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Canadian Musician magazine is Canada's magazine for professional and amateur musicians. Published since 1979, the magazine covers prominent Canadian artists, the latest gear technique and the business of music.

Published bi-monthly, Canadian Musician features regular columns on Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds, Vocal, MIDI, Business, Songwriting, Live Sound, Recording and On-Line Music. Also included are classified ads, opportunities for musicians, new releases and new products.

Latest From Canadian Musician:

Desirée Dawson? Named 2016 CBC Searchlight Winner - May 23rd, 2016
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Hal Rodriguez

The Six String Shed


A blog on improvising, comping, and practicing for guitarists of all styles. Both practical licks and theory will be discussed to expand your vocabulary and mind.

Hal Rodriguez is a Toronto based guitarist, bassist, and music teacher. For lessons and transcription services, he can be contacted at

Latest From the Shed:

CMW 2016 Concert Review: Dead Obies - May 9th, 2016
Experimental hip hop group, Dead Obies, performed their raw brand of rap music at the Great Hall last week during CMW. The group of five MCs and one DJ, delivered a refreshing, hard hitting live sound that had more in common with ha... Read More

Jason Raso

Jay Walking


Jason Raso's "Jay Walking" will focus on all things bass. Topics will include teaching, learning, gigging, listening, influences, gear, and just about anything that comes to Jason's mind. (And a lot comes to Jason's mind). Also, look for artist interviews and more surprises...

Jason Raso has a funk heart and a jazz head. They are hard wired together by the four strings of his bass guitar and an innate ability to craft music that will turn you into a bobble head. For over 20 years, Raso has pursued the groove to such excellence that Exclaim Magazine declares, ³Jason Raso¹s bass is a full-on orchestra of ground vibrating pleasure.² Jason maintains a busy teaching and gigging schedule and is endorsed by Spector Basses, TC Electronic Bass Amplifiers, Lava Cables, and DR Strings.

Latest From Jay Walking:

The Legendary Tony Levin - April 26th, 2016
[caption id="attachment_455" align="alignnone" width="524"] Photo by Jerome Brunet[/caption] Tony Levin is an absolute legend. His tone and creativity on ... Read More

Dale Boyle

Exploring Your Song Routes


In this blog, Dale provides songwriting tips and insights and offers questions to engage the reader and have them share their own views and opinions!

Dale Boyle is a Gaspe-born, Montreal-based folk, roots, and blues singer/songwriter. He is an International Narrative Song Competition Winner, Lys Blues Songwriter of the Year award winner, and founder of Song Routes (, an online magazine that explores the art of songwriting. His PhD research at McGill University explored the role of music as a teaching tool and Dale has taught McGill Education courses including "Music Listening for Education" and "Listening for Learning."

Latest From Exploring Your Song Routes:

Jam Tracks: A Songwriting Tool - May 14th, 2016
Playing along to “Jam Tracks” which has your instrument of choice removed is a great way to practice and explore songs in a contextualized manner. However, “Jam Tracks” can also be great songwriting tools. Now, we naturally gravitate towards jam tracks of songs that we know and wish to play. Makes sense! But the key to this exercise is to select jam tracks of songs that you do not know. Preferably, these tracks would also have the vocals removed ... Read More

Angela Kelman

Step Up To The Mic... Holy $#!%, Now What???


Vocal and performance insight, tips and techniques to validate what you are doing correctly and help you self diagnose and fix your challenges.

Angela Kelman is best known as lead singer of the Juno and multiple award winning group, Farmer's Daughter. For the last ten years she has been coaching hundreds of performers and creating her 5 Point Singing System vocal program.

Latest From Step Up To The Mic:

Farewell Peak Performance Project British Columbia - November 16th, 2015
For the last four years I have had the privilege of being the vocal coach on faculty for the Peak Performanc... Read More

Kim Pardy

Taking Care Of Business


From well-known and up-and-coming artists to industry personnel, we'll be interviewing those who have successfully navigated their way through the ever-changing music industry. What are they looking for in that next level artist? And do artists have what it takes to make it there?

