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Welcome To The Music
Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston
The stories and people behind the music.
Sep 20, 2020
Ebonnie Rowe | Honey Jam
Ebonnie Rowe has been instrumental in supporting the launch of notable Canadian artists including Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, Melanie Fiona, SATE, Melanie Durrant, Michie Mee and many more. Honey Jam is a program that offers mentoring, education, performance and networking opportunities for female-identifying artists, culminating with a stellar Honey Jam showcase to highlight their growth. Annual programming includes Honey Jam artists and alumni engaging in activities including workshops, artist talks, songwriting camps, performance and development opportunities as well as collaborations and travel experiences for the artists to expand their network and fan base outside of Canada.
Sep 13, 2020
Jamaican-Canadian musical artist, Lexxicon is the definition of passion and persistence. It is almost impossible for an audience to not become consumed by the intense energy that radiates through his music and the long-lasting impression of his dynamic live performances. With music that sounds like a crossbreed between PartyNextDoor and Swae Lee merged with a strong artistic vision, to push the boundaries of the industry, Lexxicon is quickly rising through the ranks to become a household name. By his early teenage years, Lexxicon had lived in Birmingham, England and New York City, U.S.A before settling in Toronto, Canada where he truly began honing his skills and natural talent as a professional recording artist. With connections to some of the most renowned music cities of the world, Lexxicon is known for blending his Jamaican roots with some quintessential mainstream sounds of the time, namely: R&B/Hip-Hop and Afrobeats. His ability to seamlessly fuse elements from multiple genres has led him to write and release a myriad of catchy, up-tempo tracks as reflected in projects such as: Bashment Trap House and Bashment Reggaeton. Finding inspiration in the works of established artists such as Sean Paul, Stefflon Don, Tory Lanez and Wizkid, Lexxicon hopes to champion the Tropical R&B genre with his upcoming projects and create a similar imprint on the international music scene. With an energetic, engaging and explosive stage presence like no other, it is no wonder that Lexxicon has graced some of the most prestigious stages in and around Toronto such as, Afro Fest, Kothu Fest, Canadian Music Week, T-Dot Fest and Culture Shock Block Party. His growing presence in the Toronto arts community has garnered the attention of music lovers, peers and press alike. Lexxicon’s inspiring rise as an artist has been captured with interviews featured on CBC Radio, Sauga 960am program, New Theory Radio, We Love Hip Hop, Studio01, Global 640 am’s kultur’d podcast, The Ryersonian, and the Halifax, NS-based Art Pays Me podcast. He has also been featured in media outlets such as Exclaim, Canadian Beats, Cashbox Canada, NOW Magazine, Pure Grain Audio and FYI Music News.
Aug 12, 2020
COUNT KLASSY is an incredible, new age hip hop artist about to burst onto the scene in a big way - with compelling, original music that grabs the listener and gets them grooving before they even realize they are experiencing history. Yes, this talented artist, a proud member of Canada's LGBTQ community is breaking barriers, helping to smash homophobia in hip hop with his genre busting album (to include guest vocals from Canadian rap star Choclair and the legendary California rapper Tone Loc), coming soon.
Aug 3, 2020
Kim Mitchell is a Canadian rock icon. This year he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was the lead singer with the influential rock band Max Webster and has had an outstanding solo career which has seen him earn numerous awards and accolades. His newest single, Wishes, is the first release on his latest album The Big Fantasize.
1 hr 6 min
Jul 26, 2020
Crown Lands guitarist Kevin Comeau
Guitarist/bassist Kevin Comeau is one half of the dynamic rock duo, Crown Lands. In this episode we talk about the genesis of their unique yet meaningful name, opening for Jack White, playing in an historic studio north of Toronto, their musical inspirations, the future of music venues and touring, and so much more.
1 hr 9 min
Jul 20, 2020
Adrian Sutherland comes from Attawapiskat on the remote coast of the James Bay in Northern Ontario. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and the founder of roots-rockers Midnight Shine. Adrian and host Karim Kanji talked about: - Cree culture in Attawapiskat - rendition of Neil Young's Heart Of Gold - impact of COVID19 on both his work as a musician and the town of Attawapiskat - the re-mastered album, James Bay - the protest song, Politician Man - performance in June of Lonely Boy - playing with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - the issues facing Attawapiskat: clean water, housing, drug crisis and youth suicide
1 hr 8 min
Jul 15, 2020
Chris Duncombe | The Washboard Union
Chris Duncombe is one third of the popular award-winning country band, The Washboard Union. Chris is also the co-founder of Music Therapy Ride and the Director of Streaming and Podcasting at CuriousCast. In this podcast episode we talked about: - working with GRAMMY award-winning producer Bob Ezrin - working with Garth Richardson - being the first Canadian country group to win a Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year - How Chris got the nickname Dunner - his love of songwriting - meeting Aaron Grain and David Roberts to form The Washboard Union
Jul 12, 2020
Andrae Charles Dawnes
Andrae Charles Dawnes is an independent artist and producer based in Toronto. Here is his conversation with Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji.
