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The stories and people behind the music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.




The stories and people behind the music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.




Marc Jordan

Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilson welcome to the show, Marc Jordan. Canadian musician Marc Jordan, known for writing the classic pop hit "Rhythm of My Heart" for Rod Stewart, has announced the release of his new solo album "Waiting for the Sun to Rise" on April 21, 2023. The album features jazz-tinged, original songs arranged for piano and orchestra by acclaimed producer Lou Pomanti, with trumpet solos from Grammy-winning artist Randy Brecker. Jordan's new album also includes cover versions of...


Women in Music Canada's Robyn Stewart

Robyn Stewart is the Executive Director of Women in Music Canada (WIMC). WIMC is a registered non-profit organization, who has the aim to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals. Their goal is to strengthen the social-economic and creative balance of the music industry by providing resources FREE to our membership and the greater community. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


Skye Wallace

Hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome to the show, Skye Wallace. Skye Wallace is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has carved a niche for herself with her ability to blend rock, folk and pop into a unique and refreshing sound. Her guitar playing skills are also a notable feature, with the ability to create memorable moments on stage. Her live performances are electrifying and guaranteed to leave you feeling exhilarated. Her latest album, Terribly Good, is a candid self-exploration...


Ed The Sock

Host Karim Kanji takes on one of the most iconic figures in Canadian music lore: Ed The Sock. Ed The Sock is a Canadian television personality and puppet character created and performed by Steven Kerzner. Ed is a cigar-smoking, sock puppet who first rose to prominence in the 1990s as the host of the late-night talk show "Fromage," which aired on the Citytv network in Toronto, Canada. Ed quickly gained a following for his irreverent and often controversial commentary on popular culture,...


STORRY: Deluxe Edition

CHIII: The Come Up is STORRY’s debut album and was released three weeks before the pandemic hit. CHIII: The Come Up is based on a chapter of STORRY's life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. The Deluxe edition marks her first time in a truly collaborative process with different artists/producers. Remixes include an old school R&B take on I Don’t Wanna Get High from Toronto’s Polaris Music...



CHIII: The Come Up is STORRY’s debut album and was released three weeks before the pandemic hit, on the heels of a 2020 JUNO Award nomination for her song, Another Man, for Reggae Recording of the Year. Topics covered on the album are more relevant than ever - CHIII: The Come Up is based on a chapter of STORRY's life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. STORRY has partnered with The Canadian...


Christopher Ward

Before writing a No. 1 Billboard hit (“Black Velvet”), becoming a MuchMusic original veejay, and an author and podcaster, JUNO-winning songwriter Christopher Ward recorded a 1978 solo debut album titled, Spark of Desire. Until now, Spark of Desire has never been available on streaming services. However, on a lucky trip to his well-organized storage space during the pandemic, Ward found the master tapes, and Warner Music Canada was able to bake them back into existence and remaster this...


Dan Mangan

Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show musician, Dan Mangan. Daniel Mangan (born April 28, 1983) is a Canadian musician. He has won two Juno Awards and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Australia, having released 5 studio LPs and numerous EPs and singles. He has scored for feature film, as well as television for Netflix and AMC. He is also a co-founder of Side Door, a marketplace platform connecting artists with alternative venue spaces for...



Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show, Harkness!Born in Toronto, Canada, Harkness is the 2nd in a brood of 5. Both his parents were talented musicians. His father fronted The Al Harkness Orchestra a band consisting of horns and winds along with a traditional rhythm section. His mother was a top French horn player at North Toronto Collegiate, a high school known for their music curriculum, as well as a beautiful piano player, who taught the local kids, including her own while they...


Brad Merritt - bassist and founding member of 54-40

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji speak with bassist and founding member of legendary rock band, 54-40, Brad Merritt in between performances at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Established 42 years ago at Vancouver’s famed Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, 54-40 have penned countless iconic, enduring, chart-topping gems, rightfully catapulting them to worship-worthy status among millions at home and around the globe.“When I started playing, I was an angry young man with a big mission,” chuckles Neil...


