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Another Wednesday, another edition of Canadian Musician Radio. With all of these great summer festivals and tours, we've been able to deliver a heap of artist interviews, and this week is no different.
Join us as we catch up with Juno-winning six-piece "folk popgrass" outfit The Strumbellas, singer-songwriter Astrid Young (also the half-sister of the one and only Neil), and Ryan McCambridge.
The Strumbellas are playing summer festivals across Canada and the U.S. this summer, continuing to promote the sophomore album, We Still Move Dance Floors. While its predecessor, My Father and the Hunter, was nominated for a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year in 2013,We Still Move Dance Floors actually took the trophy earlier in 2014 and was recently long-listed for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize. They're more focused than ever now, and we'll find out why.
Musician, composer, actor, author screenwriter, and sommelier Astrid Young released her fourth solo record, One Night at Giant Rock, at the end of June. In a special performance, Young is kicking off her "psychedelic acid folk" tour in southern Ontario in late July and will work her way west. The album, featuring Victor DeLorenzo of the Violent Femmes is a collection of songs that reflect her personal discovery of the karmic meaning of all her relationships. She speaks about the long gaps between records, some of her other musical endeavors, and more.
Finally, in addition to being a studio engineer who's been the right hand man of producer/engineer David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Tool, Dream Theater), Ryan McCambridge has been making music under the moniker of A Calmer Collision. We talk about the sonic balance he's struck between modern rock and electronica as well as how his experience in the studio informs his work as a musician and more.
So many great live music festivals and events happening this summer from coast-to-coast has seemingly translated to an overload of artist interviews on Canadian Musician Radio.
This week, we speak with three highly-touted acts from rather different scenes: Halifax-based troubadour Adam Baldwin, Montreal folk quartet The Barr Brothers, and riff-driven rock duo PS I Love You. Andrew caught up with Baldwin just before his (terrific) performance at Charlottetown's Big Red Festival while Mike had a chance to speak with the other two during the 2014 run of NXNE.
Of course, Andrew and Mike will also have a run-through of the latest news from in and around the Canadian and international music industries. We look forward to having you join us!
Canadian Musician's Mike Raine was on the ground for NXNE 2014 earlier in the month, and from that, we're pleased to bring you another show full of artist interviews.
First, Mike speaks with Montreal-based songwriter Ian Kelly, whose latest release, All These Lines, has benefitted from widespread acclaim. Take a look at the year he's had and what's in store for the rest of 2014.
Then, we'll speak with recently-announced Polairs Prize long-lister Kalle Mattson (it's pronounced Kale), who had actually just received the Polaris news minutes before sitting down with Mike. The Ottawa resident's Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold is a thing of brilliance and its first single, Pick Me Up, is a perfect summer jingle. Expect plenty more from this young man in the near future.
Finally, we're happy to bring you an exclusive interview with The Wilderness of Manitoba. They dropped The Leslieville Sessions EP last year and are currently busy prepping something new, so we tried to get some insight into what fans can expect. That and a whole lot more...
This week on Canadian Musician Radio, we're very excited to chat with Serena Ryder, whose career has exploded in the last year and a half following the release of her mega-selling fifth LP, Harmony. The album went platinum in Canada and spawned two massive singles in "Stompa" and "What I Wouldn't Do." Earlier this year, Serena earned Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year honours at the JUNO Awards, which she also co-hosted. Talking to Mike, Serena looks back on the whirlwind year she just had, how expanding her sound beyond to her folk roots led to her success, and what she has in the works as a follow-up to Harmony.
Meanwhile, Andrew caught up with Paul Luftenegger, who has finished recording a huge project and album titled Diamond Light with Arun Chaturvedi. Paul uses his music to promote peace, love, and harmony and has worked very closely and continues to be a guest speaker and volunteer/contributor with the 'Canadian Mental Health Association' (CMHA). Paul has been a featured singer/songwriter by Songwriters Association of Canada for his work with Suicide Awareness and Social Change Songwriting. His career also includes partnering with international charities to advance social awareness issues advancing equality and human rights for all people of our World. Paul has also been honoured by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for his work with Suicide Awareness.
Finally, while at the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, ON, Mike spoke with the girls in The Beaches. Despite just getting out of high school, The Beaches of been generating some huge review and industry buzz for their brand of no-holds-barred garage rock. The Beaches have charged into 2014 all guitars blazing with a three week tour of the UK supporting ex Distillers front woman Brody Dalle, and the release of their second EP, Heights, which was released on May 5th.
It's Smith week on Canadian Musician Radio as we welcome two accomplished yet stylistically contrasting artists to the show. What's more, we also have a candid conversation with music publicist and Canadian industry icon Richard Flohil, plus some goodies from East Coast Music Week 2014 and more.
The founder of Richard Flohil & Associates has been an instrumental component to the careers of a plethora of successful artists, from k.d. lang and Colin James to Serena Ryder and Justin Rutledge and well beyond. He's received numerous awards and honours from the likes of SOCAN, the CASBYs, and was just named the recipient of the 2014 President's Choice Award from Folk Music Ontario. Join us as we take a look back at Richard's decades in the business.
Then, we'll catch up with Dallas Smith who, after 10 years fronting Canadian rock outfit Default, has released a solo country EP called "Tippin Point." We'll talk about the transition from one genre to the other and get some insight into his creative process, among other things.
We're also very pleased to have Maritimer Meaghan Smith on the program. After a JUNO win for her major label debut, The Cricket's Orchestra, Smith took a few years off to prepare her next release, Have A Heart, set to drop April 22nd. The single of the same name is out now and doing very well at radio. We'll get the scoop from Meaghan on her sonic shift, upcoming affairs, and a whole lot more.
