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Music Therapy Gets a Rock ’n’ Roll Makeover

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Music therapist Kirsten Davis accompanies Chris Lenz, a former professional musician who is in hospital with advanced multiple sclerosis.   Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

Music therapist Kirsten Davis accompanies Chris Lenz, a former professional musician who is in hospital with advanced multiple sclerosis. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

The Times Colonist newspaper in British Columbia recently published this article on the Bandwagon travelling recording studio, which is being used for music therapy around B.C.’s lower mainland. It’s an excellent read…

“Now he trusts the beauty of the great unknown. Now he believes in love.”

— Lyrics from Sarah Elizabeth by Chris Lenz, with music therapist Kirsten Davis

The song is called, simply, “Sarah Elizabeth.” Musician Chris Lenz wrote and recorded it for his wife. The song is a gift that might just mean as much to him as to her.

Lenz, 48, has advanced multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system that has kept him in hospital for the past two years.

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Wendell Ferguson’s Hugh’s Room Concert To Benefit Unison Fund

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Unison_WendellEvent_FEATimgHugh’s Room is presenting a fantastic night of music assembled by their friend Wendell Ferguson in celebration of his induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Hugh’s Room asked Wendell to assemble his favourite acts and put together a night of great music – but rather than make it all about him, he’s decided to make this a charity show and has generously offered to donate the proceeds to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

When:

Tuesday October 14, 8:30PM

Where:

Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street W. Toronto, ON M6R 1X6)

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 5

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Stars amidst their highly-anticipated POP Montreal set

Stars amidst their highly-anticipated POP Montreal set

Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

With four days of POP madness down, we had to ease into the last day of the Festival. We returned to Divan Orange in time to catch the end of Dear Denizen’s set. Band members Chris Ngabonzia, Jeff Louch, Alex Hackett, Bucky Wheaton and Alex Crow grooved away the rainy Sunday afternoon blues with their brand of post-punk for a hometown crowd.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 4

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Montreal's L.A. Foster performing to a hometown crowd during POP MTL 2014

Montreal’s L.A. Foster performing to a hometown crowd during POP MTL 2014

 

Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

Our day began at Divan Orange for L.A. Foster’s performance. Frontwoman Lesley Ann Foster delivered her alluring voice to melodic synths and R&B beats. Her soulful songs were inspired by her time in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Montreal. We also spotted Montreal-based model Irina Lăzăreanu, who came out to support the band. Foster’s definitely one to watch out for as an up and comer in the Montreal music scene.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 3

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Sheryl Crow's POP Montreal set

Sheryl Crow’s POP Montreal set

Once again, Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

Country pop rock singer Véronique Labbé kicked off our night at Olympia with upbeat devotion. She had her own section of local groupies who cheered on with passion, though her Francophone country hits were serving as a warm-up for the evening’s headliner, Sheryl Crow.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 2

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Adam Cohen (second from right) performing at POP Montreal 2014

Adam Cohen (second from right) performing at POP Montreal 2014

Once again, Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

Our night began at Church of St. John the Evangelist, aka the Red Roof Church, one of our favourite perennial POP venues. The ethereal space was full for the sold-out show: Luluc + Adam Cohen. It was a special night on several accounts. It marked Cohen’s official release of his fifth and latest album, We Go Home, his birthday, and his first hometown performance in years.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 1

Friday, September 19th, 2014
Young Paris performs during POP Montreal 2014

Young Paris performs during POP Montreal 2014

Once again, Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

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FACTOR Deadlines One Week Away

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

FACTORThis is a reminder that the fixed deadline for FACTOR’s Sound Recording and Demo programs is one week away, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

To apply for FACTOR funding, every applicant must have an Applicant Profile, which describes what type of applicant you are (such as an Artist, Record Label, Event Producer, etc). You may additionally require an Artist Profile, depending on your selected Program.

For more information, go to FACTOR’s Application Process webpage HERE.

Canadian Musician @ The Ottawa Folk Festival 2014, Day 2

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
The National onstage at the 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival

The National onstage at the 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival

Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, represented Canadian Musician at this year’s edition of the Ottawa Folk Festival, with an impressive lineup of performers that included the likes of Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Foster the People alongside Canadian talent like Blue Rodeo, Serena Ryder, Hey Rosetta! and many other acts. Here are Sam’s thoughts on the Sept. 12th bill and some more great photos.

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Canadian Musician @ The 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Serena Ryder at the 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival

Serena Ryder at the 2014 Ottawa Folk Festival

While the weather may no longer be conducive to T-shirts and tank tops, that doesn’t mean summer festival season has ended for 2014. Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, represented Canadian Musician at this year’s edition of the Ottawa Folk Festival, with an impressive lineup of performers that included the likes of Lorde, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Foster the People alongside Canadian talent like Blue Rodeo, Serena Ryder, Hey Rosetta! and many other acts. Here are Sam’s thoughts on the event’s second day (her first) and some great shots of the performers.

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