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Reminder: CMW 2015 Artist Showcase Submission Deadline is Dec. 31

Friday, December 19th, 2014

CMW15A reminder that Canadian musicians have until Dec. 31, 2014, to apply for a showcase slot at the 2015 edition of Canadian Music Week (CMW), which will take place May 1-9, 2015 in Toronto. CMW is accepting showcase applications online via Sonicbids, and It costs $50 CDN to apply.

More than 300 performance slots (out of more than 900 total) are reserved for Sonicbids artists. Showcasing artists receive a complimentary registration to the CMW Music Summit 2015 (valued at $799 CDN).


Amanda Palmer on Art, Money & Transparency

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

AmandaPalmerpayAmanda Palmer has written this excellent piece for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper on the difficult-to-navigate relationship between art, money, and transparency. It’s well worth a read.

Art is a business – and, yes, artists have to make difficult, honest business decisions

By Amanda Palmer

Published Dec. 13 at

The first rule of Art Club? Don’t talk about how you run Art Club – that is, don’t talk about your risks, your losses and definitely don’t discuss your eccentric shortcuts or the expenditures that ultimately win you a customer base. You probably want to avoid even calling them “customers”, even though that’s precisely what your fans are at the point of sale. Even though they may – if you’ve developed a friendly relationship with them – take pride in their role as buyers of your art.


Music Canada President Discusses Pirate Bay Shutdown on CBC’s Metro Morning

Friday, December 12th, 2014

the_pirate_bay_white_on_blackThe Following is from Music Canada:

Yesterday, Music Canada President Graham Henderson appeared on CBC Metro Morning to discuss the recent shutdown of The Pirate Bay, and how to restore respect for creators’ work.

When asked why the Pirate Bay remained in operation despite legal threats for so long, Henderson replied, “I think it’s one of the realities of our digital environment, that if you are persistent, and you want to operate outside the law, there are ways to do it. And very clearly that’s what the Pirate Bay has been doing for these past years. But it also reflects an almost insatiable demand for music.”


Shryane Stock: A Fundraiser for Lawrence Shryane

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Shryane stockFrom our friends at 102.1 The Edge

On Monday, Dec. 8 a fundraiser concert will be held for Lawrence Shryane at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. For many years Lawrence worked hard putting together and organizing concerts in Toronto but recently had to stop. Due to a series of serious medical complications over the past couple of years, he is unable to do what he knows and loves.

With the loss of income, the bills are now well beyond what he and his family can afford. It’s tough enough to face financial crisis as an independent contractor, but it is almost unimaginable to have to face that while going through a life changing medical crisis as well. We had all been hoping he would turn the corner and get well enough that he could resume duties in the production world, but he needs his friends and supporters now more than ever.


Kid Rasta and the Peacemakers


Rebel Emergency (reunion)

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

logo-artscan-sm-contactSince 2002, ArtsCan Circle, has been bringing together artists, youth, and arts programming in the most remote Indigenous communities in Canada. This Giving Tuesday we are celebrating the work that has been created through these programmes. We believe these youth have a story to tell and we need your help to make sure their voices are heard.

ArtsCan Circle sends teams of musicians and artists to engage children and youth in remote northern communities in workshops in the arts. Through music and other creative arts, ArtsCan Cirlce hope to teach new skills, promote self-esteem, and creative self-expression. They build and strengthen relationships by consistent involvement in each participating community.


CIMA Accepting Canadian Blast Submissions for MIDEM 2015

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

MIDEM2015CIMA is soliciting submissions from export-ready companies with international experience who represent export-ready Canadian artists for the 2015 Canadian Blast Showcase at MIDEM. The showcase will take place at Morrisons (10 rue Teisseire) in the heart of Cannes, France on June 5-8, 2015.

For the past six years, the Canada Stand has presented Canadian Blast showcases at MIDEM, providing Canadian music companies with a strategic opportunity to showcase their artists to the world’s largest gathering of international talent and music buyers. This year’s line-up will draw from the full spectrum of music styles and Canadian regions to showcase the best in indie music from Canada.

Canadian Blast at MIDEM 2015 Showcase Package: $2,200 CDN per showcase

To apply, you must complete your Canada Stand full registration, which includes a section for the showcase application. To register, CLICK HERE.

Each Canadian Blast showcase package includes the following:


SOCAN Survey: Music has strong impact on consumer holiday shopping experience

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

SOCAN - Music Has Strong Impact on Consumer Holiday ShoppingThe following in from SOCAN:

The holidays are a popular time of year for playing holiday-themed music in public places, but that doesn’t mean everyone feels the same about it. Thirty-six per cent of Canadians have left a store because of the music being played, and 29 per cent have stayed in a store due to it, reveals the latest Holiday Music Survey from SOCAN. The poll, which was conducted by SOCAN with Leger Intelligence Group, strongly suggests that music can have a dramatic impact on consumer’s holiday shopping experience.

In addition to how customers behave while in a store, music also gets them in the mood to shop. A third of Canadians say that hearing holiday music – either in stores or on the radio – reminds them that it’s time to pick up gifts.


IFPI Report: Label Spending on A&R Exceeds $4.3 Billion Annually

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

IFPI-investing-in-musicThis is interesting. Despite that common complaint that major record labels invest little money any more in artist development, a new report from the IFPI entitled Investing in Music, label spending on A&R is now more than $4.3 billion annually and totals over $20 billion in the last five years.

From Billboard:

It’s become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true.


Get on Canadian Musician’s Guest List to see CARL PALMER

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Carl PalmerCheck this out! Want a chance to get on the Canadian Musician Exclusive Guest List for CARL PALMER celebrating the music of Emerson, Lake & Palmer at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Wed Nov 26th.

Doors 8 p.m.

Email for you + 1.

Limited space … First Come, First Served.

ISC Re-Opens “Sing Your Heart Out” & Pick Your Cause” Promotions

Friday, November 21st, 2014

logo_2014The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has re-opened two promotions, “Sing Your Heart Out” and “Pick Your Cause.” ISC has opened entries until Dec. 4, 2014 for songs relating to either of these topics. To enter, go to


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