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Welcome to a relatively diverse episode of Canadian Musician Radio.
Joining us this week is Esma, a Toronto-based pop artist who's been turning plenty of heads in the last few years. She's shared stages with some monsters like Jadakiss, Jay Sean, and LMFAO and worked alongside some top producers from the hip-hop realm, including Fingaz (Snoop Dogg) and fellow Canuck Rich Kidd (Drake, Busta Rhymes). We'll chat about her current projects and some tips for networking and navigating the industry.
We've also got Matt Epp, the Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter whose latest album, Ready In Time, marks a sonic departure from his more folk-inspired back catalogue. We talk about his work with producer Rusty Matyas (The Waking Eyes, Imaginary Cities) and some of the other things on the horizon.
Finally, we have Aldo Mazza, the man behind KoSA, a Montreal-based percussion institution celebrating the 20th edition of its annual Workshop, Fetsival, and Camp in July. We talk about his history with the organization and some of the initiatives planned for the future.
It's been five years since Finger Eleven dropped Life Goes Electric, so a lot of people - us included - are pretty excited for the release of Five Crooked Lines at the end of July. For this one, guitarist James Black tells Canadian Musician Radio the idea was to go back to basics and capture the essense that the band exudes from the stage.
We've also got Toronto vocal powerhouse SATE on the show. After having sung backup for many of Canada's top artists, she's breaking out with a fresh sound of her own - rooted in blues, punk, rock, RnB, and a lot more.
Lastly, our Canadian Artist Spotlight Song of the Week is "All of Me" from Calgary's Open Sails.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Our first episode of 2015 is a special one, as we're bringing you all the details about a brand new initiatve from Canadian Musician in partnership with 94.9 The Rock and The Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Generation Next Live is a unique concert series showcasing the best Canadian Indie bands. Each month, a team of industry experts will choose four new Indie acts to perform on the legendary Phoenix stage. Not only will this showcase give featured bands the chance to expand their following, connect with industry VIPs, and build a solid future for their talent, but it’s YOUR chance to support your favourite band as they build their groundwork in becoming the future of Canadian music. Get the details at http://generationnextlive.com.
First, we'll chat with Redd from The Phoenix about the initiative itself and what people can expect from it over the course of 2015.
Then, we'll have two of the four bands set to perform the inaugural show on January 23rd - Blind Race and Lost Cause.
Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer Jesse Cook joins us to chat about his chart-topping latest release, One World, and his subsequent performances in support of it. Join us as Mike gets candid with the JUNO winner.
Also on the show is Emilie & Ogden, the collaboration of songwriter and vocalist Emilie Kahn and her harp. Her traditional folk sound, accompanied by drums, bass, and electronic elements, draws comparisons to the likes of Feist and St-Vincent.
This week's show is our last regular episode of 2014, as Christmas Eve will be our "Best of Canadian Musician Radio 2014" edition, followed by our New Year's Eve "What's Hot for 2015" edition. Closing out 2014, we've got both Street Pharmacy and Trevor Guthrie on the program.
Ryan Guay, the mind behind Street Pharmacy, is set to drop his next full-length, Pharmanomics, in early January 2015. The album takes influence from the worlds of reggae, rock, ska, and early hip hop and features collaborations with a cool list of producers, including ex-illScarlett members Johnny Doherty and Will Marr, Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Metric), and Adam Tune (Keys N Krates).
As for Trevor Guthrie, after first coming into the industry with soulDecision in the mid-'90s, the well-known songwriter and performer has seen his solo career take off since 2013, after he was featured on Armin van Buuren's track "This Is What It Feels Like" and Markus Schulz's "Until It's Gone." Mike catches up with Trevor about his current projects and what's in store for the new year.
A great double-header this week on Canadian Musician Radio. We've got High Valley, the hot Canadian country duo comprised of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel. The group's latest release is County Line, which has earned comparisons to the likes of Rascal Flatts but also established these guys as a force to be reckoned with. www.highvalleymusic.com.
Then, we've got Ontario-rooted rock outfit The Mandevilles, fresh off the release of Windows & Stones, produced by the one and only GGGarth Richradson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine). The record is full of soulful, powerful rock that harkens back to the masters like Tom Petty, The Boss, and Mellancamp but with a fresh twist. www.heymandevilles.com.
And for a diverse trifecta, DJ Sara Simms speaks with CM Radio about her latest project, The Future Prophecy - a graphic novel and concept album series featuring DJs as the heroes and villains. The popular EDM performer will speak about the inspiration behind the project, some of the ways fans can get involved, and more. www.thefutureprophecy.com.
