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Thu, Sep 27th - 1:14PM

Hall of Fame - Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was born in Montréal, Québec in 1934. He was a published poet and novelist when in the mid-1960s Cohen turned to songwriting. His ballads were turned into hit recordings by performers such as Judy Collins. He began performing the songs himself, and in 1968 he released his first record, Songs of Leonard Cohen, which featured his signature song, "Suzanne." In that same year his Selected Poems (1968) was chosen for the Governor General’s Literary Award, which he declined. Cohen published several more books of poetry, including the experimental and fragmentary poems of The Energy of Slaves (1972). His 1984 collection, Book of Mercy, marked his return to spiritual themes.

During the 1970s he focused primarily on his musical career, finding success with the records Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). His recordings of the late 1970s, Death of a Ladies’ Man (1977) and Recent Songs (1979) received less popular and critical attention. In the 1980s his musical career revived when the album I'm Your Man (1988) catapulted him back into the public eye, and The Future (1992) once again found a young audience for his music.

Cohen received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in 1993. In 2008, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2010 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In January 2012, Leonard Cohen, released his twelfth studio album "Old Ideas". The album has gone platinum in Canada. It was Cohen's highest-charting release in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard 200, 44 years after the release of his first album.

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Fri, Sep 21st - 8:05AM

The Suburbs

Arcade Fire
Merge/Mercury 2010

Arcade Fire came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Funeral, in 2004 to critical acclaim.

The Suburbs (video) is their third studio album. It won the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year, the 2011 Juno Award for Album of the Year, the 2011 Brit Award for Best International Album and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album.

The album's lyrical content is inspired by band members Win and William Butler's upbringing in The Woodlands, Texas, a suburb of Houston. The album was recorded in Win Butler and Régine Chassagne's residence in Montreal, with some parts being recorded at the band's studio in Quebec and in New York City.

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Sat, Sep 15th - 5:25AM

Thank Me Later

Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown 2010

Aubrey Drake Graham was born and raised in Toronto. In 2001, Drake rose to fame acting in the TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2006, Drake launched his music career by releasing his first mix tape, "Room for Improvement". In 2009, he released a seven-track EP "So Far Gone" that won the Rap Recording of the Year Juno.

"Thank Me Later" is his official debut album. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and reached platinum certification in Canada within its debut week. The album has produced four successful singles: "Find Your Love" (video), "Miss Me" (video), "Over" and "Fancy".

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Sat, Sep 8th - 5:25AM

Quiet Nights

Diana Krall
Verve 2009

Diana Krall was born in Nanaimo, BC. Krall went to the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship before heading out to L.A. to play jazz. She returned to Canada to release her first album in 1993.

Quiet Nights is her ninth studio album and was recorded in Los Angeles. It debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums, earning Krall her ninth number-one album on the chart. It peaked at number two on the Canadian Albums Chart.

At the 2009 Junos, Krall was nominated as Artist of the Year and the album nominated as Album of the Year. Quiet Nights Video

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Mon, Sep 3rd - 4:52AM


A&M/Octone 2009

K'naan (born Keinan Abdi Warsame in Mogadishu, Somalia) rose to prominence with the success of his single "Wavin' Flag". The song was a global hit, reaching the top ten in 19 charts around the world and was chosen as Coca-Cola's promotional anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"Wavin' Flag" (video) was the third single from K'naan's third studio album Troubadour. The first single "ABCs" was later used in the video game "Madden NFL 09" as well as in the 2009 film "The Trotsky". The second single "Bang Bang" featured Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

The album fetched K'naan three 2010 Juno Award nominations and he ultimately won Junos for Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

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