, Gunfire Caught On Video, Singer Unharmed

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:54 PM

Chaos erupted at another Chris Brown event as shots rang out at a weekend concert during the singer's performance of "Loyal," injuring five people.

As seen in the video, Brown saw some commotion in the crowd of the San Jose, California nightclub when gunfire is suddenly heard at about 1:20...

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Common's Glorious Best Song Speech Brings Civil Rights To The Golden Globes

(1) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 9:31 PM

"Glory" won the Golden Globe for best original song and it really couldn't have gone any other way, not after the turmoil of the past year.

The collaboration between R&B crooner John Legend and hip-hop icon Common was written for the '60s civil rights film "Selma", but the rap song's...

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Brits Bothered By Rita Ora's Boobs On BBC, Hundreds Of Cleavage Complaints

(20) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:57 PM

British pop star Rita Ora, best known on this side of the pond for "Black Widow" with Iggy Azalea, touring with Drake and dating the likes of Bruno Mars and Calvin Harris, has upset a nation known for topless girls in their tabloid newspapers.

Rita Ora's recent...

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Golden Globes: Why 2015's Best Original Song Winner Won't Be Awesome

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:22 PM

The Golden Globes are beloved more because celebs get adorably drunk than the award show's propensity for picking deserving winners. To wit, last year they overlooked the eventual Oscar-winner (and pop cultural behemoth) "Let It Go" to dole the Golden Globe to U2 for their sadly ordinary Mandela tune "Ordinary...

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Ed The Sock's Fromage 2014 Tears Music Videos A New One (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:22 AM

Once upon a time Much was called MuchMusic and its annual highlight was Ed the Sock's Fromage, an hour-long take-down of all the videos played throughout the year by the then-nation's music station.

Well, the foul-mouthed hand puppet may no longer be on TV, but music videos aren't either, and...

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80 AMAZING Vintage Elvis Presley Photos To Celebrate The King's 80th Birthday

(3) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 4:09 PM

January 8th would have been Elvis Presley's 80th birthday and we can feel safe in using past-tense because by now there aren't many conspiracy theorists still hoping against hope that The King is alive.

But even 80 years after his birth, Elvis' his music and influence have hardly left the...

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Coachella 2015 Lineup: Drake, Jack White, AC/DC To Headline Music Festival

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 1:53 PM

Less than a week into the year and festival season excitement is already underway as the Coachella 2015 lineup has been announced, including headliners Drake, Jack White and AC/DC.

The 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which runs from April 10-12 and 17-19 at Indio, California's Empire Polo...

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The Best Video Games of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 11:08 AM

2014 was not, shall we say, the best! year! ever! for the medium of video games.

The end of a console cycle tends to be where greatness resides, thanks to developers sussing out the tech so well they focus all their efforts on narrative and gameplay, so perhaps we've...

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Operators' Dan Boeckner On The Power Of Pop, The Illusion Of The Internet And Why He Regrets Turning Down Letterman (Twice)

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 10:56 AM

It might get harder to find them as you get older, but that actually makes discovering new bands even more special. So please meet Operators, the best new band of 2014.

Admittedly, the trio's primary player, Dan Boeckner, isn't new to music fans. In fact, Boeckner's early-00s breakthrough in...

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Why Robyn, The World's Greatest Pop Star, Doesn't Care About Being Popular (Again)

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Robyn is a lover and a fighter. Dressed in boxing shorts and a silver space top, the future-forward Swedish singer is hugging herself during “Dancing On My Own” like six thousand fans aren’t watching the weirdness from the sands of Toronto’s Echo Beach.

Suddenly the small blonde begins punching...

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Kiesza Won't 'Use My Butt To Market My Music' Despite Being Told To 'Be More Sexy'

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Between Nicki Minaj's Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling "Anaconda" and Jennifer Lopez roping in (and oiling up) an embarrassed-looking Iggy Azalea for her "Booty" video, pop music has been all about big butts this year. Well, not quite all of it.

One of the summer's biggest hits (

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Best Songs Of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:05 PM

2014 was a pretty unpredictable year for music.

A pair of 2013 soundtrack songs ("Let it Go" and "Happy") dominated the early 2014 charts thanks to new inclusion of streaming into Billboards Hot 100 calculations, a host of newcomers ranging from Keisza and Meghan Trainor to Charli XCX and...

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