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RGK’s Dara Conrod Wins Canadian Musician’s Home Recording Package at CMW

Monday, May 14th, 2018
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Dara Conrod

Canadian Musician is pleased to announce that Dara Conrod has won the CMW Home Recording prize pack, valued at over $1,000. The prize include a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII desktop recording interface, a Blue Spark Microphone, and a copy of the bestselling book Modern Recording Techniques. Dara’s name was randomly selected from hundreds entered in the draw at the Canadian Musician booth during the Canadian Music Week conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto last week.

Dara works in the music industry at RGK Entertainment Group, which represents some of Canada’s top country artists, including Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, and many more. The umbrella of RGK includes Open Road Recordings (country record label), RGK (management division), Roots Three Music and Rogue Eleven (publishing), (premier music news source), and more.  Having studied music business in Nashville TN, and with a background in management, Dara found a home at RGK in 2015. As Artist & Touring Coordinator, Dara deals with many elements of RGK’s companies, including digital releases, touring, grant funding, and administrative tasks. In her spare time she plays guitar and other instruments.


Canadian Musician is Geared Up for a Big CMW 2018!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

cmw-2017-fest-300x300@2xNWC, publisher of Canadian Musician magazine, is going to have a major presence at the Canadian Music Week Conference beginning tomorrow, May 9th, and running until Saturday, May 12th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto (123 Queen St. W.).

There is LOTS going on this year at CMW and we want to make sure you aren’t missing any of it!

First, stop by BOOTH #311 to say “Hi” to the NWC group and take advantage of everything happening at our booth this year. Then pick up a complimentary copy of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine.

Once again, Music Books Plus is on the road and at CMW 2018 and we’ve brought along our most popular titles for you to browse and purchase at a CMW discount. Again, stop by Booth #311.


#CMPremiere – The Young Novelists’ “in city & country”

Monday, April 30th, 2018

On their upcoming third LP, in city & country, award-winning indie folk outfit The Young Novelists decided to travel out of the city and into small-town Ontario in order to connect the two places. After years of firsthand experience combined with historical research, core songwriters Graydon James and Laura Spink wrote over 30 songs inspired by a dozen Canadian towns. From that set, in city & country was born, and in this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re sharing these 10 tracks with you ahead of the album’s May 4th release.


Congrats to CMW Sweeps Winner Simon Poole

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Simon Poole

Simon Poole

Canadian Musician is happy to congratulate Simon Poole for winning our 2018 Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes.

Simon is a Toronto-based musician and composer who plays bass in The Dying Arts and composes music for Discovery Channel documentary series Fear Thy Neighbor. He and a friend will get the full CMW experience to help further their music careers.

For winning Canadian Musician’s CMW Sweeps, Simon receives:

Music Summit Delegate Passes |  (2) 4-day passes

Canadian Radio Music Awards | 2 tickets

Explorer+ Pass | 2 passes

Live Music Awards | 2 tickets


Honey Jam Audition Set for June 2nd

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Honey Jam 2017Auditions for the 2018 Honey Jam Showcase will be held on June 2nd at Rivoli in Toronto. As always, Honey Jam auditions are open to all female artists ages 14 to 25 in any genre. The final Honey Jam showcase will be held Aug. 23, 2018 in Toronto. Artists outside of Ontario may submit their audition online.

All of the artists chosen to perform this year will attend a music industry workshop at Harris Institute, receive one-on-one vocal and performance coaching from Elaine Overholt of Big Voice Studios, have their original songs played on radio, promotion on for one year, participate in a mentor cafe, participate in a presentation and tour of the YouTube/Google offices, attend a presentation and tour of the Junos/Caras/Music Cares Office.


A Conversation with Recording Engineer Blake Harden

Thursday, April 19th, 2018


Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn recently caught up with engineer Blake Harden (Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, SZA) for the latest installment of his “A Conversation with…” series.

Do you know anyone who has packed up everything they owned, drove across a continent, and made a fresh start in pursuit of their musical dreams? One day about five years ago, engineer and producer Blake Harden made such a journey. After working in the Atlanta music scene for years, he set off in search of bigger opportunities in L.A., and the risk has paid off.


A Conversation with Sons of Apollo’s Billy Sheehan

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

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Canadian Musician‘s Jason Raso connected with legendary bassist Billy Sheehan ahead of a pair of Canadian dates with Sons of Apollo, his new progressive metal project featuring some other monster players. The band hits Montreal on Thursday, April 19th and Toronto on Friday, April 20th.

Sons of Apollo finds Sheehan joining forces with former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Rising Force). Their debut album, Psychotic Symphony, dropped in the Fall of 2017 via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.

Sheehan tells us how the band came together, his experiences playing with different drum icons, and more.


Tickets On Sale for Music Heals’ Strike a Chord Benefit Concert

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

strike a chordTickets are now available for Music Heals’ fifth annual Strike a Chord benefit concert, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The star-studded concert raises money for the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, which supports music therapy programs across Canada.

The artists have not yet been announced for the show, but past performers include am Roberts Band, The Sheepdogs, Big Sugar, Serena Ryder, Dan Mangan with a children’s choir, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer with Jim Byrnes, Delhi 2 Dubin, and many more. Tickets are limited and the show often sell outs quickly.


A Conversation with Controllerist Alluxe

Monday, April 9th, 2018

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Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn is back with the latest edition of his “A Conversation with…” series. This time, we’re venturing out of six-string territory and into controllerism with the one and only Alluxe.

If you watched Logic’s performance at the 2018 Grammys or caught a show on one of Kanye West’s recent tours then you have been witness to one of L.A.’s most in-demand controllerists, Laura Escudé, aka Alluxe. A controllerist, producer, live show programmer, and violinist, Alluxe has opened for Garbage and toured the world with Kanye West and Miguel. She has personally trained numerous people for her live show design company, Electronic Creatives, who are the soundscape-operating gurus behind Logic, Harry Styles, Camila Cabello, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kid Cudi, Pentatonix, and many more. Her diverse musical skill set has even led her to develop shows with the likes of jazz legend Herbie Hancock.


A Conversation with Guitarist Tristan Avakian

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

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Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn brings us his latest guitar-focused interview with musical theatre vet Tristan Avakian.

Musical theatre can offer both a challenging and exhilarating avenue of expression for guitarists. The ability to bring charts to life and support a story is a unique craft that requires guitarists to read and develop a diverse sense of musicality. Perhaps no one knows this better than Tristan Avakian. Since moving to Canada in 2005, he has performed both in the pit and on stage in some of the world’s top musicals, including We Will Rock You, Kinky Boots, Bat Out Of Hell, Rock of Ages, and, currently, Come From Away.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Tristan and ask some questions about the role of the guitar in musical theatre.


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