Nick Patch, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Cohen's 'Old Ideas' still sound fresh: review

TORONTO - Leonard Cohen spent years mulling the songs that comprise his 12th disc, "Old Ideas," but fortunately he's that rare artist whose work doesn't wilt under the weight of prolonged scrutiny and reassessment.The protracted process even gave the Montreal poet — whose last release came in 2004...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 10:30 AM

Radcliffe tames Diet Coke addiction for film

TORONTO - Daniel Radcliffe maintains a boundless youthful energy even as he slogs through monotonous press days, endless travel, and all-night movie shoots. And he says he owes it to one magic potion: diet cola.The "Harry Potter" star admits he has a near-religious devotion to the stuff, but the...

Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:07 PM

Weakerthans' Samson strikes out on his own

TORONTO - Usually, a solo debut is an opportunity for an established artist to do something different, free of the co-operative constraints of a band. But the Weakerthans' John K. Samson just wound up writing another album about Winnipeg.That's not to say that the intricate lyricism of "Provincial...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:45 PM

Two NFB animated shorts up for Oscars

TORONTO - Montreal-based filmmaker Patrick Doyon heard the news that he'd been nominated for an Academy Award first thing Tuesday morning — and then the rest of his neighbourhood likely heard it too."I was screaming," the 32-year-old laughed in a telephone interview shortly after the nominations...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 10:20 PM

Heineken ad provides breakthrough for band

TORONTO - As it turns out, the Sedin twins weren't the only Scandinavians who nabbed major TV time during the recent Stanley Cup final.The buzzy Danish pop group Asteroids Galaxy Tour also got to take a bow with their starring role in the oft-played Heineken ad "The Entrance." If you were watching...

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 10:44 PM

First-ever rock 'n' roll song is 60 years old

TORONTO - It was spring, 1951, when Ike Turner's band, a busted amplifier and legendary producer Sam Phillips kicked up an entirely different kind of racket, launching a new genre that would come to be known as rock 'n' roll.The song was "Rocket 88," written by Turner and his saxophonist, Jackie...

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 3:35 PM

Ticket-sellers hoping to profit on Sheen far from winning

TORONTO - Canadians hoping to make a profit off Charlie Sheen's upcoming tour dates have, thus far, not been winning.The volatile former "Two and a Half Men" star will perform in Toronto on April 14 and 15 and in Vancouver on May 2.But Craigslist and Stubhub are already crowded with vendors looking...

Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:35 PM

Ten-year-old Aragon performs with Lady Gaga

TORONTO - Lady Gaga granted a 10-year-old Canadian a share of her spotlight on Thursday, inviting YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon onstage for a duet on "Born This Way" in front of a roaring crowd at the Air Canada Centre. (Article continues after video.)About midway through a nearly two-hour...

Friday, March 4, 2011, 4:26 PM

Daniel Lanois back to work in Toronto after accident

TORONTO - Nestled in an industrial corridor of Toronto's west side, a low-slung old building with chipped off-white bricks and a bright red door conceals Daniel Lanois's new cathedral of sound.The building used to be a Buddhist temple. Lanois bought it years and ago and renovated it, and he's here...

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 9:40 PM

Robert Plant says he feels like he's 17

TORONTO - It's easy to believe an ebullient Robert Plant when he says how much he's enjoying his career at the moment.It's early in the morning and the 62-year-old rocker is just sitting down to do interviews about his new record, "Band of Joy" — a name the record shares with Plant's old psych-folk...

Sunday, September 19, 2010, 6:35 PM

Black Mountain's third disc more concise

TORONTO - It seems a trip to the "Wilderness" actually smoothed some of Black Mountain's rough edges.The Vancouver band is often associated with the spiralling, stoned-out epics of its first two records — both of which contained songs that unfurled past the 10-minute mark. So the concise,...

Monday, September 13, 2010, 2:35 PM

Canadians get blog boosts from Kanye West and Coldplay

TORONTO - It was just a typical morning for Ehsan Ashrafi: he booted up his computer and navigated to Coldplay's website to see what was new with the British arena-poppers.What he saw next, well, you could safely say it was accompanied by a rush of blood to the head.Ashrafi's face was splashed...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 11:00 PM

Justin Bieber, Hedley lead with three MuchMusic Video Awards each

TORONTO - Justin Bieber had quite an introduction to the MuchMusic Video Awards on Sunday, winning three trophies in front of a mass of screaming fans who camped out for days to see him.Bieber won the viewer choice awards for best video and new artist as well as the prize for international video by...

Monday, June 21, 2010, 6:20 AM

Canadian musicians help cover K'naan single for Haiti relief

TORONTO - Canada's musical stars have aligned to help Haiti.Avril Lavigne, Drake and Nelly Furtado are among the 57 artists performing together on a remixed version of K'naan's anthem "Wavin' Flag," which was to be available for sale digitally at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday morning.Proceeds will...

Thursday, March 11, 2010, 10:16 PM

Beyonce makes history by winning six Grammys; Swift takes album of year

LOS ANGELES - The 52nd Grammy Awards belonged to Beyonce as the singer made history by smashing the record for most trophies by a female artist in a single night.The 28-year-old picked up six prizes Sunday, owning a ceremony in which a group of young artists helped put a fresh face on the greying...

Monday, February 1, 2010, 6:20 AM

Harrison Ford wants to show a different side with 'Extraordinary Measures'

TORONTO - Harrison Ford knows what audiences expect from him: white-knuckled thrillers, glossy action extravaganzas and a stone-faced intensity broken up by the occasional wry smile.And that's exactly why he likes to sometimes subvert those expectations.The last time many movie-goers saw the 67-...

Monday, January 18, 2010, 10:32 PM

Phoenix, Handsome Furs, Raekwon among Canadian Press pop albums of the year

TORONTO - As the decade draws to a close, a music industry in flux is increasingly shifting toward singles and EPs instead of the conventional album. But for the traditionalists among us, 2009 bore a bounty of fantastic full-length records. Here's the top pop albums of the year as chosen by...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009, 10:13 PM

Best we ever had?: Drake becomes one of Canada's biggest rap exports

TORONTO - On his hit single "Best I Ever Had," Canadian rapper Drake bragged that he had "buzz so big, I could probably sell a blank disc."And in a way, he has done just that.The Toronto hip-hop star has had made a dizzying ascent in the rap world - and he's done it without having released a proper...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 6:54 AM

Elvis Costello talks about opening 'Spectacle' second season with U2

TORONTO - Elvis Costello is opening the second season of his interview show with a bang or, more accurately, a Bono.One-half of U2 - Bono and the Edge - will be the first guests when the second season of Costello's show, "Spectacle," launches this Friday (CTV, 10 p.m. ET).The British-born,...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009, 8:10 PM

Canadian artists celebrate season with slate of new Christmas CDs

TORONTO - This year, a typically star-studded slate of artists has released Christmas albums, with discs from Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Sugarland and David Archuleta. But who does the holiday season better than Canadians? Canadian Press music writer Nick Patch looks at this year's homegrown holiday...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 12:48 AM