TL Insider launches Sessions, spotlighting Canada’s best musical acts

TL Insider launches Sessions, spotlighting Canada’s best musical acts

The program’s inaugural event featured a live Q&A with Dallas Green of City and Colour

Left to right: Dallas Green of City and Colour on stage with Joey Scoleri of Live Nation

There’s an unmatched thrill that comes with experiencing one of your favourite musicians live in concert. But what if you could get a closer look at some of Canada’s biggest acts in a more intimate and dynamic setting? With its new thought leadership series, TL Insider has created a space for just that. In partnership with Live Nation, Sessions is the live event series rallying some of the country’s best in music for in-depth conversations on everything and all things behind the music. On January 24, members were welcomed to The Lounge at Live Nation for TL Insider’s inaugural Session with none other than Dallas Green.

Over the course of seven studio albums, Green has compiled a repertoire of work under the moniker City and Colour, amassing a legion of fans worldwide and garnering him five JUNOs, including two Songwriter of the Year awards. From his debut as a vocalist and songwriter for the post-hardcore band Alexisonfire to the rise of his solo act, Green talked through it all with Joey Scoleri, head of industry relations at Live Nation.

Malcolm Johnston, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life welcoming guests to Sessions

“I’ve spent more time trying to write songs than anything else in my life,” said Green, kicking off the conversation with a deep dive into his songwriting processes. “I really appreciate that when I’m writing a song, I enter a place that’s really safe for me to deal with whatever I might be going through. I think this makes the writing process very personal to me, and it’s maybe why I don’t often write with other people.” This, he shared, in consideration of one rare exception.

Green went on to break down how he came to collaborate with Alecia Moore (aka P!nk) on the indie-folk album titled Rose Ave., in which the duo produced ten original songs under the stage name You+Me. “It [working with P!nk] was this really beautiful, creative explosion of proportion that I had never experienced up to that point,” said Green.

Guests at Sessions with Dallas Green

Conversation throughout the evening flowed beyond Green’s work, touching on his early exposure to grunge music, the launch of his own indie record label, mental health practices and an anecdotal recount of a trip to Hawaii that involved coconut water and Steven Tyler.

The kickoff to TL insider’s Sessions series proved to be more than just an artful evening; but also a feel-good with an effort to serve a greater purpose. A portion of all ticket sales were dedicated to supporting the City and Colour Indigenous Student Bursary, which distributes annually to Indigenous students attending post-secondary institutions that have demonstrated financial need for contribution to education costs.

Dallas Green of City and Colour

All in all, the evening not only unveiled the curtain behind Green’s extraordinary musical journey but also provided an engaging space for fans to connect, making it an unforgettable experience that surpassed the boundaries between artist and audience.

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