Toronto

  1. 15-Year-Old Located, Missing Since Friday's Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Missing 15-year-old Hannah Batty has been found alive and well. "She has been located safely and will be reunited with her family shortly,” Detective Constable Joe Kaszyca confirmed to Billboard. Batty attended Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour date ...

  2. Dozens Hospitalized Over the Weekend at Digital Dreams EDM Festival in Toronto

    July 01, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Forty-six concertgoers, ages 18 to 30, were transported to hospital from Canada’s largest EDM event, Live Nation’s Digital Dreams Music Festival in Toronto over the weekend. Most suffered from drug and alcohol-related illnesses, according to Emer ...

  3. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  4. NXNE, CMW Remove Radius Clause While 'Why NXNE Sucks' Panel Rages

    June 24, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Just when a handful of invited detractors on the Why NXNE Sucks panel were griping about the 45-day radius clause imposed on artists performing at the Toronto music festival (June 18 to 22), publicists for NXNE and Canadian Music Week had already ...

  5. Justin Bieber a No-Show at Toronto Court Hearing On Assault Charge

    April 14, 2014 1:38 PM EDT The pop star was represented by his lawyer at the Old City Hall courthouse to answer for an incident with a limo driver on December 30, 2013. Justin Bieber on Monday skipped the latest hearing at the Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto into a rece ...

  6. Ontario Minister Tries to Explain Why Drake’s OVO Fest Received Controversial $300k Grant

    March 28, 2014 12:37 PM EDT A brand new charity partnership, basketball tournament, celebrity panel and beach party added to Drake’s OVO Fest are among the reasons his annual sold-out Toronto music festival received a $300,000 grant from the Ontario government designed to at ...

  7. Bill Ballard, Legendary Canadian Live Producer and Promoter, Dies at 67

    March 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Concert business pioneer Bill Ballard, who partnered with Michael Cohl 40 years ago in Toronto to create Concert Productions International (CPI) eventually presenting tours by the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, U2 and Pink Floyd, died Friday after b ...

  8. SFX Beefing Up Digital Capabilities, Plans to Buy Tunezy, Fame House and Arc90

    October 24, 2013 12:59 PM EDT SFX Entertainment's buying spree is extending well beyond the concert promoters that create the core of the EDM company's business model. Its next three additions, Tunezy, Fame House and Arc90, will give SFX a variety of digital capabi ...

  9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Takes Polaris Prize, Will Donate $30k Check

    September 24, 2013 11:49 AM EDT Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the post-rock, variably cacophonous and somnambulant Canadian music collective which has re-emerged over the past few years following a decade-long hiatus, has won the 2013 Polaris Prize for its record "Alleluja ...

  10. Dave Matthews Band Jams to Top of Hot Tours with $40M, Phish with $18M; Grande Makes First Appearance

    September 20, 2013 2:47 PM EDT Dave Matthews Band takes the No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with revenue reported from its summertime tour through North American outdoor concert venues. Kicking off in Birmingham, Ala. in April, the 22-week tour included 34 amphitheaters and two stadi ...

  11. Toronto Film Fest Gets in Tune with Adam Levine, Andre 3000, Alice Cooper's Cooky Manager and More

    July 24, 2013 12:18 PM EDT Adam Levine's first major film, biopics on both Jimi Hendrix and British singer Paul Potts as well as a documentary on Alice Cooper's outlandish manager will all make their premieres during the Toronto International Film Festival in Se ...

  12. Backbeat: Sony, iTunes Execs Hit the Scene, the Stranglers Rock the Spoke Club, DJs Spin Atop a Crane at Toronto's NXNE, MuchMusic Events

    June 21, 2013 10:15 AM EDT Toronto has been crazy busy the past two weeks with North By Northeast, Luminato (still going), the MuchMusic Video Awards and piggybacking parties and events. Billboard.biz squeezed in a few, starting with the NXNE kick-off at Toronto’s Drake ...

  13. MuchMusic Video Awards: Drake Surprises and Wins Big, PSY Retires 'Gentleman'

    June 17, 2013 11:22 AM EDT Drake made a surprise appearance, Avril Lavigne thanked her dad, and PSY said farewell thee "Gentleman" at the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto last night, a massive outdoor celebration that shut down the streets around the Bell ...

  14. Arts & Crafts’ Jeffrey Remedios on Label's Tenth Anniversary, the ‘Nostalgia Vortex,' Stars' Pillow Cases

    May 28, 2013 4:30 PM EDT A lot has happened in the ten years since Jeffrey Remedios and his friend Kevin Drew put out Broken Social Scene’s You Forget It In People on their Toronto-based Arts & Crafts label. What was once a small, DIY indie has evolved into a manag ...

  15. 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations Announced

    May 23, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchM ...

  16. Paul Gourlie, Long Time Agent at The Agency Group Toronto, Dead at 37

    May 10, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Paul Gourlie, a long-time booking agent at The Agency Group in Toronto, passed away this morning (May 10) at St. Michael’s Hospital from cystic fibrosis. He was 37. Gourlie was the responsible agent for such acts as The Trews, KMFDM, Saul Willia ...

