Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly

I'm a Writer.

I've written engaging stories for Canadian Musician, Words + Music, Long & McQuade, Sonicbids, Chart, The Grid, Torontoist, and for organizations such as SOCAN, Chapters.ca and the JUNO Awards.

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Martha Wainwright comes out of the family shadows

Martha Wainwright is allowing herself a farewell glance to the past while she faces a new tomorrow....

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Tobias Jesso Jr.: Journey to the Heart of Success

Vancouver native's authentic, personal songs lead to co-writes with Adele and Sia....

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Randy Bachman's Got the Songwriter's Blues

As a founding member of two legendary Canadian rock groups – The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Randy Bachman has written or co-written a wealth of classic hit songs, including “Takin’ Care of Business,” “These Eyes,” “American Woman,” “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “Let it Ride,” “Undun” and “Looking Out for No. 1.” Hardly the track record of a failed songwriter....

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Stella Family Values: Two generations’ different paths to success | SOCAN Words and Music

The Stellas’ musical journey is one that many artists can relate to – laborious day jobs, open mic nights, noisy bars, long car rides.... The Stella daughters, Lennon and Maisy, have had something of a different path, to say the least....

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Paul McCartney Goes Through Beatlemania, Again

That time I attended Paul McCartney’s press conference as he swept into Toronto for the only Canadian stop on his 2002 Driving USA tour, and I got to ask the former Beatle a question....

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Canadian Musician

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette opens up – sort of – about her new album, Under Rug Swept....

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Shawn Hook: Singer-Songwriter Finds Strength in Numbers

The 31-year-old Nelson, B.C., native was initially apprehensive about collaborating with other songwriters, but once he started to work with writers that complemented him well, things began to take shape....

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Profile: Film & TV composer Rich Walters | SOCAN Words and Music

For Rich Walters, things are working very well so far. A burgeoning star composer in the film and TV industry, his music is heard in films, on radio and on television....

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Port Cities: Song camp meeting creates lasting bonds

It happened when John met Paul. It happened when Bryan Adams met Jim Vallance, and when Drake met 40. It happened when someone’s chocolate fell into someone else’s peanut butter. It’s the classic story of the sum being more than the individual parts....

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Jaren Cerf: EDM hit-maker balances music, motherhood

The Montréal-based former EDM and trance music hit-maker releases new "folk" music and tries to find a balance between being an artist and a mother....

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Homes First: Ivan – A Sense of Place and Purpose

Ivan turned up at the Homes First Scarborough Shelter about three years ago after having lived a transient life. When you ask him how he feels about having his own place now, his face lights up and he starts to laugh. “It’s like heaven compared to hell,” he says with a chuckle....

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Sonicbids Blog: The 5 Best Festivals and Showcases for Emerging Bands to Play in Toronto This Year

From large, eclectic music festivals to more genre-specialized grassroots events, let's take a look at some of Toronto's best festivals and showcases for emerging artists in 2016....

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Pavlo: Have guitar, will travel

When he was starting out, he was told his music wouldn’t get him anywhere. But Pavlo stuck to his guns because there was something else he’d been told....

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Homes First Blog: Gideon – In Service to Stories

My first contribution as a volunteer blogger for Homes First; A profile of a volunteer named Gideon who helps with their Writing for Recovery program.

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Canada’s Music Incubator's Artist Entrepreneur Program

Helping emerging artists, managers and other music industry professionals grow their careers into viable and sustainable businesses....