The members of the Song Talk Radio Action Team will always be found bravely staying out all night (sometimes past 10pm!) to search the city for the newest and most interesting guests.
Born and raised in suburban Toronto, at the age of 14 I wanted to be a Beatle (Paul) and took a few guitar lessons.
I played acoustic guitar and sang off and on every year since then. For two decades, I worked as a corporate writer in sales and marketing and was called on to write lyrics for jingles and various presentations.
The leap to writing both the music and the words was a direct result of reading Julia Cameron’s book “The Artists Way” in 1994. Doing her exercises every day I began to create songs – using a tape recorder to help me remember the melodies. I wrote some 30 songs, some of which were actually worth keeping. I recorded 12 on multi-track tape at a studio in Vancouver, released 10 on a CD (Nipigon) in Whistler, BC in 1996. It’s available on the web.
In the spring of 2012, looking for a connection to other amateur songwriters, I turned to MeetUp.com and found the Songwriters Roundtable in Toronto. I have been going to the monthly meetings ever since. I’ve heard some really great new songs. I continue to look for opportunities to write, play, and collaborate. Long live the song!
You can contact Bruce at bruce(at)songtalk.ca.
I’ve been writing music in different forms for over 25 years.
I began as a percussionist in school bands, and later self-taught myself the keyboard and wrote many multi-part instrumental pieces including some orchestral music.
Much later on, I began writing songs with lyrics and collaborating with singers. Very recently, I’ve taken on singing in my own recordings.
My approach to songwriting varies from piece to piece, but I always try to develop ideas that best “serve the song.” Currently, I’m working on my own writing, producing and recording songs for other songwriters, and collaborating with other writers. My most recent work is available on my blog.
You can contact Neel at neel(at)songtalk.ca
I’ve been creating and thinking about music as long as I can remember.
I’ve always found myself in some band or other, writing and collaborating with others, from the gin soaked jazz trio, Lost Parade, to copyright infringers Surface Noise. Back in the day I fronted a local Toronto band called All The Rage, although I had much spikier hair back then.
These days I’m playing bass and singing in “The Parkdale Hookers“, while writing whatever comes into my head in my home studio. You can find my latest music forays at TheNoise.ca and at SoundCloud. During the day, I’m the principal at my marketing, graphic design and web design company Focused Creative Communications.
You can contact Phil at phil(at)songtalk.ca
producer / social media master
Since joining the Song Talk team as the replacement tweeting machine, know I have big shoes to fill!
I couldn’t be more excited as I’ve been away from a radio station for the past 7 years (eek)! Having studied Radio Broadcasting years ago in London, ON, I knew one day I’d be back in a studio (I just didn’t know when). I took 7 years off to travel the world, try out different careers and live in a few different places, but deep down I knew I was missing something! Every Tuesday I look forward to tweeting you all the exciting details live from the show and info about our guests. And, of course I love hearing from you!
social media master (on leave)
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley
Growing up as a kid, I worshipped the pop divas and became best friends with the radio. I took classical voice lessons during my teenage years and fell in love with the beautiful art of opera. I also learned piano and later on in life picked up the guitar. I have always loved and needed to write creatively, especially poems, as a way of expressing myself.
But it wasn’t until two years ago that the grand doors to the World of Songwriting parted ways and I took my first wondrous step onto this exciting journey of creating songs. I fell in love with music all over again. Since then, I’ve written and collaborated on a few tunes and am continuing to learn about the craft of songwriting from many talented musicians and lyricists.
As Song Talk Radio’s “Tweeting Songbird”, I get the chance to be inspired by our weekly guests and tweet out songwriting inspiration to our listeners throughout our live shows!
You can contact Janice at janice(at)songtalk.ca
Nicole Di Donato
tech guru / social media backup (on leave)
Music has always had a special place in my life.
Growing up, I would put on shows for my friends and family where I would sing the latest pop songs and choreograph my own dances.
I’ve always been drawn to musicals and have experience with acting, singing, and dancing. Some of my favourite musicals include “Grease,” “Kinky Boots,” and “Once.”
I attended an arts high school where I majored in drama, allowing me to improve my acting abilities as well as learn how to direct, design costumes, and write plays.
I am currently studying journalism at Ryerson University and hope to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist. I used to have my own column in the Eyeopener called “Year One” and I also work on a live television show as a Production Assistant.
Additionally, I have my own segment on CJRU 1280AM called “Arts and Culture on the Morning Mixtape” where I interview musical artists and bands, as well as other members of the entertainment industry. You can listen live every Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. on the radio waves or stream it online at cjru.ca.
I am so glad to be a part of the Song Talk Radio team! Each week, I am inspired by not only the hosts of the show but by the talented guests as well. I truly feel like the crew is my second family and I am so thankful to be helping with the social media and tech for the show!