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Where do the Federal Parties Stand on Arts & Culture?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

leadersFYI Music News has compiled this excellent summary of the Canadian federal political parties’ platforms with regards to supporting arts and culture.

The Liberal Party has released its cultural platform that is ambitious to say the least.

Investments include doubling the budget for the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year; restoring the PromArt and Trade Routes cultural export trade programs (cut by the Conservatives) to the tune of $25 million a year; stabilizing the CBC/Radio Canada with $525 million investment over four years; bolstering cultural infrastructure to the tune of $6 billion over 4 years, and almost $20 billion over 10 years. It is also the only party to have completed a questionnaire put to the parties by the Canadian Coalition for the Arts, and promising to review both the Broadcasting Act as well as completing the mandated review of the 2012 Copyright Act in the short-term.


Yamaha Announces Instant Rebate/Free Gift Offer until Nov. 30th

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Yamaha TDP 162R

Yamaha YDP162R

Yamaha Canada Music has announced that it is offering in-store instant savings or free gifts with purchase on a large selection of their most popular studio monitors, mixers, stage pianos, synthesizers, and more. This offer is only available through authorized Yamaha dealers from Oct. 1st to Nov. 30th, 2015.

For studio monitors, this includes the: HS5; HS7; HS8; and HS8.

For mixers, this includes: MG12; MG12XU; MG16XU; and MG20XU.

For stage piano/arranger workstations, this includes: CP4 Stage; CP300; Tyros 5-61; and Tyros 5-76.

For digital pianos, this includes: YDP S52; YDP 162R; and P255.

For more more informaiton on the Yamaha instant rebate program/free gift offer, go HERE.

Ernie Ball Presents The Bonamassa Experience Contest

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Ernie Ball has teamed up with legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa to give Canadian guitar players a chance to win over $70,000 in prizes and the opportunity to spend a day with Bonamassa and a selection of his most cherished guitars in the famed Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room.

Now through Nov. 30, 2015, players can visit to enter unique codes and instant-win Joe Bonamassa custom picks hidden in select packs of Ernie Ball guitar and bass strings available at participating dealers. Each code also comes with a free exclusive 11-song Joe Bonamassa album download, Best of Canadian Musician E-Book, and a one-year digital subscription to Guitar World Magazine.


Could Techno Music be used to Treat Parkinson’s Disease?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

[Photo from McMaster University]

[Photo from McMaster University]

Here is a very interesting article from Thump on research being done at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. The school’s Large Interactive Virtual Environment (LIVE) Lab is conducting some groundbreaking research on live music and the way the human brain responds to it.

From the article:

McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, is finally going to answer some hard-hitting questions like: What do brainwaves look like when they’re waiting for a fat bass drop? Or, how would your killer Chromeo cover band sound if they played at Carnegie Hall?


CIMA Offering Discounted Registration & Other Opportunities At World Music Expo 2015

Monday, September 28th, 2015

WOMEXThe Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), the Canada Council for the Arts, Folquébec and the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS) have announced a partnership arrangement to represent Canada at the 21st edition of the World Music Expo 2015 (WOMEX), which takes place Oct. 21-25, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary.

The expanded Canada-Québec booth will host a strong cross-section of Canadian buyers and sellers (including some of Canada’s top festivals, record labels, managers, promoters and artists from the world music arena).


Win Passes to Jill Hennessy’s Album Release Event on Oct. 2

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Jill Hennessy I Do Album ArtCanadian Musician is giving away a chance for you and a guest to spend an intimate evening of music with Jill Hennessy. Simply follow the link and enter to win. The tickets are for Hennessy’s album launch event at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on Oct. 2, 2015.

Jill Hennessy’s latest album is well worth the wait. Called I Do, it contains 11 new original songs that once again showcase Hennessy’s deep love and understanding of folk-rock and alt-country, as evidenced by such tracks as “Something’s Comin’,” “I Do,” “Edmonton,” “Marsha G” and “Aimee.”

I Do is primarily a collection of stories about love, relationships, and loss – the beauty and the pain and the sacrifice between any two people in love, be it husband/wife, mother/child, or child/parent,” says Hennessy.

Canadian Musician Does Summer Invasion 2015

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


Canadian Musician correspondent Jessica Mees soaked up some sun while taking in this year’s edition of SaskTel’s Summer Invasion in Regina. In addition to over a dozen locally-based acts, performers included Toronto’s Torro Torro, Vancouver’s Dear Rouge, and Day 2 headliner Lights. Check out some of Jessica’s photos below!


Canadian Musician’s Andrew King to Teach ‘How to Write an Effective Artist Bio’ in Winnipeg

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

DIY SeriesCanadian Musician editor Andrew King will be the featured speaker at a Music Manitoba workshop entitled “How to Write an Effective Artist Bio.” This workshop will cover how to effectively write a bio in a way that will make critics, bookers, media, and bloggers want to find out more while avoiding the common clichés.

The workshop is part of Music Manitoba’s DIY Series and will take place Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 376 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB.

The MusicWorks DIY Series offers developing artists and industry, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business. The series starts with the music business fundamentals that everyone needs to master – bio writing, radio play, mastering social media, touring, and understanding copyright — and ends with planning a release, showing how each of these pieces fit together to create a cohesive strategy.


Cosmo Music to Present Sonor Days on Sept. 18 & 19

Monday, September 14th, 2015
Tyler Stewart  of Barenaked Ladies

Tyler Stewart of Barenaked Ladies

Richmond Hill, ON-based Cosmo Music will be presenting Sonor Days 2015 on Friday, Sept. 18th and Saturday, Sept. 19th. In association with Sonor drums, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Remo drumheads, two days of events are planned that will include a drum clinic, interactive workshop, masterclass, meet n’ greets, drum deals, giveaways, and more.

Special guests will include drum legend, Steve Smith (Journey), Trichy Sankaran (mridangam virtuoso), Tyler Stewart (Barenaked Ladies), Chris Lesso (modus factor), and many more.


Where is FACTOR Money Going?

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

FYI Music News has linked to this interesting article from simply called “Who is Getting the FACTOR Money?” They breakdown by province/state and program who has gotten FACTOR money since 2013. In that time, FACTOR ha granted $35 million to 1,822 artists, record labels, and entertainment companies.

They note that the breakdown is not by where the artist is from, but by where the cheque is going, which accounts for why American states appear on the list and why Ontario is so dominate, since Toronto is home to the most record labels and arts companies and groups.


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