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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:

Reminder: CMW 2015 Artist Showcase Submission Deadline is Dec. 31 - Friday, December 19th, 2014
A reminder that Canadian musicians have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply for a showcase slot at the 2015 edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW), which will take place May 1-9, 2015 in Toronto. CMW is ... Read More

Sari Delmar

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).

The Latest Ticket to Ride :

15 Very Quick and Simple Things You Can Do to Help Your Music Career - Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Quick. Simple. And they make a huge impact. What’s not to love? #1 Remember Peoples’ Names  Ya ya ya, you meet a lot of people… we get it. If you want people to remember yo... Read More

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:

Changing Keys in Pop Songwriting (Part 2) - Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Strategy 2: Change the ii chord to a major chord Let's look at the next key change in Mike Viola's "Hair of the Dog" intro in bar 3 below. Here, Mike breaks out of the key of A by playing a B chord instead of a Bm on the first beat. Changing the ii chord into a major chord creates tension by introducing the raised 4th, or D#, which M... Read More

Aaron Collier

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.

Latest From Making Music in the Matrix:

Performing with Ableton Live Drum Racks - Friday, August 8th, 2014
A few weeks ago I made an excellent discovery: ABLETON DRUM RACKS ARE AMAZING. They're super versatile and very easy on your CPU, meaning you can load up tons of them into an instrument rack for a whole set of joyous, live, pad-mashing action. In a nutshell, here's what I do: I load up a Drum Rack onto a MIDI track in Ableton. I've created a template that I use as my starting point that I call "00 BASIC" - the zeros are there so it's the first... 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:

Happy New Year! - Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
2014 was a fun year for Jay Walking! I very much enjoyed touching on topics like practice, slap, walking bass lines, gear, six string basses, and musical self-worth! Like last year, the real highlights for me were the interviews! Thank you to Matt Bissonette, Orin Isaacs, Brad Cheeseman and Stanley Clarke for talking bass with me this year! I look forward to more interviews in 2015! I wish you all the best and I'll see you in the new ... 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:

Melody Pitfalls - Saturday, November 15th, 2014
Check out this piece on the top 5 melody pitfalls - and how you can avoid them! Click HERE!  ... 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:

Pentatonix Rocks - Monday, November 24th, 2014
I'm not the biggest fan of a lot of a capella singing, HOWEVER, in the last few years my students have e... Read More

Shawn Bradley

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.

Latest From Other Side of the Tracks:

Other Side Of The Tracks - Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
This is a great chart to help with your equalizing. Photo source: ... 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:

DRUMMING IN A TRIBUTE BAND - Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Early in my career I had the opportunity to play in two incredible tribute bands. One was a tribute to Alice Cooper "Just Alice" and the other a tribute to the band He... 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:

TempoRubato - Monday, December 22nd, 2014
About TempoRubato ( TempoRubato is a synthesizer ‘microbrewery’ located in Frankurt, Germany. Founded by Rolf Wöhrmann, we believe in the good life and doing things at work that we really like to do for the pleasure, creativity, and joy of our ... 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:

Murphy's Lesser Known Dictums by James Linderman - Monday, December 1st, 2014
Murphy's Lesser-Known Dictums: by James Linderman Unfortunately I am not the author of these sayings (see list below) and at this writing I do not know who is. A quick Yahoo search did not reveal authorship but I am sure that it was written by someone smart enough to not hope to make a living off of the royalties paid for writing clever sayings and posting them on the internet. These kinds of saying, however, are very valuable to t... Read More

Arun Chaturvedi

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,

Latest From The Producer's Touch:

Sample Plugin Chain for a demo vocal - Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
It's really common these days for songwriters to be sent tracks from DJs to write and record vocals to. So for all you upcoming top liners out there, here's a sample plugin chain you can experiment with to get your vocal sitting nicely against your track. 1) Autotune/Melodyne if needed or desired. Tune graphically or in Auto mode. Try experimenting with automating the various plug in parameters (master bypass, key, scale, retune speed etc). ... Read More

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

Latest Letters From The Front Lines:

Festival season is upon us... - Thursday, June 12th, 2014
As summer is finally poking it's head out, technicians are getting busier. After a spring of prepping kits for summer tours it's time for me to switch gears and start thinking about this years round of summer festivals. As always I have a few on my plate, and I'm excited! It really is shaping up to be a fun season. Hope to see lots of beautiful smiling Canadian faces out there this year. Expect Lots of crazy stories, videos, and pictures to follo... Read More

Jeremy Rouse

High Plains Drifter


This blog will explore the roots of traditional country picking, incorporating Travis Picking methods, and how banjo and pedal steel techniques influenced guitarists and led to a unique type of approach. We'll look at the lives and influence of country guitar icons like Merle Travis, Jimmy Bryant, Chet Atkins, Grady Martin, Roy Nichols, Don Rich, and the Western Swing side of things, as well as how modern players like Brent Mason and Johnny Hiland and others interpret the greats.

Jeremy Rouse is a Toronto-based guitarist and boutique effects pedal builder. He has played guitar for the national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Ted Neeley, and the 30th anniversary tour of Cats. He currently teaches and plays in Toronto with The Swing Shift Little Big Band and his own instrumental group, Pre Season Draft. For more information, visit and

Latest From High Plains Drifter:

Open string licks - Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Bill Keiths melodic style of banjo influenced some of these open string licks for guitar. Combining fretted notes with sustaining open strings underneath gives the illusion that the guitar has more strings than just six sometimes. It can also give a harp like effect, not quite as convincing as the harp harmonic technique but that topic would require its own article. Example 1 is in the key of D and employs the reverse banjo roll that was discu... Read More

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