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No, You Can’t Reserve Chris Cornell’s Detroit Hotel Room

What’s wrong with people? According to some reports, the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit has been receiving requests about room 1136, the suite in which Chris Cornell died Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Although the doorframe has been repaired (it was kicked in by Chris’ bodyguard when there was no reply to his frantic knocks), the $600/night [&hellip.. more

Stone Sour Offers Chris Cornell Tribute at Rock on the Range Festival

The tributes keep coming for Chris Cornell. On the first night of the Rock on the Range festival in Ohio on Friday–the day Soundgarden was supposed to headline–three acts paid their respects. First, Bush covered “Black Hole Sun.” Then Live performed “I Am the Highway” by Audioslave, which led into the lights dimming and images [&hellip.. more

Toronto’s Q107 Turning 40 This Week

Video never quite got this radio star. One of the mainstays of Toronto over the decades, Q107 is turning the big 4-0 this week. To celebrate, the station is hosting a birthday bash at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on June 2. But let’s talk briefly about their history, shall we? Broadcasting at 107.1 FM, Q [&hellip.. more

Today’s Neat Music App: Shared Playlists & Compare Tastes

Where do you usually go to find new music? Spotify playlists or radio programs are usually a good place to start, that’s for sure. But for me, I tend to trust my friends a bit more than on-air strangers or an algorithm. In the past that usually meant digging through a friend’s record collection or [&hellip.. more

Really Think It Through – When Band Names Go Bad

Coming up with a band name can sometimes be even harder than making music. It needs to be memorable and catchy, but also representative of your style and attitude. Well OK, many bands choose to stray from the ‘formula’, but the last thing you want to do is shoot yourself in the foot. If your [&hellip.. more

Pemberton Music Festival Files For Bankruptcy. No Refunds, Apparently.

Oh gosh, now another festival has a mess on their hands. BC’s Pemberton Music Festival filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, meaning the 2017 event is cancelled. Even worse – because of the bankruptcy, festival organizers are incapable of offering any sort of automatic ticket refunds. British company Ernst & Young’s Canadian branch have been [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, May 20, 2017

And how’s the May 2-4 weekend for you so far? (I had to explain the “2-4” reference to a non-Canadian. Her reply “But don’t Canadians get drunk every weekend?”) And now, the music news for May 20. Iron Maiden fans won’t be hearing this song in concert for a while. I offered this guest post [&hellip.. more

Photos of Soundgarden’s First Show in Toronto

Viliam at Photosynthesis Studio of Toronto has spent decades shooting acts that have come through Toronto. He was there when Soundgarden played their first Toronto show back in 1989 at the long-gone Apocalypse Club. These photos (among many, many others) appear in his Anti-Star book and documentary.  .. more

This Week’s Top 11 Playlist: 19 May 2017

For Canadians, there is something sacred about the May long weekend. No matter how iffy the weather might be, we still look at it as the unofficial beginning of summer. I, for one, plan to spend many hours doing as little as possible. If you’re thinking the same sort of thing, you might want to [&hellip.. more

A Round-up of News on the Death of Chris Cornell

People are still trying to process the sudden and apparently self-inflicted death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Here’s a summary of the news that has come out since Thursday (May 18 night. As you might guess, Chris’ wife is devastated. Soundgarden has canceled all remaining dates on their 2017. (Yeah, no kidding…) There was plenty [&hellip.. more

Classic Rock Will Never Get Old Thanks To Pop Culture

How does a genre that never adds anything new stay afloat? You’d think hearing the same set of songs would get boring, right? The classic rock radio format is an interesting beast in that regard. Although the era that defines classic rock is a moving target, for the most part radio stations within the format [&hellip.. more

Who’s Playing Canada’s Most Popular Summer Tours?

Warm weather is officially around the corner, which means it’s time for some summer tours! Plenty of international super stars pass through Canada each year, but which ones are actually the biggest? For the third year in a row, ticket marketplace StubHub has compiled a list of the country’s hottest-selling acts. The rankings are based [&hellip.. more

Check Out the First-Ever Chuck Berry Music Video

Legends never die, right? Despite his death in March, guitar god Chuck Berry still has music on the way, and his first-ever music video to show for it. Berry’s posthumous album Chuck is slated for release in June, and the single “Big Boys” from that record is, so far, his only song to have an official [&hellip.. more

Where Did Classic Punk Bands Played Across Canada?

When punk bands go on the road, they tour far and wide. Cameron Gordon at Completely Ignored put together this graphic showing where some legendary punk bands played across Canada. I had no idea Black Flag played Winnipeg. And the Velvet Underground in Hamilton? Cool! Click on the image for the whole thing.  .. more

Random Music News for Friday, May 19, 2017

Sorry. Still trying to process the whole Chris Cornell story. Here’s what else is making music news on May 19. The major labels are now making $150 a second from streaming. Meanwhile, Spotify had revenues of $3 billion but still lost $330 million…. …even though Spotify has more UK listeners than BBC Radio 1. And [&hellip.. more

Fake News Starring Stevie Wonder

For some reason, this old ad featuring Stevie Wonder came through my email a bunch of times this week. Something about this didn’t feel right, so I did a little searching. And lo and behold, I found this. Note the similarities between the two ads. Fake news. Not a new thing.. more

Queen + Adam Lambert Make A Stand Against Overpriced Ticket Resales

It seems like progress is finally being made in the fight against ticket bots and the inflated resale market. Queen + Adam Lambert recently announced an official partnership with UK-based Twickets, a peer-to-peer online reseller that only allows face-value prices. The group’s websites and social media direct fans to use the service to sell any [&hellip.. more

Pink Floyd Fans: V&A Has an Exhibit for You

A Pink Floyd exhibit opened recently at London’s V&A museum. Presented by the museum and Michael Cohl’s Iconic entertainment The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, and debut single, “Arnold Layne”. Originally conceived by Storm Thorgerson and developed by [&hellip.. more

Songwriter Tells the Stories of Rockwood Asylum Inmates

Built between 1859 and 1870 on the north shore of Lake Ontario and operational until the year 2000, Rockwood Criminal Lunatic Asylum housed criminals and people that the Kingston Penitentiary and Toronto psychiatric institution could not handle. Upon completion, about 300 men and women resided at Rockwood Asylum. Canadian singer-songwriter Simone Schmidt researched the infamous [&hellip.. more


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