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Q&A: Harrison on the Timelessness of Migos, Anime as an Escape, and the Album That Made Him a Producer


Toronto’s Harrison released his debut album Checkpoint Titanium in 2016, and with it, he would transform into a JUNO-nominated producer. Placed alongside the likes of KAYTRANADA and The Weeknd, it’s easy to assume the sort of demeanor of an artist who was catapulted to such grand heights would come to take on. Any such assumptions would prove to be anything but the truth. Upon meeting Harrison in a West Hollywood house where he was zealous to be staying at, as was immediately demonstrated by him running towards a grandstand piano to play a few quick melodies the second our interview wrapped, I discovered an artist who never expected or sought out critical acclaim. Rather, I was introduced to one whose fascination lied in obscure video game samples and capturing a sense of warmth in his music.

It was this idea of encapsulated warmth that led Harrison to his most recent project to date, 2018’s Apricity. An eleven-song collection of ‘80s funk-influenced, futuristic production, it sees Harrison moving past bouts of depressions and feelings of deficiency in his musical caliber to deliver an absolutely radiant sophomore outing. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Harrison to discuss the journey that led him to Apricity and get sidetracked many a time to delve into half-remembered video games of childhood’s past and art as a form of escape.

OTW: Tell us a bit about Toronto, which has informed most of your musical upbringing so far.

H: I grew up in Toronto and I plan on staying there. I really like the city. I think I chose a good time to be a musician in Toronto. At this point and time, people are super, super supportive. You get to know people and they are really friendly. There is a lot of stepping on each other’s feet and shit, but it is not enough for me to care about it.

OTW: And when did you first realize music was a passion you wanted to pursue?

H: When I went to college I was only there for like three months. I was like, "This is shit." I went in for recording engineering. It was more on the engineering side, and I realized that I didn’t want to be a fucking engineer. I want to make music. So, I left, worried my parents would be upset, but they were really supportive. Luckily enough, Last Gang Records signed me three months after I left.

OTW: Your internet presence really gives off a very video game and anime-inspired aesthetic. For instance, there’s your track "100bpm - Gundam/Prologue."

H: I am really into anime and video games, especially those nostalgic games like Gundam. All those clips are from this game I had. It was a Japanese Gundam game on the Dreamcast Sega. I don’t know what it was called, but I remember finding all the sound clips on some really dusty forum. I was like, "I remember these sounds!" That’s what inspired me to make that song. I have a Sega and shit, but I never boot it up because then I’d get blasted with nostalgia, and then I’d get sad or something. I love using samples from games I played in the past. I have a big ass Nintendo 64 and shit. It’s pretty easy to convert and sample the sounds. It’s all RCA’s so you can plug it into an interface and there you go. That stuff is a blast.

OTW: What part about anime is it that you like so much? Is there something about the particular art form?

H: It’s like when I am falling asleep or wanting to go to bed, or I am having a shitty day and am feeling bad. I think it has a lot to do with colors and wanting to be disconnected from reality. And same with videos games! They are a good escape. I play video games all the time ‘cause when I am stressed, I want to play with a car simulator it’s 2018! It is not necessarily the art style. Like if it has a good storyline, and it is like colorful and well done then it is just a really good way to relax. I will go through phases where I will just watch movies, but I just don’t like movies that much.

OTW: Does music serve the same purpose for you? An escape of sorts?

H: Yes, it is, well it can be. Like no matter what it is still… It is not a job, but it is still a job. Sometimes I say that I will do this edit for someone or work on this beat for someone, and I don’t feel like it. But then it’s been like a week or so, then it’s like, "Fuck." With music, it’s either extremes of both sides from, "Fuck this is frustrating," or "This is euphoric." I try to do the ten-thousand hours thing and hopefully get that in, but if it is forced then it always sounds like shit, no matter what. There are different cases, like when I am having a session with someone I’ve never met and you are in the studio and are like, "Okay I have to work." It’s like going to the gym. I can work out at home, but I am at my house, I don’t have to work out. You do a push-up and you’re like, "Fuck that." But if you are at a gym you are a little more comfortable. It’s like, of course, you got to work out. You’re here! What else are you going to do?

OTW: So, when you make music, it is mainly a solo effort? I know on your new album you collaborate with a fair amount of people.

