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City & Colour’s St. Catharines Homecoming

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


Dallas Green returned to his hometown of St. Catharines, ON on Oct. 21, 2014 for the first performance at the city’s brand new Meridian Centre. Halifax’s Joel Plaskett Emergency was tapped for support, and both artists delivered stellar performances. Have a look at some shots from the evening by Bart Nowak of


Reminder: JUNO Awards Submission Open; Early-bird Deadline Tomorrow

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

JUNO submissionsThis is a reminder that submissions for the 2015 JUNO Awards are open and that the early-bird deadline is tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 24. Apply online at JUNO Week will be held in Hamilton, ON from March 9-15, 2015.

Important Dates to Remember:

  • October 24, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Early-bird deadline to receive discounted submission rates
  • November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for all categories
  • January 6, 2015, 5:00 pm (ET): Final submission deadline for International Album of the Year and Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada)


From Forbes: “Musicians Play Moneyball: Data Revolutionizes Another Industry”

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

A short but interesting article from Forbes on how musician and music industry entrepreneurs are using analytic to makes more informed decisions.

From Forbes:

“The music business hasn’t had a history of really wanting to know what’s going on,” says Taylor Hanson, of the eponymous Grammy-winning pop rock group. “There are no open-source music companies. There are a lot of black boxes.” And if record labels made data-driven decisions a la Billy Beane’s Moneyball? “Then artists wouldn’t be getting screwed.”


SXSW Prices Go Up Friday; First Round of Bands Announced

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 a heads up that the prices for Platinum, Gold, Music, Film, and Interactive SXSW badges will be going up on Friday, Oct. 24. To register, go to


HHB Canada Presents an Evening with Royer Labs & Mojave Audio

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Royer Labs’ John Jennings picking up a 2014 TEC Award.

Royer Labs’ John Jennings picking up a 2014 TEC Award.

HHB Communications Canada has organized an event for next Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Revolution Recording in Toronto that will see Royer Labs co-founder/owner John Jennings and Mojave Audio President Dusty Wakeman offer an in-depth look at how ribbons and condensers work and what they do. There will be an ample assortment of sound samples, mic comparisons and recorded tracks from well-known artists.


Music Canada Quizzes Chow, Ford & Tory on Music Support for T.O.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

music-canadaIn the lead up to the Oct. 27 Toronto mayoral election, Music Canada asked the three main candidates – Olivia Chow, John Tory, and Doug Ford – three key questions about how they plan to support the city’s music and arts community if elected as mayor.

From Music Canada:

Our research shows that Toronto has the potential to be the greatest music city in the world. It is the third biggest music market in North America, and is home to a vibrant music scene. This is why Music Canada has also led the 4479 Toronto Music City initiative, and why this survey has been created. Music Canada has surveyed Toronto’s mayoral candidates in order to raise awareness of music issues in Toronto, and to secure music friendly commitments.


SSL & HHB to Host “Anatomy of a Mix” with Rich Chycki in Vancouver

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rich ChyckiSolid State Logic and HHB Communications Canada have announced that they are hosting an Anatomy of a Mix seminar with famed producer and mix engineer Richard Chycki. The event is happening on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at The Farm Studios in Vancouver. The companies say it will be an interactive and informative evening of mixing tips and techniques from one of Canada’s most accomplished studio pros.

Chycki is an internationally renowned producer, engineer, mixer and SSL fan. Currently his studio features two SSL Sigma remote controlled summing mixers. He is one of the music industry’s most sought after talents, and has 60 gold and platinum albums to his credit including works from Rush, Dream Theatre, Pink, Aerosmith, Simple Plan, and Our Lady Peace.


Out Now: “Musicians & The Law In Canada, 4th Edition”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Musicians &The Law 4Music Books Plus is now carrying the new, fourth edition of Paul Sanderson’s book Musicians and the Law in Canada. It is a unique and practical text and this revised, enlarged, and updated fourth edition provides an overview of the law, contracts, and legal issues confronting musicians in Canada.

It covers all legal situations affecting musicians including:


BBC: Rock drummers ‘are top athletes’

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Blondie's Clem Burke took part in the study. Photo: BBC

Blondie’s Clem Burke took part in the study. Photo: BBC

An interesting article from the BBC:

Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer, research suggests.

Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

Despite rock’s reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed “extraordinary stamina”.

A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.

Clem Burke, who provided the beat for hits such as “Heart of Glass”, “Atomic” and “Call Me” was invited to take part in the eight-year project by Blondie fan Dr Smith.


Music Monday Launches National Songwriting Competition

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Music MondayThe Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds, is now accepting submissions. The first of its kind, the competition is inviting aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.


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