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Tate McRae to Headline Hometown Cowboys Music Festival

Fast-rising pop star Tate McRae is set for a homecoming next year during the Calgary Stampede. - Calgary Herald

Vinyl Had Another Spectacular Year. But How Long Can It Last?

Vinyl record sales came back in a big way in 2023. Alan Cross wonders whether the sales momentum will last. - Corus Radio

Veteran Musician Bernie Pitters Was a Star of Canada’s Reggae Scene

He was a long-time member of the Toronto roots-reggae group the Human Rights, and toured internationally for years with the Jamaican superstars Toots and the Maytals. - Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail


Fresh Tracks: A Must-Listen list of 2023 Albums from Edmonton Artists

Edmonton's always had a strong musical scene and this year's crop of releases helps solidify this fact. - Chad Huculak, Edmonton Journal

These Are the 11 albums and EPs From Halifax Artists You Need To Hear This Year

The Coast looks back on the best music of 2023—from Rich Aucoin to Laura Rae and more. - Martin Bauman, The Coast

8 Emerging Canadian Artists You Need to Hear

Meet Exclaim!'s latest New Faves, featuring ferocious Ontario alt-rock, glittering R&B, shadowy East Coast grunge and genre-defying Toronto pop. - Exclaim!

Ontario Native Kailin Brown on Bringing a Non-binary Edge to ‘Chicago’

The Burlington native enjoys bringing "my transness and my non-binaryness" to the archetypal feminine role of Velma in "Chicago." - Aisling Murphy, Toronto Star


Enrique Iglesias Sells Catalog to Influence Media Partners in Nine-Figure Deal

New York-headquartered music rights company Influence Media Partners has struck what it calls a "major partnership deal" with Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter Enrique Iglesias. Bloomberg reports that the deal includes his entire catalog to date. - Jem Aswad, Variety

Shane MacGowan Remembered by Nick Cave

One songwriter pays tribute to another, an effortlessly talented friend who had ‘a clarity of soul of the purest kind.’ - The Guardian


Sarah Tudzin is Indie Rock’s Next Big Producer

The illuminati hotties bandleader just got nominated for three Grammy Awards for her work on boygenius’ the record. We caught up with her about decamping to Rick Rubin’s Shangri-La and the vulnerability of someone trusting your vision. - Matt Mitchell, Paste

The Best Music of 2023: A mix of Politically Searing Artistry and Pure Pop Joy

From Caroline Polachek and 100 gecs to Anohni and Jeremy Dutcher, here are the Star's top 13 albums of 2023. - Richie Assaly, Toronto Star

AP's Top Music Documentaries of 2023: Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, WHAM! and More

Looking for something to watch this holiday season? While Barbenheimer is enticing, 2023 was a great year for documentaries — particularly music documentaries, with titles that span the biggest names in the biz to considered studies of small, independent music communities. - Maria Sherman, AP

The 10 Best Contemporary Albums of 2023

There was soothing minimalism and bowel-quaking low end as Neil Gaiman got some wonderfully quizzical accompaniments and Manchester’s answer to Sun Ra freaked out. - John Lewis, The Guardian


The 10 Best Global Albums of 2023

Dragonchild delivered a genre-hopping debut, Thandi Ntuli collaborated with Carlos Niño on a stripped back, joyous record and Titanic conjured visionary free-improv chamber pop.‘ - The Guardian

The 200 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2024

Now that we’re reviewed the past year in music, we turn our attention to 2024 the only way we know how — with a too-long list. We scoured our inboxes, trawled obscure forums, and liquored up publicists to learn what’s definitively in store next year. - Stereogum

It Feels So Arbitrary To Be Alive’: Sleater-Kinney on the Lessons of Grief – and How Music Healed Them


A sudden death turned the feminist punks’ lives upside down. They explain why they were determined to carry on and stay weird – especially in a world that underestimates older women. - Kat Lister, The Guardian

Kanye West Apologizes to Jewish Community Ahead of ‘Vultures’ Album Release

"I deeply regret any pain I may have caused," the rapper wrote in Hebrew. - Mitchell Peters, Billboard

'We Make Music That Moves Us. Black Pumas Aren't Taking Success for Granted

The duo, whose Chronicles of a Diamond is one of the best albums of 2023, is still "learning how well we did. Or not."- Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

Best Music Journalism of 2023

30 great articles that fly against the tide of misery. - Jason Gross,

50 Cent

50 Cent


50 Cent Takes A Victory Lap at Toronto's Cabana Pool Bar: Canadian Concerts of the Week

Also this week: it's festival season, with Hillside, Le Festif! and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival all happening on the same weekend.

Summer is in swing, and that means festival season. While many of the biggest ones take place in August, this weekend sees a handful of folk or adjacent events with the perfect summer vibes. Find those below, after our concert of the week featuring one of the biggest rap success stories of the last two decades.

Concert of the Week

50 Cent at Cabana Pool Bar, Toronto — Saturday, July 20

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