H: Luckily enough all these people are very talented, so I can have an unfinished song and send it to someone like Ralph or Daniela Andre. The song I did with a l l i e I sent it to her and she recorded it on her MacBook and then sent it back. I do like working with people, but I prefer to work alone. But collaborations with vocalists I am not a good writer, absolutely terrible actually. I’m like, "Goose, Moose. Okay, make that work." So, bringing in talented writers is really helpful. I love collaborating with people like Ryan , because he is one of those people who doesn’t care that much about studios either. So, with an old song I did with him called "Vanilla," he did the intro and did all the stuff, and we sent it back and back and back, even though we are in the same city.



OTW: Speaking on studios, is where you’re recording particularly important to you?

H: I am not a big fan of studious because they are dark, and I am just like, "What the fuck? I don’t want to be in a goddamn cave." Fuck that shit bro. Like every time I go into a studio and there is a couch, I will be out like a light at only 1pm. Also, the studio culture is not for me. A lot of producers are really good at doing the all-nighters and shit to finish up a track. I am trying to be asleep by 11:30pm. When I am doing it, I am doing it during the day, but when you are doing it during the day and it is nice out, but you are in a cave… I don’t know. It’s not that big of a deal, but I do not prefer studios. And I have a dog too so…

OTW: Very pertinent question, what type of dog do you have?

H: I have a Korean Jindo. I love that dog very much. I hope someone is walking her right now.

OTW: Speaking of not being a huge fan of the dark and caves—this is my great segue by the way—your new album Apricity, translates to the "warmth of the sun in winter." Where did the title come from?

H: Well you know, Canadian winters are fucking long and cold, but there will be days where, shit it is randomly nice out today, like global warming or something. There’s a field in front of my house. I walk my dog and there will be very beautiful moments. When I walk my dog, I try not to have my phone out or anything. Just for the first half hour. When I wake up, I half look at my notifications but won’t open them because I’m like, "That’s a stressful looking email." But yeah, the field there will be brief euphoric moments of just a breeze or a quiet moment in just the perfect weather. I think about that a lot, and I also think about the winter and if it will be like that in the winter as well. But yeah, the warmth of the sun. There is nothing better.

OTW: So, after your debut album, Checkpoint Titanium, you were nominated for a JUNO. What was that like?

H: I was very surprised. That first album was more of a compilation. It was songs that I had made for two years. Songs I like sifted through and was like, "I got to finish these." It wasn’t theme-based. It was just songs. I was surprised by that, but they liked it. I was very happy to be nominated. I got beat by KAYTRANADA of course, casually. I didn’t feel like I belonged in the same ranks as these guys. My parents were really proud too.

OTW: Two years passed from your debut album to Apricity. Were the two years spent working on this album?

H: After the first album, it was six months of me figuring out what I wanted to do next for a new album. ‘Cause I didn’t want to start making shit and go back and be like I don’t like this anymore. That’s a common thing to happen with me, and I am assuming many other people, producers, and musicians. Because you’ve heard something a million times and can’t tell if it is good or not. So, I wanted to sit down and fully figure out what I am committing to when it came to writing something. For Apricity, it was something that I wanted to make three or four years ago, but just didn’t really know how. It was a sound that was in my head, but I didn’t know how to do that. When I realized what it was and what I wanted to do, that’s when I sat down and was like, okay.

OTW: Is there an overarching theme that runs through Apricity?

H: Yeah, I’d say so. It is just supposed to be warm, fuzzy, and shit. I really just want someone to hear it, and then four years down the line, I want them to associate it with maybe a good time in their life or something. I originally made it for like originally the fall, like a fall album. But fall, our fall is fucking short. In Toronto, we don’t have a fall. We have one day of reddish leaves and then they all drop off. But yeah it was made for fall or around that time.

OTW: You incorporate a lot of excellent nu disco and funk influences into your music. Is there something about that time period in particular that you’re so drawn to?

H: I just can’t get over how they did that in the ‘80s. Producers like Kashif and singers like Melba Moore they just sounded so 80’s. But if you actually paid attention to the production, it was extremely futuristic, extremely technical. They weren’t just recording on their laptops and shit. It took a lot of time. I’m so very envious of that. There’s something about that technicality from that time period. I don’t know what it is. It is funk and ‘80s funk is just timeless. A lot just revolves around funk, at least pop songs.

OTW: Nostalgia seems to be a big thing, especially now. Is there anything in 20-40 years that you think will be nostalgic about this time period?

