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Q&A: Former Manager of The Tragically Hip Discusses New Role As Chair of Music Industry Charity

Q&A: Former Manager of The Tragically Hip Discusses New Role As Chair of Music Industry Charity Bernie Breen — photo provided.Bernie Breen “used to manage a little five-piece out of Kingston,” as he playfully puts it. He recently resigned from managing The Tragically Hip, explaining “it was time for a change, not only for me but for the band.”…

Emmy Award Round Up of Comments About BLM, Social Justice, Diversity, Mental Health

Emmy Award Round Up of Comments About BLM, Social Justice, Diversity, Mental Health Jimmy Kimmel, Emmy Awards, Sept. 20, 2020 — screenshot. During the 72nd  Primetime Emmy Awards last night,  hosted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by Jimmy Kimmel with just a few socially distanced guests popping in and out and a giant digital backdrop displaying 130…

Q&A: Rock Duo Crown Lands Talk Indigenous Issues, Anti-Semitism and Tree-Planting

Q&A: Rock Duo Crown Lands Talk Indigenous Issues, Anti-Semitism and Tree-Planting Crown Lands Cody Bowles and Kevin Comeau — photo credit: Travis Shinn. As a duo, Crown Lands would've been just as impressive wailing away that they need love, or some variation of, but ever since Cody Bowles and Kevin Comeau formed their psychedelic prog-rock band,…

Musician and Activist Jon Langford: Find A Cause That's Not Being Addressed

Musician and Activist Jon Langford: Find A Cause That's Not Being Addressed Jon Langford performs in the back of a pick-up truck to raise funds for Chicago club FitzGerald's — photo provided. Singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist Jon Langford has been supporting worthwhile causes since he was studying painting at the University of Leeds and…

Musician Jon Langford is a Man of Many Mediums and Causes

Musician Jon Langford is a Man of Many Mediums and Causes Singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist Jon Langford has been supporting worthwhile causes since he was studying painting at the University of Leeds and co-founded a punk band in 1977.   “The first Mekons gig was a benefit for striking firemen,” Langford recently told Samaritanmag over the phone from his home in Chicago, just…

Jon Langford Is A Man Of Many Mediums And Causes

Jon Langford Is A Man Of Many Mediums And Causes Singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist Jon Langford has been supporting worthwhile causes since he was studying painting at the University of Leeds and co-founded a punk band in 1977. “The first Mekons gig was a benefit for striking firemen,” Langford recently told Samaritanmag over the phone from his home in Chicago, just before he hit…

Dean Schlabowske's Stay At Home Tour Raising Money For Feeding America, Horseshoe Tavern and Other Music Venues

Dean Schlabowske's Stay At Home Tour Raising Money For Feeding America, Horseshoe Tavern and Other Music Venues Dean Schlabowske — photo provided.Milwaukee, Wisc.-based singer, songwriter and musician Dean Schlabowske has been donating a portion of the tip proceeds from his live stream performances to Feeding America to this point, but Toronto’s…

INTERVIEW: Frank Turner Helps Indie Music Venues with Regular Livestreamed Shows

INTERVIEW: Frank Turner Helps Indie Music Venues with Regular Livestreamed Shows Frank Turner — photo credit: sceenshot. When British singer, songwriter and musician Frank Turner isn’t touring tirelessly around the globe, he’s likely recording, writing more songs or another book, or preparing to do one of those things. So it was a major shock to the…

Q&A: Musician Adrian Sutherland Talks About Attawapiskat, The Far North And COVID-19

Q&A: Musician Adrian Sutherland Talks About Attawapiskat, The Far North And COVID-19 Life in Attawapiskat, the isolated First Nation community on the western edge of James Bay, isn't easy. There was a suicide crisis in 2015-16 (an estimated 100 of Attawapiskat's 2,700 residents attempted to take their own lives during this time). A housing crisis in…

Q&A: PACE Society Senior Staffer Talks Safety and Financial Aid For Sex Workers During Covid-19

Q&A: PACE Society Senior Staffer Talks Safety and Financial Aid For Sex Workers During Covid-19 Sex workers — photo credit: iStock, Toni Palermo One sector of the population that has been largely neglected in terms of financial aid during the covid-19 pandemic is sex workers, who rely on human contact to make a living. While some can operate online…

Q&A: Domestic Abuse Expert Provides Advice For Women in Self Isolation

Q&A: Domestic Abuse Expert Provides Advice For Women in Self Isolation photo credit: iStock Serghei Turcanu. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced governments to plead with populations to stay home to be safe, to avoid contracting or spreading the deadly virus. But for some, their home isn’t always a safe haven. For victims of domestic abuse, the stay-at…

Q&A: Questions Answered About Accessing the Music Industry's Unison Benevolent Fund

Q&A: Questions Answered About Accessing the Music Industry's Unison Benevolent Fund iSplash photo credit: Sebastian Irvi The Unison Benevolent Fund, an emergency relief charity that provides both financial and counselling services to members of the Canadian music industry, experienced a 1900 percent increase in registrations since the…

Q&A: Emergency Shelter Exec Covers Range of Issues to Safeguard Homeless During COVID-19

Q&A: Emergency Shelter Exec Covers Range of Issues to Safeguard Homeless During COVID-19 iStock photo credit: Madsci With Canadians everywhere called on to help reduce community transmission of the novel coronavirus, municipal, provincial and federal levels of government are putting more resources towards emergency shelters and residences to protect…

Q&A: Green Living Show CEO Says It's Still A Go, Extra Measures Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Q&A: Green Living Show CEO Says It's Still A Go, Extra Measures Amid Coronavirus Concerns Photo courtesy of Green Living Show. IMPORTANT UPDATE: MARCH 12, 6:35 PM. GREEN LIVING SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. With the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and Health Canada’s recommendation to avoid gatherings of more than 1,000 people, the decision has been…

Interview: Bella Black, 15, Bakes Up Big Ten Campaign To Raise $100,000

Interview: Bella Black, 15, Bakes Up Big Ten Campaign To Raise $100,000 A schoolhouse in Dos Palais, Haiti — photo provided. Fifteen-year-old Bella Black is not only making a difference: she’s baking a difference. For 10 years, she has been hosting Bella's Bake Sale in Toronto on her family’s driveway in their Beaches neighbourhood, selling cupcakes,…