Sparkling Harmonies

Francois & Lili

Welcome to Sparkling Harmonies! We're your hosts Lili & Francois, two friends who don't quite listen to the same music or genres but who are here to talk to you about anything and everything music-related!

Trailer 3 min 54 sec

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In this episode, we get into what we usually do when we get into a new artist and how sometimes it varies depending on multiple factors. We also discuss the fine line between being a fan and being an infatuated and unhealthy fan. After this episode, we will be taking a short break! You can listen to us again in October!

Sep 1

1 hr 2 min

In this episode, we've got singer/songwriter/producer Liz Labelle with us to talk about autotune, how it has changed the way we listen to music and we debate its use in the industry (or overuse). Being a producer and singer herself, she walks us through the more technical aspects of the tool and gives us examples of how our ears have grown accustomed to finely tuned music.

Aug 17

1 hr 6 min

In this episode, we've got Eric Hebert with us to break down guilty pleasures, why they exist and mostly, why we think it's a concept that shouldn't exist. We get into how everyone should just like what they like without a care in the world but we try to understand how this concept came to be.

Aug 3

58 min 9 sec

A couple of weeks ago, half of Lili's favorite bands released music so here we are with a full music recommendations episode! François branches out into different genres and into a documentary whereas Lili discusses the releases of a couple of Korean bands and a few alt-rock bands from three different continents!

Jul 20

1 hr 6 min

In this episode, we discuss summer songs! What makes a summer song? Is it just the time of year it gets released? Does it need to have a certain vibe or certain message? Lili listens to whatever, whenever but François really has his summer favorites.

Jul 6

48 min 26 sec

In this episode, we discuss what draws us to songs: melody or lyrics? To get more insight, we go through poll results Lili did on Instagram with that question and a follow-up question, which was: do you listen to music in a language you don't speak? We also asked ourselves what the definition of a "song" actually is. What about you? What is more important to you when you listen to music?

Jun 22

39 min 15 sec

In this episode, we get into what we find eye-catching in an album's cover art and we show our top 3 favourite covers of the moment. Do you think album art is important? Does it have an impact on your initial attraction to an album?

Jun 8

50 min 9 sec

In this episode, we talk with Charles de Villers from Thick Glasses, a French-singing slush punk band from Montreal. We dive into how Charles got into music and how the band was formed, but we also got to talk about their latest single "MVP" and its great reception!

May 25

1 hr 11 min

In this episode, we ask ourselves if the album format is dead and has the singles format taken over completely? Is releasing a full album still worth it in the digital age of short attention spans and music streaming?

May 12

1 hr 1 min

In this week's episode, we have Julien Belhumeur with us to talk about how the pandemic completely changed how he works. Before COVID-19, Julien was a musician who would play live shows, events and festivals. For the past year however, that has not really been possible so he completely turned his attention to streaming regularly on Twitch. Listen to hear what he had to say about how it's been for him, how it was getting set up for streaming and how it differs from live concerts.

Apr 27

1 hr 4 min

In this episode, we have François' friend François Carl on with us to discuss how we consume music nowadays. We go into streaming vs buying physical copies of albums; whether they be in CD format or vinyl format. François Carl is a vinyl collector who enjoys the rarity of pressings and he tells us about the different types of collectors that exist according to him. Lili has always liked collecting CDs and enjoys it even more now that she got into K-pop because they come with a lot of goodies. As for François, he does not really consider himself a collector, though he does own a few "collector items".

Apr 13

1 hr 34 min

This week, we've got Lili's friend Kim here to discuss where we used to discover music versus where we discover music now. We go back in time and reminisce the old times of exchanging cassettes, cutting out articles in newspapers and magazine, the beginning of the illegal downloading era all the way to the current era with Spotify. Lili and Kim also get into how they met through mutual bands on MySpace back in 2009. Join us EVERYWHERE: Website: Spotify: Apple: Google: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube:

Mar 30

48 min 55 sec

In this episode, we discuss going to shows alone and travelling for shows with Lili's friend Caroline, who is a show aficionado. We also both did surveys on different platforms to get some (very non-exhaustive) statistics on the matter. François never saw the interest of going to a concert alone, do you think we convinced him? Join us EVERYWHERE: Website: Spotify: Apple: Google: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: YouTube:

Mar 15

1 hr

In this month's extra episode, we're featuring a continuation of our conversation with Gabe from Outbreak Productions. Once we wrapped up the episode with him, we continued chatting and found the things he had to say to be very interesting! We talk about venues a bit more and why bands tend to skip Quebec.

Mar 2

20 min 28 sec

In this episode, we go into what music we missed in 2020 and what releases we're looking forward to in 2021. This was recorded at the end of January so dates may seem a little wonky at times. Also, Lili wants to apologize to TWINXL because she forgot the name of JOHN Gomez. We then dive into Machine Gun Kelly's hour long "Downfalls High" movie. As two music enthusiasts, we break it down, we discuss meanings, references & we go through the whole movie almost track by track. Disclaimer: we do not claim to be experts; these were just our thoughts!

