For an organization that constantly talks about innovation and the new (and which even has a highly paid vice-president of innovation), the Toronto Symphony Orchestra unveiled a somewhat underwhelming 2016-17 season on Wednesday to celebrate its 95th year. While there are certainly gems scattered among the orchestra’s 102-concert lineup, the spark of true originality –… Read More

Maurice White, the founder of R&B funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, died in Los Angeles at age 74, a band spokesman said. White died at his home on Wednesday night from natural causes, publicist Mark Young said. White had been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1994. “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed… Read More

The problem with this year’s Juno Awards isn’t just that too few women were nominated. It’s that unit sales remain a significant – and sometimes the significant – factor in eight of their most important award categories, from album of the year to breakthrough artist of the year. McDonald’s and Harvey’s don’t make our best… Read More

Amanda Palmer has never let a lack of prep time stop her from doing her thing. During Vancouver’s inaugural TED conference two years ago, she mounted a pay-what-you-can, off-site concert with two days’ notice, a lineup she secured in part by trolling the TED hallways and a stage manager who volunteered over Twitter about 24… Read More

Twenty-eight years ago, while Drake was still in diapers, Michelle “Michie Mee” McCullock became the first ever Canadian MC to sign with an American label. With a hybrid sound that blended contemporary rap with classic Jamaican dancehall, the Kingston-born, Toronto-bred mega-talent soon earned her title as the Queen of Canadian Hip Hop, scoring multiple awards… Read More

The Scottish singer-guitarist Midge Ure is remembered for a band (the new-wave group Ultravox from the 1980s) a song (1984’s charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas) and the blockbuster benefit concerts he co-organized with Bob Geldof. This week, however, he revisits a smaller part of his career when he performs the Celtic-tinged solo album… Read More

It’s Groundhog Day for everyone, but it’s Groundhog Day for the Weeknd. The 25-year-old Ethiopian-Canadian R&B crossover artist, who won last year’s Junos for Artist of the Year and R&B / Soul Recording of the Year, received six nominations this year. Nominees for the 2016 Juno Awards – the 45th-annual – were announced Tuesday morning… Read More