Windsor band The Blue Stones decided to cover a Rolling Stones tune during their session at Q107 Toronto. The duo from Windsor have been featured at Canadian Music Week and NXNE. In the last year, they’ve opened for The Stone Foxes, Current Swell, Justin Nozuka, Fitz and The Tantrums, Joel Plaskett and more. Enjoy!
This is a great program offered right here in Toronto. I call it “business school for musicians” but the official title is the Coalition Music Artist Entrepreneur Program. Ben Caplan took the course and says “I’m really glad to say that I graduated from this program.” They are currently taking applications for the August program.
Here are a few more details for ya.
Coalition Music is pleased to announce that the next intake of its successful Artist Entrepreneur Program will be starting August 6, 2013 and running until October 15, 2013. Aspiring artists will receive comprehensive instruction on elements of the music industry including branding, communications, live recording, funding programs, media training, and touring logistics among other focuses.
The Artist Entrepreneur Program provides artists with these entrepreneurial skills in a ten week instructional overview of the industry taught by Coalition Music’s team of in-house managers, marketers, social media, touring, promotion and publicity experts. Past guest speakers include industry professionals from SOCAN, eOne Music, and Feldman & Associates, recording artists including Jeremy Taggart of Our Lady Peace and Jason Parsons of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS), and major producers including Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd).
- Live sound
- Band agreements
- Band psychology
- Finances, banking, accounting
- Social media
- Music supervision
- Funding and grants
- Talent buying
Emerging artists such as Hello Operator and recent seven time Music Nova Scotia Award nominee Ben Caplan are recent artists who participated in the Artist Entrepreneur Program. Expanding on the skills he acquired in the program, Ben Caplan has grown his brand both nationally andinternationally with touring set inCanada and abroad into 2013. “It’s a fantastic program and the skills that I picked up from it and the knowledge of the music industry I learned have helped me get to this point in my career,” says Caplan, “I’m really glad to say that I graduated from this program.”
Artists interested in discussing more about how Coalition Music can give their career the focus and direction it deserves are encouraged to contact Jesse Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416.755.0025.
Sometimes people ask me why I started the Classic Rock disCOVERy Series. The answer is that I love promoting bands and luckily I am in a position to do so. Since I am not working at a station that normally promotes said bands, I had to find a way to work Q107 into the equation. Q107 is THE classic rock go to. The station is built on the foundation of rock. Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles…how can new music compete with that? The answer is that they don’t have to. Instead, new bands can pay homage to their favorite classic rockers.
In Toronto there are very few chances for bands to get exposure. There are also very few opportunities for listeners to find new music. Just because a band is not on the radio does not mean that they aren’t worth listening to. The music industry is tough…take Dan Mangan for example. He worked his butt for years. He applied for grants and got shot down, he played gigs for beer, and begged radio stations to put him on the air. You could have been listening to him all along.
The Classic Rock disCOVERy Series has turned into a community of bands that promote and support each other not just in Toronto but all over the country. It is so much fun to hear a Toronto band like The Balconies cover The Beatles or Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde sing Suite Judy Blue Eyes or Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett giving props to Bruce Springsteen. Sprinkled in between the bands you might already know are these little nuggets of awesome. A collection of bands that are just trying to make it in the industry. Here are a few of those bands.
The Damn Truth – Montreal
The Elwins – Toronto
Little Foot Long Foot – Toronto
Alert The Medic – Halifax
And now for some of the bands you have probably heard of.
Joel Plaskett singing a Bruce Springsteen tune
Yukon Blonde covers Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Zeus covers Big Star
It was so much fun hanging with The Elwins. The session kicked off with a really awesome cover of Magic by Pilot. Don’t recognize the band? You are not alone. Magic is an “oh, that song”. You know the song but you probably don’t know who sings it. Maybe this will help. “Oh Oh Oh, It’s Magic!” The Elwins impressed as soon as they busted into this tune. Their new album And I Thank You is available now. If you want to have some fun….listen to The Elwins. I dare you not to smile. Enjoy!
Canada Music Week announced more bands for the festival and here are the newest Q107 Classic Rock disCOVERy Series bands added to the list.
