Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 12, 2018

Former bandmates in Crystal Castles face off in court, and a look at the future of the CD. Also in today's roundup of headlines, Mark E. Smith, Andrew Forde, plagiarism, Brendan Canning, Ruby Boots, Come From Away, Aaron Goodvin, high vinyl prices, and Lucinda Williams.

Music Biz Headlines, Feb. 12, 2018

By Kerry Doole

Canadian musician’s court motion draws on #MeToo movement

A court case between Alice Glass and Ethan Kath, former bandmates in electro-punk group Crystal Castles, is playing out in LA – Julien Gignac, Toronto Star

Same old song: The debate over copyright litigation in the music industry

Plagiarism allegations are frequently a hot topic in the music industry, but rarely does the conversation leak outside recording studios quite as it has in recent memory – David Friend, Canadian Press

 The CD is dead? Not so fast

Best Buy might have dumped it and we’re all addicted to Spotify, but the truth about the format’s health is complex  Annie Zaleski, Salon

Brawl breaks out at funeral of The Fall singer Mark E Smith - but pal says "he'd have loved it"

Guitarist Ben Pritchard said there were chaotic scenes at the maverick frontman’s send-off with "bottles thrown and drinks poured over people"  – Tom Bryant, Daily Mail


Andrew Forde searches for Canadian identity by reimagining Glenn Gould

In Ideas Of North, a new collaboration with Shad, Iskwé and others, the violinist strives to “reinterpret what it means to be Canadian" – Jonathan Dekel, NOW

Brendan Canning: The Wavelength interview

The amiable co-founder of Broken Social Scene discusses touring, the Canadian music scene, his deep love of Toronto FC, and his boredom with contempo R&B  – Angelo Gio Mateo, Wavelength Music

Plainspoken singer Ruby Boots on new album, leaving Australia for Nashville

Singer Bex Chilcott is making a splash on the Americana scene. Her new LP 'Don't Talk About It' is her first since relocating to Music City – Jeff Gage, Rolling Stone

Come From Away's investors are doing the impossible – making money off a Canadian musical

The hit is shaping up to be the biggest financial success story in Canadian theatre history – J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

Devices were welcome at the tech-savvy production held in Toronto on the weekend  Trish Crawford, Toronto Star

Steve Newton's lavish new book on Gord Downie pays career-spanning tribute to a legend

In Gord Downie, we get the singer in his own words, breaking down everything from his approach to performing to his songwriting process – Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight

Why is the price of vinyl albums at a record high?

Music on vinyl has been coming back for years, and production is ramping up at a Burlington plant. So why are the prices getting so crazy? – Ben Rayner, Toronto Star


Aaron Goodvin beats country drum on a tour in support of Gord Bamford

The Albertan singer/songwriter is in the catbird seat now, represented by Sakamoto Entertainment and releasing his songs via Warner Music Canada  – Stephen Cooke, Chronicle-Herald

Saxophonist plays conversational analogy for would-be improvisers

“I believe all human beings are wired to improvise just like you and I are improvising right now in this conversation" – Jeff Antoniuk –  Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

How Pleasence Records is rethinking the label model

A new music festival and podcast are part of the Toronto record label's search for true independence  – Michael Rancic, NOW

Lucinda Williams, singer and prolific songwriter, is writing a memoir

The acclaimed roots performer and songwriter whose career stretches back more than three decades is writing a memoir to be published by Henry Holt and Company in 2020  – Sopan Deb, NY Times

Drake leaves the court after the NBA In-Season Tournament game between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 17, 2023 in Toronto, Canada.
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Drake leaves the court after the NBA In-Season Tournament game between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics at Scotiabank Arena on Nov. 17, 2023 in Toronto, Canada.

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Drake’s Toronto Mansion Appears to Be Flooded Amid Record Breaking Storm

Torrential rainfall has reportedly left over 100,000 Canadian citizens without power.

A violent storm has rumbled through the Toronto metro area and left over 100,000 citizens without power on Tuesday (July 16), per BBC.

Even Drake’s mansion was caught in the line of fire. The 6 God posted a video to his Instagram Story from his Toronto estate with at least one floor completely flooded.

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