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Indie Week Canada Artist Applications Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Indie WeekThere is little under a month left for artists to apply to showcase at Indie Week Canada 2018. This year’s Indie Week festival and conference will be taking place around downtown Toronto from Nov. 6-11. The deadline to apply to play is July 16, 2018 and for information is available at

Indie Week is open to all genres except comedy and cover acts. Bands/artists must not be signed directly to a major label, but bands signed to an indie label with major distribution are still allowed to apply.


Apple Has Entered the Booming Canadian Smart Speaker Market That’s Reshaping Music Consumption

Monday, June 18th, 2018

HomePod with Album Art - L.psd-Facebook_LargeApple has finally entered the smart speaker market in Canada, releasing today its long-awaited HomePod, which its going up against the Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Sonos One. And while, somewhat uncharacteristically, Apple is playing catch-up to the other companies in terms of entering the market, Apple is clearly putting music fans at the centre of its market strategy. And when you look at the data, it’s easy to see why. Smart speakers are not only the hottest consumer electronics items of the past two years, but are already radically changing music consumption trends.

Because of how quickly they’ve been adopted, it’s worth remembering how new smart speakers are in the Canadian market. The Google Home, for instance, was only launched in this country in July 2017, but already nearly 10 per cent of Canadian homes have a smart speaker, according to data from Edison Research and Triton. And people aren’t just using these AI assistants to find out the weather forecast or ask how many milliliters are in a cup. Smart speakers are quickly becoming people’s primary way of listening to music around the home.


Showcase Applications Open for Folk Alliance International 2019 in Montreal

Monday, June 4th, 2018

FAIThe Folk Alliance International conference is returning to Canada for the first time in five years, taking place in Montreal from Feb. 13-17, 2019, and artist showcase applications are now open.

Founded in 1989, FAI is the largest organization and conference for the folk music industry. In 2018, 2,850 delegates (agents, managers, labels, journalists, festivals, venues, artists) from 35 countries attended. The conference program features professional development workshops, industry panels, master classes, business networking sessions, and keynote presentations.The economic impact for the conference host city has been assessed (by VisitKC) at $5 million (USD). Previous Canadian editions have included Calgary (1992), Vancouver (2001), Montréal (2005), and Toronto (1997, 2013).


Artist Showcase Submissions Open for Nova Scotia Music Week 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

NSMWNova Scotia Music Week is heading back to Truro from Nov. 1-4 for the 2018 edition of the event. The festival features over 100 Nova Scotian artists across multiple stages throughout Truro.

Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2018 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Tuesday, June 12, at 5 p.m.


RGK’s Dara Conrod Wins Canadian Musician’s Home Recording Package at CMW

Monday, May 14th, 2018
Dara Conrod

Dara Conrod

Canadian Musician is pleased to announce that Dara Conrod has won the CMW Home Recording prize pack, valued at over $1,000. The prize include a Universal Audio Apollo Twin MkII desktop recording interface, a Blue Spark Microphone, and a copy of the bestselling book Modern Recording Techniques. Dara’s name was randomly selected from hundreds entered in the draw at the Canadian Musician booth during the Canadian Music Week conference at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto last week.

Dara works in the music industry at RGK Entertainment Group, which represents some of Canada’s top country artists, including Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, and many more. The umbrella of RGK includes Open Road Recordings (country record label), RGK (management division), Roots Three Music and Rogue Eleven (publishing), (premier music news source), and more.  Having studied music business in Nashville TN, and with a background in management, Dara found a home at RGK in 2015. As Artist & Touring Coordinator, Dara deals with many elements of RGK’s companies, including digital releases, touring, grant funding, and administrative tasks. In her spare time she plays guitar and other instruments.


Canadian Musician is Geared Up for a Big CMW 2018!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

cmw-2017-fest-300x300@2xNWC, publisher of Canadian Musician magazine, is going to have a major presence at the Canadian Music Week Conference beginning tomorrow, May 9th, and running until Saturday, May 12th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto (123 Queen St. W.).

There is LOTS going on this year at CMW and we want to make sure you aren’t missing any of it!

First, stop by BOOTH #311 to say “Hi” to the NWC group and take advantage of everything happening at our booth this year. Then pick up a complimentary copy of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine.

Once again, Music Books Plus is on the road and at CMW 2018 and we’ve brought along our most popular titles for you to browse and purchase at a CMW discount. Again, stop by Booth #311.


Congrats to CMW Sweeps Winner Simon Poole

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Simon Poole

Simon Poole

Canadian Musician is happy to congratulate Simon Poole for winning our 2018 Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes.

Simon is a Toronto-based musician and composer who plays bass in The Dying Arts and composes music for Discovery Channel documentary series Fear Thy Neighbor. He and a friend will get the full CMW experience to help further their music careers.

For winning Canadian Musician’s CMW Sweeps, Simon receives:

Music Summit Delegate Passes |  (2) 4-day passes

Canadian Radio Music Awards | 2 tickets

Explorer+ Pass | 2 passes

Live Music Awards | 2 tickets


Honey Jam Audition Set for June 2nd

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Honey Jam 2017Auditions for the 2018 Honey Jam Showcase will be held on June 2nd at Rivoli in Toronto. As always, Honey Jam auditions are open to all female artists ages 14 to 25 in any genre. The final Honey Jam showcase will be held Aug. 23, 2018 in Toronto. Artists outside of Ontario may submit their audition online.

All of the artists chosen to perform this year will attend a music industry workshop at Harris Institute, receive one-on-one vocal and performance coaching from Elaine Overholt of Big Voice Studios, have their original songs played on radio, promotion on for one year, participate in a mentor cafe, participate in a presentation and tour of the YouTube/Google offices, attend a presentation and tour of the Junos/Caras/Music Cares Office.


Tickets On Sale for Music Heals’ Strike a Chord Benefit Concert

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

strike a chordTickets are now available for Music Heals’ fifth annual Strike a Chord benefit concert, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. The star-studded concert raises money for the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, which supports music therapy programs across Canada.

The artists have not yet been announced for the show, but past performers include am Roberts Band, The Sheepdogs, Big Sugar, Serena Ryder, Dan Mangan with a children’s choir, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer with Jim Byrnes, Delhi 2 Dubin, and many more. Tickets are limited and the show often sell outs quickly.


Submissions Now Open for 2018 Project WILD Albertan Artist Development Program

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Project-WIld-winners-2017Heading into the third year of accelerating the careers of Albertan artists, Alberta Music and WILD 953 have once again come together to launch the 2018 season of Project WILD. Submissions are now open and run until Friday, April 20 at 12 p.m. MT.

Project WILD is an artist development program designed to educate, promote, develop, and launch the careers of Alberta’s most up and coming country and roots artists. After the jury deliberation of hundreds of entries, the Top 12 finalists of the program will be selected based on musicianship, vocal performance, songwriting ability, and live performance. These Albertan artists will each receive a $5,000 development grant and participate in Project WILD’s music industry boot camp – an intense one-week workshop to excel their skills in performance, songwriting, marketing, media strategy, music business, music accounting, tour strategy, and social media.


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