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You can now enter to win a prize pack from Juno Award Winning- Monster Truck and Canadian Musician. Just head to www.canadianmusician.com/monster/ to enter the #SittinHeavy Sweepstakes.
It’s your chance to win a Monster Truck Prize pack including:
– Monster Truck T-shirt
– Latest Album, Sittin’ Heavy
– Monster Truck Hockey Puck
– “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” Download Card
– Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Canadian Musician magazine featuring Monster Truck
FYI Music News and Eric Alper have shared a rarely seen documentary about the Canadian music scene made in 1973. David Farrell at FYI Music News writes:
Rock-A-Bye is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the Canadian music industry and youth-culture scene of 1973. Things you’ll see include: Outside the Montréal Forum at a Rolling Stones concert kids try to score hash. Cool on-stage footage of the Stones performing, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Close-up of Jack Daniels bottles sitting on guitar amps. Mick tosses buckets of water into the audience. Concert tickets cost $7.00!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian 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.
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.
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.