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I have to say—I got a feeling I am going to win in the long run, but I want to be part of the zeitgeist, too. I want to support young girls who are in their 20s now and tell them: You’re not just imagining things. It’s tough. Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times. Girls now are also faced with different problems. I’ve been guilty of one thing: After being the only girl in bands for 10 years, I learned—the hard way—that if I was going to get my ideas through, I was going to have to pretend that they—men—had the ideas. I became really good at this and I don’t even notice it myself. I don’t really have an ego. I’m not that bothered. I just want the whole thing to be good. And I’m not saying one bad thing about the guys who were with me in the bands, because they’re all amazing and creative, and they’re doing incredible things now. But I come from a generation where that was the only way to get things done. So I have to play stupid and just do everything with five times the amount of energy, and then it will come through.

When people don’t credit me for the stuff I’ve done, it’s for several reasons. I’m going to get very methodical now! [laughs] One! I learned what a lot of women have to do is make the guys in the room think it was their idea, and then you back them up. Two! I spend 80% of the writing process of my albums on my own. I write the melodies. I’m by the computer. I edit a lot. That for me is very solitary. I don’t want to be photographed when I’m doing that. I don’t invite people around. The 20% of the album process when I bring in the string orchestras, the extras, that’s documented more. That’s the side people see. When I met M.I.A., she was moaning about this, and I told her, “Just photograph yourself in front of the mixing desk in the studio, and people will go, ‘Oh, OK! A woman with a tool, like a man with a guitar.’” Not that I’ve done that much myself, but sometimes you’re better at giving people advice than doing it yourself. I remember seeing a photo of Missy Elliott at the mixing desk in the studio and being like, a-ha!

It’s a lot of what people see. During a show, because there are people onstage doing the other bits, I’m just a singer. For example, I asked Matmos to play all the beats for the Vespertine tour, so maybe that’s kind of understandable that people think they made them. So maybe it’s not all sexist evil. [laughs] But it’s an ongoing battle. I hope it doesn’t come across as too defensive, but it is the truth. I definitely can feel the third or fourth feminist wave in the air, so maybe this is a good time to open that Pandora’s box a little bit and air it out.

Via Pitchfork, an absolute must-read interview with Jessica Hopper

Snapchat has always celebrated the way that you and your friends see the world. It’s fun to experience different perspectives through Snaps, Stories and Our Story.

Today they’ve introduced Discover, a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.

Discover is different because it has been built for creatives. All too often, artists are forced to accommodate new technologies in order to distribute their work. This time Snapchat built the technology to serve the art: each edition includes full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising.

Discover is new, but familiar. That’s because Stories are at the core – there’s a beginning, middle, and end so that editors can put everything in order. Every edition is refreshed after 24 hours – because what’s news today is history tomorrow.

Discover is fun and easy to use. Tap to open an edition, swipe left to browse Snaps, or swipe up on a Snap for more. Each channel brings you something unique – a wonderful daily surprise!

Louis CK has released his latest comedy special Live at the Comedy Store through his website for the measly, inexpensive price of 5 bucks. He’s released a review trailer for the special, too, which you can watch below.

Here’s someone who knows who to work outside his views of the constraints of digital streaming, and having complete control of your own releases. He writes on the site:

I developed and prepared this material over the last year or so, mostly in comedy clubs. This special kind of goes back to when I used to just make noises and be funny for no particular reason. It felt right to shoot this special in a club to give it that live immediate intimate feeling. The show is about an hour long. The opening act, who is seen at the beginning (good place for an opening act) is Jay London. One of my favorite club comics going way back to the late 80s when I first started in working in New York.

I hope you like it.

Please PLEASE don’t torrent this special. If you want to share it, direct people here. It’s so easy to drop the 5 dollars. We don’t make you join anything. We let you use the file any way you want. It costs a shitload of money to make these specials and I do it myself. I love offering it to you directly for so cheap and so easily. I would like that to continue to be a good idea.

Okay. Enjoy the show.

Extreme Reach Toronto is looking to expand its accounting team with the addition of an energetic team player who can work effectively in a fast paced environment.

Woodbine Entertainment Group is seeking a The Project Manager/ Business Analyst responsible for managing technology projects which support company initiatives with best practices in mind. Will be responsible for analyzing current state, identifying bottlenecks and areas of opportunity, making technology/process improvement suggestions, and overseeing the execution of the projects.

