Section Archive:

July 2012
An Exile on Main Street
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
April 2012
The Woman in Fleece
Ann Southam, one of Canada’s most illustrious contemporary composers, lived her life as she wrote her music: with deceptive austerity
December 2011
Montreal Is Burning
Arcade Fire’s meteoric rise changed a city and redefined a subculture
July 2011
Back to the Future
Junior Boys are reinventing synth-pop for the digital age
October 2010
The Indie Rock Swindle
The Polaris Prize rewards Canada’s not-so-independent indie musicians
May 2010
Almost Famous
At just twenty-three, Canadian rapper Drake is already leagues ahead of those who’ve come before
March 2010
Living on a Lighted Stage
Are we finally ready to take Rush seriously?
December 2009
The Maestro
Montreal’s young classical superstar, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, takes his place on the world stage
January 2009
Persian Melodies
How Vancouver became a hub for Persian classical music
Rattle and Hum
Hello, Baghdad! A Kurdish singer rocks Iraq
June 2008
Revolution Afropop, Take 2
The progeny of late Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti carry on his legend, and his fury
May 2008
The Saddest Music, Part 6
BJ Thomas, Gravediggaz, The Smiths, Miserable vs. Sad
The Saddest Music, Part 5
Judy Garland, Notorious BIG, Strawberry Switchblade, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins
The Saddest Music, Part 4
The Saddest Music, Part 3
The Boss, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Sinead O’Connor, Buffalo Tom
The Saddest Music, Part 2
Joni Mitchell, The Communards, Patsy Cline, Billie Holliday, Kermit the Frog
Minor Keys
What makes sad music sad?
June 2007
The Sounds of Science
Computer-generated music moves out of the lab
October 2006
Melody Man
The long, unpredictable career of Irving Fields
July 2006
Life After the Death of Jazz
The sound you hear over the bellyaching of purists is jazz’s fresh new blend
January 2006
Addicted to Dylan
How many songs can one fan download before the music blows his mind?
September 2005
Jew Funk
Josh Dolgin, a.k.a. Socalled, is Montreal’s leading mixer of klezmer and hip hop.
June 2005
Off Beat
How world music went from something new and wonderful to a generic branding exercise
April 2005
The Lion in Winter
Zimbabwe’s greatest living musician in a minor key
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