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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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


Why You’re Failing At Open Mics

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Some good points here…

A Conversation With… Kat Lucas

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

We’re pleased to host yet another edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series. In addition to his own solo career and a line of guitar method books called Hidden Sounds, Jeff is also the guitarist for acts such as Emmanuel Jal and Kae Sun. This edition of “A Conversation With…” finds Jeff catching up with Pink’s guitarist, Kat Lucas – who also happens to be a Canuck.

KatORANGE[1]It was on a sunny autumn afternoon when I sat down for tea and conversation with Kat Lucas in Toronto. Lucas was on a brief break between legs on Pink’s The Truth About Love Tour. A multi-instrumentalist, performing on keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals, Lucas’ musical abilities are only enhanced by her powerful stage presence.

Born into a musical family, Lucas began playing piano at the age of 3. After some persistent asking, her mother enrolled her in the Yamaha Music School the same year (two years before the standard age of 5). She chuckles while recalling how she had to stand up in order for her feet to reach and play the piano pedals. Lucas began composing original songs at 5 years old, began vocal lessons at 6, and directed her first original concerto, “Dreamcatcher,” with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra at just 15 years old.


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