H: I already feel nostalgic about Anderson .Paak. I think people are already nostalgic about "boom bap" beats. Like beats. We already have shit like J Dilla and stuff like that. I feel like they probably said that shit like twenty years ago, "How could anyone be nostalgic about this stuff?" But I can see my old ass singing "Bad and Boujee." I want to hear kids sampling Migos and fucking Bruno Mars but not even his funky shit. Just his cornball stuff, like his I don’t want to do anything today shit. My favorite album came out in 2010, which was Onra’s Long Distance. It basically got me into music and producing future funk. That’s eight fucking years ago, and I can be nostalgic about that shit already. I associate that with so many good times and bad times in my life.

OTW: So, Long Distance was what really started your musical journey?

H: I think that was the final push, but realistically it was anime that got me into beats and Onra that got me into that world of future funk. At that time, I had never heard anything like that. Like side-chain, like what the fuck is side-chain? But yeah, it was definitely the album Long Distance that was the final push to be like, "I gotta learn how to do this. This is so cool." And that was that.

OTW: Do you think you we’ll ever hear you sing one of your tracks?

H: I can’t sing dude. I am fucking tone deaf or some shit. People tell me I have such a deep voice, and that I should sing. Then I give it a go and I’m like, "HHHHEEEE-UUHHHH!" Yup, that’s why I don’t sing. The enunciation and the tone of my voice weren’t made for that. Some people are just so good at that shit, but I am just not good at it. Maybe I’ll get into rapping.

OTW: Who are your Ones To Watch?

H: Oh! Lapti! I always forget to mention Lapti, and he is like this Russian beat guy. Oh my God dude, he is so good. I love his music. Prince Innocence, my homies. They are really good. Oh, and Matty Tavares, holy cow. His new shit is insane. He is probably one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard, easily. He is just so talented. I am so envious of these people’s talents, man.

