Karen Bliss

Karen Bliss is the Canadian correspondent for Billboard, in addition to writing for Rolling Stone, MSN, AOL and many others publications and sites in Canada. She is also founder/editor-in-chief of www.samaritanmag.com, a music-heavy original news magazine, and runs Canadian music column musiclowdown.com.

Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

Just prior to their North American tour, a 74-year boxing legend who went the distance with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman joined Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace in a cramped Toronto hotel suite. The occasion: a preview of the Canadian band’s eighth studio album, “Curve,” inspired by the figutre George Chuvalo due out in the U.S. on April 22.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Announces Cutbacks, Layoffs, Adding Commercials To Music Stations

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Announces Cutbacks, Layoffs, Adding Commercials To Music Stations

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has responded to the Conservative Government’s Deficit Reduction Action Plan, which will cost the national public broadcaster $115 million, by announcing a wide-randing plan that includes, cutting 650 full-time jobs and original programming, shutting down analogue television and adding commercials or sponsorship to music radio stations CBC Radio 2 and Espace Musique.
New Canadian Music Site Launches In The Wake of FYIMusic's Shuttering

New Canadian Music Site Launches In The Wake of FYIMusic's Shuttering

Canada’s only dedicated music industry trade source, FYIMusic.ca, has shut down. In its place FYIMusic publisher David Farrell and backer Gary Slaight of Slaight Music have launched a new site, NewCanadianMusic.ca, a database of 35,000 artists and counting, which focuses on new Canadian releases each week from all genres and levels, signed and unsigned.
Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

Juno Awards: Feist, Michael Buble Win Big in Canada

A Christmas album by Michael Bublé took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan Lucci losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette's "Hello" beat Deadmau5 for Dance Recording; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian's beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the Hall of Fame; and The Sheepdogs, which this time last year were an unknown indie band, equaled Feist with most wins. These were the standouts of 41st annual Juno Awards.
Feist, Michael Buble, Sheepdogs Top Canada's Juno Awards

Feist, Michael Buble, Sheepdogs Top Canada's Juno Awards

Michael Bublé Xmas album took home Album of the Year; Hedley broke its Susan-Lucci-like losing streak; Martin Solveig & Dragonette’s “Hello” beat Deadmau5 for Dance album; Feist was named Artist of the Year; Canadian’s beloved Blue Rodeo were inducted into the Hall of Fame; and The Sheepdogs, which this time last year were an unknown indie band, equaled Feist with most wins. These were the standouts of 41st annual Juno Awards - and then there was William Shatner...
Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

Adele, Feist, Melanie Fiona, Gary Slaight Honored at Juno Awards Gala Dinner

The 41st annual Juno Awards, held in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, kicked off with a private gala dinner tonight where albums by Adele (of course), The Sheepdogs, Melanie Fiona, Tim Hecker and Feist were honored by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Canadian music industry vet Gary Slaight, Simple Plan and Blue Rodeo were also among the honorees.

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