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.

Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Weight and time constraints might have played a part in Saturday’s stage collapse at Toronto’s Downsview Park that killed Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson when the top of the structure came crashing down prior to the gates opening to fans.  “The crew had just a few hours to install the lights, cameras and speakers,” CBC News reporter Jeff Semple said.
Weight, Time Constraints May Have Contributed to Radiohead Stage Collapse

Radiohead's Ticker Tape Touring One of Four Companies Under Investigation In Stage Collapse

The Ontario Ministry of Labour is investigating the roles of at least four companies involved in Saturday’s stage collapse in Toronto that killed Radiohead’s drum tech Scott Johnson, 33. This includes Optex Staging and Services, Inc; Nasco Staffing Solutions; Live Nation Ent. and Ticker Tape Touring which lists Radiohead as the company's current directors.
Photos: MuchMusic Video Awards 2012

Carly Rae Jepsen, Justin Bieber Light Up MuchMusic Awards

Carly Rae Jepsen may be the new Sheepdogs -- the Canadian artist on the lips of everyone this year. The newly crowned U.S. chart-topper who signed with Scooter Braun's School Boy Records after Justin Bieber heard "Call Me Maybe" during a visit home, won the most 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards last night in Toronto -- including topping pop band Mariannas Trench which led with seven nominations.
Carly Rae Jepsen-Owl City's 'Good Time' Headed for Top 40 Debut on Hot 100

Carly Rae Jepsen, Marianas Trench Win Big at MuchMusic Video Awards

Justin Bieber protege Carly Rae Jepsen was the big winner at Canada's 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards Sunday night, picking up three trophies, including best video of the year for her breakout hit, “Call Me Maybe.” Vancouver rockers Marianas Trench were the other big multiple MMVA winners.
JD Fortune Talks INXS Exit, New Band

JD Fortune Talks INXS Exit, New Band

JD Fortune, who was unceremoniously dropped from INXS last August for yet another new singer, discovered his photo being used to sell tickets to the Australian institution's homeland tour, which begins this week. Funny thing is. Fortune is well into readying an album's worth of solo material for his new band, Fortune, and tickets for their live debut at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony July 10 are on sale today.
NXNE Co-Founder Andy McLean On 2012's Interdisciplinary Fest: From Raekwon to Irvine Welsh to Rocket Hub

NXNE Co-Founder Andy McLean On 2012's Interdisciplinary Fest: From Raekwon to Irvine Welsh to Rocket Hub

Today marks the beginning of Toronto's 18th annual North By Northeast festival, which has developed into a fully-integrated conference with 80 interactive sessions, 780 bands and 40 films. Biz spoke with NXNE co-founder Andy McLean about this year's highlights, including shows by Raekwon & Ghostface Killah; writer Irvine Welsh and his new film "Ecstasy;" and a panel led by Rocket Hub's Brian Meece on crowdfunding.

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