Canada Music

A Conversation With Rickie Lee Jones About Love, Forgiveness and Loneliness

Howard Kerbel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Music
Howard Kerbel

For the series It's About The Words & Conversations, Rickie Lee Jones talks about the impact of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea in her life and an ongoing desire for connection.

When and Why It's Crucial That You Form a Band

Rob Mitchell | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Music
Rob Mitchell

If you messed up that guitar solo you've been working on or you busted your ass on some decrepit stage only to receive a payment of a burger and two drink tickets, remember; you have had the opportunity to 'hang out' with good friends and hopefully, dare I say it, have a fun. Days move fast, changes happen quick and in no time you will be at a job, shirt tucked in your freshly pressed khakis.

How Corey Hart Helped My Self-Esteem

Jacki Andre | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Music
Jacki Andre

I am just one of many thousands of Corey Hart fans, and I can't explain how deeply Corey's acknowledgements touch me. I've spent a lot of my life on the periphery. I've been stood up, left behind, forgotten about. I live a very lonely existence at times. To have Corey recognize me this way -- Corey Hart! -- an internationally acclaimed pop star who I've admired almost my whole life -- fulfills me in a way I can't explain.

Inside the Strategic Mind of A$AP Co-Manager Geno Sims

Herbert Lui | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Music
Herbert Lui

Today, Geno Sims is best known for co-managing artists A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, and the rest of the A$AP Mob. Yet his story extends far beyond the one we know at this moment.

A Tribe Called Red: 'Society Is Starting To View First Nations As People'

The Huffington Post Canada | Aaron Brophy | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Music

If it seems like you're seeing and hearing more indigenous Canadian musicians lately it's not an accident. Only a few short months ago Ian "DJ NDN...

Why a Field Trip Is So Much More Than a Music Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

As Toronto continues to grow as a global culture hub, Field Trip is emerging as an annual homegrown star that has its roots in celebrating our cities most important asset: us. If Toronto ever wanted a downtown urban internationally relevant festival that celebrates the community, this is it. Chill, approachable, and easy going. A perfect way to enjoy the beginning of summer.

Meet 'Granny Gaga', Lady Gaga's Biggest (And Oldest) Fan

CP | Tim Cook, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - It was enough to make an 86-year-old Edmonton lady gaga.Inez Whitfield got the thrill of a lifetime when she was called backstage to meet p...

New Age Music With A Side of Meat Loaf

Gillian Farber | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Music
Gillian Farber

It's quite clear that musical tastes change with each generation and so do the outlets which allow music to be heard. I can understand why new age music might not be readily accepted by the older generation. Our ever changing music industry is constantly expanding into various avenues which make it easier for the average singer or talented artist to be discovered.

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.