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The best insider information on the music industry. Interviews with musicians, songwriters, producers, music experts and music industry professionals. Join Show Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine for the hottest information on Canadian music.

The best insider information on the music industry. Interviews with musicians, songwriters, producers, music experts and music industry professionals. Join Show Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine for the hottest information on Canadian music.
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The best insider information on the music industry. Interviews with musicians, songwriters, producers, music experts and music industry professionals. Join Show Hosts Andrew King and Mike Raine for the hottest information on Canadian music.






Indie to Major - The Art of Signing Bands & Building Labels

This week, conversations with Lava Records CEO and A&R legend Jason Flom and Six Shooter Records Founder and President Shauna de Cartier - two professionals who come from different places but have carved out extremely successful careers in the label game. Six Shooter is one of Canada’s premier indie labels, with such acts as Whitehorse, The Strumbellas, Tanya Tagaq, Amelia Curran, and more. Shauna de Cartier discusses what it took to start a label, how she discovered and signed her first...


Best of CMW 2018 - Marianas Trench, Bif Naked, Ria Mae & More

Canadian Musician had a major presence at Canadian Music Week 2018 in Toronto, covering panels and keynotes, taking in showcases, and making connections across the conference. Of course, we also had a chance to catch up with some of the biggest and best artists performing throughout the event, including: Marianas Trench, Bif Naked, Shawn Hook, Ria Mae, FrancisGotHeat, Kandle, Jesper Kyd, and Sophia Radisch. Here, we share some short clips from the full interviews, discussing a myriad of...


Vezt.co & The Democratization of Music Publishing

What if you could own more than just a CD or digital download from your favourite artist? What if you, as a fan, could invest in a percentage of that artist's intellectual property, and share the revenue generated by the performance and playback of their work? That's the idea behind Vezt.co, a platform that lets fans share ownership in songs by their favourite established and emerging artists. Steve Stewart is a music industry veteran. As the longtime personal manager for Stone Temple...


Sing! The Popularity & Potential of the Vocal Arts

Suba Sankaran is pretty busy these days. In addition to a successful career as a performer with acts including Autorickshaw, Retrocity, and FreePlay Duo, she's also the co-artistic director of Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. On this week's show, Suba joins Andrew to talk about the rising popularity of vocal music thanks to the success of media like Glee! and Pitch Perfect and artists like Pentatonix and Eh440. We also get into the unique nature of this increasingly popular but...


The State of Indie with CD Baby's Kevin Breuner

We had a wide-ranging conversation with Kevin Breuner, the VP of marketing for CD Baby and an independent musician himself. Since its inception 20 years ago, CD Baby has grown to become one of the largest distributors of independent music in the world and encompasses everything from CD and digital distribution to publishing, marketing, YouTube monetization, sync licensing, and direct-to-fan sales. Kevin and Mike look at the current state of the independent music industry, talking about...


Hackathons & Singalongs - Music & Tech Guru Travis Laurendine

Ahead of the first-ever Canadian Music Week Hackathon (May 8-9, 2018), Mike sat down for an in-depth conversation with music hackathon producer, tech expert, music industry consultant, entrepreneur, and investor Travis Laurendine. Travis explains how hackathons work and shares some of the best ideas and inventions he's seen come out of them. Mike and Travis then get into a forward-looking (and mind-bending) conversation about how bleeding-edge technologies - from blockchain and...


The Collision of the Arts & Artificial Intelligence

This week, we're exploring the collision of music and artificial intelligence from both the artistic and technical perspectives. First up, Mike speaks with Pablo Castro, senior software developer at Google Brain, a deep learning artificial intelligence research team at Google. Pablo and Google Brain collaborated with Montreal-based creative studio Art + Icons and its founder, Canadian singer/songwriter and Moist frontman David Usher, on a project called Lyric AI Assistant, an AI...


Creating with Kuné - Canada's Global Orchestra

Kuné is billed as Canada’s Global Orchestra - a collection of 12 extremely talented musicians from other parts of the world who are now based in Canada uniting to weave a unique sonic tapestry. On this week's show, we're speaking with Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts with the Royal Conservatory and the pioneer of the Kuné project. Mervon tells us about how this special collection of artists first came together, the process of finding common ground in song selection...


Sunrise Records - Is the Gamble Paying Off?

Mike reconnects with Sunrise Records Owner Doug Putnam to find out how his big bet on physical music has paid off. Mike and Doug first spoke about a year ago when Sunrise announced it was taking over more than 80 retail spaces across Canada that were left vacant by HMV's sudden closing. In under one year, Sunrise Records rapidly grew from a nine-store Ontario-based music retailer to nearly 100 stores across Canada. Doug explains why declining CD sales for new music is not a good...