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Fionn Dismantle Toxic Masculinity with "The Horns Are Fake"
Ahead of the release of their debut album, folk-pop duo Fionn exhibit a rock edge with their latest single "The Horns Are Fake". Read » more
@FYI Music News
Three Days Grace Beats Van Halen Record For Most US No. 1s
Not long before the quartet embarks on a 16-city Canadian tour, the Toronto-based global marquee band has surpassed Van Halen's longstanding record with the new benchmark 14 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s US Mainstream Rock Songs Chart. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Andrew Hyatt Has Some Sirius-ly Good News
The Sudbury ironworker turned country singer took $25K home from Hamilton on the weekend, thanks to his victory in the hotly-contested Top of the Country competition. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Five Questions With… Hotel Mira's Charlie Kerr
The mastermind of JPNSGRLS discusses the different musical direction of his new project, a memorable birthday in Berlin, the influence of his tastemaker brother, and his advice for Ed Sheeran. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Steven Page Announces Discipline Tour 2019 with Special Guests Port Cities
Following the release of his new album Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II, Steven Page will embark on a headlining Canadian tour in 2019. Read » more
@NOISEY
Harrison’s First DJ Gig Was Playing a Tea Shop
The Toronto producer tells Noisey about growing up in a musical household, pre-show rituals, and what we can expect from his forthcoming sophomore album. Read »
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@FeldmanAgency
Pop Evil Announces 2018 Canadian Headline Tour Dates
In continued support of their latest self-titled release, Pop Evil will be joined on this cross Canada tour by special guests Royal Tusk. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Gowan's 'Criminal Mind' Now Certified Platinum
The runaway hit from Larry Gowan's second CBS album has, after all these years, been certified as a platinum hit! Read » more
@Taste of Country
Jessica Mitchell Is Caught In A Love Triangle In ‘Maybe It's Me’ Video
The new video debuts just two days after a breathtaking performance at the 2018 CCMA Awards. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
The Weather Station and Jennifer Castle Team Up For Polaris Collaboration Session Sponsored By Stingray Music
The acts came together for a single day at Sugar Shack studio in London, Ontario this past August to record two songs and the result was marvellous. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
It’s a Fall of Firsts for David Myles!
The new debuts of David Myles include his first French language record, first children’s book, and first self-produced radio program. PLUS watch for an acoustic version of Real Love, coming out October 26. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
A Big Night for TFA at the 2018 CCMA Awards
Meghan Patrick, James Barker Band, and The Reklaws all took home trophies of their own, with The Feldman Agency being recognized as Booking Agency of the Year. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Blonde Diamond (Formerly Youngblood) To Release New EP Fantasy Love on October 19
North American Tour Dates Announced Including Dear Rouge Direct Support. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
9 New Music Videos That Are Certified Binge Worthy
The latest from Tim Hicks, Magic!, Great Lake Swimmers, Tokyo Police Club, Mt. Joy, and more! Watch » more
@The Star
Standup Star K. Trevor Wilson Takes Another Step Up With Comedy Special
Taped earlier this summer at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, the hour-long special premieres Monday, Sept. 3 on Comedy. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Headstones Announce "The Picture Of Health" Fall Tour 2018
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their critically-acclaimed debut album, the band will re-issue the album along with a massive tour! Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Alessia Cara to Present CCMA Generation Award to Shania Twain at 2018 CCMA Awards Live on CBC
She joins a list of esteemed presenters recently announced for the September 9 broadcast. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman's Guide To The 2018 CCMA Awards
Get ready Hamilton! Four Days. More than twelve Feldman artists. Here's everything you need to know to survive this year's Canadian Country Music Association Awards! Read » more
@Rolling Stone
Hear Everlast’s Heartbreaking New Ballad ‘It Ain’t Easy’
The singer/rapper’s latest single was co-written by Nashville hitmaker Luke Laird. Read » more
@Ones To Watch
All Eyes On grandson!
The rising rock star performs a live rendition of his electrifying breakout track “Blood // Water” followed by an intimate interview with Ones To Watch. Read » more
@MusicRow
Michelle Wright To Release New Music Aug. 31
Her two new tracks arrive after a five year hiatus since 2013's Strong. Read » more
@Rolling Stone
Blitzen Trapper Announce ‘Furr: Deluxe Edition,’ Share Rare Song ‘Booksmart Baby’
The indie country-rock band celebrates the 10th anniversary of their breakout LP. Read » more
@Exclaim
Charlotte Day Wilson Uses Prism Prize Award Money to Create $10,000 Film Grant
It will be available to Canadian female/non-binary directors. Read » more
@Exclaim
We Are the City Share New Single, Plot Canadian Tour
Watch a video for "When I Dream, I Dream of You" now » more
@Exclaim
