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Canadian Musician Launches Campaign to Help Songwriter John Cody After Acclaimed Career Ended by Cancer

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

DSC_7695We here at Canadian Musician magazine have launched a crowd-funding campaign via GoFundMe to help acclaimed Canadian songwriter and musician John Cody. He is in desperate need of financial assistance due to cancer and other continually worsening health conditions that have taken his singing voice, ended his career, and left him in severe financial hardship.

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Submissions Open for 2017/18 Canadian Songwriting Competition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

CanadianSongwritingCompetition_LogoSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2017/18 edition of the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2018, with an early-bird deadline of Oct. 31, 2017.

Each online entry requires the following information/elements:

-An original song in mp3 format, Youtube link OR Soundcloud link (live performance entries must be submitted as a Youtube link).


IMSTA FESTA Toronto Songwriting Competition Accepting Submissions

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

sw2_headerx1170The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is now accepting song submissions for the Toronto edition of its 017 IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Competition, which is co-hosted by Broadjam. This competition is an annual affair that will provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity attend Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece.


Watch a Tech Tour of SSL’s Mobile Demo Studio

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

ssl truckYesterday, Sept. 20, we stopped by the Solid State Logic (SSL) Mobile Studio while it was stationed at the Long & McQuade on Bloor St. in downtown Toronto.

The SSL AWS Truck is a custom built mobile demo studio that contains two demo systems. One is based around our AWS 948 hybrid studio production console and a collection of SSL I/O. The second system is based around Nucleus2 with a particular emphasis on its use in Dante based multi-seat teaching labs. The truck’s internal acoustics were designed by Russ Berger so it provides a professional, comfortable listening environment for getting to know SSL’s range of hybrid studio technology.


Submissions Open for 2018 ECMA Awards & Showcases

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Ashley Macisaac at the 2016 ECMAs [Photo: Pam Samson Photography]

Ashley Macisaac at the 2016 ECMAs [Photo: Pam Samson Photography]

Submissions for the 2018 ECMA Awards and Showcase submissions are now open. The 2018 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference take place in Halifax, NS from May 2-6, 2018.

Submission Deadline: October 2nd at 5PM AST

Eligibility Period: An album/song/video must have been released between June 1, 2016-October 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s awards.


#CMPremiere – Your Favorite Enemies’ “Underneath (As Strangers Falling in Love)”

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Your Favorite Enemies is offering Canadian Musician readers an exclusive sneak peak of a previously unreleased song, “Underneath (As Strangers Falling in Love)”, which can be found on their latest project A Journey Beyond Ourselves. The song, performed live during a SFCC fan-club gala broadcasted via YouTube on December 5, 2015, was played only once, and has been made available for the first time through this new project by the band.


Folk Alliance International 2018 Accepting Showcase Applications

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Quique Escamilla at FAI [Photo: Denny Medley]

Quique Escamilla at FAI [Photo: Denny Medley]

Folk Alliance International (FAI) in accepting artist showcase applications until Sept. 13, 2017. The 2018 edition of the FAI conference and showcase festival will be held in Kansas City, MO from Feb. 14-18.

Artists and touring musicians apply for the chance to perform for hundreds of festivals, venue bookers, agents, managers, media, and music industry representatives. FAI is the largest gathering of the folk and roots music industry and community. Each year it attracts over 2,700 attendees from 27 countries.

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SXSW 2018 Accepting Artist Showcase Applications

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
Valerie June at SXSW 2017 [Photo: Nilesh Patel]

Valerie June at SXSW 2017 [Photo: Nilesh Patel]

South by Southwest is now accepting artist showcase submissions until Oct. 20, 2017. The 2018 edition of the SXSW music festival and conference, which is held annually in Austin, TX, will run from March 12-18.

More than 100 Canadian acts perform at SXSW each year and hundreds of Canadian delegates make the trip to Texas, representing nearly every Canadian record label, as well as media, PR, technology, and all other areas of the industry. At the 2017 edition, new, developing, and established artists from 63 countries were represented amongst the 2,000-plus official performers. Showcases are curated by record labels, booking agencies, management and PR firms, export offices, publishers, media outlets, lifestyle brands, festivals, and more.


Canadian Music Week 2018 Accepting Artist Showcase Applications

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

CMWCanadian Music Week is now accepting submissions for artist showcases for its 2018 edition, which will take place from May 7-13 in Toronto.

The application deadline is Jan. 7, 2018. Those who apply by Oct. 27, 2017 will receive an early bird fee of $40 and that goes up to $62 after that date. Showcase applications are being accepted via Sonicbids. Performing artists will also receive complimentary registration to CMW’s Music Summit 2018, as well as a two-year membership to the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music and reduced hotel rates.


Honeymoon Suite ask for Fans’ Help Recovering Stolen Gear

Friday, August 18th, 2017

slider-groupVia Facebook, Canadian classic rockers Honeymoon Suite are seeking fans’ help in recovering a van load of gear that was stolen in Fort Erie, ON on the evening of Aug. 15.

The band wrote on Facebook: 


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