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DJs Preparing For The 2014 Canadian DMC Battleground

With spring approaching, DJs across Canada are preparing to compete in the 2014 Canadian DMC Battleground presented by Rane. They will be vying for a berth into the 2014 Canadian National DMC Championship by advancing through regional heats.

The first Canadian DMC Regional event takes place Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the CDJ Show at the BMO Centre in Calgary, with more dates to be announced soon. Each 2014 National Champion will move on to represent their country at the DMC World Championships in the U.K. later in the fall.

The emphasis of the DMC DJ Competition is on turntablism. Each DJ is given six minutes to put forth their best set and scored by a panel of judges on a variety of criteria including but not limited to scratching, beat juggling, musicality, stage presence, and overall performance. Prizing is awarded to the competitors via tour sponsors and each regional winner also receives an expenses-paid return trip to the national finals.

For more information, visit www.dmc-canada.ca.

Photo: Three-time DMC Canada champion DJ Vekked.

Win Your Way To Canadian Music Week 2014

Head over to the Canadian Musician Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cdnmusician to enter our 2014 CMW Sweepstakes. Simply “Like” the page and complete the form for your chance to win two complete delegate passes to the CMW Music Conference, two passes for the CMW Festival, two tickets to the Indie Awards, and two tickets to the Canadian Radio Music Awards.

The prize carries a value of over $1,700 and the last day to enter is April 25, 2014.

Photo: U.S.S. performs during CMW 2013.

Auditions For Honey Jam 2014 Almost Here

Honey Jam Canada is launching its 2014 season with live auditions, which will take place in Toronto on Sunday, June 1st at 2 p.m. at the Mod Club. Artists from across Canada who aren’t able to attend the live auditions can submit online before the deadline of May 15th. Details for remote auditions are available on the Honey Jam site.

Auditions for the all-female talent showcase will be judged by a panel of industry professionals. Artists chosen for the concert will all receive a free one-day series of workshops at Harris Institute, one-on-one vocal training with celebrity coach Elaine Overholt, have an original track featured on the Honey Jam compilation CD, and a one hour A&R consultation session from Universal Music.

Additionally, one performer will receive the Honey Jam Hookup Prize Pak, including $3,000 in equipment from Yamaha Canada, free entertainment law consultation from Taylor Klein Oballa, and a package from Think Fitness Studios, along with opportunities to attend Canada’s Walk of Fame ceremony and perform in Barbados.

For info on Honey Jam and more details about the auditions and showcase, visit www.honeyjam.com.

Enter Professional Sound’s Genelec M040 Sweepstakes

Professional Sound magazine is offering Canadians a chance to win a pair of Genelec M040 two-way active nearfield monitors.

Designed to be environmentally friendly, the Genelec M040 features a lightweight natural composite enclosure and is manufactured from a rigid wood composite material. For the M series monitors, Genelec created a new Class D amplifier with intelligent power management that reduces power consumption up to 90 per cent.

For contest details, go to www.professional-sound.com/sweepstakes. The monitors carry a value of $2,500. The last day to enter is May 31, 2014.

CM Radio

Tune In To CM Radio Wednesday Nights

We’re set to bring you some great content throughout the month of April on Canadian Musician Radio. Keep an ear out for interviews with the likes of Big Wreck, Courage My Love, Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe, CMW founder Neill Dixon, and more.

We go live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET at CanadianMusicianRadio.com, though you can catch the episodes after they air in the archives at the link or as a podcast from the iTunes store. Check out some of the archived programs, which from 2014 alone include interviews with the likes of Sam Roberts Band, Big Sugar, Marianas Trench, Tokyo Police Club, The Trews, Monster Truck, and many more.

Have any comments or ideas for future episodes? Contact us at cmradio@nor.com We’d love to hear from you.

Events

ECMA Music Week & Awards -Charlottetown, PE, April 2-6, 2014, 800-513-4953, FAX 888-519-0346,
www.ecma.com

Global Rock Summit -Hollywood, CA, April 4-5, 2014, 323-782-0770,
www.globalrocksummit.com

MUSEXPO 2014 -Hollywood, CA, April 6-9, 2014, 323-782-0770,
sat@anrworldwide.com,
www.musexpo.net

ASCAP “I Create Music” Expo -Los Angeles, CA, April 24-26, 2014, 800-278-1287,
www.ascap.com

Canadian DJ Show -Calgary, AB, May 3-4, 2014,
info@cdjshow.com,
www.cdjshow.com

Music Monday -Across Canada, May 5, 2014, 416-298-2871, FAX 416-298-5730,
www.musicmonday.ca

Music Biz 2014 -Los Angeles, CA, May 6-8, 2014, 856-596-2221, FAX 856-596-7299,
www.musicbiz.org

Canadian Music Week -Toronto, ON, May 6-10, 2014, 905-858-4747, FAX 905-858-4848,
info@cmw.net,
www.cmw.net

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.

HOT GEAR

Godin Empire Black HB Guitar

Montreal-based Godin Guitars has added to its Godin Richmond series with the new Empire Black HB.

The Empire Black HB is powered by two Godin custom humbuckers and features a single cutaway solid silver leaf body design. It includes a black high-gloss finish, a 24 3/4-in. scale, ultra comfortable mahogany ergocut neck with a worn in feel, rosewood fingerboard, high-ratio tuners, a chrome wraparound bridge, three-way toggle switch, and one volume and one tone knob.

For more information, contact Godin Guitars: 514-457-7977, info@godinguitars.com, www.godinguitars.com.

Akai APC40 mkII Ableton Live Controller

Akai Professional has debuted its flagship Ableton Live controller, the APC40 mkII.

The APC40 mkII features a 5 x 8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B crossfader, eight rotary knobs, eight channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses. Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-the-box electronic music production. Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist provide music production possibilities with hand-selected samples and loops and high-definition virtual synthesizers. The APC40 mkII is USB powered and supports plug-and-play.

For more information, contact inMusic Brands: 401-658-3131, FAX 401-658-3640, www.inmusicbrands.com.



 

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Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2014 Dates

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced three sessions for its 2014 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

  • Toronto (Session 1): July 13-18, 2014.
  • Toronto (Session 2): July 20-25, 2014.
  • Vancouver Session: August 10-15, 2014.

Registration has already begun for the 2014 sessions and, for a limited time, there are early bird registration offers where participants can save on tuition and be entered into draws to win prizes such as guitars, amplifiers, gig bags, cymbals, and more.

Both Toronto sessions will once again be held at Appleby College in Oakville, just west of Toronto. The Vancouver session will once again take place at Quest University, which is located just north of Vancouver in Squamish, BC.

In addition to the faculty roster, past GWP guest artists include: Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Steve Vai, Randy Bachman, Andy Summers of The Police, and many others.

Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages including teenagers, adult hobbyists, students pursuing music careers, semi-professional and professional musicians, the program offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth.

For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000, info@guitarworkshopplus.com, www.guitarworkshopplus.com.

2014 East Coast Music Award Nominees Announced

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has announced the complete list of nominees for the 2014 East Coast Music Awards.

Classified, David Myles and Paper Lions lead the pack with six nominations each. Amelia Curran trails closely with five, followed by Dave Gunning and Mo Kenney with four nominations each.

The 2014 edition of East Coast Music Week will take place from April 2-6, 2014, culminating with the East Coast Music Awards Gala on Sunday, April 6th.

For a complete list of nominees and more details about the event as they become available, visit www.ecma.com.

