Move Your Music Forward

I attended an event put on by Roland Canada on the release of Cakewalk Sonar 6. There were about twenty of us at Moog Audio on Queen Street west of Spadina to hear Jeff from Roland go through all the new features in Sonar 6 (audiosnap is pretty cool). Here’s what the event was advertised as:

  • Experience an interactive look at Cakewalk’s SONAR 6 Producer Edition audio production software. From inspiration to masterpiece faster than ever before, Sonar 6 Producer Edition is the new definitive choice for audio production. EDIROL / SONAR Specialist Jeffery Lyon will guide you through SONAR 6 Producer Edition’s incredible new features and find the right EDIROL interface for you. ‘Factory Authorized’ clinic specials on EDIROL products.

I’ll definitely be taking a look at this product (well, maybe the Studio edition).

SAC Regional Songwriters Workgroup

So, I joined SAC yesterday and today was a Regional Songwriters group headed by a local singer/songwriter, Liana Di Marco. I think it’ll be good for me to do some exercises and see the “craft” in my songs. It’s going to be the first Saturday of every month.

There were about eight of us there this week with various backgrounds. We spent the first hour discussing songwriting in general, and the second hour performing our songs (if we wanted). I wasn’t going to do it… but I couldn’t help pick up the Liana’s guitar and sing …Like the Wind. I’m going to record that one soon. But, in one exercise I had written a story about Johnny B. Goode, which has a train image in it, which just reminded me of my song that had a train engine feel to it… people responded well and even said I can sing! I think they’re just being polite.


Well, no jam this week (I was in Sudbury for work).

Jeffie and I attended the Toronto Music Expo. It was pretty good. The first class I took on digital audio wasn’t that great, but I really enjoyed my second seminar on songwriting. The panel included Haydain Neale (of jacksoul), Rob Lopata, Adam Messinger and Adam Alexander.

I’ve joined up with the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC). $100 for two years… may as well give it a shot and see if it leads to a published song or two…

Intro to Songwriting Class – Cancelled

I just realized I didn’t document my signing up for an intro to songwriting class that had been offered by the local school board. It was to be on Wednesdays for 10 weeks, a couple of hourse each of those nights. But I guess the interest wasn’t there and it’s been cancelled…

Is this a sign? Ci vedimes…

TMX: Toronto Music Expo

Well, I’m registered for the TMX for October 1, 2006. I’ve booked a couple of seminars:

An Introduction to Computer Recording from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., advertised as follows:

Confused by the technological jargon thrown around by advanced recording artists and engineers? Want to know the basics to demystify the magic surrounding the production of music and recording? All will be unveiled and you’ll walk away with a bag of tricks to work your song into a masterpiece.

Songwriting in the New Millennium from 2:30p.m. – 4 p.m., advertised as follows:

From making songwriting demos with technical tools in the studio to bringing those songs to the artists who perform them. Don’t miss this exciting panel of songwriting/production experts talk about their methods to creating the hits and bringing them to the world.

Haydain Neale, leadsinger for jacksoul, is going to be the moderator of this one. I’m looking forward to it.