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Lawsuit seeks millions from Canadian labels

A lawsuit seeking class action status launched by the estate of jazz musician Chet Baker against Canadian major labels and publishers is seeking damages for unpaid royalties.

Lilith Fair returning with 18-city tour

Lilith Fair will re-launch with an 18-city tour in 2010, according to an announcement from the Nettwerk Music Group. The festival will visit cities including New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago, among others. Dates for the shows have not yet been announced.

Hardcore band wins Polaris Music Prize

Of the all the acts on the shortlist for Canada's Polaris Music Prize, Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up seemed the least likely to take the $20,000 award. But that's exactly what happened.

Canadian publishers suing XM

Canadian music publishers are suing XM Satellite Radio seeking unpaid royalties dating back to 2005.

Pierre Tremblay leaves Nettwerk

Pierre Tremblay has left his role as senior vp at Canada's Nettwerk Music Group, claiming the company has "lost focus."

Canada revising its Copyright Act

Canada is expected to kick off the reworking of its Copyright Act next week, a process that will include a series of public consultations across the country, according to sources familiar with the plan.

Canadian crowd angry after Nas no-show

Rapper Nas has fired back at promoters of a show near St. John's, Newfoundland, saying he didn't play the gig because he was not paid. A near riot ensured, with several arrests being made.

Virgin Fest expands to five Canadian cities

The Virgin Music Festival will hit five Canadian cities this summer, including Montreal, the event's organizers announced Friday.

Ontario introduces secondary ticketing law

The province of Ontario has introduced a law aimed at limiting a company's ability to profit from concert ticket sales in both the primary and secondary markets.

K-os orders ‘name-your-price’ concerts

Toronto-based hip-hop artist k-os will do for live concerts what Radiohead did for recorded music sales, announcing a Canadian tour in which fans will be able to pay what they want after seeing the show.

Gene Simmons, Bob Lefsetz face off

Industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outlandish KISS bassist/gadfly Gene Simmons were poised to square off in a battle royale of massive egos at Canadian Music Week after the pair exchanged e-mail insults on the first day of the conference.

Juno Awards performers lined up

CTA and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences have announced the full lineup of performers at the Juno Awards in Vancouver on March 29.