K’naan’s World Cup anthem, “Wavin’ Flag,” made the Somali Canadian rapper a global star. Now, with a radio-friendly album, he is chasing mass-market (read: American) success
Ann Southam, one of Canada’s most illustrious contemporary composers, lived her life as she wrote her music: with deceptive austerity
Arcade Fire’s meteoric rise changed a city and redefined a subculture
Junior Boys are reinventing synth-pop for the digital age
The Polaris Prize rewards Canada’s not-so-independent indie musicians
At just twenty-three, Canadian rapper Drake is already leagues ahead of those who’ve come before
Are we finally ready to take Rush seriously?
Montreal’s young classical superstar, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, takes his place on the world stage
How Vancouver became a hub for Persian classical music
Hello, Baghdad! A Kurdish singer rocks Iraq
The progeny of late Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti carry on his legend, and his fury
BJ Thomas, Gravediggaz, The Smiths, Miserable vs. Sad
Judy Garland, Notorious BIG, Strawberry Switchblade, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins
The Boss, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Sinead O’Connor, Buffalo Tom
Joni Mitchell, The Communards, Patsy Cline, Billie Holliday, Kermit the Frog
What makes sad music sad?
Computer-generated music moves out of the lab
The long, unpredictable career of Irving Fields
The sound you hear over the bellyaching of purists is jazz’s fresh new blend
How many songs can one fan download before the music blows his mind?
Josh Dolgin, a.k.a. Socalled, is Montreal’s leading mixer of klezmer and hip hop.
How world music went from something new and wonderful to a generic branding exercise
Zimbabwe’s greatest living musician in a minor key