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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.


One Trillion Songs Have Been Streamed This Year

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

streamingMusic data collection and analytics firm Next Big Sound, has released its mid-year report for 2015 and the numbers are mind-blowing. Just in the first half of this year, Next Big Sound tracked over one trillion song plays. That is not a typo. That is trillion with a “T”. Included in that number are streams fromYouTube, Vevo (overlap was accounted for), Vimeo, Spotify, Rdio, SoundCloud, and, for the first time ever, Pandora, which acquired Next Big Sound in this year.

The authors note, “What really blew our minds when tallying these totals was that the number of online plays in just the first six months of the year far exceeds what we tracked in all of 2014, even before the addition of Pandora’s data. And social is growing like a weed as well. We tracked close to 14 billion new followers, page likes, and stations added in the first half of the year, already more than three quarters of the total from last year.”


Canadian Musician Now Using Reverbnation for Showcase Submissions

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Showcase pageCanadian Musician is now using Reverbnation to accept submissions for the Showcase section of the magazine. In each issue we will select three ReverbNation artists to feature in Showcase. You can find the submission page on Reverbnation by going to

Every issue of Canadian Musician magazine features the Showcase page, which includes profiles on three unsigned Canadian bands/artists. The spot includes a photo and a few paragraphs about the band/artist, their release(s), current happenings, etc. Selected artists will appear in the print edition and be featured online, with an MP3 available to stream.

Artists that have previously been featured in Showcase prior to breaking out include Our Lady Peace, Tokyo Police Club, Classified, K-os, The New Pornographers, and many others.


Join the Music Industry in Standing Up for the CBC; Sign & Share the Petition

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Petition banner NEWFunding cuts are slowly killing the CBC, and with it the Canadian music industry. Canadian Musician magazine invites you to join us in taking a stance on this important issue by signing the petition at, sharing it, and spreading the message.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has been suffering from a series of funding cuts implemented by the federal government. The 2012 federal budget cut $115 million from the CBC’s budget over three years. While this has negative consequences for all Canadians as this national institution is forced to cut jobs and scale back its reach and scope, the country’s music and arts communities, in particular, stand to lose. In many cases, it’s already happening. But there’s something you can do.



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.


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.


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

Thursday, August 13th, 2015
CBC Fest small

2013 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.


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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