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Nielsen Releases Holiday Music Report; Edmonton is Canada’s Merriest City

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

To get music fans in the holiday mood, Nielsen has released the below infographic on the consumption of Christmas music in Canada in 2015. It looks like folks in Edmonton may be the merriest of all Canadians. Radio stations in the Alberta capital played the most holiday music between Nov. 1 and Dec. 27, 2015. Edmonton was followed by the four Ontario cities of Ottawa, Toronto, Barrie, and London.

As it appeared people love the classics, as “Feliz Navidad” and renditions of a “Winter Wonderland” were the most popular holiday songs during the Christmas season last year. Mariah Carey’s modern classic “All I Want for Christmas is You” was the most popular digital song, being streamed more than 5 million times and getting downloaded 18,000 times. As well, covers “All I Want for Christmas is You” were streamed 7.5 million times last year.


Second Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium Happening This Saturday

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Youth4Music psoterYouth4Music, a group created by the Coalition for Music Education, will host the second Youth4Music Toronto Leadership Symposium this Saturday, Nov. 26th, at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Youth4Music is a network of youth who are passionate about music in their lives – learning, appreciating, creating and making music. Youth4Music provides a platform for youth voices, and leadership opportunities for youth to make a difference for music in their schools and communities. The program is “for youth – by youth – through music.”


Cirque du Soleil is Urgently Seeking a Guitar/Mandolin/Accordion Player for 2017 Arena Tour

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

14910506_10154071584111705_5590570591854646485_nCirque du Soleil has put out an urgent casting call for a multi-instrumentalist (guitar-mandolin-accordion player) to be part of an arena show touring in North America in 2017.

Duration of contract: one year starting May 2017, with an annual renewal option.


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

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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:


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