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Tickets on Sale for 2016 Unison Holiday Schmoozefest

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Schmoozefest GraphicWalk Santa’s red carpet with Toronto’s notables & grab yourself a present or two at the Canadian music industry schmoozefest, presented by the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Tickets are on sale now for the Unison Holiday Schmoozefest’s triumphant return! With even more prizes, special guest DJ Brendan Canning, and the Big Jolly Man himself, this is one industry party you wont want to miss! The Unison Holiday Social is a chance to celebrate the season with notable Canadian music professionals and artists at Toronto’s chic Spice Route Bistro+Bar. No potluck offering or secret santa gift required!


Adobe Has Some Interesting Audio Software in the Works…

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Artist Submissions Now Open for Landmark Showcase Fest 2016/17 in Toronto

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Landmark eventSubmissions are now open for the upcoming Landmark Events showcase festival in Toronto Starting Dec. 11, 2016 at Revival and Mod Club.

LME is an artist development organization, that discovers new up and coming independent artists through live showcase festivals hosted across North America. The organization says it believes that “exceptional quality music is the first step to success, and seeing artists perform live in front of the public, and industry representatives, is the best way for us to see their market potential.”


Registration Open for Free ‘Show Me the Money’ Webinar

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

smtm-3Registration is now open for Norris-Whitney’s free webinar entitled “Show Me the Money: Getting Funding for Your Music, Company, or Organization.” It’ll be held Nov. 17, 2016 and registraiton is available at

Webinar description: 


Snarky Puppy’s Eclectic & Electric Mix @ The Phoenix

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Photographer and Canadian Musician contributor Neal Burstyn ( hit The Phoenix on Oct. 13th to see Snarky Puppy, presented by the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Check out a huge library of shots from the show below, along with a few of Neal’s thoughts. Also grab your copy of our Nov./Dec. 2016 issue, as our annual Percussion Special features Snarky Puppy drummer and Toronto native Larnell Lewis.


CM Publisher Jim Norris to Present ‘Show Me The Money’ Panel at IMSTA FESTA 2016 this Saturday

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Panel-Show-MoneyOn Saturday, October 15th at 2 p.m., Canadian Musician Publisher Jim Norris will present a free professional seminar titled “Show me the Money” at IMSTA Festa 2016. This seminar, held at Ryerson University’s Rogers Communication Building, will look at how to get funding for yourself, your band, your company or your organization and provide direction on how to write a business plan and a funding proposal that get result. Register now for free at


Submission Deadline Approaching for the 2017 Canadian Blast Showcase at SXSW

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Milk & Bone at SXSW 2016

Milk & Bone at SXSW 2016

Canadian musicians have until Oct. 21, 2016, to apply for a showcase slot at the 2017 edition of the Canadian Blast Showcase which takes place Mar.15, 2017, at South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival.

Artists applying must meet the criteria for being an export-ready Canadian artist.

Other criteria for submission include:


IMSTA FESTA Toronto Unveils Full Educational Program

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

13 IMSTA FESTA TOIMSTA FESTA Toronto, which will be held for free at Ryerson University next Saturday, Oct. 15, has announced its fulls schedule of educational panels and masterclasses. The show opens at 10:30 a.m. with a breakfast before exhibits open at 11 a.m. The educational program will begin at noon with a keynote Q&A with Toronto-based Grammy-winning producer Boi-ida (Drake, Eminem, Jay Z, etc.).

The full educational schedule is:

12 noon – Keynote: Boi-1da


Submissions Now Open for the 2017 JUNO Awards

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the JUNO Award for Single of the Year [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

Buffy Sainte-Marie presenting The Weeknd with the 2016 JUNO Award for Single of the Year [Photo: CARAS/iPhoto]

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has opened submissions for the2017 JUNO Awards. Submissions will be accepted starting until Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 at

JUNO Week 2017 will be hosted in Ottawa from March 27 through April 2, 2017.


Canadian Musician Does TURF 2016

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Matt Good plays TURF 2016

Matt Good plays TURF 2016

The Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) has grown in recent years into one of the most anticipated and exciting music events in a city that’s ripe with them year-round. The unique inner-city setting and diverse but well-curated lineup help it stand out as a one-of-a-kind musical product, and for 2016, TURF organizers once again outdid themselves. Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts and Mark Matusoff were on the ground for TURF 2016, and we invite you to check out some of the Canadian and international acts that took to the event’s various stages this year. A full photo library follows Sam’s review below…


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