Editorial: A Thank You To Our Readers And Listeners
By Stevie Connor.
As I write this editorial we have turned two years old at The Sound Cafe, we launched on June 1st 2020 in the midst of the pandemic. It was supposed to be a 'side project' for me enabling us to feature music that was being sent to our studio from all over the world, some of which we were unable to fit into our online radio station scheduling at Blues & Roots Radio.
The 'side project' soon turned into a monster, and we were receiving even more music from far and wide, it has become a full time commitment, six days a week, and my main focus. With ten regular monthly and weekly contributors, along with twenty two podcast hosts, numerous monthly contributions from record labels and publicists from as far away as Australia, Scandinavia, Europe, the UK, Ireland, the USA and of course from right here in our home-base of Canada. To say I am grateful would be a gross understatement, I cannot thank the many enough for what they have done over the last two years.
We have featured over one hundred podcast interviews, fifteen hundred written articles, and one hundred transcribed interviews with artists from a diverse range of genres. A huge thank you must go to the artists who give us their time, and to their managers and publicists for scheduling us into their busy lives.
Most importantly, I take this opportunity to thank the readers/listeners at The Sound Cafe, we have had warm words of thanks and encouragement from all over the world, it really does humble us to know that we are reaching so many homes across the globe, we appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to visit and find out more about who we feature..
It is a great honour for me to have such a fantastic team, and I feel privileged to be able to share the news of what's happening in the music world. We try and feature as many new releases as we possibly can, making sure to get the news out about up and coming artists as well as the more established ones, we think we get the balance right.
I will continue to concentrate on The Sound Cafe platform and will endeavour to bring the best music we can find from around the world to you, it really is jaw dropping the amount of top quality music that has been released over these two years, only last week I discovered a new to me artist from Finland that blew me away, it's moments like those that keep me interested to find out more and search out albums that I may not have heard about.
Music is a healer, and in these troubled times, music can uplift our soul, foster in us feelings of joy, compassion and love. Music is an integral part of any social gathering. It also soothes our mind, so much so that it is now recognized as a form of therapy.
We will continue on our journey of discovery, and, we hope you can join us whenever you get a moment to Explore... Engage... Enjoy !
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Stevie has been moving in music circles since he could walk and has played all over the world.
He moved to Canada in 2009 and gave up a musical career, he formed a company with his wife and commenced putting on shows in soft seater venues which saw them being nominated for a national cultural award. Ten years ago Blues & Roots Radio was formed, winning four business awards in five years, and he found himself working with amazing artists and contributing to national music awards panels.
He is a selfless supporter of artists in Canada and around the world in various ways, through his radio show, his internet radio station, PR company, website design, and most recently through his online music magazine, The Sound Cafe. He is also writing a book about his journey in music, which he is hoping will be finished by the end of 2022.