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“Sign The Dotted Line – How To Land A Record Deal” Webinar Announced for May 31

Monday, May 16th, 2016

webinar logoCanadian Musician‘s next webinar will see Brooke Morgan of revered boutique imprint Paper Bag Records and Tyler Tasson of the fast-growing powerhouse ole Label Services join Canadian Musician Editor Andrew King with advice on attracting label attention, what they’re looking for from you, sealing the deal, and more. The live, one-hour Sign The Dotted Line – How To Land A Record Deal webinar will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. ET.

The days of a label A&R rep in a fancy suit showing up to your gig with a suitcase full of money and promises of stardom are long gone. In today’s industry, labels are taking far fewer risks and looking for partners to create mutually beneficial business relationships.


Enter the Canadian Musician CMAO Sweepstakes!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

CMAO Sweeps FB1You can now enter Canadian Musician’s CMAO Sweepstakes! The 2016 Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) Conference takes place May 28-29 in Markham, ON.

Enter to win two 2-day passes to the CMAO Conference by going HERE.

Simply enter your info for a chance to win the 2-Day Passes for the CMAO Conference on May 28 and 29.


Air Miles Big Break Detour Contest Looking For Entries

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Detour contestAir Miles and Live Nation have teamed up to create the Big Break Detour Contest, which is open to all Canadian musicians. Contest organizers are looking for Canadian musicians of any genres or age post a video of themselves performing an original song set in an unusual location (garden, laundromat, subway wherever). The deadline for submitting videos is May 25, 2016.

The grand prize, valued at $3,700, includes:


Registration Now Open for Canada’s Music Incubator’s Artist Entrepreneur Program

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) is now accepting applications for the Artist Entrepreneur Program (CMIAE), which starts on Aug. 9th, 2016.  The program runs full-time (Tues.-Fri) at Coalition Music for 10 weeks.  This program is specifically designed to help emerging artists and bands from all genres build their businesses, careers, and brands.

In addition to working hands-on with Canada’s Music Incubator’s and Coalition Music’s teams of social media, marketing, management, promotion, publicity, funding, touring, producing, engineering, and songwriting experts, artists will get a chance to meet active industry professionals in music law, accounting, publishing, concert booking, music supervision, radio, performing rights organizations, funding bodies, and record labels.  Artist will also have ongoing access to the resources and expertise of Canada’s Music Incubator and Coalition Music post-program.


It’s Gonna Be A VERY Busy Canadian Music Week…Don’t Miss A Thing

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Canadian Musician has an extremely busy schedule lined up for the Canadian Music Week Conference over the next three days, from Thursday to Saturday.

Stop by and say ‘Hello!’

We’ll be at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto on May 5-7, 2016 celebrating Canadian Music Week, come by and visit Canadian Musician and Music Books Plus at Booth 211 during the CMW Trade Show. We’ll have complimentary magazines and discounts on books and software on-hand.


Canadian Musician’s CMW Sweepstake Winners Revealed

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

The winner of Canadian Musician’s 2016 CMW Sweepstakes have been chosen.

Wayne Neon has won two delegate passes and two seven-day festival passes for Canadian Music Week 2016, while Seán Savage has also won two seven-day CMW festival passes.

Wayne Neon is a member of the Amazing Tubular Orchestra and describes himself as the “illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington.”  He is a Toronto-based arranger and bandleader. His music blends folk, jazz, blues, rock, skiffle, country, mariachi, English Beat, Motown, Dixieland, Honky Tonk, shuffle, pop, beach party, and lounge music, which, he says, “gives new meaning to the word eclectic.”


CBC Searchlight Contest Regional Top 10s Revealed

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Searchlight_PROMO-TOP-10_0422053621139_16x9_620x350From the CBC:

After three weeks of watching, sharing, and voting, the results are in and the CBC has announced the regional top 10s in the Searchlight competition.

There are 23 regions listed below, each with the 10 finalists who will move on. In total, there are 230  finalist acts. Nine of the top 10 finalists were chosen by CBC Music judges, and one was chosen by popular vote, as indicated below.

To watch all the top tens, click here and search by either name or region. You can also read them in full below.


Time Running Out to Register for Expo-Scène 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016

02 Expo SceneThere is only one week left to register for Expo-Scène 2016,which is returning to the Palais des congrès de Montréal from May 2-3, 2016, a month later than last year’s event.


The Guardian: Is YouTube a music industry devil or buzz-making deity

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

YouTubeA very interesting article of The Guardian about the complicated love/hate relationship between YouTube and the music industry. 

By Eamonn Forde

The music industry has never been shy of using exaggeration as a negotiating tactic. Its deployment long precedes the mic drop as a way to shut down a debate. The manager Peter Mensch, whose roster includes Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers, is only the latest industry player to slam the emergency button marked “hyperbole”. “YouTube, they’re the devil,” he claimed during a recent Radio 4 documentary about the music industry. “We don’t get paid at all.”


Call for submissions: National Music Centre Artist in Residence Program

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

02 StudioBellWith the opening of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary just months away, NMC has begun accepting new submissions to its Artist in Residence program.

NMC’s unique approach to having a “living” collection allows artists to access its historic instruments in the composition and recording of new music, while at the same time balancing their preservation.


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