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Montreal’s Indian summer is African this year. And it lasts 34 days

One Montreal festival I try not to miss each July is the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique (FINA). The festival re-invented itself this year to survive the pandemic and will be celebrating its 34th anniversary with live shows and a lineup »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

In Eastern Canada, Musique Nomade stands by Indigenous musicians

Since my first Safe&Sound column on throat singing, I meant to explore Canada’s Indigenous music scene. In Quebec, the most important stakeholder is undoubtedly Musique Nomade, a Montreal-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and producing up-and-coming Indigenous musicians.  Based on »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

“Fait Vivir”, a road movie about Canadian music gypsies in Colombia

His given name is Manuk. Manuk Aukán. A name that was inspired by Chile’s Mapuche Indigenous tribe, a volcanic island in Indonesia, and an Armenian name meaning “child”. A camera follows him everywhere: on his mother’s back in chilly Montreal »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Canada’s diversity and mix of cultures reflected in top music prize – Part 1

Two weeks ago, I was telling you about the 2020 digital edition of the Juno Awards, celebrating the most popular Canadian artists and singles of the year. This week, we are discovering another series of singers and songwriters that were »

Arts & Entertainment, Immigration & Refugees, International

Safe&Sound-New program helps immigrants build a new life in Canada as musicians

Remember hip hop Toronto singer K’Naan? His song Wavin’ Flag was used for the Coca-Cola commercial during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Yes, it’s been 10 years already, but the contagious energy certainly is still with you.  »

Arts & Entertainment, International

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 »

Arts & Entertainment

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 »