Canada Music

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.

Eight More Canadian Artist Mavens You Want To Know

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Oh, Canada Part 2. We continue our list of Canadian arts mavens you should know. Our source? Some more make it happen Canadians who are plugged in to ...

Why Isn't Art as Popular as Music?

Erika Dueck | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Living
Erika Dueck

The many benefits of art viewing and creation are not fully recognized. Everyone feels confident enough to have an opinion about music. Music is simply not questioned because the value is abundantly apparent: we enjoy it and it enriches our lives. Art has the same benefits.

Return to The "Summer of Love" World Domination Summit Style

Beverley Golden | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Beverley Golden

It's taken me a few weeks to digest a question I've been living with: "What just happened?" It was a two-and-a-half day whirlwind of positive energy a...

Five Playlists That Will Get You Through Anything

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music
Sarah Vermunt

A period of major change in one's life often provokes fear or anger, before making way for angst, uncertainty, and melancholy. And then, eventually, a more buoyant feeling of hope, optimism, and happiness. I have playlists of my own to help me through the change cycle -- for each stage.

Björk's Been ARTPOP Since Before Gaga Was Born This Way

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Music
Joshua Ostroff

There is no better descriptor for what Björk does than artpop, which also happens to be the name of Lady Gaga's upcoming fall album. But there is thus far little evidence that Gaga has the artistic ambitions, or perhaps aptitude, to become what Björk is: timeless.

Oh Canada: A Fabulist's Guide to Patriotic Dating

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

This is a story that begins at an absinthe tasting, and ends with bad hippy dancing, halfhearted fireworks and an absent national anthem. It is not f...

You Are The Headliner: Electric Daisy Carnival 2013

Dani Oliva | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada Music
Dani Oliva

I really didn't like electronic music. I had no desire to listen to it. I grew up listening to Oldies, '77 Punk, Psychedelia, and '90s Alternative...

Seven Artists for Your Canada Day Soundtrack

Alfonso Espina | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Music
Alfonso Espina

In honour of Canada Day, I decided to compile my list of the nation's best current talent in the world of music. None of these names are fresh to the industry. Many have been around for over a decade. However, some are just starting to elevate to the next level of their careers.

On Writing 'Mule in the Flowers,' a Duet with Baby Eagle

Tamara Lindemen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Music
Tamara Lindemen

And so when I travel, and people compliment what I do, I always want to introduce them to my friends. This is why I began my duets project, a series of singles, songs written collaboratively with these songwriters that I love. Songs that make these introductions.

Get Your Jazz On, Vancouver

Jesse Cahill | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jesse Cahill

You don't really need me to tell you that, if you can, you should go see Herbie Hancock...do you? But you probably do need me to encourage you to make an effort to support our home grown talent. There are some wonderful Canadian musicians appearing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and they will most certainly not be getting as much media attention as the international stars. That means it's on you, the music lover, to do some research and seek out our local and national musical treasures.

Nehedar's New Album Gets to the Heart of Unemployment Woes

Tikva Hecht | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Tikva Hecht

The newest album by Nehedar, This Heart, is a stunning anti-folk record about a topic that many of us are all to familiar with: unemployment. The edge between childhood and adulthood, between fantasy and reality, is where This Heart sits, leaning a little one way or the other as it switches between melodious and haunting.