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Roland Launches Digital Piano Design Awards

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Roland_Grand_Piano_Design_ImageRoland has announced the launched of the Roland Digital Piano Design Awards, an opportunity for forward-thinking designers to create the piano of the future. Designers can now submit their digital concert grand piano concepts,  with cash prizes awarded to the top three finalists.

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CM Sweepstakes: Your Chance to See The Tenors in Concert on Nov. 24th & More

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

TENOR sweepsCanadian Musician is giving you a chance to hear The Tenors like you’ve never heard them before. Enter to now to win two tickets to their show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre on November 24th. We also have a copy of their latest CD, an autographed photo, and some merch to give away to one very lucky winner. Enter now at www.canadianmusician.com/tenors/

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Sennheiser Calling on Bands & Artists to Review its Evolution Wireless D1 Series

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Sennheiser singerSennheiser is calling on bands and artists to be product reviewers for its evolution wireless D1 series

Audio specialist Sennheiser is launching its “Test D1 and Only” campaign, encouraging artists and bands to trial and review its new evolution wireless D1 microphone systems, with reviewers able to keep their set for free. The opportunity is available to the 150 prospective testers that write to Sennheiser at www.sennheiser-d1.com with the best reasons for why they want to take part.

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“World’s Biggest Audition” Seeking Vocalists for Project featuring Stewart Copeland & Brian Hardgroove

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Brian Hardgroove

Brian Hardgroove

Joined by Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Mitchell, the new project Audio Rhythm Theory, featuring Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Public Enemy bassist/bandleader Brian Hardgroove, is on a search for vocalists from around the world—and relying on the internet to find them.

Vocalists will be able to audition on video by singing to tracks uploaded by Audio Rhythm Theory to WholeWorldBand, the online music video creation platform, and can participate simply by downloading the free app from www.wholeworldband.com or from the Apple App Store. Meanwhile, Hardgroove’s Signature Forum on HarmonyCentral.com will be the epicenter for tracking the audition, by collecting all the final videos and Hardgroove’s commentary in one place.

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Why It’s So Expensive for Canadian Musicians to Cross the Border

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

BorderNoisey, the music division of Vice Media, has published this interesting article on the financial barriers that make it difficult for Canadian acts to tour the U.S.:

With Canadian artists occupying the top four spots on Billboard’s Hot 100 for the first time ever, it may seem like the Canadian invasion of the American music market is well underway. But while artists like Drake and The Weeknd have managed to break out of Canada and take over the American pop charts, the passage across the border isn’t as smooth as they make it seem. The US music market is the biggest in the world, and with 75% of Canadians living within 100 miles of the border, that market is tantalizingly close for most Canadian musicians in an industry where opportunities are hard to come by. For most Canadians, visiting the US is a matter of routine. For American touring musicians, entering Canada follows more or less that same routine. But for many Canadian musicians, the border presents a significant logistical and financial barrier that can stunt their careers before they’ve really gotten started. This barrier has even led some to question the impactfulness of the investments made by the national and provincial governments to develop the Canadian music industry.

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Visit Us at IMSTA FESTA Tomorrow at Ryerson University

Friday, October 16th, 2015

NWC boothIMSTA FESTA 2015 takes place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ryerson University in Toronto. We will be exhibiting at Booth 21 so please drop by. This is a free event open to anyone interested in the art of music making; professional and semi-professional musicians, songwriters, music producers, and audio engineers, as well as music students and educators.

  • Music Books Plus will be displaying an extensive selection of books and DVDs at special show prices.
  • We will have complimentary copies of the latest issue of Canadian Musician magazine
  • Our assistant editor, Michael Raine will be presenting a seminar on “How To Work the Media” at 2 p.m.

For information on IMSTA FESTA, visit www.imsta.org/imsta_festa_2015_TO.php

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Final ‘Steve’s Supports Country’ Day Happening Saturday

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Steve’s Music Toronto alongside Alessia pictures at Steve's music country day 016with their Co-Country sponsor, Boots & Bourbon Saloon teamed up this past summer to show support for upcoming Canadian country artists and to gain exposure to the every growing country music scene in Toronto and surrounding areas through the Steve’s Supports Country Campaign. The campaign consisted of live performances, an on-air Live Broadcast interview with CIUT 89.5 and a unique way for up and coming artists to showcase their talent in the Steve’s Country Corner on site in the Toronto store.

This Saturday, Oct. 17 at Steve’s Music on 415 Queen St. W. between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Steve’s Country Corner there will be performances by country artist Elyse Saunders as well as official spokesperson and country artist Alessia Cohle and country music veteran Don Graham. They will exchange some stories, songs and music with the country fan public. All performance & interviews run 30 minutes each.

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Panel Schedule & More Details Released for IMSTA FESTA Toronto

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

SMALL RK & WG full roomThe International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) jhas announced that its annual celebration of Music Technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be returning to Toronto. Hosted by Ryerson University, this free event is set to take place on Saturday, October the 17th, 2015.

HIGHLIGHTS:
• Keynote speech delivered by Jimmy Douglass.
• Get inside knowledge by attending informative panels at the IMSTA FESTA Professional Panel Series that cover all aspects of the industry.
• Be sure to attend a Master class and learn how to maximize the efficiency of your studio equipment.
• Network with industry “heavy hitters” and make valuable connections that will advance your career.
• Receive hands-on experience with the latest music production tools on the market.
• Win raffle prizes from top audio technology companies.

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Where do the Federal Parties Stand on Arts & Culture?

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

leadersFYI Music News has compiled this excellent summary of the Canadian federal political parties’ platforms with regards to supporting arts and culture.

The Liberal Party has released its cultural platform that is ambitious to say the least.

Investments include doubling the budget for the Canada Council for the Arts to $360 million each year; restoring the PromArt and Trade Routes cultural export trade programs (cut by the Conservatives) to the tune of $25 million a year; stabilizing the CBC/Radio Canada with $525 million investment over four years; bolstering cultural infrastructure to the tune of $6 billion over 4 years, and almost $20 billion over 10 years. It is also the only party to have completed a questionnaire put to the parties by the Canadian Coalition for the Arts, and promising to review both the Broadcasting Act as well as completing the mandated review of the 2012 Copyright Act in the short-term.

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Yamaha Announces Instant Rebate/Free Gift Offer until Nov. 30th

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
Yamaha TDP 162R

Yamaha YDP162R

Yamaha Canada Music has announced that it is offering in-store instant savings or free gifts with purchase on a large selection of their most popular studio monitors, mixers, stage pianos, synthesizers, and more. This offer is only available through authorized Yamaha dealers from Oct. 1st to Nov. 30th, 2015.

For studio monitors, this includes the: HS5; HS7; HS8; and HS8.

For mixers, this includes: MG12; MG12XU; MG16XU; and MG20XU.

For stage piano/arranger workstations, this includes: CP4 Stage; CP300; Tyros 5-61; and Tyros 5-76.

For digital pianos, this includes: YDP S52; YDP 162R; and P255.

For more more informaiton on the Yamaha instant rebate program/free gift offer, go HERE.

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