Photo: Paper Lions perform during the 2013 ECMA Gala

Canadian DJ Show Headed To Calgary In May

The 2014 Canadian DJ Show Calgary presented by Pioneer DJ will be held May 4th at The BMO Centre. The show will officially kick off on May 3rd with a networking social. Early bird advance tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

This will be the first time that an additional show will take place outside of Ontario. The Calgary show will provide nightlife entertainment industry members from Western Canada – from DJs, artists, and producers to club owners and promoters – the chance to attend educational seminars, clinics, and Q&As with Canadian and international artists and scene builders.

Organizers say the CDJ Show 2014 Calgary show will bring more factory direct deals than previous years on all the latest pro gear.

The Fall 2014 Toronto Show date and details have not been confirmed but organizers say details are coming soon.

For more details as they become available, go to www.cdjshow.com


CM Radio

Great Mix On CM Radio For March

March will be a diverse month for Canadian Musician Radio, as we’ve got interviews with a host of musicians and industry folk, plus some new discoveries via our recentlylaunched International Artist Spotlight, the submissions for which are handled via ReverbNation.

We’ll have interviews with the likes of Sam Roberts Band, JRDN, Mac DeMarco, Bend Sinister, and many more, plus a number of industry guests with career-boosting goods for CM Academy.

We go live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CanadianMusicianRadio.com, though you can catch the episodes after they air in the archives at the link or as a podcast from the iTunes store. Our archived episodes from 2014 alone include spots with the likes of Marianas Trench, Tokyo Police Club, The Trews, Comeback Kid, Monster Truck, and many more.

Have any comments or ideas for future episodes? Contact us at cmradio@nor.com We’d love to hear from you.

Events

National Accordion Convention 2014 -Dallas, TX, March 5-9, 2014, 214-538-5651,
gklugie@verizon.net,
www.nationalaccordion.org

SXSW 2014 -Austin, TX, March 9-18, 2014, 512-467-7979,
sxsw@sxsw.com,
www.sxsw.com

BandPush Seminar -St. Catharines, ON, March 19, 2014,
info@bandpush.com,
www.bandpush.com

Winter Music Conference 2014 -Miami, FL, March 21-30, 2014, 954-563-4444,
info@wintermusicconference.com,
www.wintermusicconference.com

2014 MTNA National Conference -Winnipeg, MB, March 24-30, 2014, 416-485-3135, FAX 416-485-4978,
mtnanet@mtna.org,
www.mtna.org

JUNO Week & Awards 2014 -Toronto, ON, February 22, 2014, 416-961-1588, FAX 416-961-2040,
info@carasonline.ca,
www.junoawards.ca

ECMA Music Week & Awards -Charlottetown, PE, April 2-6, 2014, 800-513-4953, FAX 888-519-0346,
www.ecma.com

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.

HOT GEAR

F Bass VF-P

F Bass is offering a new version of its VF model as a passive P Bass. The VF-P has a 34-in. scale length, 21 frets, and 9-14-in. compound fingerboard radius. It also features a one-piece maple neck, two-piece alder body for the familiar P Bass midrange, Aguilar AG 4P-60 pickup, and passive electronics with only volume and tone controls.

Additional options include a number of different finishes (including vintage Fender finishes), Rosewood fingerboard, and chrome pickup/bridge covers for four-string models.

For more information, contact F Bass Inc.: 905-522-1582, FAX 905-528-5667, info@fbass.com, www.fbass.com.

Zildjian Gen16 Buffed Bronze Series Cymbals

The Zildjian Sound Lab has launched a new set of reduced volume cymbals, the Gen16 Buffed Bronze Series.

Based on the original Gen16 nickel plated cymbal line, Zildjian made a few key changes to the bell profiles of the original cymbals. Additional lathing has been applied on the larger models to increase the lower fundamental overtone structure. The buffed bronze finish enhances its appearance and produces a warmer tone than the original Gen16 nickel plated models.

The Gen16 Buffed Bronze Series consists of: a 12-in. splash; 16-in. crash: 16-in. China; 18-in. crash-ride; 20-in. ride; 13-in. HH (pair); and 14-in. HH (pair).

For more information, contact B&J Music Limited: 905-896-3001, FAX 905-896-4554, bjmusic@kmcmusic.com, www.bjmusic.ca.



 

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Submissions Now Open For BreakOut West 2014

Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2014 BreakOut West Festival, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Industry Awards. The deadline for all submissions is March 14. The 2014 edition of BreakOut West will take place in Winnipeg, MB from Oct. 2-5.

In October 2013, musicians, fans, and delegates descended on Calgary for a weekend of information sharing, live music, and, of course, the Western Canadian Music Awards. Hosted once again by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, the gala event saw Jill Barber, Rah Rah, Hannah Georgas, The Sheepdogs, and Jann Arden honoured with WCMAs and featured many memorable performances.

With over 350 music delegates in attendance at the BreakOut West Festival and Conference, the 2013 edition was its largest yet, according to organizers. Sessions covered every topic from touring and funding to social media marketing and featured one-on-one mentoring from record labels, booking agents, music supervisors, publicity companies, songwriters, producers, and more.

For information or to submit for BreakOut West, go to www.breakoutwest.ca.

Photo: Said the Whale performs BreakOut West 2012.

Guitar Workshop Plus Announces 2014 Dates & Preliminary Details

Guitar Workshop Plus has announced three sessions for its 2014 summer schedule. Confirmed session dates are as follows:

Toronto (Session 1) – July 13-18, 2014
Toronto (Session 2) – July 20-25, 2014
Vancouver – August 10-15, 2014

Registration is currently underway for the 2014 sessions and, for a limited time, there are early bird registration offers where participants can save on tuition and be entered into draws to win prizes such as guitars, amplifiers, gig bags, cymbals, and more.

Both Toronto sessions will once again be held at Appleby College in Oakville, just west of Toronto. The Vancouver session will once again take place at Quest University, which is located just north of Vancouver in Squamish, BC.

Previous artists to have taken part in Guitar Workshop Plus include Joe Satriani, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Steve Vai, Randy Bachman, and more.

For more information, contact Guitar Workshop Plus: 905-567-8000, info@guitarworkshopplus.com, www.guitarworkshopplus.com.

Photo: GWP 2013 attendees.

Apply Now For 2014 Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards, which offers three $5,000 prizes to Canadian guitarists in the categories of Jazz, Classical, and Multi-Genre (rock, blues, R&B, country, etc.). The deadline to submit a 3-4 minute performance video to Sonicbids is Friday, March 28, 2014.

The cash prizes and trophies will be presented with performances by the award winners at the first annual Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards Dinner at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.

For application criteria and more information about the awards, visit www.domenictroiano.com


CM Radio

February Full Of Big Names

We’ve got plenty of big-name artists and industry guests lined up for CM Radio the month of February. From artists like JRDN and Silverstein to pros like producer Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, The Tragically Hip, Metric) and Sirius/XM Canada Director of Music Programming Jeff Leake, we’ve got plenty on offer.

We go live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CanadianMusicianRadio.com, though you can catch the episodes after they air in the archives at the link or as a podcast from the iTunes store. Our archived episodes from include interviews with massive artists like Avril Lavigne, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Metric, The Trews, and more.

Have any comments or ideas for future episodes? Contact us at cmradio@nor.com We’d love to hear from you.

Events

Hillside Inside 2014 -Guelph, ON, February 7-9, 2014, 519-763-6396,
info@hillsidefestival.ca,
www.hillsidefestival.ca

Winterfolk XII Blues & Roots Festival Toronto, ON, February 14-16, 2014,

www.winterfolk.com

26th Folk Alliance International Conference -Kansas City, MO, February 19-23, 2014, 901-522-1170, FAX 901-522-1172,
www.folkalliance.org

Bluebird North 2014 -Toronto, ON, February 22, 2014, 416-961-1588, FAX 416-961-2040,
events@songwriters.ca,
www.songwriters.ca

National Accordion Convention 2014 -Dallas, TX, March 5-9, 2014, 214-538-5651,
gklugie@verizon.net,
www.nationalaccordion.org

SXSW 2014 -Austin, TX, March 9-18, 2014, 512-467-7979,
sxsw@sxsw.com,
www.sxsw.com

BandPush Seminar -St. Catharines, ON, March 19, 2014,
info@bandpush.com,
www.bandpush.com

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.


