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September 8, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The high-energy country combo returns with a hot new track, Without A Prayer. Here the group’s award-winning leader discusses the tune, the history of the band, upcoming parking lot shows, and a love of Tim Horton’s brew.

September 3, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The prolific Juno-winning folk/roots artist recently released her 15th solo album, We’ll Look For Stars. Here she describes its creation and her favourite songs, reflects upon the impact the pandemic may have upon her songwriting, and outlines plans and hopes for the year ahead.

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September 3, 2020
by Bill King

The biggest passion of the Manager of Artists Development & Music Repertoire at Slaight Music is helping artists fully realize their vision. In this far-reaching interview, Ali discusses that role, her early experience as a recording artist, a life-changing education at Berklee College of Music, and growing up in a famed music business family.

August 31, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The award-winning Ottawa bluesman has released Sonic Departures, his most ambitious album to date. Here he talks about its mandate, the challenge of recording during a pandemic, his big win at the International Blues Challenge this year, and future plans.

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August 27, 2020
by Bill King

After fronting Toronto rock bands, this popular Canadian music veteran switched to the business side, first in A&R, then marketing and promotion. Through stints at WEA and BMG, in both Toronto and NYC, he boosted the careers of dozens of acts, and he now continues that role at Slaight Music. Read more in Bill King’s profile.

August 26, 2020
by Jason Schneider

For over 20 years, this Juno-nominated musician has supported the development of Canadian music internationally by breaking new ground and developing opportunities for artists domestically and worldwide. His latest move is the not-for-profit organization Trade Routes, and here he discusses the venture and his Nomadic Sound Series project, while sounding a note of optimism about post-pandemic touring.

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August 24, 2020
by Jason Schneider

One of Canada’s biggest bands hunkered down in the pandemic and created a stripped-down new album, Campfire Chords. Here the group’s frontman explains the mandate and method behind the quarantine record, the song selection process, their use of social media, and thoughts about a return to the road.

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August 20, 2020
by Bill King

With major sports gradually getting back on track, fan Bill King corrals a team of Toronto authorities for their takes on sports in the covid age.

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August 19, 2020
by Jason Schneider

The Lowest Of The Low mainman is releasing a new album with his other posse, the Do Good Assassins. Here he reflects upon the old school recording method, the DIY business approach, his socialist beliefs, and optimism that global turmoil may bring a brighter future.