National Newswatch

Arkells tap into Canadian talents of Tegan and Sara, Lights and others for new album

Jun 23 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadian rockers Arkells have their sights set on major homegrown collaborations for their upcoming album. The Hamilton band offered a glimpse of what's to come on their seventh studio effort "Blink Twice," and it includes songs with Calgary pop twins Tegan and Sara, Halifax-based Joel Plaskett and Timmins, Ont. native Lights. Arkells revealed […]

McGill Conservatory of Music to close after more than 100 years

Jun 23 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — McGill University says it's decided to wind down the school's century-old music conservatory amid rising operational costs and falling attendance. The university says it reached "sobering, yet unavoidable" conclusions that made clear the Conservatory was "no longer financially viable nor sustainable." Since it was founded in 1904, the Conservatory offered free space to […]

Ad-supported streaming platform Pluto TV coming to Canada in deal with Corus

Jun 8 2022 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Free streaming service Pluto TV is coming to Canada this fall, the latest in a growing number of ad-supported alternatives to Netflix and other subscription platforms. Corus Entertainment says it has partnered with the service's owner Paramount Global, formerly ViacomCBS, to roll out more than 100 channels of streaming TV series, movies, sports […]