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Lineup & Tickets Released for Niagara ReggaeFest 2016

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
reggaefest The lineup has been announced and tickets are now on sale for Niagara ReggaeFEST 2016, which will be held Saturday, July 9 from noon to 11 p.m. at the Bissell’s HideAway Resort in Ridgeville, ON. Juno Award-nominated band Ill Scarlett will play alongside Stereo Kid, Street Pharmacy, two-time Juno Award winners Lazo and Fergus Hamilton and Circle 5 band, Theatre Crisp, DareNots, Honey Runners and Jarek Hardy will round out the fabulous day long festival.

Organizers promise and high-energy music, a handmade vendor fair, photo booth to match the Reggae theme, sand sculpture, graffitti wall and more. This is an all ages, family friendly event.

Bissell’s HideAway is a picturesque vacation campground that serves cool beer or local wine. Papa Paul Kent is dishing the food complete with his own special jerk chicken on a bun.

Tickets are available at

DayPass (noon – 11 PM includes access to the vendor fair) – $20 dollars per person/12 and under $10

DayPass + camping (tent only/ max of 4 people per tent/washroom facilities available) – $50 per person (includes access to the pool on Sunday)

Canadian Musician Does Bestival – Day 1

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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The awesome duo of writer Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff was out for another weekend of music, this time on the ground for the 2nd Canadian edition of Bestival in Toronto. The fest went down June 11-12, 2016. Check out a review and photo library from day 1 below.

If anything, the extreme heat on Saturday encouraged festival goers to shed more layers of clothing and add even more sparkles to their elaborate costumes. Bestival is a hybrid festival of electronic and rock imported straight from the U.K., this year with dream-pop stoners Tame Impala and icons The Cure headlining.


Upcoming FREE Webinar: “Get Your Songs on the Radio – Expert Advice from Alan Cross”

Monday, June 13th, 2016

ImprimirCanadian Musician magazine has announced its next free webinar, which will feature CM Editor Andrew King hosting music and radio guru Alan Cross as they discuss how radio programmers think and how and why bands can get their songs on the radio. This free one-hour webinar with be held live on Tuesday, July 5th and 7 p.m. ET.


Submission Open for Banff Centre Independent Music Residency

Friday, June 10th, 2016

2015 participant Charlotte Cornfield performing with faculty Brendan Canning

2015 participant Charlotte Cornfield performing with faculty Brendan Canning [Photo: Banff Centre]

The Banff Centre is currently accepting applications for its Independent Music Residency until July 13, 2016. The program will run Oct. 3-15, 2016.

The Banff Centre says the Independent Music Residency has been designed to meet the needs of emerging bands ready to take the next step in their careers and artistic development. It offers four indie bands a unique opportunity to write, rehearse, and record new music in a two-week stint at The Banff Centre, away from the distractions of touring and day-to-day life.


Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

copyright logoRolling Stone magazine has posted this interesting article on 10 legal cases that had a broad impact of copyright law and music.  


Western music is made up of just 12 notes, which yield a practically infinite number of songs. That’s the theory, at least. It’s only natural that composers mimic what’s been successful in the past, but as Robin Thicke and Pharrell learned the hard way, there’s a blurred line between inspiration and theft. And musical copyright continues to be a hot-button issue, affecting everyone from Madonna, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran to the mighty Led Zeppelin.


Canadian Musician Does Ever After Music Festival 2016

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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Canadian Musician writer & photographer Samantha Dotson was in the KW region this past weekend for the Ever After Music Festival, featuring some Canadian EDM heroes alongside massive international headliners. Here are some of her thoughts & shots…

Massive blowup mushrooms. This was one of the first sights you would have seen, had you been apart of the thousands of EDM enthusiasts who flocked to Bingemans amusement park for the 2016 edition of the Ever After Music Festival last weekend.


KoSA Calabria Bringing Percussionists to Italy

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

12 KoSAThe summer, renowned percussion program KoSA, which is founded and run by Canadian percussionist Aldo Mazza, is heading to the southern coast of Italy for KoSA  Calabria on July 21-24, 2016.

Attendees will immerse themselves in Southern Italian drumming, percussion, and rhythms in the scenic seaside village of Locri, Italy. The authentic natural setting of this beautiful southern Italian region is conducive to this unparalleled hands-on cultural learning experience, say organizers.


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.


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