‘I don’t like the sound of my own voice,” Prince was saying. “I hope you don’t mind if I ask you not use a tape recorder for this.” The falsetto love man doesn’t care for his own voice? I didn’t bother telling him that so many of us feel exactly the opposite way. In 2004,… Read More


Prince was cremated Saturday and a group of his “most beloved” family, friends and musicians celebrated him afterward in a small, private service, his publicist said. Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement that the 57-year-old music superstar’s family and friends gathered “in a private, beautiful ceremony” to say a loving goodbye. The statement did not… Read More


Drake’s summer is shaping up to be a busy one. The “Hotline Bling” rapper has announced plans for a 32-date North American Tour timed to the release of his new album. “Summer Sixteen Tour” will be headlined by the Toronto-born performer and Atlanta-based rapper Future. The duo are currently on the Billboard charts with their… Read More


Jeff Melanson, the former CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, has responded to allegations made by his estranged wife, Eleanor McCain, in their acrimonious court feud – portraying her as a vindictive ex, a mean-spirited stepmother and a self-funded, amateur musician contemptuous of those less wealthy than she is. Earlier this year, Ms. McCain, a… Read More


Steve Reich, 80 this October, is perhaps the world’s most important living composer, a creative personality who almost singlehandedly brought music back from the brink of obscurantism that threatened to sink it in the late fifties and early sixties with his patterned, slowly moving, deeply emotional musical textures. He’s also, as it turns out, a… Read More


In late August, Dan Gunn and his posse are expected to go to the Burning Man festival in the “Gunn Ship,” his large motorhome, which will be towing a custom-made rocket car. “I can’t wait to talk to the border guards,” says Mr. Gunn, chief executive officer of Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council,… Read More