WB Games Montreal Inc. seeks a financial analyst to join their finance team! This position will be responsible for accounting and month end activities, preparation of government tax credit claims, and financial reporting. This will include preparation of variance reports, account reconciliations, and ad hoc analysis. This position also supports operational activities of the business unit as needed.

Corus Television has an exciting opportunity for a full time Department Coordinator at their Toronto office. Reporting to the Directors of Business Operations and Content, the successful candidate will assist in the day-to-day operations of the Corus Kids Programming team.

Parks Canada in Longview, AB is looking for a Heritage Presenter.

Corus Radio Edmonton has an exciting opportunity for a casual Street Team/Cruiser position at their Edmonton location. The Corus Street Teamers/Cruisers are official representatives of all four of their Edmonton radio properties – CISN Country 103.9, 925 Fresh Radio, 630 CHED and iNews880.

Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants is currently seeking a Digital Communications Specialist as a full-time addition to their marketing team. The primary role of the Digital Communications Specialist is to ensure a strong public image for Oliver & Bonacini and to drive positive publicity and social engagement for the company, its restaurants and event spaces and services.

CJOB, POWER 97 and 99.1 FRESH FM have an opportunity for a Casual Remote Coordinator in their Winnipeg office. Reporting to the Senior Engineer, the successful candidate will be responsible for various remote broadcast responsibilities on behalf of the three stations.

The Brockville Recorder and Times, Ontario’s longest-serving newspaper, has an opening for a full-time multimedia journalist.

Bell’s Acquisition Marketing Team develops strategy and manages the implementation of marketing campaigns to deliver against subscriber targets for Internet, Home Phone and Television portfolios, including their hero product – Fibe TV. They have an opening for a Marketing Startegy and Planning Specialist.

Description Xtalks.com, part of Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is an established new media company and the leading producer of webinars for the global Life Sciences community. As a result of increased demand for their services, they are looking to hire an event moderator, who will be the voice for their live on-line broadcasts.

Looking for your big break? Barrie Radio has an exciting opportunity for a casual part-time Announcer at their Barrie/Collinwood location.

SK Films is a Toronto based, boutique content provider and an international leader in the worldwide Giant Screen film industry, and they are seeking a candidate to work with a small team to execute the role of the current Director of Sales and Marketing who will be on maternity leave from April until November 2015.

Sun Life in Waterloo, ON has an opening for a Marketing Consultant, Social Media.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), is one of the most distinguished art museums in North America, and they are looking for a Manager, Curatorial Administration.

Pivotal Payments is a leading provider of global payment processing solutions to over 70,000 clients in virtually all industries, and they have an opening for a Social Media/Email Marketing Manager tp implement the Social Media Strategy and conduct Email Marketing for Pivotal Payments under the direction of the Marketing Director.

The Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus has an opening for an Artistic Director.

TSN has an opening for a Marketing Manager who will manage the execution of integrated, multimedia marketing campaigns for key TSN properties including strategic media and creative development.

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Discover Coordinator in the Culture Services Department of City of Markham.

Bell Media in Toronto has an opportunity for a Manager, Community Investment to manage two Community Investment Representatives handling sponsorships, talent, and community relations for CP24 and CTV Toronto. Oversee the local Toronto holiday initiatives (CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish and Toy Mountain.

Proper Television Inc. is seeking a seeking full-time receptionist based in Toronto.

The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority is looking to attract an accomplished professional with a proven track record as the Senior Communications Officer.

WebSeeds Inc. is looking for a full-time writer to join our team in the Markham area.

Rogers Media Calgary is seeking a Promotion Manager to join the Promotions team in delivering compelling campaigns for Rogers Media properties in Calgary and their advertising clients.

Select Media in Mississauga, ON is seeking freelance writers (contributors) with an engaging and unique style of writing to assist our team with writing articles and editorials for a luxury magazine (print & online). The topics to be covered for the upcoming Spring issue ranges from Health & Beauty, Culture trends in Toronto, Fashion, Entertainment, exotic destinations and luxury living.

1310NewsOttawa is looking for a part-time News Anchor/reporter to join their team.

