True North Records 14 – 3245 Harvester Road, Burlington

I recently visited True North Records/Linus Entertainment to interview upcoming singer-songwriter All About Maggie. Growing up in Dundas, Maggie Szabo knew from a young age she wanted to pursue music and moved to Nashville after high school to develop her songwriting skills. As she worked away on her own music, Maggie became a YouTube star, attracting a huge following from covering current pop hits, including a collaboration with fellow local YouTube sensations, Walk Off The Earth. Their cover of “Party Rock Anthem” has reached over 9 million hits!

Returning home, Maggie caught the attention of Linus Entertainment and was signed to the label’s roster. Her debut album Now Hear Me Out is available now and Maggie is excited to share her music with the world. It’s a solid pop album from start to finish, blending Maggie’s love of pop music with her soulful voice and bubbly personality, all while being singer-songwriter oriented. The album is totally on par with any pop music out on the radio today and it’s no surprise that her fanbase continues to grow.

After researching Maggie, it didn’t take long to note that her favourite colour is pink, so I came prepared by making sure my cue cards were written in pink. I chose an appropriate outfit for the occasion and great minds think alike – we both showed up wearing colourful floral jumpers!

Maggie, of course, is no stranger to YouTube and I had a lot of fun filming an interview with her. I got to ask about some of her early performances in the city, what she learned in Nashville, her songwriting process, and her now famous song covers, among other things.

I also had to point out some hometown connections – I noticed her video for “Spin Your Lies” was shot at one of my faves, This Ain’t Hollywood, and parts of “Paint My Name” were filmed in downtown Hamilton. Things are coming around full circle as Maggie’s CD Release for Now Hear Me Out is in Hamilton – this Friday, September 21st, at Casbah!

My thanks to Maggie for chatting with me and to Felicia Mancini at True North Records for setting up the interview.

– Kristin

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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