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Which Genres Are Most Represented Among Canadian Albums This Year?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The folks at Canadian Music Blog have put together an interesting chart to sort out what genres are most represented among the 363 LPs released so far in 2015.

As they say, “Take it with a grain of salt as what sounds like blues to one may sound like rock to another. At what point does pop become dance or R&B? Where is the line drawn between punk and metal? It’s all very subjective.” Good point.

They don’t give specific numbers, but the chart clearly indicates that singer-songwriter, alternative, and rock dominate the landscape in this country.

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Canadian Musician Does Heavy Montreal 2015 – Day 3

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Slipknot at Heavy MTL 2015. [Photo: Instagram/Slipknot]

Slipknot at Heavy MTL 2015. [Photo: Instagram/Slipknot]

Canadian Musician correspondent Adam Kovac was at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this past weekend, enjoying some loud sounds and cheap suds at the 2015 edition of Heavy Montreal. Here’s the report from Day 3:

Ah, day three of Heavy Montreal. What had been a sprint in previous editions, which lasted a mere two days, has now become a marathon. Again, we wake up hungover, pick out an appropriate black band t-shirt and trek out to Parc Jean Drapeau. Again, we scan the lineup for the day and plan. Again, we make the now-eternal seeming walk between main stages, side stages and media area, stocking up on water and beer as we go, wondering when we’re going to eat some overpriced food truck grub.

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Why Aren’t Musicians Speaking Up About CBC Funding Cuts?

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
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2013 CBCMusic.ca Festival

Below is a new column from David Farrell at FYI Music News on the lack of vocal support for the CBC coming from Canadian musicians during this election campaign. Regardless of your party allegiances or where you fall on the political spectrum, it is hard to deny that the CBC has done more than any other media outlet to support and promote Canadian music and the arts. With that, it’s surprising it sees so few Canadian musicians speaking out about the federal government’s funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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You Can Support The .music Initiative Today

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

a pair of high quality headpones resting on the keyboard of a laptop computer

We are about to enter into the world of the .music realm, as the domain will soon be available for registration for the first time.  In other words, “www.[yourname].music” will soon become a possibility.  Constantine Roussos, the leader of DotMusic, is leading this charge. DotMusic wants to be the neutral administrator of the distribution of these domains.  DotMusic’s goal: to clean up the online music community by allowing music artists, music professionals and music companies to claim the domains that are rightfully theirs.  Now, DotMusic needs your help to push this community-based application across the finish line, to put an end to the common frustrations that music artists experience when they go to claim a domain, and find out that it has been taken by someone whose sole purpose is to sell it at a premium.  Other DotMusic policies include mandating only legal music content, prohibiting spammy parking pages and suspending any .music domain with obvious mass copyright infringement. If DotMusic’s initiative doesn’t succeed, major players like Google and Amazon – who do not care about artists’ rights – will end up controlling the rights to these domains.

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Canadian Musician Does Heavy Montreal 2015 – Day 2

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Billy Talent onstage at Heavy Montreal 2015

Billy Talent onstage at Heavy Montreal 2015

Canadian Musician correspondent Adam Kovac was at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this past weekend, enjoying some loud sounds and cheap suds at the 2015 edition of Heavy Montreal. Here’s the report from Day 2:

There’s a Chinese proverb that I’m fairly sure is made up, but it applies pretty damn well to Heavy Montreal, or at least those of us blessed enough to have media credentials: that the word for crisis is the same as that for opportunity.

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Canadian Musician Does Heavy Montreal 2015 – Day 1

Monday, August 10th, 2015
AOF MTL

Alexisonfire at Heavy Montreal 2015

Canadian Musician correspondent Adam Kovac was at Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, enjoying some loud sounds and cheap suds at the 2015 edition of Heavy Montreal. Here are his findings from Day 1:

The first thing that needs to be said about Heavy Montreal 2015 is that the festival is most notable for who is not there.

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Steve Gaul Going for Solo Drumming World Record to Support Cardiac Kids

Monday, August 10th, 2015

DrumathonThis Friday, Aug. 14th at the Burlington Music Centre, drummer Steve Gaul will begin an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for solo drumming; a record that he himself set in 2011 for a good cause. During that record-breaking drumathon in 2011, Gaul raised over $70,000 for cancer research. Now, on Friday, he will go for it again, this time to honour his daughter who was born with a congenital heart defect and undergone three heart surgeries.

Everyone is invited to participate, cheer, and witness this outstanding event in support of Caridac Kids.

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DMC Vancouver Regional DJ Competition Scheduled for Aug. 20

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Cancer the Crab DMCDMC Canada will be holding a Vancouver regional DJ Competition and scratch battle on Aug. 20 at Caprice Nightclub (967 Granville Street). It’ll feature a special guest showcase by Skratcher Group.

The event begins at 9 p.m. and there is a cover fee of $10.

The winner of the Vancouver regional competition will go on to compete at the DMC Canadian Championships.

For more information, contact DMC Canada: Canada@dmcworld.ca, www.dmc-canada.ca, www.dmcdjchamps.com.

In Full eFEQt – CM Does le Festival d’ete de Quebec

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Kiesza onstage at FEQ2015

Kiesza onstage at FEQ2015

Canadian Musician photographer Bart Nowak of NowakImages.com was in Quebec City for the first few days of this year’s edition of le Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ), which featured monster headliners like Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Keith Urban, and more. Check out some of Bart’s shots from the shows.

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One Day Left to Submit to Theatre 20’s 2015/16 Composium Training Program

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

ComposiumThose who compose or write lyrics for musical theatre have one day left o submit for Theatre 20’s 2015/2016 Composium training program, to be held in Toronto. Submissions will be accepted until the deadline of 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 24, 2015.

This creative opportunity offers musical theatre composers and lyricists world-class training in a subsidized course taught by the renowned Leslie Arden. A small group of composers and lyricists will be chosen to work with Arden, and will meet bi-weekly from September 2015 until January 2016.

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