National Newswatch

The Weeknd makes Billboard Hot 100 history

Aug 17 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Weeknd's megahit "Blinding Lights" has smashed another record, this time as the longest charting song in Billboard Hot 100 history. The Toronto singer's pop single racked up its 88th week on Billboard's marquee chart this week. That pushes it ahead of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," which spent 87 weeks on the Hot 100 […]

R. Murray Schafer, composer and ‘father of acoustic ecology,’ dies at 88

Aug 16 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Acclaimed composer R. Murray Schafer, whose groundbreaking research in acoustic ecology helped move the needle on the understanding of soundscapes, has died at 88. Eleanor James, Schafer's wife, told friends by email the prolific creator died on Saturday morning near Peterborough, Ont., after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Lauded in many circles of […]

Cineplex faces another quarterly loss as movie theatres slowly reopened across Canada

Aug 12 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Projectors began lighting up the big screens at many Cineplex Inc. movie theatres over the spring, but Canada's biggest cinema chain still faced another quarter of deep losses. The impact of theatre closures from the COVID-19 pandemic and moviegoers still cautious to return to multiplexes continued to wreak havoc on the company's financial […]

Lightfoot suffers fall, postpones tour dates

Aug 9 2021 — David Friend, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot is recovering after a fall at his home last week caused him to fracture his wrist. The "If You Could Read My Mind" singer-songwriter has been forced to postpone a number of upcoming tour dates after undergoing emergency surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Victoria Lord, a representative for Lightfoot, said […]

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 […]