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Canadian Musician Does the 2016 Polaris Music Prize Gala

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


While Canadian Musician‘s Andrew King was sequestered in the Grand Jury room, photographer Mark Matusoff was running around the main room of Toronto’s Carlu, capturing photos of the Polaris Music Prize Gala and its presenters and performers. Ultimately, Montreal producer Kaytranada’s phenomenal album 99.9% took the title and $50,000 grand prize, though the performances from seven of the 10 shortlisted acts proved, to borrow a perhaps overused cliche, that there were no losers associated with this, the 11th edition of the prize.

Revisit some of the highlights of the 2016 gala in Mark’s photos below.


HHB Hosting Free Universal Audio Event on Production, Mixing & Recording at Vancouver’s Little Mountain Studios

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

canada user5HHB Communications Canada invites you to a special educational event, Universal Audio Users Group – Produce, Mix, Record, which will held at Little Mountain Studios in Vancouver on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. The event is free to attend but require registration at space is limited. Online registration can be found at


Canadian Musician’s Mike Raine Interviewed by FYI Music News about Streaming Revenue

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Streaming-feature-banner-1024x495Canadian music industry website FYI Music News has published an interview with Canadian Musician Assistant Editor Michael Raine regarding music streaming revenue in Canada, which Mike investigated in his latest feature article for Canadian Musician.

The article, titled “Streaming Money is Flowing… But Where To?” can be found in the new September/October 2016 issue of Canadian Musician, which you can see HERE.

The article can also be read HERE.


CBC Music & MusiCounts Team Up for Canadian Music Class Challenge

Monday, September 26th, 2016

CanadianMusicClassChallenge_Logo_CSCBC Music and music education charity MusiCounts have teamed up for this year’s edition of the Canadian Music Class Challenge, which kicks off on Sept. 30, 2016, and runs until Dec.16, 2016. The challenge seeks out students in music classes, music clubs, and after-school programs nationwide.


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.


ALAS Celebrates 30 Years of Boosting Careers

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Craig Cardiff

Craig Cardiff

Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is celebrating 30 years of providing free legal advice to artists of all disciplines with an anniversary celebration on Sept. 21, 2016 from 7-10:30 pm at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. The event will feature performances by Craig Cardiff, Danny Marks, and Countermeasure plus several guest speakers. MCs David Basskin of Jazz FM’s Stolen Moments and singer-songwriter Diem La Fortune will host.


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