Canadian Musician Magazine Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebrations

Last nigth (April 25) at Grace O'Malley's in downtown Toronto, Canada's music industry came out to celebrate with us to mark the 40th anniversary of Canadian Musician magazine. We're thrilled with the success of the event and want to thank everyone who attended and who helped us host and organize it. It was a terrific evening of celebration, networking, and, of course, great music, with friends, partners, and supporters from the past four decades.

Over 30 artists attended including,The Trews' Colin MacDonald, John Angus MacDonald and Jack Syperek, Kira Isabella, Ryland James, Marc Jordan, Steve Strongman, and Sean Jones.

Playing live for the crowd was Ferraro, Kris Barclay, and CJ Flemings, all of whom turned some heads with their performances in a room full of industry professionals. Thanks to our friends at Warner Canada Music for coordinating the entertainment.

[(L-R) Canadian Musician Sr. Editor Michael Raine & Editor-in-Chief Andrew King, Warner Music Canada Pres. Steve Kane & Jim Norris, founder & publisher of Canadian Musician.]

"We published our first issue of Canadian Musician 40 years ago with one goal: to be Canada's premier publication and a go-to resource for professional and amateur musicians and the industry that supports them," said Jim Norris, Founder, Canadian Musician. "It’s been as thrilling as it has been fulfilling to work towards that goal in the decades since, and like the business we’re proud to represent, now feels like the most exciting time in our history. Celebrating this milestone with so many passionate friends and partners from over the years is a great reminder of why we do what we do, and our team is freshly inspired to continue our mission in the years to come."

Other attendees included Jim Norris, Founder, Canadian Musician Magazine, Andrew King, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Musician Magazine and Michael Raine, Senior Editor, Canadian Musician Magazine. The evening featured live performances from Ferraro, Kris Barclay and CJ Flemings as guests commemorated the exciting milestone and industry contributions of Canada's leading music publication.

The first issue of Canadian Musician magazine was published in the spring of 1979. Since then, the publication has featured countless covers, interviews and columns with some of the most notable names in Canadian music, from Burton Cummings, Rush, Alanis Morissette, and The Tragically Hip to Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Shad and Marianas Trench.

Today, Canadian Musician magazine is continually expanding its online reach with initiatives like the Canadian Musician Radio podcast, their series of music business webinars in partnership with NWC Webinars, and CM Live Sessions on Facebook with some of the industry’s best and brightest.

We would also like to thank all of our sponsors, the team at Strut Entertainment for their behind-the-scenes work, the staff at the venue, and everyone else that had a hand in bringing the event together.

We look forward to continuing to serve Canadian musicians and the industry that supports them throughout the rest of our 40th anniversary year and beyond.

You can check out photos from the event at

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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