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Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston

The stories and people behind the music.

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Legendary Grant Avenue Studio
11-02-2024
Legendary Grant Avenue Studio
Exploring the Sonic Legacy: A Virtual Tour of Grant Avenue Studio Control RoomKarim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome to the show, Mike Bruce and Andrew Lauzon from Grant Avennue Studio. In a captivating virtual tour on Welcome To The Music, the Grant Avenue Studio control room unfolded its rich history, hosting a discussion on notable visitors, the essence of maintaining a "house sound," and personal anecdotes that breathed life into the studio's narrative.Located in the heart of Hamilton, Mike and Andrew shared their journey of moving to the studio, offering a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes experiences that shaped their connection with the space. The discussion delved into the intricacies of the studio, featuring a comprehensive showcase of the mixing and editing suite, boasting both high-end gear and an affordable environment tailored for independent producers.Mike Bruce and Andrew Lauzon not only shared personal stories connecting them to music but also unfolded their visionary plans for the studio's future. Their expansion includes services ranging from live streaming and podcasting to potential documentary production, marking a significant evolution for Grant Avenue Studio.The discussion pivoted to the enduring charm of vintage gear in music production, with a keen focus on the unique sonic qualities of equipment like the Neumann M49B mic and an aged console. Unpacking the concept of "house sound," the Andrew passionately emphasized the irreplaceable value of vintage gear in crafting a distinct sonic signature that stands unparalleled.The conversation resonated with the idea that a studio's historical legacy serves as a wellspring of inspiration for artists, underscoring the importance of continuing to craft new musical stories. The virtual journey concluded with a promising note about upcoming talent in Hamilton, hinting at the exciting prospects that lie ahead for the local music scene. The Grant Avenue Studio tour not only unveiled the technical marvels within its walls but also celebrated the essence of musical storytelling and its potential to shape the future of sound.For more information visit: https://www.grantavenuestudio.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Ritchie Henman - Founding member of April Wine
21-01-2024
Ritchie Henman - Founding member of April Wine
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji are back for their first 2024 episode. In this edition they welcome founding member and first drummer for Canadian classic rock icons, April Wine, Ritchie Henman.Henman recently wrote his memoir, High Adventure: Tales of Canadian Rock & Roll Survival. Get is book here: https://www.ritchiehenman.com/high-adventureThey congratulated Henman on his recent achievements in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Juno Hall of Fame. Henman reflected on his long-standing friendship with Myles Goodwyn, emphasizing their admiration for each other's musical abilities and stage presence. He also delved into his musical journey with his brother, David, and his decision to write the book, citing his concern about preserving his memories due to a family history of Alzheimer's.The conversation then shifted to Henman's wife, Claire, and her profound impact on his musical career, with a hint at the potential for her to write a book about her remarkable adventures in the entertainment industry. They also discussed Henman's memories of playing in Sudbury and Ontario Place, as well as his diverse music preferences, ranging from classical composers to contemporary artists. Topics discussed:Remembering Myles GoodwynRitchie's musical journey and evolution Motivation for writing the bookRitchie's wife's influence on his careerMemories of Sudbury and Ontario PlaceRitchie reads a paragraph from his bookThe music Ritchie listens to todayImage: https://www.ritchiehenman.com/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Tom Wilson on Junkhouse and "Strays" 30th Anniversary
12-11-2023
Tom Wilson on Junkhouse and "Strays" 30th Anniversary
Host Karim Kanji interviewed Tom Wilson for the show, Welcome to the Music. They discussed the re-release of Junkhouse's Strays album for its 30th anniversary and the upcoming ticketed shows in London, Kitchener, Hamilton, and Toronto. They also talked about the importance of creating a comfortable environment for creativity and celebrating indigenous culture and art. Wilson emphasized the need for people to listen and open their hearts to one another, and to move away from the colonial way of being an authority over others.Topics:Tom Wilson's journey as a modern Mohawk artistJunkhouse's 30th Anniversary Re-release and TourTom Wilson talks about the upcoming ticketed shows for Junkhouse's 30th anniversary and the sentimental value of the band and Sony Music.He also discusses the loss of Dan Achen and the guitarists who have filled in for him.Karim Kanji and Tom Wilson discuss the importance of creating a comfortable environment for creativity. Wilson shares how his living room hosts writers and musicians, and how this environment breeds great ideas. He also talks about the renovation of Massey Hall and how it has affected the backstage and dressing rooms.Karim Kanji and Tom Wilson discuss the importance of celebrating indigenous culture and art, including Steve Salas' documentary "Rumble" and Wilson's upcoming play based on his book "Beautiful Scars." They also touch on the significance of telling indigenous stories and the impact of colonialism, with Wilson emphasizing the need to put Mohawk culture into the light and celebrate it. They also briefly mention Patrick Hunter, an artist who paints feathers.The influence of indigenous music on rock and rollThe development of a play based on the book "Beautiful Scars"Karim Kanji asks Tom Wilson about his journey of creating art and educating people about truth and reconciliation. Wilson talks about how he is inspired 24/7 as a Mohawk, and how he has messages to get out. He emphasizes the need for people to open their hearts to one another and to stop being an authority over others, and to move away from sources like Twitter and Fox News.JUNKHOUSE Tour DatesNovember 29 - London Music Hall - LondonNovember 30 - Maxwell’s - WaterlooDecember 1 - Bridgeworks - HamiltonDecember 2 - Horseshoe Tavern - TorontoPHOTO: Marta-Hewson-Hamilton-City-Magazine Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
