National Newswatch

Barenaked Ladies’ Ed Robertson on finding a roundabout way to pandemic album ‘Detour’

Jul 19 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ed Robertson says when early chatter about COVID-19 began circulating through the music industry, he feared that live concerts were headed for a world of trouble. Having more than three decades of experience in Barenaked Ladies, the singer-songwriter said he couldn’t imagine thousands of people gathering at shows while a mysterious virus raged. […]

Quebec’s Dominique Fils-Aimé, Toronto’s Tobi among Polaris Music Prize contenders

Jul 15 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Albums from Quebec singer Dominique Fils-Aimé and Toronto rapper Tobi have been shortlisted for this year's Polaris Music Prize. The selection of 10 albums vying for the $50,000 award includes projects spanning an array of music genres. Fils-Aimé's "Three Little Words" completes a trilogy of albums celebrating the history of Black-American music, while […]

Dan Levy, Scott twins among Canuck Emmy nominees

Jul 13 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — "Schitt's Creek" may be over but the Emmy Awards aren't done with Dan Levy. After sweeping the top categories last year with the final season of the CBC hit comedy, Levy is up for a trophy again — this time for guest hosting "Saturday Night Live." He joins several Canadian Emmy contenders announced […]

Telefilm restoration project to bring influential Canadian films into digital era

Jul 7 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Telefilm and several of Canada’s other leading film organizations are working together on a new project that will dust off homegrown cinematic gems for the digital generation. More than 10 Canadian films, including English- and French-language fictional narratives, documentaries and shorts, are part of a restoration effort that will see each digitized to […]

Our Lady Peace, Brett Kissel join concert series

Jul 6 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Country singer Brett Kissel and alternative rockers Our Lady Peace are among the Canadian acts set to headline a five-weekend Ontario summer concert series that includes strict COVID-19 safety guidelines. The organizers of the outdoor Boots and Hearts music festival revealed the first round of lineups for its Endless Summer Series, a "medium-scale" […]

Ontario outlines Step 2 reopening road map for outdoor live events and films

Jun 24 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Outdoor concerts, open-air movie screens and performing arts shows are getting the green light in Ontario starting next Wednesday as the province moves forward with a reopening plan that hinges on strict capacity limits. Provincial leaders outlined specifics on Thursday for the second stage of reopening, which includes small but crucial steps towards […]

TikTok strikes agreement over royalty payments for music used in Canada

Jun 22 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada’s leading music reproduction rights agency says it has signed an agreement with TikTok that will see artists paid for use of their songs on the social media platform. The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) says the multiyear partnership gives self-published songwriters and music publishers the ability to collect royalties when their […]