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Kari Zalik is the founder of Bad Parade, a full-service music publicity company specializing in creating custom campaigns for musical artists to secure maximum exposure for their work across television, print, radio, and digital media outlets. We talked about: misconceptions about what services a publicist does or does not provide publicists needs …
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Sarah Tolle is a singer-songwriter and actress based in Vancouver, BC. Her musical style is marked by a genre-bending, freewheeling, eclectic spirit. Her songs emanate a sense of wildness grounded in a timeless, almost ancient sound. They’re inspired by themes of freedom and peace, in compositions that blend house beats, sweeping orchestras, Celtic…
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Despite being known across the globe as an R&B and Soul-Pop focused artist, Ian Janes was a Semi-Finalist on SiriusXM’s Top of The Country contest, and wrote a Blues song on Matt Andersen’s 2023 JUNO nominated Blues album, “Matt Andersen and the Big Bottle of Joy”. His music has been streamed millions of times across ……
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Monet & Christian are an alternative/folk duo hailing from Toronto and Saint John, New Brunswick. Their music focuses on tight harmonies and thoughtful lyrics about finding your place in the world, and draws influences from as many different sources as possible, from Simon and Garfunkel, to Florence + The Machine, to Led Zeppelin, to even ……
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Greg Wyard is a popular Toronto performer known for his live solo and band performances in and around the Toronto area. He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who has recently emerged from a few years of dormancy on that front, releasing new songs such as Suddenly Everything’s All Right and Guns and Money, which have ……
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Folk-Roots artist Tania Joy is the Co-founder, Executive Director/Artistic Director of Springtide Music Festival, a non-profit organization led by a volunteer team of business leaders and local musicians which draws over 70 acts to various venues from breweries and bistros to bookstores and clothing shops in historic downtown Uxbridge, northeast of…
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We’re excited to launch our songwriting challenge for 2024 to write an original holiday song. Helping with the launch, singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson picks two of her favourite holiday songs and talks about what makes them great. Check out our dedicated page for the songwriting challenge to write a holiday song, including all our past holiday-t…
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Established in Edmonton’s inner city neighbourhood of McCauley, AV & The Inner City is a recently formed, all-female Soul/Roots vocal group, originating from the weekly collaborative porch concerts put on during the pandemic by multi-award winning local artist AV (Ann Vriend). In a testament to their incredible talent, the diverse group of Edmonton…
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Frank Horvat is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. He maintains an active schedule of recording projects and performances of his own compositions. His portfolio of works consists of chamber, pop/rock, electronic, musical theatre, film, and large ensemble pieces. His music has been premiered on four continents and featur…
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Born and raised in Toronto, Victoria Staff was always an “anxious child”. The string that connected much of her young life was using music to communicate with family, friends, teachers, and even therapists. Over time, this coping mechanism developed into a passion for music that would lead to her career as an indie-pop artist. Staff ……
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16-year-old budding pop sensation Sydney is ready to introduce herself to the world with electric feel-good anthem “Picture Perfect.” Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, the artist is known for a unique sound that adeptly blends the soaring synths of Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers with Korean pop music, bridging the sonic gap between Taylor Swift and M…
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Michael Bones is a classically trained violinist, composer, performer and songwriter who experiments with looping and pedal effects to create a full band experience as a solo artist. Micheal has released 3 EPs, BONES 2020, BLACKJACK 2021, and MAN IN THE MOON 2022-2023, which are available on all streaming platforms. He’s also released several recor…
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Maddy Little is a Canadian Indie Artist, based out of Toronto, Canada. Maddy has spent her formative years immersed in indie-folk band We Wander. Maddy has been deeply influenced in her songwriting by artists like City and Colour, Dizzy, Phoebe Bridgers, who have inspired her to turn to storytelling through music. Currently working on her ……
