Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician and the co-host of the weekly CM Radio program. He has also written about music and culture for the CBC and Huffington Post Canada. For Canadian Musician, Michael has written extensively about the Canadian music industry, from investigating streaming royalties and the CanCon system to sharing advice with musicians on brand partnerships, sync licensing, and many more career-related topics.
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Andrew King is the Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Musician magazine and co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio program. He has been a speaker, panelist, and moderator at events including CMW, ECMA, the Halifax Pop Explosion, and many others and is a three-time nominee for Music Journalist of the Year at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards.
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Jim Norris was born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Born to musical parents, he became heavily involved in music during high school, playing trumpet and then drums. He studied music at University of Toronto and then played professionally for 7 years, recording and touring with bands Taxi, Tote Family and Seadog.
In 1979, he launched Canadian Musician magazine in Toronto. Later that year, the newly formed company, Norris-Whitney Communications, launched Canadian Music Trade magazine. NWC published the printed programs for the Juno Awards, the Toronto Arts Awards, The Canadian Stage Band Festival, The CASBY Awards, the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Toronto Music Awards. In 1983, NWC published the 1st edition of Music Directory Canada. In the 1980s, NWC launched a distribution service, Music Books Plus, specializing in books, videos, software on music, pro audio and lighting.
In 1990 Norris-Whitney launched Professional Sound magazine and in 1997 launched Professional Lighting and Production magazine. The company also provides graphic design, printing, direct marketing, website development and promotion services.
He is currently on the Board of the Unison Benevolent Fund. He is a long-time guest lecturer at Mohawk College’s music department and is currently teaching marketing at Metalworks Institute. He has conducted seminars on Advertising, the Internet, the Music Business, Self Promotion and database marketing at trade shows in Canada and the U.S.
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Dale Boyle is a Gaspe-born, Montreal-based folk, roots, and blues singer/songwriter. He has been called “an accomplished musician, a fine singer, and an exceptionally thoughtful, meticulous songwriter” (CanadianBlues.ca). Drawing upon influences ranging from artists including Tom T. Hall, Steve Earle to John Fogerty and Tom Petty, he has developed a songwriting approach that is melodically driven. He is an International Narrative Song Competition Winner, Lys Blues Songwriter of the Year award winner, and his duet with Annabelle Chvostek earned Dale an International Songwriting Competition award win as well.
Dale is currently in the final stages leading to the release of a new roots-rock EP called “Gasoline” which features John Fogerty’s rhythm section: Kenny Aronoff on drums James Lomenzo on bass.
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Hal Rodriguez is a published writer and musician based in Toronto. He’s written lessons, reviewed new music gear, albums, and concerts, and interviewed luminary musicians such as John Scofield, Marty Friedman, and Billy Sheehan for Canadian Musician Magazine. He’s also transcribed music for fusion virtuosos, Oz Noy and Derryl Gabel, and taught guitar and bass to students of all levels in a variety of genres.
Hal can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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