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In Full eFEQt – CM Does le Festival d’ete de Quebec

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Kiesza onstage at FEQ2015

Kiesza onstage at FEQ2015

Canadian Musician photographer Bart Nowak of NowakImages.com was in Quebec City for the first few days of this year’s edition of le Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ), which featured monster headliners like Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, and more. Check out some of Bart’s shots from the shows.

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Canadian Musician Does RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Day 4

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Metz

Metz

Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Following an off-day for the fest on Monday, here are photos and findings from Tuesday, July 14th – Mark’s final day onsite.

A wet and stormy day at LeBreton Flats couldn’t stop another round of great performances at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015. Operators were the first band to perform on Tuesday evening, delighting the audience at the Claridge Homes stage with their raw synth rock.

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Canadian Musician Does RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Day 3

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy

Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy

Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Sunday, July 12th, featuring an impressive and eclectic lineup of Canadian acts.

Sunday night at Bluesfest belonged to the best classic and new Canadian rock: Blue Rodeo, Arkells and The Glorious Sons.

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Canadian Musician Does RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Day 2

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Alec O'Hanley of Alvvays

Alec O’Hanley of Alvvays

Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Saturday, July 11th.

In the aftermath of a wild Friday night with Kanye West packing LeBreton Flats, Saturday afternoon initially saw a much smaller crowd which grew steadily through the day until headliner Iggy Azalea capped off another great day of music.

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Canadian Musician Does RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Day 1

Monday, July 13th, 2015
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Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench

Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Mark’s first day at the fest.

There is only one Yeezus in the world, and last night he rolled into RBC Bluesfest as the Friday night headliner along with some other international acts that had Lebreton Flats in downtown Ottawa packed.

Earlier in the day, Vancouver pop-punk outfit Mariana’s Trench were a welcome surprise to the lineup in how energetic and fun they were to watch, even if you don’t listen to pop radio.

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A Conversation With… Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer

Monday, July 6th, 2015
MAGIC!'s Mark Pellizer (left) & Nasri

MAGIC!’s Mark Pellizzer (left) & Nasri

For this edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series, he speaks with Mark Pellizzer, the guitarist of monster Canadian pop/reggae act (and recent CM cover artists) MAGIC!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that the best musicians I’ve met have consistently possessed two traits: humility and focus. Multi-instrumentalist Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer, whose talents are expressed as a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer, is no exception. A member of the massively successful group MAGIC!, he co-wrote “Rude,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard in the US and Canada (and the top 5 in many more countries) and has garnered 575,000,000-plus hits on YouTube. That accompanies the band’s two JUNO wins, two Billboard Award nominations, and an American Music Awards nomination.

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The Winners & Losers of SXSW 2015

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Audio Blood‘s Sari Delmar & Sacha Miller were on the ground in Austin as Canadian Musician‘s SXSW 2015 correspondents. Looking back at the fest, Sari shares her thoughts on the Winners and Losers of the 2015 edition of the world’s largest new music festival.

SXSW is a beast of a festival, but that’s why it’s the best time! The music industry is out in full swing, great bands take over every venue, and sponsors bring out the big guns. Everyone is trying to cut through the clutter. While some do it oh so well, others fall hard – and publicly. But hey! You know what they say… There’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Here are some of the winners and losers from our time in Austin!

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Through Our “Summer Eyes”

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Stephan Ermel of Toronto indie rock quintet Midday Swim reflects on recording the band’s self-titled debut…

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Rather than spending the recent family day long weekend – one of the coldest weekends of the season – warm and indoors with the fam, I went up north with my adopted family to a cottage along Jack Lake in the Kawarthas to continue recording our upcoming album, set to be released April 28th, 2015.

We spent the rest of that weekend surviving on frozen lasagna and Moose Tracks ice cream with no running water, very little heat, and a whole lot of instruments.

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A Conversation With… Bibi McGill

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

We’re pleased to host yet another edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series. This edition finds Jeff catching up with Beyonce guitarist Bibi McGill.

The warm summer wind seemed to quicken my pace and elevate my state of excitement as I made my way to Rawlicious in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Once inside, I was greeted by one of the greatest guitarists and musicians on the touring scene, Bibi McGill. She was kind enough to meet for our interview on her night off while in the middle of Beyonce’s On the Run Tour. Guitarist, musical director, entrepreneur, and yoga instructor, Bibi’s spiritual character beams both onstage and in everyday life.

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Showcasing at SXSW

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

sxsw-2013-6th-street-austinCanadian Musician contributed Sari Delmar has some wise words for artists getting set to showcase at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX.

I’ve been to South by Southwest (SXSW) for the past few years and every time I go, there’s a common thread to bands that stand out from the crowd. They’re full of energy, ready to network, and of course, have killer songs.

But most of all, they’re prepared for the special kind of beast that is SXSW. And we all know – this is a weird one. South By is a big deal and a big opportunity if you play your cards right. In 2014, some of my favourite Canadian acts took the plunge to Austin – Arkells, Grand Analog, and Slow Down Molasses, among many others – and with my artist development hat on, I got to see who stood out from the pack.

While many acts are impressive (and many more are not), there’s always a few that miss their chance to make a strategic impact. I’ve come up with a few tips below garnered from my time watching and learning at SXSW 2014.

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