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Canadian Musician Does RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 – Day 1

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench

Toronto photographer and Canadian Musician correspondent Mark Matusoff is on the ground in Ottawa for this year’s edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest. Here are photos and findings from Mark’s first day at the fest.

There is only one Yeezus in the world, and last night he rolled into RBC Bluesfest as the Friday night headliner along with some other international acts that had Lebreton Flats in downtown Ottawa packed.

Earlier in the day, Vancouver pop-punk outfit Mariana’s Trench were a welcome surprise to the lineup in how energetic and fun they were to watch, even if you don’t listen to pop radio.


Honey Jam 2015 Finalists to be Announced on July 23rd

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Rosie Monday at Honey Jam 2014.

Rosie Monday at Honey Jam 2014.

Hailing from Toronto, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Montreal, the artists who made the cut to perform at this year’s Honey Jam Showcase will be introduced at the official Honey Jam launch on Thursday, July 23rd, at 6 p.m. at the TD Tower on the 54th floor of 66 Wellington Street West.

Honey Jam, which is Canada’s longest-running all-female concert, is celebrating 20 years of providing networking, educational and showcasing opportunities for young artists.


Canadian Musician to Host “How to get Gigs that Pay Real Money” Seminar

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

1024px-Guitar_playCanadian Musician magazine has just announced the details for a learning and networking seminar for musicians looking for additional revenue streams. The seminar entitled, How to get Gigs that Pay Real Money, is geared towards artists at all levels. Whether seeking a highly-paid full-time performing career or wanting to subsidize creative musical efforts, this free seminar brings the information needed to the foreground.


A Conversation With… Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer

Monday, July 6th, 2015
MAGIC!'s Mark Pellizer (left) & Nasri

MAGIC!’s Mark Pellizzer (left) & Nasri

For this edition of Canadian Musician contributor Jeff Gunn’s “A Conversation With…” series, he speaks with Mark Pellizzer, the guitarist of monster Canadian pop/reggae act (and recent CM cover artists) MAGIC!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that the best musicians I’ve met have consistently possessed two traits: humility and focus. Multi-instrumentalist Mark “Pelli” Pellizzer, whose talents are expressed as a guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter, producer, and mixer, is no exception. A member of the massively successful group MAGIC!, he co-wrote “Rude,” which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard in the US and Canada (and the top 5 in many more countries) and has garnered 575,000,000-plus hits on YouTube. That accompanies the band’s two JUNO wins, two Billboard Award nominations, and an American Music Awards nomination.


Win $300 To Music Books Plus

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

MBP siteTo mark the launch of its brand new website, Music Books Plus is offering a chance to win $300 to spend Just enter the “Explore & Win” sweepstakes at

The new Music Books Plus website features an extensive list of new titles, a clean and modern design, easy-to-navigate functionality, and a content-rich site experience. The Music Books Plus responsive website allows consumers to browse and shop from any desktop or mobile device and the e-commerce function enables customers to order quickly and easily.

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Eclectic & Star-Studded Line Up Begins Friday at Montreal International Jazz Fest

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Late B.B. King at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Fest. [Photo: Denis Alix]

Late B.B. King at the 2014 Montreal Jazz Fest. [Photo: Denis Alix]

The Montreal International Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz fests in the world, is heading into its 36th and will be kicking off this Friday, June 26th, and continuing until Sunday, July. 5th.

Known for its eclectic lineups that bring together legendary jazz staples and emerging, forward-thinking talent, this year’s festival features Beruit, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, Joss Stone, Whitehorse, Hewy Lewis and The News, BadBadNotGood, Molly Johnson, Colin James, Steve Miller Band, Huey Lewis & The News, Adam Cohen, and many more. The programming spans free shows and indoor programming all across the Place de Arts in downtown Montreal.


Electric Violin Inventor Mark Wood to Lead Clinic at Bloor St. Long & McQuade

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Mark WoodLong & McQuade on Bloor Street in Toronto and Counterpoint Musical Services are presenting a free clinic by Mark Wood, member of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and international electric violinist, on Saturday, June 20th from 2-4 p.m.

Mark Wood has collaborated with and appeared alongside some of the biggest names in music such as Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion, Kanye West, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, and Steven Tyler.


Boston Pizza Idol to Kick Off June 23

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Boston Pizza IdolBoston Pizza Square One in Mississauga, ON will be hosting Boston Pizza Idol beginning on Tuesday, June 23. It is a seven week karaoke competition that features over 100 singers, $2,000 in cash prizes, eight sponsors, and entertainment industry professional judges.

Prizes include:
-$2000 in cash prizes for the top 5 finalists
-Studio time at Metalworks, Canada’s #1 recording studio
-Tickets to the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra
-A membership to Canadian Musician Magazine
-Long & McQuade gift certificates
-Boston Pizza gift certificates
-a membership to the Mississauga Arts Council
-merchandise from Metalworks, Boston Pizza, InSauga, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Rock The Coliseum.


Apple Music To Not Pay Royalties During Trial Period

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Apple musicAre you a recording artist who’s looking forward to the launch of Apple Music? After all, much of the talk is about how there will be no free tier (or “freeium” in industry speak), which can only be a good thing for bringing value back to music and artists, right? No so fast. As points out, via a leaked document obtained by Digital Music News, Apple’s plan is to not pay any royalties during the three month free trial period and even once it begins paying royalties on paid subscriptions, those rates will be lower than what is currently being paid by Apple’s streaming competitors. 


Music Books Plus Launches New Website

Friday, June 5th, 2015

MBPNew HRMusic Books Plus, a division of Norris-Whitney Communications, has launched a new website.

The new site features an extensive list of new titles, fresh, new design, improved navigation and search function and faster checkout.

Included are books, DVDs and software on music, business, instrument technique, songwriting, theory, home recording, biographies, history . MIDI and sheet music.

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