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Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.

Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.




Welcome is a series of in depth conversations with interesting people doing interesting things.








NEW: 2021 JUNO Awards | Welcome To The Music

Welcome To The Music hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji take a look back at the 50th JUNO Awards. Gregg and Karim also celebrate past guests of the podcast who were nominated and even some who won! In other words, WTTM is a path to either a nomination or a statue! Congrats to all the nominees, winners and Canadian music!


Art Bergmann | Welcome To The Music

Art Bergmann is Canada's Prince of Punk. Just don't call him that. In pure punk fashion, Art recently received the Order Of Canada but has yet to give an acceptance speech or even wear the "coveted" OoC pin. In this timely interview, Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji talk to Art about music and the role of being a shit disturber by holding those in power to account. We end of the interview with a powerful performace of his song The Legend Of Bobby Bird. Bobby was a 10 year old boy who ran away...


NEW: Zaki Ibrahim | Welcome To The Music

Zaki Ibrahim recently released her album, The Secret Life Of Planets and joined both Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on the show to talk about it. We also explore Zaki's musical inspirations and how growing up in South Africa, Nanaimo and Toronto shaped her identity and music. Stay until the end for a wonderful performance of her song, Gemini Moon.


NEW: Road To Peace: Karim Awad on Israel and Palestine

Karim Awad's family is originally from historic Palestine prior to it being taken over by Israel. In this conversation, Karim gives me his family's history in Israel/Palestine. We also hear stories of the many times Karim went back to visit Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. We also take a deep dive into the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel and look at things from both sides to better understand the motivations of everyone. In the end, Karim leaves us with what a solution for...


The Cabana Room | Lost Venues | Welcome To The Music

The Cabana Room, the upstairs venue of The Spadina Hotel, was the centre of the Queen West music scene back in the 60s and 70s and flourished as a place to watch indie acts before being turned into a youth hostel in 1997. In this episode, hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji debate which Canadian act should join The Band, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Rush and Leonard Cohen in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Then we get around to reminisce about The Cabada Room which Gregg played in many times.


KANDLE | Welcome To The Music

Prior to the release of her new album, SET THE FIRE, Kandle joined Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji from her home in BC to chat about music, her career, videos, her new music and her love of dogs and the comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm. Kandle’s mastery of music comes as no surprise, having collaborated with some of Canada’s finest songwriters, including Sam Roberts, Coeur de pirate, Peter Dremanis (July Talk) and Devon Portielje (Half Moon Run), in her impressive career to date — which also...


Farhan Lalji | TSN Reporter

Farhan Lalji is the Vancouver Bureau Reporter for SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news and information program. Lalji, who joined TSN in 1997, covers the Canucks, Lions, and Whitecaps FC, as well as other sports stories from around the Vancouver area. Along with covering the Vancouver sports scene, Lalji has reported from many of the biggest sporting events in North America, including the Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals, Grey Cup, MLB and NBA All-Star Games, golf’s U.S. Open and PGA...


Jeff Burrows | The Tea Party | Welcome To The Music

Jeff Burrows is the drummer and percussionist for Canadian rock bands Crash Karma, and The Tea Party. Jeff Burrows begun drumming at eleven years of age and professionally since 1990 when he joined childhood friends Jeff Martin and Stuart Chatwood in forming The Tea Party which is celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2021.


Nöthin' But a Good Time | Richard Bienstock and Tom Beaujour | Welcome To The Music

Nothin' But a Good Time is the definitive, no-holds-barred oral history of 1980s hard rock and hair metal, told by the musicians and industry insiders who lived it. Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated—and maybe even helped to define—a spectacularly over-the-top decade. Indeed, fist-pumping hits like Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to...


Lost Venues with Special Guests | Welcome To The Music

Erica Ehm is a good friend of the podcast. She was kind enough to sit down with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji a few months ago to help us think about our podcast differently. Out of that brainstorming session came a segment called, Lost Venues. Lost Venues is a celebration of music venues from our past that no longer exist. Sometimes Gregg and Karim will chat about venues that Gregg has played at. This episode features some past guests who shared with us some of their favourite Lost...


