He’s known for his poetic expressions and his band’s tight, hypnotic rhythms. We asked Toronto blues singer-harmonicist Paul Reddick, whose new album is Ride The One, what he’s grooving to these days. What he just saw: “The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music, on DVD. This documentary from 2014… Read More


When David Harrington of the world-famous Kronos Quartet first talked to the contemporary Inuit vocal phenomenon that is Tanya Tagaq, he told her he loved what she put into the notes she sang. “She kind of laughed,” Harrington recounts, “and she said, ‘What’s a note?’” Years later, Tagaq’s innocent but probing question has become something… Read More


Nick Menza, a former drummer for the heavy metal band Megadeth, died at age 51 after collapsing on stage at a Los Angeles club late on Saturday, a family spokesman said on Sunday.   Menza collapsed while performing with his current band OHM at the Baked Potato club in Studio City, California, where he lived,… Read More


Madonna paid homage to Prince by wearing his signature colour and bringing another icon – Stevie Wonder – on stage to sing the classic “Purple Rain” at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. Sitting atop a purple throne, Madonna kicked off the tribute with a version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which Prince wrote and Sinead O’Connor… Read More


Gord Downie, the lead singer of The Tragically Hip and one of Canada’s biggest rock stars, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. “We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so,” the band said Tuesday. “A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal… Read More


By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com Kim Kardashian tied the knot with rapper Kanye West on May 24, 2014. And on Thursday the 35-year-old bombshell dedicated one of her kimkardashianwest.com posts to their upcoming anniversary. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also shared a throwback snap from the wedding dress fitting with three designers surrounding her.… Read More


The singer known as Lord Tanamo shared with audiences around the world the buoyant sounds of ska music born in the shantytowns of his native Jamaica. As a vocalist with the Skatalites, Lord Tanamo gave voice to a music that would thrust his island homeland to the forefront of popular culture. Although the band’s original… Read More


A Minnesota doctor saw Prince twice in the month before his death — including the day before he died — and prescribed him medication, according to contents of a search warrant that were revealed Tuesday as authorities returned to the musician’s suburban Minneapolis estate as part of their investigation into what killed him. Search warrant… Read More


Abida Parveen, the great Sufi singer, maybe the greatest of her generation, is talking to me from Islamabad. Well, actually, she’s talking to Umair Jaffar, performing arts manager for Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum. The Museum is co-sponsoring a rare Parveen concert this Sunday along with the concert’s venue, Roy Thomson Hall. Through Jaffar, I’ve asked… Read More