When the Canadian Radio Music Awards were presented in Toronto on March 7 as part of Canadian Music Week, six B.C. artists took home seven of the nine awards, which were presented to the best new group or solo artist in a variety of radio-programming formats.
Honours went to Hayley Sales (mainstream adult contemporary), Jessie Farrell (country), State of Shock (both rock and contemporary-hit radio), Faber Drive (hot AC), and Elise Estrada (dance/urban/rhythmic).
Nelly Furtado, meanwhile, was honoured with the Chart Topper award.
Seeing as how Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of New Order's landmark single, "Blue Monday" (and this being Monday, after all), it seemed like a good time to post the video.
Excitingly, something unusual is happening: after just three episodes, the nerdiest girl, Ilisa, seems to be winning in spite of herself.
Just try not to dance to this insanely excellent track. You might want to pick up some moves from the folks in the video.
Here's the Raveonettes' latest video, for the song "You Want the Candy". Sharin Foo told the Straight that the somewhat controversial clip was designed to counter the duo's cool and reserved Scandinavian image by injecting a little sex and drugs into the rock 'n' roll.
Foo also revealed that the song was written partially in tribute to the Strangeloves' "I Want Candy". (See fan-made video below; the Strangeloves' Richard Gottehrer produced the Raveonettes' 2003 album Chain Gang of Love.)
The Raveonettes play the Plaza Club on March 8. Read our interview with Sharin Foo here.
Want to start a raging debate among music fans? Just mention Pitchfork. The popular music site is influential, and coverage on it can create immeasurable buzz for lucky indie acts, but P4k's sometimes-snarky (and occasionally unreadably dense) reviews have created a legion of detractors.
Canadian musician Jeff Healey died in a Toronto hospital on Sunday after a long struggle with cancer. He was 41.
Healey, who was born with sight but was blinded as an infant by a rare retinal cancer, started playing the guitar at the age of 3, developing his signature style of laying the instrument across his lap.
Healey rose to fame with an electric blues-rock sound, but he also had a lifelong love of old-time jazz. He shared this love (along with selections from his 30,000-strong record collection) on his CBC Radio show, My Kinda Jazz. A talented trumpet player, he formed a new band, Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards, which specialized in the jazz styles of the 1920s and '30s.
Surely this yet another sign of the decline of the American empire. Believe it or not, former economic superpower Japan is now rising to take over the global entertainment industry.
How? By replacing all American entertainers with Japanese ones.
Watch out, world, because here they come. And they're gonna start giving.
Check it out.
Mike Smith, singer and keyboardist for the 1960s pop-rock band the Dave Clark Five, died today at the age of 64, just days before he was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Named after drummer Dave Clark, the Five were one of the most popular acts of the British Invasion, remembered for hits such as "Glad All Over" and "Catch Us if You Can".