Category: Music News

Meet Italian violinist Elisa Citterio, Tafelmusik’s new music director

It has been three years since Jeanne Lamon retired as music director of Toronto’s illustrious Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. The new kahuna is Elisa Citterio, a hot-shot Italian violinist who makes her debut this week as the orchestra’s manager with A Joyous Welcome, a suitably titled program which not only opens Tafelmusik’s 2017-18 season, but ushers in a new age also.… Read more →

Polaris Prize-winner Lido Pimienta an Improbable success story

Lido Pimienta, an immigrant without a record deal, no marketing group and no actual copies of her winning record La Papessa available for sale beat out a field of high-profile artists such as Leslie Feist for its $50,000 Polaris Prize. This was an extremely unlikely win on Monday for its Colombian-Canadian artist, who also conquered the sentimentality associated with a… Read more →

Nardwuar marks 30 years of interviews and keeps on rockin’

Nardwuar the Human Serviette lives up to his title. Not that he is walking about wiping up spills or dabbing at the corners of anybody’s mouth, but as his eponymous punk-rock name implies, he’s not your normal music writer (or typical anything, innbsp;reality). Dressed to the nines for a meeting in clashing colors of plaid and other patterns — such… Read more →

Polaris Prize jury unrest fuels debate in Canadian music Websites

The Polaris Music Prize is a peculiar beast. Since 2006, its approximately 200-person jury has bestowed a money reward upon a single singular Canadian record annually, deemed superlative without thought of genre, commercial popularity, critical success or numerous factors which may interfere with the query: “Out of all of these albums, which was the best?” It’s a challenging inquisition and… Read more →

Vancouver Opera Climbs back festival, beefs up season and tightens its belt

Vancouver Opera presents dramatic works onstage, but there’s been some drama offstage as the company shifts from a traditional season to festival version — and back again, kind of. Two decades back, as it struggled with the identical issue many opera businesses cope with — aging audiences and declining ticket sales — VO declared a bold move: to scrap its… Read more →

Lighthouse co-founder Skip Prokop made rock history

Skip Prokop was among Canada’s first significant rock stars, a world-class drummer and gifted songwriter who uttered the groundbreaking jazz-rock band Lighthouse, which earned international acclaim in the 1970s. His death on Aug. 30, after a long struggle with cardiovascular disease, sparked an outpouring of tributes in the music world. He was 73. Mr. Prokop got his start with the… Read more →

Nothing lost in translation for Polaris Music Prize nominee Lido Pimienta

The field of nominees for this year’s Polaris Music Prize includes heavyweights Gord Downie, Leslie Feist and Leonard Cohen, but a dark horse looms on the fringes. She is Lido Pimienta, a Colombian-born, Toronto-based musician whose striking 2016 record La Papessa translates to “High Priestess.” To fortune tellers, the high-priestess card in a tarot deck represents calmness and wisdom. Pimienta… Read more →