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Submissions Open for 2017/18 Canadian Songwriting Competition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

CanadianSongwritingCompetition_LogoSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2017/18 edition of the Canadian Songwriting Competition. Submissions are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2018, with an early-bird deadline of Oct. 31, 2017.

Each online entry requires the following information/elements:

-An original song in mp3 format, Youtube link OR Soundcloud link (live performance entries must be submitted as a Youtube link).


#CMPremiere – Alessia Cohle’s “Wild Eyed Wanderer” EP

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cohle is set to release her new EP, Wild Eyed Wanderer, on October 27th.  Featuring the already-successful single “Wanderlust,” the EP was produced by award-winning producer Douglas Romanow (Justin Bieber, Johnny Reid) and we’re bringing you an exclusive stream of the six-song collection a little early in this #CMPremiere.


#CMPremiere – Cold Creek County’s “Money” (Live from Music in the Fields)

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

We’re thrilled to have the boys from Cold Creek County on the cover of the upcoming November/December 2017 issue of Canadian Musician. To get you revved up for the read, we’ve got this exclusive #CMPremiere of the band performing “Money” for a massive crowd at Music in the Fields in Lucknow, ON earlier this summer. The track (which isn’t actually about money) comes from Cold Creek County’s 2017 EP Homemade and showcases this talented group of musicians in top form.


RIP: Canadian Music Industry Icon Jan Vladimír Matějček (1926-2017)

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

JanJan Vladimír Matějček, an iconic and longtime member of the Canadian music industry and the first-ever CEO of SOCAN, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Matějček was a lawyer, music editor, publisher, and administrator. He made a career of championing music and the rights of its creators, having begun his career as a Foreign Relations Secretary of the Guild of Czechoslovak Composers.


CM Catches Up With… Bassist Richard Bona

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Bona Goetz BuehlerOur good friend and regular Canadian Musician contributor Jason Raso recently had the chance to chat with internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-winning bassist Richard Bona. Over the course of his 35-plus year playing career, Bona has performed with the likes of Mike Stern, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, and Pat Metheny Group. The two spoke a few days ahead of Bona’s headlining show at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, ON. Details on the show are here, and you can check out Jason’s music here. Photo by Goetz Buehler.


IMSTA FESTA Toronto Songwriting Competition Accepting Submissions

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

sw2_headerx1170The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is now accepting song submissions for the Toronto edition of its 017 IMSTA FESTA Songwriting Competition, which is co-hosted by Broadjam. This competition is an annual affair that will provide aspiring and established songwriters the opportunity attend Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece.


Canadian Musician @ the 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
2017 Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta performs at the gala

2017 Polaris Music Prize winner Lido Pimienta performs at the gala

Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were out at the Carlu in Toronto on Mon., Sept. 18th for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize gala. In what many considered a surprise, Colombian/Canadian artist Lido Pimienta took home the title & $50,000 award for her innovative Spanish-language album La Papessa. Check out some shots from the gala performers, Pimienta’s win & more.


Watch a Tech Tour of SSL’s Mobile Demo Studio

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

ssl truckYesterday, Sept. 20, we stopped by the Solid State Logic (SSL) Mobile Studio while it was stationed at the Long & McQuade on Bloor St. in downtown Toronto.

The SSL AWS Truck is a custom built mobile demo studio that contains two demo systems. One is based around our AWS 948 hybrid studio production console and a collection of SSL I/O. The second system is based around Nucleus2 with a particular emphasis on its use in Dante based multi-seat teaching labs. The truck’s internal acoustics were designed by Russ Berger so it provides a professional, comfortable listening environment for getting to know SSL’s range of hybrid studio technology.


Submissions Open for 2018 ECMA Awards & Showcases

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Ashley Macisaac at the 2016 ECMAs [Photo: Pam Samson Photography]

Ashley Macisaac at the 2016 ECMAs [Photo: Pam Samson Photography]

Submissions for the 2018 ECMA Awards and Showcase submissions are now open. The 2018 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference take place in Halifax, NS from May 2-6, 2018.

Submission Deadline: October 2nd at 5PM AST

Eligibility Period: An album/song/video must have been released between June 1, 2016-October 1, 2017 to be eligible for this year’s awards.


#CMPremiere – Your Favorite Enemies’ “Underneath (As Strangers Falling in Love)”

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Your Favorite Enemies is offering Canadian Musician readers an exclusive sneak peak of a previously unreleased song, “Underneath (As Strangers Falling in Love)”, which can be found on their latest project A Journey Beyond Ourselves. The song, performed live during a SFCC fan-club gala broadcasted via YouTube on December 5, 2015, was played only once, and has been made available for the first time through this new project by the band.


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