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Sennheiser Celebrates Its New DJ Headphones With A Remix Competition

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Remix-the-LegendsTo promote its new range of professional DJ and mixing headphones, Sennheiser has teamed up with DJs Bob Sinclar, Luciano, and DJ Fly for an exclusive Facebook contest. From the March 19, music fans, creators, and disciples are invited to remix one of the tracks provided by these DJs. After a four-week contest period, the winners will receive an exclusive meet and greet with their DJ idol at a live gig.

The remix introduces Sennheiser’s new DJ and mixing headphones; the HD8 DJ, HD7 DJ, and HD6 MIX. “Excellent, tight sound: the Sennheiser HD8 DJ headphones are the perfect tool when you’re laying down grooves that will make the crowd go wild”, says Bob Sinclar, star DJ and one of the ambassadors of Sennheiser’s mixing contest.


Tegan & Sara, Arcade Fire, Serena Ryder The Big Winners 2014 JUNO Awards

Monday, March 31st, 2014
A Tribe Called Red performing at the 2014 JUNO Awards - Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

A Tribe Called Red performing at the 2014 JUNO Awards – Photo: CARAS/iPhoto

Canadian Musician would like to offer a big congratulations to all the winners at this weekend’s Juno Awards!

The big winner on Sunday night in Winnipeg was Tegan & Sara, who took home the Junos for Group, Pop Album, and Single of the Year. The duo was also on-hand to perform “Closer” with Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!.

Art rock superstars Arcade Fire took home the night’s biggest award for Album of the Year for their double-disc Reflektor album. The Montreal-based band also won Alternative Album of the Year.

Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year honours went to Serena Ryder, who performed double duty as a performer and a co-host alongside East Coast rapper Classified and country star Johnny Reid.


Beaches International Jazz Fest Issues To Petition To Restore Public Funding

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

beaches-jazz-festivalOrganizers and supporters of Toronto’s Beaches International Jazz Festival  (BIJF) are asking music fans to sign a petition calling on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and the provincial government to restore funding for the public festival.

Organizers are asking supporters to go to THIS LINK to write a letter to Premier Wynne asking for her to intervene and restore the festival’s funding.

The following letter is from the Beaches International Jazz Festival:

For more than 25 years, the Beaches International Jazz Festival (BIJF) has been a Toronto tradition. Each year, it welcomes more than 500,000 people free of charge to experience world-class jazz performances right in the heart of the Beaches community. Regularly ranked amongst the top 10 outdoor festivals in the world, the BIJF contributes more than $65 million dollars of revenue to the City, and specifically $30 million of that money right into the Beaches/East York community from which it has grown.


‘Remembering Jay Smith’ Benefit Concert On March 26

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

JaySmithIn honour of the late guitarist Jay Smith, a benefit concert in being held on March 26 in Halifax. Proceeds from the event will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit organization that provides counselling, emergency relief, and benefit programs for the Canadian music community who face personal or professional challenges due to hardship, illness, unemployment or economic difficulties.

The event takes place at the The Carleton Music Bar & Grill in Halifax on Wed., March 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets are now available for $25 at


Why You’re Failing At Open Mics

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Some good points here…

Win A Pair Of Genelec M040 Monitors!

Monday, March 17th, 2014

CMW-Sweepstakes2-newCanadian Musician’s sister publication, Professional Sound, is offering readers a chance to win a pair of Genelec M040 two-way active nearfield monitors with 6.5 inch woofers.

Just head over to the Professional Sound sweepstakes page for contest details.

The M040 monitor employs a 6.5-inch woofer with a one-inch metal dome tweeter, powered by an 80-Watt and 50-Watt amplifier, respectively. The free-field frequency response is 48Hz-21kHz (+/-3dB), while low distortion peak SPL is 107dB at one metre. The M040 measures 13 ¼-inches H x 9 ¼-inches W x 9-inches D and weighs 15.4 lbs.

These monitors are valued at $2,500. The last day to enter is May 31, 2014.

Metalworks Digital Music Production Sweepstakes Winner Announced

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Kelvin-AidooCongratulations  to Kelvin Aidoo of Etobicoke, ON on winning Metalworks Digital Music Production Sweepstakes. Recently, Metalworks teamed up with Erikson Audio to offer its Facebook fans a chance to win everything needed to set up their own home studio.

The prize package, valued at $1,750, includes:

- Korg MicroKorg Synthesizer/Vocoder
- Ableton Live 9 Intro
- Novation Launchpad S
- Audio Technica AT2020
- One Pair KRK New Generation 3 RP5 Monitors
- One PreSonus Audiobox 22VSL Interface (Includes Studio One Software)

Submissions for Metalworks Digital Music Production Sweepstakes closed February 28th and after numerous entries a winner was selected by random draw.

Enter CM’s Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

CMW-Sweepstakes2Canadian Musician is offering our readers a chance to win a Canadian Music Week prize pack worth more than $1,700. CMW is one of the country’s premier music showcases and industry events.

This year, from May 6-10, 1,000 artists and bands will be performing across 60 venues around downtown Toronto. As well, three-day CMW conference, which is split into three separate but interrelated summits for music, radio, and digital media, will take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Some of the confirmed keynote speakers and interviewees include legendary songwriter Diane Warren, City and Colour star Dallas Green, superstar DJ deadmau5, and producer and songwriter Bob Rock.


Nominations Open 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Diamond Rings performing at the 2013 Indie Awards.

Diamond Rings performing at the 2013 Indie Awards.

Nominee submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards, which will be held May 10.

Submissions are being accepted through until Feb. 28, 2014. Artists or their representatives (including labels and managers) can submit nominations on their behalf. All submissions completed before Feb. 14 will receive discounted pricing.

The eligibility period for all awards categories runs from Sept. 1, 2012 through Feb. 1, 2014. Nominees must have been active during the eligibility period and are based on the performance of the group or artist either on record or in live performances.

For complete submission details, eligibility criteria, and award categories, go to

A Conversation With… Kat Lucas

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

We’re pleased to host yet another edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series. In addition to his own solo career and a line of guitar method books called Hidden Sounds, Jeff is also the guitarist for acts such as Emmanuel Jal and Kae Sun. This edition of “A Conversation With…” finds Jeff catching up with Pink’s guitarist, Kat Lucas – who also happens to be a Canuck.

KatORANGE[1]It was on a sunny autumn afternoon when I sat down for tea and conversation with Kat Lucas in Toronto. Lucas was on a brief break between legs on Pink’s The Truth About Love Tour. A multi-instrumentalist, performing on keyboards, guitars, and backing vocals, Lucas’ musical abilities are only enhanced by her powerful stage presence.

Born into a musical family, Lucas began playing piano at the age of 3. After some persistent asking, her mother enrolled her in the Yamaha Music School the same year (two years before the standard age of 5). She chuckles while recalling how she had to stand up in order for her feet to reach and play the piano pedals. Lucas began composing original songs at 5 years old, began vocal lessons at 6, and directed her first original concerto, “Dreamcatcher,” with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra at just 15 years old.


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