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A Conversation with Guitarist James Bryan

Monday, March 19th, 2018

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Longtime Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn sits down with guitarist James Bryan, who since beginning his career with The Philosopher Kings has gone on to perform alongside a who’s who of international talent.

Sitting across from one of Canada’s most talented guitarists and songwriters, it’s hard not to feel inspired. That was the case while talking solo guitar and songwriting with James Bryan. His professional career stretches back to the 1990s, when he found success in Juno Award-winning group The Philosopher Kings. Since then, he has garnered a Latin Grammy for writing and production on Nelly Furtado’s Mi Plan, performed at the Princess Diana Memorial Concert at Wembley Stadium, shared the stage with Sir Elton John, Kanye West, and Pharrell, and worked with the likes of Jason Mraz and James Blunt. And the list goes on…


Halifax Pop Explosion Now Accepting Artist Submissions

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Tokyo Police Club at HPX  [Photo: Chris Smith]

Tokyo Police Club at HPX [Photo: Chris Smith]

Halifax Pop Explosion, one of the east coast’s premier new music festivals, is now accepting artist submissions from acts who wish to play the 2018 edition of the festival. This year’s Halifax Pop Explosion is being held from Oct. 17-20, 2018.

Artists interesting in apply are asked to include a hi-Res photo, MP3s, links to video/streaming/social media sites, and a stage plot.

Earlybird fee is $20 until March 31, 2018 and the regular fee is $25 until submissions close on May 18, 2018.


#CMPremiere – Nice Horse’s “Mansplainin'” Music Video

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

We’re thrilled to bring you this exclusive #CMPremiere of Nice Horse’s brand new video for “Mansplainin’,” the latest single from the high-energy country-pop outfit’s LP, There Goes the Neighbourhood. It’s no coincidence that we’ve launched the video for this feminist anthem on International Women’s Day (March 8th), or that the band tapped director Lisa Mann and a crew predominantly comprised of women to shoot it.


A Conversation with MAGIC!’s Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer

Monday, March 5th, 2018


Longtime Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn sits down once again with Mark Pelli, guitarist & keyboardist with reggae-infused pop outfit MAGIC!

Guitarists who have experienced major mainstream success in pop bands often have musical interests that go beyond their band’s sonic profile. Mark Pellizzer, more commonly known as Pelli by his muso friends, is one such musician. A Juno Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Pelli performs guitar and keys with Magic! and has written and co-produced songs for artists including Shakira and Classified. Here, Pelli reflects on his intimate approach to acoustic guitar in songwriting and live performance.


A Conversation with Guitarist Dru DeCaro

Thursday, March 1st, 2018


Longtime Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn speaks with busy L.A.-based guitarist Dru DeCaro (Miguel, Jay Z) about all-things acoustic guitar.

If you’ve attended any of Grammy Award-winning artist Miguel’s energizing shows, or happened to score a ticket to the latest Jay-Z 4:44 Tour, or better still, caught a pop-up L.A. performance by space-faring rock band Falconry then you’ve seen Dru DeCaro in action.

Decked in white like a modern-day guitar saint, his onstage presence captures the essence of rock ‘n’ roll while contributing unlimited vitality to whichever show he may be performing.

It was during a coffee break on a day of recording at DeCaro’s LP House Studios in LA that the two-time Grammy-nominated guitarist (he co-wrote and co-produced songs on Miguel’s Kaleidoscope Dream and Wildheart) revealed that he has always felt an intimate connection to his acoustic guitars.


#CMPremiere – Big Little Lions’ “Alive and Well”

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Big Little Lions’ upcoming album, Alive and Well, is the duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten’s most cohesive project to date, delivering their signature pop/folk shimmer and irresistible rhythms with a new lyrical edge inspired by the polarity of our world. In this exclusive #CMPremiere, you can stream this compelling collection in its entirety a few days ahead of its official release.


SiriusXM & CCMA Launch Competition to Find Canada’s Next Big Country Star 

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sirius countrySiriusXM Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), has announced the launch of its Top of the Country competition, offering a national platform exclusively for emerging Canadian country artists. The cross-Canada search will give participating acts a chance to play at Canada’s biggest country music festivals, industry mentorship programs, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville, and more, plus the grand prize of $25,000 and a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC.


Submissions Open for CMW’s ‘Startup Launch Pad’ Pitch Competition

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Clipboard01Submissions are now being accepted for Canadian Music Week’s Startup Launch Pad, which is a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the music industry. The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018.

The competition will take place during this year’s CMW conference on Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.


Entries Open for Slaight Music’s ‘It’s Your Shot’ Songwriting & Artist Development Competition

Monday, February 12th, 2018

13 Indie weekSlaight Music has announced the launch of the It’s Your Shot songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages Canadian artists to submit a song/and or video to for a chance to win a grand prize valued at $100,000 in total. The It’s Your Shot competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music, a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring, and supporting Canadian recording artists.


BreakOut West Showcase Submissions Now Open

Friday, February 9th, 2018

14 BOW Arlo MaverickShowcase submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 BreakOut West Festival, which are taking place from Oct. 10-14 in Kelowna, BC. Submissions close on March 21, 2018.

All performing festival artists must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and/or the Northwest Territories, for at least six months between January 1, 2017 and March 21, 2018. The mandate of the Western Canadian Music Alliance is to support artists and companies who reside in Western Canada a majority of the time and as such contribute to healthy and thriving music communities in the region. In the case of groups, 50% of the members must meet residency requirement.


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