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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by David:

In search of merch: Bands turn to merch tables to give their tours more juice

TORONTO - Selling merchandise has always been part of the equation for Hamilton band Arkells, but when the rockers put a kaleidoscopic display of thei... → Read More

Don’t expect a biopic: ‘BlackBerry’ filmmakers on walking a line of fact and fiction

TORONTO - When the Canadian filmmakers behind “BlackBerry” set out to make a feature-length movie about the beloved smartphone’s meteoric rise and fal... → Read More

Retro rock tale ‘Daisy Jones,’ comedy ‘Big Door Prize’ among March streaming picks

Here’s a roundup of standout TV series and films debuting on subscription streaming platforms in March: → Read More

Def Jam’s new exec Kardinal Offishall to Canadian celebs: show your support at home

Kardinal Offishall has a message for his fellow Canadian celebrities: you’ve got to step it up at home. → Read More

‘Our home on native land’: Jully Black calls for small change to O Canada lyrics

TORONTO - Jully Black says she hopes her one-word change to O Canada at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game leads to a lasting revision of the lyrics. → Read More

Shania Twain says she’s grateful to be ‘alive’ and ‘healthy’ for her comeback

TORONTO - Shania Twain is grateful to be around to witness the Shania-ssance. → Read More

Netflix Canada begins password sharing crackdown, additional members cost $7.99

The streaming giant says it will begin notifying Canadian users today by email about limitations on who can access their account outside their household. → Read More

Grammy-winning Canadian songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. sells song catalogue to Hipgnosis

TORONTO - Hot off winning two Grammys on Sunday, Canadian singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr. has sold the rights for part of his song catalogue to a p... → Read More

Drake, Michael Bublé among early Grammy winners

TORONTO - Two Canadian pop superstars are early winners at this year’s Grammy Awards. → Read More

‘The Consultant,’ Black History Month titles among February streaming highlights

TORONTO - Here’s a look at some of the standout TV series and films debuting on subscription streaming platforms in February: → Read More

Jesse Ray Ernster on how his first Grammy win led him to Doja Cat

TORONTO - Jesse Ray Ernster was hot off his first Grammy win the night Doja Cat swooped into his life. → Read More

Shania Twain says she feels ‘time crunch’ to record more albums while she has a voice

Shania Twain says she worries her singing voice “may not last forever” and wants to “hurry up and make more records” while she still can. → Read More

Country singer Tenille Townes, Punjabi rapper AP Dhillon added to Juno performers

Former “Kim’s Convenience” star Simu Liu will return as host for the second consecutive year, ahead of his appearance in the summer movie “Barbie.” → Read More

What’s old is new: Why a Weeknd song from 2016 is now a chart smash

TORONTO - If the Weeknd’s fresh hit “Die For You” seems mighty familiar, it’s probably because it first soared up the radio charts five years ago. → Read More

Hamilton snowplow named after Arkells lead singer Max Kerman in landslide vote win

TORONTO - Max Kerman can fill a stadium with his rock band Arkells, but his latest claim to fame will be how his namesake clears the streets. → Read More

‘That ‘90s Show,’ ‘The Menu,’ ‘The Last of Us’ among January streaming highlights

TORONTO - Here’s a look at some of the standout TV series and films debuting on subscription streaming platforms in January: → Read More

Myles Goodwyn to retire from touring with April Wine but continue working with band

TORONTO - April Wine founder Myles Goodwyn says he’s done with touring life and will play his final live show in March. → Read More

Drummer Randy Begg, co-founder of 1970s pop-rock band Wednesday, dies at 71

TORONTO - As the drummer of 1970s Canadian pop-rock band Wednesday, Randy Begg may have sat near the back of the stage, but friends say his energy and... → Read More

From funny to freaky: Five Canadian films and TV shows to watch over the holidays

TORONTO - One of the most cherished modern traditions of the December holiday break is the opportunity to gather with those closest to you...and binge... → Read More

Canadian film ‘Eternal Spring’ misses Oscar race for best international feature

TORONTO - Canada’s entry for best international feature has been knocked out of the competition at next year’s Oscars. → Read More