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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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Nimbus School of Recording & Media Announces 5-Day Songwriters Workshop

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Garth Richardson

Garth Richardson

The Nimbus School of Recording & Media has announced the return of the YVR Songshop. Back for its second year, this exclusive five-day event will take place at Nimbus’s studios in Vancouver, BC from April 26-May 1st 2016.

Sponsored by Music BC, SOCAN, CCMIA, and Bell Media, Nimbus has curated a workshop that provides a practical toolkit to help songwriters develop their skills in the craft of writing unique, commercially aware songs.

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Apply Now for 2016 Folk Music Ontario Conference showcases

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

2012 OCFF Conference – Toronto Blues Society sponsored showcase [Photo by Mike Bourgeault]

2012 OCFF Conference – Toronto Blues Society sponsored showcase [Photo by Mike Bourgeault]

Notice from SOCAN:

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is now accepting official/family showcase applications, Songs from the Heart applications, and members-only advance purchase conference registration from Ontario-based SOCAN members and other artists.

There are 36 official showcase and two family showcase slots available at the conference. Criteria that the jury will consider can be downloaded here, and more information is available on the FMO website’s Conference Showcasing page.

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