The Adäka Cultural Festival was launched in July 2011, with a mission to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic festival that will showcase, celebrate and foster the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive First Nations arts and culture. They are looking for an Associate Producer.

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare and exciting full time opening and is seeking a Co-Host for their 1-4p afternoon show. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will offer strong opinions on the world of sports and be an entertaining on-air and social media presence.

The Markham Theatre Discovery Program provides live arts, education and community outreach opportunities to the children and citizens of Markham and York Region, and they have an opening for a Discovery Co-ordinator.

Sportsnet 590 The FAN has a very rare full time opening and is seeking a Sportscaster for their Morning Show program. Reporting into the Program Director, the talented individual will play a strong role as part of a three-person sports talk show, plus deliver time-sensitive, entertaining sportscasts 3 times per hour.

Nuit Blanche Edmonton seeks an experienced and highly motivated individual to serve as the organization’s Executive Director; to help shape, build and create the magical experience that is Nuit Blanche.

SONiC Vancouver has a rare opportunity as a host in a stunningly beautiful city, and highly competitive radio market.

Audio Alliance is the distributor of the worlds finest audio brands. They are currently looking for a hard working self motivated individual for a full-time administrative assistant position.

SONiC Vancouver has a rare opportunity as a Swing Announcer (mat leave position).

Rooftop Agency is a versatile lifestyle agency specializing in music / entertainment, event marketing, and content creation. Rooftop Agency is currently seeking a Production Assistant interested in gaining valuable, hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, multi-faceted marketing and promotions agency.

Grand & Toy in Toronto is looking for a Marketing Coordinator who will work closely with the Segment Marketing team in the development and execution of marketing plans, customer loyalty programs and product campaigns.

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association is the professional association of performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers in English Canada who are engaged in live performance in theatre, opera and dance. They have an opening for a Senior Projects Manager.

Balbi and Company Legal Centre in Calgary, AB is seeking a highly detail oriented individual needed to plan and execute events and do executive assistant duties.

The Alberta College of Pharmacists governs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Alberta to support and protect the public’s health and well-being, and they’re looking for a Communications Director.

David Aplin Group, one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, has partnered with our client to recruit a Social Media Specialist based in Ottawa.

First Primal Scream, and now another one of my fave bands of all time, The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced that they’ll be going out on a North American tour, too. This time, they’ll celebrate the 30th anniversary of their brilliant Psychocandy album with a series of concerts. The Scottish band already announced their UK tour dates, which run through February, but they’re also going to be crossing the ocean in May for a round of shows in the United States and Canada.

Few bands have had such a huge effect on musical culture, as The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their attitude alone, dressed in black, angry with the world, playing short sets drenched in feedback, set the bench mark in the post Sex Pistols music scene of London. Their seminal debut album Psychocandy would go on to change the course of popular music, channeling the sneering angst and noise distortion of the live shows into hypnotic sweet melodies layered with dark lyrics that would beguile and bewilder.

“Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all of those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry,” vocalist and guitarist Jim Reid said in a statement. “In 1985, there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six-month lifespan for the Mary Chain.”

The Jesus and Mary Chain North American tour dates:
May 1 – Toronto, Ontario @ Canadian Music Week
May 3 – Detroit, MI @ St Andrew’s Hall
May 5 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera
May 7 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
May 9 – Austin, TX @ Levitation (Austin Psych Fest)
May 11 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
May 13 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
May 14 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
May 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield

One of my fave bands of all time, Primal Scream’s 2013 LP ‘More Light’ is an adventurous, 13-track collection of new songs – and the band’s first LP in five years. ‘More Light’ was written by Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes and produced by David Holmes. It features guest appearances from Robert Plant, Kevin Shields, The Pop Group’s Mark Stewart and Jason Faulkner.

Primal Scream 2015 Tour Dates
5/9 Austin, TX – Austin Psych Fest
5/11 New Orleans, LA – NOLA Civic
5/12 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
5/15 Toronto, ON – DanForth
5/17 Boston, MA – Royale
5/19 Philadelphia, PA – The TLA
5/20 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
5/21 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw

Watch the “2013” video below:

Check out “It’s Alright, It’s Okay” at Soundcloud, too:

The nominees for the 2015 JUNO Awards were announced by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference at The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto this morning, as Canada’s top artists now get ready for a trip to JUNO Week in Hamilton, March 9 – March 15, 2015.

