Authors

I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.

I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.

I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.
I’m an aspiring entertainment journalist from Fredericton, New Brunswick.
I have an always growing passion for music of all genres which drives my motivation in the world of journalism.
I am also very interested in psychology and that influences my curiosity of others. I love talking and engaging with people. Everyone has a different story, and I cannot wait to hear them. Journalism is to me, the best of both worlds.
I’m Nicole, a biology teacher by day, but my life revolves around music. I’m that girl that you will always find with the concert t-shirt on and ear buds in. It is rare that you find me without some type of music playing in the background. I connect all of my life experiences to music. It truly has its own language in my heart. There is nothing more exciting than taking in all that a concert has to offer. I love to support local Canadian acts and attend as many shows that I can.
Taker of pictures, writer of words, worker of magicks! Based in Toronto!
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I have been a fan of Canadian Music for as long as I can remember. That counts for way too many decades than I want to admit to! I have three primary passions in my life, music, photography and writing. When I can combine them all, I feel I am right where I should be. Though I can appreciate all genres of music, my particular favourite is Country. Canadian Country is moving in leaps and bounds. I love how it is progressing and I’m thankful that I can be a small part of it.
Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.
Hi my name is Bernice! I have loved music from way back in my teens. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and currently reside on the outskirts of the GTA. I’m a Real Estate photographer by day and enjoy photographing at the many concerts I attend in my down time. I love all types of music and, I must say, a Country Music lover by heart. The first time I heard a Garth Brooks song, I was hooked! So happy to be a part of Canadian Beats family!
The Riz is a prolific multi-genre songwriter, lyricist, writer and bassist for “Demolition Rock” sensation Ultimate Power Duo. A staple of the Saskatoon music scene, he has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The Riz is also the composer and saxophone player for R. Muttering, an avant-garde soundscape improvisational electro-acoustic performance art and recording group. Besides his Bachelor of Music in Music Education (B. Mus. (Mus. Ed.) / B. Ed. (Mus.)) from the University of Saskatchewan, he has amazing comic and vinyl collections.
I’m Gerrod, a Toronto based writer and musician. As soon as I started drumming, music became one of my greatest passions. Since then, I have also picked up the guitar, bass, and a hint of the piano. I am currently studying music and education at York University, and drum in a local hard rock band, One In The Chamber. This puts me right in the heart of Toronto’s growing music scene.

Hey there! I’m Zach I love long walks on the beach and movies that make you cry. Wait a minute this isn’t my E-Harmony account. Let’s try this again, hi I’m Zach from Dawson Creek, BC. Before you think it, no it’s not like the TV show! I have loved music ever since I was a kid back in Abbotsford, BC where I was born. Moved up north when I was about six and was practically raised up here. Hands down one of my favorite Canadian band has to be Simple Plan, with Dallas Smith coming in second. One of my Favorite Things I enjoy doing is just sitting around listening to music or taking pictures. I’d say I’m a pretty good photographer but you can be the judge of that. Just even ask a couple of my friends City light vigil, Scarlet serenity or Violet night. If you’re still reading this congratulations you’ve reached the end.

My Name is Norma. I am an Office Administrator/Resource Coordinator/Mother by day and Photographer/Freelance web designer/Social Media Assistant/Coach in my spare time. Born and raised in Small Town Nova Scotia, music has become the foundation in my life that never changes or goes away. I combine both my passion for music and photography capturing the live moments for all to see.
Erica grew up in Peterborough, Ontario, where talented local musicians have always surrounded her, nurturing her passion for music. A musician herself, her love of multi-genres, live shows and the amazing plethora of Canadian talent have kept her continuously seeking out new acts to fall in love with. A frequent observer at open-mic nights everywhere, Erica can be found taking in local, regional and international acts at least weekly. Having started out with Canadian Beats as a video editor for Nicole Wolfe, she has finally emerged from her video-editing cave to dive into being a writer on her own as well!
Hello! My name is Taryn and I am a writer hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, although I’m originally from Georgetown, Ontario! I’m a graduate of Journalism/Media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber (circa 2009); however, I currently work in the finance business as a Data Integrity Administrator. While I’ve set aside a career in journalism at the moment, I haven’t put my love of music or my love of writing on the backburner. I have consistently loved to write since I’ve been a kid and I always love to share my thoughts and new music finds with everyone around me. Music has always been an escape for me and I am always open to new and exciting opportunities!