Shad and Kaytranada Question Peace On Cool-Spirited "The Fool Pt. 3 (Frame of Mind)"
The evolving Toronto artist premieres his new single and talks upcoming album 'A Short Story About War' and the city's current political climate. Read » more
@CCMAs
The Reklaws And The Washboard Union Set To Perform At The 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards
Madeline Merlo and Tebey to join previously announced
Tim Hicks on Awards show stage live from Hamilton, ON on September 9 on CBC. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman Leaves Their Mark On The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs
With performances by Alessia Cara, The Beaches, and Tyler Shaw, this year's award show was one to remember. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
James Barker Band, Jessica Mitchell and Serena Ryder Announced As Performers For The 2018 CCMA Awards
These talented artists will join previously announced performers Keith Urban, Lindsay Ell, High Valley, Dallas Smith, Terri Clark, Tim Hicks and Meghan Patrick. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Tim Hicks Shares Songs And Stories From 'New Tattoo' Live At SiriusXM
Hicks will headline SiriusXM's ‘Top of the Country’ Show next month at the Canadian Country Music Awards. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks & Multiple 2018 CCMA Awards Nominee Lindsay Ell Release Collaborative Track "The Worst Kind"
The second single from Hicks’ fourth studio album New Tattoo. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Jesse Moskaluke, Kira Isabella, and Madeline Merlo Announced To Open 2018 CCMA Awards With Shania Twain Tribute
The tribute will kick-off Canada’s biggest night in country music live from Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre on CBC. Read » more
@Exclaim
We Are the City Announce New Album 'At Night'
The Vancouver trio will release the followup to their 2015 effort Above Club, on October 5 via Light Organ Records/Tooth & Nail. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Ria Mae Announces Never Coming Down Headlining Tour and single, “It’s You” out September 7th
The tour hits twenty-five cities across Canada, and kicks off September 14th in St. John’s NL. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
The Canadian Country Music Association Announces CCMA Fan Village
The new fan-driven event for Country Music Week, CCMA Fan Village runs September 7 - 9, providing free opportunities for fans to interact with Tim Hicks, Andrew Hyatt, Meghan Patrick, The Reklaws, Jade Eagleson, JoJo Mason, Dan Davidson, and Kira Isabella and more! Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Blues Rocker Jesse Roper Announces Access To Infinity Tour
The tour kicks off in his hometown of Victoria, BC on October 12. Read » more
@Billboard
Grandson Rages Against The Corporate Machine During Intense 'Blood//Water' Performance on 'Late Night'
The singer/activist stormed the stage of Late Night for a lapel-grabbing run through his revolutionary anthem "Blood//Water" that made it clear that complacency is not an option. Watch » more
@Billboard
Indie Duo Fionn Debuts Moody 'Robert' Video: Premiere
This folk-pop twin duo from Vancouver premiered the video for "Robert," a swelling tale of first love and the radical heartbreak that comes with it, exclusively via Billboard today. Watch now » more
@SPIN
Lord Huron Play 3 Songs on CBS This Morning: Watch!
As part of the show’s Saturday Sessions series, the band performed a few songs from their latest album Vide Noir. Watch » more
@The Globe And Mail
Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Castle On Finding Balance Through Her Work As A Doula
In advance of a tour with a seven-piece band, Castle spoke to The Globe and Mail about her balancing act as a creator, a career musician and a part-time birth coach. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Canadian Country Music Association Partners With Ford Canada For Country Music Week 2018
Ford Canada announced as the official automotive sponsor of
the 2018 CCMA Awards and title sponsor for Album of the Year Award. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Royal Tusk Sign With eOne Music Announce Tusk II, Stream First Single “Aftermath”
Tusk II arrives on the heels of their well-received debut, DealBreaker (2016), and their first EP, Mountain (2014). Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Magic! To Release Their Third Studio Album "Expectations" Sept. 7
The title track from the album is available to stream today. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Menopause The Musical Announces "Laugh Out Loud" Ontario Tour
The longest running comedy ever to play Las Vegas, is bringing it's "Laugh Out Loud – Ontario Tour" to a city near you, featuring their exclusive Canadian All-Star Cast! Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Pup To Perform At Billy Talent And Friends TOronto TOgether Benefit Concert
All proceeds to be donated to #TorontoStrong fund, benefitting victims of the tragic shooting on Danforth Avenue. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Classified Announces "The Day Things Change" Tour
The announcement follows the release of new music video "Damn Right" which made its debut today at Vevo. more
@FeldmanAgency
The Beaches Make National TV Debut at CFL Halftime Show
What a month it's been for this Toronto rock band. But this performance is only the tip of the iceberg. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Four New Videos You Need To Watch!
