Welcome To The Music

Welcome To The Music

The stories and people behind the music. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


May 28, 2023 59 mins

Podcast home can also be found here: https://welcometothemusic.com/

With unprecedented access to the MuchMusic archives, “299 Queen Street West” tells the story of a scrappy television upstart from the perspective of the VJ’s. At the time, they had no prior TV hosting experience, were given no scripts, no direction and went live to air across the country.

The channels rise in popularity intersected with rap music entering th...

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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 swe...

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May 7, 2023 66 mins

Judgement believes in the freedom of self-expression, and the acceptance of all. “Some are so quick to judge other people’s lives before their own. Ignore those people and do what the fuck you want to do”. The band's passion for change is shown throughout their live performance, social media, and music. Their style of music derives from the early 2000’s emo/post-hardcore era.

They re-invent those nostalgic sounds and feelings f...

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April 30, 2023 56 mins

Over 11 years and two separate managerial stints with the Toronto Blue Jays, John Gibbons endeared himself to fans with his folksy manner and his frequent battles with umpires: “Here comes Gibby!” Winning helped too. Under Gibbons’s management, the Jays made the American League Championship Series in 2015, ending a 22-year playoff drought; then they did it again in 2016. Along the way the team defied odds, won over a nation, and wi...

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April 23, 2023 63 mins
John Borra's new album, Cassettes In Common, is a collection of covers of some of Toronto's song writing cult heroes, from Handsome Ned and Bob Snider, to Sam Larkin and Kyp Harness. He also covers one of Ron Sexsmith's early songs from his first indie cassette, Grand Opera Lane.

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April 2, 2023 52 mins

Dr Nadia Azar joins Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston on the show.

Her current research has her combining her roots in occupational biomechanics and neurophysiology with her love of music to study drummers. The drum set is arguably the most physically intense instrument to play, which leads to lots of interesting questions about drummers' athleticism, performance, and injuries.

Her overall goal is to do for drummers what sport s...

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March 11, 2023 64 mins

Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilson welcome to the show, Marc Jordan.

Canadian musician Marc Jordan, known for writing the classic pop hit "Rhythm of My Heart" for Rod Stewart, has announced the release of his new solo album "Waiting for the Sun to Rise" on April 21, 2023. The album features jazz-tinged, original songs arranged for piano and orchestra by acclaimed producer Lou Pomanti, with trumpet solos from Grammy-winning artist Rand...

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March 5, 2023 36 mins

Robyn Stewart is the Executive Director of Women in Music Canada (WIMC).

WIMC is a registered non-profit organization, who has the aim to fostering gender equality in the music industry through the support and advancement of female identifying professionals. Their goal is to strengthen the social-economic and creative balance of the music industry by providing resources FREE to our membership and the greater community.

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February 26, 2023 65 mins

Hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome to the show, Skye Wallace.

Skye Wallace is a Canadian singer-songwriter who has carved a niche for herself with her ability to blend rock, folk and pop into a unique and refreshing sound. Her guitar playing skills are also a notable feature, with the ability to create memorable moments on stage. Her live performances are electrifying and guaranteed to leave you feeling exhilarated.


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February 20, 2023 56 mins

Host Karim Kanji takes on one of the most iconic figures in Canadian music lore: Ed The Sock.

Ed The Sock is a Canadian television personality and puppet character created and performed by Steven Kerzner. Ed is a cigar-smoking, sock puppet who first rose to prominence in the 1990s as the host of the late-night talk show "Fromage," which aired on the Citytv network in Toronto, Canada.

Ed quickly gained a following for his irr...

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February 12, 2023 54 mins

CHIII: The Come Up  is STORRY’s debut album and was released three weeks before the pandemic hit. CHIII: The Come Up  is based on a chapter of STORRY's life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. The Deluxe edition marks her first time in a truly collaborative process with different artists/producers. Remi...

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February 5, 2023 57 mins

Before writing a No. 1 Billboard hit (“Black Velvet”), becoming a MuchMusic original veejay, and an author and podcaster, JUNO-winning songwriter Christopher Ward recorded a 1978 solo debut album titled, Spark of Desire.

Until now, Spark of Desire has never been available on streaming services. However, on a lucky trip to his well-organized storage space during the pandemic, Ward found the master tapes, and Warner Music Canada w...

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January 22, 2023 56 mins

Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show musician, Dan Mangan.

Daniel Mangan (born April 28, 1983) is a Canadian musician. He has won two Juno Awards and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Australia, having released 5 studio LPs and numerous EPs and singles. He has scored for feature film, as well as television for Netflix and AMC. He is also a co-founder of Side Door, a marketplace p...

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January 15, 2023 38 mins
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show, Harkness!Born in Toronto, Canada, Harkness is the 2nd in a brood of 5. Both his parents were talented musicians. His father fronted The Al Harkness Orchestra a band consisting of horns and winds along with a traditional rhythm section. His mother was a top French horn player at North Toronto Collegiate, a high school known for their music curriculum, as well as a beautiful piano pl...

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Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji speak with bassist and founding member of legendary rock band, 54-40, Brad Merritt in between performances at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Established 42 years ago at Vancouver’s famed Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, 54-40 have penned countless iconic, enduring, chart-topping gems, rightfully catapulting them to worship-worthy status among millions at home and around the globe.“When I started playing, I wa...

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December 24, 2022 62 mins
Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome superstar Crystal Shawanda to the studio.Born in Wikwemikong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, in Northern Ontario, Crystal was introduced to the blues by her eldest brother and to old-time country by her parents. “I was also into other styles of music that led me to the blues,” she says, citing everything from Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog,” written by Big Mama Thornton, to R&B-pop star M...

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In this podcast exclusive, movie director Ron Chapman and concert promoter John Brower sat down with hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji to talk about what Rolling Stone magazine called “the second most important event in rock & roll history”.REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World, tells the incredible behind-the-scenes, story of how, against all odds, a life-changing concert came together. A story of passion and perseveranc...

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December 4, 2022 31 mins
Ahead of their appearance at Toronto's HISTORY opening for Three Days Grace, co-host Gregg Tilston met with The Standstills to talk about their music, recent collaborations, touring with Three Days Grace, and what they have in store for the future.Check out The Standstills: https://www.thestandstills.com/

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November 13, 2022 61 mins
Featuring a live acoustic performance of their unreleased song, Say When, Neon Bloom join Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji in studio on this latest edition of Welcome To The Music!Toronto-based garage rock/synth-pop quartet Neon Bloom is a unique blending of musical styles, creative influences and wonderfully diverse personalities. Combining the talents of veteran musicians/recording artists Jen Simpson (lead vocals), bassist/guitaris...

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November 6, 2022 47 mins
Multiple award-winning Acadian country music star Laurie LeBlanc joins hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on the show!2019 was a banner year for LeBlanc. Recipient of the Male Country Artist of the Year 2019 at the Josie Music Awards in Tennessee, Laurie LeBlanc also participated in a dance and country music congress organized by the Francophone Federation of Country Dance and Line Dance FFCLD in Issoudun, France. This experience ...

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