Canada Music

Music Education Is For Everyone, Not Just The Rich

Tom Gamble | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Living
Tom Gamble

An article written for The Guardian by Charlotte C Gill sparked a considerable backlash from the music community. The premise of the piece entitled "Music education is now only for the white and wealthy" suggested that music has become an elitist subject, and that this is largely due to the "academic" way in which it is taught.

The Entertainment Industry Double Standard Hurting Women And Men

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Sex is great, being sexy is great, looking sexy is great. Double standards, not so much. I don't see why a young actress in a magazine article describing her talent and her latest projects must be photographed in her underwear, when a young man in the same situation is photographed in jeans and a shirt.

Who Marries An Extreme Narcissist?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Recently, it was Family Day, and I got to thinking about all the different types of families there are: single-parent families, blended families, LGBT...

How Lady Gaga Got Her Brand Back

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living
Julie Rusciolelli

The Lady Gaga we fell in love with 10 years ago is back and better than ever. The icon who carved out an indelible brand persona has finally returned to her fans, her roots, her senses, and to her betrothed little monsters. She has reclaimed her trademark pedigree that made her the irrepressible image we all fell in love with. And she did it without any outside help or needless controversy.

10 Kathleen-Approved Fitness Hacks

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

I am going to admit something. I didn't know "fitness hacks" were a thing until Lisa Davis asked me to chat about them on her show Talk Healthy Today....

This Year, Give The Gift Of Creativity

Ron Tite | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada
Ron Tite

It's that time of year, folks. People are scrambling through stores, rifling through racks of clothes, desperately yelling, " I need this in a medium!...

The Arts Make A Surprising Ally In Raising Climate Awareness

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Living
Carl Duivenvoorden

When it comes to climate change, the math and science are clear -- but not to everyone. The arts can be powerful allies in helping us all understand the severity of the challenge and the urgency for action.

Restore The Rights Of Canada's Music Creators

Music Canada | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Music Canada

The digital era, it was believed, would usher in a utopia for both musicians and the consumer. But in reality, artists - the people who build our nation's cultural foundation and much of the intellectual property we export - now struggle more than ever to earn a living. The creative middle class has virtually ceased to exist.

Leonard Cohen Was Our Beating Heart Of Darkness

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

As a cultural presence that combined the sacred and profane, romance and cynicism, humanity and hopelessness for over five decades of towering songs, we all have our own Leonard Cohen entry point. Like fellow Canadian Neil Young, Cohen became a patron saint of the 90s alternative nation. There was the tribute album "I'm Your Fan" and placement of "Closing Time and, especially, "The Future" in the film "Natural Born Killers."

Cultural Remedies For Vancouver: A City Without Duende

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Hadani Ditmars

Is Vancouver a city without duende? For those unfamiliar with the term, a creative force evoked in the art of flamenco, I defer to Garcia Lorca -- the poet killed by right-wing Spanish civil war era assassins whose work seems ever more resonant in our time of vulgar demagogues and neo-liberal pretenders.

The U.S. Border Is Killing Canadian Bands

Greg Jarvis | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Music
Greg Jarvis

Canadian groups headed to America have two choices: Stump up $2000-$5000 in border fees and union dues and wait weeks for a permit, or go without and risk a two to five year personal ban from the US. Whether it's a one night show played for beer and beds or a full arena tour makes little difference to the costs and paperwork involved.

Mental Illness Won't Stop My Family From Fighting The Stigma

Quinn Greene | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Quinn Greene

My name is Quinn Greene. I am mentally ill. My mother, Roxie. My father, Dave. My brother, Kane. We are all mentally ill. We are actor, entertainer, musician, writer. And we are anger, hoarding, anxiety and depression. But we are also working hard, fighting back, finding health and strength in each other, and we are full of hope.

Hipsters Take Heart – Melted Vinyl Is Bringing Back Classic Rock

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Music
Lauren Messervey

There's a sound in those old vinyls that we don't really get in other music forms, an old-school, comforting flavour that takes the listener back to a better, simpler time. That's where the band Melted Vinyl drew its first inspiration.

