THE SECRET MUSICAL HISTORY OF LONDON, ONT.

From Céline hit-writer Stephan Moccio to Michelle Wright, 9 musicians who launched their careers in the city

While a student at Fanshawe College, country star Michelle Wright got the funding for her debut album through a talent contest on London, Ontario's BX 93 station. (CBC Music)

London, Ont., may be one of Canada’s smaller cities, but it punches like a heavyweight when it comes to music.

Some of the biggest musicians in the world are from London, or connected to London: legendary producer Jack Richardson, techno legends John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin, country star Michelle Wright, soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and hit-maker Stephan Moccio all have ties to the Forest City.

As host city for the 2019 Juno Awards, London is shining a light on its musical hotbed. And as part of its Junos coverage, CBC Music has created a TV show, CBC Music presents London Calling, that tells the story of how influential London is on the Canadian and global music scenes — and why it makes so much sense as a Junos host city.

Read on to find out how Grammy and Oscar-nominated Stephan Moccio first convinced his way into a meeting with Céline Dion, which big-name artists Jack Richardson has helped shaped and just how Michelle Wright got the money for her debut album — which provided Reba McEntire with three new songs.

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