David Bowie

David Bowie lives up to the hype on The Next Day: album review

Entertainment / Music Bowie proves age is nothing but a number on first studio album in a decade. Published on Tue Mar 12 2013   Rock David Bowie The Next Day (ISO/Columbia/Sony) 3.5 stars       The secret’s out. After a major health scare and a decade of silence, many had assumed that influential and iconic rocker David Bowie had ridden off into the sunset. Instead, the man known…

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Our Lady Peace on the wobbly path to Curve

Our Lady Peace on the wobbly path to Curve | Toronto Star Reunited Canuck rockers take the stage at the Phoenix on April 3.  Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Tue Apr 03 2012   George Chuvalo is about to enjoy a whole new wave of popularity. A picture of the Canadian boxing legend taken when he was a strapping 22-year-old, adorns the cover of the latest Our…


KT Tunstall ducking out of the singles game

Entertainment / Music Singer in town to play the Phoenix, with a new album that’s dancier and more electronic than before.   Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Mon Nov 22 2010   When you write a song as invigoratingly infectious as the 2006 strum-driven, romantic, self-empowerment anthem “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” the desire to try to creatively repeat that magic can be overwhelming. However, Scottish singer and…


Toronto’s transit of venues (or, weep not for the bop)

Veteran rock writer Nick Krewen takes a tour through defunct Toronto concert venue history – from the ’60s in Yorkville, to the subsequent decades when the action was mostly around Yonge St., to the rise and apparent decline of Queen St. W.  Nick Krewen and Garnet Fraser Published on Sun Jan 03 2010 On Queen St. W., the concert scene is changing, and it’s leaving some fretful. Hard-rock hangout the Big…


Bowie’s Bondsman

  Canadian Music Week Guest Convinced Wall Street Financiers To Invest Millions In British Pop Star   By Nick Krewen Special To The Star March 2, 1999   David Pullman, who’s in town Thursday (March 4) at the Western Harbor Castle to deliver a keynote address for Canadian Music Week, is more magician than musician. As managing director of The Pullman Group, he convinced stuffy Wall Street financiers to invest…