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Music Canada Quizzes Chow, Ford & Tory on Music Support for T.O.

Friday, October 17th, 2014

music-canadaIn the lead up to the Oct. 27 Toronto mayoral election, Music Canada asked the three main candidates – Olivia Chow, John Tory, and Doug Ford – three key questions about how they plan to support the city’s music and arts community if elected as mayor.

From Music Canada:

Our research shows that Toronto has the potential to be the greatest music city in the world. It is the third biggest music market in North America, and is home to a vibrant music scene. This is why Music Canada has also led the 4479 Toronto Music City initiative, and why this survey has been created. Music Canada has surveyed Toronto’s mayoral candidates in order to raise awareness of music issues in Toronto, and to secure music friendly commitments.

We asked Olivia Chow, Doug Ford, and John Tory three questions on key music policies as identified by Music Canada. We have listed their responses alphabetically below, and encourage Torontonians to consider a candidate’s positions on music policy when casting their ballot. Voting day is Monday, October 27, 2014, and Advance Polls are open now through October 19th. For information on how or where to cast your vote, visit the City of Toronto’s Election Services site.

How will you support the creation of a Toronto Music Office?

Olivia-ChowOlivia Chow: “As an artist herself, Olivia has a history of championing the arts. Olivia will create the Toronto Music Office, which could be paid for with increased revenue from the billboard tax. Like the Film Office already does to support film in our city, the Music Office will create an even more attractive environment for music and culture in our city.Olivia supports making city services work for people, from small business tax cuts to ensuring that economic development agencies in the city streamline their processes. Austin, Texas is a leader on the music front and we can do the same here in Toronto with a much larger population and pool of artists. This will build on the incredible musical talent in our city, and the music festivals and awards shows that already attract so many to our city.”

Doug-FordDoug Ford: “I believe in the power of the music industry to stimulate our economy, bring jobs to our city and create a vibrant cultural scene. In the past four years we have supported the arts and we have supported Toronto’s music industry. We increased arts funding by $22 million to support arts and culture in Toronto. I am also very proud of our work in partnership with Music Canada to help advance the music industry by travelling to Austin Texas on Toronto’s first music industry business mission. In Austin we signed the world’s first Music Cities Alliance between Toronto and Austin. We have also helped fund a new position at City Hall to liaise with the music industry to help them do business with the City of Toronto. We want to replicate the success we have seen with Toronto’s Film Office and apply that same approach to the Music Industry. I will work with stakeholders like Music Canada to make sure we expand on this and create fully functional Music Office at the City of Toronto.”

John-ToryJohn Tory: “John Tory’s “Music City” policy is an important part of his larger Arts and Culture policy which acknowledges the vital contribution the creative sector makes to the city. The creative sector creates the conditions for the city to thrive – it builds our international reputation, employs hundreds of thousands of people, and contributes billions to our GDP. It is important that the city creates the conditions for our creative sector to thrive.In May during Canadian Music Week, John announced his plan to support the growth of the music industry in Toronto. Included in his “Music City” program is the commitment to establish a new stand–‐alone Music Office which will act as a one stop shop for the music community.The City of Toronto can learn from its efficient and collaborative work with the film and television community. The city’s film office has succeeded in improving customer service has helped to increase the level of activity in Toronto in this important creative sector. Based on this success story, and a similar experience in Austin Texas in the music sector, the City of Toronto will benefit from the creation of a Music Office. The Music Office will be established within the Economic Development department and will open in 2015. The Music Office will be expected to accomplish two main goals: reduce red tape and stimulate greater economic activity in the music community. Both of these activities will help to reduce the impediments to business growth currently being faced by the music community in Toronto. Targets will be set and progress measured over a 5 year term. Expected results will include greater activity in the music sector, increased employment and private sector investment, and greater efficiency at City Hall.The Music Office will be supported in its work by the Toronto Music Advisory Council which was established in December 2013 and reports to the Economic Development Committee. John commits to extending the mandate of the Music Advisory Council.”

For all the questions and responses, go to www.musiccanada.com/news/torontomusicpolicysurvey2014/.

SSL & HHB to Host “Anatomy of a Mix” with Rich Chycki in Vancouver

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Rich ChyckiSolid State Logic and HHB Communications Canada have announced that they are hosting an Anatomy of a Mix seminar with famed producer and mix engineer Richard Chycki. The event is happening on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at The Farm Studios in Vancouver. The companies say it will be an interactive and informative evening of mixing tips and techniques from one of Canada’s most accomplished studio pros.

Chycki is an internationally renowned producer, engineer, mixer and SSL fan. Currently his studio features two SSL Sigma remote controlled summing mixers. He is one of the music industry’s most sought after talents, and has 60 gold and platinum albums to his credit including works from Rush, Dream Theatre, Pink, Aerosmith, Simple Plan, and Our Lady Peace.

