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Music Nova Scotia Accepting Submissions for CMW Showcase

Monday, January 26th, 2015

From Music Nova Scotia:

The Music Nova Scotia Showcase Stage during Canadian Music Week will take place at the Rivoli in downtown Toronto, ON, on Saturday, May 9th. This showcase stage provides Nova Scotian artists the opportunity to perform for a target audience of influential industry professionals attending Canadian Music Week, including local, national, and international talent buyers, managers, and media. The Music Nova Scotia Showcase Stage is an official partnered stage of CMW.

The call for submissions is now open and will close on Monday, February 2 at 5:00pm (AST).


Montreal Electronic Groove Festival Accepting Artist Submissions

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

MEG_Logo_2015_CSThe 17th edition of the Montreal Electronic Groove (MEG) festival will run from July 23 to August 2, 2015, and electronic music artists are invited to apply for a chance to showcase at the event.


Music BC Presents: “How to Make Fans, Not Just Likes”

Friday, January 16th, 2015

MakeFans posterOn Sunday, Jan. 25, Music BC is presenting a panel discussion and Q&A called “How to Make Fans, Not Just Likes.” It will take place from 1-4 p.m. at the VSO School of Muisc – Pyatt Hall at 843 Seymour St. in Vancouver.

Music BC provides this description: Are you connecting with your audience or are you just yelling at them? This session will explore how artists can use social media to define their brand and create genuine moments with fans. Forget simply pushing out a message and hoping that it gains traction! We’ll dig into how to cultivate relationships and a develop a committed fan base via the latest and most relevant platforms.


Music BC & Artists’ Legal Outreach Offering Legal Advice Clinic for Musicians

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Music BC Executive Director, Bob D’Eith, will be hosting a one-on-one legal advice clinic for musicians at the Music BC office in association with Music BC and Artists’ Legal Outreach. This is a free service provided by ALO while D’Eith, an entertainment lawyer, will be offering his pro bono services. This event takes place on Feb. 10, 2015 from 5-7 p.m.

D’Eith advises those attending to come with question prepared and offers this list of questions he regularly gets asked:


15 Canadian Venues Rank in List of Top 200 Busiest Arena Venues Globally

Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Toronto's Air Canada Centre, the world's 11th busiest arena venue.

Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the world’s 11th busiest arena venue.

Global concert listing website Pollstar ( has tallied the number of tickets sold in 2014 at the world’s busiest arena venues. In its list of the 200 busiest arenas, there are 15 Canadian venues that make the list, with Toronto’s Air Canada Centre ranking the highest at number 11 globally with 584,729 tickets sold last year. Three U.K. venues hold the top three spots, with London’s O2 taking the top spot with 1,818,742 tickets sold.

The Canadian venues in the top 200 are:


Win VIP Tickets to See Shooter Jennings!

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

ShooterCMCourtesy1Enter to win a pair of VIP tickets to see ‪‎Shooter Jennings‬ live courtesy of‪ ‎Canadian Musician‬ at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Jan. 22nd. Shooter (son of Waylon Jennings) will be reuniting with his father’s original touring and recording band, Waymore’s Outlaws, to perform some of Waylon’s greatest hits along with his own. Don’t miss a legendary country music event.

Doors open at 7p.m.. The Show will also feature ‪Blackie Jackett Jr‬. and ‪‎Dick Rodan‬.

To enter, CLICK HERE.

2014’s Top Album Sales by Genre in Canada

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The team at Canadian Music Blog ( has broken down the top selling albums in Canada in 2014 by genre. The below pie chart includes both domestic and foreign releases and breaks it down by percentage of sales.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


A Conversation With… Bibi McGill

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

Bibi McGill (left) onstage with Beyonce

We’re pleased to host yet another edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series. This edition finds Jeff catching up with Beyonce guitarist Bibi McGill.

The warm summer wind seemed to quicken my pace and elevate my state of excitement as I made my way to Rawlicious in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood. Once inside, I was greeted by one of the greatest guitarists and musicians on the touring scene, Bibi McGill. She was kind enough to meet for our interview on her night off while in the middle of Beyonce’s On the Run Tour. Guitarist, musical director, entrepreneur, and yoga instructor, Bibi’s spiritual character beams both onstage and in everyday life.


ole 2101 Songs’ catalog from RedOne Productions

Monday, January 12th, 2015

ole, the Toronto-based independent rights management company, has acquired the 2101 Songs catalog from RedOne Productions, adding more than 1,000 pop and urban songs to ole’s catalog. Founded by renowned producer, songwriter, and musician Nadir Khayat, also known as RedOne, 2101 Songs was created to be a publishing home for developing and established songwriters and producers, resulting in collaborations on hits such as “Starships” (Nicki Minaj), “Live While We’re Young” (One Direction), “On the Floor” (Jennifer Lopez), “Who’s That Chick” (David Guetta and Rihanna), and “Rain Over Me” (Pitbull and Marc Anthony).


For Nova Scotia Residents, Viola Desmond Singer/Songwriting Contest Accepting Submissions

Friday, January 9th, 2015

ViolaDesmondContestFrom Music Nova Scotia:

Singer/songwriters who are residents of Nova Scotia are invited to submit their work for a chance to win $10,000 as part of the Viola Desmond Singer/Songwriter Contest . Presented by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage in partnership with Music Nova Scotia, the contest pays tribute to Viola Desmond and her contributions toward the civil rights movement in Canada. The contest will also create a heightened sense of awareness around Nova Scotia’s Heritage Day holiday. The inaugural holiday honours Viola Desmond on Feb. 16, 2015.  Submissions for the contest are open until Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.


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