Articles

 

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Read my articles and interviews with some of the music industry’s biggest bands and most-beloved musicians, including Alanis Morissette, Randy Bachman, Nickelback, The Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, not to mention Hollywood actress Neve Campbell, TV stars/singers Lennon and Maisy, and a rare press conference with Sir Paul McCartney.

In addition, you can read blog articles I was commissioned to write for clients, including Sonicbids and Long & McQuade, and travel blogs for Aeroplan, as well as volunteer writing I do for Homes First, an organization that provides housing and services for Toronto’s homeless.

 

 

You can also view my articles via my Contently portfolio: jimkelly.contently.com.

 

Blog Articles

Aeroplan Travel Destination Blogs
Top 5 Things to do in Tokyo (Aeroplan blog, October, 2016)
Best 4 Ways to Spend a Day in San Francisco (Aeroplan blog, September, 2016)
Top 5 Things to Do in San Francisco (Aeroplan blog, September, 2016)
Top 5 Neighbourhoods to Explore in San Francisco (Aeroplan blog, September, 2016)
4 Ways to Find Your Paris (Aeroplan blog, August, 2016)
Top 3 Things to Do in Paris (Aeroplan blog, August, 2016)
Top 5 Must-see Places in Italy (Aeroplan blog, June, 2016)
Top 5 Things to Do in Venice (Aeroplan blog, June, 2016)
Top 3 Things to Do in Rome (Aeroplan blog, June, 2016)

Sonicbids
How to Get Mick Ronson’s Guitar Tone on a Budget (Sonicbids blog, March, 2016)
The 5 Best Festivals and Showcases for Emerging Bands to Play in Toronto This Year (Sonicbids blog, January 2016)
How to Craft a Killer Guitar Solo (Sonicbids blog, December 2015)

Long & McQuade Blog
How To Play Electric Guitar Without Risking Eviction (Long & McQuade blogFebruary 2016)

Homes First (pro bono)
Resident Profile: Ivan – A Sense of Place and Purpose (Homes First Annual Report, June 2016)
Volunteer Profile: Gideon – In Service to Stories (Homes First Blog, April 2016)

SOCAN

• Profile: Martha Wainwright comes out of the family shadows (Words + Music, December 2016)
• Profile: Jaren Cerf: EDM hit-maker balances music, motherhood (Words + Music, September 2016)
• Feature: Canada’s Music Incubator’s Artist Entrepreneur Program (Words + Music, February 2016)
• Feature: Chin Injeti (Words + Music, December 2015)
• Cover Story: Tobias Jesso Jr. (Words + Music, November 2015)
• Cover Story: Randy Bachman (Words + Music, July 2015)
• Cover Story: Stella Family Values: Two Generations’ Different Paths to Success (Words + Music, April 2015)
• Profile: Film and TV Composer Rich Walters (Words + Music magazine, Winter 2015)
• Profile: Film Composer Jeff Morrow (Words + Music magazine, November 2014)
Alyssa Reid Blows Up (Words + Music magazine, Summer 2014)
Working Behind the Scenes (Words + Music magazine, Summer 2011)
Neko Case: Honourary Canadian, Proud SOCAN Member (SOCAN.ca, Dec 2002)
A Guide to Songwriting in a Band (SOCAN.ca, Apr 2006)
The Class of 2003: A Wave of Fresh SOCAN Member Talent at Grammy Awards (SOCAN.ca, Mar 2003)
Day Jobs and SOCAN Cheques (SOCAN.ca, Dec 2003)
NxNE White Ribbon Benefit Concert 2003 (SOCAN.ca, June 2003)

Long & McQuade Magazine

Presenting Your Music for Review (Long & McQuade Magazine, 2015/16)
How to Run a Band Rehearsal (Long & McQuade Magazine, 2015/16)

Torontoist

Elvis Costello and the Imposters (Review, live blog style, June 2011)

Eye Weekly / The Grid

Leslieville not feeling the L(u)RV (Feb 2011)
I Live Next to…Paradise Strip Club (June 2011)

JUNO Awards 40th Anniversary Souvenir Program

Ovation: Cream of the Classical Crop (March 2011)

Canadian Musician magazine

Alanis Morissette (March/Apr 2002)
Emm Gryner (Sept/Oct 2002)
I Mother Earth (July/Aug 1999)
Nickelback (Jan/Feb 2002)
B.T.K. (Jan/Feb 1999)

Chart magazine

Paul McCartney Goes Through Beatlemania, Again (Apr 2002)
It’s a Small Road After All: The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie & By Divine Right’s José Contreras (Feb 1999)
Sexsmith Admits Existence Of Lost Nashville Demos (May 2001)
The Tragically Hip: Remain in Light (July–Aug 2002)
Stylin’: with Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson (Nov 1998)
Ron Sexsmith: Going His Own Way (June 1999)

Access magazine

The Alley-Cat’s Scramble (Mar 1999)

Q&A Interviews

Neve Campbell on her role in the 2007 film I Really Hate My Job. (Watch the movie trailer here. Full interview here.)
Dr. Sherry Torkos, author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine.

Editorial/Op-Ed

Beware The MOR Menace! – Editorial in Chart magazine (Nov 1998)
Referendum Question Questioned – Op-ed piece in The Lance, University of Windsor (Nov 1989)