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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.


Canadian Musician Does WayHome – Day 2

Friday, July 29th, 2016
A Tribe Called Red

A Tribe Called Red

Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff braved the intense heat for Day 2 of WayHome 2016, which happened July 22-24 in Oro-Medonte, ON. Here’s the recap:

Rolling into a music festival exhausted from lack of sleep and covered with dirt and smears of yesterday’s makeup didn’t hold anyone back from returning for the second day of WayHome. With Arcade Fire at the top of everyone’s list, another heat warning was issued for the residents of Barrie, ON, informing everyone to stay inside and away from direct sunlight as much as possible. Clearly the Weather Network folks weren’t getting through to the Wayhomies, as even more people filled the festival fields for Day 2.


Canadian Musician Does WayHome – Day 1

Friday, July 29th, 2016


Once again, Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff slid into summer festival mode to bring you a recap of WayHome 2016, which happened July 22-24 in Oro-Medonte, ON.

About 35,000 music fans descended upon Burl’s Creek event grounds braving extreme heat for the second-ever WayHome Music Festival this past weekend in Oro-Medonte (just outside of Barrie, ON). Headliners for the three-day fest included LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers, with four stages hosting a total of 72 emerging and established acts.


Cirque du Soleil Seeking Job Applications from Musicians

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 10.44.25 AMCirque du Soleil is currently seeking job applications from musicians for two of its shows.

First, there is a job opening on the resident show , which is presented in Las Vegas, for a signer (mezzo-soprano/alto or tenor) who also is a cello player. Candidates must fulfill the following requirements in order to be considered: Voice: Mezzo-soprano/alto or Tenor – A warm, colourful voice with depth and a wide range, breathy or not; Cello: dexterous playing, good bow technique, high level of interpretation in pop and classical styles; Style: pop-rock; Age: 18 or older.

For more information about the position and/or to apply, GO HERE.

The second job opening is more a multi-instrumentalist (keyboard/saxophone/guitar player) for the Big Top touring show Kooza. This is a contract position covering the show’s Australian run from October 2016 to December 2017.


Toronto Star: Singer John Cody’s Last Song Before Losing His Voicebox

Monday, July 18th, 2016

at-last-show.jpg.size_.custom.crop_.850x567From the Toronto Star

Musician and performer who worked with Tom Cochrane, Bonnie Raitt and on his own will have cancerous larynx removed.

By Paul Hunter

John Cody knows precisely when he’ll say his last words.

The dilemma is whether to be humorous or profound. The finality of the moment might define him so he’s leaning towards funny.

“When you know you’re going to die, you can control what your last words are,” he says. “This is sort of like that.”

On Monday, Cody will be silenced. A surgeon will remove his cancerous larynx — his voice box.

Cody is a professional musician and performer; a singer mostly. So the doctor might as well be cutting out his heart.


SXSW 2017 Accepting Artist Applications & Programming Proposals

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016
Milk & Bone at SXSW 2016

Milk & Bone at SXSW 2016

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals, held annually in Austin, TX, is are now accepting programming proposals for the 2017 event with the launch of the PanelPicker, an online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in programming conference activities through an open proposal and voting process. Also, SXSW is now accepting musician/band showcase submissions until Oct. 21, 2016.

SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. The 2016 Conference featured more than 2,000 sessions including keynotes by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, plus dozens of visionaries at the forefront of their industries to more than 87,000 participants. SXSW 2017 takes place March 10 – 19, 2017 in Austin, TX.


Canadian Musician’s Pay-To-Play Survey Results

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Canadian Musician surveyed musicians across the country to find out their experiences and opinions regarding pay-to-play gigs. Here are the results…

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Digital Music News: How The Lumineers Banned Cellphones at Their (Without Pissing Everyone Off)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
Yondr created a locking pouch for people to hold their phones in during performances.

Yondr created a locking pouch for people to hold their phones in during performances.

This article is from Digital Music News

By Paul Resnikoff

Did the Lumineers just solve the cellphone problem?

At almost every show these days, there are fans lifting phones in the air, sometimes to record an entire set.  But even if the band totally hates it, they usually let it ride, simply because they don’t want to piss off the very people who are supporting their livelihood.


Music Books Plus Offering Canada Day Weekend Discount

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

holiday sale bannerThis holiday weekend Music Books Plus wants to help you celebrate. So, it’s having a Holiday Weekend Sale. From today, June 29, 2016 until midnight on July 5th, 2016 – you can SAVE 15% off everything in the store.

Order today at Music Books Plus – and simply use coupon code HOLIDAY during check-out to apply the savings.

Two Days Left to Apply for Canadian Music Café

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Canadian Music CafeThere are still two left to submit a showcase application for the Canadian Music Café. Returning for its eighth year this September, the Canadian Music Café capitalizes on the international attention placed on Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to bring  new Canadian music to the ears of film and television music supervisors and the filmed media community gathering at TIFF.

With alumni such as City and Colour, Martha Wainwright, Scott Helman, Donovan Woods, Dear Rouge, Terra Lightfoot and Arkells, the Canadian Music Café is a hub for rising Canadian talent, facilitating connections that lead to song placements in films, television programs, and commercials, including Grey’s Anatomy, Degrassi, Castle, Beauty and The Beast, Ugly Betty, The L Word, and more.


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