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Future of pop music is in great hands with Bruno Mars: review

Mars’s 90-minute set Saturday night at the ACC demonstrated the pop star’s gifted intuition for pop music. Nick Krewen Music, Sun., Aug. 27, 2017 Bruno Mars at the Air Canada Centre, Aug. 26, 2017 He had razzle. He had dazzle. And on Saturday night, for the first of two hotly anticipated Air Canada Centre sell-out concerts, Bruno Mars had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand with…

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10-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt learned her craft from country blues greats

The singer-songwriter, who will return to the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on June 9, says she wasn’t aware of how much impact she’s made during her career. Nick Krewen, Music, Sat. June 3, 2017 A master of the Stratocaster, 10-time Grammy Award recipient Bonnie Raitt has always been perceived as a trail-blazing role model who inspires female musicians to pick up the guitar and express their individuality. But it…


Drake’s Views is a Love Letter to Toronto

59th GRAMMY nominees Drake, Noah “40” Shebib, Nineteen85, Kyla, and others tell the inside story of the Album Of The Year-nominated Views NICK KREWEN GRAMMYS   MAY 15, 2017 – 2:36 AM GRAMMY.com If there’s been a more exuberant ambassador for the city of Toronto than Aubrey “Drake” Graham, you won’t find them on this planet. While the ever-prolific Drake continues to churn out rhyme after rhyme, rising to the…


Janet Jackson delivers sonic bombardment of hits at ACC

Air Canada Centre concert a well-oiled, highly choreographed machine meticulously planned down to each breath Nick Krewen Janet Jackson At the Air Canada Centre, Sept. 16, 2015 Sometimes you just have to laugh at the Spinal Tap-ish practices that often occur in the music industry. The latest: when the Star requested a review ticket for Janet Jackson’s Unbreakable tour, which launched in Vancouver on Aug. 31 and had performed eight…


Rod Stewart’s still got charm and energy to spare: concert review

Rod Stewart gave the adoring crowd exactly what they wanted at the Air Canada Centre, while low-key Steve Winwood paraded the hits in an extended jam. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Dec 16 2013 Rod Stewart and Steve Winwood 3.5 stars At the Air Canada Centre, Sunday, Dec. 15 He may be the spryest 68-year old on the planet. We’re not exactly sure what it is that Rod…