Words & Music

Faces to Watch
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 39

Alvvays might be the next big Canadian pop band. Originally formed by childhood friends Molly Rankin (daughter of John Morris Rankin, of Canadian folk icons The Rankin Family) and Kerri MacLellan, Alvvays (pronounced "always") soon grew to include guitarist Alec ...

In Brief
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 37-38

The Acadia New Music Society presented its eighth annual new music festival, "Shattering the Silence," Feb. 2-6 in Acadia University's Festival Theatre in Wolfville, NS. Performers included Jeffrey Zeigler (former cellist of the Kronos Quartet), the Blue Engine String Quartet, ...

Composer James O'Callaghan
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 36

At Simon Fraser, O'Callaghan studied electroacoustic music with Barry Truax and took classes in instrumental composition with David MacIntyre and Rodney Sharman. "I might not have found an entry-point into composition without such a unique and open-minded program," he notes. ...

Royalty Records
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 35

R. Harlan Smith's father was also an early influence. "When I was a young teen, preparing to leave the nest, he had some words for me I've never forgotten," says Smith. "He said, 'No matter what people tell you, do ...

The Dodson family does it all themselves
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 34

It's a veritable musicworks, including a wide array of guitars, keyboards and other instruments, and an adjoining marketing "war room" with multiple computers wired to the now-essential social media sites and internet music services connecting artists to fans. The wall ...

Songs that stick with us
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 33

"Oh, what a feeling! What a rushhhhhhhhhh!" Dropping the needle on this early-'70s hit is like opening a can of good vibes. With its infectious guitar groove and boogie-woogie piano, its party-on chorus and "bup-bada-baa"s, this rock 'n soul classic ...

Mediate, don't litigate
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 32

"At the CMRRA, I had to be Switzerland," he says. "I never took anybody's side. The idea here is to arrive at a solution faster, cheaper and without the downside of negative publicity. The mediator's only stake in the process ...

Members through the years
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 30


It's the dawning of a new era!
Words & Music (2015) Vol. 21, No. 4, pp. 29

Proud, because over the years, SOCAN members have held the magazine in such high regard. As the only national Canadian print magazine specifically about songwriters and music publishers, "Words & Music" offers content that's more relevant than ever in these ...