  17. Allegro Media Group to Acquire Canadian Label Somerset Entertainment

    May 09, 2013 10:15 AM EDT The Allegro Media Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mood Media's Somerset Entertainment label, a publicly-traded Canadian company. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Billboard estimates Somerset has about $40 milli ...

  18. Greg Quill, Australian-Born Musician and Toronto-Based Music Journalist, Dies Aged 66

    May 06, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Esteemed journalist and musician Greg Quill, one-time Toronto Star music critic and a '70s music icon in Australia, died Sunday afternoon in his sleep due to pneumonia and a recently diagnosed case of sleep apnea, his family said in a messa ...

  19. Christopher Roberts Named Festival Director of North By Northeast

    April 17, 2013 11:46 AM EDT Christopher Roberts has been named Festival Director of Toronto, Ontario's North By Northeast Festival. Previously, Roberts worked for Vice, serving as head of artist relations at its record label and managing director of its Experiential ...

  20. Rolling Stones Announce '50 and Counting' North American Tour Dates

    April 03, 2013 9:00 AM EDT This morning the Rolling Stones finally released dates for their "50 and Counting" North American tour. The U.S. dates, as reported by Billboard.biz , will begin early next month on the West Coast, with announced markets including ...

  21. Ticketfly Execs Talk Canadian Growth, Future Expansion

    April 02, 2013 1:27 PM EDT Ticketfly Canada has now landed two-dozen promoters and venues since January when the San Francisco-based ticket company launched in Canada and says others will follow suit when their existing contracts expire. “We are tracking to sell $8 millio ...

  22. Downtown Music Taking 2013 Music Fest National With Earl Sweatshirt, Black Hippy, Purity Ring

    March 28, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Downtown Events, the live arm of the Downtown Music family of companies -- which include Downtown Records, RCRDLBL.com, Downtown Music Services and Downtown Music Publishing (which recently acquired the catalogs of Yoko Ono and John Lennon) -- t ...

  23. Rock Producer Bob Ezrin Talks About the Importance of Canada's Arts Scene During Canadian Music Week Keynote

    March 27, 2013 3:46 PM EDT Bob Ezrin's keynote conversation with interviewer Ralph Simon of ASCAP was filled with interesting tidbits about the late Jack Richardson, like giving "the kid" the little-known band Alice Cooper to produce in 1970, to his curre ...

  24. Karen Bliss, Billboard Canada Correspondent, Wins Music Journalist/Blogger Award

    March 25, 2013 1:13 PM EDT Karen Bliss, Billboard's Canada correspondent, won the Music Journalist/Blogger of the Year at the 32nd edition of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards last week during Canadian Music Week. The awards are considered Canada� ...

  25. SiriusXM Indie Awards: Japandroids, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Metric Win Big During Canadian Music Week

    March 25, 2013 10:32 AM EDT Canada’s SirusXM Indie Awards, held each year in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week, honoured some rather big names Friday night (March 22) -- for an awards ceremony that strictly honors independent artists -- including Taylor Swift, Carly R ...

  26. Simple Plan, Ralph James, Graham Henderson Among Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Award Honorees

    March 22, 2013 12:35 PM EDT The Canadian music industry was out full force last night (March 22), jammed into a room at Toronto’s Kool Haus to honor three Hall of Fame inductees, a humanitarian and an assortment of companies and individuals from labels, managers, agents, r ...

  27. Lloyd Charmers, Jamaican Musician and Producer, Passes

    December 31, 2012 12:10 PM EST Lloyd Charmers, an accomplished singer, pianist/organist and producer who played a significant role in popularizing reggae in England throughout a career that spanned six decades, suffered a heart attack on Thursday Dec. 27 while driving himself t ...

  28. Arthur Fogel Re-Ups With Live Nation

    December 17, 2012 5:00 AM EST Arthur Fogel, the reigning king of the megatour, has re-upped with Live Nation for a new five-year deal to continue his role as the Chairman of Global Music and the CEO of Global Touring. His tours with Live Nation have grossed more than $2.5 bill ...

  29. Ralph James, Larry LeBlanc To Be Honored By Canadian Music Industry

    December 06, 2012 10:15 AM EST Ralph James, co-founder of The Agency Group and long-time booking agent for Nickelback, will be inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame March 21 during Canadian Music Week's Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards gala i ...

  30. Drake's OVO Label to Announce Deal with Warner Bros.

    December 04, 2012 8:29 PM EST October's Very Own, the label spearheaded by Drake, has inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records. A rumored deal was first floated by Hits Daily Double on Tuesday (Dec. 4), and a source has confirmed the impending partnership to Billboard. More ...

  31. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Announces Capitol Hill Showcase To Coincide With Royalty Hearings; Ole, BMG & Kobalt Signings; More

    November 27, 2012 3:57 PM EST -- The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has organized a songwriters' showcase for Nov. 28, the same day as the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet is holding hearings on music licensing. The e ...

