Pop Goes The News — The former lead singer of a Canadian rock band attacked a veteran Canadian actress this week over their common name.

Maria Morales, known as Maria Del Mar in the ‘80s and ‘90s goth group National Velvet, called Maria Del Mar a “faker” and “imposter” in a bizarre rant on the latter’s Facebook page.

Update: The Queers show at Mavericks in Ottawa will take place as scheduled. 

Pop Goes The News — Promoters have pulled the plug on a concert in Ottawa by American punk rock band The Queers after community activists accused the group of being racist and transphobic.

The Queers, though, insist they will still be playing in Ottawa. The band also has shows scheduled at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern on Feb. 22 and at Montreal’s Katacombes on Feb. 23.

Pop Goes The News — A Montréal artist has sparked debate on social media after posting a provocative cartoon just days before Friday’s national funeral for René Angélil.

Mathilde Corbeil sketched Québec’s official symbol — a fleur de lys — to resemble male genitalia and, in French, wrote: “Anne Hébert did not have a national funeral. René Angélil yes.”

Pop Goes The News — Canadian country music star Brett Kissel is the proud father of baby Mila Kissel.

The 25-year-old singer and his wife Cecilia shared a photo of their newborn daughter on Tuesday.

Pop Goes The News — Heavy metal group Metallica wants a Canadian tribute band to stop using its name and mimicking its logo.

Sandman, a cover band based in London, Ont., received a cease and desist warning late last month from a California law firm representing Metallica.

Pop Goes The News — Canadian singer Matt Dusk announced Tuesday night he is going to be a first-time father.

“Santa comes early this year!,” Dusk wrote on social media, where he shared a sonogram photo. “Expecting a new addition to the band!”