Amos The Transparent (Ottawa) While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Beatles cover Goodnight, Sunrise (Toronto) Lola – The Kinks cover Jane’s Party (Toronto) Mother – Pink Floyd cover Papermaps (Toronto) The Chain – Fleetwood Mac cover Secret Broadcast (Toronto) I Will Follow – U2 cover The Autumn Portrait (Toronto) Learn To Fly – Tom Petty cover The Balconies (Toronto) Revolution – Beatles cover For more indie bands interviews and performances follow me on twitter @Candicekradio and check out the Classic Rock disCOVERy Series on Q107.com.
It was 65 years ago that The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street West first opened its doors. It is now one of the most sought after music venues for bands in Canada. This week, Joel Plaskett will headline five shows in a row to celebrate the anniversary.
CANADA MUSIC WEEK just announced the first round of artists playing this years festival and check out all the bands featured on the Classic Rock disCOVERy Series that will be performing.
Poor Young Things
Vancouver band The Pack a.d. cover Bruce Springsteen while visiting Q107 Toronto.
Check back next week for The Envy and on December 3rd Kim Stockwood (yes that Kim Stockwood) will cover John Lennon. For updates follow me on twitter and check out the Q107 Toronto Classic Rock disCOVERy Series.
Canadian rock band Zeus covered Big Star during their Classic Rock disCOVERy Series session. The harmonies are absolutely flawless and the cover is beautiful. Zeus also serve as the backing band for former Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett.
And for fun this week I invited an a capella group to Q107 for a Classic Rock disCOVERy Series. The A Capella Fella’s covered The Beatles and it is awesome! Follow me on Q107.com, Facebook and Twitter.
Joel Plaskett was in Toronto recently supporting Mo Kenney. Plaskett produced her debut album and even sings on the track Deja Vu. It was a fun visit with Plaskett covering a Springsteen tune and Mo playing Five Years by David Bowie. The song is also on her new album.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of welcoming both Joel Plaskett and up and comer Mo Kenney to the Q107 studio. Mo just released her brand new album co written and produced by Plaskett. On that debut album is an incredible version of 5 years by David Bowie. Check out the acoustic version from yesterday. Also listen to her brand new single Deja Vu.
Next week on Airchecker, Joel Plaskett covers The Boss and plays his brand new song Harbour Boys. For more amazing acoustic performances check out The Candice Rock Blog on Q107.com and follow me on Twitter.
If you are out and about in Toronto this weekend there is no shortage of great live music to see. Here are some of the bands playing Indie Week that have also been featured on the Q107 Toronto Classic Rock disCOVERy Series.
Last Bullet – Cherry Cola’s Thurs Oct 11th and Bovine Sex Club Fri Oct 12th.
Dani Jean – The Cameron House Thurs Oct 11th. Secret Broadcast – Bovine Sex Club Fri Oct 12th. The Stanfields – El Mocambo (main floor) Fri Oct 12th. Gloryhound – El Mocambo (main floor) Fri Oct 12th.
The Stogies – El Mocambo (main floor) Fri Oct 12th and Underground Garage Sat Oct 13th. The Autumn Portrait – Cameron House Fri Oct 12th. Drew Leith and the Foundation – The Rivoli Sat Oct 13th. Ascot Royals – The Horseshoe Sat Oct 13th.
Teenage Kicks spent the summer opening for Theory of a Deadman. With a little love from Canadian radio these guys will become a household name.
The Balconies are a trio out of Toronto via Ottawa. Jacquie and her brother Stephen have a great dynamic. Jacquie and Liam both went to university to study classical music. Liam even got his masters. This band has the talent and training to be the next big thing in Canada.
Poor Young Things have been touring with The Trews and playing dates all over Canada. Their latest album was produced by Jon Drew (The Arkells). Check out their Warren Zevon cover from the Classic Rock disCOVERy Series on Q107.com
In the last couple months I have been lucky enough to interview a bunch of musicians from Halifax. So I thought an East Coast post would be nice this week.
