Canadian Music Week (CMW) is thrilled to announce additional headliners at this year's festival including Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara, former Fader cover star Skepta, Toronto’s Dilly Dally who Rolling Stone named artists you need to know, Montreal shoe-gaze outfit No Joy, and David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti, will lead his band Holy Holy. These artists join an already stellar lineup, featuring Eagles of Death Metal, The Strumbellas, Wintersleep, NAO, Ho9909 and more. For the full line up visit here.
Tegan and Sara return to CMW as part of the iHeartRadio Festival, Friday, May 6th, at The Sheraton Centre Hotel. With over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination, Tegan and Sara’s career has deftly balanced critical acclaim with an ever-increasing foothold in the mainstream. The genre-bending duo, are preparing to release their much-anticipated 8th studio album on Warner Bros. Records later this year. Additional acts to perform at the iHeartRadio fest include X Ambassadors, Coleman Hell and Jocelyn Alice. For tickets visit here.
Canadian Music Week presents The Indies with Indie88 May 4th at Phoenix Concert Theatre, featuring performances by The Strumbellas and Wintersleep. Now in its 16th year, the Indie Awards are one of Canada's premier and most anticipated shows honouring the best in independent music.
The #IndiesWithIndie88 Superfriends pre-sale will begin Thursday, March 3rd at 10AM, and offer the first 100 tickets for only $8.81. Public Sale begins Friday, March 4 at 10AM. Stay tuned for additional programming updates!
Michael Moore (born Michael Francis Moore on April 23, 1954 in Flint Michigan) has been trying to blame Toronto garbage for the high lead levels in the Flint, Michigan drinking water supply. All the experts agree that the lead issue was a direct result of a lack of appropriate water treatment. According to an expert quoted in the Toronto Star "if Flint had added orthophosphate, i.e. practiced federally mandated corrosion control treatment, the damage to water infrastructure and lead contamination could have been avoided."
My first thought, when it came to Flint Michigan admitting to high levels of lead content in their drinking water, was the automotive industry. For the longest time this was a city that relied heavily on the production of cars for their economic stability. Michigan had so many automotive plants that today four out of ten locations listed in an article featuring The Ten Most Unbelievable Abandoned Car Factories acknowledge their current lack of production..
Honestly, it didn't take longer than a single Google search to find independent verification that "[t]he use of lead in cars accounts for the largest remaining source of lead pollution ... One car component, the lead starter battery, is responsible for the majority of current lead use in the world." The report (released in July 2003) was co-authored by both the New York based Environmental Defence and the Michigan based Ecology Center.
Whether, the claims made in the Toronto Star article are accurate, or the lead levels in the surrounding soil have eaten through the pipes, it's a big stretch to blame Flint Michigan's water problems on Toronto garbage.
Maybe Michael Moore had a brain fart just before he opened his mouth. (I've done it. It can be quite embarrassing.) Maybe he was just feeling really defensive the day he decided to blame Toronto (It's always easier to point a finger than to acknowledge the three pointing back at us.). Maybe his ego was bruised. (To many of us he is the documentary superhero. Maybe he started to buy into that whole notion of invincibility. On the other hand, he didn't expect kryptonite when he turned on his kitchen tap either.)
In the meantime, Michael has become the face of Flint Michigan. I think we all expected "Moore" of him.
"A Musical Seance"
Artist: Jeff Healey
Album: Heal My Soul
Release date: March 25, 2016
Label: Convexe Entertainment / Universal Music
Lead track: "Daze Of The Night"
Genre: Soulful Rock
Hometown: Toronto, ON
You will feel an immediate, almost psychic, connection to the late Jeff Healey . This album, a posthumous release since his death from cancer in March, 2008, highlights the musicianship that earned him the right to play on stages with the likes of B.B. King, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Allman Brothers Band. This is definitely an album you need to experience for yourself.
Daze Of The Night
Love In Her Eyes
Kiss The Ground You Walk On
All The Saints
Put The Shoe On The Other Foot
Under A Stone
It's The Last Time
My favourite tracks are Love In Her Eyes (a rock ballad through and through with a twinkle at the end) and Temptation (you won't be able to resist).
You can pre-order Jeff Healey's Heal My Soul on Amazon
Beginning March 1, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, located right next to the iconic CN Tower in downtown Toronto, will join the Toronto CityPASS® program. CityPASS ticket booklets allow travelers to visit a destination’s top attractions while saving nearly half off combined admission prices. Each 2016 Toronto CityPASS booklet includes prepaid admission to CN Tower, Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, and a choice between either the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre.
As of March 1, the start of the program year, each 2016 Toronto CityPASS ticket booklet will save travelers 43 percent off combined admission to the included attractions. Toronto CityPASS prices, starting March 1: $72 CAD* for adults (a value of $126 CAD); $46 CAD* for children, age 4-12 (value $86 CAD). Ticket booklets can be purchased online at CityPASS.com or at any of the participating attractions. The booklets are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.