When it comes to music videos, Feldman artists do not disappoint. If you were only going to watch four videos this week, it has to be these. Watch » more
@FeldmanAgency
The Blue Stones Sign To eOne + Announce New Album 'Black Holes''
The album's lead single "Black Holes (Solid Ground)" has over 8 Million Worldwide Streams, an impressive feat by an unsigned band. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Tim Hicks And Meghan Patrick Announced As Performers For The 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards
2018 CCMA Award nominees celebrate as performer announcements continue for upcoming broadcast live from Hamilton, ON on CBC, September 9. Read » more
@CBCMusic
Polaris Music Prize short list revealed: Daniel Caesar, Weaves, Alvvays, Jeremy Dutcher make top 10
The prestigious prize will be awarded Sept. 17. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Three Days Grace Announces "The Outside Tour" in Canada
With special guests Nothing More, plus Fozzy and Bad Wolves on select dates. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Jeremy Hotz Drags His Miserable Ass To Ottawa For Two Shows At The Algonquin Commons Theatre
The exclusive event will be filmed for Hotz's new comedy special: "Profoundly Disappointed". Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
The Glorious Sons Return Home With The Announcement Of Fall Canadian Tour
Extensive International Dates Continue Through Summer. Live Version Of Latest Single, "S.O.S. (SAWED OFF SHOTGUN)" Filmed At Memorable K-Rock Concert Released Alongside Personal Open Letter To Fans. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks Is Set To Turn Up The Volume On The 2018 "Get Loud Tour"
The 2018 CCMA Award Nominee for Apple Music Fans’ Choice Award partners with PLUS1 in support of Unison Fund for his cross country tour. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman’s Country Roster Scores 15 Nominations at 2018 CCMA Awards
Six TFA acts are in contention for the most coveted award in Canadian country music. Tune in Sunday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST. on CBC to see who takes it home! Read » more
@Billboard
Tokyo Police Club Announce New Album 'TPC,' Reveal First Single: Exclusive
Alt-rock quartet Tokyo Police Club are going for a full reboot on their upcoming semi-self-titled fourth album TPC, set to drop on Oct. 5 via Dine Alone Records. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Letterkenny Live! Adds New Shows & Markets To Highly Acclaimed 2018 National Tour
Back by popular demand, "Letterkenny Live!" adds new shows and markets to highly acclaimed 2018 national tour starring Jared Keeso, Nathan Dales, K Trevor Wilson, and Mark Forward. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Up Cannabis Hosts Hip Doobie Doobie Doo Event
The New Farm in Creemore, ON, hosted an all-day party yesterday designed to boost the profile of the burgeoning pot producer. With members of The Tragically Hip on hand, The Glorious Sons and City and Colour entertained over 200 attendees. Read » more
@FYI Music News
29th Annual SOCAN Awards Honoured Canada's Best In Class
Burton Cummings, Sarah McLachlan, and Daniel Caesar were among those recognize with the most prestigious honour. Read » more
@FYI Music News
2018 SOCAN Honorees Include Burton Cummings, OLP, And Sarah McLachlan
The Awards Gala will be held in Toronto on June 18, but the performing rights organization has already announced five Achievement Award winners. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Classified Brings Together an All-Star Cast for a Charitable Cause
TFA artists David Myles, Joel Plaskett, Neon Dreams, Breagh MacKinnon (Port Cities), and Mo Kenney join Classified for the new acoustic version of his song Powerless. Read » more
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Steven Himmelfarb Joins The Feldman Agency
After ten years working for The Billions Corporation, Steven joins The Feldman Agency with a roster of more than thirty-five artists including Charlotte Day Wilson, PUP, Lord Huron, Beirut, Wolf Parade, Wintersleep, New Pornographers and many more. Read » more
@Rolling Stone
Vocal Powerhouse Tami Neilson Talks Feminism, Sharon Jones, New Album 'Sassafrass'
New Zealand-based performer hits back at negative commenters with a powerful, fun collection of retro-inspired tunes more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman Country Acts Dominate at the CMAOntario Awards
Of the 30+ nominations they received, Feldman acts took home nine awards including many of the highest honours. Read » more
@The Georgia Straight
Coleman Hell Calls From The Canyon
Coleman Hell’s yet-to-be-released new album Topanga sees the Canadian artist working through some internal struggles, using songs as his diary. Read » more
@Canadian Football League
Country Duo 'The Reklaws' To Perform At The 2018 CFL Kickoff In Winnepeg
Not only will they perform the halftime show for #CFLKickoff, their single "Long Live the Night" will be the official theme song of #ThursdayNightFootball! Read » more
@Canadian Beats
Countdown to the CMAOntario Festival & Awards: Q & A with Eric Ethridge
With the annual awards show taking place this Sunday, CMAOntario Rising Star nominee Eric Ethridge sits down to discuss his journey through country music and advice that shaped his career. Read » more
@Glide Magazine
Tami Neilson Sends Soulful Love Letter To Sharon Jones With "Miss Jones"
Based is New Zealand, Tami Neilson is making waves. She moves away from her country and roots background for a more soulful sound with "Miss Jones", a tribute to Sharon Jones. Read » more
