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Sun, May 27th - 5:35AM

Hall of Fame - Neil Young

Neil Young was born in Toronto in 1945. His parents divorced when he was 15 years old, and he moved with his mother to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he formed a variety of bands. He left school at the age of 18 to work as a professional musician.

In 1966. he went to Los Angeles and formed the band Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills. The band had the 1967 hit song, "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey, What's That Sound)," pioneering the style called country rock. Despite their commercial success, Young and Stills had disagreements that led to the breakup of Buffalo Springfield in 1968.

In 1969, he released his first solo album, Neil Young. During this period he began working with the rock band Crazy Horse, which thereafter provided most of his musical accompaniment. From 1969 to 1974 he again joined Stephen Stills, then a member of the folk-rock group Crosby, Stills, and Nash, which was then renamed Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. In 1972 Young released Harvest, which reached number one on the Billboard pop album chart. He then produced Tonight's the Night and Zuma (both 1975), which, though commercially unsuccessful, have been ranked by critics among rock's greatest albums.

In 1989, he made a commercial comeback with an album in the style of blues and R&B, This Note's For You. Lyrics on the album's title song criticized rock stars who endorsed commercial products, and the music-video broadcaster Music Television (MTV) refused to play the song's video. Young followed with a number of recordings for Reprise, including the hard-rock albums Freedom (1989) and Ragged Glory (1990); Harvest Moon (1992), a country-music successor to Harvest; and MTV Unplugged (1993), performed with acoustic instruments. At the same time, he became interested in the aggressive sound of the younger generation of musicians, touring with rock bands Sonic Youth and Social Distortion. In 1995 Young recorded the album Mirror Ball, on which he collaborated with Pearl Jam, one of the most popular grunge bands of the 1990s.

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Mon, May 21st - 8:59AM

Hymns Of The 49th Parallel

k.d. lang
Nonesuch 2004

Kathryn Dawn Lang was born in Edmonton and was raised in Consort, Alberta. Her first album was released in 1984. Her discography comprises twelve studio albums, one soundtrack, one live album, three greatest hits albums and thirty-nine singles.

Her 10th album Hymns of the 49th Parallel featured cover versions of songs by iconic English-speaking Canadian singer-songwriters: Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, and Neil Young.


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Tue, May 15th - 4:56PM

Joyful Rebellion

EMI 2004

Kevin Brereton (k-os) was born in Toronto. He moved with his family to Trinidad when he was 8 and returned to Canada as a teenager. He has released four studio albums, two compilations and nineteen singles.

His second album Joyful Rebellion went platinum in Canada. The track Crabbuckit won the Juno for Single of the Year and its video won the MuchMusic Video Award for Best Pop Video.

k-os's official myspace profile

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Wed, May 9th - 5:46AM


Arcade Fire
Merge 2004

Arcade Fire was formed in 2001 and is based in Montreal. It consists of the husband and wife duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, along with Will Butler, Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufeld. Win Butler and Régine Chassagne attended McGill University, where he pursued religious studies and she studied jazz.

Funeral was their debut full-length album with preliminary recordings made during the course of a week in August 2003 at the Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Alternative Music Album.

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Thu, May 3rd - 8:54AM

Let It Die

Arts & Crafts 2004

Leslie Feist is a singer/songwriter from Amherst, Nova Scotia. She is primarily a solo artist but has also performed as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene.

Let It Die is her second album and was recorded in Paris during 2002 and 2003 and released in 2004. It was nominated for three Juno Awards in 2005, and won two: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist.

Website: Feist | Metals

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