We'll also have some news and updates from ECMW, plus a handful of interviews for later in April, so keep an eye on the page!
We're fresh off of a great run at Canadian Music Week 2014, where Canadian Musician had the chance to take in plenty of panels and sessions during the day and musical showcases at night.
We also connected with a slew of the artists performing during the 2014 festival, and are happy to bring you some highlights of those interviews in this week's show.
We'll check in with the likes of Magic!, Gloryhound, The Flatliners, Kristina Maria, T.Nile, and more, plus share some highlights from the event and give you a run down of the latest industry news from across the country and the world.
We're all about the music this week. We've got three artist interviews lined up for the show, and they couldn't be more diverse.
First, we'll chat with Toronto-based performer-songwriter Patrick Ballantyne. In addition to being a past CM contributor, Patrick has co-writing credits on successful tracks by the likes of Big Sugar and The Trews. Earlier this month, he released his latest solo collection called Days of Rain. We speak with Patrick about his songwriting success, how this album fits into his body of work, and a lot more.
A former member of BKS and Love Inc., Simone Denny is a powerhouse vocalist in the pop/dance/house realm. She's fresh off the release of "Your Love Fades Away" - the first single from her solo album "The Stereo Dynamite Sessions, Vol. 1." We'll chat about her career to date and how that's led her to where she is now.
Finally, we're stoked to have Dave1 from hugely successful Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo on the show. He'll be speaking about the band's latest full-length release, "White Women," how the Internet has contributed to their success, and their plans for global domniation.
We're quite honoured to have Jack Long, the founder of Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Yorkville Sound, and Traynor Amplification on this week's show - especially because, in addition to pioneering three brands that are probably recognizable to every musician in the country, was also just named to the Order of Canada for 2014 alongside peers like Rick Mercer and Chris Hadfield.
We also have an interview with Halifax-based celtic rock outfit The Stanfields. The band's official video for "Hard Miles" was just released and they're about to embark on a fall tour, primarly covering their home province of Nova Scotia. They're a riotous live band and have contributed to Canadian Musician in the past, so we're happy to have caught up with them at the Toronto Urban Roots Festival to get a glimpse at what's coming up for their camp.
Welcome to yet another edition of Canadian Musician Radio. We have a pretty diverse bunch of interviewees this time around.
First, we'll speak with Sean Kelly, who currently plays guitar with Nelly Furtado and has also performed with and written for a long list of notable artists. His project "Metal On Ice" features stories from some Canadian heavy metal greats.
For CM Academy, we grabbed The Agency Group's Adam Kreeft at Showcase PEI 2013 to chat about how artists can make a lasting impression at showcase events and festivals, and also about proper follow-up.
Finally, CM Catches Up With... Nashville-via-Toronto rockabilly phenom Lindi Ortega about her move to the US, her chameleon-like approach to touring, and of course, her upcoming record, "Tin Star."
We had so much great content from Canadian Music Week that we figured we'd double down and bring you another best-of full of interviews from this year's showcasing artists.
This time around, we've got on-the-rise rock trio The Balconies, BC-based folkies Good for Grapes, country singer Jason Hastie, bouncy indie pop outfit BESTiE, and Toronto newcomers The Cruelty Party, featuring Alphonse Alixander Lanza III of Azari & III.
There's something for everyone, musically speaking, plus all the goods from around the industry - including more summer festival talk. (This summer is going to be an absolute blast for music fans.)
This week's show happens to coincide with the 2014 edition of Canadian Music Week, which is set to take over Toronto with some performances by massive acts like City & Colour, M.I.A., Tegan and Sara, and a whole lot more.
Our first guest, taking the floor for CM Academy, is Luther Mallory of BandLimbo.com. A musician, artist manager, label owner, and a whole lot of other things, Luther launched Band Limbo just a few weeks ago to offer practical, real-world advice for independent artists to help them navigate the ever-changing industry. His latest post is actually a short little rant for bands looking to make an impact at CMW 2014.
Our feature artist interview this week comes from a CMW showcase artist, Sony Music Canada's Current Swell. The Victoria, BC-born indie rock outfit JUST dropped their fifth studio album, Ulysses, on May 6th, and it's already made an impressive impact. Mike speaks with the band about the project and where they're headed for 2014.
Cheers to a successful Canadian Music Week; we'll be back in coming weeks with plenty of content from the Canadian music industry's Mecca.
Happy New Year, folks, and welcome to the first "regular" edition of CM Radio of 2014. If you've not checked them out yet, hit the archives or the iTunes store to access our special holiday editions of CM Radio. On Dec. 25th, we revisited some of the highlights of our first year, including interviews with major names like Avril Lavigne, Metric, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, and many others. Then, on January 1st, our show looked back at some of the "on the rise" acts we spoke with in 2013 that we think are going to make an impact in 2014.
For this week's show, we've got our Jan/Feb 2014 cover artists, The Trews, talking about the making of their fifth full-length record. You can get the full story in our feature article when the issue drops, but listen in for some additional info on the recording, their work with Gavin Brown, and more.
It's a double dose of East Coast artists, as we'll also be speaking with the very young and very talented Molly Thomason, whose new album "Columbus Field" is sure to turn some heads - especially for fans of Tegan and Sara, Sleater Kinney, and Neko Case.
We're very happy to have you with us as we kick off 2014 on Canadian Musician Radio!
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