The 2018 JUNO Awards - Programming, Plans, Predictions & More

This week's show is all about The 2018 JUNO Awards. JUNOs/CARAS CEO Allan Reid joins us to talk about the first year of their partnership with the CBC, how they decide which artists will perform during the televised awards show, injecting diversity into JUNOs programming and the CARAS board, and of course, the Barenaked Ladies reunion for their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Plus, Andrew and Mike share some thoughts and predictions on some of the key categories,...


One for the Kids - Jeremy Fisher's First Children's Album

Mike recently met up with acclaimed singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher, who is back with a very different record. A new father, Jeremy’s latest album is Highway to Spell, which as you may have guessed from the title, is a children’s record. His last release, The Lemon Squeeze, featured the biggest hit single of his career, the collaboration “Uh Oh” with Serena Ryder. Here, he talks about following that commercial success with something totally different and how his management reacted....


There's Something(ness) about Our Lady Peace

[Photo: Our Lady Peace by Ashley Osborn] Our Lady Peace is easily one of Canada’s most iconic alt-rock bands, having released countless hit singles since their debut album in 1994, including instantly recognizable songs like “Starseed,” “Automatic Flowers,” “One Man Army,” “Somewhere Out There,” and many, many more. But they are not ones to rest on their laurels. The band is back with their first album in six years, Somethingness, which includes the popular single "Nice to Meet You." In...


Glass Tiger - Still Going Strong After 31 Years

Glass Tiger are celebrating over three decades together with the release of 31, their first new studio album since 1991. Produced by Johnny Reid, the new collection includes stripped-down takes on 11 favourites from the band's back catalogue in addition to a pair of new songs. There are also guest appearances from an interesting bunch of collaborators including Julian Lennon, Alan Doyle, Susan Aglukark, Veronic DiCaire, David Maracle, and Johnny Reid himself. Founding member Sam Reid...


The Other Side of the Tracks - Producer/Engineer Gus van Go

Juno-nominated producer, engineer, and songwriter Gus van Go has fingerprints on work by the likes of Sam Roberts Band, Arkells, Wintersleep, Priestess, and dozens more. This year, he notched another Juno nod for his work on tracks by Whitehorse and Terra Lightfoot, and Mike got him on the phone shortly after the announcement. In this candid interview, Gus talks about his unique approach to studio work, shares some cool stories from the past few years, and delves into the experiences of...


Women in Music Canda: Fostering Equality in the Music Industry

MeToo and #TimesUp are having a significant and, in many cases, encouraging impact on a number of professional circles, and the Canadian and global music industries are no different. This week, Mike once again catches up with Women in Music Canada Founder and Chairperson Samantha Slattery, who first appeared on the podcast last January. Since then, of course, there’s been a major and ongoing cultural conversation about the treatment of women in the workplace across all industries. Mike...


Making Music Matter - A Path to Healing for Victims in Conflict Zones

Darcy Ataman has been on dozens of missions to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Make Music Matter, the organization he founded to help heal victims of sexual violence and other hardships in conflict zones through writing, recording, and producing music. Darcy joins us this week to talk about some of those experiences, as well as a recent partnership with Warner Music Canada that will help share this important and powerful music with a wider audience. We also talk...


Own the Stage - Tips for a Fearless, Impactful Performance

Every time you take the stage, you have an opportunity to make an impactful statement - a statement that could earn you hoards of new fans, drive sales of your music and merch, and open the door to dozens of future opportunities. An audience wants to see someone cooler than them doing something cooler than they¹re capable of doing. That requires a performer to be fearless in showing the audience who they really are. This week, in a show adapted from one of Canadian Musician's recent...


Is Spotify Playing Fair? The $1.6 Million Question

A music publishing company has launched a $1.6-billion lawsuit against Spotify, accusing the streaming giant of not getting the proper license needed to properly pay songwriters and publishers for millions of songs, including those by Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and many more. The forensic analysis of the streaming and payment data used in this lawsuit was done by Jeff Price and his team at Audiam, the SOCAN-owned mechanical royalty collection agency. Jeff explains why Spotify was...


Doing Right by Creators & Consumers - A Look into Stingray Music

Quebec-based media company Stingray kicked off 2018 with the announcement that it had acquired Qello Concerts, described by Forbes as "the Netflix of concert films and documentaries." The deal adds 2,000 concert films and music documentaries to Stingray's library, along with over 70,000 subscribers from more than 160 countries. Andrew speaks with Mathieu Péloquin, Senior VP of Marketing & Communications with Stingray, about the acquisition, as well as the company's approach to music...


CM Radio - Jan. 10, 2018 - Social Nettwerking: A Candid Q&A with Terry McBride

Nettwerk Music Group's Terry McBride is a two-time Pollstar Industry Award winner for Personal Manager of the Year and a member of the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He a few friends started Nettwerk in his apartment in 1984 and built it into one of Canada's most successful artist management, publishing, and label companies. McBride takes us through his history in the Canadian music industry, from signing Skinny Puppy and Grapes of Wrath in the 1980s to discovering a...


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