Canadian Musician - July/August 2016

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July/August 2016 Vol. XXXVIII, No. 4





Rock… And Then Some

Arkells Refuse to Stagnate on Morning Report

By Andrew King

The flagbearers for blue-collar Canadian rock have been bored with the genre and its conventions of late, leading to an injection of new influences on their latest album.


When We Were Young

Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Long-Lasting Musical Legacy

By Adam Kovac

Multiple generations grew up with Sharon, Lois & Bram, learning about life, friendship, and, most importantly if you ask the group members themselves, music.


Music for the Masses

Canadian Festivals Get Crafty to Overcome Challenges & Build Their Brands

By Kevin Young

Summer festivals are a key part of the Canadian musical landscape, though 2016 was a tough year, meaning event organizers had to up their games to let the bands play on.


Key Dynamics

Our Pop-Focused 2016 Keyboard Special

By Ryan Shuvera

“Keyboard Special” might be deceiving as our panelists – including Shawn Hook, Keith Harris, and more – are multi-faceted creators with unique approaches to their crafts & careers.


Road Test

Up-close looks at Shure’s KSM8 Dualdyne mic, RME’s Babyface Pro interface & a pair of Traveler Guitars


Indie Insider

Does Pay-to-Play Make Sense?






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Guitar – Dan Gillies

Keyboards – Martha Johnson

Bass – Warren Bray

Percussion – Chris Lesso

Woodwinds – Dan Schnee

Brass – Stuart Retallack

Digital Music – DJ Vekked

Vocals – Shaina Silver-Baird

Writing – Ron Hawkins

Recording – Steve Molella

Live Sound – Peter Janis

Business – Robert Baird