Does moving to Toronto actually help your band?

Whether artists in other cities want to admit it or not, Toronto is the centre of Canada’s musical universe, with a gravitational pull that attracts bands from across the country. But do many of the musicians who move here, either for business or pleasure, actually benefit from the city’s plentiful industry connections? We spoke to three Toronto transplants about how living here has impacted their careers. (Now)

‘It’s divine’: How the love of music brought two Nigerian musicians to Halifax

Driven by the love of music, two men have travelled over 7,700 km to attend Dalhousie Fountain School of Performing Arts. But the cost of following their dream may be too high. (Global)

Alan Doyle song takes on its own life through YouTube

Nearly seven years after the Hollywood film was released, the former Great Big Sea frontman was clicking around on YouTube in search of a particular scene in which he belts out a hearty rendition of his tune “Row Me Bully Boys Row.” It lasts barely a minute, but Doyle thought hearing it might jog his memory so he could re-record it for his new album, “A Week at the Warehouse.” (The Hamilton Spectator)

‘Ashamed to be your alumnus’:
Former U of M student returns degree after Steve Kirby allegations

A former University of Manitoba student has returned his degree because of the institution’s handling of sexual harassment allegations against former jazz professor Steve Kirby. (CBC)

A Tribe Called Red frontman opens up about leaving the band

Ian Campeau, one of the founders of the Indigenous music group A Tribe Called Red, has announced he is leaving the group.

In a statement released Wednesday, Ottawa-born Campeau said it was best for his health and that he’d also grown apart from his bandmates.

He added he’s now shifted his focus towards public speaking and advocacy.

Campeau sat down with CBC Radio’s All in a Day to speak about the departure and what’s next on his agenda. (CBC)

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