Canadian Musician - January/February 2021

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January/February 2021

Vol. XLIII, No. 1






Buffy Sainte-Marie

Power in the Songs

Now on the cusp of 80-years-old, Buffy Sainte-Marie is more admired than ever. That’s because throughout her six-decade career, she has done things her way. Always both frank and funny, she opens up about her musical evolution, songwriting and singing, the music business, being blacklisted by the U.S. government, and more.


CM’s 2021 Drummers' Panel

Examining influences with an outstanding group of timekeepers

With an esteemed and stylistically diverse group of drummers and percussionists, we dig into not just who their musical influences are, but how they’ve evolved over time and what else influences their work and overall growth. And, of course, we also talk gear!


Backxwash & Will Owen Bennett

The Making of God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It

Together, the 2020 Polaris Music Prize-winning rapper/producer and her engineer explain how they crafted the year’s most important Canadian album from a small two-bedroom apartment.


‘Uninvited Guests’

  • The 8-Year Journey to Sample Glenn Gould’s Music

Would Glenn Gould love or loath Uninvited Guests? Division 88 producer Billy Wild doesn’t know if the late, iconic Canadian pianist would love the music, but he’s sure Gould would love that the album exists. He also knows that Gould’s fans hate him.


Julian Taylor

Probes the Personal to Reach New Heights

Julian Taylor’s The Ridge is an album so lyrically and sonically rich that it feels like a balm for these jarring times. It’s an artistic high-point and now, in a career stretching back to the late ‘90s, he’s receiving the attention and critical love that has previously alluded him.


Indie Insider

Develop a Kick-Ass Career Plan


Road Test

FabFilter’s Creative Bundle plug-in suite, Hughes & Kettner's Spirit Nano amp heads & Universal Audio’s Luna DAW





First Take
Association Update


Canadian Musician Podcast


Hot Gear

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Spatial Audio for Streaming Live Events

Writing My Prayer in Song

Escaping to a World of Retro-Futurism Through Songwriting

Marianas Trench Bassist Mike Ayley on Not Overplaying 

Career Tips for Becoming a Pro Drummer

Developing Left Hand Comping Independence on Piano

Unlocking Jazz Great Phil Nimmons’ Musical Secrets

Exploring Chord Tones

Finding the Right Vocal Coach for You


Cover Photo: Buffy Sainte-Marie by Matt Barnes