I’m Shayla, and I was born in Saskatoon but moved to Halifax in 2013 for University, and since decided to stay here for a while. I recently received a Bachelor of Design, after studying photography for a year or two as well. I love everything about music and how it has the ability to bring so many people together from across the country and even the world. My passion for music is one of the reasons I moved East to pursue a photography and design education, as I would love to do graphic design and photography within the Canadian music industry.

Hi, I’m originally from the UK; born between the music cities of Liverpool & Manchester, and have been playing guitar and going to see live music ever since High School. Arena gigs are good, but nothing beats the small intimate venues that showcase the talent and energy when a band is just starting out. I love all kinds of music, particularly guitar bands like the Smiths, the Cure, Lemonheads through to the likes of Modest Mouse, July Talk and Catfish & the Bottlemen….oh and coming from Liverpool, I have to say the Beatles!

I have been a Graphic Designer for over 20 years, I love music and I love a good album cover (check out Peter Saville’s creations). Since moving to Halifax, NS in 2009, I have started to write my first music book, and it’s a pleasure to join the talented team at Canadian Beats!

My name is Marianne and a music lover from Nova Scotia. I am a full time working mom of 2 beautiful girls who are full of life and love. I have an absolute passion for music and writing, I jumped at the opportunity to freelance for Canadian Beats. I love local music, I grew up in a family full of Gaelic singers in Cape Breton but I also have a passion for country and just about anything else that catches my ear. Writing gives me something of my own that is completely out of my day to day activity, it somewhat allows me to escape my everyday.
When I am not working, writing and hanging out with my husband and girls, I am running, reading or riding my horse.
I’m Connor and I Love live music!! Living in Vancouver provides such a great opportunity to experience a wide range of concerts, events and festivals. Music and photography have always been a big part of my life and combining the two has been an amazing experience! The energy and magic of a live show is what I aim to capture and share for all to enjoy.
I’m Phil and 27 years old. I’ve been involved with music as long as I can remember. I’ve worked as a backstage hand, stage crew, street-teamer with Union Events and various labels, been in and out of bands and started my own magazine; Attainable Magazine. In which I focus on band interviews and had the opportunity to sit down with names such as William Control, Real Mackenzies and I Prevail. As well photograph others such as August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Protest the Hero. Though I tend to gravitate towards the heavier styles; punk, metal, hardcore, and so forth. I do end up at any other show I can get too. I originally had gone to university to pursue broadcasting with a minor in photo-journalism but after a year left to continue to purse music on my own terms. If I’m not at a show, I’m either at a record store adding to my ever growing collection. In my free time I also model and practice body-suspension. You can always feel free to contact me on my other social medias.
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.
Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?…well, great! I’m Gabby! A Toronto based photographer and a lover of all things music! I listen to a vast amount of different genres of music ranging from metal to R&B. When I’m not hustling around in different crowds I work full time for a wedding photography studio in the west end, and in my down time I like to nerd out with video games, a good documentary on Netflix, or stepping into my favourite record shop. My passion for music and photography are unlike any other! I’m always look forward to the next opportunity to shoot a lifelong favourite band or checking out a new artist, whichever it may be, I’ll see you in the pit!
Live music photography allows me to combine two great passions. As a life long music fan and off and on photographer this a great match. From shooting small dark shows that leave me cursing the lack of light but energize me with their intensity, to large venues where larger than life productions entertain and amaze I am a fan of them all. I love living in the small town of Elora and continue to be amazed at the great calibre of musicians that come through this part of Ontario. Hoping to share some of this musical talent through my photography.
I’m Calgary based freelance photographer. Music photography is my hobby, passion and addiction. I’m your friend, I’m your photographer. I’m fortunate to photograph for Canadian Beats.
Hello! I’m Alaina. I live in the very charming city of Montreal. Music is something I’m very passionate about. You’ll probably catch me gushing about some rock album or the other, analyzing a bunch of lyrics or raving about a recent concert. I live for live music and heavy basslines.

Writing is another one of my loves. What better way to capture and immortalize my thoughts? You take music and you take writing, combine the two and……boom – a match made in heaven. Music Journalism. That’s the dream.