Perdita Felicien | My Mother's Daughter

Perdita Felicien is a third time guest. And third time's a charm! Perditia is officially now an author. I'm so excited for her. In this episode we talk about her car, her book, Catherine - her mom, her daughter Nova, her relationship with her dad and some advice for a young first time book author to be, Morgan!


ZENESOUL | Welcome To The Music

ZENESOUL is a Soul artist from Brampton, Canada. Born in Nigeria, she began writing songs at 11 years old. Today, this love for writing plays a big role in her music as she transports listeners with her lyrics, the clarity in her voice and use of simple instrumentals. Incorporating R&B, Neo-soul and Afro-beats into her music, ZENESOUL creates a sound of her own. In March 2019, ZENESOUL released her first EP titled Worth. including, Lost and fiery up-beat hit, Pricey. Later that year, she...


Nabil Karim | ESPN SportsCenter Anchor

Prior to joining ESPN, Karim was an anchor and reporter on Canada’s leading sports network (TSN) since 2011. He hosted TSN’s news and information show SportsCentre and covered a variety of major sporting events including the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Karim also hosted TSN’s coverage of NCAA March Madness, the 2016 FIBA Americas, and TSN’s live coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games and Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games. A native of...


Jonny Dovercourt | Any Night Of The Week | Welcome To The Music

Any Night Of The Week – A DIY History of Toronto Music 1957-2001 just might be one of the most important books about the Toronto live music scene ever written. In this episode Karim Kanji speaks with author, musician and co-founder of Wavelength Music, Jonny Dovercourt.


Toronto Blue Jays EVP Business Operations Anuk Karunaratne

Anuk Karunaratne is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the Toronto Blue Jays. Before the start of the 2021 regular season we sat down for a look back at the 2020 season as well as a look forward to the 2021 season and beyond.


Greg Godovitz | Welcome To The Music

Born in Toronto in 1951, Greg Godovitz has been an active member of the Canadian music industry since 1964. The year 2021 marks his 57th anniversary as a musician. His recorded works with Toronto based group Fludd produced eight top ten hits including the SOCAN Hall Of Fame inductees Cousin Mary, Brother and Me and Turned 21 which have reached the amazing milestone of over 100,000 airplays. Greg went on to enjoy national success with Toronto power trio Goddo, recording and producing eleven...


Justine Giles | Welcome To The Music

Justine Giles is a folk singer songwriter based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada Justine was the 2020 Jim Beam Talent Search National Finalist, Calgary Region Winner.


Bad Breed | Welcome To The Music

Toronto-based Bad Breed started out as a hard-edged combination of punk rock and 60s R&B. Inspired by the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Betty Davis and Led Zeppelin, the muscular funk, lightning-sharp guitar riffs and soulful songs of love and despair from their latest album are a testament to the transformative and ferocious power of love.


Zulekha Nathoo | Multimedia journalist

Zulekha Nathoo is an award-winning Canadian multimedia journalist currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. After almost two full decades with CBC she is currently a contributor for BBC Worklife. In this episode we talk about her career, sacrificing for her career, living in the US as a Canadian, her past ball hockey career, her short stint as a world class air guitarist, and what it's like to raise a young mixed race child with her husband.


Keysha Freshh | Hip Hop's Kid Sister | Welcome To The Music

Dubbed “Hip Hops kid sister”, Keysha Freshh blends everything you love about the 90’s with everything you appreciate about Hip Hop. Born in Toronto, Keysha found a love for hip hop spending summers in NYC. She was exposed to the culture at an early age, listening to mixtapes her cousins would have. Keysha had her first song published when she was 5 years old, the song was titled “Summers coming” and she has been performing ever since. Keysha performed her first written rap, at the age of 12...