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May/June 2021

Vol. XLIII, No. 3




Ruth B.

Steps Towards Stardom on Her Own Terms

By Adam Kovac

Though she reached stardom and acclaim quickly with her 2017 debut album, Safe Haven, Ruth B.’s star is about to burn brighter with the release of Moments in Between. At just 25-years-old, it’s a collection of songs that seem destined to cement her place among the finest Canadian singer-songwriters performing today. And no less an expert than Sir Elton John has listed Ruth B. as one of his favourite Canadian artists. 

CM’s Metal Guitar Panel

Getting Heavy with Canada’s Metal Axe-Wielders

By Manus Hopkins

Sure, heavy metal is characterized by pounding drums, rumbling bass, and aggressive vocals, but at its core, it’s the guitar that makes metal music. With a strong and versatile metal scene in Canada, CM rounded up a group of our own shredders, from established, world-renowned players to new up-and-comers making a splash in the industry, to genre-hopping players who bring metal techniques into completely different styles.

Daniel Lanois

Keeps It Old School While Looking Forward

By Manus Hopkins

While he’s still going strong, Daniel Lanois has already reached near-legendary status through his work on classic albums by Bob Dylan, U2, Peter Gabriel, and so many more. With Canadian Musician, the Canadian producer chats about recording technology, songwriting, and getting the best performance while reflecting on the lessons learned along the way. 

Cadence Weapon

Canada’s Conscience is Back Better Than Ever

By Michael Raine

Since his debut record in 2005, Cadence Weapon has been one of Canada’s most widely-respected rappers, and he has never shied away from calling out politicians and others in power. And along the way, he’s made space for himself and other hip-hop artists in Canada’s traditionally white and guitar-focused industry. Now, with his new LP, Parallel World, he’s at the top of his game and he’s ready for the accolades.

The Canadian Who Saved Gibson

James “JC” Curleigh on the Current & Future Health of the Guitar Market & More

By Michael Raine

When James “JC” Curleigh was hired as Gibson Brands’ new president and CEO in 2018, he was somewhat of a surprising choice to be the man who would save one of the world’s most iconic guitar companies from financial doom. Nonetheless, he has led an impressive revitalization of the brand. With CM, the proud Canadian opens about the current state of the guitar market, how to get more women and artists of colour picking up guitars, and more.  

Indie Insider

How to Make Your Publisher Work for You

Road Test

Modal Electronics’ Cobalt8 & Argon8 synths, Black Lion’s Revolution 2x2 USB Interface, and Sennheiser’s MD 435 & MD 445 microphones


First Take

Association Update


Canadian Musician Podcast


Hot Gear

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An Intro to Holistic Artist Development

Get into Composing for Film & TV

Great Talent Isn’t Good Enough, You Have to be Memorable

How Do I Find a Manager (And is a Manager Even What I Need)?

What Artists Currently Need to Know About Traveling to the U.S.

Maracatu Meets Technique, Pt. 2: Adding Independence

How an AMS RMX16 Preset Defined a Generation of Drum Sounds

Performing Online: The State of the Art at This Moment

Cover Photo: Ruth B. by Gabriel LN/