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Canadian Musician Does Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 – Days 2-4

Monday, July 7th, 2014
St. Vincent at RBC Bluesfest 2014

St. Vincent at RBC Bluesfest 2014

Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, is on the ground at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Here’s a photostream of her weekend adventures on site at one of the country’s top-billed summer festivals.


Canadian Musician Does Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 – Day 1

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Sara Quinn of Tegan and Sara

Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, is on the ground at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. She’ll be posting show reviews and (great) photos throughout the festival’s run, so check back often for the latest from one of the country’s largest and most hyped music festivals.

20 is a great age for partying in Ottawa. You’ve hit 19, you don’t need a fake ID anymore to go clubbing in Hull, and you damn well know where to catch good live music. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Mark Monahan’s Bluesfest has delivered its biggest lineup yet with Lady Gaga, Cyprus Hill, and tonight’s headliner, Tegan and Sara, representing just a small sample of the talent out for the 10-day music festival lauded by Billboard as one of the best North America has to offer.


David McPherson’s NXNE Relfections

Friday, June 27th, 2014


Canadian Musician contributor David McPherson took in parts of the 20th edition of North by Northeast (NXNE) during its run last week and offered up a brief review of what we saw. I can only imagine how great that Outlaws & Gunslingers show would have been…

Whitehorse onstage at the Cameron House with special guests

Whitehorse onstage at the Cameron House with special guests

The little music fest that grew and grew turned 20 this year. Leading up to the festival, some critiqued NXNE for “selling out” to major sponsors and branding entire venues such as The Budweiser House at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

Despite the proliferation of corporate money, for this music lover, NXNE – two decades on – remains all about the songs. It’s about discovering new bands and songwriters; it’s about rediscovering some of your favourites; And, it’s about letting the music seep into your soul and sweating out all the small stuff that clouds our brains daily.
Here are a few of my highlights:


CM Does CMW 2014

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Fortunate Ones

Fortunate Ones

Longtime and prolific Canadian Musician contributor Kevin Young was out and about during Canadian Music Week 2014 in Toronto, taking in panels by day and showcases by night. Here’s what he took away from the fest.

Without a doubt, the star of CMW 2014 was the weather. Given the unholy, soul destroying winter we had and the unreasonably late spring, which seems to only have started a week or so ago, the choice by the organizers to move the festival to May seems prescient.

Maybe it was that, or maybe not, but after reconnecting with some of the folks I’ve worked with very closely over time but hadn’t seen for some 10 years, they seemed more hopeful than ever.

The bottom line may have changed for a lot of us, musicians and industry professionals alike, over the past decade and change, but at the core, the reason we all got into this in the first place was a passion for music. If you’ve stuck it out, regardless of what you do in the business, it’s a good bet your gig has changed substantially over the years.


Come See Us @ CMW 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014


If you’re out and about for CMW any time between now and end-of-day Saturday, come say hello. Norris-Whitney Communications, the parent company of Canadian Musician and, has a booth RIGHT at the bottom of the escalator going down to the Conference section at the Toronto Downtown Marriott by the Eaton Centre.

We’ve got plenty of hot music industry titles for sale, you can meet our editorial staff and contributors, and on Saturday afternoon, you’ll have the chance to get books signed by authors Martin Melhuish (Oh, What a Feeling!), Bob d’Eith (A Career in Music: The Other 12-Step Program), Ralph Murphy (Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting) and Jeff & Todd Brabec (Music Money and Success).


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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