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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.


Entries Now Being Accepted for the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Indigenous Music Awards bannerThe 2018 Indigenous Music Awards presented by Casinos of Winnipeg will be held at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg, MB on May 18, 2018.

Entries from indigenous recording artists and music industry professionals from around the world can be submitted online until Feb. 14, 2018, for over 20 award categories.  Submit online and find all the details at


Submission Deadline for Music PEI’s Canadian Song Challenge Extended to January 31

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

CSC bannerThe Canadian Songwriter Challenge is a project that will pair PEI songwriters with peers from across Canada. These songwriters will collaborate together for two days to co-write and record demos. On the third day, they will have the opportunity to pitch their songs to a panel of delegates, including music supervisors, publishers, labels, and other industry professionals from Canada and further abroad. Participating artists will also have an opportunity to pitch their own catalogue of songs.


Canadian Musician’s 2018 CMW Sweeps Now Open

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

social-3photoCanadian Musician magazine once again wants to bring a lucky winner and their guest to Canadian Musician Week 2018 to get the full conference and festival experience. We want to see you play, engage, and unite at CMW 2018!

The complete CMW experience prize pack includes:


Early-Bird Application Price Still Available to Play Indie Week Canada 2018

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

13 Indie weekIndependent artists have until Jan. 23, 2018 to get the early-bird price on their applications to play Indie Week Canada 2018, which will be held in Toronto from Nov. 6-11, 2018. The early-bird application fee is $10. After Jan. 23, the fee rises to $20 and then again to $35 from March 27 to the final application deadline of July 16, 2018.


SOCAN’s Eric Baptiste: Cities Can Create Conditions for Live Music to Thrive

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Iceage at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern [Photo: CRUSTINA!/WikimediaCommons]

Iceage at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern [Photo: CRUSTINA!/Wikimedia Commons]

SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste has written a column for the Toronto Star about how cities can create better conditions for live music venues to thrive and how this benefits artists, fans, and the local economy.

From Baptiste in the Toronto Star:

Cities can create conditions for live music to thrive

From the Carleton in Halifax, to the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, to The Railway Club in Vancouver, reports that small and medium-size live music venues are struggling across the country are common. Rising property costs in Canada’s urban centres can make it difficult for owners to make ends meet and, increasingly, music creators who perform at these venues can’t afford to live in their own city.


Few More Days to Apply for PASSPORT: Music Export Summit

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

passport summitApplications are now being accepted for a few for days for the PASSPORT: Music Export Summit. The program  delivers intensive training sessions to prepare export-ready Canadian artists and music entrepreneurs with business skills and artistic product development to increase international trade and export market development. The project is aimed at self-managed artists and artist managers (along with other music company entrepreneurs active in artist development) who are export-ready or engaged in the process of becoming export-ready. The applications deadline is Dec. 15, 2017.


SOCAN Merch Store Now Selling Holiday Socks to Benefit Unison Benevolent Fund

Friday, December 8th, 2017

SOCAN Holiday Socks high res 1In time for the Christmas season, SOCAN has created the SOCAN Holiday Socks as a seasonal item for its Merch Shop at

All of the profits from the “Music ❤️s Everybody”/“La musique ❤️ tout le monde” socks and other items go to the Unison Benevolent Fund, which supports musicians in need.


Canadian Musician Launches Campaign to Help Songwriter John Cody After Acclaimed Career Ended by Cancer

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

DSC_7695We here at Canadian Musician magazine have launched a crowd-funding campaign via GoFundMe to help acclaimed Canadian songwriter and musician John Cody. He is in desperate need of financial assistance due to cancer and other continually worsening health conditions that have taken his singing voice, ended his career, and left him in severe financial hardship.

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Submissions Open for 2017/18 Canadian Songwriting Competition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

CanadianSongwritingCompetition_LogoSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2017/18 edition of the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2018, with an early-bird deadline of Oct. 31, 2017.

Each online entry requires the following information/elements:

-An original song in mp3 format, Youtube link OR Soundcloud link (live performance entries must be submitted as a Youtube link).


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