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'I found solace in my difference': Coeur de pirate writes touching essay...

Quebec singer Coeur de pirate has written a personal essay in response to the shootings in Orlando at Pulse nightclub, where 49 people were killed last weekend. In an op-ed published on Noisey, Coeur...

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The Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s new octobass has arrived

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra just announced that it has acquired an octobass, the largest and lowest-sounding instrument of the string family, becoming the only orchestra in the world to have this...

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Violist Teng Li hosts This Is My Music

LISTENaudio Teng Li hosts This Is My Music Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Oundjian calls Teng Li “an extraordinary talent that everyone recognizes.” Li earned the principal viola...

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My Playlist: Jully Black shares her favourite music

  LISTENaudio My Playlist with Jully Black Jully Black is one of the finest R&B performers in the country, but really, that’s just a starting point. Her work is constantly evolving, weaving...

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First Play Live: Ria Mae

Ria Mae really made a name for herself with her hit single "Clothes Off." It was officially released a year ago and was nominated for a Juno for single of the year. Mae took another year to release the...

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Watch Hey Rosetta! cover the Tragically Hip’s 'Ahead by a Century'

"We're all for Gord. This one's for Gord," said Tim Baker, the lead singer of Hey Rosetta!, about halfway through their set at the 2016 CBC Music festival. There was no doubt who the Gord in question...

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CBC to broadcast final show of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem tour

If you are among the many disappointed fans who could not get your hands on tickets for the Tragically Hip's summer tour, we have some exciting news for you. On Saturday, August 20, the Hip will put a...

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Rear-View Mirror: The Tragically Hip’s "Wheat Kings" and the True Story of...

Each week on Rear-view Mirror, Rich Terfry and the Radio 2 team look back at a great song from the good ol’ days. Today, Talia Schlanger steps in for a story about the Tragically Hip's "Wheat Kings."...

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Meat Loaf recovering from onstage collapse in Edmonton

Meat Loaf collapsed onstage last night while performing in Edmonton, Alta. According to fans, the 68-year-old singer was performing "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)" when he fell to the...

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This ‘80s version of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’ is shockingly great

Justin Bieber wasn’t alive in the '80s but his music has found a new home in the synth-pop balladry of that decade. A YouTube user who goes by the name TRONICBOX has reimagined Bieber's 2015 hit “What...

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Listen to White Lung cover Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Used to Love Her’

Vancouver punk band White Lung is known for its ferocious songs live and on record, but at a recent Sirius XMU session, the band slowed things down with an acoustic rendition of Guns N’ Roses’ 1988...

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Radio 2 Top 20 June 17: Five fresh tracks storm the chart and fan favourite...

Click here to vote on next week's chart! LISTENaudio Listen to this week's #R220 Say hi to your host Emma Godmere The number 1 song in the nation:  Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter and CBC...

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Watch A Tribe Called Red's 'Stadium Pow Wow' video

A Tribe Called Red debuted their new song, "Stadium Pow Wow," a couple of weeks ago and now the group has released a visual clip to accompany the song. The song features the Quebec drum group Black...

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Rerun: watch k.d. lang play Jam or Not a Jam

“I’m gonna say not a jam because the intro’s too f--king long already.” Earlier last year, k.d. lang visited the CBC Music studio to play our addictive Jam or Not a Jam game. In honour of the...

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Life Lessons: Neko Case, Laura Veirs and k.d. lang

A trio that includes Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs is a songwriting dream come true. Lyrical and harmonic, with their voices beautifully intertwined, the album that came out of their...

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5 songs you need to hear from D.C.'s Beauty Pill

As part of case/lang/veirs’ homepage takeover, we asked each artist if they wanted to shine the spotlight on any other bands or artists. Neko Case wanted us to focus on “how cool and smart Beauty Pill...

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Judee Sill: the woman behind case/lang/veirs' beautifully sad new song

LISTENaudio case/lang/veirs"Song for Judee" Struck by case/lang/veirs’ beautiful “Song for Judee,” we were compelled to get to know a bit more about Judee Sill, the remarkable musician who inspired...