Here is this week’s playlist:
Little Foot Long Foot – May
Secret Broadcast – Raygun
Biblical – Eyes of Lies
Honheehonhee – A. Is For Animal
The Balconies – Kill Count
Poor Young Things – Blame it on the Good Times
Little Foot Long Foot- Neko Case Hate F@#*! Kurt Cobain
I am sure you have heard a lot about the Indiegogo/Kickstarter campaigns that musicians are doing now. Some people think it is lazy to ask your family and friends for money so you can record while others think it is a great way to get funding. One of my Q107 Indie Invaders Noel Johnson, is nearing the end of his pre buy campaign. The nice thing about THIS campaign is that if he doesn’t hit his goal, you get your money back. So it is not charity at all. You either get a wicked album or your cash back. I would rather pre buy an album and wait a couple months then have to wait around for a musician to save $10000 waiting tables for some new tunes. This is also a great way to promote an album that isn’t even out yet. You can check out his album pre buy campaign here.
This is one of the songs that will be on the upcoming album if he gets the funding via indiegogo.com/noeljohnson
So naturally, I invited them in for a visit. Little Foot Long Foot is a threesome fronted by Joan Smith. It’s like the Black Keys with a chick singer. Joan can shred and sing and watching the band is absolutely incredible! LFLF used to be in a Zepellin cover band called Red Zeppelin so Joan covered Gallows Pole for the CLASSIC ROCK disCOVERy SERIES on Q107.com. Enjoy!
Honheehonhee stopped by Q107 Toronto yesterday and I couldn’t wait to share their Classic Rock disCOVERy Series with you! This band is out of Montreal and fronted by a famous busker on the Metro. Greg is busking to pay for the upcoming tour. He is also the handsome little girl in the pink tutu on the front of their debut album “Shouts”. These guys and girl have got it together. Their Solsbury Hill cover was great and they even did the screaming and cheering bit at the end. Their debut album is also wicked. They will be in Toronto to play Sneaky Dee’s tomorrow night as part of NXNE. Hope you like this one as much as I do.
So this week Q107 Indie Invaders Secret Broadcast released a video saying they will call each and every person that buys their new EP. Here is the video.
They admit it will be time consuming but that is how much their fans mean to them. I had the pleasure of meeting Secret Broadcast while working at X92.9 in Calgary. They moved about a year before I did so it was only fitting that I got them in for a Q107 Classic Rock Indie Invasion Session. They did a wicked version of U2′s I Will Follow.
Along with an acoustic version of the new single Ray Gun.
Check out the interview here.
In this day and age it is getting harder and harder for bands to come up with creative ways to get their name out there. So kudo’s to Secret Broadcast! I have no doubt they will call each and every one of you. For more on The Candice Rock Blog. Follow me on twitter and facebook.
Our first band with a sweet set of strings is Tight Knit Skirts out of Saskatoon.
Next up Noel Johnson joined by David Poulin from Toronto by way of Calgary.
And this is Amos The Transparent out of Ottawa. Love the cello on this track!
I absolutely loved having The Balconies in the Q107 studio. I think they could be the next big thing. With Liam on drums, Jacquie kicking ass on lead vocals and her brother slappin’ da bass…this trio out of Toronto had the best time recording Revolution. Stephen even brought his Beatles bass.
You should check out their video for Kill Count off the new EP produced by Jon Drew (Arkells).
To date there have been more than 30 Classic Rock Indie Invasion Sessions on Q107.com. A couple classic rock artists keep popping up. Last week I posted bands that are crazy about Neil Young. This week it’s The Boss. Who doesn’t love Bruce Springsteen?
This is The Autumn Portrait out of Calgary. These guys came in at the end of CMW so Freddie’s voice is a little on the raspy side after 5 days of concerts, clinics and networking. Check out their session here.
One thing I noticed as soon as I started doing the Classic Rock Indie Invasion Sessions on Q107.com was the amount of musicians who want to cover Neil Young. He is such a big influence on musicians today. Here are a few Neil Young covers from The Candice Rock Blog.
First up Jane’s Party from Toronto. This is Eamon McGrath from Toronto by way of Edmonton. And finally Beekeeper from Vancouver cover Hey Hey My My Next week bands that like to cover Bruce Springsteen. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook.