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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.

15 Workout Songs That Will Help You Get Fit For Summer

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living

Shake up your fitness routine with new songs and a new location!

The New King Of Consumerism Is Choice

Aaron Binder | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Binder

Depending on who you ask we either live in an age of rampant consumerism or endless choice -- the answer doesn't necessarily lie in the middle but both are true. The Internet has connected us personally, politically, socially and humanity's consumer nature has built a retail channel unlike any other before.

Put A Ring On It

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

The summer of 2014 had me almost getting married -- preparations were in place, rings were purchased and the date was set. But love is hard sometimes, and life doesn't always play along, even with the best intentions.

Musical Tribute To My Daughter Amanda Todd Moved Me To Tears

Carol Todd | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada
Carol Todd

The night of the performance is one that will be etched in my mind forever. As Amanda, you always dreamed of being on a big stage surrounded by lights and music. In the performance piece called "My Name is Amanda Todd," that is what happened.

What Should Happen To Prince's Unreleased Music?

Reggie Ramone | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Music
Reggie Ramone

What truly sets Prince's estate apart from most deceased musicians is what he left behind: a personal vault of 2000 works of unreleased music. To put it in perspective, there is enough music to release one album every year for the next century. I know what you're thinking: What will happen to all of this music, and will we ever hear it?

Prince: The Tragic Death Of A Strange Genius

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In thinking about what it was that made people love him so much, I came to the conclusion that it was because he was completely and utterly himself. He was always authentic to his vision and unafraid to do things exactly his way. He was someone who was truly free.

The Night I Sang Opera For Justin Bieber

Meghan Lindsay | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Meghan Lindsay

One moment, I was in Spain, strolling the Passeig de Gracia, eating tapas and sipping red wine. The next, I was singing for Justin Bieber. Perhaps it was jet lag. Perhaps it was the parade of superheroes that casually strolled by me as I donned my Marie Antoinette wig. Either way, it was the most surreal evening of my life.

Prince Was More Than A Musical Genius To Me

Andrea Chrysanthou | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Music
Andrea Chrysanthou

There has been a lot of praise across social media for Prince since the news of his death. Even as I write this, I can't quite come to terms with that phrase. As he would say, "something in the water does not compute."

This Gifted 24-Year-Old's Music Has Already Reached The White House

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Music
University of Toronto News

No one can say for certain how many concert works by Canadian composers have been heard at the White House. We do know the University of Toronto's Matthew Emery was surprised in December to learn -- after the fact -- that he had written one of them.

A Birthday, An Album And So Many Reasons To Love Music In Canada

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Music
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

In a cyclical way I feel music discovery now is like it was pre-internet, when people bought singles on 45. The internet and technology have made it easier than ever to record, release, download, stream, share, playlist, shazam, post and blog. There is so much music available -- it is really amazing.

Anti-Pop Superstar: How Rihanna Became A Legacy Act At 28

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Rihanna was once the world's preeminent pop star. And yes, I use past tense. Despite having her hit "Work" firmly ensconced at number one for the past two months, a stat that ties her with the Beatles as second only to Mariah Carey for most weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Rihanna has recently transcended pop stardom.

These Photos Of Abandoned Houses Will Break Your Heart

Freaktography | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living
Freaktography

Late in 2015 a band called Disturbed released their dark cover of Simon & Garfunkel's Sound of Silence, the song quickly took hold of me and I couldn't get enough of this dark and well done cover of a classic song. Listening to the lyrics I chose to divide each section of the song to a different type of sadness to be found in abandoned houses.

Why Digital Music Platforms Are Failing

N/A | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
N/A

When Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal launched, they were hailed as digital prophets that promised new ways to monetize the experience. Thus far, their solutions have fallen short of fireworks. Just slightly over a quarter of Spotify's 75 million active users actually pay for the service. And, as The Guardian UK reports, despite pulling in €1.08 bn in revenue, its losses were €162.3m. So why are all these promising platforms sinking?

Art Bergmann Returns As The Apostate

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Music
Jeff Rose-Martland

Truly great musicians defy categorization. They often defy adjectives as well, which makes them difficult to write about. That is where Art Bergmann lies: between the facts and the superlatives.

Juno Contenders The City Harmonic Live What They Sing

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Music
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the contenders in this category is Hamilton, Ontario's own band The City Harmonic. The band is composed of four worshipers from four small churches who began by singing hymns and spiritual songs. Since then, The City Harmonic is no stranger to success, having won its first Juno in 2013.