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Kardinal Offishall, Universal Music Canada launch Black youth scholarship

Kardinal Offishall and employees at Universal Music Canada have banded together to launch a new scholarship program supporting Black high school students in their post-secondary education.

Hundreds of Canadian radio stations, TV outlets risk closure says media study

As many as 40 local television outlets and 200 Canadian radio stations could be forced to close in the next three years as the financial pressures faced by media companies intensify under the COVID-19 pandemic, suggests a new study from an industry advocacy group.

Sask. musician Andy Shauf among Canadians on Obama's summer playlist

Saskatchewan-based musician Andy Shauf is one of several Canadians featured on former U.S. president Barack Obama's coveted summer playlist — alongside fellow Canadian artists Drake and Partynextdoor.

Alan Thicke songs to be inducted into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Beloved TV sitcom dad Alan Thicke is being honoured by the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on Friday for a trio of popular theme songs he helped create.

EU regulators investigate Google's plan to buy Fitbit

European Union regulators say they're opening an in-depth investigation into U.S. tech giant Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit, saying they are concerned the deal would entrench Google's position in the online ad market.

How one B.C. venue is blazing the trail for a return to live music

Alex Cuba wasn't planning to be a trailblazer for the future of Canada's live music scene, but his upcoming concerts may serve as a blueprint for the road ahead amid the pandemic.

Ryan Reynolds launches training program to boost inclusivity on his next film

Vancouver-born Deadpool actor, Ryan Reynolds, announced plans on Friday for the Group Effort Initiative, which will recruit 10 to 20 trainees from Black, Indigenous and "all other marginalized communities" to work alongside experienced professionals on his next movie.

Cineplex to begin phased reopening of Ontario theatres on Friday

Canadian cinema operator, Cineplex, will begin with 25 locations across the province as part of a wider phased return to business during COVID-19.

Cineplex urges Ontario to make changes to theatre occupancy limits

Executives at Cineplex Inc. are urging the Ontario government to loosen restrictions over how many people can occupy its cinemas at a single time.

Winners of 2020 Juno Awards to be revealed in virtual ceremony

Several months after Juno organizers pulled the plug on festivities that were set for Saskatoon, they've announced June 29 as the night trophies will be handed out in all 42 categories.

Corey Hart updates Never Surrender as pandemic-era salute to people's strength

One of Corey Hart's most resilient hit singles, Never Surrender, is getting a makeover by the singer who's been inspired by people's unwavering strength during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heritage minister outlines distribution of $500M of arts and culture COVID-19 support

Canada's arts and culture organizations are getting a clearer picture of how the federal government plans to divide $500 million of COVID-19 support.

Musicians say CERB changes offer some financial relief as uncertainty persists

Chris McKhool still has many questions about how the federal government will support Canadian artists in the latest update to the COVID-19 emergency benefits program — but for now he's trying to stay focused on the music.

Printed store flyers may not come back as COVID-19 changes retail habits

Industry observers say COVID-19 could finally sound the death knell for the time-honoured marketing tool of retail flyers.

Quibi gambles with mobile-only streaming platform amid COVID-19

Creators of the freshly minted subscription streaming platform Quibi had a tough sell on their hands even before the COVID-19 pandemic spiralled us into uncertain financial times.

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