HOT GEAR

Randall Ola Englund SATAN Amplifier

Randall Amplifiers has released the SATAN, Swedish death metal guitarist Ola Englund’s signature amplifier. It is designed to deliver Englund’s modern metal tone and features a two-channel, four-mode 120 W all-tube head.

Inside are six 12AX7 preamp tubes and two 6L6 and two KT88 power tubes. Other features include active/passive inputs and a preset “Kill” boost mode. Additionally, there are 6irth and 6rind low/high frequency gain controls with a sweep function that provides variable tone stack frequency point control. There is full EQ for both channels, presence/depth power amp voicing, push/pull bias controls, and a series/parallel loop.

For more information, contact Coast Music: 514-457-2555, FAX 514-457-0055, info@coastmusic.com, www.coastmusic.com.

Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Instrument

Roland has introduced the HandSonic HPD-20, a digital hand percussion instrument for both live and studio performances. It features the SuperNATURAL sound engine and a highly sensitive multi-pad interface, plus a wide selection of ready-to-play sounds, WAV import via USB, deep editing capability, onboard effects, and more.

The HPD-20 is equipped with the latest sensing technology; its 13 pads provide ultra-sensitive velocity response for playing sounds and are arranged in a circular configuration for ergonomic efficiency. They also respond to touch and pressure for dampening or muting another pad’s tone, adjusting its pitch, and more.

The HandSonic HPD-20 features 850 sounds and 200 user-configurable kits, with 100 kits filled with ready-to-play set-ups covering styles from traditional percussion to modern electronica. Instruments include ethnic percussion from around the world, orchestra and melodic percussion, drums, and a wide array of electronic percussion and synth tones.

For more information, contact Roland Canada Ltd.: 604-270-6626, FAX 604-270-6552, www.roland.ca.


 


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SOCAN Tops 120,000 Members, Enters Agreement To Collect YouTube Revenue

The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has surpassed the 120,000 member mark, with the organization noting that the past two years especially have seen a significant spike.

In other SOCAN news, the organization has entered into an agreement with Audiam that will make it easier for SOCAN members to receive additional money from the use of their music in any videos posted to YouTube.

The deal is believed to be the first of its kind for a performing rights organization and allows unsigned artists and songwriters, or their record labels and publishers, to collect money from: fans covering their songs on YouTube; fan-created videos; videos of live performances; official music videos; and any other type of video on YouTube using their song, either from the original recording or a new version. Those interested in the service can find out more at www.audiam.com/socan.

For more information, contact SOCAN: 866-307-6226, info@socan.ca, www.socan.ca.

Want A Marshall Fridge To Cool Down Your Cave?

Enter CM’s Marshall Fridge Sweepstakes for a chance to cool down your cave with the official Marshall Fridge. This mini fridge features authentic Marshall amp parts, the classic Marshall control panel, an imprint of Jim Marshall’s signature, a branded tempered glass shelf, and more. The prize carries a value of over $400, and you can enter to win by heading over to the Canadian Musician Facebook page at Facebook.com/cdnmusician.

ArtsCan Circle Introduces Mobile Donation Option

ArtsCan Circle has announced the launch of a mobile donation program that accepts donations via text message. Donors can text 45678 and type “ARTS” in the text field to make a $10 donation, which will be billed on their next cell phone bill. This new initiative will support Arts Education in remote northern communities, sending teams of volunteer artists to conduct arts workshops.

“In each of these communities, the kids are so amazing in the face of really incredible challenges every day,” says ArtsCan Founder Mike Stevens. “We know that music, art, and theatre are ways for them to ‘voice’ these experiences and feelings in a language others can understand – and need to hear. Their art is accessible. And it is powerful. These kids have lots to say, and we have lots to learn from them. Our job as volunteers is simple: to inspire these kids and give them the tools to breathe in their world and breathe out their music.”

For more information on ArtsCan Circle, visit www.artscancircle.ca

Photo: ArtsCan Circle founder Mike Stevens working with youth in a remote northern community.

CARAS Announces 2014 Special Achievement & Humanitarian Award Recipients

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that Frank Davies is the recipient of the 2014 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award and married couple Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida are the recipients of the 2014 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. Davies, along with Kreviazuk and Maida, will be honoured at the 2014 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on March 29 in Winnipeg, MB.

Throughout his four-decade career, Davies has been an integral supporter of Canada’s artists, leading multiple organizations dedicated to producing, distributing, promoting, publishing, and honouring Canadian music. Davies is credited with discovering and developing the careers of many celebrated artists’ and songwriters, including Tom Cochrane and Serena Ryder, while also publishing the career catalogues of Honeymoon Suite, Murray McLauchlan, and Ron Hynes.

Kreviazuk is an honourary founder of War Child Canada, one of the many organizations the married couple has embraced. They have visited Iraq, Ethiopia, and the Congo on behalf of various causes, including women’s rights, war refugees, and child education. Maida launched War Child’s Busking for Change program, in which Canadian musicians have raised money for children in the world’s most devastated regions.

For more information, go to
www.junoawards.ca/.

Photo: Raine Maida (left) & Chantal Kreviazuk (right).

CM Radio

Tune In For 2014

We’re excited to be underway with our second year of Canadian Musician Radio, and plan to bring you even more of the great content you’ve come to expect – interviews with both massive and on-the-rise Canadian artists, advice from the top insiders in the business, plus the latest news from across the Canadian and global industries.

We go live every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CanadianMusicianRadio.com, though you can catch the episodes after they air in the archives at the link or as a podcast from the iTunes store. Our archived episodes from 2013 include interviews with massive artists like Avril Lavigne, Blue Rodeo, The Tragically Hip, Metric, Dean Brody, Shad, and many more.

Our first new edition for 2014 will air Jan. 8 and feature an interview with our Jan/Feb 2014 cover artists The Trews, as well as on-the-rise Maritime songstress Molly Thomason.

We want your input to help make the show even better for our second year. Reach out to us at cmradio@nor.com with ideas or comments – we’d love to hear from you.

Events

Eurosonic Noorderslag Music Conference & Festival Groningen, Netherlands, January 15-18, 2014, +31-0-50-3680-244, FAX +31-0-50-3680-246,
info@noorderslag.nl,
conference.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

17th Annual Maple Blues Awards -Toronto, ON, January 20, 2014,


HOT GEAR

Gemini G4V Controller

Gemini has released the G4V four-channel virtual DJ controller. Within G4V’s metal enclosure are two full-featured physical DJ decks that allow complete control of four virtual software decks. The 16 multi-function performance pads and assignable rotary encoders allow the user to toggle, tap, and twist tracks. There are also balanced XLR and RCA master outputs, RCA booth output with dedicated volume control, and front 1/4-in. headphone output.

Standard DJ tools including pitch fader, key-lock, and cue controls, are augmented by advanced sampling controls, on-the-fly loop move, and auto loop and loop roll modes. The four-channel mixer gives constant access to the gain, EQ, and dedicated filter controls on each software deck.

The pre-mapped FX controls for Virtual DJ bring immediate results, while the fully MIDI mappable and high-resolution 14-bit controls give the G4V the ability to be adapted for use with any DJ application.