Jul 6, 2020
Rock N' Roll True Stories
A few weeks ago Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji sat down with the founder and editor of the popular YouTube channel, Rock N' Roll True Stories. What is this YouTube channel about? Consider this your one stop shop for all things Rock N' Roll! They profile cool stories about Rock N' Roll starting in the 60's all the way to present. They feature bands like the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and more!
Jul 2, 2020
Sass Jordan has one of the most powerful voices in all of rock and roll. The Canadian JUNO and Billboard Best Female Rock Vocalist award winner Sass Jordan recently released her new album, Rebel Moon Blues. Rebel Moon Blues charts a new course in Jordan's musical voyage while tracing her love of the blues back to its source. All killer and no filler, the album features the inimitably raspy rock goddess jubilantly celebrating the songs, sounds and styles of everyone from old masters like Willie Dixon, Elmore James and Freddie King to younger, louder guns like Gary Moore and Rory Gallagher. A pioneer of powerful, gritty female-fronted rock, Sass Jordan has worked alongside fellow greats like Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, and Van Halen, among many more. She has toured with A Bowie Celebration, the critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind roving tribute to the late legend, David Bowie, featuring a distinct alumni of former band mates. Born in Britain and raised in Montreal, Sass Jordan launched her solo career with the single “Tell Somebody” from her 1988 debut of the same name, garnering national acclaim and a JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. Throughout her career, she’s earned three more nominations for Best Female Vocalist thanks to albums like Racine (1992), Rats (1994), Present (1997), Hot Gossip (2000), Get What You Give (2006), From Dusk Til Dawn (2009) and her side project S.U.N.'s album, Something Unto Nothing (2011) — along with singles like “Make You A Believer,” “You Don't Have to Remind Me,” “Sun's Gonna Rise” and 1992's “Trust in Me,” a duet with Joe Cocker from the record-selling Bodyguard soundtrack.
1 hr 18 min
Jun 22, 2020
Bob Wiseman is a film composer, songwriter and music teacher. Wiseman discovered or produced many artists including Ron Sexsmith, The Lowest of the Low, Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall, and former Canadian member of parliament Andrew Cash. He is also a founding member of Blue Rodeo with whom he won 5 Juno Awards.
1 hr 17 min
Jun 14, 2020
For over 45 years Jay Douglas has been entertaining crowds with his wide-ranging repertoire of Reggae, American Blues, West Indian Rhythms, Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma. Jay was nominated earlier this year with the 2020 JUNO Award Reggae Recording of the Year, “Jah Children” Jay was also nominated for “Reggae Recording of the Year” at the 2012 JUNO Awards and was the recipient of the “G98.7 FM Entertainment Award” at the Harry Jarome awards that same year.
Jun 2, 2020
BlackoutTuesday | A special episode
On Tuesday June 2 2020 Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji recorded a special episode in solidarity with #BlackoutTuesday.
Jun 1, 2020
Eric Alper | Music Publicist
For over 25 years Eric Alper has been doing what he loves: bringing the stories about the music and the musicians to the world. He also hosts a music show on SiriusXM.
1 hr 10 min
May 19, 2020
Stephen Fearing is a Canadian roots/folk singer-songwriter. In addition to his solo career, Fearing co-founded Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings with Colin Linden and Tom Wilson. He is one half of the duo Fearing & White, with Irish artist Andy White.
1 hr 17 min
May 10, 2020
Vin Rock | Naughty By Nature
Vin Rock is the co-founder of the legendary Grammy-award winning hip hop group, Naughty By Nature.
1 hr 14 min
Apr 26, 2020
Who is Kelsi Mayne? With nearly 1M streams on Spotify alone, a debut album on the way, and the viral response to a recent glimpse of her upcoming music video "As I Go" (1.2M streams in just 24 hours), the former sprint-hurdler (once ranked 3rd in Canada) is now arguably the fastest-rising independent country artist in Canada.
