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A Conversation With… Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer

Monday, July 6th, 2015
MAGIC!'s Mark Pellizer (left) & Nasri

MAGIC!’s Mark Pellizzer (left) & Nasri

For this edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series, he speaks with Mark Pellizzer, the guitarist of monster Canadian pop/reggae act (and recent CM cover artists) MAGIC!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that the best musicians I’ve met have consistently possessed two traits: humility and focus. Multi-instrumentalist Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer, whose talents are expressed as a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer, is no exception. A member of the massively successful group MAGIC!, he co-wrote “Rude,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard in the US and Canada (and the top 5 in many more countries) and has garnered 575,000,000-plus hits on YouTube. That accompanies the band’s two JUNO wins, two Billboard Award nominations, and an American Music Awards nomination.

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Win $300 To Music Books Plus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

MBP siteTo mark the launch of its brand new website, Music Books Plus is offering a chance to win $300 to spend MusicBooksPlus.com. Just enter the “Explore & Win” sweepstakes at www.musicbooksplus.com/sweepstakes.

The new Music Books Plus website features an extensive list of new titles, a clean and modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience. The Music Books Plus responsive website allows consumers to browse and shop from any desktop or mobile device and the e-commerce function enables customers to order quickly and easily.

Enter at www.musicbooksplus.com/sweepstakes.

Eclectic & Star-Studded Line Up Begins Friday at Montreal International Jazz Fest

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Late B.B. King at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Fest. [Photo: Denis Alix]

Late B.B. King at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Fest. [Photo: Denis Alix]

The Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz fests in the world, is heading into its 36th and will be kicking off this Friday, June 26th, and continuing until Sunday, July. 5th.

Known for its eclectic lineups that bring together legendary jazz staples and emerging, forward-thinking talent, this year’s festival features Beruit, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, Joss Stone, Whitehorse, Hewy Lewis and The News, BadBadNotGood, Molly Johnson, Colin James, Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Adam Cohen, and many more. The programming spans free shows and indoor programming all across the Place de Arts in downtown Montreal.

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Electric Violin Inventor Mark Wood to Lead Clinic at Bloor St. Long & McQuade

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Mark WoodLong & McQuade on Bloor Street in Toronto and Counterpoint Musical Services are presenting a free clinic by Mark Wood, member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and international electric violinist, on Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Wood has collaborated with and appeared alongside some of the biggest names in music such as Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler.

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Boston Pizza Idol to Kick Off June 23

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Boston Pizza IdolBoston Pizza Square One in Mississauga, ON will be hosting Boston Pizza Idol beginning on Tuesday, June 23. It is a seven week karaoke competition that features over 100 singers, $2,000 in cash prizes, eight sponsors, and entertainment industry professional judges.

Prizes include:
-$2000 in cash prizes for the top 5 finalists
-Studio time at Metalworks, Canada’s #1 recording studio
-Tickets to the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
-A membership to Canadian Musician Magazine
-Long & McQuade gift certificates
-Boston Pizza gift certificates
-a membership to the Mississauga Arts Council
-merchandise from Metalworks, Boston Pizza, InSauga, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Rock The Coliseum.

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Apple Music To Not Pay Royalties During Trial Period

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Apple musicAre you a recording artist who’s looking forward to the launch of Apple Music? After all, much of the talk is about how there will be no free tier (or “freeium” in industry speak), which can only be a good thing for bringing value back to music and artists, right? No so fast. As Exclaim.ca points out, via a leaked document obtained by Digital Music News, Apple’s plan is to not pay any royalties during the three month free trial period and even once it begins paying royalties on paid subscriptions, those rates will be lower than what is currently being paid by Apple’s streaming competitors. 

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Music Books Plus Launches New Website

Friday, June 5th, 2015

MBPNew HRMusic Books Plus, a division of Norris-Whitney Communications, has launched a new website.

The new site features an extensive list of new titles, fresh, new design, improved navigation and search function and faster checkout.

Included are books, DVDs and software on music, business, instrument technique, songwriting, theory, home recording, biographies, history . MIDI and sheet music.

Visit the new site at www.musicbooksplus.com

Cosmo Music to Host Cosmo MusicFEST & EXPO This Weekend

Friday, June 5th, 2015

cosmo-musicfest-2015mapThis year marks the 30th anniversary and reinvention of Cosmo Music’s flagship June Sale event in Richmond Hill, ON. This year, the store is making it even bigger and so Cosmo Music is presenting Cosmo Music Fest & Expo, a one day only event on Saturday, June 6th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cosmo Music superstore. Admission is free. The address is 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill, ON, L4S 0B6.

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Showcase PEI 2015 Call for Submissions

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

English Words at Showcase PEI. [Photo by Ryan McNeil]

English Words at Showcase PEI. [Photo by Ryan McNeil]

Music PEI has announced its eighth annual buyer’s conference, Showcase PEI 2015, which will be taking place September 20-23. Interested artists must be available for a showcase performance during those dates and must also be current Music PEI members and residents of the province.

Buyers are now being recruited from festivals, venues, conferences, agents, and promoters from across Canada, USA, and the U.K.  As in the past, each artist will have a 20 minute showcase set. Music PEI will provide full backline and professional sound presentation.

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CM Road to Independence Sweepstakes Winners Announced

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the Canadian Musician Road to Independence Sweepstakes. Dean Meehan and Paul both received two delegate passes to the Country Music Association of Ontario Conference, a Country music CD prize pack, and a $20 HMV gift card. Congrats guys – hope you enjoyed the conference. #CMAO2015

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