Canadian Musician Newsletter
Guitar Workshop Plus 2011 Fast Approaching
The Toronto and Vancouver sessions of Guitar Workshop Plus are fast approaching. The first Toronto session will be held from July 17-22, 2011 with the second taking place July 24-29, 2011. The Vancouver session is happening August 7-12, 2011.
Both Toronto sessions will once again be held at Appleby College in Oakville just west of Toronto with the Vancouver session taking place at Quest University, which is located just north of Vancouver in Squamish, BC.
Designed for aspiring musicians of all ages and levels, the program covers multiple styles, courses, and levels, and offers students a unique setting for intense musical and personal growth. Guests artists for 2011 include Orianthi (pictured), Mike Stern, David Grissom, Rik Emmett, Dave Martone, and several others.
CIRAA Launches Micro-Grant Program
The Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA) has announced the launch of a new micro-grant program for independent Canadian artists. The program, launched at the foot of May 2011, will distribute $2,000 each month to Canadian independent artists in the form of 20 $100 micro-grants rewarded specifically for live performances.
Each month, CIRAA members will be eligible to apply for a micro-grant for each eligible gig that they have played during the past month. The submission period will be from the 1st to 10th of each month and winners will be selected in a lottery draw.
For more information visit www.ciraa.ca.
Jimmy DeGrasso Drum Clinics Rolling Through Ontario
Well-known metal drummer Jimmy DeGrasso will be performing a string of drum clinics across Ontario in June. The clinics are presented by Erikson Music and Pearl Drums in association with Pro-Mark, Evans Drumheads, and SABIAN Cymbals.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
For more information, visit www.eriksonmusic.com.
VIMBC Set To Take Over Vancouver Island
The 4th Annual Vancouver Island Music Business Conference (VIMBC), a four-day conference event being held June 22-26, 2011 in Courtenay, BC, offers a platform for anyone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of the music industry.
Over the course of the event, panel discussions will be held featuring industry heavyweights such as Jake Gold, Terry McBride, Tom Jackson, Dan Hill, and Chilliwack.
In addition to the informative and educational seminars, VIMBC will feature entertainment from award winning recording artists Jamie Warren, Patricia Conroy, Stef Lang, and Sue Medley, as well as showcase bands from across North America performing at five local venues.
This year, VIMBC is also hosting the Vancouver Island Music Awards at the Sid Williams Theatre on June 23rd.
For more information visit www.vimbc.com.
2011 COCA National Conference – Whistler, BC, June 20-24, 2011, 519-690-0207, FAX 519-681-4328, www.coca.org
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Moog Slim Phatty Synth
Moog Music has announced the release of its Slim Phatty Synthesizer. Based on the company’s Little Phatty sound engine, the Slim Phatty is the latest descendant of the Minimoog Model D and features the classic Moog Ladder Filter.
In addition to shaping the sound of its onboard oscillators, the Slim Phatty’s filter also serves as a production tool that can be used to process external audio, effecting the audio source with everything from smooth analog warmth through wet, resonant filter sweeps. The Slim Phatty also features a new tuning scale feature and editor, allowing for easy exploration of alternate scales and tunings.
In addition to the world of MIDI and USB gear, the Slim Phatty’s Control Voltage inputs give it unlimited realms of expression and sound design possibilities. Modular synth-style patching with the Moogerfooger effects processors, the CP-251 Control Voltage Processor, and other Moog synths (including the Moog Guitar) creates soundscapes previously available only on large modular systems.
Marshall Class5 Combo Amp
Marshall has announced the release of its Class5 five-watt, all-valve combo amp that features true class A circuitry from input to output. Created in the Bluesbreaker style, the Class5 features a top-loaded, Plexi-esque panel comprising volume, treble, middle, and bass controls.
The all-valve signal path offers Marshall’s signature analog tones while the specially-designed G10F-15 speaker, developed in conjunction with Celestion, has been developed to provide the Class5 with full bottom-end clout for an amp of its stature while also retaining tonal clarity and definition. The rear panel offers both a headphone out and 16-ohm extension cab output sockets.