Canada Music

Federal Arts Funding Should Take a Page From Kickstarter's Book

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter McCaffrey

In just a few short years, relatively simple technology that enables people to find like-minded individuals with similar tastes in artwork, has eclipsed and then surpassed a 50 year old institution of government. Hopefully, governments will learn the lessons of other industries and choose to embrace this technological advancement for what it is -- the democratization of art

Nirvana's Musical Legacy 20 Years After Kurt Cobain

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Music
Wayne K. Spear

Nirvana did what all great bands do: they made everyone else catch up. Mainstream radio accommodated alternative music's idiosyncracies, in the case of Nirvana the confrontation of Cobain's distorted guitar, vocal roughness, sonic dissonance, and deliberately nonsensical lyrics. Whatever one's view of Cobain, it is undeniable that he set pop music on a new course.

Raghav Is The Biggest Canadian Star You've Probably Never Heard Of

HuffPost Canada Music | Anupa Mistry | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Music

When Raghav Mathur left Calgary in 2000 for music school in the UK, he was only looking for the kind of convivial support and collaboration most music...

Three People Were Murdered Four Blocks From Where I Was Standing

Wes Marskell | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

On Wednesday night I was standing four blocks from where three people were murdered. During SXSW, a drunk driver crashed his car into a crowd of people. He killed three and injured dozens more. Definitely a good time for self-reflection. Serenity vs. chaos. In a world where airplanes are stolen out of the sky, I struggle to decipher my feelings about the SX crash.

How An Epic Gig Changed My Life

Jenni Sheppard | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jenni Sheppard

Fast forward to Sasquatch, and my feelings transcended the euphoria I had previously felt. Suddenly Mumford & Sons were speaking directly to me with this song. Lyrics about being separated from someone you love, despite the chain that binds you, took on a whole new meaning. The universe was speaking directly to me.

The Long Awaited Return of Corey Hart

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Music
Sandy Kiaizadeh

Corey Hart has mostly taken a step back from the frontline music scene since the late 1990s, in favour of raising his young family of four with his wife. Just this week, bowing to his longtime fans' persistent requests, he has also agreed to release his ninth, as yet untitled, studio album.

Rock Legend Bryan Adams' Other Not-So-Hidden Talent

Abi Paul | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Abi Paul

I should have cried the night I saw my childhood idol, Bryan Adams, in the flesh for the first time in my life recently in Calgary. Bryan Adams was not in town to perform any concert. He was in town to showcase a very different talent and passion of his -- photography, particularly in the genre of celebrity portraits.

Down Under and Back Again, Please

Kinnie Starr | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada Music
Kinnie Starr

I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Australia to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival, near Brisbane. My flight left Vancouver on December 22, 2013 and arrived in Australia December 24, the day before Christmas.

Hauntingly Beautiful EP by Canadian Musician, Trevor Deley

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Unknown to him, when he first moved in to the place he now lives in was rumored to be haunted. His former roommate even attests to feeling the spirit of the young child at the bottom of their stairs.

Can a Book Have a Bucket List? This One Does

Beverley Golden | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's probably not too far a stretch to say that most of us are familiar with the concept of a bucket list. Places we long to visit, dreams yet to com...

Toronto's Best Music: A Playlist for Mayor Rob Ford

Wes Marskell | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

I've even taken to exclusively wearing my Blue Jays hat on tour. Sadly, when people see it they connect it with one person: Rob Ford. Since Mayor Ford has been stripped of virtually all of his power, I thought he may have some time to listen to a fraction of the great music that I think defines Toronto.

Miley, This Mom's On Your Side, But You've Gotta Ease Up

Emma Waverman | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

I'm on Miley's side but that doesn't mean I like everything about her. Is Miley Cyrus what third wave feminism looks like? Is choosing to be overtly sexual the same thing as owning your sexuality? To Miley Cyrus it is. I would disagree.

Why We Need to Bring 'Art' Back to the Olympics

Jon Packer | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

A surprise to many, the arts were once an integral part of Olympic games programming, creating a rich legacy of cultural achievement. That's right, gold, silver and bronze for painting, sculpture, music and literature. Early activities also included musical contests and the high profile contest of the heralds and trumpeters.

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.