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CBC says new paid streaming app an experiment in evolving viewer habits

TORONTO — While Netflix and CraveTV boast about their arsenals of blockbuster series, the CBC’s new streaming app is hoping to find a niche with news junkies and hockey fans. The national broadcaster lobbed a uniquely Canadian offering into the streaming marketplace Tuesday that could appeal to cord cutters who have missed some homegrown content …

The value of a Grammy nomination for lesser known musicians

Jane Bunnett didn’t make the headlines Tuesday morning when this year’s Grammy nominations were unveiled, but the Toronto-based jazz flutist, saxophone player and pianist says her good news had a big impact all the same. While there are 84 Grammy categories in all and hundreds of contenders vying for a golden gramophone, securing a nomination …

‘Come From Away’ creators say Grammy nomination came as a shock

The Canadian co-creators of the Broadway smash “Come From Away” have collected many awards this year, but they insist getting a Grammy nomination on Tuesday was a complete surprise. Irene Sankoff, one half of the married couple behind the Newfoundland-set production, says she was still sleeping when husband David Hein awoke her to reveal they …

‘It’s brought us closer’: The Tenors on moving past national anthem incident

TORONTO — Nearly a year and half has passed since the Canadian vocal trio The Tenors was blindsided by their ousted fourth member in front of millions of baseball fans, and in some ways they’re still healing. It wasn’t until a recent trip to Cape Spear, N.L. for their new album “Christmas Together” that some …

Tragically Hip fans bask in celebration and sadness at Gord Downie memorials

KINGSTON, Ont. — What began as a subdued memorial for Gord Downie organized by city officials in his Kingston, Ont. hometown erupted into an improvised candlelight vigil on Wednesday night with residents taking over the proceedings. Tearing a page from the Tragically Hip frontman’s own taste for the unexpected and impromptu, fans paid tribute to …

Musician Liona Boyd says Weinstein reports echo memories of sexual harassment

TORONTO — Classical guitarist Liona Boyd says the mounting allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein have stirred up painful memories. The five-time Juno Award winner says she encountered powerful entertainment leaders in the 1970s and 1980s who pressured her to trade sex for a chance at fame. “I was in that position too many …

Hamilton plans 2019 Juno Awards bid with hopes of becoming permanent home

TORONTO — Hamilton is bidding to host the 2019 Juno Awards with an extra request: it wants to become the permanent home of the coveted Canadian music event. The city council general issues committee reached an agreement on Wednesday to submit an offer that will be hitched to the belief that Hamilton’s burgeoning arts community offers enough …

Producers seek answers as they digest Netflix’s $500M pledge to Canadian content

TORONTO— Canadian producers expressed hope and skepticism as they weighed Netflix’s promise Thursday to spend $500 million over five years on homegrown content. The announcement to support Canadian made film and TV series was enthusiastically unveiled by Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, part of the first major overhaul of cultural funding in a quarter century. But …

Lido Pimienta wins Polaris Music Prize for ‘La Papessa’

TORONTO— Colombian immigrant Lido Pimienta has won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her album “La Papessa.” The Spanish-language independent release which translates to “high priestess” was selected by an 11-member jury based on its artistic merit. Pimienta, who takes home a $50,000 award, was considered an underdog contender for the Polaris award, but was …

Indigenous musicians and stories in spotlight at this year’s Polaris Music Prize

TORONTO — Some of the country’s best-known Indigenous musicians and Gord Downie’s recounting of the Chanie Wenjack story are vying for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. An 11-member jury will choose a winner from the list of 10 nominees for Canadian album of the year, which also include Leonard Cohen, Feist and electronic-jazz quartet Badbadnotgood. …

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