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Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson 
CBC arts news journalist, music maven.

Canadians rock Oslo's Øya Fest

Categories: Music

From Grimes and Metz to revived collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Canadians acts are delighting fans in the Land of the Midnight Sun, according to CBC's Laura Thompson, who is bouncing and banging along at Oslo's Øya Festival.

Jedward on the MMVA red carpet

Categories: Music

Cheerful pop duo Jedward had much to say to CBC News on the red carpet Sunday night at the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto. A lot of their excitement came from seeing Avril Lavigne, complete with spiky hairband. Check out the Irish twins in this video clip.

NXNE: a primer to the best of the Canadian music festival

Categories: Music

North by Northeast is a sprawling Toronto music festival that brings cores of bands to the city in a bid to cultivate new fans. Laura Thompson provides some tips on how to spend your evening hours as music takes over the city.

Canadian bands provide the warmth as CMW ends

Categories: Music

It's a damp evening as Canadian Music Week ends in Toronto, but three new discoveries provide the fire -- Toronto's Alright Alright, Ottawa's Zoo Legacy and Swiss-German band Boy. Laura Thompson was there.

Canadian Music Week: The unpretentious, the unenchanting and the unforgettable

Categories: Music

Canadian Music Week never fails to mean discoveries. Laura Thompson takes us through a single evening, from unforgettable sets by Vancouver's The Zolas and Japan's Yuichiro Tokuda to acts by less-than-inspiring bands who have a distance to go before they quit their day jobs.

Memoirs that look behind the music

Categories: Books, Celebrities

This year a slew of musical stars put down their guitars and picked up a pen, among them Neil Young, who wrote the idiosyncratic Waging Heavy Peace and Pete Townshend, who bares all in Who I Am. Some rockers trusted someone else to do it -- the definitive Mick Jagger bio comes from Philip Norman and there is more on Joni Mitchell from Katherine Monk. CBC's Laura Thompson looks at the top memoirs of the year.

Rockstar Hotel bangs to '80s beat in Toronto

Categories: Movies, Music

A so-called Rockstar Hotel arose in Toronto on Saturday, smack dab in the middle of a music-filled weekend. Promising "unabashed dirty rock 'n' roll fun," the well-attended homage to the '80s turned out to be a Rock of Ages launch event that brought the film's soundtrack to life, though it's a shame about the movie itself.

Bonnaroo: a musical education

Categories: Live Performance, Music

Surviving sweltering heat and rain storms alike, dusty crowds as well as friends gone M.I.A., Laura Thompson concludes that attending the Bonnaroo festival gives one an invaluable musical education in just a few days. She outlines personal highlights from the latter end of the fest and thoughts about her experience in Manchester, Tenn.

Decisions, decisions at Bonnaroo

Categories: Live Performance, Music

Taking in Radiohead's wild, two-hour sonic journey at Bonnaroo is a no-brainer, but how to decide what else to see in the festival's jam-packed slate of amazing acts? Will it be Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings or Two Door Cinema Club? The Avett Brothers or Fitz and The Tantrums? Then, there's also Feist to consider. Arts journalist Laura Thompson tackles this musical dilemma.

Bonnaroo's rappers and shakers

Categories: Live Performance, Music

Arts journalist Laura Thompson reports from the 2012 Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn. She's inside, has her tent up and is ready to hear some tunes. Up first: rapper Kendrick Lamar and things just get better with Alabama Shakes.