@SOCAN
TFA Talent Earns 5 SOCAN Songwriting Prize Nominations
And you have the power to decide who wins the prestigious prize. Learn » more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman Artists Shine At The Canadian Radio Music Awards
Last night, the 21st Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA), took place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and the presence of Feldman was impossible to ignore! Read » more
@The Ringer
The 11 Keys to Keeping the Band Together: Sloan Share Their Wisdom
On the occasion of their 12th album and 27th year together, Sloan shares their wisdom on how to make musical matrimony last. Read » more
@Billboard
Three Days Grace Ties Van Halen for Most No. 1s on Mainstream Rock Songs Chart
"The Mountain," the lead single from Three Days Grace's new album 'Outsider,' grants the band a share of history. Read » more
@FYI Music News
TFA Partnerships Division Client, CCMA, Names New President Tracy Martin
After serving as interim head since July of last year and leading the association’s staff and Board through Country Music Week in Saskatoon, and executive producing the 2018 CCMA Awards broadcast, Tracy Martin is now officially President of the Canadian Country Music Association effective immediately. Read » more
@Juno Awards
TFA's Artists Sweep Junos with 37 Nominations
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@Bell Media
The Comedy Network Gets Pumped with the Debut of "Corner Gas Animated"
The much-anticipated animated reboot airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Network. Read » more
@Globe Newswire
Newstrike’s Up Cannabis Enters Into Exclusive Partnership with Canada's Leading Entertainment Group The Feldman Agency
Alliance with Canada’s Top Entertainment Agency Strengthens Foothold for Adult-Use Market. Read » more
@CMW
Jeff Craib Is Announced as One of the 2018 Inductees into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame
Jeff will be honoured for his accomplishments and established career in the music industry at the annual Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner at Rebel Nightclub in Toronto on Thursday May 10th, 2018. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Johnny Reid Adds 3rd Winnipeg Show
Johnny Reid will add a third show in Winnipeg at the Burton Cummings’ Theatre as part of his 2018 Revival tour that promotes his latest album of the same name. Read » more
@YouTube
#NewVideo - The Glorious Sons "Everything Is Alright"
Directed by Colin G Cooper, this stunning visual is taken off the album "Young Beauties and Fools" out now! See the video » more
@FeldmanAgency
Feldman Artists Shine With 8 Grammy Nominations in 2018
The 60th annual Grammy nominees have been revealed and the list wouldn't be complete without a few Feldman Artists! Read » more
@RoyalWood
Royal Wood Takes Centre Stage For His Headlining Debut At Massey Hall On May 11
Having performed on the hallowed stage during his Songwriters' Circle performance for the 2010 JUNO Awards, Royal is now ready to take the stage on his own. Read » more
@TheGloriousSons
The Glorious Sons Announce A Hometown Rogers K-Rock Centre Show February 24
Off the heels of a completely sold out Canadian Tour, Juno-nominated alternative rock band, The Glorious Sons, announce their homecoming show at the Rogers
K-Rock Centre February 24, 2018. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Matthew Good And Our Lady Peace Announce Cross Country Tour
These two Canadian rock legends will be co-headling a 20 date Canadian tour next spring that will bring them from coast to coast, with shows lined up from St. John’s to Vancouver. Read » more
@JasonBlaine
Jason Blaine Releases New EP "Boy With A Guitar"
It's the first release for CCMA Award Winning Canadian Country Artist since signing with premiere Canadian Indie Label Wax Records. Read » more
@JohnnyReid
Johnny Reid Announces Revival 2018 National Tour
He's hitting the road with his big band The Soul Providers and a special appearance by Glass Tiger. Read » more
@TheHip
Statement By The Downie Family
Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by. Read » more
@FeldmanAgency
Gord Downie Announces New Record "Introduce Yerself"
A 23-Song Double Album produced by Kevin Drew out October 21 Via Arts & Craft. Read » more
@JamesBarkerBand
James Barker Band Launches "Game On Tour"
Fresh off of their recent gold certifications for “Chills” and “Lawn Chair Lazy,” the James Barker Band is excited to announce their national tour with CCMA Female Artist of the Year / CCMA Rising Star Award Winner Meghan Patrick and special guest Jojo Mason. Read »
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@youtube.com
#NewVideo - "Tell Me Smooth" by Mathew V
This rising star from Vancouver is about to blow you away with his shimmering vocals and breathtaking performance. See » more
@FeldmanAgency
The Feldman Agency Appoints Don Simpson As Chief Operating Officer
Simpson brings over 25 years of entertainment experience in senior management, operations, business development and strategic planning to the North American premiere talent agency. Read » more
@The Feldman Agency
Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks Releases New Single “Forever Rebels"
It's the fourth single from Hicks' top selling album "Shake These Walls". Read » more
@TheHip.com
The Tragically Hip Announce "Long Time Running"
The new documentary film will have its World Premiere at TIFF before a Canadian theatrical release Sept. 14th. Read » more
@The Feldman Agency
