Canadian Musician - September/October 2014

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Vol. XXXVI, No. 5


The Creative Commonwealth Of


By Kevin Young

Conceptually, Commonwealth – a double-album divided into four “suites,” each composed by a different member – is a departure for Sloan. But while they maintain the process of writing and recording it wasn’t all that different from that they usually employ, their typical approach is rather unique in its own right.

The Incredulous & Accepting

Mac DeMarco

By Michael Raine

Mac DeMarco has said in the past that he’s not a perfectionist, and yet something about his understated and relatable songs, combined with his notoriously rowdy and goofy live shows, has connected with fans and critics alike.

Mo Kenney

On The Ride Of Her Dreams

By Jessica Mees

Doing international press, travelling the world, and performing to sold-out crowds were never things the silk-voiced Mo Kenney believed she’d be doing – especially by the age of 23. It’s understandable, then, that the attention she has garnered has taken this soft-spoken but witty and confident Canadian songwriter for quite the ride.

A Place To Call Your Own

Canadian Musician’s 2014 Home Recording Special

By Andrew Seale

We speak with members of The New Pornographers, Electric Youth, In-Flight Safety, and Teenage Kicks about having their own space to record and the benefits it brings to their workflow, creativity, and craft.

ALTra Low

Canadian Musician’s 2014 Bass Guitar Special

By Ryan Shuvera

Five premier players – including Jesse Keeler of Death From Above 1979, Dallas Wehrle of Constantines, Jeremy Page of Mother Mother, Brendan Berg of Royal Canoe, and Matt Campbell of Alert The Medic – discuss their styles, latest happenings, and of course, the instrument that unites them all in our annual focus on all-things bass.




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Guitar – Juan Coronado

Keyboards – Greg de Denus

Bass – Mike Downes

Percussion – Franklin Kiermyer

Woodwinds – Daniel Schnee

Brass – Scott Barnard

Digital Music – Aaron Collier

Vocals – Angela Kelman

Writing – José Contreras

Recording – Matt Whibley

Live Sound – Joel Bird

Business – Marco Figliomeni