Bio: Kim has had the pleasure of working with a variety of industry professionals over the years in booking and promotions, from indie to international touring artists. Along the way, she's learned from those that have been there and done that, both successfully and not so much. No matter what the struggle or triumph, though, for Kim, it all still boils down to hearing music that kicks ass and moves audiences

Latest From Taking Care Of Business:

Brian Moncarz - Producer, Engineer, and Mixer - November, 18th, 2015
BRIAN MONCARZ As a Producer, Engineer, and Mixer, Brian Monca... Read More

Jeff Salem

Noise Organizer


Jeff Salem is a percussion clinician, educator and the owner of JS Music Studio. Jeff has performed in over 70 countries and is active performing clinics and workshops at music stores and schools throughout the GTA. e is a writer for Canadian Musician and Modern Drummer magazine. His resume of diverse musical experience has had him perform with Diana Krall, Rob Tardik, Robin Ford, The Chieftains, Randy Bachman, Art Garfunkel, Lee Aaron, Paul Brown, Jessy J, Saints & Sinners and many more artists.

Topics discussed will include, drum tips, new gear, instructional products including books, DVD's, drummers of all genres, ages and levels. We will feature drummers from many new bands as well as classic bands. Hand percussion topics including drum circles will be discussed as well. Looking forward on taking you all on a percussive journey.

Latest From the Noise Organizer:

STRIKE ZONE by Wes Crawford - February 9th, 2015
Greetings fellow drummers, in my 20 plus years of teaching drums I have always found it a challenge to get beginner students to be cons... Read More

Paul Lau

Hot New Tech Toys


Paul Lau is a Digital Audio MIDI Specialist and contributing columnist/reviewer for Canadian Musician and Professional Sound magazines. He has been the keyboard/technology manager at Steve's Music in Toronto and AXE Music's Mega Store in Calgary. He has also worked as a product specialist for Roland Canada and a post-mastering editor for Universal Music Canada. Presently, he is owner of GetSetMusic and is Producing, teaching and playing music full time. He is part of the cool Christian pop duo Scatter17.

Paul will be exploring the ever-changing digital technology of the music world, looking for the latest and coolest music software, virtual instruments, plug-ins, and anything MIDI. He'll also be checking out the latest music-related apps for your mobile devices. And if that isn't Enough, expect new innovations in hardware instruments and connective devices!

Latest From Hot New Tech Toys:

Roland Digital Piano Design Awards - May 10th, 2016
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James Linderman

Where The Blog & The Song Become The Blong


Welcome to the world premiere of the Blong - not just a blog and certainly not just about the song... although mostly about writing them. The Blong is where we will test drive the collection of nuts and bolts that we use as a ride to the unscheduled blind dates with our muse. It is now believed that if we attempt to improve our ability to write songs with only the conventional tools and texts called songcraft, our songs will certainly perish; however, if we do not at least look at those conventional materials, our songs are left to always wonder what it would have been like to have that information inform them. So much to consider... Welcome to the Blong side..

James Linderman lives and works at theharmonyhouse, a music lesson, songwriting, and pre-production recording studio in Newmarket, ON. Along with in-studio lessons, James also teaches guitar and coaches songwriting over Skype to students all over the world. James is the Canadian representative of a 21-member international and off-campus academic advisory board for The Berklee School of Music in Boston known as Berkleemusic Ambassadors. He has a Canadian University (York) and American College (EOSC) education in music theory, composition, and journalism.,

Latest From Where The Blog & The Song Become The Blong:

Invest in Your Songs - January 20th, 2016
I have sat across from more songwriters who are afraid of success, than songwriters who are afraid of failure. I have even been one of those songwriters myself....... If I wrote a great song today...and I don't mean just a good song or even a very good song but a great song. Lets say a song that would raise the bar for every other song ever written by anyone. I mean "Let it be" kind of great or "Imagine" great or..well you get the idea. That ... Read More

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