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Canadian Musician Does Arboretum Music Festival

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


It’s been a busy summer for writer Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff, who were once again on the ground to cover a music festival for Canadian Musician. This time, it was Ottawa’s Arboretum Music Festival, running August 17-20 and featuring the likes of Sloan, Operators, Dilly Dally, Evening Hymns, and many others.

Slow-o-o-o-an! Slow-o-o-o-an! That was what the audience at Arboretum Festival kept calling for as Sloan ducked backstage before playing a second set of their biggest hits on the final stop on their One Chord to Another Tour in Ottawa. With Toronto hardcore band Metz canceling the day before due to a birth (mazel tov!), that Sloan would play two sets added to the buzz in the hipster air at Festival Plaza at City Hall.


Canadian Musician Does WayHome – Day 2

Friday, July 29th, 2016
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A Tribe Called Red

Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff braved the intense heat for Day 2 of WayHome 2016, which happened July 22-24 in Oro-Medonte, ON. Here’s the recap:

Rolling into a music festival exhausted from lack of sleep and covered with dirt and smears of yesterday’s makeup didn’t hold anyone back from returning for the second day of WayHome. With Arcade Fire at the top of everyone’s list, another heat warning was issued for the residents of Barrie, ON, informing everyone to stay inside and away from direct sunlight as much as possible. Clearly the Weather Network folks weren’t getting through to the Wayhomies, as even more people filled the festival fields for Day 2.


Canadian Musician Does WayHome – Day 1

Friday, July 29th, 2016


Once again, Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff slid into summer festival mode to bring you a recap of WayHome 2016, which happened July 22-24 in Oro-Medonte, ON.

About 35,000 music fans descended upon Burl’s Creek event grounds braving extreme heat for the second-ever WayHome Music Festival this past weekend in Oro-Medonte (just outside of Barrie, ON). Headliners for the three-day fest included LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers, with four stages hosting a total of 72 emerging and established acts.


Canadian Musician Does Bestival – Day 2

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2nd Canadian edition of Bestival in Toronto. The fest went down June 11-12, 2016, and we’ve got your recap of Day 2 right here. 

Day 1 and Day 2 of Bestival couldn’t have been more different. Gone were the sparkly neon costumes and in were the all-black-clad Cure-idolizing folks. On the second day, festivalgoers could easily just stay put at the main stage of mostly British rock fare, munch on nearby food truck snacks, and drink without realizing other activities were happening (save for the thumping deep bass beat between song changes).


Canadian Musician Does Bestival – Day 1

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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The awesome duo of writer Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff was out for another weekend of music, this time on the ground for the 2nd Canadian edition of Bestival in Toronto. The fest went down June 11-12, 2016. Check out a review and photo library from day 1 below.

If anything, the extreme heat on Saturday encouraged festival goers to shed more layers of clothing and add even more sparkles to their elaborate costumes. Bestival is a hybrid festival of electronic and rock imported straight from the U.K., this year with dream-pop stoners Tame Impala and icons The Cure headlining.


Canadian Musician Does Ever After Music Festival 2016

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Canadian Musician writer & photographer Samantha Dotson was in the KW region this past weekend for the Ever After Music Festival, featuring some Canadian EDM heroes alongside massive international headliners. Here are some of her thoughts & shots…

Massive blowup mushrooms. This was one of the first sights you would have seen, had you been apart of the thousands of EDM enthusiasts who flocked to Bingemans amusement park for the 2016 edition of the Ever After Music Festival last weekend.


Record Label Agreements – Understanding that Stuff above the Dotted Line

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Contributed by Byron Pascoe, Edwards PC, Creative Law

Being a musician is a business. One way to increase your likelihood of having a sustainable career as a musician is through the support of a record label, including things like recording funds, distribution, and promotion.

Resources such as Canadian Musician are great to help artists attract label attention, discover what the labels are looking for from artists, and find an optimal fit for the artist-label partnership. If you have what they’re looking for and they’re the right partner for your needs and aspirations, you’re that much closer to signing on the dotted line.


Canadian Musician Does the CBC Music Festival 2016

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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Tanya Tagaq at the 2016 CBC Music Festival

Canadian Musician writer Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff braved the sweltering heat on Saturday, May 28th, to take in the CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach. Check out Sam’s thoughts & Mark’s shots.


Big Night at Massey Hall in Celebration of Jeff Healey

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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All-star finale at Jeff Healey – A 50th Celebration

A lineup of celebrated guitar players and Canadian talent performed at Massey Hall on May 27th, 2016 as a tribute to late blues legend Jeff Healey. Canadian Musician’s Hal Rodriguez was onsite to take in the magic that was Healey’s 50th Celebration. Photos by Mark Gommer.


Canadian Musician Does Canadian Music Week 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

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As good as the conference and festival programming was at CMW 2016, one of the key benefits of events like it has little to do with said programming. I was reminded of that during this year’s edition.


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