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  • Six tips to making your own wedding … The Canadian Press - 4 hours ago

    The temperature is rising and bouquets are flying: it's wedding season. This year, many Canadian soon-to-weds will decide against a wedding DJ in favour of a self-curated … More »Six tips to making your own wedding …

    The temperature is rising and bouquets are flying: it's wedding season. This year, many Canadian soon-to-weds will decide against a wedding DJ in favour of a self-curated playlist. Early in his career, Edmonton's Tarcy Schindelka spun for a bride and groom who wanted nothing but Top 40.

  • Sue Passmore, from the Good Lovelies, and her now-husband Matt Barnett are shown at their wedding in a handout photo. When it comes to her wedding, Passmore made at least one crucial decision without second thought: she and her fiancé crowned themselves the D-I-Y DJ duo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Melissa Sung
    Marrying couples weigh hiring a wedding … The Canadian Press - 4 hours ago

    Sue Passmore made at least one crucial decision about her wedding without a second thought: she and her fiance would shoulder the load of a D-I-Y DJ duo. After all, … More »Marrying couples weigh hiring a wedding …

    Sue Passmore, from the Good Lovelies, and her now-husband Matt Barnett are shown at their wedding in a handout photo. When it comes to her wedding, Passmore made at least one crucial decision without second thought: she and her fiancé crowned themselves the D-I-Y DJ duo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Melissa Sung

    Sue Passmore made at least one crucial decision about her wedding without a second thought: she and her fiance would shoulder the load of a D-I-Y DJ duo. After all, Passmore is one-third of the Juno Award-winning roots trio the Good Lovelies. Harried though she was, Passmore and partner Matt Barnett found hours to pour …

  • FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Ben McKee, from left, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds and Dan Platzman of Imagine Dragons pose for a portrait at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. The band will launch their second headlining Smoke + Mirrors Tour this week. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP, File)
    Members of rock band Imagine Dragons … The Canadian Press - 4 hours ago

    Grammy winners Imagine Dragons will launch their second headlining arena tour this week, but they remember the days when they opened up for anyone — including a mime. … More »Members of rock band Imagine Dragons …

    FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015 file photo, Ben McKee, from left, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds and Dan Platzman of Imagine Dragons pose for a portrait at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. The band will launch their second headlining Smoke + Mirrors Tour this week. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP, File)

    Grammy winners Imagine Dragons will launch their second headlining arena tour this week, but they remember the days when they opened up for anyone — including a mime. Imagine Dragons have moved far away from opening for other acts on the road as the band launches its North American tour Wednesday in Portland, Oregon.  …

  • Alabama Shakes didn't cave into … The Canadian Press - 5 hours ago

    The Alabama Shakes can't be rattled. Facing the inevitable pressure that comes after a hit debut album, the southern roots rockers took their time in following up 2012's … More »Alabama Shakes didn't cave into …

    The Alabama Shakes can't be rattled. Facing the inevitable pressure that comes after a hit debut album, the southern roots rockers took their time in following up 2012's "Boys & Girls," a three-time Grammy-nominated revelation that landed them late-night TV gigs and introduced the world to Brittany Howard's powerful and …

  • Q&A: Canadian singer Wes Mack thrilled … The Canadian Press - 6 hours ago

    For Wes Mack, the realization that he was opening for Shania Twain seemed to strike in stages. One morning, the Calgary-raised country singer awoke to an increasingly … More »Q&A: Canadian singer Wes Mack thrilled …

    For Wes Mack, the realization that he was opening for Shania Twain seemed to strike in stages. One morning, the Calgary-raised country singer awoke to an increasingly urgent series of texts from his agent: he would accompany Twain on a portion of her final arena tour, beginning Friday in Seattle and whisking through nine …

  • Canadian musician Dan Mangan is shown in a handout photo. Mangan took in his sixth South By Southwest this year with a weary veteran's eye, turning his Twitter account into an outlet for sardonic play-by-play.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jonathan Taggart
    Q&A: Mangan on mocking SXSW, critics … The Canadian Press - 8 hours ago

    Dan Mangan took in his sixth South By Southwest this year with a weary veteran's eye, turning his Twitter account into an outlet for sardonic play-by-play. "It's totally … More »Q&A: Mangan on mocking SXSW, critics …

    Canadian musician Dan Mangan is shown in a handout photo. Mangan took in his sixth South By Southwest this year with a weary veteran's eye, turning his Twitter account into an outlet for sardonic play-by-play.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jonathan Taggart

    Dan Mangan took in his sixth South By Southwest this year with a weary veteran's eye, turning his Twitter account into an outlet for sardonic play-by-play. "It's totally different," Mangan said in a recent telephone interview. Before summer's out, Mangan will play festivals in Ottawa, Sudbury, Ont., Winnipeg, Pemberton, …

  • FILE - This July 15, 1950 file photo shows folksinger Jean Ritchie. Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday, June 1, 2015, in her home in Berea, Kentucky, with family around her, her niece Judy Hudson said. She was 92. (AP Photo/File)
    Ky. folksinger Jean Ritchie, who preserved … The Canadian Press - 21 hours ago

    Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday evening. Ritchie … More »Ky. folksinger Jean Ritchie, who preserved …

    FILE - This July 15, 1950 file photo shows folksinger Jean Ritchie. Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday, June 1, 2015, in her home in Berea, Kentucky, with family around her, her niece Judy Hudson said. She was 92. (AP Photo/File)

