July/August 2016 Contents

Rock… And Then Some
Arkells Refuse to Stagnate on Morning Report
By Andrew King

The flagbearers for blue-collar Canadian rock have been bored with the genre and its conventions of late, leading to an injection of new influences on their latest album.

When We Were Young
Sharon, Lois & Bram's Long-Lasting Musical Legacy
By Adam Kovac

Multiple generations grew up with Sharon, Lois & Bram, learning about life, friendship, and, most importantly if you ask the group members themselves, music.

Music for the Masses
Canadian Festivals Get Crafty to Overcome Challenges & Build Their Brands
By Kevin Young

Summer festivals are a key part of the Canadian musical landscape, though 2016 was a tough year, meaning event organizers had to up their games to let the bands play on.

Key Dynamics
Our Pop-Focused 2016 Keyboard Special
By Ryan Shuvera

"Keyboard Special" might be deceiving as our panelists – including Shawn Hook, Keith Harris, and more – are multi-faceted creators with unique approaches to their crafts & careers.

Road Test

Up-close looks at Shure’s KSM8 Dualdyne mic, RME’s Babyface Pro interface & a pair of Traveler Guitars

Indie Insider

Does Pay-to-Play Make Sense?


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Guitar - Dan Gillies
Keyboards - Martha Johnson
Bass - Warren Bray
Percussion - Chris Lesso
Woodwinds - Dan Schnee
Brass - Stuart Retallack
Digital Music - DJ Vekked
Vocals - Shaina Silver-Baird
Writing - Ron Hawkins
Recording - Steve Molella
Live Sound - Peter Janis
Business - Robert Baird

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