Simon McAslan teaches English Literature (including a course on Bob Dylan) at Vanier College in Montreal. He is currently writing a book on Dylan. Once upon a time in the not-too-distant past, whenever Bob Dylan was mentioned in the context of academic English studies, invariably someone would question the relevance of Dylan as a poet,… Read More


Venue Roy Thomson Hall City Toronto Date Thursday, October 13, 2016 Guest conductor Krzysztof Urbanski coaxed some of the most subtle, beautiful sounds ever heard in Roy Thomson Hall out of a splendid, willing Toronto Symphony Orchestra Wednesday night in an extremely enjoyable evening at the symphony. If there was any doubt about the quality… Read More


Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie says his memory is fading as he battles terminal brain cancer. Downie spoke with anchor Peter Mansbridge in an exclusive interview for CBC’s “The National,” which was set to air Thursday night. In a preview clip of the interview, Downie tells Mansbridge he “can’t remember hardly anything.” He admits he… Read More


They were iconic players many looked up to. They were music titans larger than life. And so they shall be again. Toronto’s Downtown Yonge BIA announced plans for a 70-metre high mural that will celebrate the strip’s musical heritage of the 1950s and ’60s, with the likenesses of Oscar Peterson, Muddy Waters, Gordon Lightfoot, Glenn… Read More