101 Fascinating Canadian Music Facts
25-10-2023
101 Fascinating Canadian Music Facts
Hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston start the episode off by discussing the Much Music documentary and tour, sharing details about the special guests and expressing their enthusiasm for the brand's continued impact on Canadian culture. They also reflected on recent interviews with celebrities, highlighting their admiration for their work and personal qualities. David McPherson joined the conversation to discuss his book on Canadian music facts, sharing interesting stories about musicians and their experiences in the industry. The group also talked about guitars and musicians, highlighting the importance of chance encounters and the role they can play in success.The episode continued with David McPherson sharing an interesting story about the Maple Leaf Forever guitar, which was made using wood from a tree that inspired Canada's unofficial national anthem. He also discussed his upcoming book tour. The group discussed the Much Comes Out initiative and its significance in Canadian music history, as well as various topics related to music, including Neil Young's recording process and The Kings' performance at the Heatwave Festival. David McPherson shared the inspiring story of Adrian Sutherland, an artist who created his debut solo record during Covid using an old shipping container as a studio.The episode concluded with David McPherson discussing his music preferences and promoting his book, "101 Fascinating Canadian Music Facts." Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Looking Back at Much Music with Michael Williams
17-09-2023
Looking Back at Much Music with Michael Williams
Michael Williams joined hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston to talk about his career and Much Music.**Music Unleashed:**Michael's fervent dedication to the world of music unfolded as he shared tales from his journey in the industry. The conversation danced through his experiences, his love for Living Color, and exciting news of their upcoming tour and album.**Diversity and Independence in Music:**The trio delved into deeper waters, discussing the paramount importance of diversity and independence in the music and media realms. Michael reminisced about the rock and roll radio stations of Cleveland and the warm, welcoming ambiance of Montreal.**Future Ventures:**The horizon appears promising for Michael, as he unveiled upcoming projects, including a highly anticipated Living Color tour and the potential for an engaging radio show. His vision of an all-request concert series and residencies across Canada ignited the imaginations of all involved.**A Road Less Traveled:**The trio also took a fascinating detour into Michael's early music career in Vancouver, where he served as a road and tour manager for bands like Pointed Sticks and Payolas. His fervor for music and the desire to share it with fans shone brightly, through his innovative festival, the Slocan City International Music and Art Festival, and his passion for DJing.**An Engaging Symphony:**In the end, this meeting wasn't just a simple exchange of words. It was a vivacious symphony of thoughts, ideas, and anecdotes that brought the world of music and the experiences of those within it to life. Dive into this captivating conversation, and discover the soul of the music industry like never before. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lily Frost
15-05-2023
Lily Frost
With nine original solo albums and three EPs to her credit, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Lily Frost is a beloved figure within the Canadian music scene. Over the course of those records, she has explored topics ranging from introspection and our connection to nature, to spirituality and psychology, all draped in poetic metaphor in genres including indie folk, pop, swing, western—all with a touch of sass. This, along with her sweet but dynamic voice and stage presence, has led to her loyal following, critical acclaim and songs being featured in high profile television shows such as Gray’s Anatomy and Workin’ Moms, as well as the 2001 Disney movie Crazy/Beautiful. In 2009, Lily earned a Gemini Award nomination as co-writer of the theme for CBC’s Being Erica.But, like many of us, the fallout from the pandemic left Lily seriously questioning her future as a creative entity. Was there any point in carrying on if there were no opportunities to play shows? Was this the time to throw in the towel and move in a different direction?As Lily searched for answers, loyal fans, promoters and her neighbour, producer Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, Le Ren, Lee Harvey Osmond) convinced her she was a “lifer” and that there was so much music she still needed to share. Aarons’s drive convinced Lily to gather all the best songs from her overflowing arsenal and they set to work bringing together her raw and real piano-based material. The results are contained on Decompression, a Lily Frost album unlike anything else in her catalogue. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.