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The Netherlands wins Eurovision

The craziest song contest in the known universe reached a climax at the finals in Tel Aviv, Israel, with Duncan Laurence, the rep from The Netherlands, being voted into first place. For the uninitiated, Eurovision’s apeshit crazy talent show history goes all the way back to the 1950s. This year, forty-one countries across Europe (and [&hellip.. more

Rock My World Canada, chapter 66: Aldo Nova

[Mike Carr is determined to create a catalogue/reference work featuring all kinds of Canadian rock and alternative releases from the past few decades. Check out his a massive volume on Canadian music history entitled Canadian Alternative & Indie Reference and Collector’s Guide. It’s an incredible discography of hundreds of bands. – AC] Aldo Nova (born Aldo [&hellip.. more

Spotify is working on voice-controlled hardware for the car.

It’s called “The Car Thing.” No, really. About a year ago, we started hearing rumours regarding a Spotify skunkworks project that would result in voice-controlled music hardware designed specifically for the car. This week, they announced some results of their tests and prototypes. From the Spotify blog: “Americans spend 70 billion hours behind the wheel [&hellip.. more

On the Adventure: A Tragically Hip story

[A guest post from Jennifer Dales, a writer based out of Ottawa who is also obviously a massive Tragically Hip fan. She’s been writing about the relationships between indigenous peoples and settler Canadians for some time. Read her blog here. – AC] I think it was Algonquin park It was so cold and winter dark [&hellip.. more

Photos from Michael Schenker’s Toronto show

[Once again photographer Andrei Chlytchkov elbowed his way into the photo pit in order to get snaps of another show. This time it was metallurgist Michael Schenker at The Danforth Music Hall on May 6. Text by L. Benny Sanders. – AC] The Danforth Music Hall did it’s best to contain the musical force of the [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Saturday, May 18, 2019

And how is your long weekend so far? Need some music news for May 18, 2019? The Eurovision finals are on today in Tel Aviv! Here’s what you need to know about the universe’s most batshit crazy music competition. These are my weekend music picks for GlobalNews.ca. After all the drama and legal issues, no [&hellip.. more

Gene Simmons of KISS addresses the Pentagon. Wait–what?

In a normal American presidential administration, you’d never see anything like this. But these aren’t normal times. Trump’s people don’t like the media. It’s been more than three months since White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an official press briefing. It’s even weirder over at the Pentagon where there hasn’t been a press [&hellip.. more

We just lost a great friend to Canadian music. RIP Deane Cameron

Anyone involved in the Canadian music industry for any length of time inevitably ran into Deane Cameron. Few people championed homegrown music as much as he did. Once a drummer with a band called Harvest, he later transitioned to the business side of things, beginning with a job in in the warehouse of EMI Music [&hellip.. more

Monsters, Movies and Metallica’s Hammett

Kirk Hammett, Metallica’s lead guitarist since the dawn of time, is a world-class collector of horror and sci-fi movie memorabilia. That’s pretty cool in its own right. Part of his collection will be on display at the Royal Ontario Museum from July through next January, with more than 100 pieces from works like The Cabinet [&hellip.. more

Random music news for Friday, May 17, 2019

Today is one of my favourite days of the year. This long weekend signals the unofficial start of summer in Canada and conjures all kinds of hopes and dreams of what’s to come in the next couple of months. Let’s make it a good one. Meanwhile, here’s some music news for May 17, 2019. So [&hellip.. more

Mick Jagger seems to be recovering from heart surgery very, VERY nicely. Watch.

Mick Jagger needed a bum heart valve replaced earlier this year, a procedure that in the past would have required cracking open his chest, stopping the heart, and then mucking about with the organ exposed to the world. But not any more The favoured procedure is something called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), which [&hellip.. more

Ticketmaster has a new ticketing system that might improve things

Ticketmaster has introduced a new system using encrypted barcodes that should cut down on fraud while taking into account that tickets might be transferred from the purchaser to another person. It works like this. Tickets using SafeTix tech each have an encrypted barcode that refreshes every couple of seconds. This means that such a ticket [&hellip.. more

Musician Wellness Event at Signal Creative

Calling all musicians! Are you finding it hard to take care of your physical and mental well being while trying to earn a living? If so, you should attend the Wellness Event at Signal Creative and learn how to manage stress as well as learn practices that will help increase your productivity. Join Leisa Bellmore [&hellip.. more

New Music from the Inbox: FKA Twigs, Local Natives, PLGRMS, and more!

Artist: FKA TwigsSong: Cellophane FKA Twigs is back after over three years with an extraordinarily special piece of art.  Cellophane is a stunning minimalist track with intimate, expressive vocals and an otherworldly touch in the production. Watch/listen: Artist: Local NativesSong: Tap DancerAlbum: Violet Street A cinematic track with interesting instrumentation, and a sensitive, expansive so.. more


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