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Rockin’ the suburbs with Los Lobos

New venues help bring Grammy winners — and many others — to Southern Ontarians’ backyards. Just don’t get them started about Donald Trump. Nick Krewen Music, Tues., Jan 31, 2017 Suburbanites: now you don’t necessarily have to go to Toronto to see the big shows — more than ever, they’re coming to you. This week, for example, four-time Grammy winners Los Lobos perform at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on…


Music’s Selling Power

Music’s Selling Power MUSIC PROVIDES AN INTEGRAL BACKGROUND IN THE SENSORY BRANDING INDUSTRY July 07, 2011 — 4:41 pm PDT Nick Krewen / GRAMMY.com It was once known — and snidely regarded — as “elevator music.” But 77 years after it was first introduced, Muzak, and other forms of business-applicable music, is considered to be an integral part of the rising sensory branding industry, which engages consumers to improve their…


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Singers For Hire

Singers For Hire ACTS FORGE AHEAD WITH NEW VOCALISTS AND ENJOY NEW SUCCESSES October 08, 2009 — 12:00 am PDT Nick Krewen / GRAMMY.com At the apex of Styx‘s popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, many of the Chicago rockers’ Top 10 hits came from a single songwriting source. Not only did cofounder Dennis DeYoung pen such Styx hits as “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Mr. Roboto,” but his…


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The Weeknd proves he’s Toronto’s next superstar: concert review

R&B crooner Abel Tesfaye, aka the Weeknd, treated crowd at Mod Club to a sort of preview of new album Beauty Behind the Madness. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Aug 26 2015 The Weeknd At the Mod Club, Aug. 25 He’s earned it all right. The climatic moment in the Weeknd’s recent video for his chart-topping hit “Can’t Feel My Face” occurs when the singer is set on fire…


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Homegrown acts Moist, Tea Party return after long absences

New touring circuits, more cash and ego spark musical reunion craze. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Nov 20 2014 With the imminent return to Toronto of acts like Moist and The Tea Party after lengthy hiatuses, reunion fever is running high. While it isn’t necessarily a new trend, many domestic and international acts are mending fences in 2014 and flaunting new leases on life. Whether it’s the recent return…