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Fiona Apple, ‘Heavy Balloon’

How this avant-garde pop song tapped into the zeitgeist of living during a pandemic

Pete Souza

‘Queen of Soul’ singer Aretha Franklin, dies aged 76

US soul singer Aretha Franklin died in her Detroit, Michigan home on Thursday morning, her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn stated on behalf of the family. According to the statement, the official cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

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Kacey Musgraves, ‘Slow Burn’

A highlight from the country singer-songwriter's fantastic fourth album

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Tracey Thorn, ‘Dancefloor’

The Everything But the Girl frontwoman's new single gets the remix treatment

Jully Black interview: ‘The next album is ready’

Canada's Queen of R&B is releasing a new record and readying Canada to read 'The Marrow Thieves'

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Conductor Alex Prior shares his best of Edmonton

We checked in with the ESO's chief conductor, and asked him about Edmonton's arts and culture scene.

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Jenn Grant shares her top Halifax cultural spots

Folk-pop singer-songwriter about to tour again in support of her latest album, Paradise.

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Meet Joe Stone, record label owner and producer

Disco, drugs and women fueled the success of Miami-based label TK Records. His son now keeps his late father's musical legacy alive in the digital age.

Roland Godefroy

Hallelujah: how an ignored Leonard Cohen song became a modern legend

What makes the song so powerful and why has it affected so many people around the world?

Tay Zonday talks ‘Chocolate Rain’ on its 10th anniversary

His odd, but earnest music video went viral and became the source of many, many memes. What's life like for Tay today?

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Canadian hitmakers Wild Strawberries get deep

Pop-rock radio duo thoughtfully evolve in their latest album, 'Vesper 50'

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Apple Music picks up George Stromboulopoulos concert series

George Stroumboulopoulos is teaming up with Apple Music to present House of Strombo, a 10-episode concert series available to stream on YouTube. The black-and-white series features different acts performing in Stroumboulopoulos’ Toronto home. It’s a format similar to his CBC Radio 2 show. “The bands set-up right in my living room, with a live audience […]

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Alysha Brilla is out to change the world, one song at a time

Waterloo, Ontario-based musician releasing new album in the fall, touring internationally

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Gay Canadians who came out later in their careers

Barry Manilow isn't the only celeb to delay announcing their sexuality (long) after finding success

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George Michael died of natural causes: coroner’s report

The 53-year-old British pop star died on Christmas Day, but his funeral has been delayed due to post-mortem examination

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HMV Canada to close all its stores by Apr. 30

Music retailer opened in April 1987, bringing big-box music retailing to Canada with massive displays and a wide-selection of physical media