    Jean Ritchie, the Kentucky-born folksinger who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, died Monday evening. Ritchie died in her home in Berea, Kentucky, with family around her, her niece Judy Hudson said. The tall, red-haired Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky's Cumberland …

  • Spotify's Top 10 most streamed  … The Canadian Press - Tue, 2 Jun, 2015 9:11 AM EDT

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, … More »Spotify's Top 10 most streamed  …

    The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, May 25 to Sunday, May 31 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

  • Spotify's Top 10 most viral tra … The Canadian Press - Tue, 2 Jun, 2015 9:11 AM EDT

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, May … More »Spotify's Top 10 most viral tra …

    The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, May 25, to Sunday, May 31, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

  • This photo provided by Terence Blanchard shows the cover of the CD "Breathless," by Blanchard. (Henry Adebonojo/Terence Blanchard via AP)
    Trumpeter Terence Blanchard makes powerful … The Canadian Press - Tue, 2 Jun, 2015 8:58 AM EDT

    Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard makes a powerful political and musical statement with his new E-Collective quintet on "Breathless," his first … More »Trumpeter Terence Blanchard makes powerful …

    This photo provided by Terence Blanchard shows the cover of the CD "Breathless," by Blanchard. (Henry Adebonojo/Terence Blanchard via AP)

    Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard makes a powerful political and musical statement with his new E-Collective quintet on "Breathless," his first plunge as a bandleader into groove-based electric fusion music drawing on funk, R&B and the blues. The title track, inspired by the last words ("I can't …

  • This photo provided by Sony Music shows the album cover of "Django & Jimmie," (Sony Legacy) by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. (Sony Music via AP)
    Review: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard … The Canadian Press - Tue, 2 Jun, 2015 5:05 AM EDT

    The two grand old men of country music, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, are among the last living ties to an era when giants like Ernest Tubb and Bob Wills filled honky … More »Review: Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard …

    This photo provided by Sony Music shows the album cover of "Django & Jimmie," (Sony Legacy) by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. (Sony Music via AP)

    The two grand old men of country music, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, are among the last living ties to an era when giants like Ernest Tubb and Bob Wills filled honky tonks. Nelson is 82 and Haggard is 78, and while their warm voices show some mileage, their range of expression remains remarkable, and their phrasing …

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, plays his violin during a rehearsal concert at the Music Hall in Raanana, central Israel. In 1933, the violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime. Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Eugene, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
    In ode to Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany, … The Canadian Press - Tue, 2 Jun, 2015 4:35 AM EDT

    In 1933, the promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one … More »In ode to Jewish musicians in Nazi Germany, …

    In this photo taken Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, plays his violin during a rehearsal concert at the Music Hall in Raanana, central Israel. In 1933, the violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime. Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Eugene, has completed his father’s interrupted work. With tears in his eyes, Drucker performed an emotional rendition of the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77, over the weekend with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

    In 1933, the promising young Jewish-German violinist Ernest Drucker left the stage midway through a Brahms concerto in Cologne at the behest of Nazi officials, in one of the first anti-Semitic acts of the new regime. Now, more than 80 years later, his son, Grammy Award-winning American violinist Eugene Drucker, has completed …

  • Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson smiles while being honoured by Canada Post on his 80th birthday with his picture on a Canadian stamp at HMV on Monday, August 15, 2005 in Toronto.A series of new compositions by famed Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson will finally see release later this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
    Corea, Barron among jazz greats saluting … The Canadian Press - Mon, 1 Jun, 2015 2:35 PM EDT

    A series of new compositions by famed Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson will finally see release later this year. "Oscar, With Love" will feature a star-studded cast … More »Corea, Barron among jazz greats saluting …

    Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson smiles while being honoured by Canada Post on his 80th birthday with his picture on a Canadian stamp at HMV on Monday, August 15, 2005 in Toronto.A series of new compositions by famed Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson will finally see release later this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    A series of new compositions by famed Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson will finally see release later this year. "Oscar, With Love" will feature a star-studded cast of jazz pianists interpreting songs mostly composed by Peterson, for Peterson or by his close friends, according to the Montreal legend's widow Kelly Peterson, …

  • Music Review: Country trio Gloriana … The Canadian Press - Mon, 1 Jun, 2015 1:25 PM EDT

    Despite plenty of vocal talent, Gloriana has struggled to establish an identity in the ultra-competitive country radio world. The problem may be the production of pop … More »Music Review: Country trio Gloriana …

    Despite plenty of vocal talent, Gloriana has struggled to establish an identity in the ultra-competitive country radio world. The problem may be the production of pop mastermind Matt Serletic, who has guided the band from the beginning. "Three" is the first album since the departure of founding member Cheyenne Kimball, …

  • Music Review: Duo Mike + Ruthy Band … The Canadian Press - Mon, 1 Jun, 2015 12:11 PM EDT

    On "Bright As You Can," the husband-and-wife duo The Mike + Ruthy Band sing that their heroes are all on the other side, and it's true the album draw on sources a Smithsonian … More »Music Review: Duo Mike + Ruthy Band …

    On "Bright As You Can," the husband-and-wife duo The Mike + Ruthy Band sing that their heroes are all on the other side, and it's true the album draw on sources a Smithsonian Folkways archivist would recognize. Such ambitious reach could have made for a disaster, but everything is masterfully performed as Mike Merenda …

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