Published Dec 10, 2011It's that time of the week again for a little news recap. If you're worried you missed what's been in the headlines the last few days, keep reading to catch up.
First off, it was an exciting week in Canadian music again. Not only did we get a big lineup announced for next year's annual Canadian Music Fest, which will host such acts as John K. Samson, Childish Gambino and Saul Williams, but we found out Sloan will be playing their classic One Chord to Another in full at their upcoming Toronto charity gig. And speaking of Toronto, the city is a bit miffed by Drake's recent Take Care billboard, which appropriated the city's logo. The city is reviewing the signage, but really, they should be giving dude one of those big "key to the city" things with all the TO-repping he's been doing of late.
Not far away, this week we also learned of the plight of some Peterborough, ON teens, who are protesting the proposed closure of Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School through a beautifully done Neko Case cover. The best part? Neko offered her support to the students, saying they "broke the shit out of my heart."
On the more international front, Bon Iver and Avalanches gave us another instalment in our Beefs 2011 series, Jay-Z hinted that another Watch the Throne album may be coming our way next year, the Afghan Whigs reunited, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is on board to score Paul Thomas Anderson's next film and Exclaim! favourite Sebastien Tellier announced a new album.
Also, loyal readers will have likely noticed that we've published our 2011 Year in Review coverage, and we're hardly done yet. Throughout the month, we'll be rolling out even more lists, with this week's instalments including the year's worst album covers and top Canadian music videos. We also had our recommendations of what not to buy the music fan in your life this Christmas.
Oh, and there's our annual readers poll, which gives you the chance to win a bevy a crazy-awesome prizes. So if you like free stuff -- and, really, who doesn't -- take our quick survey here.