April Yablonovitch is a Montreal-native music junkee and recent Marketing graduate from McGill University. She currently works in digital music marketing at Wavo.me. When she isn’t shooting of reviewing shows, she’s traveling the world or scoping out new artists on Spotify. For more information check her out on Instagram or Website.
Hi! My name is Melissa, I am a portrait and live music photographer from Toronto. Originally from Malton, Mississauga. I recently decided to combine my love of going to shows and photography – and I love it! It really gives me the opportunity to meet so many great people, and I’ve made some awesome friends along the way. I enjoy discovering new music and photographing the local bands – who doesn’t want a photo of themselves looking like a rock star? I first started going to shows when I was 16, and I saw My Chemical Romance about 7 times before they broke up. My favourite band of all time is Billy Talent. You can usually find me at most hard rock shows, or at ComiCon and FanExpo. I’m a lover of all things sci-fi, fantasy, and Halloween! And also cats, I can talk forever about cats.
Hi there! My name is Marie, I am French born and raised, and moved to Montreal about 5 years ago. I am an account manager at a digital marketing agency by day, and an avid concert-goer by night. I have always had a passion for photography, and realized that this mixes quite well with my love for live music (the absolute best way to experience music, if you ask me).
You can check out some of my work on my website or on Instagram!
Hey! My name is Melissa. I’m a Special Education Teacher from Newfoundland. Music has always played an important role in my life. Growing up I would spend countless hours listening to the Top 40 Countdown on the radio to record a song I liked to cassette. Then it was the hassle of carrying around a Discman and many CDs because you definitely wanted a variety. Gotta love the nineties! However, it wasn’t until volunteering for the ECMAs in 2004 that I realized that there was a whole other world of music that I was missing out on and I haven’t looked back.
Pamela Roz is a graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program with a major in Journalism (and a whole lotta radio along with it). She’s been working in broadcasting for almost 11 years along with 6 years as a freelance Publicist for her own company, Pamela Roz PR, promoting Winnipeg-based artists, bands, theatre groups & businesses.
I’m an aspiring multimedia journalist and music student currently situated in Victoria, B.C. Promoting Canadian music has been a long-time passion of mine and I’m honoured that Canadian Beats is shaping those dreams into a reality! Some of my current projects include working for CFUV 101.9 FM as a podcast producer and completing an undergraduate thesis on the merger of hip hop techniques with an orchestral score in the Oscar award-winning film Moonlight. While I favour soundtracks and R&B, I’m open to and interested in all genres of music. Listen to my radio show “On Track” every Tuesday morning 10-11am PDT live or on demand nationwide at cfuv.ca

Hey! I’m Carson and I like music and animals. Not only do I have a wide variety of music I enjoy but I also have a wide variety of animals. My style can go from your Top 40 songs right into songs that literally no one has ever heard of in a heartbeat and I’m okay with that. You can find me on the Internet enjoying memes and playing way too many video games for a ‘grown-up’.

My name is Joe Miles and I am a freelance photographer from Calgary, Alberta who specializes in live music photography. Music and photography are two passions that I cannot separate. The rush I get from capturing an artist thrilling the crowd is conveyed in my photographs.
It is a privilege for me to help Canadian Beats spread the word of our thriving and growing music scene.

Shane is a co-founder of the BS Live Rocks Entertainment Group, BS Live Rocks Records, Co-host of the Television show BS LIVE ROCKS on YourTVOntario, a drummer, podcaster and music journalist.

Shane is a host and Interviewer at Canadian Music Week in Toronto as well as the host of the Niagara Music Awards.

My Name is Eric Inasi and I am a freelance photographer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. I have turned my passion for photography into a career as I’ve travelled across the world documenting it. I enjoy photography for what it is and having the opportunity to create and capture unique moments of musicians, bands and artists at the top of their level is something I’ve always dreamed of.

Rebecca here- a Niagara native now living and breathing music in Toronto. As a Ryerson journalism graduate and a self-proclaimed music junkie, I’ve been fortunate enough to write for brands like Andpop and Really Records, and now Canadian Beats. My tastes in music are all over the map- Stevie Wonder to Fall Out Boy; Miranda Lambert to One Direction – which is why I spend almost as much money on concerts as I do on rent. But I have no regrets. If you like my ramblings you can also find me on Twitter (RMattina5) & Instagram (rmattina93).

Hello, my name is Sarah Armiento and I dabble in many different areas of the Montreal music world (AND beyond). By day I am a music publicist, band manager and aspiring bass-player-for-80s-covers-only and by night I do booking and promotion for an underground venue in my neighbourhood. I also never stop trying to be cool on Twitter.

Hi, my name is Michael from Toronto, ON. I am happiest when I am surrounded by music. When I am not on stage playing with my band, I like to capture other musicians as a skilled photographer.

