Indigenous leaders across Canada expressed their support and gratitude to Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie for placing indigenous issues in the spotlight during the band’s nationally televised concert Saturday, and for applying public pressure to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action. Mr. Downie, who announced in May that he has incurable brain cancer, told… Read More


Some of the pills taken from Prince’s estate in Paisley Park after his death were counterfeit drugs that actually contained fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times more powerful than heroin, an official close to the investigation said. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing… Read More


Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans, whose illustrious career included playing with jazz greats like Miles Davis and whose solos have figured on numerous film scores, has died. He was 94. Thielemans died in his sleep in a Belgian hospital on Monday, his manager said. He was hospitalized last month after a fall, but had been… Read More


In Canada’s first capital, Kingston, Ont., and coast to coast, emotional fans bid adieu to The Tragically Hip on Saturday, knowing if they had a wish, they’d wish for more of this. For a nation not particularly given to grand patriotic gestures, the night marked a historic yet bittersweet farewell to the prolific flag bearers… Read More


A concert to raise awareness about the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria will be held in Montreal on Sept. 17, organizers said Tuesday. Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric and Grimes will be part of the program, which is being presented by Denmark-based Global Citizen and The Global Fund, an international partnership dedicated to eradicating… Read More


The Toronto Symphony Orchestra named arts-world veteran Gary Hanson as interim CEO on Thursday after months of turbulence at the top. “I am deeply honoured to accept this position and feel privileged that I can play a role in the future success of my hometown orchestra,” Mr. Hanson said in a release. “I look forward… Read More