Canadian songs are dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart this summer. The Weeknd hit #1 with "Can't Feel My Face", Justin Bieber scored his first #1 with "What Do You Mean?" only to be topped again by "Can't Feel My Face", and now The Weeknd has replaced himself at the
Do you remember the first time you spun Nirvana's Nevermind? I do. I'd pop it in the CD player, and after "Something in the Way", I'd start it again. At some point I realized there was a whack of time left in the final track, after "Something in the Way"
It was only a month ago that The Weeknd hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the 39th time a Canadian has topped that chart. This week, Justin Bieber has his first #1 hit, which gives this fine country 40 chart toppers. Here's the complete list of 40 Canadians
Last week, I disappeared down the rabbit hole of one-hit wonders, and this afternoon I dove into the world of songs you didn't realize were covers. I'm blaming this article for lighting the spark. Here are three songs I didn't realize were cover songs. I'm betting you didn't know, either.
I spent some time heading down the one-hit wonder rabbit hold this morning. It all started with this interesting article about the death of one-hit wonders. Since 1958, Billboard has released a weekly “Hot 100,” which ranks the “most popular songs across all genres.” Over the years, their ranking methodology
Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The Weeknd is Toronto's own Abel Tesfaye, making him the 39th Canadian to top this chart. Here's the complete list of 39 Canadians to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It's Love-Love-Love by Guy
When I was a toddler, one of my go-to albums was There's a Hippo in My Tub by Anne Murray. My favourite cuts were "Animal Crackers" and "Teddy Bears' Picnic". For the longest time I thought that last one was an Anne Murray original. I was way wrong. The music
The last time I enjoyed a French-language song was when MuchMusic played the mess out of Mitsou's Bye Bye Mon Cowboy. That probably had more to do with Mitsou and less to do with Bye Bye Mon Cowboy. I'm sure there are some great French songs I'm missing out on,
There are many great songs about Sunday. Think about it. In fact, there are many great songs entitled "Sunday Morning". Vocativ studied 57 years of Billboard charts to see which days of the week get the most love from songwriters. As you'd likely guess, Sunday, Saturday, Monday and Friday are
My buddy Erin Davis wrote an interesting blog entry about Baby, It's Cold Outside, a song you'll hear often at this time of year. Baby, It's Cold Outside isn't a Christmas song, but a "cold weather" song, and since it's so good, it gets lumped in with holiday favourites like
I just heard Treble Charger's Brand New Low on the radio. As I was singing along I thought, "I dig this tune, but it's no Red". With Treble Charger on the mind, I quickly thought of American Psycho, Friend of Mine and Even Grable, all great tracks (especially the fantastic
My daughter's first concert was Selina Gomez, but my oldest son chose a different sound. Last night, we enjoyed Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. They were amazing, as always. Damn I dig their sound. It's rock, it's hip hop, it's EDM, it's folk,
Bryan Adams celebrated his birthday earlier this week. On that same day, Ryan Adams celebrated his birthday. Isn't that mind blowing?
Many moons ago, an old Irish relative was visiting my grandmother while I was visiting her in Gilford, Ontario. This gentlemen proceeded to tell me that jazz and blues-rock vocalist and guitarist Jeff Healey was related to us somehow. I forget the details, but Jeff Healey was supposedly my second
Last night, I saw 54-40 at a free concert in Colonel Samuel Smith Park. They sounded great, playing all their hits (and there were many) and we had a blast. It was this little dude's first concert. As a kid, I saw several "free" concerts at the old Ontario Place
I will be sitting down next week with Jeremy Taggart, best known as the drummer for Our Lady Peace from 1993 - 2014. He'll be dropping by to record an episode of my podcast Toronto Mike'd, and I get an entire hour to ask him anything I want. I know
Like many of you, I first heard Ubiquitious Synergy Seeker when 102.1 started playing the mess out of "Hollowpoint Sniper Hyperbole" about six years ago. I loved that single, caught them live a few times and scored myself a copy of Welding the C:/. I loved every track on
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I've been listening to Scot Turner's Spirit of Radio Sunday on 102.1 the Edge and it's great. Earlier today, they played I Don't Like Mondays by the Boomtown Rats, a song that references a telex machine. If you're my age or younger, you've likely never seen a telex machine.
Remember Sheriff? They were a Canadian rock band that scored a big US hit with When I'm With You years after they disbanded. Sheriff was vocalist Freddy Curci, guitarist Steve DeMarchi, keyboardist Arnold Lanni, bassist Wolf Hassel and drummer Rob Elliott. Sheriff - When I'm With YouWhen Sheriff broke up,
I caught an interesting discussion on CBC Radio this morning about the power of music as therapy. Music can be used to soothe and revitalize those suffering from dementia, for example. A popular example of this can be seen in this clip of Henry that made the rounds a few
It's December, and that means you'll likely need to assemble a Christmas party playlist for a holiday party or two. A great deal of Christmas music is awful, but there are a few dozen or so I can stomach. Here are my personal favourite Christmas songs if you need a
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Joni Mitchell is my all-time favourite Canadian female singer. When I meticulously assembled a list of the 100 best Canadian songs of all-time back in 2007, she appeared on the list four times. Today, she celebrates her 70th birthday. Happy 70th birthday, Joni!
When listing "rain" songs on Saturday, I included a gem by Melanie. "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" is a great tune, but it's not my favourite Melanie tune. I'm partial to "Brand New Key". You don't hear much about Melanie these days, likely because she seemed to withdraw from