  32. Frank Barsalona, Remembered by U2 Manager Paul McGuinness

    November 26, 2012 3:46 PM EST Frank Barsalona, founder of Premier Talent and one of the pioneers of the modern touring business, passed away Thanksgiving morning after a long illness. For a tribute written by Billboard's Ray Waddell - featuring comments about Barsalona fr ...

  33. One Direction Tops Billboard 200, 'Twilight' Debuts At No. 3

    November 21, 2012 11:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its second album, "Take Me Home." The SYCO/Columbia set sold 540,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the third-largest deb ...

  34. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  35. Bruce Cockburn, Trooper, Deadmau5 Honored at 2012 SOCAN Awards Gala

    November 20, 2012 2:06 PM EST Canadian musician/activist Bruce Cockburn and "Raise A Little Hell" rockers Trooper were honored with lifetime achievement awards last night at the 23rd annual SOCAN Awards Gala, which recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwrite ...

  36. Morning Fix: Black Friday Music Discounts; Myspace Plans Analyzed; Bon Jovi Tour

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BLACK FRIDAY PREVIEW: BRAND-NEW RELEASES FROM P!NK, CLARKSON, ALDEAN, PITBULL, MORE AVAILABLE FOR $5 & $7: It's beginning to look a lot ...

  37. Bon Jovi Announce 2013 Tour Dates, Fan-Friendly Ticket Prices

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before ...

  38. Backbeat: Journalists Aboard Rihanna's Weeklong '777' Tour Spiral Into Madness...

    November 19, 2012 4:25 PM EST Billboard.com's Erika Ramirez is on a continent-hopping seven-day trip with Rihanna and 250 journalists and fans that is taking in concert stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and (finally) NYC, where the trip will ...

  39. Tunezy Wins Billboard's FutureSound Innovators Showcase

    November 17, 2012 8:38 AM EST And The Winner Is...: Tunezy founder Derrick Fung (with mic) won the Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovator Showcase. Seated (from left): Billboard's Bill Werde, Glenn Peoples' ear, shirt & hands, William Gruger, Alex Pham ...

  40. Jake Gold, Graham Henderson To Be Honored at 2013 Canadian Music Week

    November 14, 2012 9:43 AM EST Canadian music industry veterans Jake Gold and Graham Henderson will both be recognized for their major contributions to the music industry over the decades at two separate events taking place during Toronto's Canadian Music Week, March 19 -2 ...

  41. Bon Jovi Announce 'Because We Can' Tour

    October 25, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of stadiums and arenas next year with the "Because We Can" tour, set to begin with a Canadian leg Feb. 13 in Montreal. The first dates announced include Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Winnipeg ...

  42. Bon Jovi Announce 'Because We Can' Tour

    October 25, 2012 10:36 AM EDT Bon Jovi will embark on a world tour of stadiums and arenas next year with the "Because We Can" tour, set to begin with a Canadian leg Feb. 13 in Montreal. The first dates announced include Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Winnipeg ...

  43. Black Keys Top Hot Tours Chart, Followed by Jason Aldean, Eric Church

    October 22, 2012 10:04 AM EDT The Black Keys rise to No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours ranking with more than $2 million in box office grosses reported from three venues in California during its fall trek through western U.S. markets. Touring in support of the album "El Camin ...

  44. Ke$ha: Warrior Princess

    October 15, 2012 8:43 AM EDT With a hit single once again heating up the charts and a new album set for a December release, Ke$ha is back, stripped down and ready to rumble. When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009-rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth ...

  45. Morning Fix: Pandora Pays Out Millions; Best Buy CFO Steps Down; Rolling Stones Adding Dates

    October 10, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters KOBALT TO INVEST $100 MILLION IN ADVANCES, COPYRIGHTS: The Kobalt Music Group, via funds raised by Kobalt Capital Ltd, plans to invest $100 million over the next 12 months ...

  46. How Colin James Came To Rock the 19th Floor of The Royal York Hotel

    October 04, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Colin James rocking Toronto's Royal York Hotel (Photo: Michel Roy/Digital Direct) If you happen to be a loyal Fairmont Hotels & Resorts guest, you just might be eligible for a private concert by an EMI artist like Corinne Bailey Rae, Emel ...

  47. Swedish House Mafia Sell Out U.S. Tour in 'Minutes'

    September 28, 2012 10:48 PM EDT Swedish House Mafia, among the most popular EDM (electronic dance music) acts, has sold out all announced tour dates for their upcoming U.S. tour in a matter of minutes, according to a release from the group. The trio has said this tour will be it ...

  48. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

  49. Sam Sniderman, Founder of Legendary Canadian Record Stores, Dead at 92

    September 24, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Iconic Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman, whose Sam The Record Man store started in 1937 and grew to 140 stores nationwide at its peak, died Sunday in Toronto. He was 92. Sniderman opened the first record department with his brother, Sid, ins ...

  50. Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Marco Antonio Solis' GIGANTE3S Tops Billboard Hot Tours Chart

    September 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The Latin music GIGANT3S Tour scores a No. 1 ranking on this week's lineup of Hot Tours with over $10 million in ticket sales reported from a late-summer trek. The show, which featured the major star power of Marc Anthony, Chayanne and Marco ...

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