Tanya Tagaq wins Polaris, slams PETA

The Polaris Prize is an award that has long been embroiled in controversy for the albums that make and don’t make their long and short lists and the eventual winners. This year’s winner, Tanya Tagaq for her album Animism, may be the first in the prize’s history to win overwhelming approval from the public, particularly…

Polaris Music Prize rewarding ‘artistic achievement’

The Polaris Music Prize Gala starts tonight at 7 p.m. at The Carlu in Toronto and ends with the delivery of a $30,000 cash prize to one of 10 Canadian acts. While Polaris Short List nominees Basia Bulat, Mac DeMarco, Jessy Lanza, Owen Pallett, Shad and Tanya Tagaq perform between banter from Montreal actor/comedian Jay Baruchel,…

Artists shine in CBC contest

The intrepid explorers at CBC’s Searchlight competition have been burrowing through the Canadian musical wilderness for nearly seven years. Like Cartier or Champlain, they have been cutting through the undergrowth to expose the greatness that is too often overlooked in Canada’s music scene. For the second year in a row, this year’s competition is seeking…

Musical instruments off to Zambia

Raising Rhythm started about a year and a half ago as a conversation between two friends. Over the ensuing months it has raised nearly $10,000 and sent dozens of new and used instruments to those in need half a world away. One of those friends was Hugh Samson, part of Humber College’s Business School faculty….

Unsigned 96.9 unveils upstarts

They are all Canadian, have no corporate connections, and you’ve probably never heard of them. If history is any indication however, many of them will become household names. They are the musicians featured on Radio Humber’s Unsigned 96.9, a program featuring the work of second-year radio broadcasting diploma program students. The show just began its…

The Medicine Hat a Humber folk rocking unity of five

One could easily say that The Medicine Hat would not be the band they are today if not for Humber College. Three members of the five-piece alternative folk-rock band – keyboardist Aaron Hoffman (fourth year), bassist Elliott Gwynne (third year) and drummer Mike Boyd (fourth year) – are currently attending the Bachelor of Music program…

Clayton’s songs for daughter a jazz hit

She was born Eileen Agnes Clayton, but everybody just calls her ‘Lenny,’ including the jazz station DJs spinning “her record.” At just three-and-a-half years old, Lenny isn’t a musical prodigy. She’s the daughter of Humber alum  and soul jazz pianist Jim Clayton and the motivation behind his fifth album, Songs My Daughter Knows. The album…

Current Sessions spreads indie vibe

A cross-country dream got its start at Humber and took a big step on Jan. 24 at The Central Bar in downtown Toronto. Third-year Film and Television student, Nicholas Posthumus, and Marco Carboni, a graduate of the Television and Broadcasting program, were both studying at North campus when they conceived Current Sessions, a series of…

UnderScore – Some R&R

Rest and relaxation? Rock ‘n’ roll? Rack and ruin? How about The Rest and Rock? The Rest are a Hamilton-based 7 piece whom I discovered via Twitter. How wonderful is this new digital world for musical exploration? Their 3rd record, SEESAW, almost didn’t exist. A month from release, the hard drive holding every scrap of…

Double Double UnderScore – Summer Sounds

Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. – Henry James Back-to-school sales are in full swing. The CNE is entering its second weekend. Local teachers are in a bitter dispute over contract talks. Yep, summer is winding down in Ontario but it’s not over yet!…

UnderScore – Green Van Sessions?

A short and sweet post for a short* and sweet singer-songwriter. It was just in the past year that I first heard the music of Crissi Cochrane. It was an exciting time for the CBC Radio 3 community, of which she is a part, when her song, I Won’t Try to Break Your Heart, debuted on CBC Radio…

Season of the Small Festival

South By. Coachella. Sasquatch. Osheaga. If you don’t know these names you’re probably on the wrong blog. They’re 4 of the biggest music festivals on the continent. I haven’t been to any of them. In fact, 6 months ago I hadn’t been to ANY festivals. A gross oversight on my part that has since been…