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Arts & Entertainment

Welcome to the Queen-Dom of Dominique Fils-Aimé, where music heals the soul

This is my last Safe&Sound music column, which I started four months ago during the pandemic, and we are still not out of the woods. But the one thing I have learned during these chaotic times is how important it »

Arts & Entertainment

Black, trans and metal-lover artist is awarded Canada’s indie music prize

The 2020 Polaris Music Prize was awarded on Monday night to Montreal-based Gothic rap singer Backxwash. Her self-produced album God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It was selected over nine other contenders as Canada’s best »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

‘Support the arts and save taxes!’, says Quebec’s classical music community

This week, some 25 Quebec singers have taken the mic for a collective live recording of the famous Blues du Businessman, a hit from the 1970s musical Starmania later sung by Celine Dion. The chorus goes: “J’aurais voulu être un »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Quebec rapper mourns Indigenous deaths, releases single called “Génocide”

Among the numerous Quebec artists that have raised their voice following the passing of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year old Atikamekw woman who died in a public hospital after being insulted and humiliated by nurses, Algonquin rapper Samian is one to »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous

Urban Indigenous singer Anachnid extends her web across Canada’s soundscape

When the Montreal-based singer Anachnid picked up the Zoom-phone for our interview, she was still in shock after an emotional week that started with the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous Atikamekw woman in a Quebec hospital where she was »

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Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes wins five SOCAN Awards and breaks a new record

Canada’s largest rights management organization, SOCAN, serves and champions more than 150,000 Canadian music creators, music publishers, and visual artists. In practical terms, SOCAN issues licenses for the performance and reproduction of music, as well as for the reproduction of »

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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, Your Columns

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 »