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The R3-30: Radio 3’s top 30 songs for the week of June 20, 2016

Have you guys heard about Tuns yet? It's the new band comprised of Chris Murphy of Sloan, Matt Murphy (no relation) of Super Friendz and Flashing Lights, and Mike O'Neill of the Inbreds. Their sweet...

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Cheap Trick visits the House of Strombo

LISTENaudio The Strombo Show: Cheap Trick, Laura Sauvage & The Range (June 19, 2016) The Strombo Show ran the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best...

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Watch conductor accidentally knock soloist’s Amati violin flying

This violinist's dream quickly turned into a nightmare on June 11 at Sao Gonçalo Church in Amarante, Portugal. Rómulo Assis was performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Orquestra do Norte when a...

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Prince Be of P.M. Dawn made it 'OK to be weird' while countering '90s hip-hop...

Prince Be of P.M. Dawn, born Attrell Cordes, died Friday of renal kidney disease. He was 46 years old. Cordes' death in a hospital in Neptune, N.J. was confirmed by his wife. Cordes had been suffering...

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What will 2016's song of the summer be?

It's officially summer, which also means it's time to attempt to predict the official song of the summer, which is not really an actual thing but it's fun to think it is. The SOTS is the song that...

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A jazz-lover’s guide to the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival

Like many other Canadian jazz festivals, the Montreal International Jazz Festival (MIJF) has been filling out its programming with artists from a mix of other genres in order to draw larger crowds....

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Watch Selena Gomez and James Corden’s rollercoaster Carpool Karaoke

Selena Gomez joined talk show host James Corden for the latest Carpool Karaoke segment as the duo took a detour from the road to hit an amusement park. As well as visiting a McDonald's drive-thru, the...

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5 things you need to know about Toronto artist Twist

You may not know who Twist is but you’re about to hear that name a lot this summer. Toronto artist Laura Hermiston has been a staple in the local scene for the past few years, performing and working...

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Nova Scotia government Twitter account accidentally broadcasts the Cure concert

An employee using the Nova Scotia government Twitter account mistakenly broadcast a concert by the Cure on Sunday. The user was using the Periscope feature of the social media tool at around 12:20 a.m....

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Pianist Darren Creech ‘queers the classical stage’ to honour Orlando shooting...

"My response has come in waves of emotion," confides queer classical pianist Darren Creech via email, reacting to the recent mass shooting at Pulse night club in Orlando, Fla. "Many queer individuals...

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Noel Gallagher on Brexit referendum: 'I might be busy that morning'

When Britain goes to the polls this week to decide whether to leave the EU, don't expect Noel Gallagher to be first in line.  "Do I think we should leave? I don't think we should be given a vote," the...

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First Play Live: Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is a Polaris Prize winner from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. A primal and powerful storyteller, Tagaq describes herself as "a servant to sound," with improvised performances that force you to...

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A Tribe Called Red release mini-documentary, announce Canadian tour

A Tribe Called Red has released a new mini-documentary entitled The Manawan Session. Filmed in May 2014, the 7-minute clip shows band members 2oolman, Bear Witness and DJ NDN working in conjunction...

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'I think he's getting old... We're going to be 30!': Kids review Lukas...

We rounded up some opinionated kids to review Lukas Graham's chart-topper "7 Years." Watch what they have to say in the video above. For more hilariously adorable kids reviewing the latest from Drake,...

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5 records that changed my life: Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington's The Epic was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2015. It was also one of the longest. The tenor saxophonist's cosmic and spiritually infused album clocked in at just...

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'I will make decisions without any fear': How Hannah Georgas conquered her...

On the opening track of Hannah Georgas’s third full-length album, For Evelyn, the Toronto-based artist is met with a crisis in the middle of the night. She wakes up, perhaps paralyzed with fears and...

