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A Conversation with Guitarist Nathan Whitney

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Processed with VSCO with v8 preset Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn brings us his latest interview with a fellow six-string slinger: Thomas Rhett guitarist Nathan Whitney.

Imagine covering one of your favourite artists night after night in a local club. Now imagine getting a call to board a plane, and 12 hours later, starting rehearsals with that artist in preparation for a major tour. For Toronto-based guitarist Nathan Whitney, this dream for many became his reality. Over the past year, Whitney went from playing Thomas Rhett covers to playing with the man himself on stadium, arena, and festival stages throughout North America.

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Submissions Now Open for 2018 Project WILD Albertan Artist Development Program

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Project-WIld-winners-2017Heading into the third year of accelerating the careers of Albertan artists, Alberta Music and WILD 953 have once again come together to launch the 2018 season of Project WILD. Submissions are now open and run until Friday, April 20 at 12 p.m. MT.

Project WILD is an artist development program designed to educate, promote, develop, and launch the careers of Alberta’s most up and coming country and roots artists. After the jury deliberation of hundreds of entries, the Top 12 finalists of the program will be selected based on musicianship, vocal performance, songwriting ability, and live performance. These Albertan artists will each receive a $5,000 development grant and participate in Project WILD’s music industry boot camp – an intense one-week workshop to excel their skills in performance, songwriting, marketing, media strategy, music business, music accounting, tour strategy, and social media.

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#CMPremiere – Astrocolor’s “Smell of Acid (feat. Tyler Rowe)”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Astrocolor performs and records live electronic music, fusing digital and organic sounds in a sonic collage that includes everything from funky house to balearic to breakbeat to ambient and more. In this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re sharing the track “Smell of Acid (feat. Tyler Rowe)” from the third and final EP of their self-titled trilogy, available soon via Softtone/eOne.

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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…

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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.

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#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.

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

Monday, March 5th, 2018

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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.

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A Conversation with Guitarist Dru DeCaro

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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