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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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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 – Laura Beach

Twin Voices is an indie electro-folk project with roots in the Ottawa Valley and wings in Saskatoon and Montreal. Laura Beach crafts a dark and lovely sound with live looping of violin, voice, synth, percussion and guitar. Her performance is equal parts stunning simplicity and playful complexity. Classically trained on violin, Laura Beach set aside…

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The Music of Klaatu

In part one I introduced you to Klaatu and the bizarre “are they the Beatles?” rumour that surrounded their first few album releases in the late seventies. I also included some cool behind-the-scenes info on the various Roland products they have used throughout their career. But for the band who initially only wanted their music…

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Who is Klaatu?

When Terry Brown (producer of RUSH, Max Webster, Ian Thomas) let three young musicians loose in his studio during off hours, it was the starting point of one of music history’s most unique and interesting adventures.  Follow along as Roland Canada’s Jason Dionne digs up the past, lets you in on some real music history, …

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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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CHERSEA: An Oh So “Classy” Love Affair with the BOSS RC-505

The RC-505 is one of my favorite products from BOSS since the release of the RC-300 Loop Station. This device has allowed me to express myself in a completely different way – using my hands instead of my feet! It provides me with increased mobility for my other instruments while enabling me to focus on…

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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…