Apr 20, 2020
Bif Naked is a celebrated and notorious performer in music, TV, film, and dance, and a tireless advocate and Humanitarian. Orphaned in India, emancipated by punk rock, and empowered by surviving breast cancer, kidney failure, heart surgery, divorce, and surviving as a Woman in The Entertainment Industry for twenty-five years, Bif has transcended any and all obstacles placed in her path to become one of the world's most unique, recognizable and beloved icons. It is because Bif is such a tremendous performer and musician, that she is able to seamlessly and successfully explore and record other mediums, like writing, painting, choreography, and of course- other genres of music. For over two decades, Bif has been an original "Straight-Edge" and Vegan, not utilizing alcohol, meat, dairy, poultry, or sea life. "I just want to live by example," Bif states, "and encourage everyone to live compassionately and more fully, in happiness."
Apr 17, 2020
Born in Vienna and raised in Canada, Micah Barnes cut his teeth in the cabarets and jazz clubs of Toronto while still a teenager before joining A Capella Vocal group The Nylons in 1989. Recording & Touring with the guys brought Micah into the global music scene and a busy concert, TV and Media schedule throughout Europe, Asia and North America, introducing Micah’s rich soulful baritone voice to music fans around the world. Post Nylons has seen Micah launch a busy solo career touring the U.S.A. with his #1 international club hit "Welcome To My Head" and a return to a jazz-oriented style of his earlier years resulting in a series of critically acclaimed recordings including his most recent chart topping “New York Stories” (eOne Music).
Mar 30, 2020
Saul Colt is going to save the music industry. From COVID19. And from itself. Who is he? Saul Colt is the Founder and Creative Director of The Idea Integration Company. During his career he has been named one of the iMEDIA 25: Internet Marketing Leaders & Innovators and is considered one of Canada’s best community builders/experiential marketers. NYT Best Selling author and Internet Pioneer Chris Brogan once referred to Saul as “exactly who you want representing your company” and that message has been echoed by media properties ranging from Inc to Forbes Magazine.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 23, 2020
Chris Birkett is an award winning producer, arranger, and composer and a talented singer, guitar player and percussionist. His music collaborations with A-list artists like Sinead O’Connor, Alison Moyet, Talking Heads, The Pogues, Bob Geldof, Quincy Jones, Thomas Dolby, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Steve Earle have sold over 100 million records and earned a Grammy, four Junos, the Polaris Music Prize and three international AMPEX Golden Reel Awards for excellence in the music business.
Mar 9, 2020
Alex Krotz is a freelance music producer, audio engineer and mixer. He has worked with artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Arkells, Billy Talent and The Tragically Hip. Alex now spends his time in Vancouver and Toronto.
Mar 1, 2020
Greg Carron - eCommerce Manager for Hip Hop Brands Online
Greg Carron is an eCommerce manager for hip hop brands online. Currently, Gregg works with both Naughty By Nature and Run DMC. In this exclusive podcast conversation we discuss how Greg became involved with these two iconic groups and why it's important for bands of all sizes to own there own brand online.
Feb 24, 2020
Greg Nisbet of RadioMogul by Mediazoic (John Epping joins the pre-show)
Greg Nisbet is the founder of MEDIAZOIC, Canada's artist-friendly music & technology company. Their flagship solution, RadioMogul, is a unique custom radio solution that allows businesses to connect with their customers within a fully-customized music and audio broadcasting space. Greg is also the founder and partner in The Hogtown Hang, a recurring one-day hangout for extraordinary musicians, in one of Toronto's coolest studios. John Epping is a world class curler and friend of the podcast. Check out his signature brew, Epping Ale at Radical Road Brewing Co. -> https://www.radicalroadbrew.com/eppic-ale
Feb 17, 2020
Born and raised in Toronto, country artist Owen Barney has been playing guitar since he was just seven years old, influenced by country heavy-hitters Eric Church, Dean Brody, and Jason Aldean. He has played shows around Toronto from the age of 14, and has spent the last few years honing his skills as a performer.
Feb 10, 2020
Ajay Massey + Justin Abedin of U.N. Jefferson
Welcome To The Music presents U.N. Jefferson in a unique intimate and interactive event. Ajay Massey and Justin Abedin sat down for an intimate conversation with Gregg Tilston and Karim Kanji before performing an interactive concert at Radical Road Brewery. U.N Jefferson is a 9 piece Modern Soul band from Toronto known for their highly energetic and entertaining live shows. One of Canada's hottest live acts!
