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NAMM 2014, A Musical Gearhead's Disneyland (Part 2)

Dani Oliva | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Music
Dani Oliva

NAMM, short for the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. This is Part 2 of a feature on innovative music products and the best gigs at NAMM 2014.

Thanks Pete Seeger, For Your Revolutions Big and Small

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Music
Anne Theriault

I've had a weirdly emotional reaction to Pete Seeger's death. Like, way more intense than I would have imagined. I abandoned him when I grew what I thought was a more sophisticated taste in music; his stuff started to seem too plain, too openly earnest, too babyish. Today, though, I've been listening to his songs non-stop, and nearly every single one of them has made my eyes well up.

How My Documentary Film Took Me From a Glacier in Alberta to Sundance

Chelsea McMullan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Chelsea McMullan

It was a gruelling schedule. I came to deeply respect the life of the touring musician as I battled reoccurring ear infections and worriedly Googled the symptoms for scurvy after eating at McDonald's three times in one day, and enlisted our coats and bags to construct makeshift bunks on the overnight bus rides.

My First Act This Year Will Be on the Stage of Social Media

Michelle Wright | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Music
Michelle Wright

I love social media. As a recording artist it's a wonderful way to stay connected to the fans. I remember a time when I use to sit in the back of my tour bus and hand write letters back to the fans. I've always enjoyed that connection and social media for me allows the connections to be more immediate and more often.

Golden Globes: Ranking The Past 15 Best Original Song Winners

HuffPost Canada Music | Anne T. Donahue | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

It’s that time of year -- the time in which we say, “it’s that time of year!” while indulging in our need to judge. That’s right: it’s awa...

Why A Dead Romance Won't Stop These Rockers From Making Art

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Sue-Ping | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

It's a daunting task to watch a Cults' performance as it unfolds. A sea of screens projecting otherworldly static assaults your brain stem, inevitably...

A Porno Stole My Song

Wes Marskell | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

To preface this story, I have to admit that my relationship with porn has always been a dishonest one. If I was to watch it on the Internet, I streamed it. I have never bought a DVD or subscribed to a website nor financially contributed to the industry in anyway, only stolen from it. Then, one day, porn got me back. Someone on Twitter sent me a link to a porno that used our song. Art-rock is a tricky thing. It's precious. People talk about it like fine art or good wine. It's pretentious, it's serious and not for porn. So the implication was that I should be immediately up in arms. My art was stolen and slapped over some smut film. How dare they defile something I labored over?

Besnard Lakes Talk Music And LSD

The Huffington Post Canada | Vish Khanna | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Music

There’s a certain connotation with the music that Montreal’s Besnard Lakes make. The Polaris Music Prize-nominated rock band are often described a...

Drake's 13 Most Winning Moments Of 2013

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 12.27.2013 | Canada Music

In a year that saw Toronto the Good's name get dragged through the mud, international headlines and comedy bits thanks to the exploits of Rob Ford, a ...

Why Men Love Making Top 10 Album Lists

Andy Juniper | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Music
Andy Juniper

It's that time of year again, when critics, reviewers, amateur enthusiasts of all things aural pull tiny muscles in their large heads compiling and posting for public consumption their lists of Top Albums of the Year. A female friend once pointed out that these oftentimes inane lists are (strangely, suspiciously) almost always the domain of men. We demand demarcation. We want to know. We need to know.

A Brief History of Winnipeg's Music Scene and Why It Matters

Del Barber | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Music
Del Barber

Winnipeg is a little rough-around-the-edges, but if you stop and look around, you'll see that there's so much beauty and history to take in. You may know my city for some good things, and probably some bad things, too. But the truth is that the music scene is the heartbeat of Winnipeg.

Why School Music Programs Should Get Instagram and Garage Band

Wes Marskell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

For music programs to stay and to continue being relevant, they need to be modernized. In a perfect world, students would have access to computers with recording capabilities and music editing software so they could learn to edit, produce and mix. We need to understand how music and careers in the arts have changed and find ways to teach classes that reflect this ever-shifting landscape.

Playing Music? Starting a Band? Don't Forget This One Crucial Step

Dani Oliva | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada
Dani Oliva

In 1990, Guns 'N' Roses had an issue with their drummer Steven Adler. Adler's live performance was impaired. Adler contended that it was due to an opiate-blocking drug, Slash thought Adler couldn't kick it anymore. Either way, Guns 'N' Roses wanted Adler out and had no way to expel him from the band.

JFK And The Songs His Assassination Inspired

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Music

It was 50 years ago today that John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas. It was a sound that reverberated around the world and has continued to do so...

Blue Rodeo Discuss Death, Darkness And 'In Our Nature'

Huffington Post Canada Music | Stuart Henderson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Music

At times, Canadian country-rock outfit Blue Rodeo can feel like two bands sharing a stage. Boasting a pair of the most distinctive songwriters and voc...

Sananda Maitreya Talks Music, Life, and Spirituality

Luka Neskovic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Luka Neskovic

Sananda Maitreya, an internationally renowned artist, AKA Terence Trent D'Arby first hit it big with hit singles like "Wishing Well" and "Sign Your Na...

5 Types of People Who Suck

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Ward Anderson

You're a good person. I can tell this about you already. You're kind to your neighbours and the people you work with say nice things about you when you're not around. This isn't about you. It's about the type of person that ruins your day by sucking the life out of a conversation, sucking the enthusiasm out of a room, and just plain sucking.

Miley Cyrus, White Feminism, and the Dance of Oppression

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Music
Darlena Cunha

This is not about Miley. It's not about back-up dancers. It's not about one entertainment show that happened one night in August 2013. It's about an institutionalized thought process that is subtly reinforced at every given opportunity. And if we stop writing about the institution, aren't we doing society a disservice?

Not 1, But 2 Versions Of The Same Album

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Music

Nine Inch Nails (NIN) fans are rejoicing after the American Industrial Rock project announced the release of the 8th album "Hesitation Marks", out on ...

WATCH: Diaper Duty Dad Rocks Out With 3 Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Music

Okay, so nominations for "Dad of The Year" don't open up for a while but we've got to give kudos to this guy right here. Behold, a lesson in major...

13 Hits About Chemistry, Physics, And Biology That Matter

HuffPost Canada Music | Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada Music

"Rock stars, is there anything they don't know?" Homer Simpson said it, but is it true? Can students learn more from listening to songs about science ...

When Bands Fake Their Online Popularity

Dani Oliva | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Music
Dani Oliva

To the untrained eye, social media numbers are important. However, if you delve, you'll notice inconsistencies. For example, a band may have a ton of "followers", but few likes on their photos. Alternately, a band may have lots of Soundcloud plays on a particular song, but few comments. Do not let buying popularity become the new form of radio DJ payola.

Cold War, Hot Songs: Best Tunes To Emerge From Fear Of Nuclear War

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaaron Brophy | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Music

The United Nations has declared August 29 the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, "a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim...

SavvyMom Roundup: GMOs, Music Apps and an Anonymous Letter

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The Google blackout, child advocates, an app to help you focus, bookshelves and ignorance. Those were a few things that caught my attention, and maybe yours too, this week.

Computer Graphics Are To Film What Synthesizers Were To '80s Music

Mike Gallay | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Mike Gallay

CG lulls us. Characters are too shallow? Put them in 3D! Conclusion is unsatisfying? How about 53 artists work on exploding a planet at the end of the movie? What do you mean the leads have no chemistry when they kiss? Reconstruct their lips. CG is the Pepto Bismol at the end, middle and beginning of a Hollywood meal. My theory? Computer Graphics are to movies as the synthesizer is to music.