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Obituary: Whitney Houston

In 1985, I was invited to a small reception in a Toronto hotel to meet a young woman who was already creating a major industry buzz. Besides being gospel great Cissy Houston’s daughter, Dionne Warwick’s cousin and Aretha Franklin’s goddaughter, Whitney had been signed by Clive Davis, a man with proven ears for talent.The moment Whitney walked into the room, I was struck by her natural beauty and youthful innocence. Just 22, she was fresh-faced and shy, yet already so poised. Sweet and soft-spoken, we chatted together about her new album and upcoming tour. There was an air of barely contained excitement about her, like a debutante at her coming-out ball.Less than a year later, Whitney had bec...
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What was your favorite Canadian song of the 1990s?

 Poll ResultsWhat was your favorite Canadian song of the 1990s?Constant Craving - kd lang18  votes18% Life is a Highway - Tom Cochrane13 votes 13% Hasn't Hit Me Yet - Blue Rodeo13 votes 13% If I Had a Million Dollars - Barenaked Ladies12 votes 12% You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette10 votes 10% Coax Me - Sloan9 votes 9% Secret Heart - Ron Sexsmith9 votes 9% El Desierto - Lhasa7 votes 7% Building a Mystery - Sarah McLachlan5 votes 5% Any Man of Mine - Shania Twain2  votes2% The Mummer's Dance - Loreena McKennitt1 vote 1% Informer - Snow1 vote 1%  Number of Voters&n...
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Nick's Picks: Best Albums of 2011

1. Metals Feist Feist presented a brand new slate, mixing hard and soft alloys to forge an album of rare depth and beauty. 2. Bon Iver Bon Iver From bucolic backwoods balladry to hypnotic electro-pop symphonies, his transformation has been masterful. 3. The Harrow & the Harvest Gillian Welch More exquisite folk songs that sound like they were handed down through the ages. 4. So Beautiful or So What Paul Simon Songs about love and faith, steeped in African kora, Indian tabla and southern gospel. 5. Ashes & Fire Ryan Adams Rarely has the prolific, wildly talented tunesmith sounded this inspired. 6. Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes Darker and deeper, but every bit...
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