Mar 2

1 hr 42 min

In the episode of our webzine "behind the scenes" series, we finally have Christine on to talk about the beginnings of CONFRONT. She was the co-founder of the magazine along with Angel Karmazenuk (who we sadly couldn't have on because of scheduling complications) so we got a direct look at how the magazine came to be and how they made their connections at the early stages. We've also got quite a few 30 Seconds To Mars stories thrown in there because they were a big part of the reason CONFRONT magazine exists.

Feb 16

1 hr 18 min

In the episode of our webzine "behind the scenes" series, we discuss Jenia and Melissa's experiences and memories. They joined CONFRONT as correspondants a little before Lili and towards the end, took over as co-editors in chief so we got to discuss the management side of the magazine with them on top of the interview stories!

Feb 1

1 hr 5 min

In this episode of our webzine "behind the scenes" series, we have Anne-Marie Maccio & Marie Claire Denis on to talk about their experiences with CONFRONT magazine. Anne-Marie used to be a correspondant and also helped manage the French section of the magazine towards the end, while Marie Claire was (and still is!) for the most part a concert photographer, though she did sometimes write pieces for the magazine.

Jan 19

1 hr 11 min

This time, François & Lili delve into their first favorite bands and it ties into a lot of what was discussed in their musical journeys episode. Hear some of François' stories about his love of Pink Floyd and Lili's teenage years and friendships forged over Simple Plan.

Jan 5

37 min 14 sec

To begin this new series, François took on the role of sole host to interview Lili & talk about her experience working for an online music magazine about 10 years ago. Listen as she reminisces her best and worst moments as a music correspondent, as well as some of the craziest experiences she had. We discuss covering big and small bands, Warped Tour, phone interviews, awkward interviews & more! Small disclaimer: Lili mistakenly said Vic & Mike Fuentes were twins

Jan 5

1 hr 7 min

We're so close to the END of 2020 and we decided, why not give you another bonus episode! Here, we discuss our experience so far with the podcast & we go down our top 10-ish bands/albums that have been on heavy rotation for the both of us this past year!

Dec 2020

1 hr 41 min

In this episode, we talk to Simon Dunlavey, who is a musician, a producer, music video creator and a band manager for Story Untold, all this on top of his day job. We discuss how he got into music, andhow his actual job has a positive impact on his musical path. We also get into live stream concerts and if they have a permanent place within the concert world.

Dec 2020

30 min 35 sec

In the "Get to know your hosts" series, Lili & François delve into random but personal musical conversations. These episodes will be released on top of the regular episode every first Tuesday of the month! In this episode, they both go through their musical histories to see what they've been listening to from when they can remember to about a month ago. Follow Lili's journey from Simple Plan to her Japanese music phase of Johnny's Entertainment bands & Visual Kei all the way to her growing love of Day6 and Kpop and of course passing by The Maine. Also get immersed into François' past from Nirvana, Silverchair and Pantera in high school to more brutal music with the help of high speed internet in CEGEP and world music and French songs in University to finally end up as a music lover as a whole.

Dec 2020

1 hr 12 min

In this episode, we talk with Jenia Schukov who works for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). She tells us what CIMA is all about and goes into how the pandemic has affected the indie music scene here in Canada, namely how showcases are happening and how they offer opportunities to their members through online webinars.

Dec 2020

26 min 26 sec

Continuing on the subject of concerts during COVID-19, in this episode we receive our first guest, Gabe Jacobs, founder of Outbreak Productions. Being a local concert promoter and being in bands himself, Gabe talks about the actual situation in the Montreal music scene, how they manage to survive and has many great stories about all those years behind the scenes.

Nov 2020

50 min 31 sec

As much as we want to deny it, there is a global pandemic happening and with our COVID-19 series, Lili & François dive into how it has changed the music industry. In the first episode, they talk about livestream concerts; ones they've personally seen, their pros & cons and they discuss if this is something that can stay even after the pandemic.

Nov 2020

57 min 19 sec

In the "Get to know your hosts" bonus series, Lili & François delve into random but personal musical conversations. These episodes will be released on top of the regular episode every first Tuesday of the month! In this episode, our hosts both look back into the past to dig out memories of the first albums they got and also the first album that had a real impact on their musical journeys. This was recorded PRIOR to changing the name to Sparkling Harmonies.

Nov 2020

46 min 30 sec

Welcome to the Sparkling Harmonies podcast, where two friends who don't listen to the same music or genres talk about everything and anything music-related! In this trailer, you'll learn how this podcast came about, you'll know a bit more about our hosts and you'll have an idea of what to expect if you follow the podcast!

Oct 2020

3 min 54 sec