Alberta Teen Impresses Keith Urban At His Concert

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada Alberta

She also wowed 20,000 country fans.

Grace VanderWaal Deserved To Win AGT, But Should She Have?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I think that Grace VanderWaal is really special, and I would have preferred it if the big success could have been delayed a bit, so that she could have maintained her innocence for just a little while longer and enjoyed the rest of her childhood. And is Las Vegas the place that any decent parent wants their twelve-year-old hanging out in?

Vignettes From My Life To The Music Of The Tragically Hip

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Music
Kathleen Hogan

The summer after grade 12, driving the family minivan, down Duckworth Street. "Boots or Hearts." Harbour Drive, back through Water and George Street, if it was early enough. "Pigeon Camera." Back up Portugal Cove Road, bouncing wildly over the Rennie's Mill River bridge. "Blow at High Dough."

How The Tragically Hip Connect Canadians To Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Tragically Hip has heavily influenced Canadians ever since the band first broke the scene 30 years ago, and The Hip's music continues to influence Canadians of all ages to this day. Canadian music has become synonymous with The Tragically Hip. In addition to their music being adored across the country, each of their 14 studio albums is laced with lyrics that pay homage to Canada.

Gord Downie And The Hip Are Teaching Canadians How To Live

Kristen Hannah | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Music
Kristen Hannah

On the night of Friday, August 12th, at the Air Canada Centre, I saw one of my all-time favourite bands play for the last time ever. I warned my friend I would probably cry at the end of the show, but it only took the first song for my eyes to well up with tears. the feeling was very surreal, as the circumstances were not of your typical farewell tour.

Tragically Hip's Gord Downie Sings Goodbye With Grace (Too)

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

While more fashionable bands have faded into musical footnotes, the Hip has enjoyed a 32-year career and domestic deification. But now the part of their name that has the most resonance as the Hip rocks its way across the nation one final time is "tragically." Not that you could tell from the surface euphoria onstage and in the stands as Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer took a backseat for a couple hours of communal rock catharsis during the band's 25-song concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

Gord Downie's Courage Powers Tragically Hip Tour

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 07.29.2016 | Canada Music
Adrian Brijbassi

As Gord Downie closed the show with kisses to the cheeks of his bandmates and nods of gratitude to the 20,000 fans in Vancouver, the courage the lead singer displayed overwhelmed me. It saddened me, too. Downie, my cultural hero, is battling the same awful disease -- glioblastoma multiforme -- that took the life of my wife, Julia Pelish-Brijbassi, 137 days ago.

We All Need Some Of That Woodstock Peace And Love

Linda Simpson | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Can one summer go by without a mention of Woodstock? Not in my summer it doesn't. I grew up near the site of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair across the river on the Canadian side of the 1960s. In a perfect world, as August 1969 approached, I would have been holding a much prized $18 advance ticket to the Festival.

Fans, Bands And The Online Ticket Scalping Conundrum

Jeff Blay | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Music
Jeff Blay

Today's ticket purchasing landscape is a classic example of how technology can disrupt business and create regulatory and ethical grey areas -- and decision-makers can't keep up with the disruption or implement solutions fast enough.

Canadian Musician Ruth B Is Taking America By Storm

Chris Taylor | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Music
Chris Taylor

Ruth Berhe is an unassuming 21-year-old Canadian from Edmonton, who started her career by crooning six-second clips on Vine. She sat down to chat about the thrill ride of going from relative anonymity, to being signed by Columbia Records and having one of the hottest songs on the charts.

15 Songs To Push You Through A Tough Summer Workout

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

Push harder, run faster and feel that stretch.

LGBT Artists Who Shaped Toronto's Music History

Jonathan Bunce (Jonny Dovercourt) | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Music
Jonathan Bunce (Jonny Dovercourt)

Although we have a long way to go in the fight for equality, it's cities like Toronto who pave the way for acceptance and support of LGBT expression. This support is reflected in the long history of supporting queer music.