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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

#CMPremiere – Cat Clyde’s “Mama Said” Live Video

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Singer-songwriter Cat Clyde has made some impressive inroads since the release of her acclaimed debut, Ivory Castanets. In this exclusive #CMPremiere, we’re sharing a beautifully-shot live video of Cat performing one of the album’s standout tracks, “Mama Said,” from the Stampede City Sessions in Calgary. Here’s what Cat had to say about the performance:


Canadian Musician @ Field Trip 2017

Thursday, June 8th, 2017
Broken Social Scene & Field Trip 2017

Broken Social Scene @ Field Trip 2017

Canadian Musician’s Mark Matusoff was out at Toronto’s Fort York & Garrison Common for Field Trip 2017, featuring performances by the likes of Broken Social Scene, Feist, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Red, Badbadnotgood, and a host of others. Check out Mark’s shots below and visit for more on the festival.


CM Catches up with… Eric Johnson

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
At Saucer Sound Studio in Austin, Texas. Pictured with Martin guitar. Photographed by Max Crace.

At Saucer Sound Studio in Austin, Texas by Max Crace.

While on tour promoting his new acoustic album, EJ, consummate guitarist Eric Johnson took the time to speak with Canadian Musician’s Hal Rodriguez on writing, recording, and practicing. For more information, visit

What new things did you discover about yourself as a singer-songwriter as you were working on EJ?

Well, that I just wanted to push towards more sincere, honest, spontaneous recordings as I was losing interest in manipulated recordings. It was important for me to just try to play the songs live in the studio. In doing that, I’ve discovered things that I want to work on musically, as well as little things that I was happy to hear that were a little different.


Submissions Open for 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards

Monday, May 29th, 2017

11 CFMAsSubmissions are open for the 13th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2016 to June 14, 2017 are eligible. The final deadline for submissions is June 23, 2017.

The 13th edition of the CFMA weekend takes place Nov. 18-19, 2017 in Ottawa. For the first time ever, the weekend’s focus events will take shape as two hosted gala showcase open-to-the-public evenings.


KoSA Drum & Percussion Camp’s 22nd Edition to be held in Montréal this Summer

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

2015_GrandFinale_5x7_02The KoSA Drum and Percussion Camp’s  22nd  edition will be held in Montréal this summer.

The workshops will be held at the KoSA Academy in the NDG neighborhood of Montreal this coming June 26th to July 1st, 2017.

KoSA is a highly-regarded music and events company founded and directed by Westmount residents Aldo Mazza of the internationally recognized group Répercussion and his musician wife Dr. Jolán Kovács (lecturer at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University). They have been expertly designing educational events centered on drums and percussion for over 20 years in such varied places like China, Cuba, Italy. and the U.S.


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