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Unsigned Only Competition Now Accepting Entries

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
2015 Unsigned Grand Prize winners Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell (PRNewsFoto/Unsigned Only Music Competition)

2015 Unsigned Grand Prize winners Jared Porter And Kaylee Bell (PRNewsFoto/Unsigned Only Music Competition)

Musicians are invited to apply now for the 2016 edition of Unsigned Only, a worldwide music competition produced by the same people that produce the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Unsigned Only is designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. It’s a music competition with the stated goal of finding an outstanding, talented performer that needs to be discovered.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $20,000 USD in cash (plus additional prizes, to a total value of more than $100,000 USD) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First Place winners in each category will receive $1,000 USD in addition to other prizes. Second Place winners will also receive prizes. Winners for the competition will be announced in early September 2016.

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Flix Canada Agency Launches To Takes Canadian Punk Rockers to Europe

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Eamon McGrath in the video for "Running From The Cops"

Eamon McGrath in the video for “Running From The Cops”

The following is from FYI Music News

Europe has long been a happy hunting ground for Canadian artists in all genres, and Flix Canada aims to increase our export of punk-inflected rockers considerably. This is a brand new Toronto-based booking agency whose primary focus is on Europe.

The company is headed by Eamon McGrath, a prolific singer/songwriter and author of some renown. To get the Flix facts, FYI recently interviewed McGrath.

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Music NS Accepting Submissions for Gordie Sampson Songcamp

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Gordie Sampson [Photo: DrFel/Wikimedia]

Music Nova Scotia is accepting submissions for songwriters to attend the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, which takes place in Ingonish, Cape Breton on July 10 – 15, 2016.

At the Gordie Sampson Songcamp, emerging writers come from all over Nova Scotia to collaborate and co-write songs with their peers, mentor with award-winning artists, and learn from music industry leaders.

To be eligible to apply, songwriters must: currently live in Nova Scotia; be between the ages of 18-24; have links online to where Music NS can listen to three songs written by the applicant (on their artist website, YouTube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, are most common) OR email MP3 recordings/demos.

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Nimbus Launches 2016 Mix Contest for Aspiring Canadian Music Producers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
2014 Nimbus Mix Contest winner Lorenzo Dittrick-Katevatis with GGGarth Richardson

2014 Nimbus Mix Contest winner Lorenzo Dittrick-Katevatis with GGGarth Richardson

The Nimbus School of Recording & Media has launched the fourth annual Nimbus Mix Contest, which features tracks from Universal Music Canada recording artists Lights, Head of the Herd, and Dear Rouge.

The Mix Contest has two categories: one for high school students and one for graduates or 19+. Competitors in both categories will have the opportunity to create their own mix (or remix) for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship to attend Nimbus School of Recording & Media in Vancouver, BC.

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Enter the Canadian Music Week Sweepstakes To Win 2016 Passes & Wristbands

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

CMW summitCanadian Musician is giving you the chance to win your way to Canadian Music Week 2016, which is taking place May 2-8 in downtown Toronto. This sweepstakes prize is valued at $1,500 and includes: Two complete Delegate passes for the CMW Music Conference May 5-7, 2016; and; two 7-day Festival Wristbands good for the entire festival – May 2-8, 2016.

To enter the sweepstakes, go to www.canadianmusician.com/cmw.

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A Conversation with… Music Director Michael Bearden

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Michael Bearden

Michael Bearden

By Jeff Gunn

Walking past legendary photos of Frank Sinatra and Pink Floyd in the basement hall of Capitol Records, I couldn’t help but feel I was treading through musical history as I made my way towards Studio B to meet with one of Hollywood’s premier in-demand music director’s, Michael Bearden. Busy at work on the keys, he invited me to listen to the track he was laying down in the control room before we headed to the studio floor piano for a conversation.

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CBC Toronto Launches ‘Song in the 6ix’ Contest

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Photo: Leonardo Angelini/Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Leonardo Angelini/Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Drake, The Weeknd, Kardinal Offishal, and the wealth of musical talent coming out of Toronto in recent years, a city that has been nicknamed The 6ix, CBC Toronto has launched the Song in the 6ix contest, which calls on songwriters to write a new anthem for Canada’s largest city. The winner will receive $10,000 and the chance to make a CBC-produced music video. Submissions are now being accepted until Feb. 19, 2016.

Those interested are asked to write a song of any style about Toronto and record a video of themselves performing it. CBC says the song is to be “both an anthem and a love letter to Toronto” and the “The 6ix” and “Song in the 6ix” should be included in the lyrics, with the options of making reference to CBC Toronto and any of its hosts.

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Submissions Open for 2016 Piano Hero Contest

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

PianosCBC Music and ICI Musique are accepting submissions for the 2016 Piano Hero contest, which is open to classical pianists of all ages and skill levels. The winner will be named “Canada’s favourite amateur classical pianist” and will take home a Steinway-designed Boston professional upright piano worth $15,000, courtesy of Steinway Piano Gallery of Canada. As well, the grand price includes a trip for two to Montreal to make a music video from April 21-24, 2016, VIP tickets to a concert by l’Orchestre Métropolitain and give a pre-concert solo performance, a private lesson with David Jalbert, and more.

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Halifax’s The Carleton Music Venue Launches Crowd Funding Campaign To Stay Alive During Nova Centre Construction

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Adam Baldwin's Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

Adam Baldwin’s Carletones at the Carleton Music Bar & Grill [Photo: Facebook]

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, a very popular live music venue in Halifax, NS, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it through some financial woes brought on by the construction of the near-by, very large Nova Centre complex.

The Carleton’s owner, Mike Campbell, says his business has been severely hurt by the drop in foot traffic in the downtown neighbourhood because of the construction. He estimates there has been a 30 per cent drop in business since the construction began. He told the CBC that he lost about $300,000 in revenue in 2015 compared to the year before construction started.

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Canadian Musician Editors To Present ‘How To Maximize Your Media Coverage’ Webinar on Jan. 28

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

King RaineHave you shared your music and story with dozens or even hundreds of media outlets and received little to no response or publicity? There are probably many reasons for that, and what’s more, they likely have little or nothing to do with the quality of the music. To provide some insight for musicians and put them into the mindset of a music journalist, Canadian Musician editors Andrew King and Michael Raine will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. EST.

Regardless of whether they work in print, television, radio, or the blogosphere, every music and arts journalist in the country receives dozens of pitches every week – even every day – and pays attention to only a small fraction of them. So what separates the artists that score coverage from those who don’t?

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