Veteran Music Agent Richard Mills Announces His Retirement From TFA
After 24 years at The Feldman Agency, our friend and colleague Richard Mills is headed on a different career path. Read » more
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@[TFA]
Welcome Backstage!
We’re excited to announce the launch of TFA Backstage: your exclusive access to everything going on in the Live Entertainment and Events industry. Learn more » more
@cbcmusic
CBC Music Names "Gord Downie Person of the Year"
Gord Downie did the seemingly impossible this year. And then he did it again. Read » more
@The Feldman Agency
The Rise of Nontraditional Event Venues
Traditional event venues remain the most popular choice for event professionals. But informal business culture and the growing demand for unique event experiences have paved the way for change. Read » more
@Billboard
Jill Barber Tries to 'Remove Stigma From Mental Illness' With 'Mercy': Premiere
The latest single from her forthcoming album 'Metaphora' out June 22. Read » more
@604 Records
New Single "Habit" From Canadian Country Artist Andrew Hyatt Available Now Via New Signing With 604 Records
"Habit" follows Hyatt's back to back top ten singles "Do It With You" and "On Me". Read » more
@cmw.net
The Feldman Agency named Booking Agency of the Year at 2018 CMBIAs
The CMBIA gala recognizes the best and brightest in all fields of the Canadian music and broadcast industries. Read » more
@Tim Hicks
Multi-Platinum Country Star Tim Hicks Inks June 22nd Release Date for "New Tattoo"
Its first single “LOUD” has been licensed by the NHL for broadcast across North American during the 2018 playoff season. Read » more
@Live Nation Entertainment
Jann Arden Announces Fall Canadian Tour
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Jann Arden has announced today she will embark on a Canadian tour in support of her new album entitled, These Are The Days. Read » more
@FYI Music News
Johnny Reid's Revival Is A Roaring Success
He's a Scot who lives in Nashville and calls Canada home, and his just-completed national tour is one of the biggest success stories there is this year. Read » more
@Universal Music Canada
Mother Mother Release O My Heart: Live Sessions, In Honour Of The Fan Favourite Indie-Rock Album’s 10th Anniversary
The band also announces seven intimate and exclusive club shows, featuring never performed songs and more. Read » more
@fyimusicnews.ca
Paul Anka Headed For Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame
He transcended the '50s, '60s, and '70s with hit songs such as "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", and "(You're) Having My Baby". Now he's the latest and final inductee into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards. Read » more
@theshotgunseat.com
Meghan Patrick’s ‘Country Music Made Me Do It’ Is A Strong Sophomore Release
On her sophomore project, Country Music Made Me Do It, Meghan Patrick firmly establishes herself as a force to be reckoned with in her genre. Read » more
@fyimusicnews.ca
Toronto Singer's Chess Gambit Turns Into A Major Piece
Elise LeGrow’s debut album puts a new spin on standards by such greats as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and The Moonglows. Read » more
@fyimusicnews.ca
Five Questions With Jesse Roper
Jesse Roper’s sound may be rooted in rock and roll’s core elements of blues and soul, but his musical vision is trained squarely on the future. Read » more
@rollingstone.com
Grammys 2018: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees
Get to know Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lil Uzi Vert, Julia Michaels and SZA before the big night. Read » more
@RedUmbrellaPR.com
Canadian Singer-Songwriter Jessica Mitchell Joins Johnny Reid on 46+ Date National Tour
The "Revival" 208 National Tour kicks off February 26th. Read » more
@thesocial.ca
Meghan Patrick Is Taking Us Back To Real Country
The Canadian country star’s new album isn’t that poppy stuff taking over the Top 40 right now, this is real country. Read »
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@CBC
Barenaked Ladies To Be Inducted Into Canadian Hall of Fame At 2018 Junos
This year, after plenty of Juno wins, Grammy nominations, 15 million albums sold and a whole lot of history, Barenaked Ladies will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during a one-time special appearance with former member Steven Page. Read » more
@@OutsideMusic
Tonight's the night! SOLD OUT The Weather Station show at The Great Hall, get ready to swoon Toronto!
Tonight's the night! SOLD OUT The Weather Station show at The Great Hall, get ready to swoon Toronto! more
@fyimusicnews.ca
CMAO Wins Boost Meghan Patrick's Soaring Career
Meghan Patrick's newfound status as the leading trophy-winner at Sunday's Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Awards show is a serious career boost for the singer/songwriter from Bowmanville. She won in the Album, Female Artist, Music Video, and Rising Star of the Year categories. more
@fyimusicnews.ca
Richard Mills Takes A Bow, But Expect An Encore!
Richard Mills signs off from The Feldman Agency this week after two-plus decades of travelling the world and doing what many peer agents might think the impossible, namely developing careers and generating income for a genre of artists that don’t often fit the mold of today's hits.

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

Born in Trinidad, and raised in the prairies, Mills is a formidable figure in person. One might guess him as an IT executive, or perhaps a linebacker... more