Crystal Shawanda

Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome superstar Crystal Shawanda to the studio.Born in Wikwemikong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, in Northern Ontario, Crystal was introduced to the blues by her eldest brother and to old-time country by her parents. “I was also into other styles of music that led me to the blues,” she says, citing everything from Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog,” written by Big Mama Thornton, to R&B-pop star Monica’s “Misty Blue,” by Dorothy Moore. “I was one of those...


REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World

In this podcast exclusive, movie director Ron Chapman and concert promoter John Brower sat down with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji to talk about what Rolling Stone magazine called “the second most important event in rock & roll history”.REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World, tells the incredible behind-the-scenes, story of how, against all odds, a life-changing concert came together. A story of passion and perseverance, this never-before documented story reveals a series of...


The Standstills

Ahead of their appearance at Toronto's HISTORY opening for Three Days Grace, co-host Gregg Tilston met with The Standstills to talk about their music, recent collaborations, touring with Three Days Grace, and what they have in store for the future.Check out The Standstills: https://www.thestandstills.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


Neon Bloom

Featuring a live acoustic performance of their unreleased song, Say When, Neon Bloom join Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji in studio on this latest edition of Welcome To The Music!Toronto-based garage rock/synth-pop quartet Neon Bloom is a unique blending of musical styles, creative influences and wonderfully diverse personalities. Combining the talents of veteran musicians/recording artists Jen Simpson (lead vocals), bassist/guitarist Fred Yurichuk, guitarist/keyboardist Simon Chow and...


Laurie LeBlanc

Multiple award-winning Acadian country music star Laurie LeBlanc joins hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on the show!2019 was a banner year for LeBlanc. Recipient of the Male Country Artist of the Year 2019 at the Josie Music Awards in Tennessee, Laurie LeBlanc also participated in a dance and country music congress organized by the Francophone Federation of Country Dance and Line Dance FFCLD in Issoudun, France. This experience proved to be important in his career when he met Irish...


Mark Howard: Producer & Recording Engineer

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome back to the show, producer and recording engineer, Mark Howard.He’s worked with countless multi-million-selling-record artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, the Tragically Hip, U2, and the Neville Brothers.Producer Mark Howard has always made unique records. For Howard, it’s not just about the recording process — making great music is also about creating unique, comfortable environments designed to bring out the...


Paul Chin: Brand New Tunes

Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show for the second time, Paul Chin!In the wake of Beyoncé and fellow Toronto artist Drake releasing their own dance projects, heralding a reclamation of electronic music for Black artists at the highest heights of the industry, Paul Chin begins the rollout of his own complementary offering in his full-length debut And Under Heaven We Are All Made Of Water, which exhibits the forward-thinking sonic ambition of the underground as he explores themes...


Lulu Simon

On her 6th birthday, Lulu Simon blew out her candles and wished that she wrote “Lucky” by Britney Spears. While the universe couldn’t make that happen, it was clear to Lulu as she grew up that she was destined to write songs and make music. Influenced by modern artists such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kim Petras, Lulu is able to fill a space in the current pop scene by bringing a singer-songwriter mentality to big pop productions. With Rolling Stone acclaiming her music as “the type of...


Michael Barclay - Hearts On Fire: Six Years that Changed Canadian Music 2000–2005

Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Feist, Tegan and Sara, Alexisonfire: those were just the tip of the iceberg. This is also the story of hippie chicks, turntablists, poetic punks, absurdist pranksters, queer orchestras, obtuse wordsmiths, electronic psychedelic jazz, power-pop supergroups, sexually bold electro queens, cowboys who used to play speed metal, garage rock evangelists, classically trained solo violinists, and the hip-hop scene that preceded Drake. This is Canada like it...


Alan Cross - broadcaster and music historian

Alan Cross is a Canadian radio broadcaster and a writer on music. Based in Toronto, Ontario, he is best known nationally and internationally as host of the syndicated radio series The Ongoing History of New Music.In this episode, hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji discuss the following topics with Alan Cross:- the 1969 Toronto Rock Revival (also known as the Forgotten Festival)- the Win Butler/Sexual Misconduct story- Nickelback and music snobs- why Radio will never go away and why it...