Please join us for this very special episode of Canadian Musician Radio, dedicated to the one and only Bruce Cockburn.
A Canadian songwriting icon, Cockburn has just released his brand new limited edition box set, Rumours of Glory. Sequenced as a companion piece to his published memoirs, this limited edition 9-disc set includes 16 rare and previously unreleased songs along with Bruce’s first live DVD. It includes 117 songs, a previously unreleased live concert DVD filmed during three shows in 2008, and a 90+-page book featuring rare photos, extensive track information, and liner notes by Nicholas Jennings.
We'll speak with the artist himself about his longevity in the industry, his approach to writing now as compared to that of his formative years, and a lot more.
ALSO, as an Exclusive Offer for Canadian Musician fans, use the discount code CM15 and get 15 per cent off the Rumours of Glory Limited Edition Box Set by visiting: http://bit.ly/1wzwGzU.
Welcome! We're stoked to have Joel Plaskett back on the show, this time discussing his most recent release, Joel Plaskett & The Park Avenue Sobriety Test. It touches on his solo acoustic side, his guitar rock work with the Emergency, his happy-go-lucky rhyming talents, carefree memories of growing up in Nova Scotia, and a little bit of anger at the forces making life tougher these days. There are many moments that draw on previous classic Plaskett, from beloved albums such as Three and Ashtray Rock, right back to his Thrush Hermit days. And there are new sides to his sounds as well – Joel like you’ve never heard him.
Of course, we'll also have our Canadian Spotlight Song of the Week, which comes to us courtesy of Kaylan Mackinnon.
This week's show features a great interview with the one and only Harry Manx from this year's edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He and Mike have an insightful conversation about things past and present.
Canadian Musician and GigSalad are presenting a free seminar in Toronto on July 18th called "How to Get Gigs that Pay Real Money." Among the panelists are GigSalad's Mark Steiner and Benjamin and Mia Hackett from Hamilton, ON-based duo Azalea. We've got all three here, speaking about their respective careers and sharing a few tips for artists looking to land some new, good-paying gigs. http://canadianmusician.com/realmoney
Joining us this week is Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia. After spending over two decades fronting Three Days Grace, he's now joined in Saint Asonia by current and former members of bands like Staind, Finger Eleven, Stereomud, and more. Their self-titled LP has been turning heads and it likely won't be long before these guys are headlining arenas.
Then, we catch up with Ryan Blake of The Road Heavy just in advance of the band's Devil's Grin tour through the Maritimes. The last time the band hit that market, it was in support of GnR alum Gilby Clarke.
Also on the show is Toronto's The Joy Arson, who recently took part in the "comeback edition" of Generation Next Live, presented by Canadian Musician and 94.9 The Rock.
If you’re a country music fan, this is the episode for you. We’ve got a big slate of four country artists this week.
We kick things off with Alessia Cohle, who has been chosen as the first featured artist as part of Steve’s Music and the Boots & Bourbon Saloon’s “Steve’s Supports Country” campaign. Alessia is about to release her debut EP, Let’s Get Gone, and her first single, “Sunday Shoes,” is making waves on radio.
Next up with Paul Malysa who won CM’s CMAO Road to Independence Sweepstakes. Paul talks to Andrew about his experience and lessons from the conference as well as his own music career.
To close out the show, we have one rising star and one established star of country music that are currently on the road together on the Outlaws & Outsiders Tour. Cory Marquardt tells Mike how he went from being a junior hockey player and a fighter jet pilot in training to playing in front of thousands of music fans opening for Toby Keith and working with some of Nashville's biggest writers and producers.
Aaron Pritchett has been one of the genre’s most consistent hit makers over the past 15 years or so, with such songs as “Hold My Beer,” “Big Wheel,” “Let’s Get Rowdy,” which have all been gathered together in his new greatest hits collection, Body of Work.
Our Canadian Spotlight Song of the Week is “Madly, Deeply” by Toronto-based country artist Melonie Ungar.
For the first time in a long time, it's both Mike and Andrew at the mic taking you through this week's episode. It's also the second of three "Best of CMW" episodes, this one focusing on some of the indie rockers we caught up with during this year's festival.
Our pal Katlyn speaks with Montreal dream pop trio Caveboy and 2015 ECMA Album of the Year winners In-Flight Safety while Mike sits down with Saskatoon's Slow Down Molasses and Erin Benjamin of Live Music Canada. Plus, we'll also hear the track "Smile" from Moncton's Open Strum in our Canadian Spotlight.
Check back next week for the final CMW installment, featuring the likes of Palaye Royale, Virginia to Vegas, and more.
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