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Watch the Tragically Hip perform to tiny crowd on Canada Day, 1989

Before the Tragically Hip were Canada's official house band, it was five kids just trying to get their music heard. In a recently posted archival video, dug up from the Hipbase website by YouTube user...

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Watch Broadway for Orlando’s touching ‘What the World Needs Now is Love’...

Actors and singers on Broadway have come together in the wake of Orlando's mass shooting under the umbrella of Broadway for Orlando. Featuring headlining performers such as Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel...

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Watch Andrew Huang play his song 'Hi Fi' using only a balloon

If you haven't seen Andrew Huang in action, you're missing out. The talented musician from Toronto makes music out of any object you can imagine — everything from a wine glass to a bag of frozen...

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Rear-View Mirror: Gene Vincent’s Borrowed Ideas Make a Hit

Each week on Rear-view Mirror, Rich Terfry and the Radio 2 team look back at a great song from the good ol’ days. Today, it's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" by Gene Vincent. LISTENaudio Rich Terfry explains how...

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How Gregory Porter spreads the gospel of jazz

You may have recently encountered Gregory Porter's smooth, honeyed voice on dance music duo Disclosure's recent single "Holding On," which is not exactly the first place you'd look for a jazz singer....

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Robyn Phillips discusses David Lynch, gender equality and her band, Vallens

After being an active member of the Toronto music scene for the past few years, guitarist and singer-songwriter Robyn Phillips has finally branched out on her own with Vallens, which releases its debut...

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'We weren't afraid to keep trying different things': Hot Hot Heat bids...

After 17 years, Victoria, B.C., indie-rockers Hot Hot Heat are calling it quits. The band, which has put out four albums and numerous hits throughout its career including “Bandages,” “Talk to Me, Dance...

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Watch the trailer for Yannick Nézet-Séguin's new Marriage of Figaro recording

"It's love, it's sex. It's fun, also." That's how soprano Sonya Yoncheva describes Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) in the trailer for Deutsche Grammophone's new recording of the...

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Listen to Joel Plaskett’s tribute to Gord Downie

Joel Plaskett has turned a poem he wrote for Gord Downie into a song. The Halifax singer-songwriter posted "Just Because (for Gord Downie)" on his Soundcloud page. "Here's a poem turned song I wrote...

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Listen to the new Ghostbusters theme song featuring Missy Elliott and Fall...

Out with the synths and in with the pop-punk: the new Ghostbusters theme song is here. The new version, performed by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott, will serve as the theme for the upcoming...

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Led Zeppelin cleared of stealing ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Led Zeppelin have been cleared by a Los Angeles jury of stealing the opening riff to their 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven." Guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant were cleared of lifting the riff...

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Soprano Wendy Nielsen hosts This Is My Music

  LISTENaudio Wendy Nielsen hosts This Is My Music Wendy Nielsen has spent more than 25 years in opera houses and concert halls all over North America, Europe and Asia. She's performed great works by...

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CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Louise Burns featuring Daniel Romano, Repartee and...

Summer is upon us friends! But... To be frank, I'm not the biggest fan of the summer. I'm often left with an overwhelming feeling of guilt as I turn down opportunities to camp, hang at the beach,...

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First Play Live: Weaves

Weaves' heavily hyped self-titled debut album came out last week. The band has been working at a feverish pace over the past couple years, playing showcases filled with influential tastemakers - like...

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My Playlist: The Trews’ John-Angus MacDonald shares his favourite music

LISTENaudio My Playlist with John-Angus MacDonald No question, The Trews are Canadian rock royalty. They play it hard and they play it loud and that’s the way their fans like it. A dozen top ten radio...

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Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley dead at 89

Bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley has died at the age of 89, following complications with skin cancer. Stanley's death was confirmed by his publicist and his grandson Nathan Stanley, also a musician, who...

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Toronto electro-pop artist Lowell returns with new single 'High Enough'

It’s been two years since Toronto electro-pop artist Lowell released her debut album, We Loved Her Dearly, which we named one of the best Canadian albums of that year. Now Lowell is back with a new EP...

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