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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.


Submissions Open for Music Ontario’s Canadian Songwriter Challenge

Friday, June 24th, 2016

songwriter challegneMusic Ontario is now accepting submissions for its second annual Canadian Songwriter Challenge workshop. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 29, 2016.  The Canadian Songwriter workshop will be hosted at Metalworks Recording Studios in Mississauga, ON between July 26 and 28, 2016.


DMC Canada Announces Regional Toronto Competition for July 9

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Pioneer DJ - 2016 DMC Canada - Toronto Regional LargeFollowing DJ Brace bringing Canada its second consecutive DMC World Online DJ Championship with his amazing set, DMC Canada has announced this summer’s first DMC regional event for Toronto.

The Toronto Ontario Regional DMC DJ Competition will be held July 9, 2016 at Rivoli (334 Queen St. W.). The cover at the door is $10.

The event will feature showcase performances from The Roots’ Scratch, 2015 DMC World Champion DJ Vekked, Fresh Kills, and DJ Grouch.

The event begins at 9 p.m.

For more information, go to DMC Canada’s Facebook page at

Red Bull Music Academy Heading to Montreal in the Fall

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

RBMARed Bull Music Academy will be bringing its program of events, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and studio sessions to Montreal from Sept. 24 to Oct. 28, 2016, making it the first Red Bull Music Academy to be held in Canada since the Toronto edition in 2007.

“We are very excited to return to Canada and to host our next edition of the Red Bull Music Academy here in Montreal. Some of the most daring music makers from around the globe will soon arrive here to share their musical vision, and this year’s home base in Montreal offers both participants and the Academy the opportunity to deepen relationships with Canada’s vibrant and thriving creative scene,” says Many Ameri, co-founder of Red Bull Music Academy.

Exclusive Premiere! Hear Boys Night Out’s New Song “Lust Phenomenon”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Boys Night Out [Photo by James Heaslip]

Boys Night Out [Photo by James Heaslip]

Burlington, ON’s Boys Night Out, among the kings of ’00s post-hardcore, have returned with their first new music in almost a decade: new EP Black Dogs will be released July 8th on Good Fight Music.

As a special preview, you can now listen to the new song “Lust Phenomenon” below via Soundcloud.

Of the rebirth of the band, vocalist Connor Lovat-Fraser says, “None of us really knew when or if this day would come, but I’m fairly goddamn sure that we all hoped it would… We may not be touring again any time soon but it’s pretty fucking rad to have the opportunity to write music together again.”


Canadian Musician Does Bestival – Day 2

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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Samantha Everts & photographer Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2nd Canadian edition of Bestival in Toronto. The fest went down June 11-12, 2016, and we’ve got your recap of Day 2 right here. 

Day 1 and Day 2 of Bestival couldn’t have been more different. Gone were the sparkly neon costumes and in were the all-black-clad Cure-idolizing folks. On the second day, festivalgoers could easily just stay put at the main stage of mostly British rock fare, munch on nearby food truck snacks, and drink without realizing other activities were happening (save for the thumping deep bass beat between song changes).


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.


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