For more information, contact Audio Distributors International: 450-449-8177, FAX 450-449-8180, info@adi-online.net, www.adi-online.net.

Oh What A Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music, The Next Generation

For music industry professionals, Canadian music fanatics, history buffs, and music trivia aficionados, Martin Melhuish’s book Oh What A Feeling: A Vital History of Canadian Music, The Next Generation is an invaluable resource and required reading. This book features a year-by-year chronology of the Canadian artists, events, and music that gave birth to the soundtrack of the nation with more than 1,000 entries and images.

The book features: annnual listings of hit songs by Canadian artists since 1900; profiles of 45 artists inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame; a complete list of all 2,700 JUNO Award winners since 1971; 10 emerging Canadian artists who have been touted to make an impact on the music scene; and more.

Melhuish is a respected music historian, whose previous books include Heart of Gold: 30 Years of Canadian Pop Music; Celtic Tides: Traditional Music in a New Age; and many authorized biographies of Canadian and international acts.

For more information, contact Music Books Plus: 800-265-8481, order@nor.com, www.musicbooksplus.com.


 

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2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Winners Announced

The winners of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) were announced at a gala event the evening of Nov. 10, 2013. The event capped off the CFMAs run from Nov. 8-10, which had Canada’s folk community coming together for a weekend of events including showcases and workshops.

Nineteen award categories were presented at the gala. Overall, Ontario artists received the most awards with seven artists taking home nine awards. British Columbian and Nova Scotian artists followed with four artists winning four awards for each of their provinces. Quebec and Nunavut artists brought home one award each.

Two special awards were handed out during the gala. Manitoba-based industry stalwart Mitch Podolak was honoured as this year’s Unsung Hero, a special award that highlights exceptional contributions to the Canadian folk music scene. Victoria’s Daniel Lapp was the recipient of Folk Music Canada’s Innovator Award for his work as a teacher, leader, and song collector.

For a complete list of winners and information on next year’s event as it becomes available, visit www.folkawards.ca.

Photo: Oh My Darling performing at the 2013 CFMAs by Graham Lindsey

Pair Of K10 Loudspeakers Up For Grabs From QSC Canada

QSC Audio Products Canada is giving away a pair of K10 loudspeakers with tote bags valued at over $2,200 through its newly-launched Facebook page. To enter, simply “Like” QSC Canada’s Facebook page at , www.facebook.com/QSCCanada.

Part of the K Series, QSC’s K10s can be used as a house PA, floor monitors, fills, instrument amplifiers, and more.

Rykka Takes Home 2013 Peak Performance Project Grand Prize

Swiss-born, Surrey, BC-based singer-guitarist Rykka was announced as the winner of the 2013 Peak Performance Project (PPP), beating out 19 other artists to take the $102,700 grand prize. The runners up were Hannah Epperson and Bestie, who took home the second and third place prices of $75,000 and $50,000, respectively. The prizes were handed out on Nov. 21st at the PPP finale at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

Run by 102.7 The Peak and Music BC, this year’s PPP attracted 320 entries from across British Columbia.

For more information on the initiative, visit www.peakperformanceproject.com

Photo: Rykka by Ivan Ponce


CM Radio

Tune In To Canadian Musician Radio-Now On iTunes!

Be sure to tune in to CM Radio, airing live every Wednesday at 8 pm EST at CanadianMusicianRadio.com. After airing, each episode is then archived for future listens on the site and accessible through the iTunes Store as a Podcast.

Regular features include interviews with high-profile musicians, music experts, and industry professionals; profiles on up-and-coming acts; insider information; event coverage; the latest news and trends; and much more.

Upcoming December broadcasts will include interviews with the likes of The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois, Peak Performance Project winner Rykka, Eva Avila, Mat Joly, and world music act Jaffa Road.

And check the archives or iTunes store for previous episodes with interviews from Avril Lavigne, Blue Rodeo, Dean Brody, Protest the Hero, and a slew of other artists.

Events

2013 Midwest Clinic 67th Annual Conference -Chicago, IL, December 18-21, 2013, 847-424-4163, FAX 773-321-1509,
info@midwestclinic.org,
www.midwestclinic.org

Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo -Orlando, FL, January 17, 2014, 850-962-4434,
guitarexpo22@yahoo.com,
www.guitarexpo.net

17th Annual Maple Blues Awards -Toronto, ON, January 20, 2014,
www.torontobluessociety.com

2014 Music PEI Week -Charlottetown, PE, January 24-February 1, 2014, 902-894-6734, FAX 902-894-4404,
music@musicpei.com
www.musicpei.com

MIDEM 2014 – Cannes, France, February 1-4, 2014,
www.midem.com.

Mobile Beat 2014 DJ Show & Conference -Las Vegas, NV, February 3-6, 2014, 515-986-3344,
custserv@mobilebeat.com,
www.mobilebeat.com

Hillside Inside 2014 -Guelph, ON, February 7-9, 2014, 519-763-6396,
info@hillsidefestival.ca,
www.hillsidefestival.ca

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.


HOT GEAR

Zoom H6 Recorder

Zoom is now shipping its latest handheld recorder, the H6. The Zoom H6 has four interchangeable input capsules – X/Y, MS, shotgun, and dual XLR/TRS Combo – and six-track simultaneous recording. There are four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors plus gain control (with tangible knobs) and -20dB pads for each input.

The X/Y miking technique is for users wanting to cover a wide area and clearly capture sound sources in the centre. The XYH-6 X/Y capsule adds two matched high-quality unidirectional microphones. This kind of microphone is most sensitive to signal coming from directly in front and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides.

Other features include an LCD display screen, overdubbing of up to 99 takes, independent monitor and playback mixes, and multitrack-to-stereo internal mixdown.

For more information, contact Omnimedia Inc.: 514-636-9971, FAX 514-636-5347, info@omnimedia.ca, www.omnimedia.ca.

Tama Iron Cobra 600 Series Pedals

Tama has released the Iron Cobra 600 hardware series, which includes the HP600DB single pedal and the HP600DTWB twin pedal. Features of the series include a changeable cam called the Duo Glide Cam that is designed to allow simple adjustment between a Power Glide cam for power and speed and a true round Rolling Glide sprocket for smooth consistency.

Iron Cobra 600 series pedals also feature a newly designed hinge for precise footboard action and the Speedo-Ring rocker cam with a smooth ball bearing. Additionally, the double pedal bears the same Double Chain Drive as 900 series Iron Cobra pedals.

For more information, contact Efkay Musical Instruments Limited: 514-633-8877, FAX 514-633-8872, howard@efkaymusic.com, www.efkaymusic.com.

Photo: Tama Iron Cobra HP600DTWB Twin Pedal


 

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NXNE Expands To 10 Days, Still Accepting Submissions & Ideas

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the North By Northeast (NXNE) festival is expanding to 10 days for its largest edition to date, from June 13-22, 2014, with new collaborations with international partners to create music hubs throughout the city of Toronto.

NXNE 2014 will have a stronger focus on the elements that have brought the festival its national status and international reputation over the past two decades. Throughout the extended dates, NXNE organizers say they will collaborate with Vice Media to re-create the successful SXSW VICELAND project by transforming a section of Toronto’s downtown core with performances and attractions. NXNE will also team up with music broadcast stream Boiler Room to stage the best in underground music.

“We are so excited to be working with these amazing media partners to amp up what NXNE has been doing for the past 20 years: presenting the latest and greatest in new music,” says Christopher Roberts, NXNE Festival Director.

NXNE invites musicians to apply for a chance to be a part of NXNE 2014. Submissions will be accepted until Jan. 31, 2014. As well, the festival is inviting people to submit their suggestions for NXNE Interactive session topics through its website.

