Year: 2021

Karen Bliss

Canadian Correspondent,
Billboard; founder, Samaritanmag.com

Toronto’s Karen Bliss has been the Canadian correspondent for Billboard for over a decade and a freelance music journalist since her teens. Her work has appeared in Rolling StonePollstarMelody MakerNMETime, and dozens more. She has interviewed thousands of artists, including Kurt Cobain, Eminem, Eddie Vedder, Lauryn Hill, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page,  Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Michael Bublé, Britney Spears, Metallica, and Gwen Stefani. In 2013, she won Music Journalist of the Year at the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards, voted on by more than a thousand of her music industry peers.  Among her other ventures, she is the founder of music-heavy charity-focused online magazine samaritanmag.com and co-authored the book Music From Far and Wide: Celebrating 40 Years of the JUNO Awards. She also created and wrote an anti-racism animated PSA, The Girl With Pinhead Parents, in 2010, voiced by Chris Bosh, Nelly Furtado, Jully Black, LIGHTS, and others. Karen was also a co-producer, researcher and interviewer on the documentary Chasing Fortune, about former INXS frontman JD Fortune.