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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed.  The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers.   The original Roland TB-303 Bass Line and Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer were a combo that contributed largely to defining the Acid House sounds of the late '80s and early '90s.  They would often be used together live, giving the artist a hands-on workflow that some feel has been lacking…

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Dánae Olano Live at Roland Canada

Dánae Olano performed at our Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto for an evening of Afro Cuban Piano. A pianist and composer, Dánae has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by saxophinst and composer Jane Bunnett. Born in 1992 in Havana, Cuba, Dánae began her…

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Robbie Grunwald: My Time at Hillside Festival

Hillside is a truly special little bubble that has few parallels in the world of summer folk festivals. This past July, I had the pleasure of playing the Hillside Festival for the first time in my 10 plus years of being a professional touring musician. I can’t believe it has taken this long for me to…

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A Chat with Jessica Beach

Jessica’s connection to music started at a young age, “A church down the street from our house had an old piano in their basement they were giving away. My dad put it in the garage and refinished it. I started playing it when I was 4.” Ultimately it allowed her to channel her creative energy…

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A Chat with Bodhi Jones

Singer-songwriter, Bodhi Jones, discovered his passion for music from a young age and has developed his own unique brand of Alt-pop-Acoustic-rock over the years. Hailing from Saltspring Island, BC, Bodhi has been an active part of the west coast music scene since 2005. He’s recorded five Eps, three full length albums, and sold over 30,000 copies…

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Musician of the Month – Wayne Stewart

Wayne Stewart is a familiar face at Vancouver’s highest profile cultural events as a musician, actor, and emcee. He’s also a singer, composer, keyboardist, guitarist, and teacher.  His music is rooted in jazz and rhythm and blues, and the belief that music should always be, first and foremost, fun!  – for both the players and the…

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Musician of the Month – Kelsey Rosentreter

Kelsey is a new voice on Winnipeg’s jazz music scene. She is a passionate singer-songwriter with a big voice and a lot to give. She has studied with Heitha Forsyth and currently with Erin Propp, but will soon begin studies at the University of Manitoba Jazz Program in fall 2014. She has taken multiple types…

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Musician of the Month – Bob Silversides

Born in Winnipeg, Bob started playing piano when he was 13 years old.  At the time, the only portable instruments available were the Vox Continental Organ and Farfisa portable organ, which were very expensive. With a little ingenuity, the bass player in Bob’s first band, Rick and the Ravens, was able to cut down a…

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Musician of the Month – Kevin Adamson

Meet Musician of the Month – Kevin Adamson! Kevin Adamson is a producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist who’s becoming one of the most in-demand musicians in Canada.  You can find Kevin touring the world with Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), or back home in Toronto, where he has worked with such artists as Justin Hines, Ian Thomas, Ron…

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Musician of the Month – Carmen Spada

Meet October’s Musician of the Month – Carmen Spada! Carmen graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston, with a dual major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition. Formally a pianist, he also studied voice and taught himself accordion while at Berklee and is in demand today in the jazz, pop and world genres for…

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Vaccines – Interview with Freddie Cowan

Fresh off the back of supporting The Rolling Stones and smashing Glastonbury with the help of friends Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines axe man Freddie Cowan talks about what’s up in their world right now. If you haven’t seen it, also watch Freddie’s ‘Bad Mood’ guitar lesson. Check out our interview with Freddie Cowan if…