Nicholas has written many cover stories over the years for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers. Click on the thumbnails below, arranged from newest to oldest, to read the respective articles.

Nicholas Jennings, photo by Gilbert Bélisle

This blog page is where you’ll find occasional postings from Nicholas
that reflect his interests, tastes and activities.

These postings could be anything from his latest playlist or a recent
concert review to news about his current projects or his views on local
history or current events.

We promise to keep this page updated as often as possible
and welcome your comments and feedback on all postings.

 

Nicholas has interviewed and profiled many of the world’s leading artists for magazines such as Maclean’s, Inside Entertainment and Words & Music in both cover stories and feature articles.

A number of his feature articles have also appeared in newspapers, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and eye weekly.

Browse our archive of magazine and newspaper features, organized by year. Or use the search engine to seek out features on specific artists or genres.

This archive will be continually updated with reviews and images.

Nicholas Jennings is the author of two popular books on Canadian music. He traces his interest in music history to Yorkville’s famous Riverboat coffeehouse, where he witnessed performances by many legendary musicians as he worked there as a dishwasher while studying journalism at Ryerson University. That experience eventually led to his first book, Before the Gold Rush: Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound (Penguin), a critically acclaimed history of the Yorkville era of Canadian music in the 1960s that became a national best-seller.

Nicholas’ next book, Fifty Years of Music: The Story of EMI Music Canada (Macmillan), examined Canadian music over a half-century-year period, as seen through the perspective of one of Canada’s foremost record labels, and received praise for its lively anecdotes and engaging design.

Nicholas is also the writer-associate producer of Shakin’ All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s, an award-winning documentary based on Before the Gold Rush, which is now available on DVD.

Two critically acclaimed sequels, This Beat Goes On: Canadian Pop Music in the 1970s and Rise Up: Canadian Pop Music in the 1980s, aired on CBC TV in September 2009 and are now available on DVD from EMI Music Canada. The fourth documentary in the series, Life is a Highway: Canadian Music in the 1990s, aired on CBC TV in September 2011.

Stay tuned for news about future books and DVDs.

With his deep knowledge of Canadian music history, Nicholas has been commissioned by record labels to write extensive liner notes for many of the country’s top artists, including Ian & Sylvia, Bruce Cockburn and Stompin’ Tom Connors. He penned an 8,000-word biography of Gordon Lightfoot for Songbook, the popular four-CD Lightfoot box set issued in 1999 by Rhino Records.

Here is a collection of some of Nicholas’ liner note work. This archive will be continually updated with additional liner notes and graphics.

Nicholas Jennings has written many obituaries. Here are some of them.

With every update to this site, three “Picks” are added to the Homepage. These are reviews of new albums by current stars and legendary artists. Often, some of these same artists are featured in the video links that appear alongside.

Check back regularly to see Nicholas’ latest picks.

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