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A captivating musical journey of empowerment, self-determination, and the pursuit of lifelong dreams, Country artist Amanda Keeles unveils her invigorating debut album, “Can’t Stop Me Now!“. Her rich, ribbon-like vocals come straight from her soul, sharing deeply personal narratives drawn from a songbook overflowing with a lifetime of compositions.…
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Nelson Little is a celebrated storyteller from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, who brought home his third award from the Manitoba Country Music Awards this winter for “Best Roots Artist”, and has also received an Aboriginal People’s Choice Award. Little has opened for Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Major, The Sheepdogs, and Fred…
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Over the last few years, Alex Bird & Ewen Farncombe have become two of the biggest names on the Canadian Jazz scene. With praise from around the globe, this talented team has created timeless and heartfelt originals for a modern audience. They have produced something that is completely unique; three original albums in three years. ……
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Built on emotion-stirring storytelling and unmistakable vocal harmonies accompanied by a century-old instrument, Burnstick, a JUNO nominated husband and wife Folk duo, are intent on creating affecting music that inspires listeners to feel. The Manitoba-based duo features Nadia and Jason Burnstick, esteemed independent artists who united over a deca…
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Singer-songwriter, producer, and Song Studio maverick Allister Bradley joined us to talk us through song registrations (for Canadians). We talked about: Billy Joel’s new song and AI-driven video Turn the Lights Back On Collective Societies | Copyright Board of Canada (cb-cda.gc.ca) lists ALL the organizations responsible for collecting and distribu…
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Flavia Abadía is an international DJ, MC, singer, and songwriter based in Toronto, Canada. Colombian and French-Canadian, born in France, Flavia seamlessly blends an array of musical genres, ranging from Latin and Moombahton to Hip Hop, House, Vogue, and other global elements. With an impressive track record, Flavia’s original music has garnered ov…
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This week we were joined again by Chad Shank to talk about two of his favourite songs and why they should be studied. Chad Shank is a Songwriter, Music Producer, and Songwriting Teacher. Chad is the founder of At-Home Songwriting, a YouTube Channel and Songwriting Education Community. He is also a Lyric Instructor for Berklee ……
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Darrin James is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, and producer known for his distinctive gravelly voice, thoughtful lyrics, and soulful musicianship. His eclectic production style encompasses a growing range of influences, often fusing gritty, bluesy guitar playing with rustic, acoustic elements of Americana and soul-style Hammond organ an…
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Sunny Zaman is a musician whose main passion is songwriting. He is also a singer and guitar and bass player who occasionally dabbles with keyboards and synths. He wrote his first song at the age of 14 and continues to follow his passion many decades later. While he plays mostly rock and pop, he has ……
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Fresh off the release of her sophomore album, “Roses”, Toronto R&B/Neo-Soul artist, Aphrose, is receiving exciting critical acclaim at home and across the globe. Black Entertainment Television premiered Aphrose’s video for “Roses” to millions of people across their televised channel, socials, and website. She also appeared nationally on The Morning…
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Happy New Year to our listeners! For this post-hangover episode, we kept it simple by catching up on our holiday shenanigans, music activities, and other stuff. We talked about: Phil’s Christmas miracle with his new neighbours Neel’s working on demo recordings for his band Beige Shelter The new Apple Vision How we post and distribute ……
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Last week Kill Rock Stars Indie/Pop/Rock/Americana recording artists Glitterfox have released their brilliant new single It’s Always Over (produced by Portland’s own Chris Funk of The Decemberists)! Glitterfox, lead by queer married couple Solange Igoa (They/Them) and Andrea Walker (They/Them), were named one of Portland’s “Best New Bands” by the W…
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Garrett Neiles has just released his sophomore EP, “27”. His sound is a revival of the 2000’s era Alternative Pop-Rock concept, infused with refreshing lyrical depth of deep introspection. His unique and meticulous balance of old and new is rooted in the sonic exploration of the past, and features catchy rhythms and unforgettable lyrics. A tale of …
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Delyn Grey is Rock’s next fierce female. Her latest EP,Good Girls Die, gives you a fiery taste of the young artist’s unapologetic approach to pursuing a career in music through a unique and fresh sound— inspired by a diverse range of artists like Kurt Cobain, Annie Lennox, Trent Reznor, and Joan Jett. Delyn is carving ……
