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Contact East 2015 Now Accepting Artist Applications

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Matt Andersen is one of the many artists who have showcased at Contact East.

Matt Andersen is one of the many artists who have showcased at Contact East.

Contact East 2015 is now accepting showcase and pitch applications by tour-ready artists in music, theatre, and dance.  Applications are be accepted via I Want To Showcase, a multi-conference application system. The application deadline is Monday, March 30th, 12 p.m. AST.

The flagship event of the Atlantic Presenters Association, Contact East brings together North American talent in theatre, music, and dance, to showcase their work for regional, national, and international presenter delegates. This year’s 40th anniversary conference will take place Sept. 17–20, 2015 in Charlottetown, PEI.


CM’s Steinberg Music Production Sweepstakes Closes Saturday

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Yamaha_fb last chanceLike the Canadian Musician Facebook page and enter the Canadian Musician Steinberg Music Production Sweepstakes before it closes on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at midnight

You can take your next recording project to a new level by wining a special music production bundle of Steinberg software and hardware courtesy of Yamaha Canada Music. It includes the just-released Cubase Pro 8, the HALion 5 and Groove Agent 4 VST instruments, and a UR44 audio interface. Prize valued at over $1,600.


Hit Like A Girl Drum Contest Opens March 1

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Celebrity Judge Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil)

Celebrity Judge Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil)

Hit Like A Girl, the global online contest for female drummers that drew competitors from 45 countries in 2014, will be accepting online video entries starting March 1.  This year will mark the contest’s fourth year. Now in its fourth year.

2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest opens for online video entries at 12:01 AM PST on March 1, 2015. Two pair of weekly winners will be chosen by celebrity/industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8. Fan voting opens April 10 and closes April 22. The Top 20 weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over- and under-18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4. The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.


Submissions open for SOCAN Song House at ECMW 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SOCAN Los Angeles GM Chad Richardson

Submissions are now open for the first ever SOCAN Song House at Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) 2015, which is scheduled for April 8 and 9, 2015 in St. John’s, NL.

Ralph Murphy (songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting) and Chad Richardson (songwriter and General Manager of SOCAN Los Angeles) will lead the two-day interactive workshop. Twelve songwriter participants will be selected to gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. This initiative aligns with SOCAN’s new A&R strategy to help members improve their song writing and reach new heights in their careers.


Enter the beyerdynamic TG Drum Set Pro XL Sweepstakes

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


beyerdynamic has launched the TG Drum Set Pro XL Sweepstakes. This professional microphone drum set features first class sound reproduction, easy mounting of tomclips on nearly every drum rim, naturally sounding condenser microphones, compact and unobtrusive design, and a microphone clamp. This prize package is valued at over $1,700.

Simply LIKE the Beyerdynamic Canada  Facebook Page for a chance to WIN.  To enter, go to

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Submissions Being Accepted for Road to Indie Week: Alberta Contest

Friday, February 13th, 2015

RoadtoIndieWeekSubmissions are now being accepted by Alberta artists for the Road to Indie Week contest. The Road to Indie Week: Alberta is entering its third year. Indie Week Canada will be taking place in Toronto on Oct. 15-19, 2015.


NuMuBu Hosting Live Songwriters Series Webcast

Friday, February 6th, 2015

numubuwritersMusic industry networking site NuMuBu will be hosting a live web broadcast Songwriter Series on Feb. 10, 2015.

The Songwriter Series

The live Songwriters Series can be viewed at


FACTOR’s Annual Review Approaching – Do You Need to Update Your Profile?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

The following notice and advice is provided by FACTOR.

It’s time for FACTOR’s Annual Review

On Feb. 27, 2015 we will re-assess all Artist Profile and Applicant Profiles in the system. Both Artist and Company Ratings may go up or down at this time. Your current rating will remain in place until March 31 2015. New Ratings received during the Annual Review take effect on April 1, 2015.

“Why Should I update my Artist Profile?”


The Unchained, Affinity & Say Yes to Rock Generation Next Live Tomorrow Night

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

generation-next-live-feb5-3The Unchained, Affinity, and Say Yes will rock out at the second edition of Generation Next Live, presented by Canadian Musician and 94.9 The Rock, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 5. Proceeds from the show will help support MusiCounts.

The Unchained

The Unchained is a three-piece instrumental rock band from Toronto.

We have played together for over eight years, toured Canada and the U.S., and shared stages with some of rocks biggest bands including Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Finger Eleven, Edwin, Drowning Pool and others. In 2012 we released a full length instrumental album titled Lost In The Music. This album helped us build our network to a point that we knew our next collection of music could feature all of our favorite Canadian musicians. A year after this concept was conceived, a three piece band grew into a five piece creative machine including three guitar players, a bass player and a drummer. The new members are also involved in other bands and are incredibly enthusiastic to be a part of this project.


CMW Unveils Impressive List of 2015 Headliners

Friday, January 30th, 2015

CMW2015 HeadlinersCanadian Music Week (CMW) has released a pretty impressive list of headlining artists for the 2015 edition of the festival/showcase, which will be taking place in downtown Toronto from May 1-10. It features some of the top Canadian artists, old and new, including, Alvvays, Billy Talent, Kiesza, Magic!, LIGHTS, Daniel Lanois, and Ron Sexsmith. As well, there are a number of major international acts coming through town, including The Jesus & Mary Chain, ex-Oasis mainman Noel Gallagher,  and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

This year will once again feature The Concert Lottery. Offering CMW wristband holders the chance to guarantee a spot at some of the larger shows during the festival – and sometimes the only way in to a sold out show – and the opportunity to optimize their time during the festival. Now spanning 10 days CMW will showcase over 1000 bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.


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