TOBi met us on the red carpet at the 2022 Junos to tell us how his new hit “Flowers” was written, the process of creating his new upcoming album, and how intuition is the most important element of songwriting.
Despite what their name might imply, Half Moon Run never take half measures and their EP Inwards & Onwards won the Montréal-based trio the Adult Alternative Album of the Year at this year’s JUNO Awards. This is their second win in that category after winning it for a first time in 2020 for their album A Blemish in the Great Light. This award arrives on top of the recent platinum certification for their single Full Circle and the gold for Grow Into Love.
We took the opportunity to speak with Dylan Phillips, a Francophile member of the trio, the day after their win to find out more about what this award means to them, the process of creating this EP, which was originally intended as an experiment in creative renewal for Half Moon Run, and a preview of the next album they are currently working on:
Half Moon Run will play several festivals this summer and they will perform the closing event at the Festival d’été de Québec on the Plains of Abraham on July 17th.
The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette as its newest Inductee. Morissette, known for her no-holds-barred autobiographical songwriting, has led the way for a new crop of songwriters since the release of her iconoclastic Jagged Little Pill in 1995. Her nine studio albums and three live albums have sold over an astounding 60 million copies.
“Some albums define a generation, but few albums can transform a generation as Jagged Little Pill did,” says Stan Meissner, CSHF Chairman. “Alanis is a tour de force who blazed her own trail amongst the male-dominated alternative rock landscape of the ‘90s; and her intrepid approach to songwriting has influenced and empowered an entire generation of songwriters including Avril Lavigne, Pink, Katy Perry, Serena Ryder, Beyoncé, and Olivia Rodrigo, to name a few.”
Morissette will join recently announced 2022 Inductees Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, to be honoured during a star-studded gala at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. The CSHF, with presenting partner El Mocambo, has also revealed the first round of performers who’ll take part in the tribute, with additional special guests and inductees to be announced in the coming months. They include multi-platinum singer-songwriter Serena Ryder, four-time JUNO-winning and Grammy-nominated artist Jessie Reyez, and on the heels of her JUNO Awards ascendance, Charlotte Cardin.
In 1995 Alanis Morissette released the explosive alt-rock album Jagged Little Pill, a candid exploration of a young woman’s personal odyssey. Co-written with producer Glen Ballard, the album topped the Billboard 200 album chart, yielding the No. 1 singles “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket,” and “Ironic,” and made Morissette the first artist to sell more than two million copies in Canada. Not only was the album a commercial success, it garnered critical acclaim, winning Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song (for “You Oughta Know”). The sweep was repeated at home in Canada with several JUNO Awards wins, including Best Songwriter.
More than 25 years after her ground-breaking album took the world by storm, Morissette is still at the top of her game, embarking on the highly anticipated anniversary tour for Jagged Little Pill, selling more than 500,000 tickets – making it one of the top touring shows of 2021/22 in the world.
The experience of connecting with her fans and performing for an audience is a lifelong passion for Morissette, who said, “Ever since I was a young child, the one thing I always saw was me travelling around the planet and singing. I’ll be doing that until people won’t have me anymore, and probably still after that.”
Morissette’s first recording was the 1987 indie electro-pop single “Fate Stay With Me”; followed by her eponymous debut album in 1991 that went Platinum in Canada and earned the then 18-year-old Ottawa native her first JUNO Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist, for the single, “Too Hot.”
The metamorphosis from teen dance-pop artist to mature alternative-rock songwriter developed after her second album – the Gold-selling Now Is The Time – when Morissette moved to Los Angeles, where she signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records. During her time in L.A., she was introduced to producer Glen Ballard (Paula Abdul, The Pointer Sisters, Wilson Phillips), and together they formed a songwriting partnership that would produce one of the most influential albums of all time. Morissette and Ballard would later reunite in 2019 to open Jagged Little Pill as a hit Broadway musical, winning another Grammy (for Best Musical Theatre Album) and a Tony Award for Best Book.
Taken from the pages of her own journals, Morrisette’s songwriting is deeply intimate and honest. “In the year or two between albums, I will have filled up two or three journals,” she said. “When I’ve written something in my journal that might be an idea for a song, I put a star next to it.”
Fuelled by this success of Jagged Little Pill, 1998’s Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie debuted at the top of Billboard’s album chart and reached No. 1 in Canada, along with a JUNO win for Best Album. With her new persona firmly in place, Morissette explored themes of empowerment and self-discovery via explicitly autobiographical writing, in such songs such as “Diagnosis,” which describes her post-partum depression. She told Forbes magazine “I have this big existential imperative to write these stories. Songwriting for me is very cathartic.”
Morissette has become an avid supporter of mental health, female empowerment, and spiritual and physical wellness. In 2016, she launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psycho-social topics. She’s a dedicated charitable activist, who supports numerous causes that focus on empowerment, art, wellness, relationships, and environmental causes. In 2005, Morrisette received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Following the Gala celebration in Toronto, Morrisette will be indelibly honoured at the CSHF’s permanent home at the National Music Centre in Calgary, which features a distinguished catalogue of inducted songs that fans can listen to, in addition to displays, exclusive artifacts, and one-of-a-kind memorabilia celebrating Canada’s greatest songwriters and Inductees. For more information about the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame go to www.cshf.ca.