Canadian Musician - March/April 2021

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March/April 2021

Vol. XLIII, No. 2






Rufus Wainwright

Comes Full Circle

By Michael Raine

As he approaches 50, one of Canada’s finest singers, songwriters, and composers reflects on his musical upbringing in the “first family of folk,” the city that shaped his career, his quest for perfection, his return to pop music on Unfollow the Rules, and more.

CM’s 2021 Bass Panel

Insights & experiences from all styles & eras

By Michael Raine

CM assembled an incredible roster of bassists who cover the gamut of genres and experience levels. From hard rock to pop and R&B, and players who have been touring the world for decades to others still very young in their careers, we got some very interesting perspectives. Of course, they also geek out on gear!


It’s All About the Song

Iconic Canadian artists share the stories behind their classic songs

By David McPherson

We share the stories behind five classic songs by The Guess Who, Maestro Fresh Wes, The Parachute Club, Spirit of the West, and Blood, Sweat & Tears, which have been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.



Taps into the Mystic with Home

By Michael Raine

Michael Milosh, the prodigious musician, producer, and songwriter with the enchanting voice behind Rhye, takes CM into his new home studio and the making of his latest acclaimed record. 


Getting Your Money from Satellite Radio

A primer on digital performance royalties

By Dani Oliva

You may have heard a publicist or radio promoter say they’ll pitch your music to satellite radio like SiriusXM and/or Stingray. Sounds like a great perk! Maybe you listen to satellite radio yourself! Beyond it being an excellent promotional opportunity, you actually get paid when your song is played via digital performance royalties. So, how do you collect these royalties?

Indie Insider

A Personal History of Long-Distance, Real-Time Collaborative Performance


Road Test

IK Multimedia’s AmpliTube 5 amp & FX simulation software, Radial’s HDI studio direct box & Steinberg’s Cubase Pro 11 DAW




First Take

Association Update


Canadian Musician Podcast


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Finding the Right Balance When Recording Live Off the Floor

Twitch: The Next Frontier for Independent Musicians

Can COVID-19 Vaccination Passports Save Live Music?

5 Improv & Accompaniment Tips for Basic Piano Players

Creating Contrast When Soloing on Guitar

“Good” Needs Help to Succeed, but “Great” Transcends

Maracatu Meets Technique, Pt. 1

Pliability of V7 Resolutions on Bass

Is Pro Audio Coming Home?

How Does One Get Six Brand Endorsements Before Their 15th Birthday?


Cover Photo: Rufus Wainwright by V. Tony Hauser