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Bob Moog Foundation Unveils Historic Schematics from Archives

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Moog schematic 1The Bob Moog Foundation has released 15 new schematics from its vast archives of hardware, conceptual drawings, photographs, vintage catalogs, design schematics, and more. The release is the second of its kind, following 20 schematics shared on the foundation’s eighth anniversary, August 21, 2014. The Foundation’s archival mission is to preserve the past to inspire the future.  To that end, work on the expansive collection is implemented with the purpose of sharing the historical and technical information contained therein through collaboration on museum exhibits and online releases.


Canadian Musician Is Going to the JUNOS!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

cmjunosCanadian Musician is hitting the ground with LIVE coverage of The Juno Awards. Join in our conversation with Assistant Editor, Mike Raine by using and following ‪#‎CMJUNOS. Follow @cdnmusician on Twitter as we go behind the scenes with Juno Nominees and industry leaders. Mike will be in Hamilton, ON from March 13, 2015 until the Juno Awards Broadcast (and maybe an after party or two) on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Rebel Hero, Goodnight Sunrise, DLV & The Control Room to Rock Generation Next Live on April 2

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

generation-next-live494.9 The Rock’s Generation Next Live presented by Canadian Musician has just announced the next date and bands to play the legendary Phoenix Concert Theatre stage. \

On April 02, 2015 we’ll welcome Rebel Hero, Goodnight Sunrise, DLV, and The Control Room to ROCK the stage to perform. Get all the details about the show at Check out the bios of the performers and sign up for the Generation Next Live email list to win tickets to the show.

Get 10% Off Yamaha Instruments Until March 21

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Yamaha couponYamaha Canada Music has launched a new Gear Up for Spring sale. You can get 10% off eligible new in-stock Yamaha instruments. You must present the coupon found here to your local Yamaha dealer:

Go here for a list of Yamaha dealers: 

The offer run until March 21, 2015. It excludes Acoustic, Hybrid & SILENT Piano, Clavinova (CLP/CVP), and Concert & Marching Percussion.

For more information, go to  

‘Remembering Jay Smith’ Benefit Concerts to be Held in Vancouver & Halifax

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jay SmithAgain this year friends and fans are coming together to celebrate the life and music of Jay Smith with special benefit concerts in Halifax and Vancouver.

Jay Smith – solo artist and guitarist in Matt Mays’ Band – took his own life in March 2013. Waves of grief rippled through his immediate and musical families, his network of friends and fans around the country and beyond. This year Jay’s life will be celebrated in two special benefit performances, featuring his music, friends, and collaborators.

Dustin Bentall is one of those friends, and said of the loss, “It was a really tough time in my life, losing Jay to suicide. It was really tough for everyone who knew him. Even today, it’s still a very emotional thing to deal with, and honestly, I think it always will be. Our tight group of friends — we still talk about him every day. We miss him every day.”


Through Our “Summer Eyes”

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Stephan Ermel of Toronto indie rock quintet Midday Swim reflects on recording the band’s self-titled debut…


Rather than spending the recent family day long weekend – one of the coldest weekends of the season – warm and indoors with the fam, I went up north with my adopted family to a cottage along Jack Lake in the Kawarthas to continue recording our upcoming album, set to be released April 28th, 2015.

We spent the rest of that weekend surviving on frozen lasagna and Moose Tracks ice cream with no running water, very little heat, and a whole lot of instruments.


Forbes: How it cost $6.9M to make ‘Blurred Lines’ a hit

Friday, March 6th, 2015 has published this interesting breakdown of the costs associated with the hit song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I.. During an ongoing plagiarism lawsuit brought forward by the estate of Marvin Gaye, a Universal Music executive said that the overhead cost of the song were $6.9 million. Here is Forbes’ explanation of how that could be:

Marvin Gaye’s family’s lawsuit against Robin Thicke over his song,“Blurred Lines,” has peeled back the curtain on just how much it can cost to birth a hit single.

Earlier this week, court testimony in Los Angeles federal court revealed that Thicke has earned $5.66 million from the song, while co-writer/performer/producer Pharrell Williams made $5.15 million and featured performer/co-writer T.I. $704,774, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Perhaps the most shocking revelation was testimony from an executive at Universal Music Group, the record company that released and distributed “Blurred Lines,” who stated that overhead costs to create the song tallied $6.9 million.


CMW Announces Second Round of Headliners

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced its second round of 2015 festival headliners, including Joey Bada$$, Swervedriver, Lucki Eck$, The Psychedelic Furs, Mick Jenkins, Death Cab for Cutie, Leon Bridges, JMSN, and more. The new additions join the previously announced line-up that features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Jesus and Mary Chain: 30th Anniversary of Psychocandy, Faith No More, GoldLink, FIDLAR, King Tuff, and more. For full line up visit:

From March 3-10, fans who buy one wristband can get a second wristband free. Simply visit here and enter the special promotional code, which will be announced via Twitter March 3rd at 11 a.m. CMW will showcase over 1,000 bands in 60 different venues across the city.


Manitoba Music Announces SXSW Showcase

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Del Barber

Del Barber

Manitoba Music has organized a showcase for some of its artists in Austin during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The  Manitoba Showcase takes over Canada House in Austin for an afternoon on Thursday, March 19, and will feature performances by country blues heartthrobs The Bros. Landreth, roots troubadour Del Barber, acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe, and in-your-face rock outfit Mise en Scene.

Manitoba Music will also co-host a showcase for SXSW Interactive and Film delegates on Tuesday, March 17 at The Majestic. The Interactive portion of the event has become, by far, the largest facet of the enormous international conference and festival. Boasting a stellar lineup of talent from across the Canadian west, under the BreakOut West banner, this show is the latest in a series of collaborations between music industry associations Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and Music BC.


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.


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