Category Archives: Music

Rock fiction writer’s first live concert since lockdown on trip to the UK

On Dec. 10, 2019, I stepped out on a whim to see Frank Turner reunite with his former band Möngöl Hörde at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. It was a loud punk rock set, and a great end to the year’s busy concert calendar.

And then the world pressed “pause.”

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NKOTB announce tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue

While performing in front of a live audience on The Kelly Clarkson Show, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) announced their upcoming Mixtape Tour 2022 with artists Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue.

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Breakdown of ‘Stay’ by Zedd, Alessia Cara

Four years after the song was released I found myself writing an out-of-this-world comment on the video for Zedd’s track Stay featuring singer Alessia Cara on YouTube and it got so wordy that I decided to turn it into a post for Core.

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The Difference Between the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

  • New statutory holiday in Canada – September 30, 2021

Orange Shirt Day is based on the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, who was sent to St. Joseph Mission Residential School when she turned six. The shiny new orange shirt she was wearing when she arrived at The Mission was taken away from her and she was forced to wear a uniform. Webstad introduces each video on the Orange Shirt Day website and she tells her own story.

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Events to commemorate NDTR

These are some events and things to do on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) including the special lighting on federal buildings, Indigenous films, radio and TV programming, art exhibitions and connecting with authors online.

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Ne-Yo’s new single release video is dance floor inspiration

R&B singer Ne-Yo’s just released video and single evokes a sense of nostalgia for what could have been. The song captures a sentiment many people are feeling these days and it’s a classic scenario they’ve come to expect in Ne-Yo’s videos over the past two decades – with guilty pleasure.

His songwriting skills remain top tier but is it possible that his delivery has gotten better?

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Sultans of String go global with local ambassadors of world music [article | video]

This ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately political album puts the band face-to-face with a VIP roster of global ambassadors of music, some of whom are recent immigrants and refugees to Canada, as well as important Indigenous voices. All are masters of world music who communicate with each other through the global language of sound.

Sultans of String on left, Juan Carlos Medrano on right, all holding their instruments
Sultans of String and Juan Carlos Medrano
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Afro-Colombian musician finds refuge in Canada’s largest city

Toronto-based, New York Times and Billboard-charting global music supergroup Sultans of String have released their brand-new single, Mi Santuario, featuring the four core Sultans as well as an incredibly talented and inspiring special guest, Juan Carlos Medrano.

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Walk Off The Earth’s depth defying show from atop the CN Tower

Did anyone call the Guinness Book of World Records on this one? Walk Off The Earth and Amazon Music are hosting a livestream performance from the top of the world record-breaking heights of one of the most recognized buildings in the world.

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A dream deferred. Is it ever too late to chase your dreams?

R&B singer Rebecca Crews just revealed her secret identity. Now she’s enlisted her actor and former pro football playing husband Terry Crews in a starring role in the video for her first release under her stage name, Regina Madre. She spent years holding The Family Crews together and now it’s her turn to follow her dreams.

Regina Madre portrait

… “a personal anthem about not giving up.”

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