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Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program Accepting Submissions

Friday, April 10th, 2015

CWOF mentor winnerThe Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, is back for its third. Artists can now submit a video or audio performance to Canada’s Walk of Fame for a chance to win the 2015 Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program. The winners will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of music and industry experts, and announced Fall 2015.

• A cash prize of $25,000 CDN
• Twenty-Five (25) hours of private studio with a producer, periodically mentored by established Canadian music talent
• CWOF introductions to a minimum of two (2) music industry executives, which may include agents, managers, recording contract executives, and/or entertainment lawyers.
• A public performance at a CWOF event
• Music Industry Career Development Mentorship Session with Q & A facilitated by Universal Music Canada
• Album cover artwork design by Eric McBain, Creative Director


Halifax Pop Explosion Submissions Close May 8

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Tokyo Police Club at HPX 2014. [Photo: Chris Smith]

Tokyo Police Club at HPX 2014. [Photo: Chris Smith]

The Halifax Pop Explosion is reminding artists that it is still accepting submissions until May 8, 2015. This year’s edition of HPX runs from Oct. 20-24 in Halifax, NS.

If you are a musician, band or comedian who wants to be a part of HPX 2015, you can now apply to showcase.  The submission fee is $25.

For more information, go to



IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Contest Announced

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Cooking Beats session with Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

Cooking Beats session with Rich Kidd & WondaGurl at IMSTA FESTA Toronto 2014.

The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) has announced the 2015 IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Contest, conducted and hosted by Broadjam.  This contest is an annual affair meant to provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity to have their creative pieces heard by industry professionals. You can write songs in any genre and with or without lyrics. There are separate songwriting contests for each IMSTA FESTA event in New York, L.A., Chicago & Toronto.


Enter CM’s Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes!

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

CMW sweepstakesCanadian Musician is giving away a Canadian Music Week package worth $1,500! Now in its 33rd year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. CMW brings together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events, combining informative, intensive conferences, a cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival, comedy festival, and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival.


Casino Nova Scotia Announces Second Annual Artist in Residence Program

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Brood were selected as the 2014 Artist in Residence

Casino Nova Scotia has announced that it will select an Artist in Residence for the second year in a row.  The $20,000 program will provide a local emerging musician or group with financial and professional support through Casino Nova Scotia and partners Music Nova Scotia as well as opportunities to develop their career through performance opportunities.

Applicants can apply online through the Music Nova Scotia website from April 13-30, 2015. The evaluation process will include a review of online applications and demos, interview with selected applicants, and will conclude with a live performance of the finalists at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Showroom on Friday, June 12. This program will provide the selected musician/group with $20,000 in funding to assist with developing their career through recording, marketing, and live performance opportunities.  Music Nova Scotia is administering the program and will provide career path support and exciting industry showcase opportunities such as Nova Scotia Music Week and Canadian Music Week.


Submissions Open for Harbourfront Centre’s SoundClash 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

tumblr_inline_mqcymgVpI81qz4rgpHarbourfront Centre is set to launch its GTA-wide search for cutting-edge, independent artists with the SoundClash Music Awards. As of April 1, musicians across the GTA are invited to apply for the chance to be heard on Harbourfront Centre’s stage, take home a share of the $10,000 in cash and prizes, and be crowned SoundClash champion. Submissions close on May 10.


Bob Moog Foundation Unveils Historic Schematics from Archives

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Moog schematic 1The Bob Moog Foundation has released 15 new schematics from its vast archives of hardware, conceptual drawings, photographs, vintage catalogs, design schematics, and more. The release is the second of its kind, following 20 schematics shared on the foundation’s eighth anniversary, August 21, 2014. The Foundation’s archival mission is to preserve the past to inspire the future.  To that end, work on the expansive collection is implemented with the purpose of sharing the historical and technical information contained therein through collaboration on museum exhibits and online releases.


Canadian Musician Is Going to the JUNOS!

Friday, March 13th, 2015

cmjunosCanadian Musician is hitting the ground with LIVE coverage of The Juno Awards. Join in our conversation with Assistant Editor, Mike Raine by using and following ‪#‎CMJUNOS. Follow @cdnmusician on Twitter as we go behind the scenes with Juno Nominees and industry leaders. Mike will be in Hamilton, ON from March 13, 2015 until the Juno Awards Broadcast (and maybe an after party or two) on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

Get 10% Off Yamaha Instruments Until March 21

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Yamaha couponYamaha Canada Music has launched a new Gear Up for Spring sale. You can get 10% off eligible new in-stock Yamaha instruments. You must present the coupon found here to your local Yamaha dealer:

Go here for a list of Yamaha dealers: 

The offer run until March 21, 2015. It excludes Acoustic, Hybrid & SILENT Piano, Clavinova (CLP/CVP), and Concert & Marching Percussion.

For more information, go to  

‘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.”


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