Feb 3, 2020
Adam Weitner of AstroLab Studio
Our next guest helps businesses and artists produce commercials, web videos, PSAs, music videos, & just about any video narrative cost-effectively by offering video soundstages, video equipment and post video facilities by-the hour. Adam Weitner created Toronto’s first on-demand video & audio content studio: AstroLab Studios. Weitner also manages DJ and Producer Saad Ayub
Jan 27, 2020
In this week's episode we talk to Rheostatics front man and West End Phoenix editor and founder, Dave Bidini. - the impact of the late great Neil Peart and RUSH on Dave and the band - life and times as a member of the Rheostatics - why he started a newspaper - life as a writer - and what music Dave is listening to these days If you want to subscribe to the West End Phoenix please visit: https://www.westendphoenix.com/subscribe
Jan 20, 2020
Greg Nisbet on Neil Peart
Greg Nisbet is a social entrepreneur and music missionary. Since wandering off the path of a young pre-law student at the University of Toronto, Greg earned a living in over 40 different capacities, in jobs worldwide as varied as busker, safari guide, bartender, mergers and acquisitions broker, teacher, private school owner, and actor, before finding his true love - custom radio - about 10 years ago. MY VERSE IN THE ANTHEM FOR NEIL PEART - https://www.mediazoic.com/news/my-verse-anthem-neil-peart
Jan 12, 2020
Orphan George is a Canadian singer-songwriter and member of the indie rock band “Before the Flood”. He’s played alt-rock, Americana, folk and jazz through his career. Agon is his first solo indie-folk release, and songs are already taking shape for his second album which he plans to record & release in 2020. He describes many of his songs as social commentaries, and his songs weave seamlessly between larger issues of humanity and personal moments and perspectives. Thanks to Radical Road Brewery in Toronto for sponsoring this episode. https://www.orphangeorge.com/
Jan 6, 2020
SATE (meaning): satisfy a desire to the full. MusicForLunch.com said her music leaves you exhausted but leaves a fire burning in your soil that wasn’t there before. NOW magazine calls her a tornado of a stage presence. When I saw her earlier this year headlining the Horseshoe Tavern she blew the roof off the historic venue. I am thrilled to welcome to the show, SATE.
Jan 3, 2020
Parvaaz - India's Most Exciting Band
Rolling Stone magazine have hailed our next guest as “India’s most exciting band.” After a successful Canadian tour in 2017 they came back to Toronto for another go around. Please welcome to the show: Lead singer and guitarist Khalid Ahmed Guitarist – Kashif Iqbal Drummer – Sachin Banandur Bass guitarist – Fidel D’Souza Parvaaz. Music courtesy of Parvaaz.
Jan 3, 2020
Vivascene has called my next guest “one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada.” The National Post said, “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year old German tune so lustily that you almost don’t need a translation to know that someone’s about to get his throat cut, or get laid, or both.” My next guest is an award-winning classical singer who grew up in Northern Ontario wanting to be a rock star. Or a nun. Please Welcome to the show, Patricia O’Callaghan!
Jan 3, 2020
This episode is a reunion of sorts. You see, one of my earliest interactions with Gregg Tilston was being interviewed by him for a job with Flight Centre. After I turned him down I told him one of my goals was to have him as a client. And while it didn’t happen while he was with Flight Centre he did sponsor an event I led: MusicConnectTO. And today’s guest actually performed at that event as Late July. My next guest has been writing songs and performing for well over a decade. She is also the founder of the charity, Redemption Paws that has rescued hundreds and hundreds of dogs from the ravages of climate change and hurricanes. Please Welcome to the studio, Nicole Simone.
Jan 2, 2020
Few people can boast a resume that includes the following: - racing school scholarship winner - lead singer of two rock bands; one of them award-winning; one of them featuring a young Mike Turner who would later go on to be a founding member of Our Lady Peace - played with the likes of Harem Scarem, Frozen Ghost and Andy Curran - the voice of two Olympics - voice of Hockey Night In Canada - was mistaken to be Gord Downie by Erica Ehm Please Welcome! to the studio, Jeff Teravainen.
Jan 2, 2020
Renée has established herself as a must-watch artist in the industry and has worked with some of the music industry’s most notable producers and songwriters such as Bigg Wu, Luney Tunez, Tone Mason, Oshea Hunter and Cory Rooney, among others. For her latest single Speak, Renée collaborated with Andreeena Mill whose repertoire includes collaborations with Drake and Delisha Thomas who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Justin Bieber, and Rodney Jenkins (DarkChild). Please Welcome! to the studio, Renée Wynter.
Dec 31, 2019
The Flyer Vault
In the mid 1990s our next guest was criss-crossing all over the Greater Toronto Area helping to promote hip hop and R&B concerts. After collecting thousands of posters, flyers, t-shirts, stickers and buttons he decided to share his treasures with the world. So in 2015 he began scanning and uploading these to the Instagram account, @TheFlyerVault Today, @TheFlyerVault has over 11,500 followers. Earlier this year, Dundurn published the book, “The Flyer Vault: 150 Years of Toronto Concert History.” written by Rob Bowman and our next guest, Daniel Tate.
