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#CMPremiere – Alessia Cohle’s “Wild Eyed Wanderer” EP

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cohle is set to release her new EP, Wild Eyed Wanderer, on October 27th.  Featuring the already-successful single “Wanderlust,” the EP was produced by award-winning producer Douglas Romanow (Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid) and we’re bringing you an exclusive stream of the six-song collection a little early in this #CMPremiere.

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#CMPremiere – Cold Creek County’s “Money” (Live from Music in the Fields)

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

We’re thrilled to have the boys from Cold Creek County on the cover of the upcoming November/December 2017 issue of Canadian Musician. To get you revved up for the read, we’ve got this exclusive #CMPremiere of the band performing “Money” for a massive crowd at Music in the Fields in Lucknow, ON earlier this summer. The track (which isn’t actually about money) comes from Cold Creek County’s 2017 EP Homemade and showcases this talented group of musicians in top form.

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RIP: Canadian Music Industry Icon Jan Vladimír Matějček (1926-2017)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

JanJan Vladimír Matějček, an iconic and longtime member of the Canadian music industry and the first-ever CEO of SOCAN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Matějček was a lawyer, music editor, publisher, and administrator. He made a career of championing music and the rights of its creators, having begun his career as a Foreign Relations Secretary of the Guild of Czechoslovak Composers.

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CM Catches Up With… Bassist Richard Bona

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Bona Goetz BuehlerOur good friend and regular Canadian Musician contributor Jason Raso recently had the chance to chat with internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-winning bassist Richard Bona. Over the course of his 35-plus year playing career, Bona has performed with the likes of Mike Stern, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, and Pat Metheny Group. The two spoke a few days ahead of Bona’s headlining show at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, ON. Details on the show are here, and you can check out Jason’s music here. Photo by Goetz Buehler.

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Canadian Musician @ the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
2017 Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta performs at the gala

2017 Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta performs at the gala

Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were out at the Carlu in Toronto on Mon., Sept. 18th for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize gala. In what many considered a surprise, Colombian/Canadian artist Lido Pimienta took home the title & $50,000 award for her innovative Spanish-language album La Papessa. Check out some shots from the gala performers, Pimienta’s win & more.

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#CMPremiere – Jale’s “Emma (Komoda Mix)”

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Jale, along with other heralded acts like Sloan and Eric’s trip, was an integral part of the early-’90s Halifax scene that caught the attention of labels and industry influencers. The band is readying the release of its Brave New Waves session, first recorded in 1993, and we’re bringing you Kevin Komoda’s mix of “Emma” in this unique and exclusive #CMPremiere.

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Canadian Musician @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2017, Day 3

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
The Dirty Nil at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

The Dirty Nil at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Canadian Musician’s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2017 edition of the WayHome Music & Arts festival, and we’re bringing you a slew of Mark’s shots from the third and final day of the fest, featuring Tegan & Sara, Daniel Caesar, The Dirty Nil & more.

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Canadian Musician @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2017, Day 2

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Death from Above at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Death from Above at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2017 edition of the WayHome Music & Arts festival, and we’re bringing you an extensive selection of Mark’s shots from Day 2 of the festival, featuring the likes of PUP, Jazz Cartier, Death from Above, and more. Enjoy!

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Canadian Musician @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival 2017, Day 1

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Cage the Elephant at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Cage the Elephant at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2017 edition of the WayHome Music & Arts festival, and we’ve got some extensive photo libraries and set reviews from all three days. Here’s the rundown for Day 1:

WayHome descended upon Oro-Medonte, ON, from July 28-30 and despite a great three days of music with a diverse lineup, the crowd for this year’s edition of the three-year old festival was thinner than expected. From 40,000 last year to some estimates of 15,000, festivalgoers were nonetheless joyous as the sun was bright for the mostly EDM-indie-alternative lineup of 70 artists spread across three stages.

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Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn Dies at 72

Friday, August 4th, 2017

GoldySteppenwolf keyboardist and founding member Goldy McJohn, born John Goadsby, passed away on Tuesday, August 1st due to a heart attack. He was 72.

As iHeartRadio reports, McJohn was a classically trained pianist and early adopter of the Hammond organ in rock music. He was also a member of Canadian R&B band the Mynah Birds in the mid-’60s and went on to co-found Steppenwolf with vocalist John Kay. The group mad major hits with 1968’s “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.”

A funeral will take place next Friday in Washington state, where McJohn lived with wife Sonja.

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