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