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Just in time for the holidays, “SNOW ANGELS“ Steven Taetz’s new original Christmas love song is available now on all platforms. A dreamy ballad made to conjure an idyllic winter wonderland where Steven Taetz sings about the wish to live in the magical moment forever. The nostalgic production by JUNO-winning producer Daniel Ledwell (Good Lovelies, ……
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For this special episode, we invited Song Studio organizers and pro singer-songwriters Blair Packham and Allister Bradley, to have a music movies and TV shows draft game show. We each named our favourite movies or TV shows about music, including documentaries, biopics, musicals, or concert films, and if the other players had the same title ……
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To celebrate our 10-year anniversary doing this podcast (can you believe it, ’cause we can’t!) we gathered four other songwriters to engage in a songwriting roundtable discussion. We ask them to provide a question to pose to the group, and we got some insightful, interesting, and varied answers. And we’d love to hear how you ……
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Fresh off the heels of her new release, ‘Love and What I Thought It Was’, Mimika is making the transition from songwriter to soul-baring artist. With over 2 million streams as a writer and a degree from Berklee College of Music, Mimika’s ‘story first’ approach to songwriting has earned her the kind of balance that ……
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Best known for his heartfelt love songs, songwriter Greg Wyard is about to surprise his audience with “Guns and Money,” a song that delves into significant global issues with a guitar-heavy rock sound. “Guns and Money” takes a more serious and thought-provoking direction than previous songs, taking inspiration from society’s obsession with wealth a…
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Carmen Toth is a Toronto singer-songwriter with a power pop sound reminiscent of the 80s and 90s. Whether on acoustic guitar playing solo or on electric with a full band, her unique, childlike voice, relatable lyrics and catchy hooks have drawn comparisons to Stevie Nicks, Cyndi Lauper and Kate Bush. Active in the independent music ……
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Creating music that journeys far beyond the confines of genre, Nova Scotia’s Maggie Andrew infuses her style of modern (s)alt-Pop with confident, relatable lyrics that often challenge stereotypical norms. Layered with Punk, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Rock, Andrew’s textured and edgy songs are boldly charming and stunningly innovative. With frank and straigh…
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Canadian Soul-Funk collective, The Commotions, are an all original 12-piece Motown-to-Disco era band that has brought the exquisite grooves from the famed Motor City all the way across the border. Celebrating their first decade as a band, founder Brian Asselin created the collective after spending six years with legendary musical group, The Funk Br…
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Our second batch of listener songs for our songwriting challenge 2023 to write in a mode included a song (mostly) in Phrygian, one definitely in Phrygian, and one with modal interchange. We talked about: The Song Talk Meetup Being sure you incorporate the unique intervals of a mode in your chord choices and melodies Phrygian ……
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Amanie Illfated (pronounced: ah-MAH-nee eel-fay-ted) is an award winning South Sudanese born international recording artist. Her music consists of thought-provoking multilingual mixed with a dynamic blend of R&B, Afropop, Reggae and Trap, all combined with her signature, clear-toned vocals. She incorporates her personal experiences growing up as a …
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Few things are as exciting as being a teenager with talent and a dream!! Located in the heart of the entertainment industry, the Los Angeles College of Music faculty are currently touring and working with music’s top stars and can give musical teens a leg up and inside track on the competition. Kasia ‘Kasey’ Livingston ……
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Desiree Dorion is an artist fluent in the language of relatable storytelling. With an inherent ability to deliver impactful lyrics that range from emotional to humorous, the decorated singer-songwriter effectively immerses her audiences in her expertly crafted songs with ease. To date, her illustrious career has included a 2014 JUNO nomination, six…
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Our first batch of listener songs for our songwriting challenge 2023 to write in a mode included a song in Dorian and two songs in Lydian. Lynn Moe shared his song Clean Up Time in D Dorian. Download the lyrics and chords to follow along. We talked about: Using a phrase that doesn’t necessarily make ……
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