Canadian Musician


#CMPremiere – Cat Clyde’s “Mama Said” Live Video

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Singer-songwriter Cat Clyde has made some impressive inroads since the release of her acclaimed debut, Ivory Castanets. In this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re sharing a beautifully-shot live video of Cat performing one of the album’s standout tracks, “Mama Said,” from the Stampede City Sessions in Calgary. Here’s what Cat had to say about the performance:


Canadian Musician @ Field Trip 2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Broken Social Scene & Field Trip 2017

Broken Social Scene @ Field Trip 2017

Canadian Musician’s Mark Matusoff was out at Toronto’s Fort York & Garrison Common for Field Trip 2017, featuring performances by the likes of Broken Social Scene, Feist, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Red, Badbadnotgood, and a host of others. Check out Mark’s shots below and visit for more on the festival.


CM Catches up with… Eric Johnson

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
At Saucer Sound Studio in Austin, Texas. Pictured with Martin guitar. Photographed by Max Crace.

At Saucer Sound Studio in Austin, Texas by Max Crace.

While on tour promoting his new acoustic album, EJ, consummate guitarist Eric Johnson took the time to speak with Canadian Musician’s Hal Rodriguez on writing, recording, and practicing. For more information, visit

What new things did you discover about yourself as a singer-songwriter as you were working on EJ?

Well, that I just wanted to push towards more sincere, honest, spontaneous recordings as I was losing interest in manipulated recordings. It was important for me to just try to play the songs live in the studio. In doing that, I’ve discovered things that I want to work on musically, as well as little things that I was happy to hear that were a little different.


Submissions Open for 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Monday, May 29th, 2017

11 CFMAsSubmissions are open for the 13th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2016 to June 14, 2017 are eligible. The final deadline for submissions is June 23, 2017.

The 13th edition of the CFMA weekend takes place Nov. 18-19, 2017 in Ottawa. For the first time ever, the weekend’s focus events will take shape as two hosted gala showcase open-to-the-public evenings.


KoSA Drum & Percussion Camp’s 22nd Edition to be held in Montréal this Summer

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2015_GrandFinale_5x7_02The KoSA Drum and Percussion Camp’s  22nd  edition will be held in Montréal this summer.

The workshops will be held at the KoSA Academy in the NDG neighborhood of Montreal this coming June 26th to July 1st, 2017.

KoSA is a highly-regarded music and events company founded and directed by Westmount residents Aldo Mazza of the internationally recognized group Répercussion and his musician wife Dr. Jolán Kovács (lecturer at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University). They have been expertly designing educational events centered on drums and percussion for over 20 years in such varied places like China, Cuba, Italy. and the U.S.


Ontario’s IMC Rock Returns to Camp Manitou this August

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

The IMC Rock camp is back for the summer 2017 at Camp Manitou. It’ll be taking place from August 20th to 25th. 

IMC Rock is part of the Interprovincial Music Camp program and sees young musicians performing with their band every evening after great rehearsals with professional musicians preparing for each concert. There are daily technique classes on their chosen instrument and a daily performance by the faculty with lots of performance tips and stories about the rock world.


Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open for Nova Scotia Music Week 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

NSMWNova Scotia Music Week is heading back to Truro from November 2 to 5 for the 2017 edition of the event. The festival features over 100 Nova Scotian artists across multiple stages throughout Truro.

Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2017 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Monday, June 5, at 5 p.m.


CM Catches up with… Robben Ford

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


I recently had the pleasure of speaking to esteemed blues veteran, Robben Ford, in the midst of his current tour on the topics of songwriting, improvising, and the music business. Photos by Piper Ferguson. For more info, visit

In what way does your latest album, Into The Sun, demonstrate your growth as an artist?

Primarily, the way I’ve focused my creative energy towards songwriting. That’s been my favourite part of my musical journey. It feels really good and I feel like I am indeed, getting better and better at songwriting. In terms of the guitar, I’m not becoming a better guitar player over the years. I think I’ve become a better musician and it’s nice to have something that is still growing later in your career.


Holly Santonato Wins Canadian Musician’s Home Recording Sweepstakes

Friday, May 5th, 2017

sweeps winnerCanadian Musician is please to announce that Holly Santonato has won our Home Recording Sweepstakes. For winning, Holly wins the prize package provided by Erikson Audio valued at $1,100.

The prize includes: Audio Technica’s ATH- M50X Headphones, an Audio Technica’s AT2020 microphone,
a pair of PreSonus Eris 4.5 monitors, and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2mkii interface.

Holly is an R&B, soulful, hip-hop artist, born in Toronto. For more information and to hear her music, go to

Tickets On Sale Now for Music Heals’ Strike A Chord Event

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Strike a ChordTickets are now on sale for Music Heals’ Strike A Chord event, which will take place at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Oct. 19, 2017.

This unique event in support of the Music Heals Charitable Foundation is the fourth annual Strike A Chord and promises another memorable evening of entertainment and special guests.


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