MAGIC! garnered a leading five nominations: JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Breakthrough Group of the Year*, Songwriter of the Year*, Pop Album of the Year*.

Close behind with four nods were Kiesza (Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year*, Dance Recording of the Year, Video of the Year*) and Leonard Cohen (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Artist of the Year, Adult Alternative Album of the Year).

Artists with three nods each are Hedley (JUNO Fan Choice*, Single of the Year, Album of the Year*), Nickelback (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Group of the Year), and Serge Fiori (JUNO Fan Choice*, Album of the Year*, Francophone Album of the Year).

*Award Sponsors for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS listed above include JUNO Fan Choice (presented by TD), Breakthrough Group of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund), Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada), Songwriter of the Year (sponsored by SiriusXM Canada), Pop Album of the Year (sponsored by TD), Breakthrough Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR and Radio Starmaker Fund), Video of the Year (sponsored by MuchFACT, exclusively funded by Bell Media).

Tickets for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS are on sale now. Tickets range from $39 to $149 (plus service charges) and are available through the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-855-872-5000, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

JUNO FAN CHOICE AWARD (PRESENTED BY TD)
Arcade Fire – Arcade Fire Music*Universal
Bobby Bazini – Universal
Drake – Cash Money*Universal
Hedley – Universal
Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Magic! – Sony
Michael Bublé – Reprise*Warner
Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne
You+Me – RCA*Sony

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake ft. Majid Jordan – Cash Money*Universal
Crazy for You – Hedley – Universal
Hideaway – Kiesza – Island*Universal
Rude – Magic! – Sony
We’re All in This Together – Sam Roberts Band – Secret Brain*Universal

INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
PRISM – Katy Perry – Capitol*Universal
Pure Heroine – Lorde – Universal
Midnight Memories – One Direction – Sony
In the Lonely Hour – Sam Smith – Capitol*Universal
1989 – Taylor Swift – Big Machine*Universal

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUSIC CANADA)
Where I Belong – Bobby Bazini – Universal
Wild Life – Hedley – Universal
Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
No Fixed Address – Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Bryan Adams – Badman*Universal
Deadmau5 – Mau5trap*Universal
Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Sarah McLachlan – Verve*Universal
The Weeknd The Weeknd – XO*Universal

GROUP OF THE YEAR
Arkells – Arkells Music*Universal
Chromeo – Last Gang*Universal
Mother Mother – Mother Mother Music*Universal
Nickelback – Nickelback II Productions*Universal
You+Me – RCA*Sony

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Glenn Morrison – Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Jess Moskaluke – MDM*Universal
Kiesza – Island*Universal
Mac DeMarco – Captured Tracks*Outside
Shawn Mendes – Island*Universal

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY FACTOR AND RADIO STARMAKER FUND)
Adventure Club – BMG Rights*Sony
Alvvays – Royal Mountain*Universal
Magic! – Sony
USS – Coalition*Warner
Zeds Dead – Mad Decent*Ultra

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
Bahamas
“All the Time”, “Bitter Memories”, “Stronger Than That”
BAHAMAS IS AFIE – Bahamas Barchords*Universal
Catherine MacLellan
“Jack’s Song”, “Tell Me Luella”, “The Raven’s Sun”
THE RAVEN’S SUN – Catherine MacLellan Independent
Henry “Cirkut” Walter
“Birthday” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Luke Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee
“Dark Horse ft. Juicy J” – co-songwriters Katy Perry, Jordan Houston, Luke Gottwald, Sarah Hudson, Max
Martin
PRISM – Katy Perry Capitol*Universal
“Wild Wild Love” – co-songwriters Armando C. Pérez, Luke Gottwald, Michael Everett, Max Martin,
Ammar Malik, Alexander Castillo Vasquez
GLOBALIZATION – Pitbull Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA*Sony
Jenn Grant
“Bring Me a Rose”, “No One’s Gonna Love You (Quite Like I Do)”, “Trailer Park”
COMPOSTELA – Jenn Grant Outside
Magic!
“Don’t Kill the Magic” – co-songwriter Adam Messinger, “Let Your Hair Down”, “Rude” – co-songwriter
Adam Messinger
DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony

COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Lifted - Dallas Smith – 604*Universal
Light Up The Night – Jess Moskaluke – MDM*Universal
Caffeine & Big Dreams – Kira Isabella – Sony
MacKenzie Porter – Mackenzie Porter – Road Angel*Warner
Wheels – The Road Hammers – Open Road*Universal

ADULT ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Bahamas Is Afie – Bahamas – Barchords*Universal
Compostela – Jenn Grant – Outside
The Lemon Squeeze – Jeremy Fisher – Hidden Pony*Universal
Popular Problems – Leonard Cohen – Columbia*Sony
Sleeping Operator – The Barr Brothers – Secret City*Universal

ALTERNATIVE ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY LONG & MCQUADE)
Alvvays – Alvvays – Royal Mountain*Universal
Shrink Dust – Chad VanGaalen – Flemish Eye*Outside
July Talk – July Talk – Sleepless*Universal
Animism – Tanya Tagaq – Six Shooter*Universal
Hot Dreams – Timber Timbre – Arts & Crafts*Universal

POP ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY TD)
Avril Lavigne – Avril Lavigne –  Epic*Sony
Party For Your Life – Down With Webster – Down With Webster Entertainment*Universal
Little Machines – Lights – Lights Music*Universal
Don’t Kill The Magic – Magic! – Sony
Little Secret – Nikki Yanofsky – A440*Universal

ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SIRIUSXM CANADA)
High Noon – Arkells – Arkells Music*Universal
Ghost – Big Wreck – Anthem*Warner
Lo-Fantasy –  Sam Roberts Band – Secret Brain*Universal
The Union – The Glorious Sons – Black Box*Universal
Between Illness and Migration – Your Favorite Enemies – Hopeful Tragedy*D.E.P.

VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Angela Galuppo – Angela Galuppo Justin Time*Universal
Red – Diana Panton – Diana Panton*eOne
The Signal – Elizabeth Shepherd – Linus*eOne
Counting Dreams – Julie Crochetière – Vega*D.E.P.
Because of Billie – Molly Johnson – Molly Johnson*Universal

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
Zoetrope – Jim Head – Independent
Vista Obscura – Kirk MacDonald – Addo*Conveyor
LA Bootleg 1984 - Lenny Breau – Linus*eOne
La vie commence ici – Marianne Trudel – Justin Time*Universal
Drum Lore Vol. 2 – More Lore – Owen Howard – Brooklyn Jazz Underground*Independent

JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
Bristles – Andrew Downing, Jim Lewis & David Occhipinti – Independent
Bobby Rice Latin Jazz Big Band: X-Treme Latin Jazz – Bobby Rice – Addo*Conveyor
Fishs – Eddy Brian Dickinson Trio – Addo*Conveyor
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Jane Bunnett and Maqueque – Justin Time*Universal
The Where – Myriad3 – Addo*Conveyor

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Great Wall of China – Canadian Brass – Linus*eOne
Flesh and Machine – Daniel Lanois – Anti*F.A.B.
Off With the Cuffs – John Stetch – Addo*Conveyor
Encuentro – Quartango – Tangovation
Symphony! – Sultans of String – Independent*Red River

FRANCOPHONE ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Maladie d’amour – Jimmy Hunt – Dare To Care*D.E.P.
L’alchimie des monstres – Klô Pelgag – Coyote*D.E.P.
Ornithologie, la nuit – Philippe B – Bonsound*Select
Valse 333 – Sagot –  Simone*Select
Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori – GSI*eOne

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Wave Your Antlers – Bobs & LoLo – Nettwerk*Sony
Where In The World – Fred Penner – The Children’s Group*eOne
Le chat botté – LuLu et le Matou – Independent
Love Bug – Raffi – Troubadour*Universal
Happy Times – Splash’N Boots – Independent

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Blanc – Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà – Analekta*Select
Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time – David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz,
Socalled, Jonathan Crow & Geoffrey Burleson – Oxingale*S.R.I.
Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin Vol. 3 – James Ehnes – Chandos*Naxos
Prokofiev: Sonates & Mélodies – Jonathan Crow & Paul Stewart – ATMA*Naxos
Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin – Karl Stobbe – Avie

