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Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)

Bobby Rydell, 1960s teen idol and ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ star, dies at age 79

Between 1959 and 1964, he had nearly three-dozen Top 40 singles

Former teen idols from the ’50s and ’60s Frankie Avalon, left, Fabian, centre, and Bobby Rydell, right, show off their foot prints in plaster casts Friday, July 3, 1998, on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. Rydell, a pompadoured heartthrob of early rock ‘n roll who was a star of radio, television and the movie musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” died Tuesday, April 5, 2022. He was 79. Along with James Darren, Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Rydell was among a wave of wholesome teen idols who emerged after Elvis Presley and before the rise of the Beatles. (AP Photo/B. Vartan Boyajian, File)
Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jon Batiste tops Grammy Awards, winning 5 trophies

RB supergroup Silk Sonic takes home four awards

Jon Batiste accepts the award for album of the year for “We Are” at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Elder Jiixa (Gladys Vandal) and Julia Weder formed the rap group Siijuu Jaadas, meaning cool ladies in Haida, just over a year ago. (Supplied photo: Julia Weder)
Elder Jiixa (Gladys Vandal) and Julia Weder formed the rap group Siijuu Jaadas, meaning cool ladies in Haida, just over a year ago. (Supplied photo: Julia Weder)
Arcade Fire performs at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. The Montreal rock band Arcade Fire is set to perform at the Juno Awards in May. It will be the group’s first time back on the Juno stage since its performance at the 2018 awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Arcade Fire to perform at Juno Awards in May

This year marks the first in-person presentation of the awards show since 2019

Arcade Fire performs at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. The Montreal rock band Arcade Fire is set to perform at the Juno Awards in May. It will be the group’s first time back on the Juno stage since its performance at the 2018 awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cameron Whitcomb passes his American Idol audition in Austin, Tex., to advance to the show’s Hollywood Week. (Photo courtesy ABC/Eric McCandless)

B.C. singer passes audition, gets ‘American Idol’ golden ticket

Cameron Whitcomb, 19, impresses celebrity judges with Waylon Jennings song

Cameron Whitcomb passes his American Idol audition in Austin, Tex., to advance to the show’s Hollywood Week. (Photo courtesy ABC/Eric McCandless)
Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark, shown in a handout photo, will be feted with a humanitarian award at the Juno Awards this spring. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says it’s honouring the Arviat, Nunavut-raised musician for her “long-standing dedication” to improving the lives of Indigenous youth in Northern Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Denise Grant

Inuk musician Susan Aglukark to receive humanitarian award at Junos

Aglukark’s charity supports Northern Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth

Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark, shown in a handout photo, will be feted with a humanitarian award at the Juno Awards this spring. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says it’s honouring the Arviat, Nunavut-raised musician for her “long-standing dedication” to improving the lives of Indigenous youth in Northern Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Denise Grant
Peter Kent longtime movie stuntman for Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Submitted photo)

PODCAST: Peter Kent, Stunt double for Arnold Schwarzenegger

Qualicum Beach resident shares unique tale of his California dream

Peter Kent longtime movie stuntman for Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Submitted photo)
Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)

Today in B.C.: Longtime Spirit of the West drummer turned author Vince Ditrich

Podcast: Musician talks being a kidney transplant recipient, release of his first book

Vince Ditrich. (Submitted photo)
Grand Forks’ Jayda Guy, who performs under the stage name “Jayda G,” poses for a snap in her adopted city of London, U.K. Photo: Facebook - Jayda G

Grand Forks’ musician up for Juno Award

Jayda G has been up for big awards two years in a row

Grand Forks’ Jayda Guy, who performs under the stage name “Jayda G,” poses for a snap in her adopted city of London, U.K. Photo: Facebook - Jayda G
Order of Canada recipient Valdy in concert. (Black Press Media file photo)

Today in B.C.: Sharing memories with Valdy, iconic Canadian folksinger

Podcast: Talk includes Winnipeg’s music scene in the 1960s and being back on the road

Order of Canada recipient Valdy in concert. (Black Press Media file photo)
Charlotte Cardin arrives at the Gala Adisq awards ceremony in Montreal, Sunday, October 27, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Charlotte Cardin leads with six Juno nominations

Montreal pop singer-songwriter topped bigger names Justin Bieber and the Weeknd, each with five

Charlotte Cardin arrives at the Gala Adisq awards ceremony in Montreal, Sunday, October 27, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Dolly Parton, Eminem, Lionel Richie among Rock Hall of Fame nominees

17 artists and groups being considered for Rock Hall induction this year

FILE - Dolly Parton performs in concert on July 31, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Parton is among this year’s first time nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)
Victoria resident Stephen Fearing is one of the latest recording artists to pull their music from Spotify in protest of COVID misinformation on the streaming platform. (Photo courtesy of Mary Maryanovich)

B.C. musician Stephen Fearing joins Neil Young in pulling music from Spotify

Musicians protesting spread of COVID misinformation by Joe Rogan

Victoria resident Stephen Fearing is one of the latest recording artists to pull their music from Spotify in protest of COVID misinformation on the streaming platform. (Photo courtesy of Mary Maryanovich)
In this combination photo, A$AP Rocky attends the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2019, left, and Rihanna attends her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 premiere in New York on Sept. 22, 2021. A photo published on People.com shows the rapper with Rihanna who is exposing her baby bump, confirming the 33-year-old “Diamonds” singer and fashion mogul is pregnant with her first child. (AP Photo)

Rihanna is pregnant, debuts bump on stroll with A$AP Rocky

33-year-old star showed off her bump as her boyfriend beamed by her side in Harlem

In this combination photo, A$AP Rocky attends the Pre-Grammy Gala And Salute To Industry Icons in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2019, left, and Rihanna attends her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 premiere in New York on Sept. 22, 2021. A photo published on People.com shows the rapper with Rihanna who is exposing her baby bump, confirming the 33-year-old “Diamonds” singer and fashion mogul is pregnant with her first child. (AP Photo)
Taylor Swift performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Drunk driver tweeted ‘cya’ at Taylor Swift before crashing into her NYC apartment building

Suspect allegedly yanked off the door’s intercom panel before police took him into custody

Taylor Swift performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Meat Loaf gestures during an interview for “Bat Out of Hell - The Musical’” in Toronto on Monday, May 15, 2017. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Meat Loaf gestures during an interview for “Bat Out of Hell - The Musical’” in Toronto on Monday, May 15, 2017. The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toews put together a 24-minute video where he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotten/ Drumeo)

VIDEO: B.C. drummer plays all 175 Rush songs in 24-minute video

Performance by Brandon Toews a tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart

Chilliwack drummer Brandon Toews put together a 24-minute video where he plays every single Rush song released in chronological order. Here he is with his drum setup. (Laura Scotten/ Drumeo)
Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

‘He was a champion of Indigenous artists’: Community mourns First Nations musician

Multi-award-winning First Nations musician Vince Fontaine dead at 62

Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Michael Bublé sleighs the Canadian music charts as ‘Christmas’ makes history at No. 1

Christmas only album to reach No. 1 in 5 different calendar years on the Billboard Canadian chart

Host Michael Bublé is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March, 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)

Fernie musician to appear alongside The Flaming Lips on The Late Show

Young Nell Smith recently released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips

Nell and The Flaming Lips. Nell Smith of Fernie, 14, released a cover album in collaboration with The Flaming Lips called Where The Viaduct Looms on Nov. 26, 2012. (Photo bt Atria Creative)