Navigating A Creative Career in Music

Brendan Canning

Broken Social Scene

Navigating A Creative Career in Music

Episode Notes

Brendan Canning is the co-founder of the Toronto supergroup Broken Social Scene, which includes members of MetricDo Make Say Think and Stars, as well as Grammy-nominated Feist. One of the most enduring and influential alternative bands of the 00s. Their record ‘You Forgot It In People’ defined the “indie rock” era and paved the way for Canadian acts like Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade to break out. Canning also has released three solo recordings.

“…I think it was just an innate sense. It’s basic. You got to open up for the cool bands. You got to build up your own following, right? Then you build up your following and maybe that leads to your entering a radio station contest? And you get your songs on the radio? It was the Grunge rock era, sort of like the Bitcoin era, you know, there was money to be made. You could make money without being that talented. But because you looked a certain way you wore enough flannel or army shorts or long underwear under your army shorts,  it was possible …”



2:25 – Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

5:35 – Dodos

6:00 – PosiesScott Kannberg

8:58 – HheadIRS RecordsElliot LefkoNow Magazine

10:48 – CFNY

12:23 – Bare Naked Ladies

13:38 – Spooky Ruben

13:57 – By Divine Right

14:25 – Steal My SunshineTreble ChargerCookie Duster

17:37 – Charles SpearingKevin DrewKC Accidental

23:35 – Paperbag Records

23:53 – Stewart BermanRough Trade Records

29:09 – David Newfeld

34:34 – Bruce McDonald

34:58 – Love CrimesSnow CakeHalf Nelson

40:22 – Stereolab / Beetle

43:03 – Fitzcarraldo

49:42 – Much Music

54:26 – Howard Billerman

1:03 – Byta.com

Show Contributors

Brendan Canning
Marc Brown
Jen Pomphrey
Jamie Ford
Colin MacKenzie
Maud Salvi
Fin Productions
Oliver Lyu