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: LARGE ENSEMBLE OR SOLOIST(S) WITH LARGE
ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANIMENT
MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 24 – Angela Hewitt Hyperion*HM
Khachaturian/Shostakovich – James Ehnes – Onyx*HM
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7, Departure - Utopia - Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Kent Nagano – Analekta*Select
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Peter Oundjian – Chandos*Naxos
Bruckner 3 Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Orchestre Métropolitain – ATMA*Naxos

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: VOCAL OR CHORAL PERFORMANCE
Schubert: Winterreise – Gerald Finley & Julius Drake – Hyperion*HM
Handel & Porpora: The London Years – Julie Boulianne, Clavecin en concert & Luc Beauséjour
– Analekta*Select
Mozart: Opera & Concert Arias – Karina Gauvin, Les Violons du Roy & Bernard Labadie – Audiogram*Select
Terra Tremuit – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal – ATMA*Naxos
The Heart’s Refuge – Theatre of Early Music, Schola Cantorum & Daniel Taylor – Analekta*Select

CLASSICAL COMPOSITION OF THE YEAR
Glistening Pianos – Alice Ping Yee Ho – GLISTENING PIANOS – Centrediscs*Naxos
Airline Icarus – Brian Current – AIRLINE ICARUS – COMPLETE OPERA – Naxos
Magister Ludi – Gordon Fitzell – MAGISTER LUDI – Centrediscs*Naxos
Sextet, OP. 71 – Jacques Hétu – COMPLETE CHAMBER WORKS FOR STRINGS – Naxos
Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra – John Estacio – A CONCERT FOR NEW YORK –
Independent

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
PA2: The Director’s Cut – Marco Polo – Soulspazm*Independent
The Legends League Presents: Naturally Born Strangers – Naturally Born Strangers Legends – League*Independent
Dear America – P Reign – RCA*Sony
Amani – Saukrates – Culvert*Universal
Stigmata – Tre Mission – Last Gang*Universal

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Calling All Heroes – Adventure Club – BMG Rights*Sony
White Women – Chromeo – Last Gang*Universal
Goodbye – Glenn Morrison – Robbins Entertainment*Sony
Sound Of A Woman – Kiesza – Island*Universal
Soundwave – Trevor Guthrie – Interscope*Sony

R&B/SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Dirty Laundry – Ben Stevenson – Culvert*Universal
Got To Have It – jacksoul – Megawatt*Sony
JRDN – JRDN – Kuya*Fontana North
Four Seasons – Melanie Durrant – Independent
Often – The Weeknd – The Weeknd XO*Universal

REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Welcome the King – Exco Levi – Kheilstone*Independent
Love Inna Wi Heart - Kirk Diamond ft. Bob da Builda – Don Dem/Galang*Independent
Wake Up – Mikey Dangerous – Dub Avenue*D.E.P.
Hold On Till I Die – Steele – Mobs*Independent
Real Talk – Tasha T – RasVibe*VP

ABORIGINAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ABORIGINAL PEOPLES TELEVISION NETWORK)
The Whole World’s Got the Blues – Crystal Shawanda – New Sun*Fontana North
For The Light – Digging Roots – Sugar Bush*Outside
Heart of the People – Leela Gilday – Diva Sound*Outside
Animism – Tanya Tagaq – Six Shooter*Universal
The (Post) Mistress – Tomson Highway – Independent

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO
They Promised You – Mercy Amelia Curran – Six Shooter*Universal
The Raven’s Sun – Catherine MacLellan – Independent
Prairieography – Del Barber – True North*eOne
The Old Silo – James Hill – Borealis*eOne
Weightless – Matt Andersen – True North*eOne

ROOTS & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: GROUP
South – Blackie and The Rodeo Kings-  File Under: Music*Outside
Work and Love – Elliott Brood – Paper Bag*Outside
Let It Lie – The Bros. Landreth – Independent*Fontana North
Jubilee – The Deep Dark Woods – Six Shooter*Universal
Departures – The Once – Nettwerk*Sony

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY STINGRAY MUSIC)
Belmont Boulevard – JW-Jones – Blind Pig/Stony Plain*Warner
Solo Recordings, Vol. 2 – Steve Hill – Independent*Outside
Let Me Prove It To You – Steve Strongman – Independent*Sonic Unyon
Wicked – The 24th Street Wailers – Independent
A Real Fine Mess – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer – Tonic*Fontana North

CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN/GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Introducing Chelsea Amber – Chelsea Amber – Independent*David C. Cook
Analog Love in Digital Times – Drew Brown – Independent
The Moment – Manafest – Manafest Productions*Fontana North
VIP – Manic Drive – Bema Media*David C. Cook
The Joy – Tim Neufeld – Independent*David C. Cook

WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS)
Ayrad – Ayrad – CFM*Select
Singing in Tongues – Eccodek Black – Swan/Big Mind*Outside
The Key – Emmanuel Jal – Gatwitch*Universal
Le dernier empereur bantou – Pierre Kwenders – Bonsound*Select
500 Years of Night – Quique Escamilla – Lulaworld*Outside

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY SLAIGHT MUSIC)
Adam Messinger “Change Your Life” (co-producer Nasri Atweh) THE NEW CLASSIC – Iggy Azalea
Island Def Jam*Universal | “Rude” DON’T KILL THE MAGIC – Magic! Sony
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Leather Jacket” – HIGH NOON – Arkells
Arkells Music*Universal
Gavin Brown “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD THING
– Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal
Jesse Zubot “Caribou”, “Uja” ANIMISM – Tanya Tagaq Six Shooter*Universal
Thomas “Tawgs” Salter “Soundwave”– Trevor Guthrie Interscope*Sony | “Up We Go” LITTLE
MACHINES – Lights Lights Music*Universal

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY ONTARIO INSTITUTE OF AUDIO
RECORDING TECHNOLOGY [OIART])
Eric Ratz “Ghosts” GHOSTS – Big Wreck Anthem*Warner | “Satellite Hotel” BLACK BUFFALO – One
Bad Son 604*Universal
George Seara “Got To Have It”, “Whole Day” GREATEST HITS – jacksoul Megawatt*Sony
Jeremy Darby “Mosaic”, “Nomad’s Arrival” MANDALA – Monsoon Independent
John “Beetle” Bailey “Any Day Now” JUST PASSING THROUGH – The Breithaupt Brothers
Alma*Universal | “Fine and Mellow” BECAUSE OF BILLIE – Molly Johnson Molly Johnson*Universal
Lenny Derose “I Am Machine” – Three Days Grace RCA*Sony | “Reaper Man” VERY GOOD BAD
THING – Mother Mother Mother Mother Music*Universal

RECORDING PACKAGE OF THE YEAR
Alex Durlak (Art Director/Designer), Jeff McMurrich and Bry Webb (Art Directors) FREE WILL – Bry
Webb Idée Fixe*Outside
Caroline Blanchette (Art Director) WONDERS OF THE WORLD – The Lost Fingers Tandem*Sony
Menno Versteeg (Art Director), Zack Mykula (Designer), Jason Bartell (Illustrator), Yoshi Cooper
(Photographer) PUP – PUP Royal Mountain*Universal
Roberta Hansen (Art Director/Designer/Illustrator), Mike Latschislaw (Photographer)
PILGRIMAGE – Steve Bell Signpost*Outside
Taylor Kirk (Art Director/Designer/Photographer), Robyn Kotyk (Designer), Laura Margaret
Ramsay (Photographer) HOT DREAMS – Timber Timbre Arts & Crafts*Universal

VIDEO OF THE YEAR (SPONSORED BY MUCHFACT, EXCLUSIVELY FUNDED BY BELL MEDIA)
Preach – Dane Collison – SONREAL – Black Box*Universal
Lost You – Grandson & Son – ZEDS DEAD FT. TWIN SHADOW – Mad Decent*Ultra
Guilt Trip - Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux and Chandler Levack – PUP – Royal Mountain*Universal
Hideaway – Kiesza, Blayre Ellestad, Rami Afuni and Ljuba Castot – KIESZA – Island*Universal
Not Up To Me – Natalie Rae Robison – KANDLE – Dare to Care*D.E.P.

ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Our Love – Caribou – Merge*F.A.B
While (1<2) – Deadmau5 – Mau5trap*Universal
Right From Real – Lydia Ainsworth – Arbutus*F.A.B.
EX – Plastikman – Mute*Warner
Alone For The First Time – Ryan Hemsworth – Last Gang*Universal

METAL/HARD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR
– Devin Townsend Project – HevyDevy*eOne
Waiting for the End to Come – Kataklysm – Nuclear  Blast*Sony
Brotherhood of the Ram – Shooting Guns – RidingEasy*Pre-Rock
Negative Qualities – Single Mothers – Dine Alone*Universal
Chasing the Dream – Skull Fist – NoiseArt*Fontana North

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Womyn – Alysha Brilla – Sunny Jam*Independent
Everything Almost – Jann Arden – Universal
Trauma: Chansons de la série télé (saison no. 5) – Coeur de pirate – Dare to Care*D.E.P.
Dark Swing – Ndidi – Universal
Shine On – Sarah McLachlan – Verve*Universal

At today’s press conference announcing the nominations for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS, CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) revealed that two-time JUNO Award-winning Hamilton band Arkells are confirmed to grace “The Ambitious City” stage during CTV’s March 15 JUNO broadcast from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre. Arkells, who gave a surprise performance at today’s press conference, join previously announced performers Hedley, Kiesza, MAGIC!, and Shawn Mendes.

CTV also announced today the nationwide broadcast details for the THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS. Canada’s preeminent music awards airs live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre on CTV and CTV GO at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. AT and at 7 p.m. in all other markets. Check local listings to confirm broadcast times and stations.

Tickets are currently on sale for THE 2015 JUNO AWARDS. Tickets range from $39 to $149 (plus service charges) and are available through the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-855-872-5000, and online at www.ticketmaster.ca.

Additional performer and presenter announcements will be released in the coming weeks.

 

It’s no secret I’m a fan of Taylor Swift, especially because she truly cares about her fans. This morning, a fan made a Tumblr post explaining to her that he was being bullied at school because of his name and his body, Swift sprung into action, writing a sincere note giving him some tips.

Here’s her response, in full.

Caillou-

Hi pal.

I was really shocked to hear you say that you’d been bullied because of your name because the first thing I thought when I saw it was ‘woah, Caillou is such a cool name’. Honestly. I thought it was so cool because it’s different, and herein lies our issue: you will always be criticized and teased and bullied for things that make you different, but usually those things will be what set you apart. The things that set you apart from the pack, the things that you once thought were your weaknesses will someday become your strengths. So if they say you’re weird or annoying or strange or too this or not enough that, maybe it’s because you threaten them. Maybe you threaten them because you’re not the norm. And if you’re not the norm, give yourself a standing ovation.

Now I want to tell you that I think you look great the way you are. No one has the right to criticize you for how your body looks, but they will. One thing I’ve learned from experiencing this exact kind of criticism is that no one else can label your body except for you. No one gets to have a place in your mind if they weren’t invited there by you. So please do me this one favor: Don’t let their ugly words into your beautiful mind.

And if someone punches you again, call the police and report them because that is assault. I’m serious. There’s no direct penalty for bullying with words (except karma) but no one is allowed to hit you. Ever.

Thanks for telling me your story and for being so strong.
Proud of you, Caillou Pettis.

From Rolling Stone:

That question will be answered this season as the International Skating Union allows athletes in all disciplines to perform to music with lyrics for the first time. Skating insiders say that the lyrical free-for-all is an attempt to boost television ratings and lure younger viewers. Last year’s Winter Olympic qualifying competition, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, saw a 20-percent decline in viewership from the previous Olympic year. And according to the United States Figure Skating Association, 52 percent of American figure skating fans are now over the age of 45. This is a far cry from the early Nineties, the good old days of none other than Tonya Harding.

The (lyrics) rule might not seem revolutionary, but it is, in fact, a radical policy shift. Ice dancers have been permitted to use vocal music since the 1997-98 season, when the ISU mandated that all teams perform a jive for the tightly restricted original dance portion of the competition. Because of an unforeseen – though perhaps not unforeseeable – dearth of instrumental jive music, the ISU was forced to concede to lyrics. However, ice dancing is dramatically different than freestyle skating, the kind most familiar to the majority of viewers that features jumping, spinning and, in the case of pairs, overhead lifts. The two disciplines are so different they do not even use the same type of skate blade. Up until now, freestyle skaters would be penalized for the use of lyrics in competition, and if they didn’t like it, their only option was retiring from Olympic-eligible competition.