Maya Kodes is a new kind of virtual pop star

Nick Krewen Music, Wed. June 14, 2017 You may not have heard of Maya Kodes, but over the past year, the slender blond singer has released a dance pop song on iTunes, recorded an EP set for release in June, performed 30 concerts and amassed 5,500 Facebook followers. Pretty impressive for a hologram. Billed as the world’s first interactive real-time virtual pop star, Kodes is the creation of Montréal’s Neweb Labs….

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Kid Koala draws upon the winter for new album

Icelandic vocalist completes wintry vibe on Montréal DJ’s ambient new album, which spurs creative Rivoli shows this week. Nick Krewen Music, Jan. 26, 2017 Eric San, a.k.a. Kid Koala, is a seasonal guy. For example, the Montréal-based DJ, musician, turntablist and graphic novelist says that he sees music to draw to: satellite, his new ambient Arts & Crafts album featuring Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini, as a “winter” record. San, who is…


GRAMMY HALL OF FAME RECORDINGS Songs Of Leonard Cohen     Songs Of Leonard Cohen Columbia Records Released: December 26, 1967   Nick Krewen GRAMMY.com August 25, 2014 Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the year the world was introduced to Leonard Cohen, songwriter and recording artist, Canada was celebrating its first century as a nation. For both Cohen and Canada, 1967 marked new chapters filled with rebirth, hope and a…

Nikki Yanofsky finds a mentor in Quincy Jones

“This lady is really special,” the legendary producer says of his 20-year-old Canadian protégé.     By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon May 12 2014   Montreal’s Nikki Yanofsky got some not-so-secret assistance on her latest album, Little Secret. You can’t do much better than having Quincy Jones, the dominant producer behind Michael Jackson’s three blockbuster albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad, and arranger and conductor of such…

Arcade Fire keeps Toronto on its feet: concert review

With the Air Canada Centre decked out like a giant dance club, Arcade Fire got its groove on for a 20-song set. By: Nick Krewen Music Published on Fri Mar 14 2014 Arcade Fire 3 stars At the Air Canada Centre, March 13, 2014 Even if it came at the expense of Toronto’s much-maligned mayor, it seems that Montreal’s alt-rock artisans Arcade Fire have a sense of humour after all….