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GoFundMe Campaign Started to Help Crowbar’s Kelly Jay

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Kelly JayThe son of Canadian musician and songwriter Kelly Jay, best known as a member of the ’70s band Crowbar and co-writer of the hit song “Oh, What a Feeling,” has created a GoFundMe campaign to help his father keep his home after a series of illnesses and tragedies have left him in a very tough spot. You can find out more here:

The campaign letter states:


Register Now for ‘Beyer Connection’ Free Technical Workshops & Demos

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Beyerdynamic and its Canadian distributor, Techni+Contact, have teamed up to offer two free education, demo, and networking opportunities for musicians and audio professionals called Beyer Connection. At both Beyer Connection events, one for recording and the other on live sound, attendees will learn the secrets of microphone technique and network with the music industry’s best.

This special event features advice from Bernd Neubauer, application engineer and artist relations manager from Beyerdynamic Germany. He will be on-hand to demonstrate best practices techniques featuring live musicians.


Larry LeBlanc to Host “Inside the Music” Episode on Michael Cohl, Bob Ezrin & Bruce Allen

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Bob Ezrin

Bob Ezrin

Veteran music journalist Larry Leblanc has told us that CBC-Radio will be nationally airing a one hour radio commentary that he did on the life and times of Michael Cohl, Bob Ezrin, and Bruce Allen on the program “Inside The Music.”

The times the show will air are:

Sunday, Dec. 6 on Radio 2 and3 pm ET and Radio One at 9 pm ET

Wednesday, Dec. 9 on Radio 2 and 7 pm ET

Sirius XM 169 plays the episode on Dec. 4 (2 pm), Dec. 5 (5 am), Dec. 6 (9 pm), and Dec. 9 (7 am)

The program consists of Leblanc’s commentary on the life and times of three accomplished Canadian entertainment figures along with relevant music recordings.


Music Books Plus Black Friday Sales; 20% Off Nov. 24-29th

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

WMIShopping_header_10.24.inddThe Holidays are coming and Music Books Plus is gearing up – starting today!

Starting today, November 24th, you can start saving 20% off the entire Music Books Plus site. Browse through the thousands of title available and simply use coupon code: BLACK FRIDAY at checkout and they’ll take 20% off everything in your cart.


Roland Launches Digital Piano Design Awards

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Roland_Grand_Piano_Design_ImageRoland has announced the launched of the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards, an opportunity for forward-thinking designers to create the piano of the future. Designers can now submit their digital concert grand piano concepts,  with cash prizes awarded to the top three finalists.


CM Sweepstakes: Your Chance to See The Tenors in Concert on Nov. 24th & More

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

TENOR sweepsCanadian Musician is giving you a chance to hear The Tenors like you’ve never heard them before. Enter to now to win two tickets to their show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on November 24th. We also have a copy of their latest CD, an autographed photo, and some merch to give away to one very lucky winner. Enter now at


Sennheiser Calling on Bands & Artists to Review its Evolution Wireless D1 Series

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Sennheiser singerSennheiser is calling on bands and artists to be product reviewers for its evolution wireless D1 series

Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching its “Test D1 and Only” campaign, encouraging artists and bands to trial and review its new evolution wireless D1 microphone systems, with reviewers able to keep their set for free. The opportunity is available to the 150 prospective testers that write to Sennheiser at with the best reasons for why they want to take part.


“World’s Biggest Audition” Seeking Vocalists for Project featuring Stewart Copeland & Brian Hardgroove

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Brian Hardgroove

Brian Hardgroove

Joined by Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Mitchell, the new project Audio Rhythm Theory, featuring Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Public Enemy bassist/bandleader Brian Hardgroove, is on a search for vocalists from around the world—and relying on the internet to find them.

Vocalists will be able to audition on video by singing to tracks uploaded by Audio Rhythm Theory to WholeWorldBand, the online music video creation platform, and can participate simply by downloading the free app from or from the Apple App Store. Meanwhile, Hardgroove’s Signature Forum on will be the epicenter for tracking the audition, by collecting all the final videos and Hardgroove’s commentary in one place.


Why It’s So Expensive for Canadian Musicians to Cross the Border

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

BorderNoisey, the music division of Vice Media, has published this interesting article on the financial barriers that make it difficult for Canadian acts to tour the U.S.:

With Canadian artists occupying the top four spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time ever, it may seem like the Canadian invasion of the American music market is well underway. But while artists like Drake and The Weeknd have managed to break out of Canada and take over the American pop charts, the passage across the border isn’t as smooth as they make it seem. The US music market is the biggest in the world, and with 75% of Canadians living within 100 miles of the border, that market is tantalizingly close for most Canadian musicians in an industry where opportunities are hard to come by. For most Canadians, visiting the US is a matter of routine. For American touring musicians, entering Canada follows more or less that same routine. But for many Canadian musicians, the border presents a significant logistical and financial barrier that can stunt their careers before they’ve really gotten started. This barrier has even led some to question the impactfulness of the investments made by the national and provincial governments to develop the Canadian music industry.


Visit Us at IMSTA FESTA Tomorrow at Ryerson University

Friday, October 16th, 2015

NWC boothIMSTA FESTA 2015 takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ryerson University in Toronto. We will be exhibiting at Booth 21 so please drop by. This is a free event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

  • Music Books Plus will be displaying an extensive selection of books and DVDs at special show prices.
  • We will have complimentary copies of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine
  • Our assistant editor, Michael Raine will be presenting a seminar on “How To Work the Media” at 2 p.m.

For information on IMSTA FESTA, visit


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