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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:

WILD 953 & Alberta Music Launch Year Two of Project WILD: Country Artist Development - March 23rd, 2017
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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:

Interview with Paul Gilbert - May 26th, 2016
I had the honour of interviewing preeminent shredder and musical chameleon, Paul Gilbert, on his new album, I Can Destroy, which is slated for release on May 27th. In this interview, he talks about composing, improvising, and going back to the blues. Thanks to Paul, Amanda Cagan, and Andrew King for making this interview possible! Visit Paul's website and ... 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:

Christian McBride: Artist in Residence at Humber - March 4th, 2017
  I had the great opportunity to interview Christian early t... 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:

Write What You Know - March 15th, 2017
In this entry I offer a short passage (food for thought) from my PhD thesis where I cite two of my favorite songwriting books: Song: The world's best songwriters on creating the music that moves us; and, The Billboard guide to writing and producing songs that sell: How to create hits in today's music industry. Here is the except from my PhD thesis: In songwriting, some feel that the art "demands authenticity" (Beall, 2009, p. 126) and advis... 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:

Acoustica - Mixcraft Pro Studio 7 - January 9th, 2017
No Limits Unleash your creativity with unlimited tracks, sounds, effects, and virtual instruments! Embrace the power of 64-bit computing with full 32-bit and 64-bit compatibility. Mixcraft’s advanced technology e... Read More

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:

It's Never too late to argue with a song - October 12th, 2016
It's never too late to argue with a song........ Read More

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