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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.
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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 SOCAN & SODRAC Merger & What It Means

Two weeks ago, performing rights organization SOCAN made the major announcement that it was merging with reproduction rights organization SODRAC. Now, for the first time in Canada, a single organization – SOCAN – will be able to license, track, and distribute all royalties for both music performing rights and mechanical rights. To explore the details of the deal and what it’ll mean for the organizations’ members, as well as the greater music rights industry in Canada, we caught up with...

Rise of the Robots: How Artificial Intelligence is changing music creation

This week, Mike chats with Amper Music CEO and Co-Founder Drew Silverstein. Amper Music is at the leading edge of the artificial intelligence revolution in music. Amper's AI is designed to instantly produce royalty-free production music that matches the length, genre, and mood that the user dictates, while also allowing the user to collaborate with Amper as if they're sitting in the studio with a composer. Frankly, the results are pretty impressive, and Amper is just one of many...


Hip Hop's Evolution - In Conversation with Shad & D.O.

Canadian MC Shad joins us to talk about Hip-Hop Evolution, the highly-anticipated documentary series now on Netflix that he narrates and hosts. The four-part series explores the history of hip-hop from the late '70s to early '90s, taking viewers on the journey from DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa, through Run DMC and Public Enemy, and ending with the rise of gangsta rap with NWA, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and 2Pac. Shad tells us about the making of the doc, recalls his...


Redefining Folk - In Conversation with The Once

Are they a Newfoundland band or a band from Newfoundland? Heralded folk trio The Once find themselves wrestling with this and many other questions about their artistic and sonic identity, though that's not stopping them from making the music they want to make and subsequently watching their audience grow. Geraldine Hollett and Phil Churchill chat with Andrew about the unique, theatre-based genesis of their band, how they've made a name for themselves, their approach to live performance,...


Quitting the Day Job - Rachel Beck Takes Music Full-Time

On June 10th, Rachel Beck posted a message to her Facebook artist page announcing that she wouldn't be returning to her job as a schoolteacher in the fall, and would instead be dedicating her efforts to further developing her music career. The timing seemed fitting. Just three months prior, after closing the first chapter of said career as one half of heralded folk duo The Beck Sisters, she released her self-titled debut album to much acclaim, earning rave reviews and watching the...


A Career Like No Other - One-on-One with @ThatEricAlper

Everyone’s favourite publicist, radio host, blogger, and social media personality Eric Alper (aka @ThatEricAlper) takes us through his remarkable music career, from starting his own label in the mid-‘90s to moving into PR and working with Smithsonian Folkways, Koch Entertainment, and eOne Music to then becoming his own boss. Through it all, he’s worked with countless artists, from the emerging to the legendary, including the likes of Ringo Starr, Ray Charles, Jerry Garcia, Nickelback,...


How SOCAN Gets You Paid - A PRO Primer

If you create original music, SOCAN wants to put money in your pocket. It’s that simple. This week, SOCAN's Melissa Cameron-Passley and Aidan D'Aoust join us to simplify the world of performance and neighbouring rights and explain how SOCAN members can make sure they’re getting every cent they’re entitled to. We touch on how to become a SOCAN member, how the organization collects and distributes royalties, general info about royalty rates from various media, and more. Even if you're...


Cavendish Beach & The Many Facets of Summer Festivals

Despite taking place in a small community in Canada's smallest province, PEI's Cavendish Beach Music Festival has been attracting mega-headliners to its massive stage for 10 years running. This year's edition has expanded to four nights and beyond its typical focus on country music, with pop superstar Shawn Mendes headlining the final day of an event that will also welcome Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, and Dallas Smith. Jeff Squires, who heads up CBMF producer Whitecap...


The Dandelion Initiative – Standing Up Against Misconduct in Live Music

Toronto musician and Dandelion Initiative Founder Viktoria Belle joins us to discuss the tough topic of sexual misconduct at music venues and festivals. Viktoria is a survivor of sexual violence and founded the Dandelion Initiative (formerly the Sexual Assault Action Coalition) to help other survivors and address the problem with real solutions. The Dandelion Initiative provides training for venues’ staff to help them identify, prevent, and deal with sexual assault and...


Singer, Songwriter & Survivorman - Les Stroud on Music & Activism

Environmentalist, musician, and filmmaker Les Stroud has long used his groundbreaking TV show Survivorman as the principal vehicle to convey his message of celebrating and protecting nature. Now, he's combining his love for the environment with his other passion: music. On his fifth album, Bittern Lake, the Canadian singer-songwriter issues an urgent call for environmental preservation with a collection of original songs and covers by Joni Mitchell and J.J. Cale, produced by Mike Clink...


Crack of Dawn - The Barrier-Breaking Band Canadian Music Forgot

Mike sits down with a figure of Canada’s musical and cultural history. Rupert Harvey is a guitarist and founding member of recently-reunited funk/soul/R&B band Crack of Dawn, who signed with Columbia Records in 1975, making them the first black band to be signed by a major record company in Canada. The group sold more albums and concert tickets in Canada throughout the ‘70s than Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Earth, Wind & Fire. Rupert recalls the burgeoning R&B and soul scene in...


From T. Swift to Idols - Building a Sustainable Music Career

To say that Rick Barker has had an incredible life would be an understatement. Rick muscled his way into the music industry and ended up managing an unknown country singer-songwriter named Taylor Swift. With no experience, he navigated Swift’s meteoric rise from 2005 to 2008 before moving on to other label and consulting roles. These days, he is the social media mentor for contestants on American Idol and The Launch and manages Idol winner Trent Harmon. He is also the co-author of The...


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...


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...

Duration:01:02:55 & 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, 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...