For more information or to submit to showcase, go to www.nxne.com.

Photo: Billy Talent playing Yonge-Dundas Square during NXNE 2013, by Phil Brennan.

Enter CM’s Blue Rodeo Sweepstakes

Enter CM’s Blue Rodeo Sweepstakes

Canadian Musician is celebrating the release of In Our Nature, the brand new LP from Warner Music Canada recording artists Blue Rodeo. This is the 13th studio album from the Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees and multiple JUNO and CCMA Award winners.

The album is currently available, and until November 15, 2013, fans can enter CM‘s Blue Rodeo Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Hagstrom acoustic guitar signed by the band, courtesy of Erikson Music, plus all 13 of their studio albums, courtesy of Warner Music Canada, and a five-year subscription to CM. We’ll also have the official video for “Mattawa/New Morning Sun” posted until then.

Go to www.canadianmusician.com/bluerodeo to enter. Good luck!

QSC Audio Products Canada Now On Facebook

Head over to www.facebook.com/QSCCanada, the new Facebook page for QSC Audio Products Canada and its community of users and supporters. The recently-launched page has already featured contests with a chance to win QSC swag and includes information on QSC products and projects relevant to musicians and audio pros alike.



MusicOntario Accepting Memberships, Launches Website

MusicOntario, a division of the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) created in 2012, is now accepting memberships through its newly-launched website.

Members of MusicOntario will receive a discounted member’s rate to workshops, free access to their first workshop upon signing up, free access to networking events, and access to the Members Discount Program.

MusicOntario will also be providing support to its members in the form of resources, information, and support through a number of initiatives and opportunities throughout the year. MusicOntario members will occasionally benefit from free access to select events organized by its partners.

For more information, contact MusicOntario: 416-485-3152, info@music-ontario.ca, www.music-ontario.ca.

CM Radio

Tune In To Canadian Musician Radio-Now On iTunes!

For more of the informative, insightful, and entertaining content you’ve come to expect from Canadian Musician, tune in to CM Radio, airing live every Wednesday at 8 pm ET at CanadianMusicianRadio.com. After airing, each show is archived for future listens at the site, as well as listed in the iTunes Store as a podcast.

Regular features include interviews with high-profile musicians, music experts, and industry professionals; profiles on up-and-coming acts; insider information; event coverage; the latest news and trends; and much more.

Upcoming November broadcasts include interviews with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Shad, Sultans of String, Dennis Ellsworth, and many more high-profile musicians and industry types.

Archived shows currently streaming feature interviews with the likes of Avril Lavigne, Gord Bamford, Lisa Leblanc, July Talk, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, and others.

Events

Great American Guitar Show – Philadelphia, PA, November 9-10, 2013, 828-298-2197, www.bee3vintage.com.

Songwriters Association of Canada Toronto Regional Writers Group – Toronto, ON, November 12 &17, 2013, 866-456-7664, FAX 416-961-2040,
sac@songwriters.ca
www.songwriters.ca

Billboard Touring Conference & Awards – New York, NY, November 13-14, 2013,
conferences@billboard.com,
www.billboardevents.com.

Canadian Folk Music Awards -Saint John, NB, November 15, 2013, 613-560-5833,
info@folkawards.ca,
www.folkawards.ca

2013 Midwest Clinic 67th Annual Conference -Chicago, IL, December 18-21, 2013, 847-424-4163, FAX 773-321-1509,
info@midwestclinic.org,
www.midwestclinic.org

Orlando International Guitar & Music Expo -Orlando, FL, January 17, 2014, 850-962-4434,
guitarexpo22@yahoo.com,
www.guitarexpo.net

17th Annual Maple Blues Awards -Toronto, ON, January 20, 2014,


HOT GEAR

Ampeg Reissued V-4B All-Tube Bass Head

Ampeg has reissued the V-4B 100-watt all-tube bass head. The V-4B is the same width as the SVT-CL and SVT-VR heads and fits onto any Classic Series Ampeg cabinet, including the SVT-112AV and SVT-212AV.

The Ampeg V-4B is designed to have the same preamp and power section circuits and overall tone as the original V-4B. The reissued V-4B, by using a modern-day analog approach, is designed to have increased reliability and serviceability compared to the original. Modern features include an integrated DI with ground lift, a -15dB input for active basses, and a range of speaker outputs at different impedances.

For more information, contact AudioOne Corporation: 905-859-9038, sales@audioone.ca, www.audioone.ca.

D’Addario Planet Waves NS Micro Tuner

D’Addario and Planet Waves have launched the NS Micro Tuner, the next iteration in its family of clip-on headstock tuners.

The NS Micro Tuner was designed in conjunction with Ned Steinberger and is smaller than its predecessor, the NS Mini Headstock tuner. The NS Micro Tuner can be clipped to the back of the headstock, allowing users to have a full view of the screen while the tuner remains out of the audience’s sightlines. To make it more user-friendly, Planet Waves has improved the ratchet clip-on design. The tuner can also stay on the instrument while in the case.

The NS Micro’s tuning software is designed to offer faster note recognition and accuracy than its forerunner while providing accurate tuning by using a piezo sensor system. The multi-colour backlit display shows the note name in red to indicate when the note is out of tune and green to reveal when the note is in tune.

For more information, contact D’Addario Canada: 905-947-9595, FAX 905-947-4336, info@daddariocanada.com, www.daddariocanada.com.


 

Canadian Musician Newsletter
- October 2013 -

Hello

Here’s your CM Newsletter for the month of October. Below you’ll find industry news, new gear, tips and advice for musicians, discounts and savings, and a sneak peak at the newest issue of Canadian Musician magazine. Feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or editorial ideas by contacting info@nor.com.

Andrew King – Editor

CHANGES

Want To Play At CMW 2014? Submit Now!

Canadian Music Week 2014 offers the opportunity to showcase at an event with over 3,000 industry professionals and 700 media reps from Canada and all over the world. Over 300 performance slots are reserved for artists applying through Sonicbids.

The event takes place May 6-10, 2014, with over 1,000 artists filling over 60 venues to mark another installment of Canada’s largest new music festival. Last year alone featured performances by the likes of Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Metric, Stars, Heart, Matt Mays, Coheed and Cambria, Chvrches, Boy, and many others.

Everyone that submits will receive a complimentary pass to attend CMW’s Music Summit 2014 and a two-year membership to CAAMA (Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and the Arts), a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the commercial development of the Canadian sound recording business domestically and internationally.

For more information on how to submit, visit www.cmw.net.

Photo: The Sheepdogs at CMW.

CM Digital Edition Jumps To New Platform

Check Out the latest issue of CM!

Check out the online edition of Canadian Musician for free on a brand new platform at www.canadianmusician.com/online. The latest issue of the magazine, featuring our pals in Monster Truck and The Sheepdogs on the cover, and a series of back issues are available in an easy-to-navigate format for increased readability. Have a look and by all means, let us know what you think.

 

 

Halifax Set To Pop For HPX 2013

The Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) has released its complete lineup for 2013. Taking place Oct. 22-26, this year’s HPX lineup includes Japandroids, The Walkmen, Metz, Killer Mike, Fucked Up, The Besnard Lakes, Shad, Wavves, and many other acts.

HPX shows take place at 20 venues across downtown Halifax and the festival is expected to draw around 22,000 fans over its five-day run, along with industry delegates from around the world. Established in 1993, the festival is known for attracting a mix of critically acclaimed international acts and bands on the verge of breaking out. HPX also incorporates a digital conference, music conference, and the Halifax Record/Zine and Label Fair.

For more information on the festival lineup and other components, visit www.halifaxpopexplosion.com.

Photo: The Pack a.d. playing HPX 2012.

