Welcome To The Music

Welcome To The Music

The stories and people behind the music.

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May 1, 2022 61 min
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome The Pursuit of Happiness lead singer and songwriter Moe Berg to the show.
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In early 2021, hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji started a segment called Lost Venues. We ask our guests to tell stories of their time playing at music venues that no longer exist. Retired Toronto carpenter started his own similar series not too long ago. According to a CBC article: The name of his show: Toronto, Lost Music City, is a tribute to bars that are now silent and a poke in the eye of the city's claim that it is s...
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April 17, 2022 46 min
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show, William Irwin, the author of The Meaning Of Metallica: Ride The Lyrics. More than 40 years since their formation, and 125 million album sales later, Metallica is as relevant as ever. Much has been written about the band, but The Meaning of Metallica is the first book to focus exclusively on their lyrics. Their mighty guitar riffs and pounding drums are legendary, but Metallica’s ...
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April 10, 2022 45 min
Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show award-winning singer-songwriter Julian Taylor. We spoke to Julian about his latest release, The Ridge, which has been nominated numerous time in various categories. Julian and The Ridge also recently captured the award for 2021 Solo Artist of the Year at the 16th Canadian Folk Music Awards. During our conversation we chatted about his music, radio show, playing live again, ...
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April 3, 2022 21 min
We've all been mourning since March 25th after learning about the untimely death of Taylor Hawkins. In memory of Taylor Hawkins here are our conversations with Stevie Salas and Sass Jordan. They both talked about Taylor Hawkins with fondness and love. To Stevie, Taylor was his younger brother that he always loved. Through all the highs and all the lows. Sass was the same way. Sass even had the chance on many occasions to si...
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March 27, 2022 56 min
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show, Juno award-winning singer-songwriter, Barney Bentall. Prior to the release of his new album, "Cosmic Dreamer", Barney joined Gregg and Karim to discuss: - the inspiration for the album and the title single, Cosmic Dreamer - his two favourite Lost Venues - working with Adventure Canada - his BC ranch - what advice he'd give to his younger self - and so much more! He ...
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Vin Rock from legendary hip hop group Naughty By Nature and business partner Greg Carron join hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston this week on the show. In this episode, Greg and Vin discuss their venture into the metaverse and their NFTs. Check out more information on their Slugga Originals NFT at https://thesluggastore.com/ and The Vault at https://mgate.io/go/As17u7uDNKCG.
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Ray Chelstowski joins Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on the show this week. Ray is the former publisher for both Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. Ray can be found giving his thoughts on music at http://disciplesofsound.blogspot.com/.
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February 27, 2022 69 min
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the program Martha Johnson and Mark Gane, founding members of Martha and the Muffins, Martha and the Muffins emerged from the early punk/new wave/art pop scene in 1977 which was centered around various clubs along Toronto's Queen Street West and the Ontario College of Art. After “Echo Beach” became a top ten single around the world in 1980 and earned them a Juno for Sing...
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February 25, 2022 60 min
Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show hip hop and spoken word artist, KTheChosen. KTheChosen believes in the power of storytelling and uses his voice to share the experiences of those around him. Inspired by artists such as King Los and Kendrick Lamar, KTheChosen challenges himself to write lyrics that are both entertaining and enlightening. The video for his single "Amazon" features Zimbabwe's infa...
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February 13, 2022 60 min
Certified Music Therapist Jennifer Buchanan joins hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston to discuss her newest book, WELLNESS WELLPAYED: THE POWER OF A PLAYLIST. In this episode we discuss: - how Jennifer realized music had a role to play in health - our experiences with making and receiving mixtapes - our relationships with vinyl - and so much more! To learn how to make a purposeful playlist for yourself visit: https://www.jennife...
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Richard Crouse joins Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on the Welcome To The Music podcast to talk all about music documentaries, and soundtracks from television shows and movies. We also discuss: - Neil Young's beef with Spotify and Joe Rogan - Richard's fandom of Meat Loaf - Why no one is skipping the introduction of Peacemaker - and so much more! Image from https://www.bellmedia.ca/the-lede/tv/ctv-news-channel/pop-life/
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January 30, 2022 59 min
Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji welcome to the show, Roger Mooking. Mooking first burst onto the music scene as MC Mystic for the Edmonton-based hip hop outfit The Maximum Definitive. After performing at Much Music he stayed in Toronto and joined Bass is Base. In addition to the early single "Funk-mobile", which garnered the band a deal with A&M Records their debut album, First Impressions for the Bottom Jigglers, won a...
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January 24, 2022 69 min
Formed in 1980, an intrepid young band from Burlington Ontario would soon make "Spoons" a different kind of household word... Together with Derrick Ross and Rob Preuss, Gord Deppe and Sandy Horne would help define the sound of pop and New Wave in the 80's, with hits including "Nova Heart", "Romantic Traffic", "Old Emotions" and "Tell No Lies". ​Their album "Arias & Symphonies...
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January 16, 2022 45 min
Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome to the podcast, Bad Skin! 4 girls not afraid to kick ass and deliver a phenomenal performance each time they set foot on stage! They love to take every opportunity to show the world what they are capable of! They played a lot of shows and festivals in Quebec: Music 4 Cancer, Pop Montreal, Pouzza Fest, 77 Festival, Rockfest pour la santé mentale, Le Phoque Off and many more! Throughout the fes...
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January 9, 2022 64 min
Adrian Sutherland joins Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji on this episode of Welcome To The Music! Adrian Sutherland is a roots-rock recording artist with heart from Attawapiskat First Nation on the James Bay. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, writer, speaker, and advocate. He’s a father of four, grandfather to four, a traditional knowledge keeper, and respected cultural leader, fluent in Mushkegowuk Cree. The fascinating frontman...
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December 19, 2021 67 min
Hosts Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji chat with authors Jason Schneider and Michael Barclay on the 20th anniversary of their book, Have Not Been The Same. Published in autumn 2001, Have Not Been the Same became the first book to comprehensively document the rise of Canadian underground rock between the years 1985 and 1995. It was a tumultuous decade that saw the arrival of Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, Sloan, Bare...
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December 12, 2021 58 min
Eight years ago, three six-graders ignored all the other trappings of ascendant teenagers and dedicated themselves fully and feverishly to making music. Growing up in the serene town of Vernon, BC, daysormay not only mastered their song writing and playing skills, but they also became production wunderkinds. Now in Vancouver, with a full album and EP release already in their arsenal, the members of daysormay (the English phonetic ...
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December 5, 2021 59 min
Hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome to the studio, award-winning rapper Shad. It seems like everything Shad touches turns to gold. His albums have been short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize, he's won the Juno for Rap Recording of the year, and he recently hosted the Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary, Hip-Hop Evolution. His latest album, TAO, is out now. Buy or listen to his album here: https://found.ee/Sha...
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November 28, 2021 61 min
David McPherson joins Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston to discuss his latest book Massey Hall. https://welcometothemusic.com/ "The fascinating story of Canada’s most revered concert hall and the myriad artists who have graced its stage. Known for its intimacy and sense of occasion, a night at Toronto’s Massey Hall is magical for both audiences and performers. For many musicians, playing the hall is the surest sign that they hav...
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