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Out Now: “Musicians & The Law In Canada, 4th Edition”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Musicians &The Law 4Music Books Plus is now carrying the new, fourth edition of Paul Sanderson’s book Musicians and the Law in Canada. It is a unique and practical text and this revised, enlarged, and updated fourth edition provides an overview of the law, contracts, and legal issues confronting musicians in Canada.

It covers all legal situations affecting musicians including:

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BBC: Rock drummers ‘are top athletes’

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Blondie's Clem Burke took part in the study. Photo: BBC

Blondie’s Clem Burke took part in the study. Photo: BBC

An interesting article from the BBC:

Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a Premiership footballer, research suggests.

Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

Despite rock’s reputation for unhealthy living, Dr Marcus Smith, from Chichester University, said drummers needed “extraordinary stamina”.

A hour in concert could burn between 400 and 600 calories, he said.

Clem Burke, who provided the beat for hits such as “Heart of Glass”, “Atomic” and “Call Me” was invited to take part in the eight-year project by Blondie fan Dr Smith.

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Music Monday Launches National Songwriting Competition

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Music MondayThe Music Monday Anthem Search, a national songwriting competition created to inspire and engage music makers of all backgrounds, is now accepting submissions. The first of its kind, the competition is inviting aspiring songwriters from across the country to enter original compositions for the chance to be chosen as the next Music Monday Anthem. The composer of the winning submission will win $10,000 worth of musical equipment generously provided by Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.

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Music Therapy Gets a Rock ’n’ Roll Makeover

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
Music therapist Kirsten Davis accompanies Chris Lenz, a former professional musician who is in hospital with advanced multiple sclerosis.   Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

Music therapist Kirsten Davis accompanies Chris Lenz, a former professional musician who is in hospital with advanced multiple sclerosis. Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, Times Colonist

The Times Colonist newspaper in British Columbia recently published this article on the Bandwagon travelling recording studio, which is being used for music therapy around B.C.’s lower mainland. It’s an excellent read…

“Now he trusts the beauty of the great unknown. Now he believes in love.”

— Lyrics from Sarah Elizabeth by Chris Lenz, with music therapist Kirsten Davis

The song is called, simply, “Sarah Elizabeth.” Musician Chris Lenz wrote and recorded it for his wife. The song is a gift that might just mean as much to him as to her.

Lenz, 48, has advanced multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the nervous system that has kept him in hospital for the past two years.

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Wendell Ferguson’s Hugh’s Room Concert To Benefit Unison Fund

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Unison_WendellEvent_FEATimgHugh’s Room is presenting a fantastic night of music assembled by their friend Wendell Ferguson in celebration of his induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Hugh’s Room asked Wendell to assemble his favourite acts and put together a night of great music – but rather than make it all about him, he’s decided to make this a charity show and has generously offered to donate the proceeds to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

When:

Tuesday October 14, 8:30PM

Where:

Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street W. Toronto, ON M6R 1X6)

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 5

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Stars amidst their highly-anticipated POP Montreal set

Stars amidst their highly-anticipated POP Montreal set

Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

With four days of POP madness down, we had to ease into the last day of the Festival. We returned to Divan Orange in time to catch the end of Dear Denizen’s set. Band members Chris Ngabonzia, Jeff Louch, Alex Hackett, Bucky Wheaton and Alex Crow grooved away the rainy Sunday afternoon blues with their brand of post-punk for a hometown crowd.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 4

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Montreal's L.A. Foster performing to a hometown crowd during POP MTL 2014

Montreal’s L.A. Foster performing to a hometown crowd during POP MTL 2014

 

Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

Our day began at Divan Orange for L.A. Foster’s performance. Frontwoman Lesley Ann Foster delivered her alluring voice to melodic synths and R&B beats. Her soulful songs were inspired by her time in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, and Montreal. We also spotted Montreal-based model Irina Lăzăreanu, who came out to support the band. Foster’s definitely one to watch out for as an up and comer in the Montreal music scene.

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CM On The Ground For POP Montreal 2014 – Day 3

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
Sheryl Crow's POP Montreal set

Sheryl Crow’s POP Montreal set

Once again, Canadian Musician‘s sweet and stylish correspondents Candice Dugas and Melanie Cheung are on the ground in Montreal to cover POP Montreal. This year’s bill is as diverse as ever and features a heap of Canadian and international headliners performing around the city. Words are by Candice, shots are by Mel. For more from the ladies, check out The Run In.

Country pop rock singer Véronique Labbé kicked off our night at Olympia with upbeat devotion. She had her own section of local groupies who cheered on with passion, though her Francophone country hits were serving as a warm-up for the evening’s headliner, Sheryl Crow.

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