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Welcome To The Music
64 minutes | 2 days ago
In the spring of 1965, Bill Cosgrave was smuggled across the border into the United States after receiving an irresistible invitation from his captivating friend Mary Werbelow. When he made it to her apartment in Los Angeles, Mary introduced Bill to her boyfriend, Jim Morrison. The two young men quickly bonded. When Jim and Mary’s relationship faltered, Jim headed for Venice beach with his notebook. Bill and Jim spent endless days together, enjoying the aimlessness of their youth and the freedom of the times, fuelled by Jim's unlimited supply of dope. Jim Morrison's writing would morph into iconic hit songs, rocketing him to international fame as the hypnotic lead singer of the Doors. Beautiful Mary would set off on her own journey. After years of futile searching, Bill finally tracks down the woman he had secretly loved. He’s dying to know where her life has taken her and stunned by what he discovers.
67 minutes | 9 days ago
Meg Warren is our first guest of 2021. After starting the multiple award-winning band Repartee in 2009, they criss-crossed Canada for 8 years, driving the van to hundreds of shows across the country. A high point in her career came in 2016 when what started as a little song idea about fighting for the people you love called ‘Dukes’ became the most added song across all radio formats across Canada in July of that year. Repartee would go on to win the 2017 Indie Music Award for Pop Artist/Group of the year. Now, as a solo artist and songwriter, Meg co-produced and co-engineered her EP, ‘A Thousand Ways’ with ECMA-winning producer Dan Ledwell. She also engineered, mixed, and co-produced Newfoundland singer-songwriter Virginia Fudge’s upcoming EP which is slated for an early 2021 release. She can't wait to see what's next.
57 minutes | 16 days ago
During the last year of school, Chin Injeti recorded an indie album of the band in a home studio built by his father & brother. That CD ended up selling 70,000 copies and served as his introduction to the music industry! The band (by then known as Bass is Base) went on to gain fans all over the world and garnered a deal with Universal Music and Island records in the United States. Fronted by Injeti, the group won a Juno (Canadian Grammy) for best R&B record, a Much Music Video award for a song called “Funkmobile” and Chin was awarded with Songwriter of the Year from SOCAN. With many years of creating, touring and performing all over North America with the likes of The Fugees, The Roots, Jamiroquoi, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and so many more, Chin learned the craft of carving out frequencies and the importance of an impactful lyric and melody. For years he just listened and watched until he was able to take a selfless approach to his craft, where he put the song and the artist before everything. His purpose, indeed, became crystal clear when Injeti teamed up with then partner DJ Khalil; with whom he made music with and for the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem (“Recovery,”and “Survival” which he later won 2 Grammys for), Drake (“Fear”), Pink (“Here comes The Weekend”), Aloe Blacc (“I’m the Man,” “Can You Do This”), The Clipse (“Kinda Like a Big Deal” feat. Kanye), Lecrae (“Mayday” and another Grammy win), K’Naan (“Waving Flag” and another Juno award) and so many other artists. Injeti’s impact on music was slowly taking shape with millions of records sold and Gold & Platinum plaques as evidence, and, perhaps most significantly, his being able to pick and choose the artists that he wanted to work with. Chin Injeti is a force of nature - an inspiration, a teacher, mentor, leader, innovator, singer and multi instrumentalist, writer, collaborator, student; and yes, Icon.
52 minutes | 23 days ago
Twin Flames: The husband and wife duo of Chelsey June, Métis (Algonquin Cree) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik, are long celebrated for their sonic soundscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic, and honouring their ancestors through song in English, Inuttitut and French.
61 minutes | a month ago
Angel Baribeau | queer, non-binary, Indigenous pop singer/songwriter
Originally from the Cree community of Mistissini, Quebec, and now based in Montreal, Angel Baribeau first started through the formation of her early indie folk outfit, Simple Human Tribe. For Those I Love(d) is her first EP which earned a Top 3 spot on Apple Music Pop Canada’s charts soon after its Summer 2020 release. Photo by Nicolas Gouin
64 minutes | 2 months ago
velours is a bilingual alternative pop singer songwriter currently based in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada.
