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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!

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Canadian Musician Does Arboretum Music Festival

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


It’s been a busy summer for writer Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff, who were once again on the ground to cover a music festival for Canadian Musician. This time, it was Ottawa’s Arboretum Music Festival, running August 17-20 and featuring the likes of Sloan, Operators, Dilly Dally, Evening Hymns, and many others.

Slow-o-o-o-an! Slow-o-o-o-an! That was what the audience at Arboretum Festival kept calling for as Sloan ducked backstage before playing a second set of their biggest hits on the final stop on their One Chord to Another Tour in Ottawa. With Toronto hardcore band Metz canceling the day before due to a birth (mazel tov!), that Sloan would play two sets added to the buzz in the hipster air at Festival Plaza at City Hall.


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.


Canadian Music Week Festival Submissions Now Open

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Alvvays at CMW 2015

Alvvays at CMW 2015

Canadian Music Week is now accepting artist submissions for its 2017 showcase festival, which will take place around downtown Toronto from April 18-22. There are 200 performance slots reserved for Sonicbids artists at Canadian Music Week 2017. Performing artists receive a complimentary registration to Canadian Music Week’s Music Summit 2017 (valued at $699 CAD).

Special Early Submission Pricing:
Aug 10 – Oct 25: $35
Oct 26 – Dec 29: $55


NWC Webinars presents: Building Your Professional Team – Advice for Musicians

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

building your team1200X627“It’s essential that artists surround themselves with the right people. Assembling a strong inner circle of trusted helpers, advisers, and associates allows you to focus on the music while they take care of the business…”

That’s a quote from Alan Cross’s foreword to Bob D’Eith’s book, A Career in Music: Building Your Inner Circle. The book focuses on how to build your professional team as an artist, and D’Eith is bringing his valuable advice straight to musicians in this FREE webinar presented by Canadian Musician.


Canada 150 Performance Series Accepting Artist Submissions

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Canada 150The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is a touring network of 100+ presenting organizations in the four Atlantic Provinces (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick).  The membership is made up of soft seat theatres, volunteer community presenters, arts councils and festivals. Its mission is to enable its members to enhance, promote and facilitate diverse, quality live performances in their communities.


Submissions for Artist Performances at 2017 NAMM Show Now Open

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Trombone Shorty at the NAMM Show [Photo from Getty Images for NAMM]

Trombone Shorty at the NAMM Show [Photo from Getty Images for NAMM]

The 2017 NAMM Show seeking bands and solo artists all genres to showcase their talents during the annual trade show, held January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Called the Bands @ NAMM program, the platform offers artists the opportunity to submit their act to play one of 150 live performances on one of five stages during the annual event. The annual NAMM Show is the largest music products show in North America.

Artists interested in performing at the NAMM Show can apply online here, and will be notified by late October if they have been selected. The submission process will close on Sept. 12, 2016. Bands @NAMM is open to all artists, of all ages, genres and compositions.


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