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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.

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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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Halifax Pop Explosion Now Accepting Artist Submissions

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Tokyo Police Club at HPX  [Photo: Chris Smith]

Tokyo Police Club at HPX [Photo: Chris Smith]

Halifax Pop Explosion, one of the east coast’s premier new music festivals, is now accepting artist submissions from acts who wish to play the 2018 edition of the festival. This year’s Halifax Pop Explosion is being held from Oct. 17-20, 2018.

Artists interesting in apply are asked to include a hi-Res photo, MP3s, links to video/streaming/social media sites, and a stage plot.

Earlybird fee is $20 until March 31, 2018 and the regular fee is $25 until submissions close on May 18, 2018.

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SiriusXM & CCMA Launch Competition to Find Canada’s Next Big Country Star 

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Sirius countrySiriusXM Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), has announced the launch of its Top of the Country competition, offering a national platform exclusively for emerging Canadian country artists. The cross-Canada search will give participating acts a chance to play at Canada’s biggest country music festivals, industry mentorship programs, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Nashville, and more, plus the grand prize of $25,000 and a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC.

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Submissions Open for CMW’s ‘Startup Launch Pad’ Pitch Competition

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Clipboard01Submissions are now being accepted for Canadian Music Week’s Startup Launch Pad, which is a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the music industry. The deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018.

The competition will take place during this year’s CMW conference on Wednesday, May 9th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel.

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Entries Open for Slaight Music’s ‘It’s Your Shot’ Songwriting & Artist Development Competition

Monday, February 12th, 2018

13 Indie weekSlaight Music has announced the launch of the It’s Your Shot songwriting and artist development competition. The contest, which is open to all musical genres, encourages Canadian artists to submit a song/and or video to www.itsyourshot.ca for a chance to win a grand prize valued at $100,000 in total. The It’s Your Shot competition is one of the many initiatives put forth by Slaight Music, a company focused on discovering, developing, inspiring, and supporting Canadian recording artists.

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BreakOut West Showcase Submissions Now Open

Friday, February 9th, 2018

14 BOW Arlo MaverickShowcase submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 BreakOut West Festival, which are taking place from Oct. 10-14 in Kelowna, BC. Submissions close on March 21, 2018.

All performing festival artists must be residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Yukon and/or the Northwest Territories, for at least six months between January 1, 2017 and March 21, 2018. The mandate of the Western Canadian Music Alliance is to support artists and companies who reside in Western Canada a majority of the time and as such contribute to healthy and thriving music communities in the region. In the case of groups, 50% of the members must meet residency requirement.

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Alan Doyle, Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan & More Record Charity Single to Help Spirit of the West’s John Mann

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

LVN_SpiritOfCanada_iTunes_4kx4k_72dpiSing in the shower? Most everyone does it. Record a track in the men’s room with nearly 50 of Canada’s most celebrated musicians? That is definitely one for the history books.

And history they made as Alan Doyle, Jim Cuddy, Sarah McLachlan, Ed Robertson, Colin James, Barney Bentall and many more of Canada’s top musicians came together to cover Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest” in honour and support of frontman John Mann and his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Performing and recording as part of a benefit in John’s honour at the Commodore Ballroom in November 2017, the resulting video and song sit at the helm of a GoFundMe campaign to assist the 55-year-old singer in his extensive care for the devastating degenerative disease. 100% of the proceeds from the sales and streaming of the new release will go to the John Mann Trust Fund. (more…)

Shure Launches ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Mobile Recording Contest

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

shure contestShure and U.S. singer-songwriter Tori Kelly are calling on bands, singers, and solo musicians to enter the global mobile recording contest “Off the Beaten Track.” Artists from 14 countries around the world are invited to compete for a trip to Los Angeles with a professional recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA.

“As a singer, I know that inspiration can happen at any moment,” says Grammy-nominated artist Kelly.  “So I’m encouraging everyone to go for it and create something that is unique to who they are.”

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Dan Aykroyd & Judith Belushi Present “Out Of The Blues With The Official Blues Brothers Revue” to Support CAMH GIFTS of Light

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Out of the Blues bannerDan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi Pisano, the widow of the late John Belushi, have announced a special performance of The Official Blues Brothers Revue at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, on Wednesday, February 28th at 8 p.m. This fundraising event will benefit the CAMH Gifts Of Lights program, providing practical, meaningful gifts that meet the unique needs of mental health and addiction patients at CAMH.

The Official Blues Brothers Revue is a multi media interactive experience showcasing the undeniable talent of Kieron Lafferty (Elwood Blues) and Wayne Catania (Jake Blues), the duo hand picked by Akyroyd, Belushi Pisano and original Blues Brothers Musical Director Paul Shaffer. to continue where the iconic duo of John Belushi and Aykroyd left off.  Backed by the all star Intercontinental Rhythm & Blues Band, The Official Blues Brothers Revue will perform the blues and soul classics that were brought to the mainstream by the original Blues Brothers  —  including “Soul Man”, “Shout”, “Gimme Some Lovin” and “Sweet Home Chicago”. It promises to be an upbeat night of music and dancing sorely needed after one of the coldest winters on record.

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