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MusicOntario & CMI Offering Intensive 2-Day Workshop for Indigenous Performers & Music Professionals

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

six nations music ontarioMusicOntario and Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) are hosting an edition of CMI’s Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp (AEB) program exclusively for artists and music industry entrepreneurs with First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry, as part of MusicOntario’s Community Connects program.

The two-day workshop, taking place at Thru the RedDoor Studios at Six Nations, is a condensed version of CMI’s eight-week Artist Entrepreneur program, which provides professional development, resources, information, one-one-one and ongoing mentorship to new and emerging artists/professionals looking to build sustainable, thriving careers in the music industry.


Steppenwolf’s Goldy McJohn Dies at 72

Friday, August 4th, 2017

GoldySteppenwolf keyboardist and founding member Goldy McJohn, born John Goadsby, passed away on Tuesday, August 1st due to a heart attack. He was 72.

As iHeartRadio reports, McJohn was a classically trained pianist and early adopter of the Hammond organ in rock music. He was also a member of Canadian R&B band the Mynah Birds in the mid-’60s and went on to co-found Steppenwolf with vocalist John Kay. The group mad major hits with 1968’s “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.”

A funeral will take place next Friday in Washington state, where McJohn lived with wife Sonja.

Behind the Scenes @ WayHome and Boots & Hearts with VER

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Jazz Cartier at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Jazz Cartier at WayHome 2017 by Mark Matusoff

Canadian Musician‘s Samantha Everts & Mark Matusoff were on the ground for the 2017 edition of the WayHome Music & Arts festival, and we’ve got plenty of great photos and coverage coming your way. In the meantime, we connected with Erik Paquette of VER, the company that supplies the production technologies for WayHome and the upcoming Boots & Hearts country-focused festival, to find out what goes on behind the scenes to deliver these special events to tens of thousands of fans.


#CMPremiere – Nice Horse’s “Pony Up”

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

They’ve been called the Zac Brown Band in miniskirts, The Runaways at a hoedown, and The Spice Girls on a whisky bender. Regardless of what you call them, Nice Horse deliver a jacked-up, bush partying jolt of energy to the country music scene, and that’s more than evident in their brand new single, “Pony Up” – exclusively streaming here in another #CMPremiere.


SXSW Registration Opens Aug. 1st

Monday, July 31st, 2017


Registration for the 2018 edition of South by Southwest (SXSW) opens Aug. 1st at 10 a.m. CT. Registering early offers the best access to discounts and hotel availability.


Canadian Musician @ RBC Bluesfest Ottawa

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
The Shins @ RBC Bluesfest Ottawa

The Shins @ RBC Bluesfest Ottawa

Canadian Musician correspondent Samantha Everts (@urockred) & photographer Mark Matusoff (@mmatusoff) were on the ground (albeit only for a day) at the annually-awesome RBC Bluesfest Ottawa. Here’s their review & shots from Day 6, which featured performances by The Shins, Phantogram, and more, leading up to the headlining slot by the almighty LCD Soundsystem.


Submissions Open for the 2018 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

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Emerging orchestral composers with a connection to Canada’s prairie region are invited to submit their works to the 2018 Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15, 2017.

This year’s contest – the 15th annual edition – offers a cash prize of $1,500, and a performance of the winning score by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra during the 2018 Winnipeg New Music Festival.


#CMPremiere – The Faceplants’ “Who I Am Inside” Music Video

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

“Who I Am Inside” is the infectious new single from Vancouver rock outfit The Faceplants, and we’re bringing you the band’s sleek and sharp new video for the track in this exclusive #CMPremiere. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming LP, produced by Ben Kaplan (Hedley, Mother Mother, Biffy Clyro), and fuses retro sounds with a fresh, modern production style resulting in a stick-in-your-head pop-rock anthem.


#CMPremiere – Lori Nuic’s “The Art of Love” Music Video

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Soulful vocal powerhouse Lori Nuic is set to share the sensual new video for her bouncy, upbeat single “The Art of Love,” and we’re bringing it to you first in this exclusive #CMPremiere. The song comes from her latest EP, Art of Love, and as Lori explains, the video is “meant to portray the pure rapture of falling in love.”


Version 2.0 of the Music Books Plus Mobile App Now Available!

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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The Music Books Plus app has recently gone through some significant upgrades. The new Music Books Plus Mobile app is available for iOS and Android. It’s free to download, simple to use, and offers the same wide selection and fast service as

App customers can browse, order, and ship anywhere – easily and conveniently, no matter what type of device they shop from!  Search for Music Books Plus Mobile now, in Apple store and Google Play store.

See it now at

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