“He owes me $12.” Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the folk singer, is 85 years old. He sits on a couch in a small dressing room upstairs at Hugh’s Room, a comfortable acoustic-music venue for the supper-club set in west-end Toronto. He is impish, round-shouldered and fairly adorable, with a red cravat, a full head of snowy-white… Read More


Ghosts are lurking in the hallways of the CBC’s downtown Toronto headquarters, and not just because Halloween is approaching. Wednesday marks two years since CBC bosses fired Q host Jian Ghomeshi, and the broadcaster is still trying to find its equilibrium. But on Monday, 18 months after its first attempt to relaunch a post-Ghomeshi show… Read More


Pop idol Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, has died. He was 73. Vee, whose hits included… Read More


Chanie Wenjack is alive and well and living in Gord Downie. At Roy Thomson Hall on Friday evening, an affair marked the release of Secret Path, Downie’s dreamy, pale-blue and poetic passion project and indie-rock concept album inspired by the story of Wenjack, an Ojibwa boy who died of exposure while fleeing a Northern Ontario… Read More