Tonight's the Night and My Dance Floor are the first two tracks from Radio Radio's latest album Light the Sky. This is the duo's first entirely English album. Their previous four records, including 2010's Belmundo Regal (shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno Award) were sung in Chiac, the English-influenced French dialect spoken in communities across the east coast of Canada. Creating an English album came naturally to Gabriel and Jacques, who grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick and Clare, Nova Scotia respectively. Both are Acadian communities where anglophones and francophones rub shoulders on a daily basis.
The claims on the front of each No Frills grocery flyer that they "Won't Be Beat." "If you find a cheaper price, simply show us and we will match" it are lies.
It all started with excluding certain nationalities supermarkets. Which confuses the beejeezus out of me because No Frills should be able to compete with smaller ethnic grocers given their ability to buy in bulk. For Heaven sake they are owned by Loblaws. One of, if not THE, largest grocery chain in Canada. Anyway, I came to terms with that restriction in their price matching policy some time ago.
Yesterday, I decided I wanted a Dr. Oetkers' Ristorante spinach pizza. It's on sale this week at Fresh Co (a competitor that No Frills recognizes) for the Hot Price of $2.97. So I stick the flyer in my back pack, put on my snow pants, winter jackets (layered combo of two spring jackets), my not so water proof boots and proceed to hike over the bridge to No Frills.,
Upon entering the No Frills at Kennedy and Eglinton I notice a sign dangling from out of nowhere stating that price matching is limited to aisles #4 - #6. WTF?
To say I was not impressed is putting it lightly. That takes price matching on all the fresh produce, all the meat, and frozen fruit and veggie off the table. (Yeah, I realize I had originally gone to No Frills for frozen pizza. It's a treat I allow myself once a month.) Otherwise, anything I even remotely consider actual food was off limits to deal seeking customers like myself hoping to price match..
As if limiting the competitors' flyers they would accept, and the number aisles in the store where they would actually honour their price matching policy, weren't enough. You need to do a "heads up" when you approach the cashiers for check out. Some cashiers are identified as price matching lanes and others are identified as non-price matching lanes.
The only limitations listed in the No Frills flyer fine print with respect to their price matching policy are quantity (limit of four per price matched item), only during advertised sale dates, within a specific geographic trade area, and it does not apply to any Fresh Meat, Fresh Seafood, Fresh Barbecue or Fresh Bakery items.
Nowhere does it say you can only price match in aisles four to six. Nowhere does it say you can only price match in lanes three and five. So No Frills has a choice to make. either get rid of their temporary signage OR change their slogan and the permanent signage that is associated with it. As far as I'm concerned No Frills Can Be Beat.
I hope that the new life form
is a product of your sperm
I hope that the baby mama
can carry it to term
I hope that when it's born
it brings tears to your eyes
I hope that the baby mama
doesn't tolerate your lies
I hope that when you leave her
it's with an explanation
That you don't let the silence
act as an exclamation.
by Cheryl Duggan
February 15th, 2016
Am I the only one that wonders if it's the lonely ones responsible for the high number of chocolate sales around Valentine's Day? They would be sitting at home by themselves watching sappy movies on Netflix with a box of bon bons and some tissues.. Meanwhile, the rest of society is paired off on this fabulous day for lovers.
If, chocolate is truly better than sex, then maybe we should simply cut out the middle man. Promote it directly to the single ladies as a luxury item for themselves. Honestly, I could go for a chocolate facial right about now.
Do you know what I would like to see? I would like to see a day (an actual holiday) devoted to self reflection. Honestly, how can you get in touch with Jesus Christ, your sweetheart, a leprechaun, or the Easter Bunny if you have no clue who you are? As far as I'm concerned the only true love that matters is that you truly love yourself.
He jumped off a bridge in Vancouver BC
Long after he had come to visit with me
He lived for a while after that fatal fall
All bruised and battered in a hospital.
He’d been trying for decades to do himself in
His chances of survival were extremely thin
I wish I could have been there
I wish I could have done more
Honestly, what else are big sisters for?
Now that he is on the other side
He knows that I told the truth
He knows that I never lied
I wrote her a letter
I asked the questions and she never replied
At least not to a point where I was satisfied!
If she’d left him alone
He could have had a life
A place to call home
A job … a family … a wife …
For her there was hell to pay
On her judgement day
For all those evil deeds
And the nasty things she’d say.
For him there is peace
For my little brother Dave
Even as a child he had to be so brave
Brave enough to jump off a bridge in Vancouver BC
Long after he had come to visit with me.
Written May 4th, 2013
Posted on the tenth anniversary of his death.
Hi! My name is Cheryl. All of my work is inspired by my senses. Sometimes my sixth sense comes into play. At other times I'll inject a healthy dose of common sense.