(I may or may not have written in this bio. Using the third person gives me plausible deniability.) Adam Dunbar fits the paradigm of author Chris Walter’s statement. “I was a punk before you were a punk.” Adam grew up straddling both punk and metal worlds. Adam also had, because of his parents, deep roots in folk and old school country. Adam has been heard to say that he can love both punk and folk because “punk rock is folk music played faster.” Adam also has a love of the blues and of New Orleans jazz. He has played in both jam and punk bands without attaining any kind of success. Adam has always written, but got serious about writing in his teens. Adam has written for The Chilliwack Times, Huffington Post and has written a number of successful essays for Medium. Currently Adam is involved with a stream of consciousness project with his pal who wishes to remain anonymous. Adam currently splits his time between South Vancouver and East Vancouver.

What’s cookin’, I’m Russ, a few of my close friends call me “Stitch” because I’ve had 67 of them, and because of that damn blue alien. I’m a 26 year old Canadian musician and writer living in Streetsville, ON. Born in Basel, Switzerland in 1992, I immigrated to Canada in 1995 and spent time on both the West coast and here in Toronto. I balance my career in the trades with two very distinct music projects: Toronto’s “The Crooked” (ex-members of Die Mannequin and The Joy Arson), an alternative rock band, and Oshawa’s punk-metal monsters This Is A Crisis, holding down the bass guitarist position and providing backing vocals, as well as generally purveying mayhem. I’ve been in love with music for most of my life, having predictably been introduced to AC/DC by my Father at a young age. Most of my favourite music tends to towards rock, metal, or punk, but I’ve been keeping an open mind the last few years and even featured my bass ability on some slick hip-hop tracks. When I’m not running around like a headless chicken trying to make practice on time, I like to spend my free time at rock shows downtown or drinking whiskey with my cat, Jaxx (yes, named after Charlie Hunnam’s SOA character).

My name is Mike and I live in Southern Alberta but travel around to photograph concerts I get lucky to attend. After having my first photo published 10 years ago, I had found the excitement of concert photography and continued to pursue the passion. I have worked with many influential artists in the music industry including ones I has idolized growing up. There is no better feeling then the energy of a crowd whether it be in front of thousands of fans or a small intimate show and being able to capture that energy to share on to fans who were unable to attend. When I am not enjoying a concert, I am usually relaxing at home with a glass of whiskey and enjoying some great company.

Hey, I’m Hannah! I’ve loved music since before I can remember, and I’m so excited to be combining it with my love for photography. My heart belongs to the alternative and indie genres, but I enjoy pretty much any kind of live music. You can check out more of my work at hannahmaynes.ca, or on Instagram @hannahmaynes.

My name is Alex Boyd, and I am a live music and event photographer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. As a photographer I’ve built and improved my skills and have been shooting freelance work for bands and other clients for three years. My dream is to work with touring bands and record labels to have my images published in magazines, online, and in album artwork.

You can find my work on my instagram @boyda.concerts

Photographer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Graduate of Proessional Photography at Nova Scotia Community College. Bands, faces, and places. There’s nothing more fun to me than taking pictures of the amazing musical acts that we have here on the east coast!

My name is Maddy Oxenham, I’m a music photographer/videographer located in Toronto!

My name is Britney and I’m from Whitby, Ontario. I love adventuring to good music and exploring everything this life has to offer! Music has always been such an important part of my life, and cannot wait to explore all of the different talent that lives in Canada.

I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.

Kate Fry is Editor-in-Chief of the Warren Undergraduate Review and studies literature at the University of Victoria. Inspired by the Vancouver DIY music scene she grew up in, Kate writes poetry and creative non-fiction to themes of urban solitude, music, and memory. She is a musician herself, and played upright bass in the folk-punk band Tinkin Pete prior to their hiatus. Her hobbies include being alone in crowded places, wearing oversized jackets, and thinking about, but never actually, taking up skateboarding again.

I was born on Chile 21 years ago, I am actually living in Montreal, Canada working to reach my place on Music Scene. I am a Music Artist and Creator, I was always passionate about music and I started singing when I was just a child and I decided to dedicate my life to improve my voice and musical skills. I play the guitar since I was 11 and language, poetry and arts are part of my life. I release my first EP Welcome to my Wonderworld on 2018 after years of work. I listen literally all genres of music, I love variety and I want to always improve my musical knowledge.

I am a 23-year-old, pop star loving girl living in Toronto, Ontario, originally from Rochester, NY. I moved to Toronto, in May of 2018, due to my growing love for this exciting, vibrant, and lively city!

In my early years of high school, I fell in love with the idea of being an event photographer, never in my wildest dream would I have thought I could turn it into a career. But here we are! I love being behind the lens, and being able to capture artist portraying their art, both visually and vocally!

I love anything and everything that has to do with Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga, so put on Firework, or Born This Way and we can be best friends!

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