7 minutes | 2 months ago
Chin Injeti (teaser)
In between recording sessions, GRAMMY Award winning producer and musician, Chin Injeti, popped by for a quick hello with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Darby Wheeler Hip Hop Evolution
Darby Wheeler is an award-winning television director, producer, and writer, with over 20 years of experience. Some highlights include: developing Canada’s only late-night talk show for the CBC, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight; and producing for on MuchMusic’s The NewMusic, and Canada’s only urban music TV shows MuchVibe and RapCity. Recently, Darby directed the award-winning, Dead Set on Life, for Vice, and directed and produced the Netflix Original, Hip-Hop Evolution, which won a Canadian Screen Award, a Peabody, and an International Emmy. - https://www.scenariomedia.com/
62 minutes | 2 months ago
David McPherson - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History
Like the Queen Street strip that has been its home for seven decades, the Horseshoe Tavern continues to evolve. It remains as relevant today as it did when Jack Starr founded the country music club on the site of a former blacksmith shop. From country and rockabilly to rock ‘n’ roll, punk, alt/country, and back to roots music, the venerable live music venue has evolved with the times and trends — always keeping pace with the music. Over its long history, the Horseshoe has seen a flood of talent pass through. From Willie Nelson to Loretta Lynn, Stompin’ Tom Connors to The Band, and Bryan Adams to the Tragically Hip, the Horseshoe has attracted premier acts from all eras of music. In The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, David McPherson captures the turbulent life of the bar, and of Canadian rock. - Dundurn Press
60 minutes | 3 months ago
OKAN |Afro-Cuban Jazz
A few weeks ago, Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcomed the Afro-Cuban Jazz duo OKAN (led by Elizabeth Rodriguez and Magdelys Savigne) to the show! Combining history, heritage, storytelling and spirituality, they share these elements on their new album – Espiral (Spanish for ‘spiral’). Born in Havana, Cuba, Elizabeth Rodriguez is a classically trained violinist who served as concertmaster for Havana’s Youth Orchestra. Magdelys Savigne hails from Santiago de Cuba and graduated with honours in orchestral percussion from Havana’s University of the Arts. Both are JUNO-nominees for their work with Battle of Santiago and Grammy-nominees for their contributions to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, of which they are former members.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
Darryl Hurs | Indie Week & CD Baby
Darryl Hurs has a 25+ year history in the music business including launching and running one of Canada’s largest indie music festivals and conference, Indie Week. Recently, Darryl was hired as the director of market development for CD Baby in Canada. Past positions include design and branding/marketing for Live Nation as a freelancer, retail buyer at HMV, and booker for one of Toronto’s top live music venues.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
Romana | singer, artist
Canadian-born, South Asian Toronto artist, Romana, expands global conversation through sound. This past summer Romana released a stunning self-directed video for her single, Melanin. The song tells the story of a person of colour as they shed Eurocentric ideals of beauty, accepting the richness of who they really are. Romana is an artist at heart who is currently using her musical talents to both grow as a person and share her journey and discovery of self with others. Photo Credit: Negin Sairafi
70 minutes | 3 months ago
Storry | JUNO-nominated artist
STORRY is a singer-songwriter who writes and produces her own music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on\\this past February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max.
78 minutes | 4 months ago
David Strickland | Spirit of Hip Hop
Toronto-born and bred, Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, producer, engineer and DJ, David Strickland – known for his work on some of the most iconic Grammy and JUNO-award winning records by Toronto artists and North American Hip-Hop progenitors alike – released his long awaited album, Spirit Of Hip-Hop, on June 29 via Entertainment One. David’s perspective, “The DJ is the Drummer; the MC is the Storyteller, the B-boy is the Dancer and the Graffiti Artist is the Sand Painter” is rooted in Spirit Of Hip-Hop, as he emerges from behind the boards to share an embodiment of the teachings, art, traditions, and music of the community, aligned with his Indigenous heritage. Amongst an extensive collaboration roster, the album includes Indigenous rappers such as Supaman, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Artson, Que Rock, Drezus, Leonard Sumner, Joey Styles, and more, while North American hip-hop legends EPMD, Saukrates, Def Squad (Redman, Erick Sermon, Keith Murray), Maestro Fresh Wes, and a posthumous verse from King Reign, are brought into the fold. David is passionate about the plight of the Mi'kmaq people and recognition of his family lineage can be traced back by five generations. He is committed to restoring the dignity and respect stripped by an unconstitutional agreement that remove and denied Indian status from thousands of people.
52 minutes | 4 months ago
Ebonnie Rowe | Honey Jam
Ebonnie Rowe has been instrumental in supporting the launch of notable Canadian artists including Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Melanie Fiona, SATE, Melanie Durrant, Michie Mee and many more. Honey Jam is a program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female-identifying artists, culminating with a stellar Honey Jam showcase to highlight their growth. Annual programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in activities including workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada.
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name. By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.
47 minutes | 5 months ago
COUNT KLASSY is an incredible, new age hip hop artist about to burst onto the scene in a big way - with compelling, original music that grabs the listener and gets them grooving before they even realize they are experiencing history. Yes, this talented artist, a proud member of Canada's LGBTQ community is breaking barriers, helping to smash homophobia in hip hop with his genre busting album (to include guest vocals from Canadian rap star Choclair and the legendary California rapper Tone Loc), coming soon.
66 minutes | 6 months ago
Kim Mitchell is a Canadian rock icon. This year he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the lead singer with the influential rock band Max Webster and has had an outstanding solo career which has seen him earn numerous awards and accolades. His newest single, Wishes, is the first release on his latest album The Big Fantasize.
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