Before Jane Siberry (a.k.a Issa) became an award-winning Canadian music icon, Siberry was waiting tables in downtown Guelph at the original Carden Street Café (now Bin 23 Restaurant at 6 Carden Street), and although she had an innate musical and songwriting talent that would eventually lead to 16 studio albums and three chart singles in the Canadian RPM Hot 100, her musical career didn’t begin percolating until Carden Street Café owner James Gordon encouraged Siberry to flex her musical wings.
Before the Constantines became a Juno-nominated band dubbed “rock’s guiding light” by Exclaim! magazine, the Guelph-based band was playing basement shows at the homes of band members Bryan Webb and Doug MacGregor. After fellow Guelph band Royal City played at one such show, Royal City subsequently helped the Constantines secure a record deal with the newly formed Guelph-based indie label Three Gut Records, who released the Constantines’ self-titled debut album in 2001.
Before Guelph-based band the Kramdens embarked on a musical career that would include five studio albums and performances on television and at high-profile music festivals around the world, band front-man Craig Norris was an aspiring musician and songwriter before meeting the Kramdens’ guitarist/producer Steve Knox in 1990 through a local band competition.
These three stories (and many others just like them) evidence three things that will always be true in music, whether you’re a solo musician looking for band mates or a band looking for opportunities:
- Making connections is important because music is a community.
- You never know where you’ll find those connections.
- You never know who those connections will be.
In music (like life in general), networking is key to uncovering and fostering connections. And if you can play music and have fun along the way (which is likely what attracted you to music in the first place), you’re pretty much in a sweet spot