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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.


Ontario’s IMC Rock Returns to Camp Manitou this August

Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

Phil X working out a guitar lick with one of the guitarists at IMC Rock

The IMC Rock camp is back for the summer 2017 at Camp Manitou. It’ll be taking place from August 20th to 25th. 

IMC Rock is part of the Interprovincial Music Camp program and sees young musicians performing with their band every evening after great rehearsals with professional musicians preparing for each concert. There are daily technique classes on their chosen instrument and a daily performance by the faculty with lots of performance tips and stories about the rock world.


Artist Showcasing Submissions Now Open for Nova Scotia Music Week 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

NSMWNova Scotia Music Week is heading back to Truro from November 2 to 5 for the 2017 edition of the event. The festival features over 100 Nova Scotian artists across multiple stages throughout Truro.

Artist showcasing submissions to play NSMW 2017 are now open. Artists interested in performing during the festival can click here to review the showcase manual for eligibility requirements, and here to apply to showcase. Showcasing submissions will close Monday, June 5, at 5 p.m.


CM Catches up with… Robben Ford

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017


I recently had the pleasure of speaking to esteemed blues veteran, Robben Ford, in the midst of his current tour on the topics of songwriting, improvising, and the music business. Photos by Piper Ferguson. For more info, visit

In what way does your latest album, Into The Sun, demonstrate your growth as an artist?

Primarily, the way I’ve focused my creative energy towards songwriting. That’s been my favourite part of my musical journey. It feels really good and I feel like I am indeed, getting better and better at songwriting. In terms of the guitar, I’m not becoming a better guitar player over the years. I think I’ve become a better musician and it’s nice to have something that is still growing later in your career.


Holly Santonato Wins Canadian Musician’s Home Recording Sweepstakes

Friday, May 5th, 2017

sweeps winnerCanadian Musician is please to announce that Holly Santonato has won our Home Recording Sweepstakes. For winning, Holly wins the prize package provided by Erikson Audio valued at $1,100.

The prize includes: Audio Technica’s ATH- M50X Headphones, an Audio Technica’s AT2020 microphone,
a pair of PreSonus Eris 4.5 monitors, and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2mkii interface.

Holly is an R&B, soulful, hip-hop artist, born in Toronto. For more information and to hear her music, go to

Tickets On Sale Now for Music Heals’ Strike A Chord Event

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Strike a ChordTickets are now on sale for Music Heals’ Strike A Chord event, which will take place at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on Oct. 19, 2017.

This unique event in support of the Music Heals Charitable Foundation is the fourth annual Strike A Chord and promises another memorable evening of entertainment and special guests.


#CMPremiere – Johnson Crook’s Self-Titled EP

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Johnson Crook

The debut EP from Toronto roots rockers Johnson Crook showcases the energy and variety people have come to expect from their dynamic live show and even features guest vocals from Tom Cochrane. Hear all four tracks comprising the effort in this exclusive #CMPremiere.


#CMPremiere – Streetlight Social’s “Blood from Stone”

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Streetlight Social

Streetlight Social are readying the release of their debut LP, Blood from Stone, set to drop on Friday, May 5th, 2017. The album is the culmination of years of hard work and finds the band straying from their hard rock roots. We’re bringing you an early listen in this exclusive #CMPremiere.


Artist Submission Deadlines Approaching for POP Montreal & Halifax Pop Explosion 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

POP MontrealThe final artist submission deadline for the 2017 edition of POP Montreal is May 13, while the Halifax Pop Explosion’s artist deadline is May 15.

POP Montreal has 85 slots reserved for Sonicbids artists and those selected artists will be compensated between $100-500. The submission cost is $30 USD.


Canadian Musician @ The 2017 JUNO Awards – Press Room

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Ruth B with her JUNOfor Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Ruth B with her JUNOfor Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Canadian Musician correspondent Samantha Everts and photographer Mark Matusoff were in the Capital Region for the 2017 edition of JUNOFest and the JUNO Awards broadcast. Here’s a selection of Mark’s shots from the backstage press room, featuring many of the night’s winners with their hardware.


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