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The Rent is Too Damn High star returns with rent-centric album

According to Jimmy McMillan, the rent isn’t just too damn high in his hometown of New York, it’s too damn high all over the world. It’s part of the reason why the former gubernatorial candidate for the state of New York — who became an overnight sensation thanks to an infamous clip from a political...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 10:35 PM

Roch Voisine's eclectic covers collection tops the charts

The world has always known Roch Voisine as a man of many parts. Of course, people would say the same about you if you just happened to be a quadruple- platinum, Juno Award-winning bilingual crooner and Officer of the Order of Canada (and one-time spokesman for discount retailer Giant Tiger)...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010, 5:08 PM

Cancer Bats take cover with Beastie Boys classic

They’ve got three successful Canadian albums, Juno and Kerrang! award nominations, but what Cancer Bats really needed was an iconic hit everybody knew. The Toronto metalhead quartet, famous for their terror inducing name and frontman Liam Cormier’s screeching vocals, decided to roll the dice by...

Friday, April 16, 2010, 8:30 PM

How our naughty nature drives new technology

Him Peter Nowak. Him write book. You read after smite enemy, eat meat and make sex. The CBC News Online senior science and technology reporter’s book, Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It, is a decidedly more erudite tome than any caveman could...

Monday, March 22, 2010, 10:30 AM

How porn, war and fast food have advanced technology

Him Peter Nowak. Him write book. You read after smite enemy, eat meat and make sex. The CBC News Online senior science and technology reporter’s book Sex, Bombs and Burgers: How War, Porn and Fast Food Created Technology As We Know It, is a decidedly more erudite tome than any caveman could express...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 5:30 AM

Canada's music industry turns its eye toward India

Canadian music labels are looking for a bigger piece of the pie, or whatever else might be cooking in the tandoor, and another Canadian Music Week may just show them how to do it. Executives, bands and other professionals of the music industry will descend on Toronto for Canadian Music Week, the...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 1:30 PM

Uprising or not, Muse keep out of politics

Christopher Wolstenhome wants to make it absolutely clear that Muse has no political stripe of any kind, at least not in any way they’d like you to know about. The bassist of the heavyweight alt-rockers from Devon, England, fresh off of his band’s double win for best British band and best website...

Monday, March 8, 2010, 11:30 AM

Woodhands take a light dig at Pitchfork

Note to the good folks at Pitchfork: Relax, people, Woodhands is only kidding you. The Toronto-based indie electro-rock duo of keytarist Dan Werb and drummer Paul Banwatt has gained a bit of attention lately for track P’iss off of their Z-Side release, a hip-hop-style track that declares that the...

Monday, March 8, 2010, 11:30 AM

Hip-hop guru makes the K4ce for Canada's urban artists

Toronto hip-hop has come a long way, with little to no help from the Canadian record industry, says the man who brought you the term T-Dot. K4ce, the Canadian rap guru born and raised Shawn Morrison in Weston and based in New York since late 1990, will bring the message to the Toronto Free Gallery...

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 11:30 AM

Plex provides rare aboriginal voice to hip hop

Plex wants to live in a country that trades on multiculturalism to pay more attention to the plight of its Native communities. The Edmonton-born, Toronto-based MC and founding member of hip-hop collective Won 18 (and brand new dad) delivers that message on his solo debut, Brainstorm. The...

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 8:30 AM

Using the power of success to triumph over racism

How do you make it as a black person in a white world? Aim higher and work harder. Dan Hill and his family know all about it. The Grammy and Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter, most recognized for his classic Sometimes When We Touch, will appear in concert at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Signy and...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 9:30 AM

Looking back on the legacy of Bon Scott

“You can stick your nine to five living and your collar and your tie. You can stick your moral standards cause it’s all a dirty lie.” Bon Scott knew it, lived it and died by it. Millions of AC/DC fans will spend this Friday marking the 30th anniversary of Scott’s “death by misadventure” as the...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:30 AM

Barenaked Ladies set to play city hall Saturday

It’s not only Vancouver that’s celebrating the 2010 Olympics. Scarborough’s Barenaked Ladies — haven’t heard from them in a while, have we? — are headlining the Toronto edition of CTV’s Olympic Celebration, going Saturday at Nathan Phillips Square from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You may even catch some...

Friday, February 19, 2010, 9:30 AM

Rock orchestra pioneers mark their 40th anniversary

This one time, at band camp, Skip Prokop decided to change rock ’n’ roll forever. But first thing’s first. Prokop’s Canadian orchestral rock outfit will hit Toronto to celebrate the release of Lighthouse: 40 Years of Sunny Days, a collection of 16 remastered classics, including their go-to singles...

Friday, February 12, 2010, 11:30 AM

Gentleman Reg settles in for a residency at the Drake

Gentleman Reg thought it was nice to get away, but even nicer to come home. After a year abroad of touring Jet Black, a melodramatic, twang-filled work released this time last year, and his more recent six-song Heavy Head EP, the Toronto folk singer-songwriter will park his weary feet at the Drake...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 10:30 AM

Ben Gunning and the story of a down cruise ship worker

It took Ben Gunning a while, but he did at last release what could be his Moby Dick. The “do it” in question is Mal De Mer, the sophomore release of the Toronto indie-rocker’s solo career after making a name for himself so many moons ago alongside Montreal cult faves Local Rabbits (an incarnation...

Thursday, January 28, 2010, 9:30 AM

Jay Linden keeps it all in the family on new album

Jay Linden will bring the brotherly love on Wednesday night. The Cambridge, Ont.-based singer songwriter will appear at Hugh’s Room on Jan. 27th to celebrate his newest release, Under The Radar. Joining him will be his brother Colin Linden (of Hamilton-based Blackie And The Rodeo Kings), who leant...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 10:30 AM

The man behind Toxic’s sound

It’s about the underdog, in all his green and sludgy glory. One might speculate that if David (oh-yeah-right-that-blond-guy-from-Bon-Jovi) Bryan spent as much time in the spotlight as his bandmates Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, The Toxic Avenger Musical may not have been enjoying its current run...

Friday, December 18, 2009, 6:18 AM

Sophie Milman takes it easy

The eclectic Sophie Milman calls jazz and Canada her two constants.After a whirlwind tour around the world, the Toronto-via-Israel-via-Russia chanteuse will return home to play Massey Hall Friday night in support of her third album, Take Love Easy, a collection of covers that include jazz, swing...

Friday, December 4, 2009, 7:09 AM

The Cat Empire draws on a world of sounds

“Music is the language of us all,” The Cat Empire declares on their single How To Explain, which pretty much lays out everything you need to know.Inclusion will be the name of the game for the eclectic world-beat rockers as they leave behind a sunny summer in their native Melbourne, Australia, home...

Friday, November 27, 2009, 6:07 AM