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Who Won CM’s Arkells Morning Report Sweepstakes?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Arkells winner postWho won Canadian Musician’s Arkells Morning Report Sweepstakes, you ask? We actually picked three winners!

Congratulations to…. 

Jason Wood from Edmonton, AB

Zach Periard from Saint John, NB

and Philippe Bardet from Winnipeg, MB


Each winner has won a vinyl copy of the Arkell’s recently released Morning Report album, a Morning Report poster (LOVE this poster:)!!) autographed by the Arkells, and a copy of Canadian Musician’s July/August issue featuring a  look at the Arkells’ latest project.

Congratulations – and stay tuned for the next CM sweeps starting soon.

DMN: It Is Time To Completely Rethink How Songwriters Get Paid

Friday, September 16th, 2016

Illustration_music_services_PC_625_418_90Here is a very interesting column from songwriter and musician Ari Herstand at Digital Music News. Much of the information is U.S.-focused, but it’s still a worthy read with a good breakdown of how royalties work in the streaming age.

As the battles rage on in Washington over the recent DOJ ruling for 100% licensing of compositions and theSongwriter Equity Act continues to sit in purgatory in the halls of the do-nothing Congress, it’s time we rethink how to approach songwriter royalties. Because clearly, relying on the laws to properly compensate songwriters is a losing (and timely) battle. By the time they figure it all out, many songwriters will have packed in their guitars for non-starvation careers – like working at Starbucks.


Submissions Open for the 2017 East Coast Music Awards, Festival & Conference

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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

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

Awards and stages submissions for the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference in Saint John, NB from April 26-30, are now open.

The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. AST on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The ECMA is working with Marcato once again for the submission process.


Music Directory Canada Online Version Released

Monday, September 12th, 2016



MDCOMouthwithLogoAfter 30 years and nine print editions, Norris- Whitney Communication Inc. has announced the launch of Music Directory Canada Online. Music Directory Canada is a guide to all things musical and just as its printed predecessor, this digital version is an easy to refer to directory and the only one of its kind in Canada.

Music Directory Canada Online encompasses over 10,000 industry contacts within more than 60 industry categories from all across the country.


16th Annual KoSA Cuba Workshop Announced for March

Monday, September 12th, 2016

15 WILDSHOT KosaKoSA Music has announced its 16th edition of the KoSA Cuba Workshop and  Fiesta del Tambor( Havana Rhythm and Dance Festival) taking place in Havana, Cuba from March 5-12, 2017. This will be the first KoSA Cuba where U.S. legal travel possible . University credits are available (up to three from U.S. University) and it will feature daily hands-on classes, seminars, playing , excursions, and evening concerts of la Fiesta del Tambor.


SOCAN Accepting French-Language Song Submissions for Ma Première Place des Arts 2017

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

SOCAN contestFrom SOCAN:

SOCAN, APEM (the Professional Music Publishers’ Association), and SACEF (Société pour l’avancement de la chanson d’expression française), through its Ma première Place des Arts (MPPDA) contest, are presenting a new opportunity for French Canadian songwriters.

Following an enthusiastic reception from publisher members, SOCAN now invites its songwriting community to help build a pool of original songs (meaning a song that was created less than three years ago, entirely in French, and has never been recorded, sung or commercialized by anyone) that will be pitched to the 18 singing contestants of the 2017 edition.


Showcase Opportunity Open for BC Musicians at the Whistler Film Fest

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Whistler FFFrom Music BC:

The Whistler Film Festival in association with Music BC will be presenting up to 10 artists from British Columbia to perform in WFF’s Music Showcase, which will run during the 2016 festival December 1st – 3rd 2016.

The WFF Music Showcase is a showcasing opportunity for British Columbian artists to perform for music supervisors of all filmed media looking for their next discovery, an industry of film, TV, documentary and music professionals looking for music for their next project, and film fans who love music.


Music Books Plus Offering Latest Selection of Back to School Gear

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

School - 5Music Books Plus is offering its latest selection of back to school gear.  Music Books Plus carries the gear that will help your student “Be Cool @ School”

From lunch boxes to t-shirts to the trendiest instruments and latest songbooks, these products are not your standard gear – their selected by Music Books Plus’s (very hip 😉 ) staff to help students maximize their coolness this fall!

And…be sure to enter your name for a chance to win a complete ukulele starter kit!

Just head over to

imagineNATIVE Launches New Indigenous Music Talent Search with Slaight Music

Friday, August 19th, 2016

BullseyeimagineNATIVE, a presenter of Indigenous screen content, has announce a new partnership with Slaight Music calledBull’s Eye, which is a new music talent search that seeks to nurture Canada’s newest music talent with opportunities, including a $10,000 cash award, to turn their talent into a career.

As part of the initiative, Canada’s newest Indigenous musicians are invited to submit a sample track until Aug. 31, 2016 of their original work in an online contest for consideration by a jury of music and media arts industry leaders. Selected contest finalists will be promoted through imagineNATIVE’s social networks in the run up to the 17th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (October 19-23, 2016). The final nominees will be announced on the week of the festival and the contest winner will be announced and awarded at imagineNATIVE’s annual music showcase, THE BEAT.


CMW’s Start Up Launch Pad Now Open

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

CMW panelFor 2017, Canadian Music Week is bringing back the “CMW Startup Launch Pad,” a pitch competition for new businesses that are based in or connected to the Music Industry. The competition will take place during the 2017 conference on Wednesday, April 19th at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto.

“The conference is dedicated to further developing the Canadian music industry, and startups play an important role in that,” says Danya Dixon, VP of Programming. The competition will offer startups an opportunity for exposure and investment, as well as advice from top industry professionals.


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