Join Canadian Musician On Google+

Connect with Canadian Musician on our new Google+ page, where you’ll be able to interact with our staff, contributors, and other readers and make some new industry connections while getting the latest news updates, helpful tips, artist interviews, access to a slew of exclusive images and videos, and more. You can find us at www.canadianmusician.com/google+.


CM Radio

Tune In To Canadian Musician Radio

For more of the informative, insightful, and entertaining content you’ve come to expect from Canadian Musician, tune in to CM Radio, airing live every Wednesday at 8 pm ET at CanadianMusicianRadio.com.

Regular features include interviews with high-profile musicians, music experts, and industry professionals; profiles on up-and-coming acts; insider information; event coverage; the latest news and trends; and much more.

Upcoming broadcasts will feature interviews with the likes of Deric Ruttan, Hawksley Workman, Japandroids, and a host of others.

After airing, each show is then archived for future listens. Archived shows currently streaming feature interviews with the likes of Blue Rodeo, July Talk, Mother Mother, Lisa LeBlanc, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, and more.

Events

Celtic Colours International Festival 2013 – Cape Breton, NS, October 11-19, 2013, 877-285-2321, FAX 902-539-9388, info@celtic-colours.com, www.celtic-colours.com.

Indie Week Canada – Toronto, ON,
October 16-20, 2013, info@indieweek.com www.indieweek.com

27th Annual Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals Conference – Mississauga, ON, October 17-20, 2013, 866-292-6233, FAX 613-560-2001, info@ocff.ca, www.ocff.ca.

Halifax Pop Explosion – Halifax, NS, October 22-26, 2013, 902-482-8176, FAX 902-482-0716, info@halifaxpopexplosion.com, www.halifaxpopexplosion.com

WOMEX Expo Cardiff, U.K., October 23-27, 2013, +49 30318-614-30, FAX +49 30318-614-10,
www.womex.com

IAMA Montreal 2013 – Montreal, QC, November 6-9, 2013, +44 0-20-7379-7336, FAX +44 0-20-7379-7338, info@iamaworld.com, www.iamaworld.com

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.


HOT GEAR

Albion Amplification GulfStream Series

The GulfStream series from Albion Amplification is comprised of 15- and 30-watt models, available in both combo and head configurations, with cabinet options for the latter. The series is comprised of the GS15C combo, CS30C combo (pictured), GS15H head, GS30H head, GS112 single 12-in. cab, and GS410 cab with four 10-in. speakers.

The amps all use 6V6 tubes for output power. The 15-watt models produce approximately 20 watts at clipping and feature four voice and gain options for two clean and two overdriven voices, along with controls for gain, volume, a wide-range EQ circuit (treble, middle, bass, presence), channel volume, and a frequency-compensated output level control for full sound at low volume. They also include Accutronics Digital Reverb, a grid bias modulating tremolo effect, and an 8- or 16-ohm speaker output selector.

The 30-watt models produce approximately 40 watts at clipping and feature two footswitchable channels – one with volume and tone controls and a two-voice switch, and the other identical to the GS15 channel. The same reverb and tremolo effects are included, as are a footswitchable series effects loop and an 8- and 16-ohm speaker output selector.

For more information, contact ADI: 450-449-8177, info@adi-online.net, www.adi-online.net.

MXL Revelation Solo Fixed Cardioid Tube Microphone

MXL has unveiled the Revelation Solo, a fixed cardioid pattern tube microphone featuring the sonic qualities of the MXL Revelation in a cardioid-only package. It features an EF86 pentode tube, 32 mm six micron gold sputtered capsule, and a complement of Mogami cables.

The Revelation Solo is designed to have a smooth top end and full low end and includes phase reverse, ground lift, and bass roll off controls on the power supply. It has a dark violet and chrome finish and comes with an aluminum flight case and shock mount.

For more information, contact Yamaha Canada Music Limited: 416-298-1311, FAX 416-292-0732, www.ca.yamaha.com.


Canadian Musician Newsletter
September 2013

BreakOut West Releases Festival & Conference Schedule

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the details of the 2013 BreakOut West Festival & Conference, which takes place in Calgary from Oct. 3-6, 2013. The four-day event encompasses a three-day music conference, a multi-genre music festival, the Western Canadian Music Industry Awards Brunch, and the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala.

The 2013 BreakOut West Festival performers will include Five Alarm Funk, Transit, Delhi to Dublin, Bend Sinister, and many others.

The 2013 BreakOut West Conference will include sessions covering current music industry topics. Representatives from SCOAN, FACTOR, and MROC will teach attendees how to apply for grants. As well, there will be sessions on how to get music into the hands of music supervisors, booking agents will discuss how to get gigs, and there will be one-on-one mentoring sessions labels heads, publishers, music supervisors, agents, and more. A full conference schedule including panelists and speakers is available on the BreakOut West website.

For full festival, awards, and conference details, contact BreakOut West: 204-943-8485, FAX 204-453-1594, info@breakoutwest.ca, www.breakoutwest.ca.

Photo: Said the Whale performs BreakOut West 2012.

Canadian Music Sales Seeing Big International Growth

The success of Canada’s music creators on the world stage continues to grow as Canadian music is proving to be a hot export commodity, according to SOCAN.

New figures from SOCAN found a continuing trend over the last five years, where the international earnings of its 115,000-plus members increased from $39 million in 2007 to $47 million in 2012, and increased 21 per cent in the past year alone. The number of SOCAN member songwriters and composers who received royalties from outside of Canada doubled from 2007, growing to 20,425 at the end of 2012.

Europe accounted for 57 per cent of the total international revenues identified by SOCAN last year, while North America generated royalties totalling $14.8 million in 2012. Revenue collections in Asia-Pacific and South America regions also doubled in the last five years.

For more information, contact SOCAN: 800-557-6226, www.socan.ca.

Award & Stage Submissions Now Open For 2014 ECMA Week & Awards

Award & Stage Submissions Now Open For 2014 ECMA Week & Awards
Award and stages submissions for the 2014 edition of Eastlink East Coast Music Week in Charlottetown, PE, running from April 2-6, are now open. The deadline to submit is Oct. 1, 2013.

In addition to the usual stages highlighting genre-specific music, for 2014, ECMA has a new Showcase Submission stage. Performers are selected for the various genre-specific stages from these submissions. The ECMA is also accepting award submissions for music, industry, and honourary awards.

For more information on criteria or to apply, go to www.ecma.com.

Photo: Three Sheet performing at ECMA Week 2012 by Pam Samson

Jazz Goes To The Movies For Unison

“Jazz Goes To The Movies,” a benefit concert and dance for the Unison Benevolent Fund, will be happening Thursday, September 12th at Toronto’s Palais Royale. The event will feature Anthony Terpstra’s Hollywood North Starlight Orchestra performing well-known songs from Hollywood and will be hosted by Jaymz Bee (pictured).

The Unison Benevolent Fund provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for those in the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment, or economic difficulties.

For more on the event or to purchase tickets, Click Here.

Photo: Three Sheet performing at ECMA Week 2012 by Pam Samson

CM Radio

Be sure to tune in to CM Radio, airing live every Wednesday at 8 pm EST at CanadianMusicianRadio.com.

Regular features include interviews with high-profile musicians, music experts, and industry professionals; profiles on up-and-coming acts; insider information; event coverage; the latest news and trends; and much more.

Upcoming September broadcasts will feature interviews with the likes of July Talk, Still Life Still, Little Miss Higgins, recording engineer/producer Shawn Bradley, and many others.

After airing, each show is then archived for future listens. Archived shows currently streaming feature interviews with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Michelle Wright, Mother Mother, Joel Plaskett, Lisa LeBlanc, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, and many others.

