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Juno Awards to “amplify Black voices” and bring “a more equitable industry”

On Monday night, June 29, the ceremony of the Juno Awards that celebrates the best achievements of the year in the Canadian music industry was broadcast on CBC Music’s website, CBC Gem, and social media channels. The original ceremony was »

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Canadian music award show to go on as a virtual event  

The 2020 Juno Awards, Canada’s music award show, is going digital, according to an announcement from the Juno awards yesterday. The winners of all 42 categories will be announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) during »

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Ontario city names park after iconic Rush drummer and lyricist

The city of St. Catharines is naming the pavilion at Lakeside Park after the late Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, according to an announcement made by the city’s Mayor Walter Sendzik on Twitter yesterday.  In late January, St. Catharines »

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Canada History: June 2, 1983 – A tragic blow to Canadian music

One of Canada’s best known singer-songwriters had just performed at music festival in the U.S. and was aboard an Air Canada flight home on this date. Mid-flight, at 7 p.m. smoke was detected in the washroom which the pilots initially »

Arts & Entertainment, Internet, Science & Technology

Orchestre Métropolitain marks end of 2020 season with virtual concert

Defiant in the face of the pandemic that has shut down concert halls and silenced live performances around the world, Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain marked the end of its 2020 season with a special parting gift for music lovers in Canada »

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COVID-19: Huge benefit concert fundraiser Sunday

Dozens of Canadian musicians, actors, olympians, and others have come together for a mega benefit concert to raise funds for Food Banks Canada and to honour ‘front line’ workers involved in the fight against the coronavirus. Food Banks Canada supports »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Canada’s top music award nominees announced

The nominees for Canada’s premier music awards were announced yesterday. Called the “Junos” after Pierre Juneau who was the first president of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) which is the national broadcast regulator. (Juno nominees full list) This »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Politics, Society

Legendary Canadian musical star seeks U.S. citizenship

Neil Young wants to become an American citizen so he can vote in the 2020 U.S. election. There’s a bit of a problem though, due to cannabis. Although the legendary singer-songwriter, who turns 74 tomorrow (November 12) was born in »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Music played by small businesses is often not paid for

A new survey suggests that many Canadian owners of small businesses are playing background music illegally and not paying required royalties owed to those who made it.  The study of businesses that employ fewer than 10 people suggests that 82 »

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Toronto’s Haviah Mighty becomes first female rapper to win Polaris Music Prize

Toronto hosted the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala on Monday evening with a variety of performances on the agenda. And the one who shone the most was Haviah Mighty, who won this year’s Polaris Music Prize for her album 13th »