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‘Remembering Jay Smith’ Benefit Concerts to be Held in Vancouver & Halifax

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Jay SmithAgain this year friends and fans are coming together to celebrate the life and music of Jay Smith with special benefit concerts in Halifax and Vancouver.

Jay Smith – solo artist and guitarist in Matt Mays’ Band – took his own life in March 2013. Waves of grief rippled through his immediate and musical families, his network of friends and fans around the country and beyond. This year Jay’s life will be celebrated in two special benefit performances, featuring his music, friends, and collaborators.

Dustin Bentall is one of those friends, and said of the loss, “It was a really tough time in my life, losing Jay to suicide. It was really tough for everyone who knew him. Even today, it’s still a very emotional thing to deal with, and honestly, I think it always will be. Our tight group of friends — we still talk about him every day. We miss him every day.”


Through Our “Summer Eyes”

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Stephan Ermel of Toronto indie rock quintet Midday Swim reflects on recording the band’s self-titled debut…


Rather than spending the recent family day long weekend – one of the coldest weekends of the season – warm and indoors with the fam, I went up north with my adopted family to a cottage along Jack Lake in the Kawarthas to continue recording our upcoming album, set to be released April 28th, 2015.

We spent the rest of that weekend surviving on frozen lasagna and Moose Tracks ice cream with no running water, very little heat, and a whole lot of instruments.


Forbes: How it cost $6.9M to make ‘Blurred Lines’ a hit

Friday, March 6th, 2015 has published this interesting breakdown of the costs associated with the hit song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, and T.I.. During an ongoing plagiarism lawsuit brought forward by the estate of Marvin Gaye, a Universal Music executive said that the overhead cost of the song were $6.9 million. Here is Forbes’ explanation of how that could be:

Marvin Gaye’s family’s lawsuit against Robin Thicke over his song,“Blurred Lines,” has peeled back the curtain on just how much it can cost to birth a hit single.

Earlier this week, court testimony in Los Angeles federal court revealed that Thicke has earned $5.66 million from the song, while co-writer/performer/producer Pharrell Williams made $5.15 million and featured performer/co-writer T.I. $704,774, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Perhaps the most shocking revelation was testimony from an executive at Universal Music Group, the record company that released and distributed “Blurred Lines,” who stated that overhead costs to create the song tallied $6.9 million.


CMW Announces Second Round of Headliners

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015


Canadian Music Week (CMW) has announced its second round of 2015 festival headliners, including Joey Bada$$, Swervedriver, Lucki Eck$, The Psychedelic Furs, Mick Jenkins, Death Cab for Cutie, Leon Bridges, JMSN, and more. The new additions join the previously announced line-up that features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Jesus and Mary Chain: 30th Anniversary of Psychocandy, Faith No More, GoldLink, FIDLAR, King Tuff, and more. For full line up visit:

From March 3-10, fans who buy one wristband can get a second wristband free. Simply visit here and enter the special promotional code, which will be announced via Twitter March 3rd at 11 a.m. CMW will showcase over 1,000 bands in 60 different venues across the city.


Manitoba Music Announces SXSW Showcase

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
Del Barber

Del Barber

Manitoba Music has organized a showcase for some of its artists in Austin during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. The  Manitoba Showcase takes over Canada House in Austin for an afternoon on Thursday, March 19, and will feature performances by country blues heartthrobs The Bros. Landreth, roots troubadour Del Barber, acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe, and in-your-face rock outfit Mise en Scene.

Manitoba Music will also co-host a showcase for SXSW Interactive and Film delegates on Tuesday, March 17 at The Majestic. The Interactive portion of the event has become, by far, the largest facet of the enormous international conference and festival. Boasting a stellar lineup of talent from across the Canadian west, under the BreakOut West banner, this show is the latest in a series of collaborations between music industry associations Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and Music BC.


Contact East 2015 Now Accepting Artist Applications

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Matt Andersen is one of the many artists who have showcased at Contact East.

Matt Andersen is one of the many artists who have showcased at Contact East.

Contact East 2015 is now accepting showcase and pitch applications by tour-ready artists in music, theatre, and dance.  Applications are be accepted via I Want To Showcase, a multi-conference application system. The application deadline is Monday, March 30th, 12 p.m. AST.

The flagship event of the Atlantic Presenters Association, Contact East brings together North American talent in theatre, music, and dance, to showcase their work for regional, national, and international presenter delegates. This year’s 40th anniversary conference will take place Sept. 17–20, 2015 in Charlottetown, PEI.


CM’s Steinberg Music Production Sweepstakes Closes Saturday

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Yamaha_fb last chanceLike the Canadian Musician Facebook page and enter the Canadian Musician Steinberg Music Production Sweepstakes before it closes on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at midnight

You can take your next recording project to a new level by wining a special music production bundle of Steinberg software and hardware courtesy of Yamaha Canada Music. It includes the just-released Cubase Pro 8, the HALion 5 and Groove Agent 4 VST instruments, and a UR44 audio interface. Prize valued at over $1,600.


Hit Like A Girl Drum Contest Opens March 1

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Celebrity Judge Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil)

Celebrity Judge Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil)

Hit Like A Girl, the global online contest for female drummers that drew competitors from 45 countries in 2014, will be accepting online video entries starting March 1.  This year will mark the contest’s fourth year. Now in its fourth year.

2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest opens for online video entries at 12:01 AM PST on March 1, 2015. Two pair of weekly winners will be chosen by celebrity/industry judging teams and announced March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9 with the entry period closing on April 8. Fan voting opens April 10 and closes April 22. The Top 20 weekly and fan-selected finalists in both the over- and under-18 age divisions will be announced on April 23 followed by celebrity judging from April 24 and May 4. The final winners will be chosen during an online event on May 7.


Submissions open for SOCAN Song House at ECMW 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SOCAN Los Angeles GM Chad Richardson

Submissions are now open for the first ever SOCAN Song House at Eastlink East Coast Music Week (ECMW) 2015, which is scheduled for April 8 and 9, 2015 in St. John’s, NL.

Ralph Murphy (songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy’s Law of Songwriting) and Chad Richardson (songwriter and General Manager of SOCAN Los Angeles) will lead the two-day interactive workshop. Twelve songwriter participants will be selected to gain valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. This initiative aligns with SOCAN’s new A&R strategy to help members improve their song writing and reach new heights in their careers.


Enter the beyerdynamic TG Drum Set Pro XL Sweepstakes

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


beyerdynamic has launched the TG Drum Set Pro XL Sweepstakes. This professional microphone drum set features first class sound reproduction, easy mounting of tomclips on nearly every drum rim, naturally sounding condenser microphones, compact and unobtrusive design, and a microphone clamp. This prize package is valued at over $1,700.

Simply LIKE the Beyerdynamic Canada  Facebook Page for a chance to WIN.  To enter, go to

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