1 hr 10 min
Dec 31, 2019
My next guest was an early manager of Canadian hip hop legend, Maestro Fresh Wes. He also spent a dozen years convincing the CRTC to give him and his partners a licence for Canada’s first urban radio station, FLOW 93.5. He spent 6 seasons as a judge with Canadian Idol alongside one of my favourite rock voices, Sass Jordan. Today he spends a lot of his time executing intercultural conflict management workshops and seminars as well as programs focused on community capacity building as well as youth and community engagement. Please welcome to the show, Farley Flex.
1 hr 14 min
Dec 29, 2019
“Listen Up! Recording Music with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2, REM, The Tragically Hip, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits…” is an album-by-album account of my next guest’s work with these iconic artists and others. He has spent more than two decades recording, mixing, engineering and producing some of my favourite albums and concerts. It is both an honour and a pleasure to welcome to the show Grammy award-winning producer, Mark Howard.
1 hr 29 min
Dec 29, 2019
My next guest sold millions of albums in the late 80s and early 90s as part of the blues, funk, rock outfit Spin Doctors. He continues to tour and play as a solo act as well as with the Spin Doctors. His latest project, “Who Shot John?” will be familiar to fans who have grown accustomed to his raw and infectious energy. Please Welcome to the show singer, songwriter, and an awesome guitar player Eric Shenkman.
1 hr 2 min
Dec 29, 2019
Maestro Fresh Wes
The Godfather of Canadian hip hop: Maestro Fresh Wes is a pioneering hip-hop recording artist. His debut album, Symphony in Effect, was the first album by a Black Canadian artist to be certified platinum. “Let Your Backbone Slide” is still one of the most successful and influential Canadian songs of all time.
1 hr 34 min
Dec 29, 2019
Bif Naked joined Karim Kanji inside the studio to chat about her music, her life, why she’s always so positive, if it’s true that she moved to Toronto to be close to Drake, and so much more! Here are some of the things we discussed: Bif Naked was born to a Canadian teenage mom in India. She was adopted by American parents who were in India doing Christian missionary work. As a young adult, Bif Naked visited her mom (who was then living in Barrie, Ontario) and discovered that many of the character traits she had came from her birth mom! Bif Naked’s real name is Beth Torbert. She explains how she got the name Bif and what she thinks of it. Bif Naked is the most positive person I’ve ever met. She is most likely the most positive person you’ve ever met. She explains how she got this way. Her battle with cancer and why she enjoyed it so much! How a hole in Bif Naked’s heart most likely saved her life but gave her kidney failure. How her dad’s dentistry profession and time in…
1 hr 19 min
Dec 29, 2019
When our next guest walked on stage the crowd at The Great Hall in Toronto popped. A giant of a man with long, dark, wavy hair and wearing a dark, long coat came on stage and read from his book. This was March 29, 2018. I had no clue who this person was. Why did he read from a book? My next guest was raised in Hamilton, ON. He is an award-winning musician, singer, songwriter, an author, painter and visual artist. The liner notes in his book, “Beautiful Scars”, reads, “Along the way he became a father and a grandfather, battled demons and addiction, and he waited, hoping for the truth to emerge. and when it did, it would sweep across the St. Lawrence River to the Mohawk reserve of Kahnawake in Quebec , on to the heights of the Manhattan skyline.” I now understood why he read from his book. Please Welcome to the show, Tom Wilson.
1 hr 13 min
Dec 23, 2019
Welcome To The Music hosts, Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston, sit down with musician, singer-songwriter, King Of The Dot videographer and Scarborough legend Joe Cash. This is Episode #2 of Welcome To The Music.
1 hr 5 min
Dec 23, 2019
Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston welcome Josie Dye of Indie88 for the launch of WelcomeToTheMusic.com. This special episode was recorded live from Radical Road Brewing Co. and those in attendance raised money for Socks 4 Souls Canada. Josie, Gregg, and Karim discuss a number of topics including; - Josie Dye’s career at Indie88 and previously with 102.1 The Edge and Corus Entertainment - Her family including her two sons and husband Joel, owner of Dine Alone Records - Gregg and Josie share their childhood memories of being the musical The Music Man (not the same production) - The importance of getting the flu shot (and Gregg’s fear of needles) - Josie's various interviews with musicians over the years Gregg and Josie’s distain for Billy Corgan, but they love his music - Of course, some good memories of Bookie and Martin Streak - Josie’s National Anthem experience, and subsequent licensing revenue! - The Gallagher brothers - Josie Dye’s trip to Nunavut - And lastly a little poli…
1 hr 5 min