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Artist Showcase Application Deadline for the 2019 Folk Alliance International in Montreal is Aug. 15

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

FAIThe are only six days left to submit artist showcase applications for the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference and festival, which will be held in Montreal from Feb. 13-17, 2019. The showcase application deadline is Aug. 15, 2018. This will be the first time that FAI, the world’s largest roots music conference and showcase, has returned to Canada in five years.

Information on artists applications is available at


Showcase Applications Open for CMW 2019

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

CMW summitArtist applications are being accepted for Canadian Music Week’s 2019 showcase festival. The current application fee is $40, which rises to $62 on Nov. 5, 2018.

Each year Canadian Music Week attracts thousands of artists and industry from around the world to gather in Toronto for a week of live music, learning, and networking. Showcasing artists will receive a pass to the CMW conference, which offers panels, one-on-one meetings, and more.


Applications Open for Stingray Rising Star Award for Female Hip-Hop, Reggae, R&B & Soul Artists

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

news_img_17645.t1532025718The Stingray Rising Stars Award is sponsored by Stingray Music and celebrates emerging Canadian artists. This prize will shine a spotlight on female Hip Hop, Rap, Reggae, R&B, and Soul creators. This opportunity is for those who write, produce and/or perform music within those genres or related sub-genres.

One winner will receive $2,000 to create and produce a music video.


Canadian Musician Launches #AskAndrew Weekly Video Series to Answer Your Music Career Questions

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Ask AndrewOr need some advice for your next career move? #AskAndrew is a new video series from Canadian Musician in which Editor-in-Chief Andrew King answers your questions on the music business, no matter how simple or complex.

A new edition of #AskAndrew will go up every Monday on our Instagram channel. From the basics like finding people to play with or how to book shows to the more advanced, like sync licensing, mechanical royalties, or record deal red flags, we’ve got you covered.


On Thursday, Join CM’s Free Webinar & Learn How to Make the Most of Your Studio Time

Monday, June 25th, 2018

make the most of studio timeOn Thursday, June 28, Canadian Musician will be offering another free, career-building webinar. This month, CM Editor-in-Chief Andrew King will be joined by producer/engineer Kevin Dietz, who will teach musicians how make the most of their studio and, in turn, save money, save time, and get the best recordings possible.

Regardless of whether you’re recording at home or in a major studio, knowing what to expect and being fully prepared will maximize your efficiency and the quality of your music. Dietz has recorded Randy Bachman, Tom Cochrane, Stone Sour, Alexisonfire, SonReal, Protest the Hero, The Glorious Sons, and many others. Needless to say, he knows his way around the studio and is here to share his expertise. In this free webinar, Kevin will help you make the most of any studio experience, get the best return on your investment, and come out with top-notch tracks.


AES Toronto’s June Meeting to Explore Analog to Digital Converters

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

June-meeting-imageThe Toronto chapter of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has released the details of this month’s meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at Long & McQuade Pro in Toronto (2 Eastern Ave.). It will John “Beetle” Bailey and Jeff Johns. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

About the Event
Explore High-End converters in a discussion and listening session at Long & Macqude Pro’s listening studio. John Bailey and Jeff Johns step through the evolution of digital conversion and take a glimpse into the future of networked high-resolution audio.


Only 3 Days Left to Enter Submissions for the Allan Slaight JUNO Master

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

JUNO masterclassThere are only three days left to you get your submissions in for the 2018 Juno Master Class. Three winners will be put on the fast track to being “JUNO ready.” Music industry members have to give their endorsement for artists to qualify. Winners will head out to Toronto to take part in a weeklong workshop with artists and industry experts. The deadline is June 25, 2018.

More information, can be found at


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).


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