The Canadian Cancer Society and the Sunnybrook Foundation say the Tragically Hip’s recent tour has raised more than $1-million for brain cancer research in Canada. The Sunnybrook Foundation says donations totalling nearly $800,000 have been made to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. The fund – named for… Read More


Roll over Fidel Castro and tell Karl Marx the news, there’s a new band called . The Toronto power-pop project is led by Don Kerr, a prominent drummer and producer on the local indie-music scene for years. The trio celebrates its debut album Get Down Get Together with a string of locals dates this month… Read More


A southwestern Ontario man is facing a fraud charge for allegedly advertising Tragically Hip tickets online and not delivering the product. Police say a Kingston, Ont., man responded to a Kijiji ad for four tickets back at the end of June and sent $1,200 to the supposed seller – who was to send online e-tickets… Read More


M.I.A. is complicated. And she hasn’t rehearsed what she’s going to say. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the day after the release of her fifth album, AIM, she still hasn’t prepared a speech she is to give that evening in Toronto to address the Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of Commerce. M.I.A., real name Mathangi (Maya) Arulpragasam, says… Read More


The title of her debut album is Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, but the family tree of the neo-country maverick Margo Price also includes her great-uncle Bobby Fischer, a successful Music Row tunesmith whose songwriting credits grace albums by George Jones, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride and Reba McEntire. And if Price’s bloodlines are bona fide, so are… Read More


On Marianne Faithfull’s 2014 album Give My Love to London there is a quiet, heartbreaking keepsake: “Deep Water” – a tormented plea to bridge the desperate gorge of longing, written for Faithfull by musician Nick Cave and his twin sons, Arthur and Earl. It’s the song that closes One More Time With Feeling, a new… Read More


Gord Downie’s solo album Secret Path began as 10 poems motivated by the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack, a 12-year-old First Nations boy who in 1966 died from hunger and exposure after running away from a residential school in Kenora, Ont. The prose was formed into songs late in 2013 at the Bathouse Recording Studios… Read More