Events

The Americana Music Festival & Conference – Nashville, TN,
September 18-22, 2013,
615-386-6936, FAX 615-386-6937, www.americanamusic.org

POP Montreal – Montreal, QC,
September 25-29, 2013,
514-842-1919, FAX 514-664-1063, www.popmontreal.com

Regina Drum Festival – Regina, SK, September 28-29, 2013, 306-529-3589, FAX 306-543-0336, reginadrumfestival@gmail.com, www.jaysonbrinkworth.com.

Breakout West 2013 – Calgary, AB,
October 3-6, 2013,
204-943-8485, FAX 204-453-1594, info@breakoutwest.ca, www.breakoutwest.ca

9th LA Amp & Custom Guitar Show – Los Angeles, CA, October 5-6, 2013 , 818-992-0745, loni@ampshow.com, www.ampshow.com.

Celtic Colours International Festival 2013 – Cape Breton, NS, October 11-19, 2013, 877-285-2321, FAX 902-539-9388, info@celtic-colours.com, www.celtic-colours.com.

Indie Week Canada – Toronto, ON,
October 16-20, 2013, info@indieweek.com www.indieweek.com

27th Annual Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals Conference – Mississauga, ON, October 17-20, 2013, 866-292-6233, FAX 613-560-2001, info@ocff.ca, www.ocff.ca.

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.


HOT GEAR

Pedulla Rapture NPG Bass

M.V. Pedulla Guitars has introduced the Rapture NPG, a redesign of its Rapture model that has no pick guard to show more of the body’s figure. It’s a full-featured Rapture bass, available with a choice of single soapbar, JJ, or PJ pickup configurations and a low-mid boost/cut switch to complement the existing active treble and bass controls.

The Rapture NPG has a plain soft maple body with AA or AAA flame maple top, a birdseye maple fingerboard, and flat-sawn hard maple neck. It is available with a fretted (22 frets) or fretless fingerboard and with or without lines and dots. Other features include a machined brass “barrel” bridge, abalone fingerboard inlays, and a bone nut.

For more information, contact M.V. Pedulla Guitars Inc.: 781-871-0073, christin@tiac.net , www.pedulla.com.

Gretsch Club Street Kit

Gretsch Drums has released the latest addition to the Catalina Club series of drum sets, the Club Street Kit.

The Club Street Kit is a flexible solution with compact shells, including a 12 x 16-in. bass drum, 6 x 10-in. mounted tom, 11 x 13-in. floor tom, and a 5 x 13-in. snare drum. The dual-shell bass drum design features an adjustable port that can be opened to varying degrees to alter the bass drum tone.

Every Club Street Kit includes mahogany shells with a 30-degree bearing edge, 1.6 mm triple-flange hoops, a bass drum-mounted cymbal holder, and a bass drum lift.

For more information, contact B&J Music Limited: 905-896-3001, FAX 905-896-4554, bjmusic@kmcmusic.com , www.bjmusic.ca.

Canadian Musician Newsletter
August 2013

Prestigious Scholarship Re-imagined As Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards

The Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship was created in 2006 to honour the legacy of a Canadian music legend. Donations from 136 individuals and music related companies have funded $43,500 in scholarships for nine Canadian guitarists. The Trustees overseeing the prize have re-imagined the scholarship and are excited to announce the new Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards.

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, one of said trustees, comments: “[Domenic Troiano] was my first real inspiration and to this day I have a deep love and admiration for a man who truly knew the meaning of soul. I am proud to be a humble part of his enduring influence.”

Three $5,000 prizes will be awarded annually to Canadian guitarists in the categories of Jazz, Multi-Genre (Rock, Blues, R&B, Country, etc.), and Classical, with trophies designed by Istvan Fujkin. The deadline for submissions of one 3- to 4-minute performance on video on Sonicbids is Friday, November 22, 2013.

The cash prizes and trophies will be presented with performances by the award winners at the first annual Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards Dinner at Hugh’s Room in Toronto on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

For application criteria and a link to the Sonicbids page visit www.domenictroiano.com.

Enter MusicBooksPlus.com’s Anniversary Microphone Sweepstakes

MusicBooksPlus.com is currently hosting its Anniversary Microphone Sweepstakes, where one winner will have the opportunity to take home a limited edition Audio-Technica AT4050-LE-URUSHI 50th anniversary microphone valued at over $2,000, courtesy of Erikson Audio. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2013.

The mic features a hand-painted red Japanese maple leaf design with Urushi lacquer and comes with a wooden carrying case. The mic features a dual-diaphragm capsule design to maintain a precise polar pattern definition and is ideal for live and studio applications.

Enter the sweepstakes at: Facebook.com/musicbooksplus.

Register & Join The Creative Community At SXSW 2014

Registration is now open for those wanting to participate in SXSW 2014 in Austin, TX, one of the biggest and most reputable music industry events of the year. For an opportunity to reveal your talents in front of a global audience, apply for a music showcase slot. You can also submit to the SXSW Film Festival, share new business ideas at SXSW Accelerator, enter your latest digital work for the Interactive Awards, or simply register to attend as a fan or delegate.

There’s always plenty of Canadian content and programming at SXSW, with associations like SOCAN, CIMA, and many others hosting showcases to put Canadian artists in front of international audiences. Learn more about the event by visiting www.sxsw.com.

Photo: deadmau5 & Richie Hawtin close out SXSW 2013.

Events

Ottawa Folk Festival
Ottawa, ON,
September 5-8, 2013,
613-230-8234, FAX 613-230-1113, www.ottawafolk.org

The Americana Music Festival & Conference – Nashville, TN,
September 18-22, 2013,
615-386-6936, FAX 615-386-6937, www.americanamusic.org

POP Montreal – Montreal, QC,
September 25-29, 2013,
514-842-1919, FAX 514-664-1063, www.popmontreal.com

Breakout West 2013 – Calgary, AB,
October 3-6, 2013,
204-943-8485, FAX 204-453-1594, info@breakoutwest.ca,, www.breakoutwest.ca

Indie Week Canada – Toronto, ON,
October 16-20, 2013, info@indieweek.com, www.indieweek.com

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.


HOT GEAR

American Audio ELS15A Active Speaker

American Audio has introduced the ELS15A, a lightweight 15-in. active speaker designed for mobile DJs in small and mid-size venues.

The ELS15A features both XLR and RCA line inputs for plugging in controllers, DJ mixers, laptops, and mobile devices. It also has XLR and TRS mic inputs and the input controls (treble, bass, and volume) are located on the rear of the unit, so users don’t require a separate mixer to set their levels and EQs.

The speaker also has a high power class A/B bi-amplified system designed to perform at maximum efficiency. There are separate high-frequency and low-frequency amplifiers – one amp powering the titanium driver and the other powering the 15-in. woofer. A time-aligned electronic crossover (2.1 kHz at 12dB/Oct.) is designed to ensure that high and low frequency levels stay in balance.

The ELS15A is both flyable (with nine fly points) and stand-mountable. The speaker measures 18.5 in. long by 14.75 in. wide by 27.75 in. high and weighs 39.5 lbs.

For more information, contact Sounds Distribution: 905-428-9062, FAX 905-428-6510, sdinfo@soundsdist.com , www.soundsdist.com.

Goby Labs Thingy Series Accessories

Goby Labs has introduced the Thingy Series, which consists of the Goby Labs Guitar-hook Thingy and the Stand-top Thingy for iPad.

The Goby Labs Guitar-hook Thingy can be packed in most electric guitar cases during transport and enables one to attach a guitar hook to most tripod microphone stands. Featuring a patent-pending pole grip that forms a closed loop around most mic stands, the Guitar-hook Thingy relies on the strength and leverage of the microphone stand to which it is attached and can support the weight of most electric guitars.

