Over the past week, various worldwide tabloids picked up the story: Rihanna parties, gropes her way through Toronto sex club. None of these stories named sources or even a date, but all played upon the public perception that RiRi is a bit of a sexual deviant. Although we're pretty sure Rihanna was spotted at the Bovine after one of her shows at the ACC, the story's not exactly salacious. Yes, she was reportedly dressed in a leather cop outfit and provocatively patted down club patrons, but Torontonians know the place is a Queen West rock/punk venue, not an actual sex club. Far more scandalous to us is that the singer was spotted in West Hollywood on April 7 wearing an Ottawa Senators jersey. She really must be pissed at Drake.
CMW springs forward
Sub-zero temperatures and limited daylight aren't generally what come to mind when one thinks "major music festival." So it's a relief to hear that after 31 years, Canadian Music Week is moving to a milder month. The move puts the five-day showcase, which in 2014 will be held May 6 to 10, within a month of NXNE, but that's still well ahead of summer's saturated concert calendar.
Grove Music Festival uproots for Toronto
Initially, the Goldenvoice and Arts & Crafts-presented Grove Music Festival was supposed to combine big-festival headliners with small-community charm befitting its Niagara-on-the-Lake locale. Now, the latter element has been scrapped. For unspecified reasons (we're speculating difficulty selling tickets off the beaten track, or some local resistance?), the fest will take place at Toronto's Fort York Garrison Common. And while the date (August 3) and headliners (Phoenix, Girl Talk, Hot Chip) remain the same, some major draws have been rejigged: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis out; Earl Sweatshirt in.