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Canadian Musician Does Heavy MTL 2014

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Metallica's Kirk Hammett onstage at Heavy MTL 2014

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett onstage at Heavy MTL 2014

Canadian Musician writer Kristian Partington and photographer Bart Nowak of NowakImages.com were in Montreal for this year’s edition of Heavy Montreal, featuring a stacked lineup of hard-edged bands from the metal, punk, hardcore, and hard rock worlds. In addition to headliners like Metallica, Slayer, and Three Days Grace, the bill also included Canadian outfits like Protest the Hero, Monster Truck, and Fucked Up. Thanks to Kristian for the words and Bart for the images.

About three quarters of the way through Metallica’s two-and-half-hour set at the end of Heavy Montreal’s first day, iconic frontman James Hetfield spoke of the “Metallica family” – the fans who’ve helped the band become a global heavy metal institution. Though Hetfield’s exact words escape me, the gist of that quick, blurry moment between songs in my memory was this: he thanked the old members of this worldwide family, those millions who’ve seen the band live in countless venues over the years, and he welcomed those for whom this pulsing Montreal show at Parc Jean Drapeau was an initiation. (more…)

Big Names Out For Big Music Fest 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Bryan Adams onstage at Kitchener's Big Music Fest 2014

Bryan Adams onstage at Kitchener’s Big Music Fest 2014

Canadian Musician‘s Bart Nowak (www.nowakimages.com) was onsite in Kitchener, ON for the 2014 edition of Big Music Fest. This year’s festival featured monster headliners like Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, Styx, Slash, Big Wreck, Moist, and more. Check below for some great shots of this year’s performers, and congratulations to The Modern Hearts for winning the 2014 Breaking Bands contest. The band has earned a spot on the main stage for Big Music Fest 2015, and one can only guess as to who else will be featured on that stage…

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Canadian Musician Does Ottawa Bluesfest – Final Stretch

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Toronto's July Talk with a top-shelf showing at Bluesfest

Toronto’s July Talk with a top-shelf showing at Bluesfest

All good things must come to an end… For the past week-plus, Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, has been covering RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Fresh from the fest’s final weekend, Sam has some great shots of the likes of Blondie, July Talk, Childish Gambino, and others in this post. Check some of the previous posts as well for more great shots blurbs about some of this year’s performer. Can’t wait for 2015…

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Busy Weekend For Festivals…

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Bryan Adams at Big Music Fest in Kitchener by Bart Nowak, NowakImages.com

Bryan Adams at Big Music Fest in Kitchener by Bart Nowak, NowakImages.com

It was a busy weekend for Canadian Musician staff and contributors. Bart Nowak was out at Kitchener’s Big Music Fest, snapping great shots of the likes of Moist, Big Wreck, Bryan Adams, and many more. Meanwhile, Sam Everts was on the ground in Ottawa at RBC Bluesfest, and I, Andrew, was in Quebec City for the tail end of the Quebec City Summer Festival.

We’re scurrying to sort through all of the shots and content and will have some treats for your eyes up in no time. Stay tuned!

Canadian Musician Does Ottawa Bluesfest 2014 – Days 5-8

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Tokyo Police Club frontman Dave Monks

Samantha Everts, founder of YouRockRed, is on the ground at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa for Canadian Musician. Check out some of her shots from this week’s shows, and check back during and after the weekend, as we’ll have a chance to take in a lot more music – Canadians especially. Click below for some great shots of Tokyo Police Club, Brody Dalle, and the almighty Queens of the Stone Age.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Come See Us @ CMW 2014

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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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 MusicBooksPlus.com, 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).

Cheers!

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