the team

peter grainger


head of content creation and acquisition

reviewer, journalist


Peter Grainger serves as the Head of Content Creation and Acquisition for parent company global eidentities internet. He has enjoyed a decades long career in broadcast journalism, resulting in many awards and the name recoginition that comes from the consistent production of work of the highest quality. All of that is built on attending and graduating from Carleton University, where he studied Journalism and English.

His passion for music and the arts goes back to his earliest days as a young fan attending concerts by the biggest bands of the day, and continues through his presence at concerts and festivals in Vancouver and across British Columbia.

Profile

Peter Grainger began his journalistic career in Ottawa in the early 70s, writing music reviews for his high school newspaper. By the time he entered Carleton University, studying Journalism and English, Peter had already been hosting and producing a weekly student-run current affairs show on local cable TV. Next came five years of on-air hosting at Radio Carleton, where he began interviewing musical heroes; among his first were Genesis, Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Strawbs, Bruce Cockburn, Supertramp, UK, Renaissance and Shawn Phillips. During these years he began freelance writing for various daily, weekly and periodical publications, which he continues to this day.

After graduating from Carleton, Peter moved west to a succession of cities, including Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Windsor and eventually Vancouver as a professional broadcast host and journalist. In 1983, he co-created Canada’s first rock music magazine program in Saskatoon, pre-Much Music, which was aired province-wide several times a week. Over the years, Peter has interviewed scores of artists including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Band, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Allman Brothers, Steppenwolf, King Crimson, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, Al Stewart, Richard Thompson, Jackson Browne, Daniel Lanois, Bryan Adams, and many other Canadian acts.

By 1986, Peter was working for the CBC in various cities, as a reporter/producer, eventually making Vancouver his permanent home. Then came a move to CTV News Vancouver for nearly 20 years, covering both general news and arts & entertainment. Peter won several Webster Awards for his reporting, plus two Radio & Television News Directors Association awards including one of the most prestigious prizes in Canada— Best Investigative Reporting-- for his work uncovering the dangers and deficiencies of Taser technology.

Currently global eIdentities' Head of Content Creation and Acquisition, Peter is a regular contributor of profiles and reviews of musical acts, both past and present. He has known eIdentities President and Founder Miles Overn for more than 25 years, after meeting backstage at a Shawn Phillips gig in Edmonton.

Articles


Live Performance Reviews

In Vancouver - 2020

In Salmon Arm - 2016


Album Reviews

from his Classic Rock Albums Series

Good Souls Better Angels

The Third Mind (First Edition)

from his Classic Rock Albums Series

from his Classic Rock Albums Series

from his Classic Rock Albums Series

from his Classic Rock Albums Series

from his Classic Rock Albums Series



Artists Peter Grainger Has Reviewed and/or Interviewed

Genesis | Robert Fripp | Peter Gabriel | Strawbs | Bruce Cockburn | Supertramp | UK | Renaissance | Shawn Phillips | Paul McCartney | Ringo Starr | The Band | Joni Mitchell | Leonard Cohen | Donovan | Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Company) | The Who | Jefferson Airplane | Allman Brothers | Little Feat | Grand Funk | Steppenwolf | ELP | King Crimson | Yes | Jethro Tull | Styx | Marillion | The Moody Blues | Procol Harum | XTC | The Hollies | Al Stewart | Richard Thompson | Jackson Browne | Daniel Lanois | Gene Clark | John Mellencamp | Dave Alvin | Tom Russell | Bruce Hornsby | Lloyd Cole | Mercury Rev | Crowded House | Dave Matthews Band | Bryan Adams | Jean-Luc Ponty | Chick Corea | Joan Armatrading | Chris Deburgh | Jeff Buckley | Long John Baldry | Pat Metheny | Johnny Clegg | Colin Linden | Stephen Fearing | Blackie + The Rodeo Kings | Kathleen Edwards | String Cheese Incident | Amos Lee | Jane Siberry | Sloan | Serena Ryder | Northern Pikes | Pursuit of Happiness | KD Lang | Chantal Kreviazuk | Raine Maida | Gov't Mule | Matthew Good | Ed Harcourt | Sarah Harmer | The Mission | Lisa Loeb | The Church | Andy White | Allison Moorer | Mae Moore | Aaron Neville | Neville Brothers | New Monsoon | Pentangle | Tea Party | Billy Bob Thornton | Tonic | Tiller's Folly | Travis | Tragically Hip | Ryan Adams | Ravi and Anoushka Shankar | Norah Jones | Tony Levin (solo) | Ottmar Liebert | Dianna Krall | Jesse Cook | Brian Hughes | Harry Connick Jr | Bill Frisell | Wynton Marsalis | Medeski Martin + Wood | Outback | Afro Celt System | Doves | Oasis | Eels | Elbow | Fish | Ben Folds | City Boy | Barney Bentall | Blue Shadows | Boomtown Rats | Thin Lizzy | Tori Amos | Mary Chapin Carpenter | Camper Van Beethoven | Cracker | Cash Brothers | Tom Cochrane | Concrete Blonde | The Motels | Matt Costa | Terry Bozzio | Jamie Cullum | Dala | Death Cab For Cutie | The Killers | Green Day | Great Big Sea | Mary Gauthier | Adam Cohen | Los Lobos | Loreena McKennitt | Don McLean | John Mayer | Sarah Jane Morris | Mogwai | Semisonic | Carla Olson | Doc Walker | 10,000 Maniacs | Horslips | Bare Naked Ladies | Steve Kimock | Gordon Lightfoot | Buffy Saine-Marie | Ian and Sylvia | The Momas and The Pappas | Blue Rodeo | Ron Sexsmith | Rush | Saga | Dan Hill | Ray Materick | David Wiffen | Eric Anderson | Valdy | Murray McLaughlin | Gino Vannelli | Pat Travers | Heart | Streetheart | Queen City Kids | John Waite | Colin James | The Chieftains | Jeff Healy | Stevie Ray Vaughn | Sue Foley | Ronnie Hawkins | Robbie Robertson | Rick Danko | Steve Earle | Chilliwack | Ray Forbes | Shari Ulrich | Sarah McLachlan | Pat Metheny | John Scofield | Jack Dejohnette | Mavis Staples | Carly Rae Jepsen | Celine Dion | John Sebastien | Fairport Convention | Linda Thompson | Teddy Thompson | Warren Haynes | Joe Satriana | Phil Collins | Steve Hackett | Mike Rutherford | Joan Armatrading | Kim Mitchell | Glass Tiger | Honemoon Suite | The Guess Who | Burton Cummings | Randy Bachman | Mickey Hart | The Tubes | Eurthymics | The Doors | John Densmore | Cowboy Junkies | John Hiatt | Lyle Lovett | Chris Isaak | Shania Twain | BB King | Cano | Richard Sequin | Roy Harper | Peter Hammill | Split Enzs | Neil Finn | Tim Finn | Icehouse | Men At Work | Midnight Oil | Loverboy | White Lion | Kiss | Stevie Wonder | Frank Sinatra | Tony Bennett | Robert Goulet | Travis Tritt | Murray Head

- and countless others -