The Goby Labs Stand-top Thingy for iPad is derived from the GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad. The Stand-top Thingy features a compact stand adaptor instead of the Goby Labs pole grip for portability and simplicity. Designed to fit both U.S.- and European-style microphone stands, it provides the ability to attach the iPad directly to any microphone stand. The Stand-top Thingy for iPad utilizes a thumb-release ball joint that enables precise placement of the iPad screen and is compatible with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation iPads.

For more information, contact Goby Labs: 714-522-8878, info@gobylabs.com , www.gobylabs.com.

Canadian Musician Newsletter
June 2013

Lineup & Schedule Set For NXNE 2013

North By Northeast (NXNE) has announced many of the headliners and other acts that will be taking over downtown Toronto during the festival’s 19th run from June 10-16, 2013.

Canadian acts like Wintersleep, Fucked Up, and Coeur De Pirate will join international stars like Social Distortion, Big Boi of Outkast, and The National (all headlining free shows at Toronto’s Young-Dundas Square) and many others performing around the city. In total, around 950 bands are expected to perform on 50 stages.

On top of that, there is NXNE Interactive, an educational summit that will present over 80 presentations and panels, including “Habits of Highly Effective YouTubers” by Ipsa Desai of Google.

The full list of performers, presentations, panels, films, and comedy shows is expected to be released over the coming weeks. For more information, contact NXNE: 416-863-6963, FAX 416-863-0828, info@nxne.com, www.nxne.com.

Tune In To Canadian Musician Radio!

CM is bringing more entertaining and informative industry content to a new medium. Having launched in mid-May, 2013, CM Radio has already attracted a sizeable audience and is amassing an increasingly growing number of daily plays. The show airs live at www.canadianmusicianradio.com every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern (5 p.m. Pacific), and following the live broadcast, each show is archived on the site for convenient future listening.

Regular features include: interviews with high-profile musicians, songwriters, producers, music experts, and industry professionals; insider information on the music industry; event profiles; the latest news and trends; and much more.

We’ve already featured in-depth interviews with artists like Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo, Vancouver’s Mother Mother, and Charlottetown’s Paper Lions as part of the CM Catches Up With… segment. Meanwhile, CM Academy has been in session with Canadian Musician Publisher Jim Norris, sharing tips from his popular Self Promotion 101 seminars, producer Brian Howes (Hedley, Nickelback) slipping us some songwriting tips, and entertainment lawyer and Music BC Executive Director Bob D’Eith discussing some realities of making a career in the Canadian music business from his new e-book, A Career In Music: The Other 12 Step Program.

Visit the site for information on upcoming broadcasts and to connect with the hosts, and be sure to subscribe to the channel for updates on upcoming guests and features. www.canadianmusicianradio.com.

Auditions Coming Up For Honey Jam 2013

Artists are invited to audition for the 2013 edition of Honey Jam, the all-female multicultural, multi-genre artist showcase produced by PhemPhat entertainment group.

The Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre will be hosting live auditions on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 2 p.m. Female artists of all ages and genres are welcome to perform for a chance at a showcase slot. The showcase will take place Thursday, August 15 at the Mod Club Theatre.

For a complete list of how it works and what to bring, visit www.honeyjam.com.

Gear From Hagstrom, Marshall &s; More Up For Grabs Through CM Sweepstakes

Head over to www.canadianmusician.com/sweepstakes to enter the CM Guitar Sweepstakes for your chance to win a killer package from Erikson Music.

The prize pack includes a Hagstrom Tremar Superswede guitar with a gig bag, Marshall 50th Anniversary hand-wired 1-watt JVM combo amp and vinyl cover, and a QuikLok folding stand – a combined value of over $2,300.

Last date of entry is August 31, 2013. Good luck!

NWC Appoints New Digital Marketing Coordinator

CM publisher Norris-Whitney Communications has announced the appointment of Melissa Losier as Digital Marketing Coordinator. Melissa has an extensive background in broadcasting and software development and education in sales and marketing, accounting, computer technology, and graphic design.
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Melissa will be overseeing NWC’s digital marketing operations as well as providing customer service to NWC’s advertising and marketing clients.

NWC President Jim Norris states, “We are pleased to have someone with Melissa’s background and experience join our company. This will allow us to launch several new online initiatives, improve our digital marketing program and provide superior service and support to our clients.”

For more information, visit www.nor.com. Contact Melissa at 905-641-3471 or mlosier@nor.com.

Events

S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival
St. Catharines, ON, June 9, 2013, www.scenemusicfestival.com

NXNE 2013
Toronto, ON, June 10-16, 2013, 416-863-6963, FAX 416-863-0828, info@nxne.com, www.nxne.com

Sled Island Music Festival
Calgary, AB, June 19-22, 2013, 403-229-2901, info@sledisland.com, www.sledisland.com

2013 COCA National Conference
Halifax, NS, June 20-24, 2013, 519-690-0207, FAX 519-681-4328, www.coca.org

Stickman Drum Experience
Black Strap Lake, SK, June 27-July 1, 2013, info@stickmandrumexperience.com, www.stickmandrumexperience.com

Guitar Workshop Plus Toronto 2013
Toronto, ON, (Session 1): July 14-19, 2013, (Session 2): July 21-26, 2013, www.guitarworkshopplus.com

KoSA International Percussion Workshop, Drum Camp & Festival
Vermont, USA, July 23-28, 2013, www.kosamusic.com

Guitar Workshop Plus Vancouver 2013
Vancouver, BC, August 11-16, 2013, www.guitarworkshopplus.com

Visit www.nor.com/events for more events involving Music, Musical Instruments, Professional Audio, Lighting, & Production.

HOT GEAR

Gibson Les Paul Signature “T”

Gibson has unveiled the Les Paul Signature “T” with optional Min-ETune automated tuning.

The Les Paul Signature “T” is built on a foundation of the same traditional tonewood combination as the original Les Paul Standard. It has carved solid grade-AA figured maple and a select mahogany back, treated with Gibson’s traditional weight relief designed to increase playing comfort and enhance resonance. A solid, quarter-sawn mahogany neck is glued in and carved in the fast 60s SlimTaper profile and topped with a rich brown grade-A Granadillo fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets and traditional trapezoid inlays. There are traditional specs like a 24 3/4-in. scale length, a 1 11/16-in. width across the PLEK-cut corian nut, and a 12-in. fingerboard radius.

Signature “T” is available with optional Min-ETune automated “robot” tuning that can tune the guitar to standard or alternate tunings accurately and quickly.

For more information, contact Yorkville Sound 905-837-8481, FAX 905-839-5776, canada@yorkville.com, www.gibson.com.

Novation Launchpad S Grid Controller

Novation has released the Launchpad S grid controller, an updated version of the original Novation Launchpad. Compared to its predecessor, the Launchpad S has brighter LEDs, a faster refresh rate, and is now plug-and-play with other software such as FL Studio and works with the iPad.

A grid of 64 tri-colour launch pads allows hands-on control of music software such as Ableton Live and FL Studio. It is designed for launching loops/clips and triggering effects as well as getting full mixer control including volume, effects sends, pan, mute, solo, and track arm. The grid can also trigger drums and one-shot samples. A second user mode allows users to freely assign pads to control other software parameters.

Launchpad S comes with the Launchpad Edition of Ableton Live as well as custom overlays for using other grid-based music software. Novation has developed a Launchpad iPad app that enables loop triggering and effects from an iPad, independent of Ableton Live.

For more information, contact Erikson Audio: 514-457-2555, FAX 514-457-0055, www.eriksonaudio.com.

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