Halifax classical violinist Marc Djokic wins $125K prize

Monday morning, the violinist from Halifax learned he is this year’s recipient of the the $125,000 Prix Goyer classical music award, which recognizes a collaborative emerging talent.(CBC)

Spirit Of John Concert Will Power Music To Help Alzheimer’s Patients

When the performers at this year’s Spirit Of John benefit concert hit the stage at Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre on Sept. 13 they won’t just be performing songs written by event’s titular figurehead, Spirit of the West’s John Mann, they’ll be helping him remember.(Samaritan Mag)

Gary Slaight Receives Inaugural Canadian Changemaker Award

Music executive and humanitarian Gary Slaight received the inaugural APJ Canadian Changemaker Award at the Bovet 1822 Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) gala in Toronto Sunday night (Sept. 10).(FYI Music News)

Is National Media Ignoring Canadian Country’s Boom?

On a recent tepid late August evening, Dean Brody began a new chapter in the history of Canadian country music. Promising a series of “surprise” guests, Brody along with openers Carly Pearce and Tim Hicks, took over Budweiser Stage in Toronto solely on the strength of domestic success, becoming one of the first Canadian acts in the genre to do so.(FYI Music News)

Niagara First Nations celebrate identity and culture

The significance of the two small fires, mere feet from each other at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, was easy for many to miss. To the uninformed eye, they were just fires. But to others, they were a proud and unique display of First Nations culture.(St Catharines Standard)

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