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CM Funding Program Survey Results

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

CM Funding Program Survey

Canadian Musician surveyed musicians across the country to find out their experience, knowledge, and opinions on government funding programs for musicians and music businesses/organizations. Here are the results…

Which of the following funding bodies for musicians and music businesses/organizations are you familiar with (select all that apply):

Canada Music Fund (CMF) – Music Entrepreneur: Aid to Canadian Music Industry National Service Organizations   37%

FACTOR        75%

Radio Starmaker Fund    27%

MuchFACT      28%

I am not familiar with any of the above  15%


Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference.

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

FAIEarly bird registration is now open for the 29th annual Folk Alliance International Conference. The five-day conference — to be held February 15-19, 2017 in Kansas City, MO — draws 2,500 registrants from 17 countries to the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry. The conference is known for its community atmosphere, business networking opportunities, and as an industry hotspot for new talent discovery. The discounted early bird rate ends on August 31, 2016.


Submissions Now Open for Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

JUNO masterclassThe JUNO Awards and Slaight Music have announced the return of The Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class artist development program. Submissions for this year’s Master Class are now being accepted through to June 30 at 5 p.m. ET.

This opportunity will recognize three talented Canadian artists or groups – as selected by the Super Jury – that are ready for the next step in their careers. The program aims to provide each participant with “essential tools, unique opportunities, and priceless connections” to amplify their careers and to help them on their journey to the JUNO Awards stage. The Master Class includes a week-long customized artist development program co-developed with Canada’s Music Incubator at Coalition Music. Taking place in Toronto, this development program provides hands-on mentoring, education, skills training, development, networking, and collaboration opportunities. Submissions are free and require an active CARAS Academy Delegate endorsement.


CBC Music Fest Kicks Off The Summer

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016
Desirée Dawson

Desirée Dawson

The third annual CBC Music Festival kicked off the summer with a bang as thousands of fans of Canadian music were treated to a stack billed and some hot sun on Saturday.

Hey Rosetta! closed out the day at the TD Echo Beach site near downtown Toronto, but before that fans made trips between the two stages (stopping at food trucks in between) to see Alvvays, Tanya Tagaq, The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Maestro Fresh Wes, John River, Terra Lightfoot, and more.


Massey Hall To Host Star-Studded Concert This Friday To Honour Jeff Healey

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Jeff HealeyThis Friday, May 27th, at Massey Hall in Toronto an incredible line-up of Jeff Healey’s friends and peers will take the stage in celebration of what would have been Healey’s 50th birthday.  Fans are encouraged to join this celebration of the life and legacy of the legendary, Canadian music icon and one of Toronto’s favourite sons – Jeff Healey.

All proceeds from this event are being donated to World Eye Cancer Hope. World Eye Cancer Hope is a charity designated by the Jeff Healey Estate that does amazing work with childhood retinoblastoma – the same cancer that took Jeff’s sight.


Desirée Dawson Named 2016 CBC Searchlight Winner

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Desirée Dawson wins the 2016 CBC Searchlight Competition. [Graphic: CBC]

Desirée Dawson wins the 2016 CBC Searchlight Competition. [Graphic: CBC]

The 2016 CBC Searchlight Contest winner was revealed Sunday night during a televised special on CBC Television… and the winner is Desirée Dawson from the Vancouver area. Dawson beat out the other final four contestants: PEI’s Dylan Menzie and Ontario’s Andi and popular vote winner Teo Milea. The final winner was decided by a celebrity panel of Dallas Smith, Sarah Blackwood off Walk of the Earth, and Maestro Fresh Wes.


Unison Jam 2 Announced Featuring I Mother Earth, Raine Maida, The Trews & More

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Raine Maida

Raine Maida

Slaight Music will present Unison Jam 2 on Thursday, June 16th. This exceptional night of Canadian music comes back to The Phoenix Concert Theatre and features a dozen celebrated Canadian artists sharing their talent, their music, and the stage with one another—all while supporting the work of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

“In 2015, the first Unison Jam was a celebration of having raised over one million dollars, and a chance to announce the activation of Unison’s emergency financial relief program for music industry professionals in crisis,” says Catharine Saxberg, Unison co-founder and Chair of the Board. “But it was clear by the end of the night, from both the artists and the audience, that Unison Jam had so much more life in it!”


“Sign The Dotted Line – How To Land A Record Deal” Webinar Announced for May 31

Monday, May 16th, 2016

webinar logoCanadian Musician‘s next webinar will see Brooke Morgan of revered boutique imprint Paper Bag Records and Tyler Tasson of the fast-growing powerhouse ole Label Services join Canadian Musician Editor Andrew King with advice on attracting label attention, what they’re looking for from you, sealing the deal, and more. The live, one-hour Sign The Dotted Line – How To Land A Record Deal webinar will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET.

The days of a label A&R rep in a fancy suit showing up to your gig with a suitcase full of money and promises of stardom are long gone. In today’s industry, labels are taking far fewer risks and looking for partners to create mutually beneficial business relationships.


Enter the Canadian Musician CMAO Sweepstakes!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

CMAO Sweeps FB1You can now enter Canadian Musician’s CMAO Sweepstakes! The 2016 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Conference takes place May 28-29 in Markham, ON.

Enter to win two 2-day passes to the CMAO Conference by going HERE.

Simply enter your info for a chance to win the 2-Day Passes for the CMAO Conference on May 28 and 29.


Air Miles Big Break Detour Contest Looking For Entries

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Detour contestAir Miles and Live Nation have teamed up to create the Big Break Detour Contest, which is open to all Canadian musicians. Contest organizers are looking for Canadian musicians of any genres or age post a video of themselves performing an original song set in an unusual location (garden, laundromat, subway wherever). The deadline for submitting videos is May 25, 2016.

The grand prize, valued at $3,700, includes:


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