Education

Regent Park School of Music is glad to have a friend in Taylor Swift

By Nick Krewen Special to the Star August 26, 2019 The Regent Park School of Music has discovered that it’s nice to have a friend in high places – especially if that friend is named Taylor Swift. It turns out that several Regent Park School of Music students between the ages of nine and 18 appear on the Nashville-based Swift’s latest album Lover, released last Friday: specifically on the sample…

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On the second floor of a Shoppers Drug Mart, there’s a shrine to Yonge Street’s musical history

July 4, 2018 Nick Krewen Special to The Star It’s not often that you have the opportunity to shop for acne ointments and body lotion before stepping into a museum that spotlights a bygone era of Toronto’s fabled musical history. But there The Friar’s Music Museum sits – on the second floor of Shoppers Drug Mart’s brand-new Yonge and Dundas location opposite the Eaton Centre – offering a time capsule…


Musicians Are Educating By Example

NEWS Artists such as Melissa Manchester, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wyclef Jean, and Mark Volman are passing on their experiences and expertise to students in the classroom NICK KREWEN GRAMMYS MAY 15, 2017 – 2:36 AM GRAMMY.com Whether it’s by choice or by accident, some music stars are building a second career that’s rather academic. After spending decades recording albums, staging tours and learning the ropes of the music industry, established…


Pop Music 101

Studying Pop Music 101   Nick Krewen GRAMMY.com September 2004 Universities often feature artists in residence, but Andy Hollinden is more interested in featuring the artistry of The Residents. Hollinden, an assistant professor of music at The Indiana University School Of Music, is offering a three-credit course that binds the eccentric music of San Francisco’s most famous enigmatic eyeballs with the absurdist cacophony of Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vliet and…


Loreena McKennitt sets up Water Safety charity

  Nick Krewen For The Record May 19, 1999   TORONTO: Lorenna McKennitt learned about the importance of water safety the hard way. McKennitt, the world renown Stratford based singer and songwriter, was mixing her live album last July at Peter Gabriel‘s Real World Studios in Bath, England when she received word that her fiancé, his brother and a friend were missing after a boating accident in Nottawasaga Bay, near…