Canadian Musician Magazine
Anything & Everything
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.
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Ticket to Ride
It's hard not to feel like you're always getting the short end of the stick in the music industry or that there's some big inside joke you're not a part of, whether you're a developing artist or budding music industry professional. In this blog Sari Delmar, President of Audio Blood and her team, will give you tips on navigating the independent music industry in Canada!
Sari Delmar got her start in the industry at a young age as a freelance writer for top music publications such as Exclaim! and Clash Magazine (UK).
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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 email@example.com.
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Elevating the Art of GRAD
From useful guitar set-up, maintenance, and repair tips and accessory installs to full-fledged vintage restoration and guitar design features, this blog will keep you in-the-know on all things guitar-istic.
Luthier / Teacher of Guitar Repair and Design. Over the last 40+ years, Michael has worked on 10's of thousands of instruments for Individuals, Retail Music Stores, Collectors, Wholesale Instrument Distributors and Schools. McConville remains grateful for every opportunity to "Elevate the Art of Guitar Repair and Design".
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Making Music in the Matrix
From the studio to the stage, the world of digital audio is an ever-changing place where new technology creates new instruments, new types of music, and new implications on existing instruments and music. In this blog, digital audio artist Aaron Collier offers advice from experience and explorations on finding the warmth, the wonder, the consistency, and the curious aspects of making music and art with ones and zeros..
Aaron Collier is a keyboardist, controllerist, and composer. For more than a decade Aaron has consistently toured Canada as well as the U.S., China, and Bermuda with his band Scientists of Sound and previously with the now-defunct Jimmy Swift Band. He¹s a composer for live theatre, film, and TV with various companies and is continuously raising his own bar on what is possible in the world of live digital audio performance.
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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.
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Observations From My Life With Music...
In my career, I have worked in the touring rock world, musical theatre, classical, blues, folk, and singer/songwriter genres performing with a variety of instruments. You may say I lack focus; however, I see it as being open to new ideas which keep me interested. As with my life in music, I will not set any boundaries for this blog. I will try my best to pass along some of my thoughts and ideas from a long list of experiences. Hope you enjoy...
In his more than 15 years in the music industry playing with acts like Watchmen, Thornley, and his own project, Ken Tizzard With Bad Intent, Ken has performed on the big stage of Toronto¹s Air Canada Centre to the dark cabarets in northern Russia, received numerous JUNO nominations and MuchMusic Awards, six gold and platinum records, and licensed songs to such TV shows as CSI and Fashion Television. He has also appeared on everything from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Bob Izumi¹s Real Fishing.
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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 (SongRoutes.com), 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."
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...And All That Jazz
Chris' writings are about the piano, music, the music business, creativity, solving your music problems, and, yes, the spoons. He can be contacted at www.chrisdonnellymusic.com and will be basing a lot of this content on reader questions, comments, and feedback, so get in touch and let him know what you want to learn or talk about.
Chris Donnelly may be one of the best spoon players in the world. Do you dare challenge a spoon master? Pick a date, place, and prepare yourself!
But seriously, Chris is a JUNO-nominated pianist, improviser, composer, and educator from Toronto. He's currently an instructor at the University of Toronto.
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Loose Wires will look at the world of live audio production and electronic music and the tools involved.
Jason Borys is an audio engineer and modular synth artist from Edmonton, Alberta. Borys has spent the last four years touring the world with the band Junior Boys. Previous tours have had him work with such artists as Shout Out Out Out Out, Chromeo, Matthew Good and the New Pornographers. When not on tour, Borys creates audiovisual art using modular synthesizers to patch deep listening and viewing environments. Jason also spends time as the house technician at Pawnshoplive in Edmonton.
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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.
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Other Side of the Tracks
Each week the blog will focus on techniques to assist in music production, pre-production, engineering, mixing, and mastering. Features will include tips/tricks, analog and digital gear reviews, studio experiences, interviews with industry professionals, advice about working in the industry, discovering new bands, answering readers questions and more.The blog will be aimed at all experience levels from beginners to professionals.
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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.
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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!
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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. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.theharmonyhouse.ca
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A blog dedicated to the comings and goings of keyboard players. In the blog, we will touch on gear (cool live rigs, new gear releases), studio techniques, as well as some broader music business topics that could pertain to side/studio musicians.
Dave is a studio musician/producer based in Nashville, TN. He has worked with Johnny Reid, Joe Nichols, Amanda Marshall, and Wynona Judd, just to name a few.
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The Producer's Touch
An in-depth discussion of all things to do with music creation, including songwriting, producing, engineering, and mixing....
Arun Chaturvedi is a record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He has written and produced for a host of up-and-coming artists including James Struthers, Flo, and JUNO-nominated Little Hawk. His film and TV credits include Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Casino Jack, Pretty Little Liars, Degrassi and many more. Arun was named Producer of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards. He can be reached at email@example.com, www.arunchaturvedi.com
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This blog is an archetypal exploration of what lies beyond the horizon of technique, and is meant to address various philosophical concerns in the transpersonal dimension of musical performance. What goes into making great music? How does one perform most effectively? What constitutes musical mastery? We will examine these questions and their implications on the process of musical creation through the lens of various intellectual and spiritual traditions, including archetypal psychology, zen buddhism, existentialism, eastern philosophy, and transpersonal psychotherapy.
Bobby Lee has been playing music for over 16 years and is currently the drummer for one of Toronto¹s most prominent up-and-coming indie bands, Papermaps (www.papermaps.net). He has degrees in psychology and recorded music production and is currently a psychotherapist-in-training. He is also an aspiring writer and lecturer, avid video game and comic book geek, and regularly spends his food money on funk 45s. If you would like to hear his philosophical approach as applied to drumming, you can pick up Papermaps' new EP, Inferior Ghost, on Sparks Music or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mark "The Drifter" Desloges
Letters From The Front Lines
The concept of Drifter’s writings is to inspire, inform, and indulge your love of professional touring and concert production with everything from helpful tips to real life problems and solutions that he experiences while at the shop or on the road. From audio to lighting, rigging, and shipping, this blog will dive head-first into the world of production and will share stories and information from the front lines of the Canadian concert industry.
Mark “The Drifter” Desloges is an audio technician at Tour Tech East and freelance live sound engineer/production manager. In his many years of professional touring he has crossed Canada, the United States, and ventured to China. He has shared the road with acts such as Cancer Bats, Classified, and Johnny Reid. He can be reached at email@example.com
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