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Toronto, ON, Canada

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  • VICE

Recent articles by Karen:

Canadian Music Week Cancels 2020 Event

Canadian Music Week will skip the Toronto music conference and festival’s 2020 edition due to overriding concern for the safety of all participants and attendees. → Read More

SOCAN Chief Eric Baptiste Abruptly Exits Canadian Performance Rights Org

Eric Baptiste, CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), resigned effective immediately on Tuesday. → Read More

Juno Awards Canceled Over Coronavirus Concerns: 'We Know This Is the Right Decision'

TORONTO — Canada's version of the Grammy Awards has been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) announced on Thursday it was canceling Juno Week in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, set to begin tonight, including the Juno Awards on Sunday night. The cancellation also includes Saturday's Juno gala dinner and awards, a private industry event… → Read More

'Tough Negotiator' Pegi Cecconi Talks Working With Rush and Her Best Deals Ahead of Juno Honor

"She won over people that should have been adversaries," says Rush legend Geddy Lee. → Read More

Bill Evanov, Founder and President of Canadian Radio Empire, Dies at 77

Bill Evanov, the founder and president of Evanov Communications Inc., which operates 19 radio stations in Canada, passed away at age 77. → Read More

Canadian Performance Rights Org SOCAN Collected Record $405 Million in 2019

The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) again reports record-breaking numbers, issuing preliminary year-end figures for 2019 of an estimated CA$405.5 million (USD $305.38 million) collected, an 8% increase over 2018's $375 million ($282.41 million). → Read More

Canada Slaps StubHub With $1.3 Million Fine Over 'Misleading Pricing' Practices

The government of Canada's Competition Bureau has fined ticket reseller StubHub Canada Ltd. and StubHub Inc. $1.3 million Canadian (USD $978,000) as part of an agreement "to correct what the Bureau concluded are misleading pricing claims" when it listed event tickets for sale, according to a release issued by the federal government. → Read More

AEG Presents EVP Debra Rathwell to Enter Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame

Debra Rathwell, executive vp, global touring & talent at AEG Presents, and legendary radio host Erin Davis, will both be inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, during Canadian Music Week's annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards in Toronto, this year held at Bluma Appel Theatre on May 21. → Read More

Juno Awards Reveal 2020 Nominees & Host

Canadian pop singer-songwriter Alessia Cara​ was on hand for the revelation that she would host the 49th annual Juno Awards March 15 at the SaskTel Centre, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; she also leads the pack with six nominations. → Read More

Here's Who Sara Quin Is Most Excited About at the 2020 Grammys

Fans of alt-pop twins Tegan and Sara Quin are aware they don't drive. → Read More

Grant Recipients Named for Canada's Music Video Production Project

The third round of grant recipients for Canada's Music Video Production Project have been announced. → Read More

Gen Z Consumers Prioritize Original Content in Buying Decisions: Vice Media Study

The results of a new study conducted by Vice Media Group for Ontario Creates -- the government agency that provides potential funding and economic development opportunities for the province’s creative industries -- focus on how Gen Z discovers, consumes and shares culture content, including music, film, television, art, lifestyle, gaming and literature. → Read More

Digital Distributor Play MPE Launching in Canada With Universal Music Deal

Play MPE, the digital music distribution service owned by Vancouver’s Destiny Media Technologies with clients in the U.S., Australia, South Arica and Europe, is moving into Canada via Universal Music Canada, which will service its new releases through the Play MPE platform as of this Friday (Jan. 24). → Read More

Polaris Prize Founder, Executive Director Steve Jordan Departing for Role at CBC Music

Steve Jordan, who founded the Polaris Music Prize -- Canada’s juried Canadian album of the year honor -- is leaving his role as its executive director to take on the position of senior director of CBC Music. He starts March 2. → Read More

'Insensitive' Singer Jann Arden Chosen for Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Jann Arden, who had her breakout hit in the U.S. with "Insensitive" in the 90s, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame this March at the Juno Awards, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today. → Read More

Canadian Music Veteran Pegi Cecconi to Receive Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at Juno Dinner

Pegi Cecconi, the self-appointed "Queen of F--king Everything" who has worked alongside Ray Danniels and Rush since the 1970s, will be awarded the 2020 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the upcoming Juno Awards in March, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced. → Read More

Former Vice Canada Music Editor Sentenced to Nine Years for Drug Smuggling

Former Vice music editor Yaroslav Pastukhov was sentenced to eight years and 252 days in prison on Tuesday. Known in the industry as Slava Pastuk, he recruited young aspiring musicians, promoters and models he met through his job to become drug mules. → Read More

John Mann, Spirit of the West Singer, Dies at 57

Mann was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 50, going public with the news in 2014. → Read More

Robbie Robertson Shares What You'll Hear on 'The Band' 50th Anniversary Edition

Robbie Robertson was very careful not to over-polish and take away the character of The Band's 1969 seminal self-titled album when he oversaw the 50th anniversary edition with engineer/mixer Bob Clearmountain. He wanted to "present it so you're inside of it more," the guitarist explained to Billboard. → Read More

D.O.A. and Oscar Peterson Win Polaris Heritage Prize for Classic Albums

Classic albums by the late jazz pianist Oscar Peterson and punk legends D.O.A. have been awarded the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize. → Read More